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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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  • 13 Aug 19: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder August 2019 newsletter has just been published by David G4YVM, Activities Manager.

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

    This edition includes the results for the July 2019 Ladder activity and provides information about the upcoming activities.  It also discusses the new FISTS Down Under 5 Day QSO QRP award and the new club projects.

     
  • 10 Aug 19: Please join us in the Ladder and Word Search 2019 on-air activities (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 11 August 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      Ladder QSOs have a good chance of contributing to the Word Search (see below); why not give it a try?  On FISTS Log Converter's "Activities" tab, select "Word Search", click "Enter Activity" and you will get a report on your progress.

      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.
    • Word Search 2019 Monday 01 July 00:01 until Monday 30 September 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with other members and use a letter from their callsigns to build up as much as you can of the phrase 'WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT?  SFB MORSE'.
      New for 2019: If you are entering the Open section only, you can opt to have the letters chosen automatically for you.
      Minimum exchange is member number.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  Two sections: QRP and Open - you can include QSOs for either or both in your log.
  • 01 Aug 19: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    PeterNN9K#2047 Down Under 5 Day QRP QSOs
    PeterG4LHI#2219 Millionaire 11 Million Endorsement
    WesW1LIC#2697 Silver Century
    CharlieNP3K#5110 Down Under Gold 25, Down Under Gold 50, Down Under Gold 75
    ClayKE5HL#8002 Spectrum 40m, Spectrum 20m Endorsement
    GarryVK2GAZ#14151 Down Under 5 Day QRP QSOs
    SteveVK7CW#14164 Down Under 5 Day QRP QSOs
    FabioIK0IXI#14539 Basic Century, Millionaire, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement, Prefix, Prefix 50 Endorsement, Prefix 100 Endorsement, Prefix 150 Endorsement, Down Under Gold 25
    TonyVK3TP#15204 Down Under 5 Day QRP QSOs
    BillVK1MCW#15215 Down Under 5 Day QRP QSOs
    DavidG4YVM#15868 Down Under 5 Day QRP QSOs
    JeanF6JOE#16177 Down Under Gold 25
    DavidG7WHI#18144 Down Under Gold 25
    WilliamMI0WWB#18434 Spectrum 80m, Prefix 50 Endorsement, Down Under 5 Day QRP QSOs
    PatrickON4BCA#18724 Down Under 5 Day QRP QSOs
    IvanG0BON#18877 Down Under 5 Day QRP QSOs
    PeterGM0EUL#18888 Down Under 5 Day QRP QSOs

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Aug 19: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    AndrewVK2PEZ#15245 JerryWX1FLY#19420 MarkKE0UKS#19445
    AlanGM4PWR#19286 BillKG6NRV#19421 MichaelK6DBF#19446
    JerryRS323733#19287 LutherW0GIN#19422 BrianN1BBT#19447
    JoPG4I#19288 JesseK6DR#19423 ThomasWB2JSY#19448
    PhilG4LPP#19289 FrankNY2X#19424 JoshKI5FPW#19449
    Antrim and District Amateur Radio SocietyMN0GFE#19290 MauriceK0EH#19425 AmandaWN9PMC#19450
    AlainF6CAX#19291 ThomasWX4TW#19426 JohnWB3EYB#19451
    NickM0NPH#19292 MikeWM4X#19427 JohnW2JDT#19452
    TrystanG0KAY#19293 ZacharyKD6DXA#19428 EdmondAG7WI#19453
    VagnOZ1OXQ#19294 WilliamKL0NP#19429 JohnN6JCB#19454
    AndyM0XRE#19295 RandyKG9NF#19430 PeteN3WZO#19455
    SirromnelGSWL51#19296 DonWD4EGT#19431 JefferyN4ZKS#19456
    AengusEI6KB#19297 AlbertKE8IVW#19432 KeithKC9IH#19457
    HenryM0HQJ#19298 MichaelK1LHO#19433 JohnKE0VPA#19458
    BrunoI6YPK#19299 JackKC1KQW#19434 JohnKX4P#19459
    DenisVE2HO#19410 JuanKC2FKM#19435 BruceW7BCW#19460
    PeterAA3BR#19411 TomWA5ZBT#19436 KevinVE7WD#19461
    JamesW0JKG#19412 RonN6HDV#19437 JohnK0JD#19462
    RichK2RAH#19413 LarryNN4SS#19438 DaveG8PGO#19500
    MarloKA2IRQ#19414 NieceKA1ULN#19439 SimonG6XHF#19501
    AlexanderKC0REL#19415 JoeW1HAI#19440 DavidM6NWQ#19502
    KenN8KDC#19416 JohnN4KNZ#19441 TomM7HTC#19503
    GaryNB7B#19417 TageK1SEI#19442 John2I0FIP#19504
    JackieAA9SI#19418 BillW3MJ#19443 DavidGD4EBA#19505
    AndreVA2AGW#19419 GaryK2AJY#19444 TonyM7TEV#19507
  • 01 Aug 19: Please send in your logs and comments for the following activities that took place or finished in July 2019:

