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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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  • 27 Nov 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder and Mechanical Key Days on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 28 November 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 memb2ers & non-members anywhere and are friendly and conversational.
    • Mechanical Key Days Wednesday 01 December 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. 
  • 14 Nov 21: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder November 2021 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.
     
  • 12 Nov 21: The FISTS CW Club Americas Fall (Autumn) Sprints take place on Saturday 13 November 1600-1800 UTC and Sunday 21 November 2100-2300 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.

    Call "CQ FS".  The exchange includes:
    RST, U.S. state or Canadian province or DXCC country, first name, (FISTS members only) member number.
     
    Members and non-members worldwide are invited to participate.  For more information, please see the full rules.
  • 06 Nov 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder and Mechanical Key Days on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 14 November 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.
    • Mechanical Key Days Wednesday 01 December 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. 
  • 05 Nov 21: Graham G3ZOD writes:  The RSGB Marconi CW 2m Contest is this Weekend, 06 November 1400 UTC - 07 November 1400 UTC.  It is part of a Europe-wide contest and is the third out of three annual RSGB VHF CW contests (6m, 4m and 2m).

    Unlike HF contests, QSOs are a bit more relaxed and don't expect to get 599 for each QSO!  The exchange is RST, serial number and 6 character locator.  Most activity centres around 144.050, with the primary CW band plan segment 144.025 - 144.100 MHz.
  • 02 Nov 21: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that were finished by 02 November 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.
  • 25 Oct 21: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder October 2021 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.
     
  • 23 Oct 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder and Mechanical Key Days on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 24 October 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.
    • Mechanical Key Days Monday 01 November 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. 
  • 09 Oct 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder and Mechanical Key Days on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 10 October 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.
    • Mechanical Key Days Monday 01 November 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. 
  • 02 Oct 21: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that were finished by 02 October 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.
  • 25 Sep 21: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder September 2021 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.
     
  • 25 Sep 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder, Mechanical Key Days and Straight Key Week 2021 on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 26 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.
    • Mechanical Key Days Friday 01 October 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.
    • Straight Key Week Monday 27 September - Sunday 03 October 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.  QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in these activities and send in logs.  They are organised by FISTS CW Club Europe. 
  • 22 Sep 21: The latest version, 4.1.1, of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version adds the Straight Key Week 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.
  • 17 Sep 21: The September 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:
    • Do UK amateurs have big hands? - G3VBS.
    • Deep Space Communications - GW0WEE.
    • A key from a bag of parts - G3YZZ.
    • Synchronicity! The EFHWV antenna - G0ILN.
    • Activity news - G4YVM.
    • Review: UR5CDX Paddle - G8FXC.
    • Review: FMTMK4 Morse tutor - G0TUE.

    ... 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 Sep 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder, Mechanical Key Days and Straight Key Week 2021 on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 12 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.
    • Mechanical Key Days Friday 01 October 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.
    • Straight Key Week Monday 27 September - Sunday 03 October 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.  QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
    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 Sep 21: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that took place or were finished by the end of 01 September 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.
  • 21 Aug 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder, Mechanical Key Days and What 3 Words on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 22 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.
    • Mechanical Key Days Wednesday 01 September 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.
    • What 3 Words Friday 03 September – Sunday 05 September; 1 hour periods at 00:00, 03:00, 06:00, 09:00, 12:00, 15:00. 18:00, 21:00 UTC (and first Friday - Sunday in each month July - September).
      Exchange your What 3 Words (W3W) locator with other stations.  Exchange is:
          RST, name, W3W locator -or- W3W locator+stated place, member number (if available).
      Log the W3W locator in 'Comment' as W3W followed by the W3W locator in double-quotes -or- the W3W locator and stated place in double-quotes.  E.g.
          W3W  "gravel.grades.margin"
          W3W  "stops.yappy.mass  Salisbury  Cathedral"
      Use the What 3 Words website to find out your W3W locator on an interactive map -or- by typing in a stated (named) place.
    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in these activities and send in logs.  They are organised by FISTS CW Club Europe. 
  • 14 Aug 21: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder August 2021 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    All the excitement of Formula 1 without the noise…the latest ladder results and comments as the top scoring G stations battle it out in the heat of summer! Sizzling reviews and commentary from world renowned operator G4YVM (famous in his street last year for what his cat did to a pigeon)…PLUS…
    • The strangeness of Cycle 25 …a look at some QSOs.
    • Radio in museums: Tangemere reviewed.
    • Fancy some nice light headphones but can’t stand buds?
    All this and more in the latest BrassPounder…you know you want to!
  • 07 Aug 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder, Mechanical Key Days and What 3 Words on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 08 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.
    • Mechanical Key Days Wednesday 01 September 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.
    • What 3 Words Friday 03 September – Sunday 05 September; 1 hour periods at 00:00, 03:00, 06:00, 09:00, 12:00, 15:00. 18:00, 21:00 UTC (and first Friday - Sunday in each month July - September).
      Exchange your What 3 Words (W3W) locator with other stations.  Exchange is:
          RST, name, W3W locator -or- W3W locator+stated place, member number (if available).
      Log the W3W locator in 'Comment' as W3W followed by the W3W locator in double-quotes -or- the W3W locator and stated place in double-quotes.  E.g.
          W3W  "gravel.grades.margin"
          W3W  "stops.yappy.mass  Salisbury  Cathedral"
      Use the What 3 Words website to find out your W3W locator on an interactive map -or- by typing in a stated (named) place.
    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in these activities and send in logs.  They are organised by FISTS CW Club Europe. 
  • 02 Aug 21: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that took place or were finished by the end of 01 August 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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