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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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  • 01 Sep 14: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    JoeGW0WEE#3773 Gold Century, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    ChrisMI0AHH#15984 Basic Century
    PeteG0PNM#16592 Spectrum 40m

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Sep 14: If you haven't already, please send in your logs for the following August activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs so that the organisers and other participants are aware of the levels of activity.  For all FISTS Eu Activities, logs can be submitted using the FISTS Log Converter program or may be in Excel, CSV or Cabrillo format or neatly reproduced on paper; see the Activity Calendar web page for details.

    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders web page for details on submitting Snakes & Ladders logs.
  • 01 Sep 14: The FISTS North America / NAQCC Sprint takes place on the 3rd September 0000-0300.  Bands are 160m-10m.  Call 'CQ FN'.

    The exchange is: NANCY / USA state or Canadian Province or DX Country / B if you are both a FISTS and NAQCC member, F if only FISTS, N if only NAQCC.  For example, K3WWP has a QSO with MM0QNH:
    • K3WWP sends: MM0QNH NANCY PA B
    • MM0QNH sends: K3WWP NANCY SCOTLAND F
    The full rules are available at http://naqcc.info/nancy.html
  • 01 Sep 14: Essex (UK) Morse Classes

    The UK Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) will be starting weekly Morse classes on Thursday, September 4 at 7pm in the Danbury Village Hall.

    If you are complete beginner, do not worry, we will soon have you on the bands.  Instruction from square one is given by Andrew, G0IBN.
    For the more competent operator, tuition is given by Colin, M1OCN, who will give instruction on the correct procedures for QSOs and how to show "good manners" on the bands.  Paddle and straight key instruction is also given.

    If you are interested in learning morse code - or improving your present skills - you will be made very welcome.

    Those interested in learning Morse code or wanting to increase their Morse skills should contact: Andrew, G0IBN, on 01621 868347.  Email: g0ibn at kersey1.freeserve.co.uk
  • 31 Aug 14: The August 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.
  • 30 Aug 14: The Palm Single is a new, mini single lever paddle key from Palm Radio.  It is equipped with galvanized gold contacts that ensure maximum contact safety and reliability.  For maximum transportation safety, it can be retracted into its robust housing, just as known from all Palm Radio keys.  The standard housing consists of aluminium; the new ABS housing is optional.

    The lever incorporates a clever mechanism which automatically centers it in the middle position - no adjustments to be made!  You can select either the normal "single paddle mode" or the "sideswiper mode".  The switching between these modes is done directly at the lever by use of the supplied hex key, which is also used for the adjustment of the set screws.  The hex key can be stored in the base plate of the key ("QuickMount").

    Two different set screws per lever side allow precise and individual adjustment of the contact gap and the spring pressure.
  • 29 Aug 14: A very warm welcome to our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    TomKJ9P#16804 JamesNL7AA#16805 JimNV5S#16806
    JimAG6EF#16807 TomKC2THO#16808 EvansKF5DNI#16809
    LowellKA6LJT#16810 JustinK0JZS#16811 JohnVE1OU#16812
    TonyKC1CHM#16813 StevenWD0HVS#16814 BillWM3X#16815
    MichaelN0MH#16816 DaveW0VX#16817 BrianWB4IT#16818
    StephenGMSWL23#16926 GregG4EBY#16927 JoaoCU3AA#16928
    BobG8UED#16929 TomEI9KJ#16930 JohnMI0AHI#16931
    CliveG0KAL#16932 KaiDL1AH#16933
  • 28 Aug 14: The document "Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur" ('EOPRA') contains misunderstandings related to some aspects of CW procedure in conversational (non-contest) QSOs.  Fortunately the vast majority of CW operators know the correct procedures and have ignored the misunderstandings, but some are now using erroneous procedures on-air.  For a more detailed discussion of the issues, see http://fists.co.uk/docs/iaru/VA14C340Support.pdf.

    The paper VA14_C3_40 (copy available at http://fists.co.uk/docs/iaru/VA14C340.pdf ), written by the Icelandic Radio Amateurs Association, is being put forward at the September IARU Region 1 Conference in Bulgaria so that the IARU can endorse the correct procedures, as used and documented in amateur radio books (such as the RSGB and ARRL Handbooks) for a period of over 70 years.  Prior to this and over a period of 6 months, the Icelandic Association was not successful in persuading the authors of 'EOPRA' to correct the text.  The IARU also confirmed to the Icelandic Association that in endorsing 'EOPRA', it had not been intended to try and change operating procedure and the errors had been inadvertently overlooked.

    The procedures concerned may seem trivial, but are important because of the confusion caused when all operators are not "on the same page", particularly in relation to the end of transmissions.

    Over the weekend of 17/18 August 2014, the Nordic Amateur Radio Union (NARU) agreed to endorse the paper.

    Please help the Icelandic Association by requesting that radio clubs and societies that you are a member of support the paper and also that any that are present at the conference do so there. For more information, see the Association's analysis at http://bit.ly/MGrcRj and share this link with others.
  • 28 Aug 14: New to FISTS CW Club sales is the FISTS Europe Key Note Collection on CD, which contains all available European Key Notes between October 1987 and July 2014.

    The files are in PDF format.  Key Notes prior to February 2000 are in the form of facsimiles.

    The prices, including delivery, are £2.50 UK, £3.00 Europe, & £3.50 DX.  For ordering, please see the club sales web page.

