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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 CW Club in Europe is the founding chapter of the club.
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  • 21 Jul 17: The next 2017 session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives is on Sunday 23 July 1900-2100 UTC.

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps earn points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays throughout 2017.  QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long and on 80m, 40m, or 20m.  Exchange:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators at the end of the year!
    Be sure to send in your logs!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.
  • 21 Jul 17: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 23 July 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
  • 11 Jul 17: The July 2017 Cumulatives Report from FISTS CW Club Americas has been published.

    This newsletter contains the results and soapbox comments for the June 2017 Cumulatives on-air sessions.




     
  • 08 Jul 17: The FISTS BrassPounder July 2017 newsletter has just been published.

    BrassPounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.

    This edition includes details of the June 2017 Ladder results.



     
  • 07 Jul 17: The next 2017 session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives is on Sunday 9 July 1900-2100 UTC.

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps earn points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays throughout 2017.  QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long and on 80m, 40m, or 20m.  Exchange:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators at the end of the year!
    Be sure to send in your logs!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.
  • 07 Jul 17: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 9 July 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
  • 01 Jul 17: The FISTS CW Club Americas Summer Unlimited Sprint takes place on Saturday 8 July 0000-0400 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.

    Call "CQ FS".  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.
  • 01 Jul 17: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    ElioIU2FZA#18156 MaxIK2OFR#18178 TerryN7TB#18281
    Juan2E0EJZ#18172 VanWB5LAI#18274 DavidN5KWD#18282
    Paul5B8BA#18173 BillW0TG#18276 JohnKN4VV#18283
    GlennM1AQO#18174 ScottW7RX#18277 RyanKD5QAQ#18284
    CliveG8VKQ#18175 MichaelKI4FND#18278 AnthonyNA3AR#18285
    MariuszSP2SWI#18176 TomKB5RF#18279 TrockyK5CEU#18286
    PierreON8GE#18177 TerryN8WEL#18280    
  • 01 Jul 17: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    JeanF6JOE#16177 Millionaire 3 Million Endorsement
    TomAK4NY#17578 Silver Century, Millionaire, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 3 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 4 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 5 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 6 Million Endorsement, Spectrum 40m, Spectrum 20m Endorsement

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Jul 17: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following June 2017 activities:

    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs to encourage others to join in.
  • 27 Jun 17: The "summer/autumn" EuCW Snakes & Ladders run starts on Saturday 01 July and ends on 31 December UTC.

    If you've not participated previously, now is a great time to start.  QSOs must take at least five minutes, stations must be European stations and the mode must be CW.  Each station may be contacted once per day, irrespective of the band.

    For full details, please see the comprehensive rules.
     
  • 27 Jun 17: The FISTS CW Club Americas Summer Slow Speed Sprint (max. 13 wpm) takes place on Saturday 1 July 0000-0400 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.

    Call "CQ FS".  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.
  • 24 Jun 17: UK amateurs: The annual RSGB 6m CW contest is Sunday 25th 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 other FISTS CW Club members count towards FISTS Awards such as the Millionaire.
  • 24 Jun 17: The next 2017 session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives is on Sunday 25 June 1900-2100 UTC.

