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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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  • 16 Jun 21: The June 2021 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:
    • Logging - G5VZ.
    • The dummies guide to sparkgap - GW0WEE.
    • Building a CW pressure paddle - VK3IL.
    • The Swedish key - G3VBS.
    • Children and Morse - G4CLE.
    • EFHW antenna love it or hate it? - M0BMN.
    • 2E0OTB equipment revisited - MM0GSS.
    • Review: GM0EUL mini paddle - G5VZ.

    ... 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:
  • 12 Jun 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder, Mechanical Key Days and Word Search 2021 on-air activitues:
    • Ladder Sunday 13 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 can be with members & non-members anywhere and are friendly and conversational.
    • Word Search 2021 Thursday 01 April 00:01 to Wednesday 30 June 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with anyone, member or not, and use a letter from their callsigns to build up
      "I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils".
      No minimum exchange.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  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.)
    • Mechanical Key Days Thursday 01 July 00:01–23:59 UTC (and 01 of each month May–December).
      Call CQ and have QSOs using any mechanical key (straight keys, side-swipers, semi-automatic (bug) keys).  Friendly, conversational QSOs; exchange a minimum of:
          RST, name, QTH, member number (if available)
      FISTS Log Converter users - DON'T FORGET to add MKD to your logbook's Comment (or similar) field.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.
    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in these activities and send in logs.  They are organised by FISTS CW Club Europe. 
  • 12 Jun 21: The latest version, 4.1.0, of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version adds the What 3 Words 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, and Richard G0ILN.
  • 10 Jun 21: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder June 2021 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    It includes the results for the 2021 Ladder and June Mechanical Key Days on-air activities along with information about the upcoming activities and other topics.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
     
  • 02 Jun 21: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that took place or were finished by the end of 01 June 2021. 
    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.
  • 31 May 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Mechanical Key Days on-air activity: Tuesday 01 June 00:01–23:59 UTC (and 01 of each month May–December).
    Call CQ and have QSOs using any mechanical key (straight keys, side-swipers, semi-automatic (bug) keys).  Friendly, conversational QSOs; exchange a minimum of:
        RST, name, QTH, member number (if available)
    FISTS Log Converter users - DON'T FORGET to add MKD to your logbook's Comment (or similar) field.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs. Club Europe. 
  • 21 May 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder, Mechanical Key Days and Word Search 2021 on-air activitues:
    • Mechanical Key Days Tuesday 01 June 00:01–23:59 UTC (and 01 of each month May–December).
      Call CQ and have QSOs using any mechanical key (straight keys, side-swipers, semi-automatic (bug) keys).  Friendly, conversational QSOs; exchange a minimum of:
          RST, name, QTH, member number (if available)
      FISTS Log Converter users - DON'T FORGET to add MKD to your logbook's Comment (or similar) field.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.
    • Ladder Sunday 23 May 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 2021 Thursday 01 April 00:01 to Wednesday 30 June 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with anyone, member or not, and use a letter from their callsigns to build up
      "I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils".
      No minimum exchange.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  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. 
  • 15 May 21: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder May 2021 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    It includes the results for the 2021 Ladder and May Mechanical Key Days on-air activities along with information about the upcoming activities and other topics.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
     
  • 02 May 21: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the 01 May Mechanical Key Days day (FISTS CW Club Europe) no later than 7 May.

     
  • 01 May 21: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that took place or were finished by the end of April 2021. 
    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.
  • 29 Apr 21: The first Mechanical Key Days 2021 on-air activity session is Saturday 01 May 00:01–23:59 UTC.  There are significant changes this year! 
    • It is now a monthly, 1-day activity on 01 of each month May-December 2021 UTC.
    • It runs continuously for 24 hours 00:01 to 23:59 UTC.
    • Each month has its own final results, i.e. the results are not cumulative.
    Call CQ and have QSOs using any mechanical key (straight keys, side-swipers, semi-automatic (bug) keys).  Friendly, conversational QSOs; exchange a minimum of:
        RST, name, QTH, member number (if available)

    FISTS Log Converter users - DON'T FORGET to add MKD to your logbook's Comment (or similar) field.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.

    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in and send in logs.  QSOs can be with non-members or members anywhere in the world.  The activity is organised by FISTS CW Club Europe.
  • 26 Apr 21: The 2021 EuCW QRS Week activity is Monday 26 April to Friday 30 April UTC (inclusive).

    Maximum speed is 14 wpm.

    Call 'CQ' or 'CQ QRS'.

    See the full details on the EuCW website.

     
  • 24 Apr 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder, Mechanical Key Days and Word Search 2021 on-air activitues:
    • Mechanical Key Days Saturday 01 May 00:01–23:59 UTC (and 01 of each month May–December).
      Call CQ and have QSOs using any mechanical key (straight keys, side-swipers, semi-automatic (bug) keys).  Friendly, conversational QSOs; exchange a minimum of:
          RST, name, QTH, member number (if available)
      FISTS Log Converter users - DON'T FORGET to add MKD to your logbook's Comment (or similar) field.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.
    • Ladder Sunday 25 April 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 2021 Thursday 01 April 00:01 to Wednesday 30 June 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with anyone, member or not, and use a letter from their callsigns to build up
      "I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils".
      No minimum exchange.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  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 Apr 21: The latest version, 4.0.6, of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version adds the Mechanical Key Days 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, and Richard G0ILN.
  • 13 Apr 21: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder April 2021 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    Topics include the results for the 2021 Ladder on-air activity along with information about the upcoming activities.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
     
  • 10 Apr 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder and Word Search 2021 on-air activitues:
    • Ladder Sunday 11 April 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 2021 Thursday 01 April 00:01 to Wednesday 30 June 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with anyone, member or not, and use a letter from their callsigns to build up
      "I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils".
      No minimum exchange.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  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. 
  • 31 Mar 21: The March 2021 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:
    • Look Mum! I made a sideswiper - SM6RXZ.
    • The Heliograph - GW0WEE.
    • Keeping it in the family - M0SGW.
    • Still hunting for the unicorn - G3VBS.
    • Improve your Morse - G3MCK.
    • Essex CW ARS Activity week - G0IBN.
    • Grandma's Radio - G3YZZ.
    • Review: The Secret Listeners - G0ILN.

    ... 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:
  • 31 Mar 21: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that took place or were finished by the end of March 2021. 
    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.
  • 26 Mar 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder and Word Search 2021 on-air activitues:
    • Ladder Sunday 28 March 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 2021 Thursday 01 April 00:01 to Wednesday 30 June 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with anyone, member or not, and use a letter from their callsigns to build up
      "I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils".
      No minimum exchange.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m. 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 Mar 21: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder March 2021 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    Topics include the results for the 2021 Ladder on-air activity along with information about the upcoming activities.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
     
  • 19 Mar 21: The latest version, 4.0.5, of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version adds the Spring Word Search 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, and Richard G0ILN.
  • 12 Mar 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder on-air activity:
    • Ladder Sunday 14 March 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.
    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in these activities and send in logs.  They are organised by FISTS CW Club Europe. 
  • 07 Mar 21: FISTS Zoom Talk

    Dear FISTS it is with great excitement that I announce the first of our FISTS Zoom talks.

    On Wednesday March 10th at 1930hrs John, G1AWJ, FIST 14875, will give us a talk on "The Y Service".

    If you wish to join this meeting please use the link below.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82294428306?pwd=V3NNa09HaWE1YzVpK3Z1cGVHRkRSUT09

    See you there I hope.

    David G4YVM
  • 01 Mar 21: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that took place or were finished by the end of February 2021. 
    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.

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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