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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.

Activities Calendar 2016

New for this year by request is the 5-day Mechanical Key Days - a variation on Straight Key Week with the use of semi-automatic ("bug") keys included.  Also new is the Accuracy Challenge, in which the accuracy of the exhanged information becomes key (!)

This year the Fifth Sundays activity has changed to be a 24 hour QRS activity - QRS Fifth Sundays.  The Two Metre activity is back for two months in the year.  Other activities continuing from last year are the Ladder and Straight Key Week.  Additionally, Exchange Your Age Week is back by request after a year's absence.

In previous years some activities permitted a QSO with a station per band day; this year, in the interest of keeping participants together and so increasing the probability of having QSOs, all activities allow one QSO with a station per session (Ladder) or per day (all other activities).

Note that for Straight Key Week, Mechanical Key Days, and QRS Fifth Sundays, qualifying QSOs must have SKW, MKD, or QRS (respectively) included in the log book's 'Comment' (or similar) field.  This will make it simpler where an entrant has a mixture of qualifying and non-qualifying QSOs during the activities' time periods.

Ladder 2016
QRS Fifth Sundays 2016
Exchange Your Age Week 2016 (EYAW)
Mechanical Key Days 2016 (MKD)
Two Metre Months 2016
Accuracy Challenge 2016
Straight Key Week 2016 (SKW)

LADDER 2016
DESCRIPTION The Ladder is a monthly activity with two, two-hour sessions on the 2nd and 4th Sunday in a month.  As with all FISTS Europe activities, it is a relaxed and sociable activity.

Certificates will be awarded at the end of the year for the first, second and third highest scores in two categories:
  • Entrants located anywhere.
  • Entrants located outside DXCC entity 223 (England).
(If operating from more than one DXCC entity, the location will be the one used most in the sessions.)
DATES and
TIMES
Session times are 14:00-16:00 UTC and 18:00-20:00 UTC on the following Sundays:

10/24 January, 14/28 February, 13/27 March, 10/24 April, 08/22 May, 12/26 June, 10/24 July, 14/28 August, 11/25 September, 09/23 October, 13/27 November, and 11/25 December.
FREQUENCIES The following rules apply only if you are sending in an entry:
  • You can use any amateur radio band in your licence except for 12m, 17m, 30m, 60m, and bands lower in frequency than 160m.
  • Keep at least 1 kHz away from QRP centre of activity frequencies unless running QRP.  (For 80m, 40m, and 20m, these are are 3.560, 7.030, and 14.060 MHz.)
  • After you finish a QSO on 3.558 or 7.028 MHz, unless you replied to a CQ or tail-ended a QSO, you must QSY by at least 500 Hz for a minimum of 10 minutes.
EXCHANGE The minimum exchange is:
RST, Name, QTH, and FISTS member number (if applicable).
SCORING A station can be claimed once in each two hour session.  Up to two out of the four sessions in a month can be claimed.  Scoring:
PointsStation
1Non-member.
2FISTS member (current or lapsed).
3FISTS-affiliated club station.
5FISTS HQ station (GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW).
LOGS Send in your entry after the last session in a month.  Entries must be received by the 5th of the following month and must include your callsign, name, and email address (if you have one).

Log formats:
  • The free FISTS Log Converter program http://fists.co.uk/flc for Windows is recommended for creating and submitting logs quickly and easily.
  • Excel, Calc, CSV (comma-separated values), or TSV (tab-separated values) files.  The first row/record in the file must include these exact column names although they don't need to be in this order:
    QSO_Date, Call, Name, QTH, Freq, RST_Sent, RST_Rcvd, Time_On, FISTS, Mode, Points
    Example:
    2016/01/10,G4LHI,Peter,Huntingdon,7.027,599,559,14:25,2219,CW,2
    'QSO_Date' and 'Time_On' are UTC.
    'Freq' is in MHz and must be a decimal number only, e.g. 7.027
    'FISTS' must either be blank or contain a FISTS member number only, e.g. 8385
    'Mode' must be CW
    'Points' can contain a number or be left blank, e.g. 2
  • ADIF files.  These can be ADI (text) files or ADX (XML) files and must include the fields named above.
  • Other file formats may be acceptable - please ask.
  • If you don't have access to email, you can use official FISTS Activity paper log sheets; please ask and we will post you a set.
The email address for questions and entries is .


