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May 2021

  • 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 01 May 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.

April 2021

  • 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. 

March 2021

  • 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.

February 2021

  • 27 Feb 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder on-air activity:
    • Ladder Sunday 28 February 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. 
  • 20 Feb 21: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder February 2021 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    Topics include the first 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.
     
  • 13 Feb 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder on-air activity:
    • Ladder Sunday 14 February 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. 
  • 06 Feb 21: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that took place or were finished by the end of January 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.

January 2021

  • 28 Jan 21: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder January 2021 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    Topics include the final results for the 2020 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.

     
  • 22 Jan 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club second 2021 Ladder on-air activity:
    • Ladder Sunday 24 January 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. 
  • 08 Jan 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club first 2021 Ladder on-air activity:
    • Ladder Sunday 10 January 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. 
  • 06 Jan 21: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that took place or were finished by the end of December 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.

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