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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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  • 20 Jul 14: Message to FISTS North America Members:

    One of the things that active FISTS members look forward to is receiving our NA Chapter KeyNote.  With the transition since Nancy, WZ8C became a SK, this has been one area of concern.  How does the KeyNote get put together, laid out, sent to the printer and then mailed out.  Some of the moving parts to the process were just a matter of setting things in place.

    Thanks to Dan, KB6NU, we now have someone who has a great deal of experience serving as our KeyNote Editor.  Dan is a consummate professional and will not just throw something together and rush it off to the printer and call it done.  Dan is a volunteer, like all who serve the NA Chapter.  He does, however, have to share his time with earning a living and other obligations.

    This upcoming issue for which you all have been waiting is in the works.  It is a special one as it will be a memorial to Nancy, WZ8C, our founding NA chapter president, as well as a reference issue.  The reference section includes the things our chapter has to offer its members which Nancy, along with others brought to fruition, among other pertinent things.

    I can only ask your patience as this issue is completed and moved to printing.

    One final note, the NA Chapter will sometime in the future offer the KeyNote in a format which can be downloaded by active members from our web site.
    This, too, requires some logistics to accomplish.  Print issues will continue to be mailed out to all active members, as many have expressed the desire for them in that format as well.

    73's Karl, KB1DSB
    FISTS, NA Chapter, president
  • 18 Jul 14: The next sessions of the new FISTS Eu Two Metre Activity are on Saturday evening 19th July 1700-1800 UTC followed on the Sunday morning with a session at 0900-1000 UTC.

    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.
  • 17 Jul 14: Gregg WB8LZG has resumed making wooden finger pieces for keys.  (Note: please ignore the "crossing-out" on his website; this is a technical issue; Gregg really is supplying finger pieces again.)  He writes:

    I will be taking orders for a Limited run of replacement finger pieces from now until Sept 15, 2014.  I can make them for Vibroplex, Bencher, P2, Black Widow and a few others.  Here are the woods available:
    • African Padouc, dark red, nice grain
    • Tulipwood, red with nice grain
    • Purple Heart, dark purple with nice curling
    • Canarywood, yellow with nice figure
    • Great Western Curly Maple, light yellowish, very nice "tiger" curling
    • Mohogany, light brown
    • Northern Mich curly Maple, Birdseye Maple, light yellowish
    • Spalted Beech, light wood, nice spallting
    • Brazilian Satinwood, yellow with very nice figure
    • African Sapele, Brown es nice grain
    • Zebra wood, light brown with superior figure
    • Chate Cok, red with nice figure

    Cost is $25 (USD) per set postpaid, $40 (USD) fer 2 sets postpaid.  I can make them for other keys besides Vibroplex, Benchers, P2's, Black Widows es Schurrs but custom pieces are $40 (USD) a set, and I need an EXACT tracing to show size and hole placement.  Vibroplex single lever paddles get 2 finger pieces es nylon spacers with mounting screws.

    All pieces get made in 3 shapes.  Vibroplex ovals, Bencher triangles, and a Generic "rounded off triangle" (for P2s es similar).  Anything other than these 3 shapes is a custom order.

    Orders are expected to be filled by mid November - early December 2014.

    This is what I need to do your order:
    • State how many sets.
    • For what kind of key.
    • State a choice of wood. ( 1st es 2nd choice please)
    • Enclose check or M.O. for the order to my QRZ.com address.
    • Your correct return shipping address.

    Any Questions?  Contact me for information at link text
    73 Gregg WB8LZG
  • 17 Jul 14: Pete G0PNM has a Facebook Group for FISTS CW Club that club members may enjoy joining.

    FISTS CW Club (Europe) News items are available from the official Facebook Page for FISTS CW Club.
  • 17 Jul 14: The July 2014 edition of the "morsEAsia" newsletter from FISTS East Asia is available.

