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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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  • 06 Feb 16: The February 2016 FISTS CW Club Down Under newsletter is available.

    FISTS Down Under is the Australian & New Zealand Chapter of the FISTS CW Club.



     
  • 06 Feb 16: The FISTS CW Club Americas Winter Slow Speed Sprint (max. 13 wpm) takes place today on Saturday 06 February 1700-2100 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.

    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.
  • 06 Feb 16: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    RoyG4PRL#8997 Diamond Century, 1 X QRP, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    GaryAB0BM#13663 Millionaire 7 Million Endorsement
    KoenPA0KVA#14867 Basic Century
    ChrisG3XVL#16207 Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    PeteG0PNM#16592 Millionaire 3 Million Endorsement
    FerEA4BL#17046 Basic Century
    RonDL5CL#17425 Basic Century, Millionaire

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 06 Feb 16: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    TakeJR2IUB#15167 JariOH6TX#17609 LawrenceKW4OH#17700
    KatsuAG6XJ#15168 SteveG3PND#17610 TonyW6VFW#17701
    YukiJO4BIA#15169 JeanON7HG#17611 JockN1JI#17702
    MichaelKE0FFT#17585 PaulM1AFQ#17612 BillN7IBG#17703
    RalphN9OAT#17586 IanEA7JUK#17613 PaulKA9VAU#17704
    ArchieW4FCE#17587 GrahamGM0IMH#17614 RonN4KPJ#17705
    MikeW4OCO#17588 MikeG4IZZ#17615 RockyAF5AF#17706
    HowardK9GHL#17589 BrianMW3BMF#17616 JeffreyKM4QDB#17707
    MarkusK5WTX#17590 RonG0MZK#17617 MarkN5UZZ#17708
    BillWA8FZZ#17591 AndrewG3WZZ#17618 CraigW4CAN#17709
    DavidAE9Q#17592 ChrisM0XRS#17619 TimWD8TD#17710
    RichardKE8CHG#17593 Danish Contest AcademyOZ5E#17620 JohnWA2KSM#17711
    EugeneKF5RZG#17594 FeriHA7HF#17621 RichardAB6XG#17712
    JohnKC9TUI#17595 NigelG4BSW#17622 DavidN6XJP#17713
    GeraldW9MET#17596 GordonGM4OAS#17623 HughKA3TTW#17714
    ScottWZ0W#17597 GeoGI4SJQ#17624 BarryK3SUI#17715
    RobertK4RDH#17598 Martin2E0SUR#17625 TimothyW7TGG#17716
    JamesK5TSK#17599 SteveG0WCS#17626 RonaldK0PGE#17717
  • 03 Feb 16: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following January 2016 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in.

    See the Activity Calendar web page for details on sending in FISTS Eu activity logs.
    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders web page for details of sending in logs for it.
  • 29 Jan 16: The first ever FISTS Europe QRS Fifth Sunday (31 January, 0001-2359 UTC) is a whole day of QRS activity, maximum 14 wpm.

    The main idea is to have lots of QRS QSOs and, if you wish, send in a log too.  Please chat as much as you like during your QSOs, but do include these:
        Name, QTH, & RST.

    *** Don't forget to write QRS in your logbook's 'Comment' (or similar) field if you are sending in a log.
  • 22 Jan 16: Please join us in FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 24 January 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
     
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, RST, QTH, & 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 members of FISTS Europe.
  • 08 Jan 16: The FISTS Brasspounder January 2016 newsletter has just been published.

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

    This edition includes the final 2015 Ladder and Staight Key Week results.


