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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 CW Club in Europe is the founding chapter of the club.
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  • 21 Jan 17: Please join us in the second 2017 FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 22 January 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 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.
  • 21 Jan 17: The second 2017 session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives is on Sunday 22 January 2000-2200 UTC.

    Vibroplex bug key prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entrants at the end of the year! 

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps earn points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays throughout 2017.  QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long and on 80m, 40m, or 20m.  Exchange:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.
  • 16 Jan 17: The FISTS BrassPounder January 2017 newsletter has just been published.

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

    This edition includes details of the Straight Key Week 2016 results and final 2016 Ladder results.


     
  • 15 Jan 17: The Vibroplex Bug Key Winners for 2016 have been announced in the FISTS CW Club Americas Cumulatives Report for January 2017.

    This newsletter contains the final results and soapbox comments for the 2016 FISTS Americas Cumulatives on-air activity and dates for the new 2017 activity sessions.




     
  • 13 Jan 17: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    IanG4MLW#130 Millionaire 8 Million Endorsement
    RonaldN7RD#2714 Silver Century, Millionaire, Prefix, Prefix 50 Endorsement, Prefix 100 Endorsement, Prefix 150 Endorsement
    AndySP9NLI#3741 Spectrum 20m
    PeterM5ABN#6423 Millionaire 4 Million Endorsement
    DerekM0DRK#8344 Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    ChrisG3XVL#16207 Silver Century, Millionaire 3 Million Endorsement, Rag Chewers 80m Endorsement
    MauroHB9FBG#16260 Millionaire 4 Million Endorsement
    JoeW8JPF#17164 Millionaire
    KepaEA6BB#18080 Silver Century

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 07 Jan 17: Please join us in the first 2017 FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 8 January 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 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.
  • 05 Jan 17: The first 2017 session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives is on Sunday 8 January 2000-2200 UTC.

    Bug key prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entrants at the end of the year! 

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps earn points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays throughout 2017.  QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long and on 80m, 40m, or 20m.  Exchange:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.  The free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows version 3.4.0 or later can be used to create and submit logs at the end of each month.  Select the "Activities" tab, then the month, and then "Cumulatives".
  • 01 Jan 17: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    ShoJH4DUQ#15189 MicahW5ABH#17968 DaveEI6AL#18098
    PeterVK6IS#15205 JerryW2GPK#17969 RobG4JGX#18099
    IanVK3IJB#15206 DavidKI7JJC#17970 SteveG0XAK#18100
    DavidK6CIM#17963 BillNM5BB#17971 BruceM0LMB#18101
    BruceW9AKX#17964 MarkWD4ELG#17972 PacoEA7AEV#18102
    StephenKZ5Q#17965 RichardKF7TUA#17973 MikIZ2FME#18103
    CliffKF7KU#17966 CarlKC1FLN#17974 AustinM0LAY#18105
    JohnVE7JBT#17967 JoshuaKA9LYH#17975 HansPA1ALV#18108
  • 01 Jan 17: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following December 2016 activities by their closing dates:
    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.
  • 01 Jan 17: Please submit your December logs for the FISTS CW Club Americas Cumulatives by the end of January 7th (ignore any warnings about late entries from FISTS Log Converter).

    Even if you only had one QSO, it's very helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in and give you a chance of winning one of the Vibroplex bug key prizes.
  • 01 Jan 17: The "winter/spring" EuCW Snakes & Ladders run starts today Sunday 01 January and ends on 30 June UTC.

    If you've not participated previously, now is a great time to start.  QSOs must take at least five minutes, stations must be European stations and the mode must be CW.  Each station may be contacted once per day, irrespective of the band.

    For more details, please see the comprehensive rules.

    Have a very Happy New Year from all at FISTS CW Club.
  • 27 Dec 16: The latest version (3.4.0) of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version supports 2017 Activities: Ladder (FISTS Europe), Cumulatives (FISTS Americas), Snakes & Ladders (EuCW), & QRS Week (EuCW).

    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: Dennis K6DF, Peter G4LHI, and Richard G0ILN.
  • 24 Dec 16: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 25 December 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 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.