    Note: You can send in Word Search logs at any time and more than once, but each log MUST include ALL QSOs (the most recent log replaces earlier ones).  The closing date for Word Search logs is 7th October.

    In all the activities, even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs because it encourage others to join in.
  • 27 Jul 19: Please join us in the Ladder and Word Search 2019 on-air activities (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 28 July 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      Ladder QSOs have a good chance of contributing to the Word Search (see below); why not give it a try?  On FISTS Log Converter's "Activities" tab, select "Word Search", click "Enter Activity" and you will get a report on your progress.

      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.
    • Word Search 2019 Monday 01 July 00:01 until Monday 30 September 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with other members and use a letter from their callsigns to build up the phrase 'WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT?  SFB MORSE'.
      New for 2019: If you are entering the Open section only, you can opt to have the letters chosen automatically for you.
      Minimum exchange is member number.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  Two sections: QRP and Open - you can include QSOs for either or both in your log.
  • 19 Jul 19: The Spring 2019 Key Note is now available to all current FISTS CW Club members.

    Please visit the Members' Area to get your copy:
    https://fists.co.uk/members/members.aspx

    Items in this issue include:
    • Hunting for the Unicorn Part 3. G3VBS
    • Spotlight on G4LRG
    • CW COM a worthy alternative? AA7FV
    • A Marconi masterpiece? G3XMM
    • Simple HF antenna M0BMN
    • The Radio Amateur G4BEQ
    • Fists receives award from CW ops
    • 9G2DX Ghana March 2019 Insight

    ... and more besides!

     
  • 13 Jul 19: Please join us in the Ladder and Word Search 2019 on-air activities (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 14 July 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      Ladder QSOs have a good chance of contributing to the Word Search (see below); why not give it a try?  On FISTS Log Converter's "Activities" tab, select "Word Search", click "Enter Activity" and you will get a report on your progress.

      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.
    • Word Search 2019 Monday 01 July 00:01 until Monday 30 September 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with other members and use a letter from their callsigns to build up the phrase 'WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT?  SFB MORSE'.
      New for 2019: If you are entering the Open section only, you can opt to have the letters chosen automatically for you.
      Minimum exchange is member number.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  Two sections: QRP and Open - you can include QSOs for either or both in your log.
  • 08 Jul 19: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder July 2019 newsletter has just been published by David G4YVM, Activities Manager.

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

    This edition includes the results for the June 2019 Ladder activity and information about the upcoming activities.


     
  • 01 Jul 19: Please send in your logs and comments for the following activities that took place or finished in June 2019:

    In all the activities, even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs because it encourage others to join in.
  • 23 Jun 19: Graham G3ZOD writes: UK amateurs, the annual RSGB 6m CW contest is Sunday 24th 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.
  • 22 Jun 19: Please join us in the Ladder and Word Search 2019 on-air activities (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 23 June 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 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.
    • Word Search 2019 Monday 01 July 00:01 until Monday 30 September 23:59 UTC.
      Have QSOs with other members and use a letter from their callsigns to build up the phrase 'WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT?  SFB MORSE'.
      New for 2019: If you are entering the Open section only, you can opt to have the letters chosen automatically for you.
      Minimum exchange is member number.  Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m.  Two sections: QRP and Open - you can include QSOs for either or both in your log.
  • 15 Jun 19: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    RichardG0ILN#398 Down Under Gold 50
    DavidG0XAH#2222 Down Under Gold 25
    KenG4RHR#2248 Down Under Gold 25
    MilanOK1KW#4827 Millionaire 19 Million Endorsement, Down Under Gold 75
    CharlieNP3K#5110 Millionaire 4 Million Endorsement, Spectrum 40m Endorsement
    AlanMW0BGL#16507 Down Under Gold 25
    FanisSV2BBK#18061 Silver Century, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    KepaEA6BB#18080 Down Under Gold 25
    WilliamMI0WWB#18434 Silver Century, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement, Down Under Gold 25, Down Under Gold 50
    NilsDL3HR#18556 Down Under Gold 25
    RayM0DHP#18562 Millionaire
    IvanG0BON#18877 Basic Century, Down Under Gold 25

