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News 2021

September 2021

  • 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.

August 2021

  • 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.

July 2021

  • 23 Jul 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder, Mechanical Key Days and What 3 Words on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 25 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.
    • Mechanical Key Days Sunday 01 August 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 06 August – Sunday 08 August; 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. 
  • 13 Jul 21: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder July 2021 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    G3YQ SK aged 108, Spark vs CW and how to tune the Valve Antenna!  Also the results for the 2021 Ladder, Spring Word Search and June Mechanical Key Days on-air activities along with information about the upcoming activities and other topics.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
  • 10 Jul 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder, Mechanical Key Days and What 3 Words on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 11 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.
    • Mechanical Key Days Sunday 01 August 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 06 August – Sunday 08 August; 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. 
  • 03 Jul 21: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that took place or were finished by the end of 01 July 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.

June 2021

  • 29 Jun 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club What 3 Words and Mechanical Key Days on-air activities:
    • What 3 Words Friday 02 July – Sunday 04 July; 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.
    • Mechanical Key Days Thursday 01 July 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. 
  • 25 Jun 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder, Mechanical Key Days and Word Search 2021 on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 27 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 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.)
    • Mechanical Key Days Thursday 01 July 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. 
  • 25 Jun 21: Graham G3ZOD writes: UK amateurs, the annual RSGB 6m CW contest is Sunday 27 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.
  • 16 Jun 21: The June 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:
    • Logging - G5VZ.
    • The dummies guide to sparkgap - GW0WEE.
    • Building a CW pressure paddle - VK3IL.
    • The Swedish key - G3VBS.
    • Children and Morse - G4CLE.
    • EFHW antenna love it or hate it? - M0BMN.
    • 2E0OTB equipment revisited - MM0GSS.
    • Review: GM0EUL mini paddle - G5VZ.

    ... 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:
  • 12 Jun 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder, Mechanical Key Days and Word Search 2021 on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 13 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 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.)
    • Mechanical Key Days Thursday 01 July 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. 
  • 12 Jun 21: The latest version, 4.1.0, of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version adds the What 3 Words 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.
  • 10 Jun 21: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder June 2021 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    It includes the results for the 2021 Ladder and June Mechanical Key Days on-air activities along with information about the upcoming activities and other topics.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
     
  • 02 Jun 21: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that took place or were finished by the end of 01 June 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.

May 2021

  • 31 May 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Mechanical Key Days on-air activity: Tuesday 01 June 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. Club Europe. 
  • 21 May 21: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Ladder, Mechanical Key Days and Word Search 2021 on-air activities:
    • Mechanical Key Days Tuesday 01 June 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 23 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 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. 
  • 15 May 21: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder May 2021 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    It includes the results for the 2021 Ladder and May Mechanical Key Days on-air activities along with information about the upcoming activities and other topics.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
     
  • 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 activities:
    • 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 activities:
    • 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 activities:
    • 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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