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps earn points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays throughout 2017.  QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long and on 80m, 40m, or 20m.  Exchange:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators at the end of the year!
    Be sure to send in your logs!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.
  • 24 Jun 17: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 25 June 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
  • 15 Jun 17: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    JayBV3FQ#15196 JohnWM6W#18212 KaryW2KDK#18243
    JackBV2QS#15197 RobertAB9NP#18213 GeorgeKC9AAX#18244
    PoojithVU3YPP#15198 TorreKC9THA#18214 DougW8DHV#18245
    BillVK1FWBK#15215 DarrylK4VLP#18215 MikeKC0UKA#18246
    JohnG0CDB#18150 TimothyWM4P#18216 DustinKD8LZL#18247
    RoySM4VLG#18151 DallasKG5STN#18217 BobN9GG#18248
    AreLB3SA#18152 MichaelW4NLT#18218 GlennN4MJ#18249
    MikeG3VTO#18153 EdwardKV4WN#18219 JohnKC3CBQ#18250
    PetruHB9GKP#18154 DavidKD8QAB#18220 JimK5JFB#18251
    YrjoeOH3CK#18157 MichaelK8HA#18221 MarkKA9FQG#18252
    XaviEA3BP#18158 PhilK7PB#18222 JeniKC9PRL#18253
    DuncanMM0CMV#18160 DavidKD8KOR#18223 DavidN1MRR#18254
    GrazianoIW2NOY#18161 DaleWB6MMQ#18224 ChrisN0DQI#18255
    JasonGSWL43#18162 NelsonW0NRK#18225 MikeN8DAW#18256
    CliveG0ULR#18163 GeorgeKC3RV#18226 DanielK4DSH#18257
    AllanGW4VPX#18164 RichardKC2GVP#18227 JoeKA9OPL#18258
    JolG6KTO#18165 PatriciaAB4CT#18228 ScottKD4SIR#18259
    MarkM6VMS#18166 WarrenKH6WM#18229 ChrisAK1Z#18260
    BobM0KLO#18167 JamesKC1ENX#18230 JeffreyN1DJS#18261
    StefDL5DG#18168 StephenKD2KRG#18231 CarlosK4IGL#18262
    RenatoIZ8NXG#18169 GeorgeKC1BJT#18232 LarryN7TNT#18263
    JonM0JPS#18170 ElbertKQ3K#18233 PhilipW2OZB#18264
    TerryM6AQW#18171 FredK0FG#18234 CurtisKD0ZCY#18265
    AlW2WW#18204 JamesW3GYM#18235 PeteN4CQN#18266
    HeidiKG0GGY#18205 GregKG4USQ#18236 StuWA6BTK#18267
    StanK7BTA#18206 RonaldN1ZTY#18237 JohnKD0WGH#18268
    KimballN5RKO#18207 JimNJ3T#18238 GeraldKD2FSH#18269
    DavidWW9S#18208 LinN4YCI#18239 MarkKM4AHP#18270
    JoshuaKD9IAC#18209 MarilynKB8PAL#18240 KrisAC0UD#18271
    DaleAD9LZ#18210 DanWD8ASG#18241 DonaldKG5TKW#18272
    DanielAB8SI#18211 SusanSWL-42#18242 KentK0WRY#18273
  • 15 Jun 17: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    DanN8VV#10386 Basic Century, Silver Century, Millionaire, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 3 Million Endorsement, Worked All States
    JeanF6JOE#16177 Basic Century, Silver Century, Millionaire, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    PeteG0PNM#16592 Gold Century, Millionaire 4 Million Endorsement, Prefix 150 Endorsement
    IanEA7JUK#17613 Basic Century, 1 X QRP
    PaulM0GSX#17642 Basic Century

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 14 Jun 17: The June 2017 Cumulatives Report from FISTS CW Club Americas has been published.

    This newsletter contains the results and soapbox comments for the May 2017 Cumulatives on-air sessions.




     
  • 11 Jun 17: The FISTS BrassPounder June 2017 newsletter has just been published.

    BrassPounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.

    This edition includes details of the May 2017 Ladder results.



     
  • 10 Jun 17: The next 2017 session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives is on Sunday 11 June 1900-2100 UTC.

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps earn points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays throughout 2017.  QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long and on 80m, 40m, or 20m.  Exchange:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators at the end of the year!
    Be sure to send in your logs!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.
  • 10 Jun 17: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 11 June 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
  • 01 Jun 17: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following May 2017 activities:

    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs to encourage others to join in.
  • 28 May 17: The next 2017 session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives is on Sunday 28 May 1900-2100 UTC.

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps earn points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays throughout 2017.  QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long and on 80m, 40m, or 20m.  Exchange:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators at the end of the year!
    Be sure to send in your logs!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.
  • 28 May 17: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 28 May 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
  • 11 May 17: The RSGB 4m (70 MHz) CW Contest 2017 is Sunday 14 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!  If you have QSOs with FISTS CW Club members, these count towards the FISTS Awards.
  • 11 May 17: The next 2017 session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives is on Sunday 14 May 1900-2100 UTC.

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps earn points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays throughout 2017.  QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long and on 80m, 40m, or 20m.  Exchange:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators at the end of the year!
    Be sure to send in your logs!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.
  • 11 May 17: The FISTS CW Club Americas Spring Unlimited Sprint takes place on Saturday 13 May 1700-2100 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.