     
  • 03 Jan 16: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    JohnGM0EPO#209 Millionaire
    RandyW2RAN#2080 Spectrum 40m, Spectrum 20m Endorsement, Millionaire 2-7 (inclusive) Million Endorsements
    AndySP9NLI#3741 Basic Century, Silver Century, Millionaire
    BertF6HKA#14577 Nightmare Alphanumeric, Worked All States 20m Endorsement
    PeteWA6OEF#15666 Millionaire 9 Million Endorsement
    ChrisG3XVL#16207 Rag Chewers
    ChrisF6EAZ#16987 Millionaire
    RomeoIK2DJV#17600 Basic Century,Silver Century, Millionaire

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Jan 16: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    YasuJH2HTQ#15166 WoodyK1LB#17572 CarlosWB6MCW#17584
    GregoryM6ORT#17499 GaryN8QC#17573 RomeoIK2DJV#17600
    DavidKL7QW#17562 CoryVE3ZCV#17574 MarcelloIK0DMQ#17601
    BarryK9NRW#17563 RossK0RTS#17575 DickG0IFN#17602
    AlexanderKC9KWS#17564 ThomasKD0WRR#17576 BryanM1CMR#17603
    MartinN7HSI#17565 FrankW1FRA#17577 ClayHB9FIR#17604
    EdwardKM4FXK#17566 TomAK4NY#17578 RichardM6FWH#17605
    RogerVE3RDE#17567 MichaelKD2JZS#17579 GiuIZ3EAW#17606
    ScottKA9P#17568 EdwardWD8JVV#17580 Dave2E0ODB#17607
    JohnAA7US#17569 WilliamWG9WG#17581 JerryHF1D#17608
    MichaelW6MVM#17570 MichaelKF4RIF#17582    
    DavidKO4KL#17571 RollinsKE2F#17583    
  • 01 Jan 16: Happy New Year!  If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following December 2015 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in.

    See the Activity Calendar web page for details on sending in FISTS Eu activity logs.
    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders web page for details of sending in logs for it.
  • 25 Dec 15: Santa and his team of Elf helpers have provided the latest version (3.2.0) of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows.  This version includes the 2016 EuCW Snakes & Ladders, EuCW QRS Week, FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder, and FISTS CW Club Europe QRS Fifth Sundays on-air activities.

    This version also makes it easier to get started with FISTS Awards by including QSOs logged without a club member number.
    Small image of FISTS Log Converter's Log New QSOs window.

    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 team of Elf helpers: Alex PA1FOX, Peter G4LHI, Robert DM4RW, Richard G0ILN, Andy SP9NLI, Pete M5ABN, and Dave G0DEB.
  • 25 Dec 15: Happy Christmas from all at FISTS CW Club!
    Please join us in the final 2015 FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 27 December 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
     
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is not essential but very much appreciated.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 11 Dec 15: FISTS member Robert Tatlow, a veteran of D-Day at Normandy, has been awarded the Medaille de la Legion d'Honneur, France's highest award for bravery.  For a full article, see the IOMToday website.

    Robert enjoys making Morse keys and some of his work can be seen in the Autumn 2013 Key Note on pages 33 and 34, and on the cover of the Autumn 2012 Key Note.

     
  • 11 Dec 15: The FISTS Brasspounder December 2015 newsletter has just been published.

    Brasspounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK.  This edition includes the latest Ladder 2015 results and the final Fifth Sunday 2015 results.



     
  • 06 Dec 15: Now that FISTS CW Club Eu's Straight Key Week 2015 has finished, please don't forget to submit your logs (last entry date is 01 January 2016).

    Logs can be submitted directly by FISTS Log Converter or sent in by email.  The results will be published around mid-January.
  • 03 Dec 15: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    IanG4MLW#130 Millionaire 7 Million Endorsement, Spectrum 80m Endorsement
    GrahamG3ZOD#8385 Millionaire 3 Million Endorsement
    BertF6HKA#14577 Spectrum 40m, Spectrum 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, & 10m Endorsements, Prefix, Prefix 50, 100, & 150 Endorsements, Millionaire 2-25 (inclusive) Million Endorsements
    PeteWA6OEF#15666 Spectrum 40m Endorsement
    JeanON7AMI#16669 Basic Century
    LaurentF5OGJ#17037 Basic Century

