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Welcome to FISTS CW Club

FISTS supports the use, preservation and education of Morse code.  The club is devoted exclusively to CW operators, CW operating and people who are passionate about Morse code.


NYE 320-001 Straight Key from Dennis K6DF's collection.  Click to go to a larger picture We have three straightforward goals:
  • Further the use of CW (Morse Code)
  • Engender friendships among members
  • Encourage newcomers to use CW (Morse Code)

FISTS UK is the Headquarters of the FISTS Club (International Morse Preservation Society).
Bencher BY-1 Paddle from Dennis K6DF's collection.  Click to go to a larger picture
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  • 13 Dec 14: FISTS CW Club North America offers new Online Subscription

    FISTS CW Club in North America is now offering an Online Subscription for $10 (USD) per year with the KeyNote newsletter available from the website.

    You may join or renew on the website at: http://fistsna.org/howdoi.html#join

    FISTS CW Club promotes the use of Morse Code and is open to anyone with an interest in Morse.
  • 13 Dec 14: Kent Engineers are proud to present their new Morse tutor for smart phones and Androids.  This App is available for free download from Google play store.

    The KENT Morse tutor generates random Morse code in groups of 5, or random length groups of 1 to 10 characters and lesson lengths of up to 250 groups of characters.

    The selectable letters, numbers and punctuations can be played individually or in any combination.

    Code speeds from 5 wpm to 40 wpm can be selected in 1 wpm steps, and an independent delay can be inserted between characters.  This feature allows you to learn each character at the correct speed but allows thinking time between characters.  A you improve, the delay can be reduced.

    The tone can be set between 500Hz and 1750Hz.

    It can be uploaded to smart phones or Android at
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=morse.tutor&hl=en
  • 13 Dec 14: We're delighted to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    BillW4ZWO#16872 RicKC1CL#16873 ChristopherKG7NFF#16874
    JamesKB1YZ#16875 DonAC7EG#16876 RichardK3VYY#16877
    DavidN1NI#16878 DavidW5MKT#16879 MichaelK4CMT#16880
    JustinKG5DYY#16881 JeffKD9BLO#16882 JamesKI6JD#16883
    Steve2E0GHX#17005 VasekOK2VWB#17006 AlanM0DNU#17007
    JackF5IJO#17008 JanosYO6GZI#17009 NeerajVUSWL24#17011
    TomG4GUY#17012 DickyG0MJP#17013 JuhaOH3NX#17014
    JalmarOZ1JHM#17015
  • 13 Dec 14: FISTS Europe Weekend activities 13-14 Dec.

    Sat 17:00-18:00 & Sun 09:00-10:00 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.
  • 12 Dec 14: The Morse Express (USA) Christmas 2014 Key is now available.

    It is a fully functional miniature telegraph key commissioned by Morse Express and made by GHD Telegraph Key in Sendai City Japan.

    The key is fully adjustable, with precision pin bearings at the trunnion, and it has two miniature binding posts.  Its balance is perfect, and lever tension is provided by a compression spring that is located forward of the trunnion posts.  The contacts are hard-silver and there are three small anti-skid feet on the bottom for stability.  GHD's Toshihiko Ujiie uses both modern and traditional techniques to produce a miniature key that will be equally at home in the radio shack, in the field, or decorating a Christmas tree.

    This year's key features a deep-grained mahogany base with a warm, smooth finish, perfectly proportioned to distribute the weight of the key and the downward keying force, providing a stable platform for comfortable use.

    The 2014 Christmas Key measures 1.25" x 2.25" at the base.  It is 1.5" tall and it weighs just over 1.5 ounces.
  • 12 Dec 14: The November 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.
  • 10 Dec 14: The latest version (3.1.0) of the free FISTS Log Converter program is now available.

    This version supports all FISTS Europe 2015 Activities.  It also adds a "Find QSOs" feature to the logbook.

    The program is available from the download web page.  Many thanks to Alex PA1FOX, Peter G4LHI, and Richard G0ILN for helping with the design & testing.
  • 03 Dec 14: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    IanG4MLW#130 Millionaire 5 Million Endorsement
    DaveKA3YNV#3685 Basic Century
    IanZL2AIM#9683 Silver Century
    GaryW4IHI#13344 Millionaire 5 Million Endorsement
    JohnG4LRG#14873 Worked All USA States
    PeteWA6OEF#15666 Spectrum 15m Endorsement and Millionaire 7 Million Endorsement

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 27 Nov 14: Weekend 29-30 November - no less than five FISTS Europe Activities!
    A single QSO can count for multiple activities - so please enter as many as you can.  QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs.  Note: this weekend is the CQ WW CW contest, so narrow filters at the ready!

    Sat 17:00-18:00 UTC: Two Metre Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if available).
    One QSO with an operator per day.

    Sun 00:00 - Sat 06 Dec 23:59 UTC: Straight Key Week Exchange a minimum of RST, name, QTH, & member number (if available).
    One QSO with an operator per band per day.
    Entrants must use straight keys or sideswipers (no bug keys, keyers, keyboards etc.)

    Sun 09:00-10:00 UTC: Two Metre Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if available).
    One QSO with an operator per day.

    Sun 13:00-17:00 UTC: Fifth Sunday Minimum exchange of RST, name, QTH, & member number (if available).
    One QSO with an operator per band.

