Welcome to FISTS CW ClubFISTS 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.
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).
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Spring Sprint 2013
results are now available.
The Sprints are run quarterly. For more information about them, please see Sprints on the FISTS North America website.
Portsmouth Radio Club N8QA #16100 David 2E0CTU #16259 Mauro HB9FBG #16260 Steve DB1AAY #16261 Rochelle AE7ZQ #16333 Bob WU5Q #16346 Bob N7WY #16347 Stuart KD5ZIG #16348 Tom KL3QI #16349 Preston NR6L #16350
He has written a paper about this and a program. There is also a YouTube video available.
Financial constraints have forced the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd to wind up the telegraphic service, which would be remembered mainly as a historically inexpensive but relatively quick method of sending alerts related to births, deaths and emergency situations. For more information, see the article in the The Hindu.
If you're working towards the FISTS Prefix award and endorsements, look out for stations using these prefixes.
Applications can be made online. You will need to have your licence number ready.
"The RSGB Archives at the national Radio Centre would like electronic copies of local and national club newsletters - including back numbers - which will be held for the benefit of future amateur radio researchers. If your club would be willing to let us keep copies of this material, please contact Martin Atherton, G3ZAY (g3zay at btinternet dot com) or Elaine Richards, G4LFM (elaine.richards at rsgb dot org dot uk) so that we can discuss the best way to transfer them."
The offer is strictly limited to those in the UK and is only valid until July 14, 2013.
Further information at http://rsgbshop.org/poundmember
Note: UK Radio Amateurs aged under 18 or those aged 25 and under in Full Time Education are already entitled to Free RSGB membership, see http://rsgb.org/main/myrsgb/join-us/
from Trasimeno Lake, central Italy, ww loc. JN63AE from June 21 to 29.
It will be a 10 days relaxing holiday in a Camping located on the northern shore of the Lake.
The location is valid for the Italian Lake Award (aka
Diploma del Laghi Italiani
- D.L.I.) as I0-058.
Activity will be mostly QRO (100W and Dipoles-GP) on 40m and 20m around 7.025 and 14025 kHz, with some tests on QRP frequencies using my homemade rigs.
See you. 73 Fabio, IK0IXI. FISTS 14539
Special mounting kits are available for the FT-817 and KX3 along with other accessories.
The new paddle and the related items are available at the Friedrichshafen HAM Radio fair at the end of this month, Hall A1, booth E 602.
- FISTS Eu Ladder sessions are on Sunday 9th June, 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC. These involve relaxed, conversational QSOs. 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 exchange of name, QTH and (if applicable) FISTS member number. Members worldwide are encouraged to join in.
has been extended to include endorsements for adding 50, 100, and 150 more prefixes (5, 10, and 15 per call area number respectively).
Geoff G3UCK #16250 Gordon MM0MUR #16251 Rob GD4RFZ #16252 Pat M0XII #16253 Syd M0SGF #16254 John GSWL18 #16255 Duncan G3WZD #16256 Rick M0ZAV #16257 Scott WA9STI #16318 Mike AA6AE #16319 John N2DVD #16320 Nancy K9DIG #16321 Dan KC9UPP #16322 Tim KQ8M #16323 Tomy KF7GC #16324 Mark WA2NYY #16325 Rick KB1CU #16326 Alvin W8UJM #16327 Danny KF7TDF #16328 Edward KE3HL #16329 Travis W3TMB #16330 Gordon VE3OLH #16331 Mike W3ASW #16332 William AD4SM #16333 John WA8UXO #16334 Andrew W8XCT #16335 Dan W9CP #16336 David AE5SS #16337 Paul NR3P #16338 Larry WB1DBY #16339 George KD8SMH #16340 Andy NB0O #16341 Dave W5KKC #16342 Jeff KA0KAF #16343 Chuck KM9U #16344 Dan WT7D #16345 Rick W1GHF #16351 Nick N3CK #16352 Dan NJ4V #16353 Dave W5QZ #16354 Grant KC9YUF #16355 Shelly KC9RQN #16356 Charles KC9PRJ #16357
FISTS Rag Chewers Award.
Qualifying QSOs must be on or after 1st June 2013.
FISTS Worked All (US) States Award
has been extended to include endorsements for contacting all 50 US States on individual bands.
Qualifying QSOs must be on or after 1st June 2013.
(At the time of writing, the FISTS Log Converter program only supports the basic WAS Award; it will be extended to cover the WAS band endorsements later in the year. The new version will work retrospectively, so start logging those QSOs now!)
