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This page contains the calendars of on-air activities.  Please choose a year:
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009

To see reports and tables of results, visit the Activity Results page.

The free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows can be used to create entries for all the FISTS activities below.

If you need more information or have any questions, please feel free to contact our Activities Manager, Chris G5VZ link text.

Activities Calendar 2014

The Activity Calendar 2014 contains information on the following activities:

Ladder 2014
Fifth Sundays 2014
International Days 2014
Exchange Your Age Week 2014 (EYAW)
Straight Key Week 2014 (SKW)

Ladder 2014

Small clipart image of wooden ladder.
LADDER 2014
OCCASIONS January 2014 to December 2014
On the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month
TIMES Two sessions on each Ladder Sunday from 1400-1600 and 1800-2000.  All times are UTC
In any calendar month you can submit logs from ANY TWO of the four two-hour sessions
FREQUENCIES Any licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands - which are 30m, 17m and 12m - or 60m and allocations below 500kHz.
During a FISTS activity session and operating on 40m or 80m, if you call on a published frequency (A FISTS Centre of Activity) please clear the frequency after one contact.
This applies to all participants, HQ stations and members alike.  Once clear of the published frequency there is no further mandatory QSY required during an activity.
SCORING 5 points FISTS HQ station (GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
3 points FISTS Affiliated Club Station
2 points for a FISTS member
1 point for a non-member
Any station can only count once on each calendar Sunday
EXCHANGE RST/Name/QTH/FISTS Number (If applicable)
LOGS For each QSO logged: Date/Call sign/Name/QTH/Frequency/RST/Time, UTC/FISTS Number or Non-member/Points claimed

For each log: Summary to include total number of QSOs and total of points claimed
DATES Jan 12/26 - Feb 9/23 - March 9/23 - April 13/27 - May 11/25 - June 8/22- July 13/27 - Aug 10/24 - Sept 14/28 - Oct 12/26 - Nov 9/23 - Dec 14/28
GENERAL Any log entry not showing the required exchange information will be excluded from the scores
ENTRIES TO All entries can be received by post or email
Post to FISTS Ladder, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
email to link text
Logs must be received by the fifth of the month that follows the month in which the contacts were made
Logs may be in Excel, CSV, tabbed Word or Cabrillo format or neatly reproduced on paper

Fifth Sundays 2014

FIFTH SUNDAYS 2014
OCCASIONS January 2014 to December 2014.
On the fifth Sunday of March, June, September and December
TIMES One session on each fifth Sunday from 1300-1700 UTC
FREQUENCIES Any licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands - which are 30m, 17m and 12m - or 60m and allocations below 500kHz.
During a FISTS activity session and operating on 40m or 80m, if you call on a published frequency (A FISTS Centre of Activity) please clear the frequency after one contact.
This applies to all participants, HQ stations and members alike.  Once clear of the published frequency there is no further mandatory QSY required during an activity.
SCORING 5 points per contact - any operator (Irrespective of call sign used) can be worked only once on any band per Sunday (But contacts on each band count separately)

Then apply these in order:
  1. Multiply by five for a FISTS HQ station
    (GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
  2. Multiply by five for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station
  3. Add five points for a FISTS member
  4. Finally, multiply by five if it's a new country for that day's session
EXCHANGE RST/QTH/Name/FISTS Number (If applicable)
LOGS For each QSO logged: Date/Call sign/Name/QTH/Frequency/RST/Time, UTC/FISTS Number or Non-member/Points claimed

For each log: Summary to include total number of QSOs and total of points claimed
DATES 30. March, 29. June, 31. August and 30. November
GENERAL Any log entry not showing the required exchange information will be excluded from the scores
ENTRIES TO All entries can be received by post or email
Post to FISTS Ladder, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
email to link text
Logs must be received by the tenth of the month that follows the month in which the contacts were made
Logs may be in Excel, CSV, tabbed Word or Cabrillo format or neatly reproduced on paper

International Days 2014

INTERNATIONAL DAYS 2014
OCCASIONS Celebrated Days Across Europe
TIMES Single session on each day from 1400-1700 UTC
FREQUENCIES All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands, 30m, 17m and 12m, 60m and allocations below 500kHz.
SCORING 5 points per FISTS member in Wales on St David's Day; Ireland on St Patrick's Day; England on St George's Day; Scotland on St Andrew's Day; Isle of Man on Tynwald Day; France on Bastille Day; Germany on German Unity Day; any other European country on Europa Day
3 points per non-FISTS member in the appropriate country
2 points per FISTS member elsewhere
1 point per non-member elsewhere
Any station can only count once on each activity day
EXCHANGE RST/QTH/Name/FISTS Number (If applicable)
LOGS For each QSO logged: Date/Call sign/Name/QTH/Frequency/RST/Time, UTC/FISTS Number or Non-member/Points claimed

For each log: Summary to include total number of QSOs and total of points claimed
DATES St David, 1. March; St Patrick, 17. March; St George, 23. April; Europa Day, 9. May; Tynwald Day, 7. July; Bastille Day, 14. July; German Unity Day, 3. October; St Andrew, 30.November
GENERAL Any log entry not showing the required exchange information will be excluded from the scores
ENTRIES TO All entries can be received by post or email
Post to FISTS Ladder, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
email to link text
Logs must be received by the fifth of the month that follows the month in which the contacts were made
Logs may be in Excel, CSV, tabbed Word or Cabrillo format or neatly reproduced on paper

Exchange Your Age Week 2014 (EYAW)

EXCHANGE YOUR AGE WEEK 2014
DATE 0001 UTC Saturday 17th May to 2359 UTC Friday 23th May 2014
FREQUENCIES Any licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands - which are 30m, 17m and 12m - or 60m and allocations below 500kHz.
During a FISTS activity session and operating on 40m or 80m, if you call on a published frequency (A FISTS Centre of Activity) please clear the frequency after one contact.
This applies to all participants, HQ stations and members alike.  Once clear of the published frequency there is no further mandatory QSY required during an activity.
RULES This is a fun event where senior operators are going to be in demand!
Simple rules; usual exchange between members or non-members. But also exchange your age with your QSO partners to boost your score.
At the end of the activity just total the ages exchanged and add them to your final points score
SCORING 5 points for a FISTS HQ station
(GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
3 points for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station
2 points for a FISTS member
1 point for a non-member
EXCHANGE RST/QTH/Name/FISTS Number (If applicable)/Operator's age
LOGS For each QSO logged: Date/Call sign/Name/QTH/Frequency/RST/Time, UTC/FISTS Number or Non-member/Age received/Points claimed
For each log: Summary to include total number of QSOs and sub-total of QSO points claimed, sub-total of ages received and grand total points claimed
GENERAL Any type of keying may be used
Any operator (Regardless of callsign used) may only be worked for points once per day
Any log entry not showing the required exchange information will be excluded from the scores
ENTRIES TO All entries can be received by post or email
Post to FISTS Ladder, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
email to link text
Logs must be received on or before 24th June 2014
Logs may be in Excel, CSV, tabbed word or Cabrillo format or neatly reproduced on paper

