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).
Interested in becoming a member?
Find out more about our history.
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FISTS CW Club in North America is now offering an Online Subscription for $10 (USD) per year with the KeyNote newsletter available from the website.
You may join or renew on the website at: http://fistsna.org/howdoi.html#join
FISTS CW Club promotes the use of Morse Code and is open to anyone with an interest in Morse.
new Morse tutor
for smart phones and Androids.
This App is available for free download from Google play store.
The KENT Morse tutor generates random Morse code in groups of 5, or random length groups of 1 to 10 characters and lesson lengths of up to 250 groups of characters.
The selectable letters, numbers and punctuations can be played individually or in any combination.
Code speeds from 5 wpm to 40 wpm can be selected in 1 wpm steps, and an independent delay can be inserted between characters. This feature allows you to learn each character at the correct speed but allows thinking time between characters. A you improve, the delay can be reduced.
The tone can be set between 500Hz and 1750Hz.
It can be uploaded to smart phones or Android at
FISTS CW Club members:
Name Call No. Name Call No. Name Call No. Bill W4ZWO #16872 Ric KC1CL #16873 Christopher KG7NFF #16874 James KB1YZ #16875 Don AC7EG #16876 Richard K3VYY #16877 David N1NI #16878 David W5MKT #16879 Michael K4CMT #16880 Justin KG5DYY #16881 Jeff KD9BLO #16882 James KI6JD #16883 Steve 2E0GHX #17005 Vasek OK2VWB #17006 Alan M0DNU #17007 Jack F5IJO #17008 Janos YO6GZI #17009 Neeraj VUSWL24 #17011 Tom G4GUY #17012 Dicky G0MJP #17013 Juha OH3NX #17014 Jalmar OZ1JHM #17015
Sat 17:00-18:00 & Sun 09:00-10:00 UTC:
Two Metre Activity is around 144.058. Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if applicable).
Sun 14:00-16:00 & Sun 18:00-20:00 UTC:
Ladder Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz. Exchange a minimum of: name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).
QSOs are friendly and conversational. Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs. Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
Christmas 2014 Key
is now available.
It is a fully functional miniature telegraph key commissioned by Morse Express and made by GHD Telegraph Key in Sendai City Japan.
The key is fully adjustable, with precision pin bearings at the trunnion, and it has two miniature binding posts. Its balance is perfect, and lever tension is provided by a compression spring that is located forward of the trunnion posts. The contacts are hard-silver and there are three small anti-skid feet on the bottom for stability. GHD's Toshihiko Ujiie uses both modern and traditional techniques to produce a miniature key that will be equally at home in the radio shack, in the field, or decorating a Christmas tree.
This year's key features a deep-grained mahogany base with a warm, smooth finish, perfectly proportioned to distribute the weight of the key and the downward keying force, providing a stable platform for comfortable use.
The 2014 Christmas Key measures 1.25" x 2.25" at the base. It is 1.5" tall and it weighs just over 1.5 ounces.
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 a copy of the December newsletter, please send an email to FISTS Down Under .
FISTS Log Converter
program is now available.
This version supports all FISTS Europe 2015 Activities. It also adds a "Find QSOs" feature to the logbook.
The program is available from the download web page. Many thanks to Alex PA1FOX, Peter G4LHI, and Richard G0ILN for helping with the design & testing.
FISTS CW Club Awards
Name Callsign Member Awards Ian G4MLW #130 Millionaire 5 Million Endorsement Dave KA3YNV #3685 Basic Century Ian ZL2AIM #9683 Silver Century Gary W4IHI #13344 Millionaire 5 Million Endorsement John G4LRG #14873 Worked All USA States Pete WA6OEF #15666 Spectrum 15m Endorsement and Millionaire 7 Million Endorsement
For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
A single QSO can count for multiple activities - so please enter as many as you can. QSOs are friendly and conversational. Logs are welcome but not essential - the main objective is to enjoy the QSOs. Note: this weekend is the CQ WW CW contest, so narrow filters at the ready!
Sat 17:00-18:00 UTC: Two Metre Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if available).
One QSO with an operator per day.
Sun 00:00 - Sat 06 Dec 23:59 UTC: Straight Key Week Exchange a minimum of RST, name, QTH, & member number (if available).
One QSO with an operator per band per day.
Entrants must use straight keys or sideswipers (no bug keys, keyers, keyboards etc.)
Sun 09:00-10:00 UTC: Two Metre Exchange a minimum of RST, name, 6 character locator, & member number (if available).
One QSO with an operator per day.
Sun 13:00-17:00 UTC: Fifth Sunday Minimum exchange of RST, name, QTH, & member number (if available).
One QSO with an operator per band.
Sun 14:00-17:00 UTC: International Days St Andrew's Day has a minimum exchange of RST, name, QTH, & member number (if available).
One QSO with an operator.
FISTS CW Club members:
Name Call No. Name Call No. Name Call No. Ron WE5O #16864 Lee KF7YRS #16865 Dale W6DGD #16866 Wayne KG4ZQY #16867 Lloyd VE4AEA #16868 Ken NG2H #16869 Len KY5V #16870 Timm KC3BJW #16871 Bjorn LB1GB #16997 Stan G4JGV #16998 Norman G4NFS #16999 Leszek SP1RKH #17001 Mark G4MEM #17002 David G0OOG #17003 Klaas PA3ADC #17004 Fort Purbrook Amateur Radio Club (FPARC) G3CNO #17010
will be carrying a 7 watt CW transmitter on 437.325 MHz.
The spacecraft, which is due to be launched on 30th November 2014, will have an elliptic orbit around the Sun and travel to a deep space orbit between Venus and Mars. The distance from the Sun will be between 0.7 and 1.3 AU (an Astronomical Unit (AU) is 149,597,871 km).
Morse code is being used to transmit housekeeping data at 6 wpm until the spacecraft reaches 180,000 km from Earth.
Hamfest 2014 video
features an interview with FISTS member Mary G0BQV (FISTS #40),
who enthuses about CW.
The interview starts at around 18 minutes.
During an interview with VMARS there are glimpses of Chris G5VZ, Paul M0BMN, and Graham G3ZOD on the FISTS stand.
FISTS Eu Ladder
sessions are on Sunday 23 November, 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
The next FISTS Eu Two Metre Activity sessions are:
- Sat. 22 Nov. 1700-1800 UTC, Sun. 23 Nov. 0900-1000 UTC.
- Sat. 29 Nov. 1700-1800 UTC, Sun. 30 Nov. 0900-1000 UTC.
- Sat. 06 Dec. 1700-1800 UTC, Sun. 07 Dec. 0900-1000 UTC.
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.
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.
FISTS Log Converter
program is now available.
A minority of logbook programs do not allow you to record a QSO's end time. However, QSO end time is needed for the FISTS Rag Chewers Awards and some EuCW Activities. This new version of FISTS Log Converter allows you to store the QSO end time in your logbook's Comment / Notes / Remarks field by adding "TIMEOFF" followed by a space then the time in UTC as 4 digits (hours and minutes) or 6 digits (hours, minutes, and seconds). Do not include colons or any other characters - just 4 or 6 digits only. For example, QSO end times of 09:29:00 UTC and 21:40:30 UTC can be represented using:
There are also other improvements and bug fixes. The program is available from the download web page. Many thanks to Alex PA1FOX, David G4YVM, Peter G4LHI, and Richard G0ILN for helping with the design & testing.
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 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.
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.