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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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  • 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.
  • 30 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.
  • 21 May 20: Please join us in the Ladder and Dunkirk Memorial on-air activities (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 24 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 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.
    • Dunkirk Memorial Monday 18 May - Friday 05 June (inclusive) UTC.
      Work as many stations around Dunkirk and Dover as you can.  1 point for stations further than 50 miles from Dunkirk or Dover, 3 points for stations within 50 miles of them, and a special 10 points for a QSO with GB4DLS.

      Maximum of one QSO per station during the activity.  No required details to exchange.  For Belgium, England, France, and Netherlands stations, log 6-character locators (no need to exchange locators over the air).
  • 17 May 20:  FISTS Dunkirk Memorial Activity Monday 18 May - Friday 05 June 2020 UTC: During this period, which date covers both the memorial event and the actual operation dates, this activity is to simply work as many stations around Dunkirk and Dover (the operation was run from Dover) as you can.

    Remember it is FUN. Exchanges should be normal but more points will be awarded for stations within 50 miles of Dover or Dunkirk. Distances will be based on Locator distances.  Locators do NOT need to be exchanged but for stations in Belgium, England, France, & Netherlands, you MUST enter the locator of the station into your log to claim "within 50 miles" bonus points.  If you are not given the locator over the ear, it is often shown as the Grid Square in QRZ.com.  If it's not there, you can find it using the postal address from QRZ.com on this Maidenhead Grid Square Locator Map web page.

    If you wish, you can use the new version of the FISTS Log Converter, 4.0.0 program for Windows to see your progress and send in an entry.

    The scores are 1 point per qso, 3 points per qso within 50 miles of either Dunkirk or Dover castle, and 10 points for the Andover club special event callsign GB4DLS.

    For full details, please see FISTS Dunkirk Memorial Activity web page.
  • 16 May 20: The latest version, 4.0.0, of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version adds the following activities:

    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.
     
  • 14 May 20: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder May 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 April 2020 along with information about the upcoming activities.



     
  • 09 May 20: Please join us in the Ladder on-air activity (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 10 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 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 May 20: Graham G3ZOD writes: The RSGB 4m (70 MHz) CW Contest 2020 is Sunday 10 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.
  • 04 May 20: Please send in your logs and comments for the following activities that took place or finished in April 2020.  *** If you use FISTS Log Converter, please ensure you have installed version 3.8.1 first.

    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.
  • 01 May 20: The March 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/members.aspx

    Items in this issue include:
    • The GHD GD907WS Key - IK0IXI.
    • Worn out, useless and kaput - G3VBS.
    • M0AVW Silent Key - M0CDL.
    • The FISTS Pentagon Iambic Key - G0KOK.
    • A simple cheap cover idea - G3YZZ.
    • Restored keys - GW0VSW.
    • Encouraging newcomers - G3KMG.
    • CW on a Northern bound train - M0AEP.

    ... 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:

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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