Straight Key Week 2014 (SKW)

STRAIGHT KEY WEEK 2014
DATE 0001 UTC Sunday 30th November to 2359 UTC Saturday 6th December 2014
FREQUENCIES Any licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands - which are 30m, 17m and 12m - or 60m and allocations below 500kHz.
During a FISTS activity session and operating on 40m or 80m, if you call on a published frequency (A FISTS Centre of Activity) please clear the frequency after one contact.
This applies to all participants, HQ stations and members alike.  Once clear of the published frequency there is no further mandatory QSY required during an activity.
RULES This is another fun event in which manual sending is our aim!
Simple rules; usual exchange between members or non-members
SCORING 10 points for a FISTS HQ station
(GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
5 points for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station
3 points for a FISTS member
1 point for a non-member
EXCHANGE RST/QTH/Name/FISTS Number (If applicable)
LOGS For each QSO logged: Date/Call sign/Name/QTH/Frequency/RST/Time, UTC/FISTS Number or Non-member/Points claimed
For each log: Summary to include total number of QSOs and grand total points claimed
GENERAL Any type of manual keying may be used - manual keying includes up-and-down pump keys and side-to-side swipers or Cooties with two-wire (Signal and ground) connection to the radio.  Keys which generate auto-repeat elements - like mechanical bug keys - are not allowed nor are any keys used in combination with an electronic keyer.  If in doubt, please ask for adjudication before the activity
Any operator (Regardless of callsign used) may only be worked for points once per band per day
Any log entry not showing the required exchange information will be excluded from the scores
ENTRIES TO All entries can be received by post or email
Post to FISTS Ladder, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
email to link text
Logs must be received on or before 1st January 2015
Logs may be in Excel, CSV, tabbed word or Cabrillo format or neatly reproduced on paper

Activities Calendar 2013

The Activity Calendar 2013 contains information on the following activities:

Ladder 2013
Fifth Sundays 2013
International Days 2013
Exchange Your Age Week 2013 (EYAW)
Straight Key Week 2013 (SKW)

There is a 2013 Year Planner available, showing all the dates on a single A4 page.

This year there are changes to the rules for the Ladder, SKW and EYAW. So, please re-read the rules below even if you are familiar with entering the activities in previous years.

31st January 2013: The rules regarding frequencies have now been changed; please re-read the rules.

Ladder 2013

Small clipart image of wooden ladder.
LADDER 2013
OCCASIONS January 2013 to December 2013
On the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month
TIMES Two sessions on each Ladder Sunday from 1400-1600 and 1800-2000.  All times are UTC
In any calendar month you can submit logs from ANY TWO of the four two-hour sessions
FREQUENCIES Any licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands - which are 30m, 17m and 12m - or 60m and allocations below 500kHz.
During a FISTS activity session and operating on 40m or 80m, if you call on a published frequency (A FISTS Centre of Activity) please clear the frequency after one contact.
This applies to all participants, HQ stations and members alike.  Once clear of the published frequency there is no further mandatory QSY required during an activity.

The earlier QSY Rule no longer applies
SCORING 5 points FISTS HQ station (GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
3 points FISTS Affiliated Club Station
2 points for a FISTS member
1 point for a non-member
Any station can only count once on each calendar Sunday
EXCHANGE RST/Name/QTH/FISTS Number (If applicable)
LOGS For each QSO logged: Date/Call sign/Name/QTH/Frequency/RST/Time, UTC/FISTS Number or Non-member/Points claimed

For each log: Summary to include total number of QSOs and total of points claimed
DATES Jan 13/27 - Feb 10/24 - March 10/24 - April 14/28 - May 12/26 - June 9/23- July 14/28 - Aug 11/25 - Sept 8/22 - Oct 13/27- Nov 10/24 - Dec 8/22
GENERAL Any log entry not showing the required exchange information will be excluded from the scores
ENTRIES TO All entries can be received by post or email
Post to FISTS Ladder, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
email to link text
Logs must be received by the fifth of the month that follows the month in which the contacts were made
Logs may be in Excel, CSV, tabbed Word or Cabrillo format or neatly reproduced on paper

Fifth Sundays 2013

FIFTH SUNDAYS 2013
OCCASIONS January 2013 to December 2013.
On the fifth Sunday of March, June, September and December
TIMES One session on each fifth Sunday from 1300-1700 UTC
FREQUENCIES Any licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands - which are 30m, 17m and 12m - or 60m and allocations below 500kHz.
During a FISTS activity session and operating on 40m or 80m, if you call on a published frequency (A FISTS Centre of Activity) please clear the frequency after one contact.
This applies to all participants, HQ stations and members alike.  Once clear of the published frequency there is no further mandatory QSY required during an activity.

The earlier QSY Rule no longer applies
SCORING 5 points per contact - any operator (Irrespective of call sign used) can be worked only once on any band per Sunday (But contacts on each band count separately)

Then apply these in order:
  1. Multiply by five for a FISTS HQ station
    (GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
  2. Multiply by five for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station
  3. Add five points for a FISTS member
  4. Finally, multiply by five if it's a new country for that day's session
EXCHANGE RST/QTH/Name/FISTS Number (If applicable)
LOGS For each QSO logged: Date/Call sign/Name/QTH/Frequency/RST/Time, UTC/FISTS Number or Non-member/Points claimed

For each log: Summary to include total number of QSOs and total of points claimed
DATES 31. March, 30. June, 29. September and 29. December
GENERAL Any log entry not showing the required exchange information will be excluded from the scores
ENTRIES TO All entries can be received by post or email
Post to FISTS Ladder, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
email to link text
Logs must be received by the tenth of the month that follows the month in which the contacts were made
Logs may be in Excel, CSV, tabbed Word or Cabrillo format or neatly reproduced on paper

International Days 2013

INTERNATIONAL DAYS 2013
OCCASIONS Celebrated Days Across Europe
TIMES Single session on each day from 1400-1700 UTC
FREQUENCIES All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands, 30m, 17m and 12m, 60m and allocations below 500kHz.
SCORING 5 points per FISTS member in Wales on St David's Day; Ireland on St Patrick's Day; England on St George's Day; Scotland on St Andrew's Day; Isle of Man on Tynwald Day; France on Bastille Day; Germany on German Unity Day; any other European country on Europa Day
3 points per non-FISTS member in the appropriate country
2 points per FISTS member elsewhere
1 point per non-member elsewhere
Any station can only count once on each activity day
EXCHANGE RST/QTH/Name/FISTS Number (If applicable)
LOGS For each QSO logged: Date/Call sign/Name/QTH/Frequency/RST/Time, UTC/FISTS Number or Non-member/Points claimed

For each log: Summary to include total number of QSOs and total of points claimed
DATES St David, 1. March; St Patrick, 17. March; St George, 23. April; Europa Day, 9. May; Tynwald Day, 5. July; Bastille Day, 14. July; German Unity Day, 3. October; St Andrew, 30.November
GENERAL Any log entry not showing the required exchange information will be excluded from the scores
ENTRIES TO All entries can be received by post or email
Post to FISTS Ladder, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
email to link text
Logs must be received by the fifth of the month that follows the month in which the contacts were made
Logs may be in Excel, CSV, tabbed Word or Cabrillo format or neatly reproduced on paper

Exchange Your Age Week 2013 (EYAW)

EXCHANGE YOUR AGE WEEK 2013
DATE 0001 UTC Saturday 18th May to 2359 UTC Friday 24th May 2013
FREQUENCIES Any licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands - which are 30m, 17m and 12m - or 60m and allocations below 500kHz.
During a FISTS activity session and operating on 40m or 80m, if you call on a published frequency (A FISTS Centre of Activity) please clear the frequency after one contact.
This applies to all participants, HQ stations and members alike.  Once clear of the published frequency there is no further mandatory QSY required during an activity.

