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News 2015

May 2015

  • 15 May 15: To the many FISTS members who like using their bug keys on the air, please check out the following site for this year's Bug Roundup www.w6sfm.com/Bug_Roundup:

    Saturday May 16 1400 to Sunday May 17 1400 UTC.

    Hope to work you bug to bug.  73 Tony G3ZRJ 7727.
  • 08 May 15: ARRL has partnered with Begali Keys of Italy to produce this limited edition key.  Handsomely sculpted by designer Pietro Begali, I2RTF, this is a fully-functional key with paddles.

    All fixed parts are made from AISI 304 stainless steel.  Contacts are made in solid 925/1000 silver (not plated).  The carved aluminum lightweight finger paddles, with a 1:1 leverage ratio, are anodized in black.  At the bottom of the base is a rubber ring to prevent slipping (four rubber feet are included which can be installed, optionally, into pre-drilled holes).
  • 08 May 15: The RSGB 4m (70 MHz) CW Contest 2015 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!
  • 08 May 15: FISTS CW Club Europe Weekend activities 09-10 May 2015.

    Please join us in the Two Meter & Ladder sessions:

    Sat 15:00-16:00 & Sun 10:00-11:00 UTC:
    Two Metre Activity is around 144.058.
    Exchange a minimum of: RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if applicable).

    Sun 14:00-16:00 & Sun 18:00-20:00 UTC:
    Ladder Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.
    Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 08 May 15: The FISTS Americas Spring Unlimited Speed Sprint takes place on Saturday 09 May 1700-2100 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.  There is no sending speed restriction.

    The exchange includes: RST, U.S. state or Canadian province or DXCC country, first name, FISTS member number.  Non-members send their power output in Watts instead of a member number.

    Members worldwide are invited to participate.

    For N1MM contest logger users, a User Defined Contest (UDC) file is available.  Go to the N1MM website, choose "FILES" then "User Defined Contests (UDC)" and look for the file G3ZQSmem.zip (can be used for Sprints despite the name).  A FISTS Call History File is also available.
  • 08 May 15: The FISTS Brasspounder May 2015 newsletter has just been published.  Brasspounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.
     
  • 02 May 15: The April 2015 Key Note is now available to all FISTS CW Club members.

    Please visit this link to get your copy:
    https://fists.co.uk/members/members.aspx

    Any problems with passwords etc., PLEASE send an email to Graham G3ZOD link text

    Items in this issue include:
    • Australian Gems - Buzza Products Company
    • Telegraphic Items and the Ham Spirit
    • The Begali Spark
    • Marconi Marine International 365A ...?
    • Reviews of RAF Type D and John Wellings keys
    • Z Code Background
    ... and more besides!
  • 02 May 14: Morse Express (USA) now has the Nye 320-001 Speed-X key in stock.


     
  • 02 May 15: The April 2015 FISTS Down Under newsletter is now publicly available.

    FISTS Down Under is the Australian & New Zealand Chapter of the FISTS CW Club.  If you are a current FISTS Member and would like a copy of the May newsletter, please send an email to FISTS Down Under link text.
  • 02 May 15: Hendricks QRP Kits has re-opened for business under its new proprietors, James Bennett and Kathy Long of Pacific Antenna.  James writes:
    We are excited to resume operations as of May 1 providing Hendricks QRP Kits and in the very near future, we will be bringing back the entire Pacific Antenna line of antenna kits and parts.

    We very much appreciate the patience that has been shown as we worked through this transition and we look forward to serving the QRP community.

    73 James and Kathy
  • 02 May 15: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following April 2015 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in.  See the Activity Calendar web page for details on sending in FISTS Eu activity logs.

    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders and the EuCW QRS Week web pages for details of sending in logs for them.
  • 02 May 15: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    ClayKE5HL#8002 Millionaire 3 & 4 Million Endorsements
    RienPA7RA#9819 Rag Chewers
    MichaelW3QT#13724 Platinum
    AlanKA5VZG#15363 Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    JarmoOH2BN#16593 Basic Century
    ChrisF6EAZ#16987 Basic Century

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 May 15: The FISTS Americas Spring Slow Speed Sprint takes place on Saturday 02 May 1700-2100 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.  Maximum speed is 13 wpm.

    The exchange includes: RST, U.S. state or Canadian province or DXCC country, first name, FISTS member number.  Non-members send their power output in Watts instead of a member number.

    Members worldwide are invited to participate.

    For N1MM contest logger users, a User Defined Contest (UDC) file is available.  Go to the N1MM website, choose "FILES" then "User Defined Contests (UDC)" and look for the file G3ZQSmem.zip (can be used for Sprints despite the name).  A FISTS Call History File is also available.

