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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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  • 13 Aug 22: The monthly FISTS CW Club BrassPounder August 2022 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    BrassPounder's focus is on on-air activities provided by FISTS CW Club.
     
  • 12 Aug 22: Please join us in the FISTS Summer Sprint, Ladder and 35th Anniversary Challenge on-air activity sessions:
    • FISTS Summer Sprint Saturday 13 August 1600-1800 UTC.
      Collect points for CW QSOs with members and non-members. 
      • Exchange a minimum of RST, member number (if available), US State -or- Canadian Province -or- DXCC number (for non US/Canadian stations).
      • One QSO per station on one of 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m.
      • Logs to be received no later than 14 days after the Sprint.
    • FISTS Ladder Sunday 14 August 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Collect points for CW QSOs with members and non-members. 
      • Exchange a minimum of Name, QTH, RST, & if applicable, member number.
      • Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz but any licensed band is allowed except for 60m, 30m, 17m, 12m & bands lower in frequency than 160m.
      Monthly and end-of-year results are published in the monthly BrassPounder newsletter.
    • FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge 01 May – 31 December 2022 (inclusive) 24x7 UTC:
      Celebrates FISTS’ 35th anniversary.  Collect points from digits in callsign prefixes in CW QSOs with members and non-members up to a maximum of 35 points per day. 
      • There is no particular exchange required.
      • Bands are 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m & 2m.
      Monthly and end-of-year results are published in the monthly BrassPounder newsletter.
  • 02 Aug 22: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that finished by the end of July 2022.  Note! If you had Ladder or Snakes & Ladder QSOs, or any other CW QSOs, please send in a log for the 35th Anniversary Challenge. 
    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.
  • 23 Jul 22: Please join us in the FISTS Ladder and 35th Anniversary Challenge on-air activity sessions:
    • FISTS Ladder Sunday 24 July 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Collect points for CW QSOs with members and non-members. 
      • Exchange a minimum of Name, QTH, RST, & if applicable, member number.
      • Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz but any licensed band is allowed except for 60m, 30m, 17m, 12m & bands lower in frequency than 160m.
      Monthly and end-of-year results are published in the monthly BrassPounder newsletter.
    • FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge 01 May – 31 December 2022 (inclusive) 24x7 UTC:
      Celebrates FISTS’ 35th anniversary.  Collect points from digits in callsign prefixes in CW QSOs with members and non-members up to a maximum of 35 points per day. 
      • There is no particular exchange required.
      • Bands are 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m & 2m.
      Monthly and end-of-year results are published in the monthly BrassPounder newsletter.
  • 11 Jul 22: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder July 2022 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
     
  • 08 Jul 22: Please join us in the FISTS Ladder and 35th Anniversary Challenge on-air activity sessions:
    • FISTS Ladder Sunday 10 July 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Collect points for CW QSOs with members and non-members. 
      • Exchange a minimum of Name, QTH, RST, & if applicable, member number.
      • Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz but any licensed band is allowed except for 60m, 30m, 17m, 12m & bands lower in frequency than 160m.
      Monthly and end-of-year results are published in the monthly BrassPounder newsletter.
    • FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge 01 May – 31 December 2022 (inclusive) 24x7 UTC:
      Celebrates FISTS’ 35th anniversary.  Collect points from digits in callsign prefixes in CW QSOs with members and non-members up to a maximum of 35 points per day. 
      • There is no particular exchange required.
      • Bands are 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m & 2m.
      Monthly and end-of-year results are published in the monthly BrassPounder newsletter.
  • 01 Jul 22: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that finished by the end of June 2022.  Note! If you had Ladder or Snakes & Ladder QSOs, or any other CW QSOs, please send in a log for the 35th Anniversary Challenge. 
    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.
  • 25 Jun 22: Graham G3ZOD writes: UK amateurs, the annual RSGB 6m CW contest is Sunday 26 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.
  • 25 Jun 22: Please join us in the FISTS Ladder and 35th Anniversary Challenge on-air activity sessions:
    • FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge 01 May – 31 December 2022 (inclusive) 24x7 UTC:
      Celebrates FISTS’ 35th anniversary.  Collect points from digits in callsign prefixes in CW QSOs with members and non-members up to a maximum of 35 points per day. 
      • There is no particular exchange required.
      • Bands are 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m & 2m.
      Monthly and end-of-year results are published in BrassPounder.
    • FISTS Ladder Sunday 26 June 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Collect points for CW QSOs with members and non-members. 
      • Exchange a minimum of Name, QTH, RST, & if applicable, member number.
      • Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz but any licensed band is allowed except for 60m, 30m, 17m, 12m & bands lower in frequency than 160m.
      Monthly and end-of-year results are published in BrassPounder.
  • 15 Jun 22: The June 2022 Key Note is now available to all current FISTS CW Club members as PDF and audio (.mp3) files.

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

    Items in this issue include:
    • A not so simple little part - G3VBS.
    • Helping newcomers - G5VZ.
    • REVIEW AsianRay key / USDX Transceiver - G0AYD.
    • CW Oscillator - G4GIM.
    • Bencher key modification - G4TQM.