The earlier QSY Rule no longer applies
RULES This is a fun event where senior operators are going to be in demand!
Simple rules; usual exchange between members or non-members. But also exchange your age with your QSO partners to boost your score.
At the end of the activity just total the ages exchanged and add them to your final points score
SCORING 5 points for a FISTS HQ station
(GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
3 points for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station
2 points for a FISTS member
1 point for a non-member
EXCHANGE RST/QTH/Name/FISTS Number (If applicable)/Operator's age
LOGS For each QSO logged: Date/Call sign/Name/QTH/Frequency/RST/Time, UTC/FISTS Number or Non-member/Age received/Points claimed
For each log: Summary to include total number of QSOs and sub-total of QSO points claimed, sub-total of ages received and grand total points claimed
GENERAL Any type of keying may be used
Any operator (Regardless of callsign used) may only be worked for points once per day
Any log entry not showing the required exchange information will be excluded from the scores
ENTRIES TO All entries can be received by post or email
Post to FISTS Ladder, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
email to link text
Logs must be received on or before 24th June 2013
Logs may be in Excel, CSV, tabbed word or Cabrillo format or neatly reproduced on paper

Straight Key Week 2013 (SKW)

STRAIGHT KEY WEEK 2013
DATE 0001 UTC Sunday 1st December to 2359 UTC Saturday 7th December 2013
FREQUENCIES Any licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands - which are 30m, 17m and 12m - or 60m and allocations below 500kHz.
During a FISTS activity session and operating on 40m or 80m, if you call on a published frequency (A FISTS Centre of Activity) please clear the frequency after one contact.
This applies to all participants, HQ stations and members alike.  Once clear of the published frequency there is no further mandatory QSY required during an activity.

The earlier QSY Rule no longer applies
RULES This is another fun event in which manual sending is our aim!
Simple rules; usual exchange between members or non-members
SCORING 10 points for a FISTS HQ station
(GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
5 points for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station
3 points for a FISTS member
1 point for a non-member
EXCHANGE RST/QTH/Name/FISTS Number (If applicable)
LOGS For each QSO logged: Date/Call sign/Name/QTH/Frequency/RST/Time, UTC/FISTS Number or Non-member/Points claimed
For each log: Summary to include total number of QSOs and grand total points claimed
GENERAL Any type of manual keying may be used - manual keying includes up-and-down pump keys and side-to-side swipers or Cooties with two-wire (Signal and ground) connection to the radio.  Keys which generate auto-repeat elements - like mechanical bug keys - are not allowed nor are any keys used in combination with an electronic keyer.  If in doubt, please ask for adjudication before the activity
Any operator (Regardless of callsign used) may only be worked for points once per band per day
Any log entry not showing the required exchange information will be excluded from the scores
ENTRIES TO All entries can be received by post or email
Post to FISTS Ladder, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
email to link text
Logs must be received on or before 1st January 2014
Logs may be in Excel, CSV, tabbed word or Cabrillo format or neatly reproduced on paper

Activities Calendar 2012

The Activity Calendar 2012 contains information on the following activities:

Ladder Activity 2012 Results
Exchange Your Age Week 2012 (EYAW) Results
Titanic 24 hour sprint 2012 Results
Counties Week 2012 Results
FISTS Eu Silver Jubilee Week 2012 Results  New !!!
Straight Key Week 2012 (SKW)  

There is a 2012 Year Planner available, showing all the dates on a single A4 page.

I have decided to make some changes to the society's activities for 2012.

Firstly, you'll notice the deletion of the EUCW-FISTS QRS Activity.  I've decided to remove this for 2012 owing to general apathy towards the event and dwindling numbers of entrants.  For those who enjoy the event, fear not, I shall make it a Bi-ennial event; and look at participation next year.
I have ended the Four Seasons Activity (FSA) as you will see.  It has been an interesting exercise, and something I may repeat in the future.  Certificates will be mailed to the participants at the beginning of 2012.  Thanks to all for your support.

Secondly, you'll see three new additions to the calendar.
As you'll be aware, 2012 heralds the 25 years that have passed since the society came into being.  For this important year in the society's history, I hope many of you will be able to be active during the Silver Jubilee event that is planned.
I shall open the event to, and offer an award to the highest placed non-member to encourage all to join us on this special occasion.

You will also notice a special 24 hour event commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the loss of the RMS Titanic.  At the moment I'm awaiting confirmation from third parties worldwide that will be recognising this event.
I will keep you up to date with who will be participating.  Keep looking at the Fists NG and keynote for updates.  This will be operational on the 15th of April 2012.

You will also notice that I've abolished the rule that outlawed the use of pre-programmed CQ Loops.  This has been done in response to feedback from participants.  NOTE: this does not apply to SKW, and will be only allowed for general CQ's!

And finally, take a look at the other new activity for 2012; the counties week, where all can focus on chatting with amateurs from all parts of the British Isles and Eire.

PLEASE NOTE:
ANY EVENT OVERLAP WITH THE LADDER ACTIVITY MAY COUNT FOR BOTH AS LONG AS ALL INFORMATION REQUIRED IS SUBMITTED


I do hope that you'll find time to come on air and support the events that have been planned for 2012.

73.
M0BPT

Ladder Activity 2012

Small clipart image of wooden ladder.
LADDER 2012
DATES January 2012 to December 2012. To be run on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month.
TIMES TWO, TWO HOUR SESSIONS OPERATING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 1400-1600 AND 1800-2000. ALL TIMES UTC! NOTE: You can only submit ANY TWO of your two-hour sessions out of a possible four!
QRG All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
SCORING 5 points FISTS HQ station.
(GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
 3 points Fists affiliated Club Station.
 2 points for a Fist member.
 1 point for a non-member.
A station can only count once on each Sunday.
LOGS DATE/CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/RST/TIME/FIST No or NM/POINTS SCORED.
DATES Jan 8th/22nd - Feb 12th/26th - March 11th/25th - April 8th/22nd - May 13th/27th - June 10th/24th- July 8th/22nd - Aug 12th/26th - Sept 9th/23rd - Oct 14th/28th- Nov 11th/25th - Dec 9th/23rd
GENERAL PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO's or QSY off the calling frequency. PLEASE NOTE, These activities are meant to be fun and friendly as well as competitive. Any contact not showing the required return information will be excluded from the total scores.
SEND
TO
All entries can be received by post or E-mail to; R.D.Walker, FISTS-PO Box 6743, TIPTON DY4 4AU. Logs are to be received by the 5th of the next month in Excel, CSV, tabbed word formats or hard copy. E-mail: m0bpt(at)yahoo.co.uk