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 15 Jun 19: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    BenVK6XC#15242 WilliamK3UZ#19329 DonKE6BXT#19370
    IanVK6DW#15243 MelissaKI0A#19330 KenW8ASA#19371
    LesVK2LES#15244 MichaelWM2Q#19331 DaveKC9EI#19372
    TunaHS4QKN#15285 GeneKD9KMF#19332 GerryWA6POZ#19373
    Bob2E0OFG#19267 NianfengWU6P#19333 DavidKC9UVG#19374
    RexG4RAE#19268 DougW2NWU#19334 JosephKC8SAA#19375
    Chris2E0FRU#19269 MichaelK5RQI#19335 ScottWD8IXO#19376
    NigeM0NGN#19270 MonteWV0I#19336 MichaelN8ND#19377
    PeteM0HQO#19271 WolfgangAI6SL#19337 JimKH6SKY#19378
    GarryMM0XET#19272 EdwinAG7UU#19338 JamesKC8PXB#19379
    DagfinnLA7VE#19273 JeffK7JF#19339 JodieN8LSA#19380
    SteveIZ2BKC#19274 JeffW4JPG#19340 DavidKD8FO#19381
    DaveG0VKY#19275 JefferyK4EVT#19341 RyanKD8DNS#19382
    SamM0SKF#19276 KennethAF4QK#19342 JerryK4TG#19383
    JohnM6BLV#19277 KenWA4NSV#19343 SpenceWT8WV#19384
    Steven2E0ADR#19278 RussN2AMP#19344 AllanKD8DEU#19385
    Steven2E1HFH#19279 BernardKG8V#19345 RichKD2CQ#19386
    PeteG4WJJ#19280 RickVE3UG#19346 GlennKE8LZD#19387
    ColinGM0FHF#19281 TomN3UKO#19347 TedKD8AUJ#19388
    AndrewM0IRU#19282 JimKG9LB#19348 PeterWA3UMY#19389
    DanON1BBD#19283 MarkW3II#19349 MikeN9BNN#19390
    FabioIT9GSF#19284 JackK8SW#19350 FrankWB8YHD#19391
    GrahamGM5DEM#19285 JamesWB4CMA#19351 GaryN4ZDK#19392
    WilliamW1KZP#19311 DavidND1J#19352 ArieKE0IGH#19393
    MartyAG3I#19312 WaltK3DQB#19353 GaryKK4WJO#19394
    LarryAG1C#19313 WilliamKD6LTA#19354 DavidKE7MRT#19395
    SteveKA2YRA#19314 EliKD6LRY#19355 MarkKJ4YM#19396
    AbbyKC3AVY#19315 NormanKD6OMV#19356 BryAF4K#19397
    PaulKC1LBL#19316 JohnWW4JF#19357 MikeN9XA#19398
    DavidN8GZ#19317 RogerW2RMB#19358 SteveKJ4ZN#19399
    PaulVE3AXT#19318 CurtWA2JSG#19359 WayneK5UNX#19400
    DonaldW6QEY#19319 JohnK8YH#19360 GregKM6SYX#19401
    MikeW4AMR#19320 RobertN7CZ#19361 JohnKJ4KPW#19402
    JimWT8P#19321 RichardK7NJ#19362 BradKJ7GFW#19403
    RogerN2IH#19322 ChrisNZ6T#19363 DennisKN4FAD#19404
    JohnWH6DQU#19323 JeremyKC8RJW#19364 AustinKA3TTT#19405
    RandolphWX4D#19324 MarkKC9TYA#19365 RichardWR6D#19406
    IrvK3IRV#19325 MarkWA8ZIP#19366 ThomasNV1U#19407
    DennisWA5LXS#19326 JimKC0RPS#19367 CindyK7CLR#19408
    NickVE3EIB#19327 JohnKC7MRY#19368 DavidKE5PYF#19409
    NateK9CPO#19328 LaurenKD8PZ#19369    
  • 14 Jun 19: The latest version, 3.7.3, of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version adds support for the Word Search 2019 on-air activity (01 July - 30 September, FISTS CW Club Europe).  This year it is even easier to send in a log; the program can choose the letters on its own, if you wish.