April 2015

  • 30 Apr 15: Andy G0IBN now does GB2CW QRS transmissions, 5/7/10 wpm, on his "summer" frequency of 7035 (winter 3555) on Monday evenings at 20:15.

    He also calls "CQ QRS" afterwards as G0IBN for the inexperienced operator to build up confidence.
     
  • 25 Apr 15: Congratulations to FISTS CW Club members Peter G4LHI and Pete M5ABN, who have been awarded the Begali keys in the EuCW Snakes & Ladders 2014/2015 activity.
    • Peter G4LHI was the highest placed entrant taking into consideration number of locators and QSOs.
    • Pete M5ABN won the draw for 10 or more entries submitted.
    The new season of EuCW Snakes & Ladders is now in progress (April 2015 - December 2015).
  • 25 Apr 15: The EUCW QRS Activity Week takes place this coming week Monday 27 April 00:00 - Friday 01 May 23:59 UTC.  The maximum speed is 14 wpm and any band can be used.  QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long.  For more information and a list of recommended frequencies, please see the EUCW QRS Activity Week web page.

    The FISTS Log Converter program for Windows supports creating log submissions for the QRS Activity Week.
  • 25 Apr 15: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    BobVK2BTJ#14187 DaveG8URC#17083 TimW6NS#17227
    DavidZL1DCO#14188 DerekM6EQT#17085 MatthewKC2IGE#17228
    SteveF/M0ZSM#17079 WallyKF7EB#17223 DonKJ4UC#17229
    Riviera Amateur Radio ClubGX3AH#17080 StanK2OHM#17224 GeorgeKC2SCI#17230
    AlanG0TUD#17081 JackWB9OTX#17225 ThomasN3BVL#17231
    PeterG0OIK#17082 PhilN8NSA#17226    
  • 25 Apr 15: FISTS CW Club Europe Weekend activities 25-26 April 2015.

    Please join us in the Two Meter & Ladder sessions:

    Sat 15:00-16:00 & Sun 10:00-11:00 UTC:
    Two Metre Activity is around 144.058.  Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if applicable).

    Sun 14:00-16:00 & Sun 18:00-20:00 UTC:
    Ladder Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 13 Apr 15: The FISTS Brasspounder April 2015 newsletter has just been published.  Brasspounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.
     
  • 13 Apr 15: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    LarryVK4AAL#14186 GerryG4OJF#17074 HowardWB8RXN#17214
    Ha Ming leiBH3PXD#15155 KerryG4FZR#17075 RayN2FVA#17215
    RobM0HVC#17067 GlynnG1NVQ#17076 ScottKD0HJG#17216
    BrianGSWL25#17068 AlanG4NXG/M#17077 GregW9SDX#17217
    SteveG4GHO#17069 PeterG0EUT#17078 KellyWB6AAJ#17218
    SupersparksGSWL26#17070 DarrelAA7FV#17210 DeanK2WW#17219
    PeteM0LRQ#17071 RobertAF5RA#17211 KlausPY2KLA#17220
    CostiIK2WSP#17072 SteveWX1M#17212 RicoVA3ENF#17221
    RichardG7FVA#17073 SherwoodKE3MI#17213 LouNI5G#17222
  • 10 Apr 15: QRP Labs (FISTS member Hans G0UPL) is providing a new Clock kit.

    A GPS receiver module such as the SKM61 can optionally be connected directly to the clock kit in parallel with the Ultimate3 kit.  It can also operate independently without GPS, or with another 1 pulse per second (pps) signal source.

    The clock can be configured to display time, date, and various information decoded from the GPS serial data stream.  Two Analogue temperature sensors an optionally be connected to the kit, so that temperature measurements can be displayed (for example, indoor and outdoor temperature).
  • 10 Apr 15: FISTS CW Club Europe Weekend activities 11-12 April 2015.

    Please join us in the Two Meter & Ladder sessions:

    Sat 15:00-16:00 & Sun 10:00-11:00 UTC:
    Two Metre Activity is around 144.058.  Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if applicable).

    Sun 14:00-16:00 & Sun 18:00-20:00 UTC:
    Ladder Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • EUCW logo.
    07 Apr 15: The latest version (3.1.3) of the free FISTS Log Converter program is now available.  This version fixes a bug related to the new season of EuCW Snakes & Ladders that started in April 2015.  It also removes an error message that occurs when QSOs with 2SZ and 7QAA are considered for FISTS Awards.

    FISTS Log Converter can read ADIF log files exported from logbook programs and create & submit entries for EuCW Snakes & Ladders, EuCW QRS Week, FISTS Awards, and FISTS Europe Activities.  For those not currently using a logbook program, it includes an optional logbook of its own.