Exchange Your Age Week 2012 (EYAW)

EXCHANGE YOUR AGE WEEK 2012. (EYAW)
DATE 0001 UTC Sunday 4th March to 2359 UTC Saturday 10th March 2012. UTC
QRG All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
RULES Here's a fun event where our senior members are going to be in demand! Simple rules; usual exchange between members/non-members. BUT Exchange your age with your QSO partner(s) and at the end of the event; total the ages exchanged and add them to your final points score!
SCORING 5 points for a FISTS HQ station.
(GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
 3 points for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station.
 2 points for a Fist Member.
 1 point for a Non Member.
LOGS To include DATE/CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/TIME/FIST No or NM/ POINTS. (AGE)
GENERAL PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO's or QSY off the calling frequency. All logs are to be received by the 24th March 2012. Any type of key or keyer may be used. A station can only be worked once per day during the event.
SEND
TO
All entries can be received by post to: R.D.Walker M0BPT. FISTS - PO Box 6743, TIPTON, DY4 4AU. Or email in Excel/csv/tabbed word document format if possible please.

Titanic 24 hour sprint 2012

Titanic 24 hour sprint 2012
DATE 00.01 - 23.59 UTC Sunday 15th April 2012.
QRG All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
RULES Recognising the 100th anniversary of the loss of the RMS Titanic on the 15th April 1912. This event is a standard exchange between stations.
SCORING 10 points for any Titanic special event station.
5 points for a FISTS HQ station.
(GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZM6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
 3 points for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station.
 2 points for a Fist Member.
 1 point for a Non Member.
LOGS To include DATE/CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/TIME/FIST No or NM/ POINTS.
GENERAL Titanic special event stations from around the world will be active on this day. For the most recent list, see Titanic special event stations.
SEND
TO
All entries can be received by post to: R.D.Walker M0BPT. FISTS - PO Box 6743, TIPTON, DY4 4AU. Or email in Excel/csv/tabbed word document format if possible please. To be received no later than the 30th April 2012.

Counties Week 2012

COUNTIES WEEK 2012.
DATE 0001 UTC Sunday 10th June to 2359 UTC Saturday 16th June 2012. UTC
QRG All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
RULES This simple fun event gives members the chance to chase counties in the United kingdom, Northern Ireland and Eire.
Usual exchange between members, non-members.
Exchange the county of operation with your QSO partner for a bonus point.
SCORING 5 points for a FISTS HQ station.
(GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
 3 points for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station.
 2 points for a Fist Member.
 1 point for a Non Member.
LOGS To include DATE/CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/TIME/FIST No or NM/ POINTS. (County)
GENERAL PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO's or QSY off the calling frequency.  All logs are to be received by the 30th June 2012.  Any type of key or keyer may be used.  A station can only be worked once per day during the event.
SEND
TO
All entries can be received by post to: R.D.Walker M0BPT. FISTS - PO Box 6743, TIPTON, DY4 4AU. Or email in Excel/csv/tabbed word document format if possible please.

FISTS Eu Silver Jubilee Week 2012

SILVER JUBILEE WEEK 2012.
DATE 0001 UTC Sunday 2nd September to 2359 UTC Saturday 8th September 2012. UTC
QRG All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
RULES A simple event recognising the passing of 25 years since the founding of the society.
A "Founders award" will be issued to the highest scoring participant!
If 50 members (Or more) are worked during the activity, I will award certificates of merit endorsing the achievement.
This event is open to entries from non-members.
For the first time I shall offer an award for the log of the highest non-member entrant.
SCORING 10 points for a FISTS HQ station.
(GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
 3 points for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station.
 2 points for a Fist Member.
 1 point for a Non Member.
LOGS To include DATE/CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/TIME/FIST No or NM/ POINTS.
GENERAL PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO's or QSY off the calling frequency. All logs are to be received by the 29th September 2012. Any type of key or keyer may be used. A station can only be worked once per day during the event.
SEND TO All entries can be received by post to: R.D.Walker M0BPT. FISTS - PO Box 6743, TIPTON, DY4 4AU. Or email in Excel/csv/tabbed word document format if possible please.

Straight Key Week 2012 (SKW)

STRAIGHT KEY WEEK 2012 (SKW)
DATE 0001 UTC Sunday 2nd December to 2359 Saturday 8th December 2012. UTC
QRG All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
SCORE 5 points FISTS HQ stations
(GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
 3 points for a FISTS affiliated Club Station,
 2 points for a Fist Member
 1 point for a Non Member.
EXCHANGE RST/NAME/QTH/FIST No or NM/DAY No. Sunday is Day 1 Monday is Day 2 and so on To Saturday as Day 7. All entrants must have used a straight Key for all their QSO's but a worked station does not have to use a straight key.
LOGS To include DATE/CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/RST/TIME/FIST No or NM/DAY No/POINTS. All entries to be received by the 31st December 2012.
GENERAL A station can only be worked once per day! PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO's or QSY off the calling frequency. PLEASE NOTE, These contests are meant to be fun and friendly as well as competitive. Any contact not showing the required return information will be excluded from the total scores.
AMENDMENTS AMENDMENT TO THE RULES! As from 2010 a manual sideswiper may be used as long as no electronic means of keying are used. This amendment has been allowed for those who find straight keying for a long period of time causing discomfort and aggravating any medical condition.
AWARDS Certificates to the three highest placed entrants.
SEND LOGS
TO
All entries can be received by post to: R.D.Walker M0BPT. FISTS - PO Box 6743, TIPTON, DY4 4AU. Or email in Excel/csv/tabbed word document format if possible please.

Activities Calendar 2011

The Activity Calendar 2011 contains information on the following activities:

Fist on the Air 2011 Award
Four Seasons Activity 2011
Ladder Activity 2011
Exchange Your Age Week 2011 (EYAW)
EUCW QRS Party 2011
Straight Key Week 2011 (SKW)

There is a 2011 Year Planner available, showing all the dates on a single A4 page.

Fist on the Air Award 2011

Photograph of a Czech Morse key
In recognition of the generous donation from Mike Bowthorpe, G0CVZ of three Czech Morse Keys as prizes to worthy recipients, I've decided to activate a "Fist on the air" Award for FISTS Europe/UK members.  Running from the 1st of April 2011 to the 31st of March 2012.  Using the Activity ladder, FSA (Four seasons activity), EYAW (Exchange your age week) and SKW (Straight key week) activities as benchmarks.  The highest three points percentages will each receive one of these wonderful gifts!

The Four Seasons 2011 Activity

This year I'm introducing a new activity to the calendar. My thanks and recognition to FISTS Member Martin, IK2RMZ/DL1GBZ#853 for his idea...