    FISTS Log Converter can be used in conjunction with almost all amateur radio logbook programs -or- for anyone not currently using one, it includes its own optional, easy-to-use logbook.

    The program is available from the download web page.  Many thanks to the testers: Alex PA1FOX, Peter G4LHI, and Richard G0ILN.

     
  • 14 Jun 19: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder June 2019 newsletter has just been published by David G4YVM, Activities Manager.

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

    This edition includes the results for the 2m Bank Holiday Refresher & May 2019 Ladder activities and information about the upcoming activities.


     
  • 08 Jun 19: Please join us in the Ladder on-air activity (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • * Ladder Sunday 09 June 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 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.
  • 02 June 19: Please send in your logs and comments for the following activities that took place or finished in May 2019:

    **** Also, please send in details of your equipment, any comments and ideally photographs, for the Chirp n Drift Activity and Iconic Rig Event.
  • 26 May 19: Please join us in the Ladder and 2m Bank Holiday Refresher on-air activities (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 26 May 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 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.
    • 2m Bank Holiday Refresher Monday 27 May 10:00-12:00 UTC.

      This is a return to 2m CW with a set of 2 hour sessions on different days and times in April and May.  Send in logs for your best three scoring sessions.  Exchange a minimum of:
          RST, name, QTH, member number (if available).

      Recommended frequencies 144.025 - 144.100 with centre of activity 144.052.  QSO points are as per the Ladder but also multipliers apply.  If you use FISTS Log Converter, please install version 3.7.2 or later.
  • 11 May 19: Please join us in the Ladder and 2m Bank Holiday Refresher on-air activities (FISTS CW Club Europe):
    • Ladder Sunday 12 May 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 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.
    • 2m Bank Holiday Refresher Thursday 16 May 19:00-21:00, Saturday 25 May 14:00-16:00, Monday 27 May 10:00-12:00 UTC.

      This is a return to 2m CW with a set of 2 hour sessions on different days and times in April and May.  Send in logs for your best three scoring sessions.  Exchange a minimum of:
          RST, name, QTH, member number (if available).

      Recommended frequencies 144.025 - 144.100 with centre of activity 144.052.  QSO points are as per the Ladder but also multipliers apply.  If you use FISTS Log Converter, please install version 3.7.2 or later.
  • 11 May 19: Graham G3ZOD writes: The RSGB 4m (70 MHz) CW Contest 2019 is Sunday 12 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.
  • 10 May 19: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder May 2019 newsletter has just been published by David G4YVM, Activities Manager.

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

    This edition includes a discussion of the Chirp n Drift and 2m activities, April 2019 Ladder results, and information about the upcoming activities.


     
  • 08 May 19: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder April 2019 newsletter has just been published by David G4YVM, Activities Manager.

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

    This edition includes details of the Winter Sports, March 2019 Ladder results and information about the upcoming activities.



     
  • 02 May 19: Please send in your logs for the following activities that took place or finished in April 2019:

    *** Logs are NOT needed until 7 June for the 2m Bank Holiday Refresher.  You can however send in logs for it at any time, but if you do, please note that only the most recent log will be included in the results, so it must contain QSOs for every day that you participated.

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 FISTS Down Under Chapter representing New Zealand and Australia, was formed in 1998 by Ralph Sutton ZL2AOH to provide a similar service to Australasian members.  From a ZL / VK membership of four including a JA and an FO, the FISTS Down Under Chapter has grown in strength to currently 118; 31 New Zealand members and 87 Australian members.

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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