    Have a very happy Christmas and good wishes for the New Year from all at FISTS CW Club.
  • 24 Dec 16: PRIZES!!  Win a bug key!  The final 2016 session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives takes place Sunday 25 December 2000-2200 UTC (*note the change of times for November & December).

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps get some points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in August - December 2016.  QSOs must be a minimum of 5 minutes long and bands allowed are 80m, 40m, & 20m.  The exchange is:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators!
    Be sure to send in your logs!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.  The free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows can be used to create and submit logs at the end of each month.  Select the "Activities" tab, then the month, and then "Cumulatives".

    Have a very happy Christmas and good wishes for the New Year from all at FISTS CW Club.
  • 18 Dec 16: If you haven't already, please submit your log for Straight Key Week 2016 (FISTS CW Club Europe) no later than 31st December.

    The results will be published around mid-January.
     
  • 12 Dec 16: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    IanG4MLW#130 Millionaire 8 Million Endorsement
    JohnK3WWP#2002 Prefix Award, Prefix 50 & 100 & 150 Endorsement
    KenG4RHR#2248 Rag Chewers
    MilanOK1KW#4827 Millionaire 14 & 15 Million Endorsement
    PeterM5ABN#6423 Millionaire 4 Million Endorsement
    GlennKO4OL#6583 Millionaire
    ClayKE5HL#8002 Prefix Award, Prefix 50 Award Endorsement
    CecilK5YQF#8077 Diamond Century, 1 X QRP, Millionaire, Spectrum 20m, Spectrum 40m, Prefix Award, Prefix 50 Award Endorsement
    DerekM0DRK#8344 Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    PrestonWA6OEF#15666 Millionaire 11 Million Endorsement, Platinum
    VanniI5ECW#16505 Gold Century
    KepaEA6BB#18080 Basic Century, Millionaire
    TomDK3DUA#18090 Basic Century, Silver Century, Millionaire

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 11 Dec 16: The FISTS BrassPounder December 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 details of the November 2016 FISTS Ladder and Two Metre activities.


     
  • 11 Dec 16: The FISTS CW Club Americas Cumulatives Report December 2016 is now available.

    It contains the monthly results and soapbox comments for the FISTS Americas Cumulatives on-air activity in November 2016.




     
  • 10 Dec 16: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions: Sunday 11 December 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 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.
  • 10 Dec 16: PRIZES!!  Win a bug key!  The penultimate 2016 session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives takes place Sunday 11 December 2000-2200 UTC (*note the change of times for November & December).

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps get some points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in August - December 2016.  QSOs must be a minimum of 5 minutes long and bands allowed are 80m, 40m, & 20m.  The exchange is:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators!
    Be sure to send in your logs!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.  The free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows can be used to create and submit logs at the end of each month.  Select the "Activities" tab, then the month, and then "Cumulatives".
  • 05 Dec 16: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    WadeKW4EMG#17952 BillK7WXW#17962 TomDK3DUA#18090
    WilliamKM4UUO#17953 BobF6EJN#18081 ClaudioIZ0LZC#18091
    WilliamWG0R#17954 MartinM0CTK#18082 Denise2E0JTM#18092
    WilliamAI6TX#17955 StefanSA0PDX#18083 PaulusCT7AGR#18093
    VernAE0TT#17956 RonPA3GBY#18084 MikeG0KCH#18094
    RichardK5TKO#17957 GertON4GS#18085 RichardG4WKW#18095
    RickWD5ETD#17958 FrankDO7FDS#18086 StuartM6SNH#18096
    LukeW2LAF#17959 PeterON3PGO#18087 AdrianG0KOM#18097
    AlanWA1LBG#17960 KaiDB5DN#18088    
    JohnKE5RS#17961 LarryG4HLN#18089    
  • 04 Dec 16: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following November 2016 activities by their closing dates (ignore any warnings about Ladder late entries from FISTS Log Converter):
    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.
  • 04 Dec 16: Please submit your November logs for the FISTS CW Club Americas Cumulatives by the end of December 10th (ignore any warnings about late entries from FISTS Log Converter).

    Even if you only had one QSO, it's very helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in and give you a chance of winning one of the Vibroplex bug key prizes.
  • 03 Dec 16: Straight Key Week is here!  Please join us in the one of the most popular FISTS CW Club Europe Activities, running from 00:01 on Sunday 04 December to 23:59 on Saturday 10 December 2016 UTC. 