The Four Seasons Activity 2011 (NOT A CONTEST!)
Winter Season 1st Jan-31st March Spring Season 1st April-30th June
Summer Season 1st July-30th Sept Autumn Season 1st Oct-31st December
Bands: HF: 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10m-VHF: 6/2/70cm
Mode: CW
Times: NONE
Score: 1 point per 5 minute QSO duration
Example: QSO duration 0-4 min = 0 point
QSO duration 5-9 min = 1 point
QSO duration 10-14 min = 2 points
FISTS members = Double points
Limitations: Not more than a 30 minute QSO
Not more than 90 minutes QSO Duration with the same station per month
Logs: Monthly by the 7th to include:
DATE, START TIME, END TIME, CALL, BAND, RPRT, NAME, FIST No or NM, POINTS
Via Email: m0bpt(at)yahoo.co.uk. Excel, csv, Tabbed word format, Open Office if possible please.
Surface mail: R.D.Walker. 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich. B700HG.
Power Class A: QRO.
(Up to your countries legal limit. Please be aware of band-plans regarding QRP centres of activity!)
Class B: QRP 5 Watts Maximum output from the Transmitter.
General: Each Season is a separate activity, this means that scores are not carried over!
Contacts made during other FISTS Activities can be used in the FSA!
This activity has been designed to be leisurely with contacts being of quality rather than quantity!
Entrants are respectfully reminded to match the speed wherever possible of their QSO Partner!
Awards: Seasonal certificates will be awarded to the entrant in each class with the most points after each session.
A "GOLD AWARD" Certificate will be awarded to the entrant in each class who has amassed the most points during the activity at the end of the year.
Separate awards issued for each chapter of FISTS. i.e. FISTS EU; NA; DU; and EA Endorsed accordingly.

Ladder Activity 2011

  LADDER ACTIVITY 2011
DATES January 2011 to December 2011. To be run on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month.
TIMES TWO, TWO HOUR SESSIONS OPERATING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 1400-1600 AND 1800-2000. ALL TIMES UTC! NOTE: You can only submit ANY TWO of your two-hour sessions out of a possible four!
QRG All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
SCORING 5 points FISTS HQ station.
(GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
3 points Fists affiliated Club Station.
2 points for a Fist member.
1 point for a non-member.
A station can only count once on each Sunday.
LOGS DATE/CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/RST/TIME/FIST No or NM/POINTS SCORED.
DATES Jan 9th/23rd - Feb13th /27th - March 13th/27th - April 10th/24th - May 8th/22nd - June 12th/26th- July 10th/24th Aug 14th/28th - Sept 11th/25th - Oct 9th/23rd- Nov 13th/27th - Dec 11th/25th
GENERAL PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO's or QSY off the calling frequency. PLEASE NOTE, These activities are meant to be fun and friendly as well as competitive. Any contact not showing the required return information will be excluded from the total scores.
SEND
TO
All entries can be received by post or E-mail to; R.D.Walker, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich. B70 0HG. Logs are to be received by the 5th of the next month in Excel, CSV, tabbed word formats or hard copy. E-mail: m0bpt(at)yahoo.co.uk

Exchange Your Age Week 2011 (EYAW)

  EXCHANGE YOUR AGE WEEK 2011. (EYAW)
DATES 0001 UTC Sunday 6th March to 2359 UTC Saturday 12th March 2011. UTC
QRG All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
RULES Here's a fun event where our senior members are going to be in demand! Simple rules; usual exchange between members/non-members. BUT Exchange your age with your QSO partner(s) and at the end of the event; total the ages exchanged and add them to your final points score!
SCORING 5 points for a FISTS HQ station.
(GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
3 points for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station.
2 points for a Fist Member.
1 point for a Non Member.
LOGS To include CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/TIME/FIST No or NM/ POINTS. (AGE)
GENERAL PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO's or QSY off the calling frequency. All logs are to be received by the 22nd March 2011. Any type of key or keyer may be used, but no keyboard sending or pre-programmed messages from computers or keyers allowed. A station can only be worked once per day during the event.
SEND
TO
All entries can be received by post to: R.D.Walker, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich. B70 0HG. Or email in Excel/csv/tabbed word document format if possible please.

EUCW QRS Party 2011

  EUCW QRS PARTY 2011
GENERAL FISTS CW Club invites all radio amateurs to take part in the annual EUCW/FISTS QRS Party over five days, Monday-Friday, in April each year. This is not a contest . Just enjoy plenty of slow Morse activity for a period of five days. The dates selected are intended to avoid weekend contest activity. Work any station, including members of EUCW clubs (see below), but send only in QRS. Standard QSO's with non-participating stations can be included in logs.
DATES
TIMES
Monday 25th April 2011, 0001 UTC, to Friday 29th April 2011, 2359 UTC.
MODE CW only
POWER A - More than 10w input or 5w output power
B - QRP (10w input or 5w output, or less)
C - Short wave listeners.
CALL CQ QRS.
Stations may be worked once per day, per band.
QRG's Recommended areas of activity, +/- 10 kHz of the FISTS calling frequencies, including WARC bands (see below), but contacts can be made on any frequency. Non-QRP stations should avoid calling CQ on the popular QRP frequencies (see below).
KEYS:
SPEEDS
Use any type of key or keyer. No keyboard sending or pre-programmed messages from computers or keyers, but pre-programmed CQ calls or CQ loops are permitted. Maximum speed 14 words per minute (70cpm). The speed of a QSO should be at the speed of the slower station.
CONTACTS Normal friendly QSO's, no special requirements. QSO's with any station count. Work any station in any country, including stations not taking part in the QRS Party but try to persuade them to work QRS.
LOGS Logs should show Date, Time, Call sign, Name, QTH and EUCW Club/Number (if appropriate) of the stations worked/heard, and may include up to three votes for "Most Readable Morse Heard" (one vote per station).
FEEDBACK This is not a contest, but logs and feedback will be welcomed in the following classes:
A - More than 10w input or 5w output power
B - QRP (10w input or 5w output, or less)
C - Short wave listeners.
AWARDS A) A certificate will be awarded to the three participants working/hearing the most stations in each class.
B) Certificates of Merit will be awarded to the three operators receiving most votes for the "Most Readable Morse Heard", provided the operators nominated have also submitted a log. If the operators receiving the most votes have not submitted a log the certificates of merit will be awarded to the qualifying operators with the next highest number of votes. In the event of a tie in first, second or third places, multiple certificates will be awarded, marked "Shared Award".
C) A "NEWCOMERS AWARD" Will be issued to the person who submits a log and uses the QRS PARTY WEEK for their 1st "On Air" QSO. This must be verified by an EUCW Member.
SEND LOGS TO FISTS/EUCW QRS Party Organizer: Robert Walker M0BPT, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich, B70 0HG. England. EMAIL To be received by surface mail or e-mail not later than 31st May 2011.
INFO FISTS calling frequencies : Recommended area of activity +/- 10 kHz 2m 144.058 MHz 6m Use any authorized CW frequency"10m 28.058 MHz 12m 24.918 MHz 15m 21.058 MHz 17m 18.085 MHz 20m 14.058 MHz 30m 10.118/10.128 MHz 40m 7.028 MHz 80m 3.558 MHz 160m 1.818 MHz QRP CW Calling Frequencies to be avoided by non-QRP stations. 1843; 3560; 7030; 10116; 14060; 18096; 21060; 24906; 28060 kHz.