     
  • 28 Aug 14: FISTS CW Club Eu Weekend Activities: The third FISTS Eu Fifth Sunday Activity of the year is on 31 August, 13:00-17:00 UTC.

    The next FISTS Eu Two Metre Activity sessions are:
    - Saturday 30 August 1700-1800 UTC, Sunday 31 August 0900-1000 UTC,
    - Saturday 06 September 1700-1800 UTC, Sunday 07 September 0900-1000 UTC.

    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.  Logs are welcomed and QSOs count towards FISTS Awards.

    In the Fifth Sunday, 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.
    Note: you can contact the same station more than once provided it is on different bands.

    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.
  • 22 Aug 14: Gordon Crowhurst, G4ZPY, is now a Silent Key.

    Gordon, who was FISTS member number 2278, was well-known for his range of superb paddle and other key types.  He retired from key making in 2010.
     
     
     
     
  • 22 Aug 14: FISTS CW Club Eu Weekend Activities: The next FISTS Eu Ladder sessions are on Sunday 24 August, 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.

    The next FISTS Eu Two Metre Activity sessions are:
    - Saturday 23 August 1700-1800 UTC, Sunday 24 August 0900-1000 UTC,
    - Saturday 30 August 1700-1800 UTC, Sunday 31 August 0900-1000 UTC,
    - Saturday 06 September 1700-1800 UTC, Sunday 07 September 0900-1000 UTC.

    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.

    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.
  • 22 Aug 14: The FISTS North America The KeyNote 2014 Issue 1, 2014 (15 MB) is now available to all FISTS members.

    Please visit this link to get your copy:
    https://fists.co.uk/members/docs/keynotesna/keynote-1-2014.pdf

    Any problems with passwords etc., PLEASE send an email to Graham G3ZOD link text

    Items in this issue include:
    • In Memory of Nancy Kott, WZ8C, #379
    • CQ CQ CQ de KB1DSB
    • My 30 Meter Challenges
    • The TEN-TEC Rebel (Model 506)
    • Honoring Nancy Month
    • FISTS Awards
    ... and more.
  • 18 Aug 14: The latest version (3.0.6) of the free FISTS Log Converter program:
    • Makes the difference between the FISTS Ladder and EuCW Snakes & Ladder clearer.
    • Includes a new option for the default date and time when logging a batch of QSOs in the Logbook.
    There are also other improvements and bug fixes.

    The program is available from the download page.  Many thanks to Alex PA1FOX, Peter G4LHI, and Richard G0ILN for helping with the design & testing.
  • 17 Aug 14: It's a pleasure to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    SamuelVK2AFA#14180 DavidW4DDM#16788 PaulWR1X#16789
    MikeKC0SM#16790 JamesK4YZG#16791 Daniel-#16792
    TomAD5QA#16793 KenKB3LLA#16794 DavidKD0DK#16795
    KenKC8Y#16796 WesAE6ZM#16797 NickKL3OK#16798
    TimothyKD0OIA#16799 BrianK5WLW#16800 JamesKI6ZSK#16801
    BillKM5VZ#16802 DaveWA6JSR#16803 BobG0AGO#16917
    DaphneG7ENA#16918 MikeG4GHT#16919 LaciHA7WI#16920
    PeteM3KXZ#16921 PhilM0HIW#16922 BobG4PVB#16923
    Terry2E0CWP#16924 AlI5SKK#16925
  • 09 Aug 14: Tom Withers G3HGE, well known in the past for TW Electronics (1958-2000) and in more recent years his range of keys, has now retired from key-making.

    His keys were the TW MagPad (dual lever paddle), TWanger (sideswiper), TW eZKe (single lever paddle), and TW Olympic (semi-automatic key).
     
  • 08 Aug 14: FISTS CW Club Eu Weekend Activities: The next FISTS Eu Ladder sessions are on Sunday 10th August, 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.

    The next FISTS Eu Two Metre Activity sessions are:
    - Saturday 9th August 1700-1800 UTC, Sunday 10th August 0900-1000 UTC,
    - Saturday 16th August 1700-1800 UTC, Sunday 17th August 0900-1000 UTC.

    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.

    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.
  • Small photograph of Ray G0EML's N2DAN Mercury paddle key.
    08 Aug 14: Ray G0EML is creating a catalogue of N2DAN Mercury paddle keys.  He will be grateful if any current owners of this outstanding key can supply him with the serial number and finish (i.e. chrome, brass lacquered, or gold), and if not the first owner, tell him who the previous owner of the key was (if known).

    Ray can be contacted via email: link text

     
  • 08 Aug 14: Please send in July Logs for the FISTS Eu Two Metre Activity - the last date for receiving them has been extended to 15th August.

    If you had at least one QSO during the sessions, please do send your log to Chris G5VZ, Activities Manager, link text.  This helps us to judge the level of activity and encourages others to join in.

    The log requirements are given in the Activity Calendar's Two Meter section.
  • 02 Aug 14: The Spring 2014 Key Note is now available to all FISTS members.

    Please visit this link to get your copy:
    https://fists.co.uk/members/knspring.aspx

    Any problems with passwords etc., PLEASE send an email to Graham G3ZOD link text

    Items in this issue include:
    • VA14_C3_40 Corrects Operational Errors
    • Australian Gems: Leo Cohen and the Simplex Auto
    • Tribute to Bill G4KKI, Silent Key
    • New FISTS Two Metre and Dot Dot Dash activities!
    • Review: UNIHAM UNI-715 Iambic Key
    • QTR?
    ... and more.

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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