QRS FIFTH SUNDAYS 2016
DESCRIPTION QRS Fifth Sundays is new for 2016.  It runs for 24 hours on each fifth Sunday in a month.  You must send at no more than 14 words per minute (wpm) but it does not matter what speed your QSO partner sends at.

Certificates will be awarded at the end of the year for the first, second and third highest scores.
DATES and
TIMES
Session times are 00:01-23:59 UTC on the following Sundays:

31 January, 29 May, 31 July, and 30 October.
FREQUENCIES The following rules apply only if you are sending in an entry:
  • You can use any amateur radio band in your licence except for 12m, 17m, 30m, 60m, and bands lower in frequency than 160m.
  • Keep at least 1 kHz away from QRP centre of activity frequencies unless running QRP.  (For 80m, 40m, and 20m, these are are 3.560, 7.030, and 14.060 MHz.)
EXCHANGE The minimum exchange is:
RST, Name, QTH, and FISTS member number (if applicable).
SCORING A station can be claimed once on each Sunday.  There is 1 point per QSO.
LOGS Send in your entry after each day.  Entries must be received by the 10th of the following month and must include your callsign, name, and email address (if you have one).

Log formats:
  • You must put this in your log's 'Comment' (or similar) field: QRS
  • The free FISTS Log Converter program http://fists.co.uk/flc for Windows is recommended for creating and submitting logs quickly and easily.
  • Excel, Calc, CSV (comma-separated values), or TSV (tab-separated values) files.  The first row/record in the file must include these exact column names although they don't need to be in this order:
    QSO_Date, Call, Name, QTH, Freq, RST_Sent, RST_Rcvd, Time_On, Mode, Points, Comment
    Example:
    2016/01/31,G4LHI,Peter,Huntingdon,7.026,599,559,17:05,CW,1,QRS QSO
    'QSO_Date' and 'Time_On' are UTC.
    'Freq' is in MHz and must be a decimal number only, e.g. 7.027
    'Mode' must be CW
    'Points' can contain the number 1 or be left blank, e.g. 1
    'Comment' must include QRS, e.g. Nice QSO QRS
  • ADIF files.  These can be ADI (text) files or ADX (XML) files and must include the fields named above.
  • Other file formats may be acceptable - please ask.
  • If you don't have access to email, you can use official FISTS Activity paper log sheets; please ask and we will post you a set.
The email address for questions and entries is .


EXCHANGE YOUR AGE WEEK 2016 (EYAW)
DESCRIPTION Exchange Your Age Week runs for 7 days in March.  You get bonus points by exchanging your age with your QSO partner (if they are willing to give it; please ask them at most once).

Certificates will be awarded for the first, second and third highest scores.
DATES and
TIMES
00:01 UTC Sunday 06 March to 23:59 UTC Saturday 12 March.
FREQUENCIES The following rules apply only if you are sending in an entry:
  • You can use any amateur radio band in your licence except for 12m, 17m, 30m, 60m, and bands lower in frequency than 160m.
  • Keep at least 1 kHz away from QRP centre of activity frequencies unless running QRP.  (For 80m, 40m, and 20m, these are are 3.560, 7.030, and 14.060 MHz.)
  • After you finish a QSO on 3.558 or 7.028 MHz, unless you replied to a CQ or tail-ended a QSO, you must QSY by at least 500 Hz for a minimum of 10 minutes.
EXCHANGE The minimum exchange is:
RST, Name, QTH, FISTS member number (if applicable), and Age (if available).
Age is sent as a whole number of years, e.g. 54
SCORING A station can be claimed once on each day.  Add your QSO partner's age (if available) to the following to get the final score for a QSO:
PointsStation
1Non-member.
3FISTS member (current or lapsed).
5FISTS-affiliated club station.
8FISTS HQ station (GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW).
LOGS Send in your entry after the last day.  Entries must be received by 31 March 2016 and must include your callsign, name, and email address (if you have one).

Log formats:
  • The free FISTS Log Converter program http://fists.co.uk/flc for Windows is recommended for creating and submitting logs quickly and easily.
  • Excel, Calc, CSV (comma-separated values), or TSV (tab-separated values) files.  The first row/record in the file must include these exact column names although they don't need to be in this order:
    QSO_Date, Call, Name, QTH, Freq, RST_Sent, RST_Rcvd, Time_On, FISTS, Mode, Age, Points
    Example:
    2016/12/07,G4QNH,John,Peterborough,7.026,599,559,17:05,54321,CW,54,56
    'QSO_Date' and 'Time_On' are UTC.
    'Freq' is in MHz and must be a decimal number only, e.g. 7.027
    'Mode' must be CW
    'Age' is either blank or a whole number of years, e.g. 54
    'Points' can contain a number or be left blank, e.g. 57
  • ADIF files.  These can be ADI (text) files or ADX (XML) files and must include the fields named above.
  • Other file formats may be acceptable - please ask.
  • If you don't have access to email, you can use official FISTS Activity paper log sheets; please ask and we will post you a set.
The email address for questions and entries is .