Graham G3ZOD #8835 Millionaire 2 Million Sticker Robert KB9MLE #13933 Millionaire 4 Million Sticker, Worked All States
For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
03 Jun 13: The Four State QRP Group is pleased to announce the availability of the Cyclone 40 Transceiver.
This innovative and simple transceiver by NM0S is an enhanced version of Dave's QRP ARCI's 72 Part Challenge Design Contest entry in 2010. This is a complete kit, including the enclosure. The price is a buck a part plus shipping, $104 (USD) total, for domestic sales. Purchasing info and more details are on the kit's home page here http://www.4sqrp.com/cyclone.php . Here are some of the design features:
- All through hole parts and easy assembly. NO SMD parts
- Less than 100 components
- Superhet receiver with very good sensitivity and selectivity
- "Perfect" QSK very high speed and absolutely seamless operation.
- VFO tunes the entire 125 kHZ CW segment of the 40M band at a comfortable tuning rate.
- Transmitter output is nominally 4W. Those built so far are running ~ 4.6W
- Frequency readout is included so you know where you are at all times.
- A very attractive PCB enclosure is included, asy to assemble, looks great.
- All parts are included, jacks, knobs, enclosure, transformers, everything.
We hope you enjoy this high performance transceiver.
"Initially at least, I shall be restricted to operating from the HQ station, so will be signing A47RS, but identifying myself with my own call from time to time.
For the latest information, see A45WY on QRZ.COM or my A45WY web page http://www.g0jlx.org.uk/a45wy/.
Operating will likely be "holiday style" which will be rather ad-hoc for a few hours each week, most probably on a Saturday (our second weekend day) in the afternoons - evenings.
Oman is GMT + 4 (or BST + 3 if you prefer), so 1200 noon GMT is 1300 BST and is 1600 locally. The ROARS HQ closes at 2200 local, so we leave the operations room a bit before that. There are no Friday operations.
HQ has an all band capability, although there are maintenance works going on with some of the WARC band antennas at the moment.
QSL is all direct, via the singular address I've put up on QRZ.com as the logs are all manual, in a paper-based log book that needs signing every time we use it. I don't have any QSL cards printed up yet, but will get some done. Please be aware that airmail postage here is expensive.
I'm afraid I cannot accept 'sked' requests as I never know who might be already operating when I get there and my work has to take absolute priority anyway. However, that said, I shall enjoy swinging the beams to 320° and calling G land."
03 Jun 13: Frank PA4N has created a
that reads Reverse Beacon Network skimmer spots,
and filters for calls of CW Clubs.
The matching calls are then listed in band map format.
This makes it easy to find where your fellow CW club members are currently active on the bands.
The application has the following features:
- Choose which CW clubs members you want to see. The program supports CWops, FISTS, FOC, HSC, VHSC, SHSC, EHSC and SKCC.
- Choose which bands you are interested in (160 - 6 meters).
- Choose which CW speeds you want to see spots for (selectable in 5 WPM steps).
- Choose from which continent(s) you want skimmers to be enabled.
- Choose what maximum spot age you want to see.
of the EUCW QRS Activity Week 2013.
For the second year running, FISTS achieved the top club position.
In the individual over 5 watts category, FISTS Member Peter G4LHI was placed in first position. Phil 2E0DPH achieved first place in the 5 watts and under section.
In addition to Peter and Phil, the following members contributed to the club position: Derek M0DRK, Dick SV0XBN/9, Piet PA3AFF, Ray G0EML, Richard G0ILN, Timo OH5FNI, and Graham G3ZOD.
For the full results, please see http://www.eucw.org/euqrs13.html
CW-only, 1 July - 14 July 2013 inclusive on 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m and 20m.
This celebrates the invention of the jet engine by Sir Frank Whittle.
For more information, please see http://qrz.com/db/GB4SSC. Geoffrey M1EDF.
Watch FISTS News here for details!
There is a survey from Heathkit here (be warned - it's fairly long) and it includes an opportunity to sign up to a mailing list:
This is a bit of a surprise after the apparent final demise of the Heathkit company and name last year.
Hamcrafters continues to be a joint venture by Art K1BX and Steve K1EL.
June 2013 newsletter
is now available.
Late breaking news: VK4EI/VK4SWE-Lyn #14132 is to participate in a DXpedition H44IOTA to the Solomon Islands during June and July 2013. They will be visiting seven IOTA Islands. You can see more information and also how to make donation to the project at http://h44iota.com
FISTS Down Under is the Australian & New Zealand Chapter of the FISTS CW Club.
Interested in becoming a member?FISTS HQ welcomes new members who have a passion for Morse Code.
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, (International Morse Preservation Society) was founded in 1987 by the late 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.
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 still holds but she now handles the affairs of over 7,000 members in the Americas.
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.
Worldwide, FISTS members number over 10,000 members, growing each month.Why not join us?
Acknowledgements: Thank you to Dennis K6DF, Bill NT9K and Billy AB4RH for permission to use photographs from their key collections.