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

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    NaoJH4QFI#15165 DanieleIK0NOJ#17495 KeithVA7NCC#17545
    RussellM0GYY#17479 DaveG0PNZ#17496 RonaldAC8RB#17546
    PeterM0PJD#17480 FabioIK2WQH#17497 SamAG4XF#17547
    RussellG5XW#17481 JerryG3YMN#17498 PatrickN7PXY#17548
    PeterONL5923#17482 MacWA4QWN#17532 JohnW6SU#17549
    StanG1VUK#17483 ArtW2NRA#17533 WilliamKA0RSN#17550
    ChuckG0PGA#17484 HowardWD5IDB#17534 MickeyN4MB#17551
    RobM6LRU#17485 Rappahannock Valley ArcK4TS#17535 KeithWA7CC#17552
    Pete2E0KEH#17486 King George Amateur Radio OpsK4GVA#17536 SteveKE8PA#17553
    JohnPA0WIT#17487 JamesW4NYM#17537 ModestoXE2HOE#17554
    JohnG4FWA#17488 GreggKD4JVG#17538 LenKC1AID#17555
    GeoffG0SCX#17489 BillVE3WMZ#17539 RobertoAD0DA#17556
    TonyMM6TGN#17490 MartyKD2JQG#17540 AlanKA5WGL#17557
    AlexG7KSE#17491 NicholasW1WI#17541 RussWO7G#17558
    StephenON5REV#17492 DavidKE4PEY#17542 DavidN4CVX#17559
    StevenDO6DKF#17493 RonW6RRA#17543 MarkN7ETI#17560
    MattM0VVC#17494 KarlKN0KN#17544 RichardNJ2O#17561
  • 01 Dec 15: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following November 2015 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in.

    See the Activity Calendar web page for details on sending in FISTS Eu activity logs.
    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders web page for details of sending in logs for it.
  • 27 Nov 15: Straight Key Week is almost here!  Please join us in the one of the most popular FISTS CW Club Europe Activities, running from 00:01 on Sunday 29 November to 23:59 on Saturday 05 December 2015 UTC. 

    Entrants must use straight keys or sideswipers (no bug keys, keyers, keyboards etc.)

    Also on Sunday 29 November is FISTS CW Club Europe final 2015 Fifth Sunday Activity at 13:00-17:00 UTC.  QSOs using a straight key or sideswiper can be claimed for both Fifth Sunday and Straight Key Week.

    For both these activities, activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).
    Note: you can contact the same station more than once per day provided it is on different bands.

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is not essential but very much appreciated.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 19 Nov 15: FISTS member Ian G4XFC is giving a talk at the Leicester Amateur Radio Society (UK) on Monday 23 November at 19:30 entitled "Cracking the Code".

    This will be a very comprehensive talk on learning Morse code and increasing Morse speeds.  It includes tips for Morse Trainers and Radio Clubs starting a Morse Group.

    If you would like Ian to give this talk at your club, he is willing to do this within 60 miles of Market Rasen (Lincolnshire).
  • 19 Nov 15: "The 1Watter" QRPp CW Transceiver kit from Kits and Parts dot Com is now available for 80m (approximately 3.557 to 3.562 MHz), giving a total of eight versions of the kit: 10m, 15m, 17m, 20m, 30m, 40m, 80m, & 160m.

    It provides 1 Watt output using 12 VDC.  The design is dual conversion with full QSK and includes a built-in keyer IC.

     
  • 18 Nov 15: During 2016, listen out for GK, MK, & 2K prefixes ("RSL K") from within the UK county of Cornwall.  The following announcement is on the Ofcom website:
    Ofcom has agreed to this request and will permit Radio Amateurs with a Main Station Address in Cornwall to use of the RSL throughout 2016.