    The program is available from the download web page.  Many thanks to Alex PA1FOX, Peter G4LHI, Robert DM4RW, and Richard G0ILN for helping with the design & testing.
  • 06 Apr 15: The April 2015 edition of the "morsEAsia" newsletter from FISTS CW Club East Asia is available.

    This edition has a special focus on members' QTHs.

    FISTS East Asia was formed in 2004 to provide East Asian members with various services in their native languages.
  • 03 Apr 15: TEN-TEC has been bought from RF Concepts by RKR Designs.  The press release, available on the TEN-TEC home page, starts:
    "(April 2, 2015) RKR Designs, LLC of Longmont Colorado has announced that they have acquired the assets of Alpha Amplifier and TEN-TEC brands from RF Concepts.  RKR plans to expand the product line, while continuing to service their customers that have enjoyed their products over the years."
  • 03 Apr 15: Avoiding traffic travelling to the Norbreck Rally at Blackpool, UK on Sunday 12th April:

    A585 Windy Harbour Junction Improvement - Long Delays.
    Traffic is being managed by a series of temporary signal control and a 30mph speed limit.  From Wednesday 23 March 2015 the 4-way signals will again be in operation, with single file running.  At all other times traffic management will consist of permanent signals and narrow lanes.

    Best routes to take to rally will be to use M55 J4, or if taking J3 off the M55 follow A585 to Mile Road turn left following the signs for Singleton then on to the junction of A586 / A585.

    Check out the Highways website for the latest information.
  • 02 Apr 15: The March 2015 FISTS Down Under newsletter is now publicly available.

    FISTS Down Under is the Australian & New Zealand Chapter of the FISTS CW Club.  If you are a current FISTS Member and would like a copy of the April newsletter, please send an email to FISTS Down Under link text.
  • 01 Apr 15: FISTS will be attending the NARSA Rally at the Norbreck Exhibition Centre, Blackpool, UK on Sunday 12th April.

    This is a lively event with a wide range of club and trade stands - well worth a visit.  The doors open at 10:30 BST and maps etc. are available on the NARSA website.
  • 01 Apr 15: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    JimKG4IKQ#7590 1 X QRP, Platinum, Silver Century
    VirgilKA2REY#10533 Millionaire
    JoeW5QLF#10553 Basic Century
    DaveG0AYD#15892 Basic Century
    ChrisG3XVL#16207 Millionaire
    PeteG0PNM#16592 Millionaire 2 Million Sticker

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Apr 15: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following March 2015 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in.  See the Activity Calendar web page for details on sending in FISTS Eu activity logs.

    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders web page for details on submitting Snakes & Ladders logs.

March 2015

  • 31 Mar 15: The new EuCW Snakes & Ladders season April 2015 to December 2015 starts tomorrow, 01 April 2015.

    Bands are 160m-2m excluding 60m and 4m.  In the new season, QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long and logs must be ADIF files and include:
    Start date/time, end date/time, Callsign, Mode (CW), Frequency (MHz), RST sent, RST received, name, QTH, and a 4 or 6 character locator.

    It is recommended but not essential that name, QTH, and locator be exchanged over the air.  There are potentially higher points if QSOs take place in the upper 10 kHz of the IARU Region 1 band plans' dedicated CW segments.  For the full new rules, please see http://eucw.org/sl.html.

    The free FISTS Log Converter program version 3.1.2 or later for Windows can be used to create & submit entries for EuCW Snakes & Ladders.  You can use its own logbook or import QSOs as ADIF files from other logbook programs.
  • 29 Mar 15: Jackson Harbor Press (Chuck WB9KZY) has introduced the Keyall HV kit.

    The Keyall HV kit allows the owner of a keyer with a low voltage positive (NPN or n-channel MOSFET) keying transistor to drive the vacuum tube transmitters and transceivers of yesteryear.

    This unit will key negative voltage rigs (grid block keying) or positive voltage rigs (cathode keyed tube transmitters and conventional +13.8V powered solid state rigs).  The output transistors and capacitor are rated at 1000 V and 3.1 A (3100 mA).
  • 28 Mar 15: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    DavidVK2JDR#14185 MurrayKI7MH#17194 CharlesK4CEM#17202
    OlofSM6TCE#17063 Cleveland ARCW4GZX#17195 MikeVE4WZ#17203
    KevMM0KSS#17064 KeithWD2AGQ#17196 RonAK4JL#17204
    DavidM0DVV#17065 LouW7MMT#17197 MichaelK7XH#17205
    TonyGM4HRL#17066 VictorKF9SW#17198 WilliamK3WJV#17206
    JosephKD5SLS#17191 DavidNC6D#17199 KurtKO9Z#17207
    PaulKW1L#17192 RichardKC1ARO#17200 JohnW6FCS#17208
    RobertKL1NI#17193 RonW4FEK#17201 Doc KoNE8S#17209
  • 28 Mar 15: FISTS Europe Weekend activities 28-29 March 2015.