    Call "CQ FS".  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.
  • 11 May 17: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 14 May 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
  • 10 May 17: The May 2017 Cumulatives Report from FISTS CW Club Americas has been published.

    This newsletter contains the results and soapbox comments for the April 2017 Cumulatives on-air sessions.




     
  • 08 May 17: The FISTS BrassPounder May 2017 newsletter has just been published.

    BrassPounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.

    This edition includes details of the April 2017 Ladder results.



     
  • 08 May 17: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    CodyKC2LSD#11793 Millionaire 6 Million Endorsement
    DavidG4YVM#15868 Rag Chewers
    TomAK4NY#17578 Basic Century

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 05 May 17: The FISTS CW Club Americas Spring Slow Speed Sprint (max. 13 wpm) takes place on Saturday 6 May 1700-2100 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.

    Call "CQ FS".  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.
  • 05 May 17: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following April 2017 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, it's desirable to send in logs to encourage others to join in.
  • 21 Apr 17: The 2017 EuCW QRS Week activity is Monday 24 April to Friday 28 April inclusive.

    Maximum speed is 14 wpm.

    Call 'CQ' or 'CQ QRS'

    See the full details on the EuCW website.


     
  • 21 Apr 17: The next 2017 session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives is on Sunday 23 April 1900-2100 UTC.

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps earn points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays throughout 2017.  QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long and on 80m, 40m, or 20m.  Exchange:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators at the end of the year!
    Be sure to send in your logs!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.
  • 21 Apr 17: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 23 April 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
  • 09 Apr 17: The April 2017 Cumulatives Report from FISTS CW Club Americas has been published.

    This newsletter contains the results and soapbox comments for the March 2017 Cumulatives on-air sessions.




     
  • 09 Apr 17: The FISTS BrassPounder April 2017 newsletter has just been published.

    BrassPounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.

    This edition includes details of the March 2017 Ladder results.



     
  • 07 Apr 17: The next 2017 session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives is on Sunday 9 April 1900-2100 UTC.

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps earn points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays throughout 2017.  QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long and on 80m, 40m, or 20m.  Exchange:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators at the end of the year!
    Be sure to send in your logs!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.
  • 07 Apr 17: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 9 April 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
  • 05 Apr 17: FISTS CW Club will be attending the NARSA Rally at the Norbreck Exhibition Centre, Blackpool, UK on Sunday 9th April 2017.  We're on stand 34, which is in the main hall.

    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.
  • 02 Apr 17: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    RichardG0ILN#398 Prefix
    PhilZL3PAH#14103 Basic Century, Silver Century, Millionaire, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    JohnG4LRG#14873 Spectrum 80m Endorsement
    AlanMW0BGL#16507 Basic Century
    PeteG0PNM#16592 Prefix 100 Endorsement
    EmilI5EFO#17028 Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    MikIZ2FME#18103 Millionaire

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 02 Apr 17: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    SureshVU2EOJ#15193 RichardW0KFG#18041 LesMM6XMQ#18142
    JimmyBU2DB#15194 BradAI6DS#18042 JonG4FUT#18143
    SamBX3AA#15195 RobertKE7BXZ#18043 DaveG7WHI#18144
    GarethVK4FQ#15212 JohnWB4YAL#18044 MarkOH2BS#18145
    ColinZL2EA#15213 RayW1YFF#18045 JonasTF3JB#18147
    RaymondVK4WY#15214 LarryN4CBS#18046 IvorG4RJA#18148
    BruceKA8ZXX#18035 BradAK0BC#18047 RobinG4DNP#18149
    ThomasKJ4KGT#18036 GeorgeW3GWM#18048 JamesK3YMI#18200
    BeverlyKJ4KGS#18037 GeorgeK1IG#18049 TommyW4OIS#18201
    BobK7QBW#18038 SteveG3ILO#18139 GreggKF5ZIM#18202
    PhilK6AXY#18039 RayG4MXE#18140 DonN8CAK#18203
    ThomasKD4HFG#18040 AloisDD8ALO#18141    
  • 02 Apr 17: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following March 2017 activities no later than 7 April:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's desirable to send in logs to encourage others to join in.

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 a 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 (now known as FISTS Americas) 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.

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

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