MECHANICAL KEY DAYS 2016 (MKD)
DESCRIPTION Mechanical Key Days runs for 5 days in June.  You must send CQs and have QSOs using a mechanical key - no electronic keyers.  If in doubt about the eligibility of your key, please ask.  It does not matter what type of key your QSO partner uses.

Certificates will be awarded for the first, second and third highest scores.
DATES and
TIMES
00:01 UTC Monday 06 June to 23:59 UTC Friday 10 June.
FREQUENCIES The following rules apply only if you are sending in an entry:
  • You can use any amateur radio band in your licence except for 12m, 17m, 30m, 60m, and bands lower in frequency than 160m.
  • Keep at least 1 kHz away from QRP centre of activity frequencies unless running QRP.  (For 80m, 40m, and 20m, these are are 3.560, 7.030, and 14.060 MHz.)
  • After you finish a QSO on 3.558 or 7.028 MHz, unless you replied to a CQ or tail-ended a QSO, you must QSY by at least 500 Hz for a minimum of 10 minutes.
EXCHANGE The minimum exchange is:
RST, Name, QTH, and FISTS member number (if applicable).
SCORING A station can be claimed once on each day.  Scoring:
PointsStation
1Non-member.
3FISTS member (current or lapsed).
5FISTS-affiliated club station.
8FISTS HQ station (GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW).
LOGS Send in your entry after the last day.  Entries must be received by 30 June 2016 and must include your callsign, name, and email address (if you have one).

Log formats:
  • You must put this in your log's 'Comment' (or similar) field: MKD
  • The free FISTS Log Converter program http://fists.co.uk/flc for Windows is recommended for creating and submitting logs quickly and easily.
  • Excel, Calc, CSV (comma-separated values), or TSV (tab-separated values) files.  The first row/record in the file must include these exact column names although they don't need to be in this order:
    QSO_Date, Call, Name, QTH, Freq, RST_Sent, RST_Rcvd, Time_On, FISTS, Mode, Points, Comment
    Example:
    2016/12/07,G4LHI,Peter,Huntingdon,7.026,599,559,17:05,2219,CW,2,MKD QSO
    'QSO_Date' and 'Time_On' are UTC.
    'Freq' is in MHz and must be a decimal number only, e.g. 7.027
    'Mode' must be CW
    'Points' can contain a number or be left blank, e.g. 3
    'Comment' must include MKD, e.g. Nice QSO MKD
  • ADIF files.  These can be ADI (text) files or ADX (XML) files and must include the fields named above.
  • Other file formats may be acceptable - please ask.
  • If you don't have access to email, you can use official FISTS Activity paper log sheets; please ask and we will post you a set.
The email address for questions and entries is .


TWO METRE MONTHS 2016
DESCRIPTION Two Metre Months activity runs for 1 hour on every Saturday and Sunday morning during August and November.

Note that for 2016, the recommended centre frequency has moved to 144.052 - see FREQUENCIES below.

Certificates will be awarded at the end of the year in these categories:
  • First, second, and third highest score.
  • Most distant QSO.
  • Most number of QSOs.
DATES and
TIMES
Session times are 08:00-09:00 UTC on the following days:
06/07 August, 13/14 August, 20/21 August, 27/28 August

and 09:00-10:00 UTC on the following days:
05/06 November, 12/13 November, 19/20 November, 26/27 November.
FREQUENCIES The following rules apply only if you are sending in an entry:
  • Activity is centred around 144.052 MHz.
  • For CQs and QSOs, keep at least 1 kHz away from 144.050 MHz.
EXCHANGE The minimum exchange is:
RST, Name, 6-character locator, and FISTS member number (if applicable).
SCORING A station can be claimed once per day.  For each QSO, the multiplier is the rounded-down distance between you and your QSO partner in kilometres, divided by 10, and rounded down.  Multiply the QSO points (1 or 2) by the multiplier.
PointsStation
1Non-member.
2FISTS member (current or lapsed), FISTS-affiliated club station, or FISTS HQ station (GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW).
E.g. for a QSO with a club member at 177.8 km, 177.8 rounded down is 177.  Dividing 177 by 10 gives 17.7, which rounded down is 17.  Multiplying 2 (for a club member) by 17 gives 34 points.
There is an official distance and multiplier calculator available at http://fists.co.uk/distance.aspx.
LOGS Send in an entry after the last session in a month.  Entries must be received by the 10th of the following month and must include your callsign, name, and email address (if you have one).