    Please join us in the Two Meter & Fifth Sunday sessions:

    Sat 15:00-16:00 & Sun 10:00-11:00 UTC:
    Two Metre Activity is around 144.058.  Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if applicable).

    Sun 13:00-17:00 UTC:
    Fifth Sunday Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).
    Note: you can contact the same station more than once provided it is on different bands.

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 23 Mar 15: The FISTS Brasspounder February 2015 newsletter has just been published.  Brasspounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.
     
  • 20 Mar 15: Vibroplex has bought the Bencher product line.  Their press release says:
    Bencher, Inc. of Antioch Illinois announced the sale today of the Bencher Amateur Radio product lines to Vibroplex, LLC of Knoxville, Tennessee.  This sale ends Bencher's presence in the amateur radio field, thus allowing the principals, Jere Benedict, President, and Bob Locher, (W9KNI) to move towards retirement.

    The product lines sold include the Bencher BY series of Iambic Paddles, (the world's best selling iambic paddle, with over 150,000 sold) as well as the ST series of single lever paddles, the Bencher Hex Paddle, the N2DAN Mercury Paddle, and the Bencher RJ series Hand Keys.  Also included in the sale are the HK-1 Universal Hook-up kit and the YA-1 Low Pass Filter.

    Vibroplex has agreed to honor the manufacturer's warranties of all covered products, and to offer parts and support for these products as well.

    Vibroplex will continue to offer the Bencher products through existing marketing channels.

    Vibroplex may be contacted at http://www.vibroplex.com, or at (865) 309-5073.
    Jere Benedict and Bob Locher wish to express their gratitude to the amateur radio community for its interest and support since the sale of the first Bencher amateur radio products in the early 1970's.
  • 20 Mar 15: FISTS Europe Weekend activities 21-22 Mar.

    Please join us in the Two Meter & Ladder sessions:

    Sat 15:00-16:00 & Sun 10:00-11:00 UTC:
    Two Metre Activity is around 144.058.  Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if applicable).

    Sun 14:00-16:00 & Sun 18:00-20:00 UTC:
    Ladder Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 15 Mar 15: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    PaulZL3TU#14184 JerryWA6BSW#17176 WayneKC0PMH#17184
    StuartM6ZOG#17057 JohnKK6AMY#17177 RichardKE7NUQ#17185
    ChrisG3SQU#17058 GuyKG6FRX#17178 JimNM1W#17186
    RussellM0SLT#17059 DougWD4LNW#17179 MikeN5MJ#17187
    TrigGM4NNC#17060 DennisK6KRV#17180 MatthewKK4FEM#17188
    DavidG3VXS#17061 LarryKK6MF#17181 SteveWA5SAT#17189
    ColinG3USA#17062 TerryKB3VFB#17182 RichKL7KNP#17190
    SantiagoWB6TYP#17175 BobWB4SON#17183    
  • 11 Mar 14: Vibroplex is now the exclusive USA distributor for the entire YouKits product line including the popular HB-1A and HB-1B QRP CW transceivers.

    They are stocking all items at their Knoxville, TN office for quick shipping to USA addresses.
  • 11 Mar 14: The Mountain Topper Tri-Bander CW transceiver for 40m, 30m, and 20m is now available assembled from LNR Precision Inc. (USA).

    Developed by KD1JV, at 3.8" x 2.7" x 1" (LWH) this miniature VFO-controlled transceiver is around the size of a cigarette packet and provides 2.5 Watts (typical) with a 9 Volt power supply (minimum 6 Volt, maximum 12 Volt).
  • 07 Mar 14: Morse Express (USA) has made its new Spring 2015 General Catalogue available online as a PDF, or a paper copy can be ordered (USA only).

    Morse Express provides a wide variety of Morse keys and Morse-related products.
  • 06 Mar 15: The February 2015 FISTS Down Under newsletter is now publicly available.

    FISTS Down Under is the Australian & New Zealand Chapter of the FISTS CW Club.  If you are a current FISTS Member and would like a copy of the March newsletter, please send an email to FISTS Down Under link text.
  • 02 Mar 15: CW Touch Keyer is providing a new model, the P3BS.
    This is a paddle only!  No electronic keyer.  Press the "on" button and forget about turning it off.  It shuts down by itself after 10 minutes if no paddles are touched.  It also tells you when the battery or power source drops below 6.5V.

