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Welcome to FISTS CW Club

FISTS supports the use, preservation and education of Morse code.  The club is devoted exclusively to CW operators, CW operating and people who are passionate about Morse code.


NYE 320-001 Straight Key from Dennis K6DF's collection.  Click to go to a larger picture We have three straightforward goals:
  • Further the use of CW (Morse Code)
  • Engender friendships among members
  • Encourage newcomers to use CW (Morse Code)

FISTS CW Club in Europe is the founding chapter of the club.
Bencher BY-1 Paddle from Dennis K6DF's collection.  Click to go to a larger picture
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  • 12 Sep 20: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder and Word Search 2020 on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 13 September 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).
      QSOs can be with members & non-members anywhere and are friendly and conversational.
    • Word Search 2020 Saturday 01 August 00:01 until Saturday 31 October 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with other members and use a letter from their callsigns to build up the phrase     "'FOR GOD'S SAKE SEND US ASSISTANCE!'.  DE SS TREVEAL."
      Minimum exchange is member number.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  QSOs can be with members anywhere.  Two sections: QRP and Open - you can include QSOs for either or both in your log.  If you are entering the Open section only, you can opt to have the letters chosen automatically for you.
    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in these activities and send in logs.  They are organised by FISTS CW Club Europe. 
  • 10 Sep 20: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder September 2020 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    Topics include the new 2m Chronophage on-air activity and the results for the August 2020 Ladder activity along with information about the upcoming activities.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.

     
  • 01 Sep 20: Please send in your logs and comments for the following activities that took place or were finished by the end of August 2020:
    Notes:
    * In all the activities, even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs because it encourages others to join in.
    * For the Ladder, please include in your log ALL your Ladder QSOs from the (up to) 4 sessions in the month.  If you need to make any changes, you can send in another log and it will replace the previous log you sent in.
  • 19 Aug 20: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder and Word Search 2020 on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 23 August 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).
      QSOs can be with members & non-members anywhere and are friendly and conversational.
    • Word Search 2020 Saturday 01 August 00:01 until Saturday 31 October 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with other members and use a letter from their callsigns to build up the phrase     "'FOR GOD'S SAKE SEND US ASSISTANCE!'.  DE SS TREVEAL."
      Minimum exchange is member number.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  QSOs can be with members anywhere.  Two sections: QRP and Open - you can include QSOs for either or both in your log.  If you are entering the Open section only, you can opt to have the letters chosen automatically for you.
    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in these activities and send in logs.  They are organised by FISTS CW Club Europe. 
  • 17 Aug 20: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder August 2020 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.

    Topics include the results for the July 2020 Ladder and the Straight Key Week 2020 activities along with information about the upcoming activities.

     
  • 06 Aug 20: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder and Word Search 2020 on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 09 August 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).
      QSOs can be with members & non-members anywhere and are friendly and conversational.
    • Word Search 2020 Saturday 01 August 00:01 until Saturday 31 October 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with other members and use a letter from their callsigns to build up the phrase     "'FOR GOD'S SAKE SEND US ASSISTANCE!'.  DE SS TREVEAL."
      Minimum exchange is member number.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  QSOs can be with members anywhere.  Two sections: QRP and Open - you can include QSOs for either or both in your log.  If you are entering the Open section only, you can opt to have the letters chosen automatically for you.
    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in these activities and send in logs.  They are organised by FISTS CW Club Europe. 
  • 01 Aug 20: Please send in your logs and comments for the following activities that took place or were finished by the end of July 2020:
    Notes:
    * In all the activities, even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs because it encourages others to join in.
    * For the Ladder, please include in your log ALL your Ladder QSOs from the (up to) 4 sessions in the month.  If you need to make any changes, you can send in another log and it will replace the previous log you sent in.
    * If you use FISTS Log Converter to read ADIF files from your logbook program, please ensure that you have installed version 4.0.1 or later.
  • 25 Jul 20: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder and Word Search 2020 on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 26 July 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).
      QSOs can be with members & non-members anywhere and are friendly and conversational.
    • Word Search 2020 Saturday 01 August 00:01 until Saturday 31 October 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with other members and use a letter from their callsigns to build up the phrase     "'FOR GOD'S SAKE SEND US ASSISTANCE!'.  DE SS TREVEAL."
      Minimum exchange is member number.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  QSOs can be with members anywhere.  Two sections: QRP and Open - you can include QSOs for either or both in your log.  If you are entering the Open section only, you can opt to have the letters chosen automatically for you.
    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in these activities and send in logs.  They are organised by FISTS CW Club Europe. 
  • 19 Jul 20: The latest version, 4.0.1, of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version includes the following changes:
    • Resolves a problem caused by Microsoft Windows Update KB4565633 that was resulting in the message:
      "An exception has occurred in FISTS Log Converter 4.0.0 ...: No data table supplied".
    • Improves handling of international/accented characters.
    • Adds the Ladder 2021 on-air activity (FISTS CW Club Europe).

    FISTS Log Converter can be used in conjunction with almost all amateur radio logbook programs -or- for anyone not currently using one, it includes its own optional, easy-to-use logbook.

    The program is available from the download web page.  Many thanks to the testers: Alex PA1FOX, Peter G4LHI, Phil M0PBZ, and Richard G0ILN.
  • 12 Jul 20: The June 2020 Key Note is now available to all current FISTS CW Club members.