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

    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 operator once per day.

    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.
  • 30 Nov 16: The new FISTS CW Club Americas KeyNote newsletter Issue 4, 2016 is ready to download for all current FISTS members.

    As well as the regular features, this issue includes:
    • Sailing with Morse
    • An Early Example of the Dreaded Rettysnitch?
    • CW...What's That? Who? Me?
    • Wabun Morse Code?
    • CWops Announces Recipients of 2016 Award for Advancing the Art of CW

    Current members of FISTS Down Under, FISTS East Asia & FISTS Europe can use their FISTS Europe website password to get a copy.


     
  • 27 Nov 16: The FISTS BrassPounder November 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 details of the October 2016 FISTS Ladder and QRS Fifth Sunday 2016 activities.


     
  • 27 Nov 16: The FISTS CW Club Americas Cumulatives Report November 2016 is now available.

    It contains the monthly results and soapbox comments for the FISTS Americas Cumulatives on-air activity in October 2016.




     
  • 26 Nov 16: PRIZES!!  Win a bug key!  The next session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives takes place Sunday 27 November 2000-2200 UTC (*note the change of times for November & December).

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps get some points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in August - December 2016.  QSOs must be a minimum of 5 minutes long and bands allowed are 80m, 40m, & 20m.  The exchange is:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators!
    Be sure to send in your logs!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.  The free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows can be used to create and submit logs at the end of each month.  Select the "Activities" tab, then the month, and then "Cumulatives".
  • 26 Nov 16: FISTS CW Club Europe Weekend activities 27 November 2016.
    Please join us in the Ladder & Two Meter sessions:

    Ladder sessions: Sunday 27 November 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

    2m CW Activity: November Saturdays & Sundays 0900-1000 UTC.  Around 144.052 MHz (keep at least 1 kHz away from 144.050 MHz).  Exchange a minimum of:
        RST, name, 6-character locator, & member number (if available).

    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.
  • 13 Nov 16: PRIZES!!  Win a bug key!  The next session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives takes place Sunday 13 November 2000-2200 UTC (*note the change of times for November & December).

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps get some points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in August - December 2016.  QSOs must be a minimum of 5 minutes long and bands allowed are 80m, 40m, & 20m.  The exchange is:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators!
    Be sure to send in your logs!

    NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes.

    See the full details on the website.  The free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows can be used to create and submit logs at the end of each month.  Select the "Activities" tab, then the month, and then "Cumulatives".
  • 13 Nov 16: FISTS CW Club Europe Weekend activities 13 November 2016.
    Please join us in the Ladder & Two Meter sessions:

    Ladder sessions: Sunday 13 November 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC.
    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

    2m CW Activity: November Saturdays & Sundays 0900-1000 UTC.  Around 144.052 MHz (keep at least 1 kHz away from 144.050 MHz).  Exchange a minimum of:
        RST, name, 6-character locator, & member number (if available).

    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.
  • 04 Nov 16: The FISTS CW Club Europe 2m CW Activity is back for the month of November.  Activity is on Saturdays and Sundays 0900-1000 UTC around 144.052 MHz (keep at least 1 kHz away from 144.050 MHz).

    Exchange a minimum of:
        RST, name, 6-character locator, & member number (if available).

    One QSO with an operator per day.