    The assembled PCB, LED, jack socket, and push button are supplied.  You provide your own paddles that can be made from a conductive metal.  Board size 1.5" by 1.4".  7 - 14 VDC operation.  No electronic keyer.  Open FET output for +13.8V, 60 mA or less keying (no grid block keying).

    Ideal for building into your custom projects.  It outperforms any mechanical.
  • 02 Mar 15: Doug Hendricks of Hendricks QRP Kits has made the following announcement:
    I would like to announce that Hendricks QRP Kits has been sold to James Bennett and Kathy Long of Pacific Antenna and we have started the process of transitioning company operations.

    I will still be involved with the company as a consultant and they will be managing the day-to-day operation as the new owners.

    I enjoyed running Hendricks QRP Kits but it is now time to move on with full retirement.  I would like to thank all of the customers and wonderful QRPers that I've met through the past 10 years of my business ownership.

    Stay tuned to this website for further announcements.  The target date for reopening is April 1. Doug.
  • 02 Mar 15: The Radio Officers Association is organising a radio special event that will be taking place from the lightship Planet which is berthed in Canning dock Liverpool (UK) during the month of May 2015 to remember the tragic sinking of the fine Cunard line ship R.M.S. Lusitania on May 7th 1915.

    R.O.A. have managed to obtain the special event radio callsigns of GB100MFA, MFA being the radio callsign of the Lusitania.

    Two stations will be on air simultaneously both for CW with some SSB.  These two stations will be on amateur radio bands from 3.5 MHz to 28 MHz dependant on propagation conditions.

    R.O.A. will be assisted by members of the M.R.M.S.W. who were previously at Fort Perch Rock but now based on the Planet lightship in Liverpool.
  • 02 Mar 15: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    Phil2E0DPH#14543 Silver Century, Spectrum 40m
    MauroHB9FBG#16260 Gold Century, Millionaire 3 Million Endorsement
    VasekOK2VWB#17006 Basic Century

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Mar 15: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following February 2015 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in.  See the Activity Calendar web page for details on sending in logs.

    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders web page for details on submitting Snakes & Ladders logs.
  • 01 Mar 15: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    Nob7L4NDL#15154 MikeM0AZE#17055 FrankKB0EOR#17168
    GianfrancoIU1DZZ#17049 AlexF8APH#17056 MarshallKM4AVF#17169
    Wey Valley Amateur Radio GroupG6XN#17050 DougW7IRJ#17163 LarryWB4SNU#17170
    RayG3NDS#17051 JoeW8JPF#17164 LuisKD0FKI#17171
    BrunoIK1OUK#17052 JimW5ODD#17165 DavidKB8XG#17172
    AdamG1ZHD#17053 EricKG8FE#17166 FrankWD8FM#17173
    PeterZS6FS#17054 JohnK1YM#17167 DaleW9TTH#17174

February 2015

  • 19 Feb 15: The February 2015 Key Note is now available to all FISTS members.

    Please visit this link to get your copy:
    https://fists.co.uk/members/members.aspx

    Any problems with passwords etc., PLEASE send an email to Graham G3ZOD link text

    Items in this issue include:
    • Australian Gems: The Automorse
    • A Visit to 5B (Cyprus)
    • Review: Palm Single, a Paddle / Sideswiper Key
    • Review: EZKeyer II Kit
    • GPO Single and Double Current Telegraph Keys
    • The Z Codes
    • Rites and Rituals
    ... and more besides!
  • 19 Feb 15: FISTS Europe Weekend activities 21-22 Feb.

    Please join us in the Two Meter & Ladder sessions:

    Sat 15:00-16:00 & Sun 10:00-11:00 UTC:
    Two Metre Activity is around 144.058.  Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if applicable).

    Sun 14:00-16:00 & Sun 18:00-20:00 UTC:
    Ladder Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 16 Feb 15: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    LaurentF5OGJ#17037 RobM0KCP#17048 RaymondW4JOV#17154
    John2E0CWQ#17038 AndyN9NBC#17144 RobertKM4FPQ#17155
    IanG4KJD#17039 SteveWB6ZJD#17145 AlbertN7AL#17156
    MarttiOH4NV#17040 RichardKJ6VMY#17146 DocK5OSA#17157
    David2E0CQW#17041 JackWD0CFH#17147 ScottW9SRP#17158
    ZelezOK1OO#17042 ShaunVE6YA#17148 JimN0SJ#17159
    RobertSM0AFT#17043 TimWB7WFL#17149 BillAE7VU#17160
    DimitriON3RSK#17044 CraigK0CSL#17150 BrandonKF5QLM#17161
    RebekkaON3RM#17045 JackW3GY#17151 RobertKD8ZIM#17162
    FerEA4BL#17046 GlennKM4FXQ#17152    
    ErnstOE1EBC#17047 RobertN4OK#17153    
  • 13 Feb 15: Bananas for CW!