    This edition is packed with interesting articles, including details of a homebrew bug key.

    FISTS East Asia was formed in 2004 to provide East Asian members with various services in their native languages.
  • 13 Jul 14: We're very pleased to welcome our latest members:

    JudW9IAL#16775 BarryK4BLB#16776 Long Family GroupAA9BL#16777
    ScottN0HOT#16778 KeithG0CXP#16903 BernardG8EWF#16904
    MikeG1KOT#16905
  • 11 Jul 14: The FISTS Eu International Day Bastille Day activity is on Monday 14th July, 14:00-17:00 UTC (15:00-18:00 BST).  Activity is typically around 7.028 and 14.058 MHz.  The minimum exchange is RST, name, QTH and (if applicable) FISTS member number.  European FISTS Activities are relaxed events with sociable QSOs and everyone, from those relatively new to CW to experts, is encouraged to join in.  The scoring provides most points for contacting members and non-members from France.  Log submissions are welcomed but not essential.

    QSOs that take place during the overlap between the Bastille Day and Ladder activities can be submitted in logs for both.

    The free FISTS Log Converter program can be used to create log submissions for this and all other European FISTS Activities.
  • 11 Jul 14: Ladder Sunday: The next FISTS Eu Ladder sessions are on Sunday 13th July, 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.

    The Ladder involves relaxed, conversational QSOs and is a good opportunity to meet up with other members.  Call CQ or call other people at a speed of your own choosing.  Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz, and QSOs must include at a minimum exchange of name, RST received, QTH and (if applicable) FISTS member number.

    Note: QSOs in the Ladder with European stations also count for the EuCW Snakes & Ladders activity.  Ensure you look up each station's Locator and include it in your electronic log.
  • 11 Jul 14: The next sessions of the new FISTS Eu Two Metre Activity are on Saturday evening 12th July 1700-1800 UTC followed on the Sunday morning with a session at 0900-1000 UTC.

    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.
  • 08 Jul 14: New from Begali is the 60th Anniversary Key, a special edition of their aclaimed Sculpture key, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the company.  Only 214 will ever be made.

    There are two further new keys for 2014:

    Callsigns can be engraved on these keys for an additional fee.
  • 08 Jul 14: The FISTS North America Summer Sprint takes place on Saturday 12th July 0000-0400 UTC.  Members worldwide are invited to participate.

    Bands are 3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz.  Work stations only once per band.

    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.  Call 'CQ FS'.
  • 08 Jul 14: CW operators urgently needed in Wiltshire, UK

    From RSGB RSS: Over the weekend 26-27 July, the village of Codford - near Warminster in Wiltshire - will be commemorating the centenary of the start of WW1.

    This event will fill the village hall and its adjacent recreation field with a rich mixture of memorabilia and other exhibits from the time, including a full-scale section of a front-line trench.

    In the trench dugout will be an earth-mode telegraph station, which will communicate with a similar station on the far side of the field.

    Reproduction telegraph equipment is being constructed by members of the Trowbridge and District ARC, but there is a critical shortage of CW operators to demonstrate the stations.

    Any willing volunteers would be most welcome.  Please contact G0GRI via the Trowbridge and District ARC website or G4ZUP who is QTHR or G3ZXX via the GB3JB repeater or its website.

    There is more information on this project at http://earthmodetelegraph.webnode.com.
  • 08 Jul 14: Mike NT8O and Fred N8BX are now producing K8RA keys (Jerry K8RA became a Silent Key in January).

    For more information, see the K8RA website.
     
  • 07 Jul 14: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    MilanS58MU#8905 Basic Century Award
    PhilN1DN#14602 Basic Century Award
    JohnG4LRG #14873 Perpetual Prefix 50 & 100 Endorsements
    PeteG0PNM #16592 Basic Century Award

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 07 Jul 14: Want to know the connection between the BBC Sports reporter 'Wimble Dot' and FISTS CW Club?  Listen to this BBC iPlayer recording at 54 minutes 30 seconds in Friday's Radio 4 'PM' programme.

