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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All radio amateurs are invited to join this CW-only event:
FISTS Eu Ladder
sessions are on Sunday 13th April, 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
The Ladder involves relaxed, conversational QSOs and is a good opportunity to meet up with other members. 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 at a minimum exchange of name, RST received, QTH and (if applicable) FISTS member number.
Note: QSOs in the Ladder with European stations that are at least 5 minutes long also count for the EuCW Snakes & Ladders activity.
Ensure you look up their Locator and include it in your electronic log. Submit at least 9 out of the 12 monthly logs for Snakes & Ladders to enter a draw to win a Begali key!
Gary N1ZAX #16484 Larry N5FSN #16485 Matt AB7YO #16486 Steve NO1R #16487 Carl KQ8G #16488 Homer K6OQS #16489 Kim WB5NIN #16490 Scott KD4EE #16491 Bob KD8HSV #16492 Michael KK4UGD #16493 John W3BNO #16494 Bill K5WDB #16495 Anthony KD9AOZ #16496 Mick G4OPE #16645 Bob GM0LQY #16646 Phil GSWL20 #16647 John 5B4AHK #16648 Mick MI0HOZ #16649 John G4TGE #16650
These are LMB Crown Royal CR-425 enclosures which are small and perfectly sized to provide ample room for the Rockmite ][ board and I/O connectors.
All required holes for mounting the off-board parts are already machined along with the hardware for mounting the printed circuit board AND 4 clear rubber feet. All you have to do is start mounting the parts.
They are available in the stock blue/gray or in several in-house powder coated colors.
Richard G0ILN #398 1 X QRP Peter G4LHI #2219 Spectrum 40m Pete M5ABN #6423 Millionaire Rien PA7RA #9819 Millionaire 3 Million Sticker Gene W5GXV #11347 Millionaire 21 Million Sticker Cody KC2LSD #11793 Gold Century, Millionaire 5 Million Sticker John G4LRG #14873 Silver Century Aeilko PA3GBK #16226 Basic Century Tony G6GLP #16262 Millionaire
For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
Unlike almost every other club activity you might hear about, ours truly is a game. It rewards those with operating skills and there is a premium for consistency, encouraging participation every month. There are bonuses for seeking out contacts in rare locator squares. But it is also a game of chance. Just like the board game of Snakes and Ladders, our activity can earn you extra points by landing on certain locator squares... but you can be bitten by a snake and your points disappear!
The activity is a game and not a contest. It will encourage activity on every band - including the WARC bands - and will also promote polite, skillful operation and friendly QSOs. The full rules for the activity are available on the EuCW web site at www.eucw.org/sl.htm.
We also offer user guides in many other languages, thanks to the wonderful hard work done by our ECMs.
The activity runs for a whole year and along the way you might be lucky enough to receive one of two Begali keys. That's right! Pietro Begali, I2RTF is offering two of his precision keys to participants in EuCW Snakes and Ladders.
Snakes and Ladders
Starts 1. April 2014 until 31. March 2015
Starting Tuesday April 1, CW FISTS will be having a weekly Activity Day. Time will run from 0001 until 2400 GMT every Tuesday. No problem if you start a little early or run over. Not a contest, no need to submit your log, just get on the air and make some contacts!
One, two, several or a hundred QSOs it doesn't matter, just get on the air and make some QSOs. We have invited the International FISTS Community to participate also so you may be able to work some new FISTS and new FISTS countries.
So dust off the key and get on the air and have some fun!
73 es CU on the bands!
Ed, N2ED, FISTS NA Activities
activity of the year is on 30th March, 13:00-17:00 UTC.
The minimum exchange is RST, name, QTH and (if applicable) FISTS member number.
Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz, and QSOs must include exchange of RST, name, QTH and (if applicable) FISTS member number.
Note: you can contact the same station more than once provided it is on different bands.
European FISTS Activities are relaxed events with sociable QSOs and everyone, from those relatively new to CW to experts, is encouraged to join in. Logs are welcomed but not essential.
New features include 3 bands, frequency display after stopping tuning, low battery indication, a beacon mode, and an on/off slide switch.
To purchase a kit, it is necessary to monitor the AT_Sprint Yahoo Group. Kits are usually sold out in less than 24 hours!
All interested parties are welcome on Wednesday, April 23 at 19h at the Congress and Heritage Lamot (Van Beethoven 8-10, 2800 Mechelen). Please confirm your presence through this link (because there is a snack and a drink provided).
Stan AE7UT #16478 Jerry K5KFK #16479 Ed K6UYL #16480 Robert KE5WZK #16481 Mike K4LJG #16482 Glenn KC5E #16483 Piero IW2ESL #16634 Franco IK2NJV #16635 Jon G4LJW #16636 Paolo IZ2ZPH #16637 Steve G4RQG #16638 Clive G4OMG #16639 Salvo IT9CLU #16640 Carl MM0HJX #16641 Lex PA1AAT #16642 Alex M0HCL #16643 Luc LX2GT #16644
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FISTS Eu Ladder
sessions are on Sunday 23rd March, 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
The Ladder involves relaxed, conversational QSOs and is a good opportunity to meet up with other members. 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 at a minimum exchange of name, RST received, QTH and (if applicable) FISTS member number. Members from all FISTS 'Chapters' are encouraged to join in.
We make Morse keys in kit form ready for you to build and enjoy! Our kits come fully machined and finished to a high standard. Assembly manuals will be available on our website for you to download and read.
The launch of the website is expected to be late April 2014. Please subscribe by sending a blank email and you'll be the first you know when the site goes live.
Subscriber give away! 10 people chosen by random will receive a free EMK-1 twin paddle iambic key for subscribing!!
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activity, St. Patrick's Day, is on Monday 17th March, 14:00-17:00 UTC.
The minimum exchange is RST, name, QTH and (if applicable) FISTS member number.
European FISTS Activities are relaxed events with sociable QSOs and everyone, from
those relatively new to CW to experts, is encouraged to join in.
The scoring provides most points for contacting members and non-members in Ireland.
Logs are welcomed but not essential.
The free FISTS Log Converter program can be used to create an entry for this and all other European FISTS Activities.
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.