    Jari OH6DC has a video showing him using a paddle key made from bananas.

    The video not only demonstrates one of his highly unusual keys, but also showcases his excellent sending.  For more information, see the banana key web page.
  • 13 Feb 15: The FISTS Americas Winter Unlimited Speed Sprint takes place on Saturday 14th February 1700-2100 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.  The exchange includes:
    RST, U.S. state or Canadian province or DXCC country, first name, FISTS member number or power output in Watts for non-members.

    Members worldwide are invited to participate.

    For N1MM contest logger users, a User Defined Contest (UDC) file is available.  Go to the N1MM website, choose "FILES" then "User Defined Contests (UDC)" and look for the file G3ZQSmem.zip (can be used for Sprints despite the name).  A FISTS Call History File is also available.
  • 07 Feb 15: There is an interesting letter from Connie Hird to the Yorkshire Post recounting her experiences as a WWII Morse code wireless operator.
  • 07 Feb 15: SAQ extra transmission on World Radio Day.

    World Heritage GRIMETON RADIO/SAQ will, hopefully, have a transmission with the Alexanderson alternator on VLF 17.2 kHz on international UNESCO 'World Radio Day' (WRD) on Friday February 13th 2015.

    Tuning up from 14:30 UTC and a message will be sent at 15:00 UTC.

    The message concerning PEACE have been put together by over 200 citizens of Varberg via the "Varberg Calling for Peace" project, in Varberg, Sweden.

    No QSL-cards will be given this time and no List of Reports will be constructed but we accept shorter Listeners Report to e-mail link text
    Our amateur radio station (SK6SAQ) will be active with a special call sign for the day, "7S6WRD" where "WRD" stands for "World Radio Day".

    Frequencies : 7035 CW or 14035 CW, 3755 SSB.  QSL to 7S6WRD via SM bureau.

    The station will be open to visitors 14:00 to 16:00 UTC (15:00-17:00 SVT).  No entrance fee.

    Welcome!  Yours, Lars SM6NM
  • 06 Feb 15: The first ever FISTS Americas Winter Slow Speed Sprint takes place on Saturday 7th February 1700-2100 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.  Maximum speed is 13 wpm.

    The exchange includes: RST, U.S. state or Canadian province or DXCC country, first name, FISTS member number.  Non-members send their power output in Watts instead of a member number.

    Members worldwide are invited to participate.

    For N1MM contest logger users, a User Defined Contest (UDC) file is available.  Go to the N1MM website, choose "FILES" then "User Defined Contests (UDC)" and look for the file G3ZQSmem.zip (can be used for Sprints despite the name).  A FISTS Call History File is also available.
  • 06 Feb 15: FISTS Europe Weekend activities 07-08 Feb.

    Please join us in the Two Meter & Ladder sessions:

    Sat 15:00-16:00 & Sun 10:00-11:00 UTC (note the change in times for 2015):
    Two Metre Activity is around 144.058.  Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if applicable).

    Sun 14:00-16:00 & Sun 18:00-20:00 UTC:
    Ladder Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 02 Feb 15: The December 2014 FISTS Down Under newsletter is now publicly available.

    FISTS Down Under is the Australian & New Zealand Chapter of the FISTS CW Club.  If you are a current FISTS Member and would like a copy of the December newsletter, please send an email to FISTS Down Under link text.
  • 02 Feb 15: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    IanG4MLW#130 Spectrum 40 Metre Endorsement,
    Millionaire 6 Million Endorsement
    PeteWA6OEF#15666 Gold Century, Millionaire 8 Million Endorsement
    ChrisEI6KH#15966 Basic Century
    ChrisMI0AHH#15984 Millionaire
    ChrisG3XVL#16207 Basic Century
    FredG3YJQ#16276 Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    PeteG0PNM#16592 Silver Century

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Feb 15: We're delighted to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    JimBW/G4TDS#15153 BazG7UFI#17030 MattM0ZMS#17031
    BarryM6USG#17032 MalG0BCP#17033 PhilM0BSJ#17034
    MichelFR4QS#17035 BillGM4AGL#17036 TedW5WAG#17131
    EdK1NUH#17132 FrankWB2TDT#17133 DonKB3VAX#17134
    RalphKD2EJR#17135 RickKD8ZYH#17136 CarlK4CHC#17137
    MarshallKA1CFP#17138 BenK4OD#17139 PatrickKE6DUY#17140
    DamonKE6BXY#17141 LesKB0MEF#17142 PaulWE2M#17143
  • 01 Feb 15: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following January 2015 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs so that the organisers and other participants are aware of the levels of activity.  For all FISTS Eu Activities, logs can be submitted using the FISTS Log Converter program or may be in Excel, CSV or Cabrillo format or neatly reproduced on paper; see the Activity Calendar web page for details.