    In common with comparable past temporary RSLs, it will be available for all classes of Amateur Radio licences, including stations participating in contests.  We shall authorise the use of 'K' by varying individual licences, upon application by licensees via the website of the RSGB.  We are grateful to the RSGB for making this facility available.

    Eligible licensees will be able to use the RSL 'K' anywhere within Cornwall, including at an alternative address, a temporary location, mobile or maritime mobile though Maritime Mobile use would, as usual, be limited to holders of the Full licence.

    Use of this RSL will not be mandatory.  Licensees not wishing to use it will therefore continue to apply the normal licence rules on RSLs.

    We shall make variations available from early December and we shall publish further guidance then.  Variations will have a start date of 1st January 2016 (or the date of issue if that is later) and they will all expire on 31st December 2016.  The RSL may therefore not be used beyond these dates.
  • 18 Nov 15: Morse Express (USA) has released a preview photograph of its Christmas 2015 Key.  Here is the announcement:
    Our 2015 Christmas Key is in Production

    This year's Christmas Key is a miniature camelback, harking back to the late 19th century and the golden age of telegraphy.  The key is hard- chrome plated on an oval base, and has a black turned ebony knob.  Nobody knows the original reason for the "camel hump" in the key lever (I have my suspicions), yet it became a tradition and is symbolic of telegraph keys of that era.

    Our 2015 Christmas Key has a fully developed arch in the lever, which adds perhaps 15% to the mass of the lever, giving it the feel of a larger key.  It is nicely balanced and very easy to set up, adjust, and operate.

    More detail will be available in our next newsletter, but meanwhile please enjoy a sneak peek at our 2015 Christmas Key here: www.MorseExpress.com/x15.jpg
    For more information, see the Morse Express newsletter.
  • 18 Nov 15: Morse Express (USA) has made its new Fall 2015 General Catalogue available online as a PDF, or a paper copy can be ordered (USA only).

    Morse Express provides a wide variety of Morse keys and Morse-related products.


     
  • 18 Nov 15: FISTS CW Club members Claudio IZ0KRC and Vito IZ0GNY have organised the Third National Telegraphy Conference, which takes place in Rome, Italy, on Saturday 5th December 2015, 9:30 to 16:00.

    Further information is available on the Convention's website.

    Any visitors staying in Rome are very welcome.

    This year the event has been organized along with the ham group R.A.I. (Italian Radio and Television) and is being held in their building.

    In the morning there will be topics concerning the ham world and in the afternoon topics related to telegraphy.
  • 18 Nov 15: Please join us in FISTS CW Club Europe's Ladder sessions: Sunday 22 November 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
     
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is not essential but very much appreciated.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 10 Nov 15: The FISTS Brasspounder November 2015 newsletter has just been published.

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




     
  • 07 Nov 15: Please join us in FISTS CW Club Europe's Ladder sessions: Sunday 8 November 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
     
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is not essential but very much appreciated.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 06 Nov 15: The RSGB Marconi CW 2m Contest is this coming Weekend, 7 November 1400 UTC - 8 November 1400 UTC.  It is part of a Europe-wide contest and is the third out of three annual RSGB VHF CW contests (4m, 6m and 2m).

    Unlike HF contests, QSOs are a bit more relaxed and don't expect to get 599 for each QSO!  The exchange is RST, serial number and 6 character locator.  Most activity centres around 144.050, with the primary CW band plan area 144.025 - 144.110MHz MHz.
  • 01 Nov 15: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    IanG4MLW#130 Rag Chewers, Millionaire 7 Million Endorsement, Diamond Century
    KenG4RHR#2248 Millionaire
    RienPA7RA#9819 Millionaire 5 Million Endorsement
    DavidM0GGK#12510 Basic Century

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Nov 15: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following October 2015 activities:
    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you can't win, it's really helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in.

    See the Activity Calendar web page for details on sending in FISTS Eu activity logs.
    See the EuCW Snakes & Ladders web page for details of sending in logs for it.

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.

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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