Straight Key Week 2011 (SKW)

  STRAIGHT KEY WEEK 2011 (SKW)
DATE 0001 UTC Sunday 4th September to 2359 Saturday 10th September 2011. UTC
QRG All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
SCORE 5 points FISTS HQ stations
(GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW)
3 points for a FISTS affiliated Club Station,
2 points for a Fist Member,
1 point for a Non Member.
EXCHANGE RST/NAME/QTH/FIST No or NM/DAY No. Sunday is Day 1 Monday is Day 2 and so on To Saturday as Day 7. All entrants must have used a straight Key for all their QSO's but a worked station does not have to use a straight key.
LOGS To include DATE/CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/RST/TIME/FIST No or NM/DAY No/POINTS. All entries to be received by the 26th September 2011.
GENERAL A station can only be worked once per day! PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO's or QSY off the calling frequency. PLEASE NOTE, These contests are meant to be fun and friendly as well as competitive. Any contact not showing the required return information will be excluded from the total scores.
AMENDMENTS AMENDMENT TO THE RULES! As from 2010 a manual sideswiper may be used as long as no electronic means of keying are used. This amendment has been allowed for those who find straight keying for a long period of time causing discomfort and aggravating any medical condition.
AWARDS QRO Members: Certificates to the three highest placed entrants.
QRP members: Certificates to the three highest placed entrants.
SEND LOGS
TO
All entries can be received by post to; R.D.Walker, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich. B70 0HG. or by EMAIL in Excel/csv/tabbed word format if possible please

Activities Calendar 2010

The Activity Calendar 2010 contains information on the following activities:

G0HGA VHF/UHF/SHF CW Activity 2010 (discontinued)
FISTS 3 Hour Sprint 2010
Ladder Activity 2010
Exchange Your Age Week 2010 (EYAW)
EUCW QRS Party 2010
Straight Key Week 2010 (SKW)

The 2010 GHGA VHF/UHF/SHF CW Activity

The G0HGA VHF/UHF/SHF CW Activity was discontinued at the end of March 2010, but the details are left here for information.

As many of you will know, Angie. GHGA FISTS #41 became SK earlier in the year. In her memory I've decided to do a One year activity. (If it is successful, I will consider extending the activity) Simple rules, just designed to promote CW activity again on the VHF/UHF/SHF Frequencies. Angie was a staunch advocate of CWon these frequencies, and I feel it would be a fitting tribute to her.

  G0HGA VHF/UHF/SHF CW Activity 2010
POWER Up to your countries legal limit
DATES 0001 1st January to 2359 31st December 2010
BANDS 6M 4M 2M 70CM 23CM 10GHz Bands (Any authorised frequency)
SCORING 1 point Non-members, 2 points FISTS Members, 3 points FISTS affiliated club stations, 5 points FISTS HQ Stations
EXCHANGE FISTS Nr (Or NM)-QTH or LOCATOR-NAME-RPRT
LOGS To include DATE/TIME/CALL/NAME/QRG(Band)/QTH or LOCATOR/FISTS Nr (Or NM)/POINTS
SEND TO: R.D.Walker. 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich B7ØØHG ENGLAND Email:
FORMATS ACCEPTED Excel, csv, tabbed word format, tabbed txt file format preferred. Or a hard copy of your log with the entries of interest highlighted
GENERAL Monthly returns by the 14th of the next month. The purpose of the activity is to promote CW on the bands specified, it is not a contest!! 2M Activity "Natter nights" 144.058+/- 1930pm onwards Monday Wednesday and Friday evenings local time. Entries in other events scheduled by other organisations during the year are permissable as long as the required information was exchanged. A station cannot be worked more than four times in a month on a specific band.
GENERAL#2 FISTS NA, FISTS DU, and FISTS EA. Seperate awards offered should they wish to join in!

FISTS 3 Hour Sprint 2010

After being asked for an event by some members involving high speed operation, I've decided on something to be added to the 2010 activity calendar that's a little different.

  FISTS 3 HOUR SPRINT 2010
DATES Session#1 26th June 2010.0001-2359UTC. Session#2 24th July 2010 0001-2359UTC
BANDS 80m, 40m, & 20m.
SCORING NM=1pt, members=2pts, club calls=3pts, HQ calls=5pts.
TIMES You can choose to operate anytime during the 24 hour period, but can only submit 3 hours of log
EXCHANGE Call, report. (fists number)
LOGS Date, call, time in, time out, fists nr or nm, points. The total time of each QSO must be recorded in your log. Logs to be received no later than the 7 th August 2010, in excel, csv, tabbed word format, tabbed txt file format please!
SEND TO R.D.Walker, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich B7ØØHG. EMAIL:
GENERAL Although primarily for high speed operation, members are respectfully reminded to match the speed of your QSO partner throughout. Stations can only be worked ONCE per band per session.

Ladder Activity 2010

LADDER ACTIVITY 2010
DATES January 2010 to December 2010. To be run on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month.
TIMES TWO, TWO HOUR SESSIONS OPERATING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 1400-1600 AND 1800-2000. ALL TIMES UTC! NOTE: You can only submit ANY TWO of your two-hour sessions out of a possible four!
QRG All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
SCORING 5 points FISTS HQ station, 3 points for a Fists affiliated Club Station, 2 points for a Fist member, 1 point for a non-member. A station can only count once on each Sunday.
LOGS DATE/CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/RST/TIME/FIST No or NM/POINTS SCORED.
DATES Jan 10th/24th - Feb14th /28th - March 14th/28th - April 11th/25th - May 9th/23rd -
June 13th/27th- July 11th/25th Aug 8th/22nd - Sept 12th/26th - Oct 10th/24th- Nov 14th/28th - Dec 12th/26th
GENERAL PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO's or QSY off the calling frequency. PLEASE NOTE, These activities are meant to be fun and friendly as well as competitive. Any contact not showing the required return information will be excluded from the total scores.
SEND
TO
All entries can be received by post or E-mail to; R.D.Walker, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich. B70 0HG. Logs are to be received by the 5th of the next month in Excel, CSV, tabbed word formats or hard copy. E-mail: m0bpt(at)yahoo.co.uk

Exchange Your Age Week 2010 (EYAW)

EXCHANGE YOUR AGE WEEK 2010. (EYAW)
DATES 0001 UTC on 7th March to 2359 UTC on 13th March 2010. UTC
QRG All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
RULES Here's a fun event where our senior members are going to be in demand! Simple rules; usual exchange between members/non-members. BUT Exchange your age with your QSO partner(s) and at the end of the event; total the ages exchanged and add them to your final points score!
SCORING 5 points for a FISTS HQ station, 3 points for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station, 2 points for a Fist Member. 1 point for a Non Member.
LOGS to include CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/TIME/FIST No or NM/ POINTS. (AGE)
GENERAL PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO's or QSY off the calling frequency. All logs are to be received by the 22nd March 2010. Any type of key or keyer may be used, but no keyboard sending or pre-programmed messages from computers or keyers allowed. A station can only be worked once per day during the event.
SEND
TO
All entries can be received by post to: R.D.Walker, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich. B70 0HG. Or email in Excel/csv/tabbed word document format if possible please.