    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders web page for details on submitting Snakes & Ladders logs.

January 2015

  • EUCW logo.
    30 Jan 15: The latest version (3.1.2) of the free FISTS Log Converter program is now available.  This version supports the new season of EuCW Snakes & Ladders that starts in April 2015.

    FISTS Log Converter can read ADIF log files exported from logbook programs and create & submit entries for EuCW Snakes & Ladders, EuCW QRS Week, FISTS Awards, and FISTS Europe Activities.  For those not currently using a logbook program, it includes an optional logbook of its own.

    The program is available from the download web page.  Many thanks to Alex PA1FOX, Peter G4LHI, Robert DM4RW, and Richard G0ILN for helping with the design & testing.
  • 28 Jan 15: The BBC iPlayer video Trusadh Series 6: 2. The Wave Messengers is a look at the use of Morse Code at sea.  Former Radio Officer Hamish Taylor, of Harris, examines the importance of the seldom-mentioned sea messengers.
    Note: it will probably not be available outside the UK.

    The video, which is mostly in Scottish Gaelic with English subtitles, includes Morse code training, ship-to-shore radio, and a visit to the reconstructed ship's radio room at Sandford Mill Museum (Chelmsford).

    Many thanks to Phil M0BSJ for bringing this to our attention.
  • 23 Jan 15: FISTS Europe Weekend activities 24-25 Jan.

    Please join us in the Two Meter & Ladder sessions:

    Sat 15:00-16:00 & Sun 10:00-11:00 UTC (note the change in times for 2015):
    Two Metre Activity is around 144.058.  Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if applicable).

    Sun 14:00-16:00 & Sun 18:00-20:00 UTC:
    Ladder Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 17 Jan 15: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    KenZL3AA#14183 JohnM0HFH#17022 StephenGI0HHV#17023
    JohnG3HTA#17024 JohnG4VLF#17025 JaapM0HNY#17026
    CliffG4VJI#17027 EmilI5EFO#17028 John2M0JCG#17029
    ErnestK8EEE#17114 JohnKF7ICN#17115 DaveNJ4F#17116
    FloydW5FEC#17117 KurtWB9TZY#17118 DavidK8RXB#17119
    RonKD2HRN#17120 EdNR4CW#17121 GaryK7ORG#17122
    MikeWD5KCQ#17123 AugustWA2HTF#17124 EdN7NSL#17125
    AnthonyAB9YC#17126 DrewW3ZW#17127 DavidWA2WAP#17128
    EdKC8SBV#17129 JuanN5RGV#17130
  • 15 Jan 15: New EZKeyer 3 kit from Four State QRP Group: Building on the popular EZKeyer and EZKeyer II, this third generation very capable Morse Code keyer has some additional features - a beautiful new easy building enclosure, a smaller footprint, new PIC microcontroller, Speed Pot, larger message memories, new printed circuit board layout, and large push button switches.

    All connectors, switches, the speed pot, and components are board mounted, making the keyer completely self contained on the board.  No external parts or wires are required (excepting battery leads).

    See the kit's web page for more details and ordering information.
  • 10 Jan 15: FISTS CW Club member Mike G0CVZ from Czech Morse Keys reports:
    We now have only 3 Czech Morse keys with minor scratches and/or slight rust, however the internals are as new.  So if you want a key then please order by the 10th Jan 2015, after which the Paypal buttons will be removed.  In Feb 2015 we will then carry out a final stock check and put the remaining keys up for sale.  If you want any spare parts (springs, cables, etc), then now is the time to email and ask, thank you.

    I would like to thank all those who have purchased from us; and hope you continue to use your keys.  It has been a pleasure to bring these keys to hams all over the world and I have enjoyed meeting and communicating with many new found friends. Have fun with CW, enjoy it and long may it continue.
  • 10 Jan 15: FISTS Europe Weekend activities 10-11 Jan.

    Please join us in the Two Meter & Ladder sessions:

    Sat 15:00-16:00 & Sun 10:00-11:00 UTC (note the change in times for 2015):
    Two Metre Activity is around 144.058.  Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if applicable).

    Sun 14:00-16:00 & Sun 18:00-20:00 UTC:
    Ladder Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 07 Jan 15: FISTS North America Members: You can now check if your dues are due on the website's new FISTS Expiration Date web page.

    If they are due, you can pay your dues online.

    (Note: FISTS Eu members can check their date in the website's Members' Area web page.)
  • 06 Jan 15: Morse Classes at Danbury Essex (UK)
    Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (Essex, UK) invite you to join their Morse classes which will be starting at 7pm on Thursday, January 15 at the Danbury Village Hall CM3 4NQ.