    Note: the recording expires in a few days time, so don't delay.  With thanks to Chris GU3TUX for bringing this to our attention.
  • 06 Jul 14: The fifth FISTS International Day activity, Tynwald Day, is on Monday 7th July, 14:00-17:00 UTC (15:00-18:00 BST).  Activity is typically around 7.028 and 14.058 MHz.  The minimum exchange is RST, name, QTH and (if applicable) FISTS member number.  European FISTS Activities are relaxed events with sociable QSOs and everyone, from those relatively new to CW to experts, is encouraged to join in.  The scoring provides most points for contacting members and non-members from the Isle of Man.  Log submissions are welcomed but not essential.

    The free FISTS Log Converter program can be used to create log submissions for all European FISTS Activities, EuCW Snakes & Ladders and EuCW QRS Week Activities.
  • 04 Jul 14: FISTS Member Pete G0PNM has recorded a video demonstrating and comparing his Czech, HiMound HK708, and Kent straight keys.
     
     
     
  • 03 Jul 14: The very first session of the new, weekly FISTS Eu Two Metre Activity is on Saturday evening 5th July 1700-1800 UTC followed on Sunday morning with a session at 0900-1000 UTC.

    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.
  • 01 Jul 14: The TBKII (Torsion Bar Key) is a new single lever key from Steve Roberts W1SFR.

    You can use it as a standard paddle, a sideswiper, or as a straight key.

    The contact system uses stainless steel tabs that make contact with the contact screws.  The contact is virtually silent and the slight cushioning effect creates a very smooth action.  This system of contact makes this key an excellent sideswiper as well.
  • 01 Jul 14: The June 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 to receive the latest newsletter (only available to members), please send an email to FISTS Down Under fists-down-under@ihug.co.nz.
  • 01 Jul 14: A very warm welcome to our latest members:

    SteveM0GNG#16692 IanG4DPF#16694 AndrewM6APP#16695
    JohnG4PBN#16696 TonyGSWL22#16697 MarcoIZ4ISK#16698
    MikeM1BVA#16699 BillKB1WJK#16768 PatrickKM4CGV#16769
    TimothyAD2WB#16770 JuliaKT4JR#16771 LarryK4MWE#16772
    JohnWP3ZP#16773 JohnWP3ZP#16773 MarshallKF0UV#16774
    GrahamG4NMD#16900 PaulIK1JPW#16901 ChrisG0VUT#16902
  • 26 Jun 14: The second FISTS Eu Fifth Sunday activity of the year is on 29th June, 13:00-17:00 UTC.

    The minimum exchange is RST, name, QTH and (if applicable) FISTS member number. 
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz, and QSOs must include exchange of RST, name, QTH and (if applicable) FISTS member number.
    Note: you can contact the same station more than once provided it is on different bands.

    European FISTS Activities are relaxed events with sociable QSOs and everyone, from those relatively new to CW to experts, is encouraged to join in.  Logs are welcomed but not essential.
  • 26 Jun 14: UK amateurs: The third annual RSGB 6m CW contest is Sunday 29th June, 0900-1200 UTC.

    This should be interesting with the added likelihood of sporadic E.  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!
  • 25 Jun 14: GT3ZME/P FISTS Club member #15554 Telford and District Amateur Society (UK) will be visiting the Isle Of Man June 26-30 and will be operating on:

    HF 160 Meters to 10 Meters.
    VHF 50MHz 70MHz 144MHz UHF 1.3GHz.
    SHF 2.3GHz 3.4GHz 5.7GHz 10GHz 24GHz.

    Please look out for us - I will be calling CQ FISTS on HF and 2m.
    On 2 meters at 19.00 GMT beaming to the south moving to north as I call.

    Cheers, Paul M0PNN.

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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