    Note: The session on Sunday 6 November is during the RSGB Marconi CW 2m Contest; add a serial number to the exchange and enter both!
  • 04 Nov 16: The RSGB Marconi CW 2m Contest is this coming Weekend, 5 November 1400 UTC - 6 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.
  • 02 Nov 16: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    Aaron9V1WO#15187 StevenKG5ARD#17940 TonyG4ZNI#18063
    KurtHS0ZBS#15188 NickW3VN#17941 TomG0HBV#18064
    PhilVK6GX#15201 PeterKK6RUH#17942 JohnG4FOL#18065
    AlfredW1DUW#17924 RobertK9FS#17943 PaoloIU1BFI#18066
    JohnWA2CHV#17925 JohnW4YG#17944 MikeM0MBZ#18067
    HerbertKD2TUG#17926 KenAD0UA#17945 Stu2E0XXO#18068
    MichaelNJ8U#17927 RogerAE4RM#17946 TrevG4CLE#18069
    RobertKB4RGC#17928 CarlN6TVN#17947 DaveMM0HVW#18070
    AaronKD7VDG#17929 LucasW6AER#17948 ThomasDB5FT#18071
    CarlAA4H#17930 FilipAB3HK#17949 MorganMD0DXW#18072
    KimballN8FNC#17931 JonathanKD9EHO#17950 LesG4PEK#18073
    RichardKD0NPM#17932 FranklinKF2FI#17951 GiorgioIW2JJS#18074
    Nevada ARAW7YN#17933 GilesG0NXA#18055 NorrisGW4WLX#18075
    AlanW6AWD#17934 AndyE51AND#18056 TonyG0LUB#18076
    FrankAA1HQ#17935 DaveGW4XIH#18057 AndrewG8AXO#18077
    GlennKK4LPG#17936 RolfDL6ZB#18058 MichalOK1PSI#18078
    DavidN8KZ#17937 BobG4LYJ#18059 BillGW0FGO#18079
    JamesVE1KEY#17938 Chris5P5I#18060 KepaEA6BB#18080
    JeremyKG5BIU#17939 FanisSV2BBK#18061    
  • 30 Oct 16: Please submit your October logs for the FISTS CW Club Americas Cumulatives by the end of November 5th.  Even if you only had one QSO, it's very helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in and give you a chance of winning one of the Vibroplex bug key prizes.
         
  • 30 Oct 16: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following October 2016 activities by their closing dates:
    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.
  • 30 Oct 16: The FISTS CW Club Americas Cumulatives Report October 2016 is now available.

    It contains the monthly results and soapbox comments for the FISTS Americas Cumulatives on-air activity in September 2016.




     
  • 30 Oct 16: The FISTS BrassPounder October 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 details of the September 2016 FISTS Ladder and Two Metre 2016 activities.


     
  • 28 Oct 16: The fourth and final FISTS CW Club Europe QRS Fifth Sunday is 30 October, 0001-2359 UTC - 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.
  • 21 Oct 16: FISTS CW Club Europe Weekend activities 23 October 2016.

    Please join us in the Ladder sessions: Sunday 23 October 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 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.
  • 21 Oct 16: The next session of the new FISTS Americas Cumulatives takes place Sunday 23 October 1900-2100 UTC.

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps get some points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in August - December 2016.  QSOs must be a minimum of 5 minutes long and bands allowed are 80m, 40m, & 20m.  The exchange is:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    See the full details on the website.  The free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows can be used to create and submit logs at the end of each month.  Select the "Activities" tab, then the month, and then "Cumulatives".
  • 08 Oct 16: FISTS CW Club Europe Weekend activities 09 October 2016.

    Please join us in the Ladder sessions: Sunday 09 October 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 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.
  • 08 Oct 16: The next session of the new FISTS Americas Cumulatives takes place Sunday 09 October 1900-2100 UTC.

    This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs.  Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps get some points towards FISTS Awards.

    The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in August - December 2016.  QSOs must be a minimum of 5 minutes long and bands allowed are 80m, 40m, & 20m.  The exchange is:
        RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable).

    Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended.  Don't forget to log QSO end times!

    See the full details on the website.  The free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows can be used to create and submit logs at the end of each month.  Select the "Activities" tab, then the month, and then "Cumulatives".
  • 08 Sep 16: The FISTS CW Club Americas Fall Unlimited Speed Sprint takes place on Saturday 08 October 1700-2100 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m.

    Call "CQ FS".  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.
  • 04 Oct 16: If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following September 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.
  • 04 Oct 16: Please submit your September logs for the FISTS CW Club Americas Cumulatives by the end of October 10th.  Even if you only had one QSO, it's very helpful to send in logs to encourage others to join in.

    Note: if using FISTS Log Converter to send in your log (recommended), please ignore the message saying that logs should already have been submitted (this is fixed in version 3.3.4).

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.

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Acknowledgements: Thank you to Dennis K6DF, Bill NT9K and Billy AB4RH for permission to use photographs from their key collections.

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