    Newcomers will be made very welcome.  Start either as a complete beginner or the Morse team can help you to build up your confidence on the Morse and paddle key.  Contact Andrew, G0IBN, on 01621 868347 or email: g0ibn<at>kersey1.freeserve.co.uk

    Also starting January 15 is the Foundation training course.  To find out more speak to Clive G1EUC on
    Tel: 01245-224577,
    Mob: 07860-418835,
    E-mail: training2015 at g0mwt.org.uk,
    Web: http://g0mwt.org.uk/training/
  • 06 Jan 15: Kanga Products (Dennis G6YBC) is now selling plug-in band pass filter kits for the W1REX Texas Topper QRP/QRPP to 5 Watt amplifer.

    The kit includes parts and PCBs to build 3 filters for 80m, 30m, and 20m, enabling the amplifier to be used on these bands in addition to the supplied 40m band.
     
  • 06 Jan 15: The January 2015 edition of the "morsEAsia" newsletter from FISTS CW Club East Asia is available.

    This edition includes Japan's new Band Plans, effective on January 5, 2015.

    FISTS East Asia was formed in 2004 to provide East Asian members with various services in their native languages.
  • 06 Jan 15: Hendricks QRP Kits is closing temporarily.  Doug Hendricks writes:
    "Hendricks QRP kits will be closing for a short time.  I have to have some minor surgery done.  I am fine and it is not life-threatening but I need to take care of it and take care of my health.  We will be closed from now until March 1 which is the target reopening date.  Thank you for all of your past business.  All orders currently placed will ship in the next few days."
  • 04 Jan 15: Starting in 2015 the FISTS CW Club North America is adding four new Slow Speed Sprints to the Sprint Program line up.  Sprints will be held on the first and second Saturdays.  The first Saturday will be the Slow Speed Sprint and the second Saturday will be the usual Sprint with no speed limit.

    The Slow Speed Sprint is a great opportunity to introduce our newer members to the fun of operating FISTS Sprints and for our old hands maybe to brush off those straight keys, cooties, side swipers, bugs, etc. and also join in the fun!

    In the Slow Speed Sprint, all operators should send no faster than 13 WPM and if someone is calling you or CQing at a slower speed, you should QRS to match their speed.  That is the only change; all other rules, scoring, etc. will remain as for the usual Sprint!
  • 03 Jan 15: A very warm welcome to our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    EdAF7BN#16896 ColinW5CCM#16897 MarkWD8NZP#16898
    JulianKE0CEB#16899 AshleyG0PFD#17019 CJM3AHT#17020
    ClaudeF6FAS#17021 ScottyK4RZR#17100 DavidAF5UO#17101
    JohnW9YX#17102 PeteWW3O#17103 AllanW4EAB#17104
    GlennK3SWZ#17105 BillVE3EBN#17106 HowardWB1AJX#17107
    ErikKD8RNF#17108 FrankWA2BQU#17109 JamesAC2IL#17110
    RickKX9DX#17111 JohnK0OT#17112 DavidN7XHX#17113
  • 03 Jan 15: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following December 2014 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs so that the organisers and other participants are aware of the levels of activity.  For all FISTS Eu Activities, logs can be submitted using the FISTS Log Converter program or may be in Excel, CSV or Cabrillo format or neatly reproduced on paper; see the Activity Calendar web page for details.

    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders web page for details on submitting Snakes & Ladders logs.
  • 02 Jan 15: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    PeterG4LHI#2219 Millionaire 8 Million Endorsement
    PeterM5ABN#6423 Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    DonVE3HUR#11349 Millionaire 6 Million Endorsement
    Phil2E0DPH#14543 Millionaire
    PeteWA6OEF#15666 1 X QRP

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Jan 15: Happy New Year from all at FISTS CW Club!

    This weekend, 3-4 Jan, we start with a new 6 month Two Metre Activity (Jan-Jun).  Please note the time changes: Sat 15:00-16:00 & Sun 10:00-11:00 UTC.
    Activity is around 144.058.  Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if applicable).  QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.

    The FISTS Ladder and FISTS Fifth Sunday Activities also start afresh in 2015.

    Participants in the EuCW Snakes & Ladders activity, please be aware that the 2014/2014 activity continues until the end of March 2015.  This is followed by a new activity running from 1st April 2015 to 31st December 2015.

    The EuCW ON5ME 160m party takes place on 3rd Jan 20:00- 23:00 UTC and 4th Jan 04:00 - 07:00 UTC.

    Last but not least, if you have achieved one or more of the FISTS East Asia 10th Anniversary Awards during 2014, please remember to apply for them on or before 15th January 2015.

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