Log formats:
  • The free FISTS Log Converter program http://fists.co.uk/flc for Windows is recommended for creating and submitting logs quickly and easily.
  • Excel, Calc, CSV (comma-separated values), or TSV (tab-separated values) files.  The first row/record in the file must include these exact column names although they don't need to be in this order:
    QSO_Date, Call, Name, My_Gridsquare, Gridsquare, Freq, RST_Sent, RST_Rcvd, Time_On, FISTS, Mode, Points
    Example:
    2016/01/10,G4LHI,Peter,IO83WJ,IO92WI,Huntingdon,144.0515,599,559,09:25,2219,CW,34
    'QSO_Date' and 'Time_On' are UTC.
    'Freq' is in MHz and must be a decimal number only, e.g. 144.052
    'FISTS' must either be blank or contain a FISTS member number only, e.g. 8385
    'My_Gridsquare' must contain your Maidenhead Locator with at least 6 characters, e.g. IO92WI 'Gridsquare' must contain your QSO partner's Maidenhead Locator with at least 6 characters, e.g. IO83WJ 'Mode' must be CW
    'Points' can contain a number or be left blank, e.g. 34
  • ADIF files.  These can be ADI (text) files or ADX (XML) files and must include the fields named above.
  • Other file formats may be acceptable - please ask.
  • If you don't have access to email, you can use official FISTS Activity paper log sheets; please ask and we will post you a set.
The email address for questions and entries is .


ACCURACY CHALLENGE 2016
DESCRIPTION The Accuracy Challenge consists of two, two hour sessions that run concurrently with the afternoon Ladder sessions in September.  In addition to the normal FISTS activity QSO exchange, send and receive a 3-letter word and 3-digit number, e.g. CAT 481.  There are substantial bonus points for accurate receipt of these.

The words and numbers will be available from 01 August 2016 at http;//fists.co.uk/mac or by email to .

Certificates will be awarded after the two sessions for the first, second and third highest scores.
DATES and
TIMES
There are two sessions:

14:00-16:00 UTC Sunday 11 September.
14:00-16:00 UTC Sunday 25 September.
FREQUENCIES The following rules apply only if you are sending in an entry:
  • You can use any amateur radio band in your licence except for 12m, 17m, 30m, 60m, and bands lower in frequency than 160m.
  • Keep at least 1 kHz away from QRP centre of activity frequencies unless running QRP.  (For 80m, 40m, and 20m, these are are 3.560, 7.030, and 14.060 MHz.)
  • After you finish a QSO on 3.558 or 7.028 MHz, unless you replied to a CQ or tail-ended a QSO, you must QSY by at least 500 Hz for a minimum of 10 minutes.
EXCHANGE The minimum exchange is:
RST, Name, QTH, FISTS member number (if applicable), 3-letter word & 3-digit number (if available).
SCORING A station can be claimed once per session.  Scoring:
PointsStation
1Non-member.
2FISTS member (current or lapsed), FISTS-affiliated club station, or FISTS HQ station (GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW).
There is a bonus of 15 points for each pair of correctly-received 3-letter words and 3-digit numbers.
LOGS Send in your entry after the second session.  Entries must be received by 05 October 2016 and must include your callsign, name, and email address (if you have one).

Log formats:
  • The free FISTS Log Converter program http://fists.co.uk/flc for Windows is recommended for creating and submitting logs quickly and easily.
  • Excel, Calc, CSV (comma-separated values), or TSV (tab-separated values) files.  The first row/record in the file must include these exact column names although they don't need to be in this order:
    QSO_Date, Call, Name, QTH, Freq, RST_Sent, RST_Rcvd, Time_On, FISTS, Mode, Points, Comment.
    Example:
    2016/09/25,M0QFE,Albert,Coventry,7.027,599,559,14:32,65432,CW,17,CAT 481
    'QSO_Date' and 'Time_On' are UTC.
    'Freq' is in MHz and must be a decimal number only, e.g. 7.027
    'Comment' must include the 3-letter word followed by the 3-digit number (if received).  Use of a space between the word & number and upper/lower case is unimportant.  However, the letters and numbers must be typed accurately - be careful not to confuse the letter l with digit 1 (one) or letter O with digit 0 (zero).)  Examples:
    CAT 481
    Cat481
    cat481 heavy QSB
    Nice QSO cat 481
    'Mode' must be CW
    'Points' can contain a number or be left blank, e.g. 2
  • ADIF files.  These can be ADI (text) files or ADX (XML) files and must include the fields named above.
  • Other file formats may be acceptable - please ask.
  • If you don't have access to email, you can use official FISTS Activity paper log sheets; please ask and we will post you a set.
The email address for questions and entries is .