    Sun 14:00-17:00 UTC: International Days St Andrew's Day has a minimum exchange of RST, name, QTH, & member number (if available).
    One QSO with an operator.
  • 25 Nov 14: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    RonWE5O#16864 LeeKF7YRS#16865 DaleW6DGD#16866
    WayneKG4ZQY#16867 LloydVE4AEA#16868 KenNG2H#16869
    LenKY5V#16870 TimmKC3BJW#16871 BjornLB1GB#16997
    StanG4JGV#16998 NormanG4NFS#16999 LeszekSP1RKH#17001
    MarkG4MEM#17002 DavidG0OOG#17003 KlaasPA3ADC#17004
    Fort Purbrook Amateur Radio Club (FPARC)G3CNO#17010
  • 20 Nov 14: The ARTSAT2:DESPATCH spacecraft will be carrying a 7 watt CW transmitter on 437.325 MHz.

    The spacecraft, which is due to be launched on 30th November 2014, will have an elliptic orbit around the Sun and travel to a deep space orbit between Venus and Mars.  The distance from the Sun will be between 0.7 and 1.3 AU (an Astronomical Unit (AU) is 149,597,871 km).

    Morse code is being used to transmit housekeeping data at 6 wpm until the spacecraft reaches 180,000 km from Earth.
  • 20 Nov 14: TX factor's Hamfest 2014 video features an interview with FISTS member Mary G0BQV (FISTS #40), who enthuses about CW.  The interview starts at around 18 minutes.

    During an interview with VMARS there are glimpses of Chris G5VZ, Paul M0BMN, and Graham G3ZOD on the FISTS stand.
  • 20 Nov 14: FISTS CW Club Eu Weekend Activities: The next FISTS Eu Ladder sessions are on Sunday 23 November, 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.

    The next FISTS Eu Two Metre Activity sessions are:
    - Sat. 22 Nov. 1700-1800 UTC, Sun. 23 Nov. 0900-1000 UTC.
    - Sat. 29 Nov. 1700-1800 UTC, Sun. 30 Nov. 0900-1000 UTC.
    - Sat. 06 Dec. 1700-1800 UTC, Sun. 07 Dec. 0900-1000 UTC.

    In the Ladder, activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz, and exchange a minimum of: name, RST received, QTH and (if applicable) FISTS member number.

    In the Two Metre Activity exchange a minimum of: RST, Name, 6 character Locator, and (if applicable) FISTS member number.  A calling frequency of 144.058 MHz can be used to establish contacts.  Logs are welcomed and QSOs count towards FISTS Awards.

    FISTS Eu Activities include relaxed, conversational QSOs and are an opportunity to meet up with other members.  Call CQ or call other people at a speed of your own choosing.  Members from other FISTS Chapters are invited to join in; contacts do not have to be with members of FISTS Eu.
  • 17 Nov 14: The latest version (3.0.8) of the free FISTS Log Converter program is now available.

    A minority of logbook programs do not allow you to record a QSO's end time.  However, QSO end time is needed for the FISTS Rag Chewers Awards and some EuCW Activities.  This new version of FISTS Log Converter allows you to store the QSO end time in your logbook's Comment / Notes / Remarks field by adding "TIMEOFF" followed by a space then the time in UTC as 4 digits (hours and minutes) or 6 digits (hours, minutes, and seconds).  Do not include colons or any other characters - just 4 or 6 digits only.  For example, QSO end times of 09:29:00 UTC and 21:40:30 UTC can be represented using:

    TIMEOFF  0929
    TIMEOFF  214030

    There are also other improvements and bug fixes.  The program is available from the download web page.  Many thanks to Alex PA1FOX, David G4YVM, Peter G4LHI, and Richard G0ILN for helping with the design & testing.

Please visit the News page for a full list of recent and older news items.

Interested in becoming a member?

FISTS HQ welcomes new members who have a passion for Morse Code.

1990 Vibroplex from Dennis K6DF's collection. Click to go to a larger picture Benefits of membership include:
  • Our popular Quarterly A5 News Booklet
  • Free use of the FISTS QSL Bureau
  • Access to our members-only area
  • Help and support from like minded people
The FISTS Club is one of amateur radio's fastest growing organisations.  It's an unique club, founded and maintained on solid principles using radio's oldest and yet most reliable communications mode - CW!  Why not join us?

FISTS History

The FISTS Club, (International Morse Preservation Society) was founded in 1987 by the late George "Geo" Longden G3ZQS of Darwen, Lancashire England, after recognising a need for a club in which veteran operators would help newcomers and less-experienced operators learn and improve CW proficiency.  During the first year, membership reached 300, most of whom were in Great Britain and Europe.  The original Introduction to FISTS by Geo holds as true today as it did when he wrote it.  Geo also explains how he chose the name FISTS.

Sideswiper ('cootie') Key Number 9 made by Bill NT9K.  Click for a large picture.

The North American Chapter was formed in 1990 to assist 11 members in the USA receive the newsletter and as a banking convenience.  Nancy Kott WZ8C of Hadley, Michigan was named US representative, a position she held until sadly she became a Silent Key in 2014.

The Down Under Chapter (New Zealand / Australia) was formed in 1998 to provide a similar service to Australasian members, with Ralph Sutton ZL2AOH as the VK/ZL representative.  From a VK/ZL membership of four, there are now over 100 members "Down Under", principally in New Zealand. The New Zealand membership is the largest in any country outside England, Wales and North America.

The East Asia Chapter was formed in 2004 by a few Taiwanese and Japanese members to provide East Asian members with various services in their native languages.

Why not join us?


Acknowledgements: Thank you to Dennis K6DF, Bill NT9K and Billy AB4RH for permission to use photographs from their key collections.

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