EUCW QRS Party 2010

EUCW QRS PARTY 2010
GENERAL FISTS CW Club invites all radio amateurs to take part in the annual EUCW/FISTS QRS Party over five days, Monday-Friday, in April each year. This is not a contest . Just enjoy plenty of slow Morse activity for a period of five days. The dates selected are intended to avoid weekend contest activity. Work any station, including members of EUCW clubs (see below), but send only in QRS. Standard QSO's with non-participating stations can be included in logs.
DATES
TIMES
Monday 26th April 2010, 0001 UTC, to Friday 30th April 2010, 2359 UTC.
MODE CW only
POWER A - More than 10w input or 5w output power
B - QRP (10w input or 5w output, or less)
C - Short wave listeners.
CALL CQ QRS.
Stations may be worked once per day, per band.
QRG's Recommended areas of activity, +/- 10 kHz of the FISTS calling frequencies, including WARC bands (see below), but contacts can be made on any frequency. Non-QRP stations should avoid calling CQ on the popular QRP frequencies (see below).
KEYS:
SPEEDS
Use any type of key or keyer. No keyboard sending or pre-programmed messages from computers or keyers, but pre-programmed CQ calls or CQ loops are permitted. Maximum speed 14 words per minute (70cpm). The speed of a QSO should be at the speed of the slower station.
CONTACTS Normal friendly QSO's, no special requirements. QSO's with any station count. Work any station in any country, including stations not taking part in the QRS Party but try to persuade them to work QRS.
LOGS Logs should show Date, Time, Call sign, Name, QTH and EUCW Club/Number (if appropriate) of the stations worked/heard, and may include up to three votes for "Most Readable Morse Heard" (one vote per station).
FEEDBACK This is not a contest, but logs and feedback will be welcomed in the following classes:
A - More than 10w input or 5w output power
B - QRP (10w input or 5w output, or less)
C - Short wave listeners.
AWARDS A) A certificate will be awarded to the three participants working/hearing the most stations in each class.
B) Certificates of Merit will be awarded to the three operators receiving most votes for the "Most Readable Morse Heard", provided the operators nominated have also submitted a log. If the operators receiving the most votes have not submitted a log the certificates of merit will be awarded to the qualifying operators with the next highest number of votes. In the event of a tie in first, second or third places, multiple certificates will be awarded, marked "Shared Award".
C) A "NEWCOMERS AWARD" Will be issued to the person who submits a log and uses the QRS PARTY WEEK for their 1st "On Air" QSO. This must be verified by an EUCW Member.
SEND LOGS TO FISTS/EUCW QRS Party Organizer: Robert Walker M0BPT, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich, B70 0HG. England. EMAIL To be received by surface mail or e-mail not later than 31st May 2010.
INFO FISTS calling frequencies : Recommended area of activity +/- 10 kHz 2m 144.058 MHz 6m Use any authorized CW frequency 10m 28.058 MHz 12m 24.918 MHz 15m 21.058 MHz 17m 18.085 MHz 20m 14.058 MHz 30m 10.118/10.128 MHz 40m 7.028 MHz 80m 3.558 MHz 160m 1.818 MHz QRP CW Calling Frequencies to be avoided by non-QRP stations. 1843; 3560; 7030; 10116; 14060; 18096; 21060; 24906; 28060 kHz.

Straight Key Week 2010 (SKW)

STRAIGHT KEY WEEK 2010 (SKW)
DATE 0001 UTC on 5th September to
2359 on 11th September 2010. UTC
QRG All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
SCORE 5 points FISTS HQ stations,
3 points for a FISTS affiliated Club Station,
2 points for a Fist Member,
1 point for a Non Member.
EXCHANGE RST/NAME/QTH/FIST No or NM/DAY No. Sunday is Day 1 Monday is Day 2 and so on To Saturday as Day 7. All entrants must have used a straight Key for all their QSO's but the worked station does not have to use a straight key.
LOGS To include DATE/CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/RST/TIME/FIST No or NM/DAY No/POINTS. All entries to be received by the 26th September 2010.
GENERAL A station can only be worked once per day! PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO's or QSY off the calling frequency. PLEASE NOTE, These contests are meant to be fun and friendly as well as competitive. Any contact not showing the required return information will be excluded from the total scores.
AMENDMENTS AMENDMENT TO THE RULES! As from 2010 a manual sideswiper may be used as long as no electronic means of keying are used. This amendment has been allowed for those who find straight keying for a long period of time causing discomfort and aggravating any medical condition.
SEND LOGS
TO
All entries can be received by post to; R.D.Walker, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich. B70 0HG. or by EMAIL in Excel/csv/tabbed word format if possible please

Activities Calendar 2009

The Activity Calendar 2009 contains information on the following activities:

WARC Band Challenge 2009 (discontinued)
Ladder Activity 2009
Exchange Your Age Week 2009 (EYAW)
EUCW QRS Party 2009
Straight Key Week 2009 (SKW)

WARC Band Challenge 2009

The WARC Challenge was discontinued at the end of June 2009, but the details are left here for information.

G3ZQS WARC BAND CHALLENGE
DATES 00.01 1st January to 23.59 31st December. UTC
BANDS 30M, 17M &12M
SCORING 1 point non members, 2 points fists members, 3 points Fists club Stations.
EXCHANGE FISTS nr, or NM, and IARU locator square, (Four character format) which can be used as a multiplier for the total number of contacts made during the year.
EXAMPLE #5576 (or) NM IARU Loc IO82. FOR THE LOCATOR SQUARE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A MULTIPLIER, A CLUB MEMBER MUST HAVE BEEN WORKED WITHIN THE SQUARE. i.e. G9XYZ scores 2,400 points and gains 12 different locator squares on a combination of all three WARC bands. = 2,400 x 12 = 28,800. REPEAT STATIONS: CAN ONLY BE WORKED A MAXIMUM OF FOUR TIMES PER MONTH.
AWARDS Outright winner: The “G3ZQS” Award with your call, year, etc, Engraved. 1st Runner up: certificate 2nd Runner up: Certificate. A certificate will also be awarded to the highest points scored by a QRP entrant. ( Max 5w output at the transmitter) endorsed accordingly. Therefore all entrants must declare their power output. A certificate will also be awarded to the highest scoring “Receiving station” log.
LOGS

To include; date/call/name/locator/qrg/time/Fists nr or nm/points scored

EXAMPLE M0BPT rob IO82 30m 11.48 #5576 or nm 2pts or 1pt
SEND TO: Land mail: R.D.Walker 87A Whitehall Road West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 0HG England. or email Monthly returns by the14th of the next month By email in excel/csv/tabbed word format if possible please.
GENERAL The purpose of the challenge is to promote activity on the WARC bands IT IS NOT A CONTEST!. CALL “CQ” on or around the following frequencies; 30m-10.118/10.128 MHz: 17m-18.085 MHz: 12m-24.918 MHz PLEASE NOTE, These activities are meant to be fun and friendly as well as competitive. Any contact not showing the required return information will be excluded from the total scores.