    ... and more besides!





    Note: If you have forgotten your password:
  • 14 Jun 22: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder June 2022 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
     
  • 10 Jun 22: Please join us in the FISTS Ladder and 35th Anniversary Challenge on-air activity sessions:
    • FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge 01 May – 31 December 2022 (inclusive) 24x7 UTC:
      Celebrates FISTS’ 35th anniversary.  Collect points from digits in callsign prefixes in CW QSOs with members and non-members up to a maximum of 35 points per day. 
      • There is no particular exchange required.
      • Bands are 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m & 2m.
      Monthly and end-of-year results are published in BrassPounder.
    • FISTS Ladder Sunday 12 June 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Collect points for CW QSOs with members and non-members. 
      • Exchange a minimum of Name, QTH, RST, & if applicable, member number.
      • Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz but any licensed band is allowed except for 60m, 30m, 17m, 12m & bands lower in frequency than 160m.
      Monthly and end-of-year results are published in BrassPounder.
  • 06 Jun 22: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the Royal Platinum Jubilee Weekend Celebration no later than Monday 13 June 2022.

    All CW QSOs on 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m will count and you stand a chance of winning one of two commemorative plaques engraved with your callsign and name.



     
  • 02 Jun 22: The 3-day Royal Platinum Jubilee Weekend Celebration FISTS CW Club on-air activity starts on Friday 03 June - please join in.

    CW contacts on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m.  Each contact must include the exchange of callsigns and, as a minimum, must also include signal reports, operators’ names, location of stations and – as applicable – each operator’s FISTS number.

    Scoring is 1 point for a station per band each day and there are bonuses for contacting FISTS members, UK stations with 2Q, GQ, & MQ prefixes and FISTS National club callsigns such as GX0IPX.
  • 01 Jun 22: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that finished on or by 31 May 2022.  Note! If you had Ladder or Snakes & Ladder QSOs, or any other CW QSOs, please send in a log for the 35th Anniversary Challenge. 
    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.
  • 23 May 22: UK radio amateurs: if you would like to use a prefix of 2Q, GQ, or MQ with your callsign (i.e. a 'Q' RSL) during June 2022 in celebration of the Royal Platinum Jubilee Anniversary, you can apply for a Notice of Variation (NoV) on the RSGB website.  You'll need to know your Ofcom licence number to apply.

    If you're taking part in the FISTS Royal Platinum Jubilee Weekend Celebration on-air activity (Friday 03 June - Sunday 05 June 2022 UTC), you can give bonus points if you use your 'Q' RSL and earn bonus points by contacting others using their 'Q' RSLs,
  • 21 May 22: Please join us in the FISTS Ladder, Royal Platinum Jubilee Weekend Celebration and 35th Anniversary Challenge on-air activity sessions:
    • FISTS Ladder Sunday 22 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).
    • FISTS Royal Platinum Jubilee Weekend Celebration Friday 03 June - Sunday 05 June 2022 (inclusive) UTC.
      One point per QSO with bonus points for 'Q' RSLs, FISTS members and FISTS national club callsigns.  One callsign per band each day; 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).
    • FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge Sunday 01 May – Saturday 31 December 2022 (inclusive) UTC:
      Celebrates FISTS’ 35th anniversary.  Collect points from digits in callsign prefixes in QSOs with members and non-members up to a maximum of 35 points per day.  Bands are 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m & 2m and there is no particular exchange required.
  • 14 May 22: Graham G3ZOD writes: The RSGB 4m (70 MHz) CW Contest 2022 is Sunday 15 May 0900-1200 UTC.

    The exchange is: RST, Serial Number (starting at 001) and a 6 character (e.g. IO92JL) locator and UK stations send the first 2 letters of their Postcode.

    This is one of three RSGB VHF CW contests (6m, 4m, & 2m).  These are more relaxed than HF contests and typically 'real' RSTs are exchanged, so have fun and listen carefully!  If you have QSOs with FISTS CW Club members, these count towards the FISTS Awards and on-air Activities.
  • 08 May 22: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder May 2022 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
     
  • 07 May 22: Please join us in the FISTS Ladder and FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge on-air activity sessions:
    • FISTS Ladder Sunday 08 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).
    • FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge Sunday 01 May – Saturday 31 December 2022 (inclusive) UTC:
      Celebrates FISTS’ 35th anniversary.  Collect points from digits in callsign prefixes in QSOs with members and non-members up to a maximum of 35 points per day.  Bands are 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m & 2m and there is no particular exchange required.
  • 01 May 22: The new FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge on-air activity has now started and runs until Saturday 31 December 2022.

    Collect points from digits in callsign prefixes from CW QSOs with members and non-members up to a maximum of 35 points per day.  Bands are 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m & 2m and there is no particular exchange required.

    Results will be published monthly in the BrassPounder newsletter.

    Please see the rules for full details and prizes.
  • 01 May 22: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that finished by 30 April 2022. 
    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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