    Please visit the Members' Area to get your copy:
    https://fists.co.uk/members

    Items in this issue include:
    • The "Virus Perplexed" key - G0VFS.
    • Mind the gap - G3VBS.
    • Nate goes to war (Part II) - K7ZB.
    • The "Morse-Mad" mystery Key? - G0RDO.
    • Strange beacon apparatus? - M1EDF.
    • News from Sota-Beams - M0BPT.
    • II2EMCA Commemorative station - IZ2FME.
    • Lockdown CW and beyond - M0IRU.

    ... and more besides!


    Notes:
    1. It may take longer than usual for members to receive a paper copy due to postal delays caused by the Post Office and Royal Mail.
    2. If you have forgotten your password:
  • 11 Jul 20: Please join us in the Ladder on-air activity (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 12 July 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
  • 09 Jul 20: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder July 2020 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.

    Topics include the results for the June 2020 Ladder and the Dunkirk Memorial activities along with information about the upcoming activities.

     
  • 30 Jun 20: Please send in your logs and comments for the following activities that took place or finished in June 2020.  Your 24 May Ladder QSOs count towards the Dunkirk Memorial - please send a log in for it!!
    Notes:
    * In all the activities, even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs because it encourages others to join in.
    * For the Ladder, please include in your log ALL your Ladder QSOs from the (up to) 4 sessions in the month.  If you need to make any changes, you can send in another log and it will replace the previous log you sent in.
    * If you use FISTS Log Converter, you need version 4.0.0 to send in Dunkirk Memorial logs.
  • 27 Jun 19: Graham G3ZOD writes: UK amateurs, the annual RSGB 6m CW contest is Sunday 28 June, 0900-1200 UTC.

    The exchange is RST, serial number and 6 character locator, with most European CW activity between 50.080-50.100 MHz.  Unlike HF contests, though, don't expect to get 599 for each QSO!  This should be interesting with the added likelihood of sporadic E propagation.

    QSOs with FISTS CW Club members count towards FISTS Awards such as the Century and Millionaire.
  • 27 Jun 20: Please join us in the Ladder and Straight Key Week on-air activities (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 28 June 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
    • Straight Key Week Wednesday 01 July to Tuesday 07 July UTC. 
      The operating times are 1 hour periods starting at the following UTC times: 0000, 0300, 0600, 0900, 1200, 1500, 1800, & 2100. If you are sending in a log, you must use straight keys or sideswipers (no bug keys, keyers, keyboards etc.)
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      FISTS Log Converter users: DON'T FORGET to add SKW to your logbook's Comment (or similar) field.
      QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is not essential but very much appreciated.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
  • 18 Jun 20: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder June 2020 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.

    Topics include the results for the Ladder in May 2020 along with information about the upcoming activities.

     
  • 13 Jun 20: Please join us in the Ladder on-air activity (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 14 June 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
  • 01 Jun 20: Please send in your logs and comments for the following activities that took place or finished in June 2020. 
    Notes:
    * For the Ladder, please include in your log ALL your Ladder QSOs from the (up to) 4 sessions in the month.  If you need to make any changes, you can send in another log and it will replace the previous log you sent in.
    * In all the activities, even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs because it encourages others to join in.

Please visit the News page for a full list of recent and older news items.

Interested in becoming a member?

FISTS HQ welcomes new members who have a passion for Morse Code.

1990 Vibroplex from Dennis K6DF's collection. Click to go to a larger picture Benefits of membership include:
  • Our popular Quarterly A5 News Booklet
  • Free use of the FISTS QSL Bureau
  • Access to our members-only area
  • Help and support from like minded people
The FISTS Club is one of amateur radio's fastest growing organisations.  It's a unique club, founded and maintained on solid principles using radio's oldest and yet most reliable communications mode - CW!  Why not join us?

FISTS History

The FISTS Club, (International Morse Preservation Society) was founded in 1987 by the late George "Geo" Longden G3ZQS of Darwen, Lancashire England, after recognising a need for a club in which veteran operators would help newcomers and less-experienced operators learn and improve CW proficiency.  During the first year, membership reached 300, most of whom were in Great Britain and Europe.  The original Introduction to FISTS by Geo holds as true today as it did when he wrote it.  Geo also explains how he chose the name FISTS.

Sideswiper ('cootie') Key Number 9 made by Bill NT9K.  Click for a large picture.

The North American Chapter (now known as FISTS Americas) was formed in 1990 to assist 11 members in the USA receive the newsletter and as a banking convenience.  Nancy Kott WZ8C of Hadley, Michigan was named US representative, a position she held until sadly she became a Silent Key in 2014.

The FISTS Down Under Chapter representing New Zealand and Australia, was formed in 1998 by Ralph Sutton ZL2AOH to provide a similar service to Australasian members.  From a ZL / VK membership of four including a JA and an FO, the FISTS Down Under Chapter has grown in strength to currently 118; 31 New Zealand members and 87 Australian members.

The East Asia Chapter was formed in 2004 by a few Taiwanese and Japanese members to provide East Asian members with various services in their native languages.

Why not join us?


Acknowledgements: Thank you to Dennis K6DF, Bill NT9K and Billy AB4RH for permission to use photographs from their key collections.

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