Ladder Activity 2009

  LADDER ACTIVITY 2009
DATES January 2009 to December 2009. To be run on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month.
TIMES

TWO, TWO HOUR SESSIONS OPERATING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 1400-1600 AND 1800-2000. ALL TIMES UTC! NOTE: You can only submit ANY TWO of your two-hour sessions out of a possible four!

FREQUENCIES

All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands

SCORING 5 points FISTS club station, 3 points for a Fists affiliated Club Station, 2 points for a Fist member, 1 point for a non-member. A station can only count once on each Sunday.
LOGS DATE/CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/RST/TIME/FIST No or NM/POINTS SCORED.
DATES

Jan 11th/25th - Feb8th /22th - March 8th/22nd - April 12th/26th - May 10th/24th - June 14th/28th– July 12th/26th Aug 9th/23rd - Sept 13th/27th - Oct 11th/25th– Nov 8th/22nd - Dec 13th/27th

GENERAL PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO’s or QSY off the calling frequency. PLEASE NOTE, These activities are meant to be fun and friendly as well as competitive. Any contact not showing the required return information will be excluded from the total scores.
SEND TO:

All entries can be received by post or E-mail to; R.D.Walker, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich. B70 0HG. logs are to be received by the 5th of the next month in Excel, CSV, tabbed word formats or hard copy. e-mail: m0bpt(at)yahoo.co.uk


Exchange Your Age Week 2009 (EYAW)

  EXCHANGE YOUR AGE WEEK 2009.
DATES 0001 UTC on 1st March to 2359 UTC on 7th March 09. UTC
FREQUENCY All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
RULES Here's a fun event where our senior members are going to be in demand! Simple rules; usual exchange between members/non-members. BUT Exchange your age with your QSO partner(s) and at the end of the event; total the ages exchanged and add them to your final points score!
SCORING 5 points for a FISTS club station, 3 points for a FISTS Affiliated Club Station, 2 points for a Fist Member. 1 point for a Non Member.
LOGS to include CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/TIME/FIST No or NM/ POINTS. (AGE)
GENERAL PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO’s or QSY off the calling frequency.  All logs are to be received by the 22nd March 09. Any type of key or keyer may be used, but no keyboard sending or pre-programmed messages from computers or keyers allowed. A station can only be worked once per day during the event.
SEND TO: All entries can be received by post to: R.D.Walker, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich. B70 0HG. Or email in Excel/csv/tabbed word document format if possible please.

EUCW QRS Party 2009

  EUCW QRS PARTY 2009
GENERAL FISTS CWClub invites all radio amateurs to take part in the annual EUCW/FISTS QRS Party over five days, Monday-Friday, in April each year. This is not a contest . Just enjoy plenty of slow Morse activity for a period of five days. The dates selected are intended to avoid weekend contest activity. Work any station, including members of EUCW clubs (see below), but send only in QRS. Standard QSO’s with non-participating stations can be included in logs.
DATES/TIMES Monday 27th April 2009, 0001 UTC, to Friday 1st May 2009, 2359 UTC.
MODE CW only
POWER A - More than 10w input or 5w output power B - QRP (10w input or 5w output, or less) C - Short wave listeners.
CALL CQ QRS. Stations may be worked once per day, per band.
FREQUENCIES Recommended areas of activity, +/- 10 kHz of the FISTS calling frequencies, including WARC bands (see below), but contacts can be made on any frequency. Non-QRP stations should avoid calling CQ on the popular QRP frequencies (see below).
KEYS/SPEEDS Use any type of key or keyer. No keyboard sending or pre-programmed messages from computers or keyers, but pre-programmed CQ calls or CQ loops are permitted. Maximum speed 14 words per minute (70cpm). The speed of a QSO should be at the speed of the slower station.
CONTACTS Normal friendly QSO's, no special requirements. QSO's with any station count. Work any station in any country, including stations not taking part in the QRS Party but try to persuade them to work QRS.
LOGS Logs should show Date, Time, Call sign, Name, QTH and EUCW Club/Number (if appropriate) of the stations worked/heard, and may include up to three votes for "Most Readable Morse Heard" (one vote per station).
FEEDBACK This is not a contest, but logs and feedback will be welcomed in the following classes: A - More than 10w input or 5w output power B - QRP (10w input or 5w output, or less) C - Short wave listeners.
AWARDS

A) A certificate will be awarded to the three participants working/hearing the most stations in each class.

B) Certificates of Merit will be awarded to the three operators receiving most votes for the "Most Readable Morse Heard", provided the operators nominated have also submitted a log. If the operators receiving the most votes have not submitted a log the certificates of merit will be awarded to the qualifying operators with the next highest number of votes. In the event of a tie in first, second or third places, multiple certificates will be awarded, marked "Shared Award".

C) A “NEWCOMERS AWARD” Will be issued to a person who uses the QRS PARTY WEEK for their 1 st “On Air” QSO. This must be verified by an EUCW Member.
SEND LOGS TO: FISTS/EUCW QRS Party Organizer: Robert Walker M0BPT, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich, B70 0HG. England. EMAIL To be received by surface mail or e-mail not later than 31st May 2009.
GENERAL INFORMATION FISTS calling frequencies : Recommended area of activity +/- 10 kHz 2m 144.058 MHz 6m Use any authorized CW frequency 10m 28.058 MHz 12m 24.918 MHz 15m 21.058 MHz 17m 18.085 MHz 20m 14.058 MHz 30m 10.118/10.128 MHz 40m 7.028 MHz 80m 3.558 MHz 160m 1.808 MHz QRP CW Calling Frequencies to be avoided by non-QRP stations. 1843; 3560; 7030; 10116; 14060; 18096; 21060; 24906; 28060 kHz.

Straight Key Week 2009 (SKW)

  STRAIGHT KEY WEEK 2009
DATE 0001 UTC on 6th September to 2359 on 12th September 2009. UTC
FREQUENCY All licensed amateur bands except the WARC bands.
SCORING 5 points FISTS club stations, 3 points for a FISTS affiliated Club Station, 2 points for a Fist Member, 1 point for a Non Member.
EXCHANGE RST/NAME/QTH/FIST No or NM/DAY No. Sunday is Day 1 Monday is Day 2 and so on To Saturday as Day 7. All entrants must have used a straight Key for all their QSO’s but the worked station does not have to use a straight key.
LOGS To include DATE/CALL/NAME/QTH/QRG/RST/TIME/FIST No or NM/DAY No/POINTS. All entries to be received by the 26th September 2009.
GENERAL A station can only be worked once per day! PLEASE vacate or pass on the FIST calling frequency after 5 continuous QSO’s or QSY off the calling frequency. PLEASE NOTE, These contests are meant to be fun and friendly as well as competitive. Any contact not showing the required return information will be excluded from the total scores.
SEND LOGS TO: All entries can be received by post to; R.D.Walker, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich. B70 0HG. or by EMAIL in Excel/csv/tabbed word format if possible please
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