STRAIGHT KEY WEEK 2016 (SKW)
DESCRIPTION Straight Key Week runs for 7 days in December.  You must send CQs and have QSOs using a straight ("up & down") key or a sideswiper (aka "cootie") key; no bug keys or electronic keyers.  If in doubt about the eligibility of your key, please ask.  It does not matter what type of key your QSO partner uses.

Certificates will be awarded for the first, second and third highest scores.
DATES and
TIMES
00:01 UTC Sunday 04 December to 23:59 UTC Saturday 10 December.
FREQUENCIES The following rules apply only if you are sending in an entry:
  • You can use any amateur radio band in your licence except for 12m, 17m, 30m, 60m, and bands lower in frequency than 160m.
  • Keep at least 1 kHz away from QRP centre of activity frequencies unless running QRP.  (For 80m, 40m, and 20m, these are are 3.560, 7.030, and 14.060 MHz.)
  • After you finish a QSO on 3.558 or 7.028 MHz, unless you replied to a CQ or tail-ended a QSO, you must QSY by at least 500 Hz for a minimum of 10 minutes.
EXCHANGE The minimum exchange is:
RST, Name, QTH, and FISTS member number (if applicable).
SCORING A station can be claimed once on each day.  Scoring:
PointsStation
1Non-member.
3FISTS member (current or lapsed).
5FISTS-affiliated club station.
8FISTS HQ station (GX0IPX, GX3ZQS, MX5IPX, VK2FDU, ZL6FF, JL3YMV, KN0WCW).
LOGS Send in your entry after the last day.  Entries must be received by 31 December 2016 and must include your callsign, name, and email address (if you have one).

Log formats:
  • You must put this in your log's 'Comment' (or similar) field: SKW
  • The free FISTS Log Converter program http://fists.co.uk/flc for Windows is recommended for creating and submitting logs quickly and easily.
  • Excel, Calc, CSV (comma-separated values), or TSV (tab-separated values) files.  The first row/record in the file must include these exact column names although they don't need to be in this order:
    QSO_Date, Call, Name, QTH, Freq, RST_Sent, RST_Rcvd, Time_On, FISTS, Mode, Points, Comment
    Example:
    2016/12/07,G4LHI,Peter,Huntingdon,7.026,599,559,17:05,2219,CW,2,SKW QSO
    'QSO_Date' and 'Time_On' are UTC.
    'Freq' is in MHz and must be a decimal number only, e.g. 7.027
    'Mode' must be CW
    'Points' can contain a number or be left blank, e.g. 3
    'Comment' must include SKW, e.g. Nice QSO SKW
  • ADIF files.  These can be ADI (text) files or ADX (XML) files and must include the fields named above.
  • Other file formats may be acceptable - please ask.
  • If you don't have access to email, you can use official FISTS Activity paper log sheets; please ask and we will post you a set.
The email address for questions and entries is .


Activities Calendar 2015

The Activity Calendar 2015 contains information on the following activities:

Ladder 2015
Fifth Sundays 2015
Two Metre Activity 2015
Straight Key Week 2015 (SKW)  

Ladder 2015

Small clipart image of wooden ladder.
LADDER 2015
OCCASIONS January 2015 to December 2015
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 11/25 - Feb 8/22 - March 8/22 - April 12/26 - May 10/24 - June 14/28 - July 12/26 - Aug 9/23 - Sept 13/27 - Oct 11/25 - Nov 8/22 - Dec 13/27
GENERAL Any log entry not showing the required exchange information will be excluded from the scores
ENTRIES Logs must be received by the fifth of the month that follows the month in which the contacts were made
  • The FISTS Log Converter program http://fists.co.uk/flc for Windows is recommended for tabulating log entries and submitting the entry
  • Entries can also be submitted by email in Excel, CSV or Cabrillo format
  • If email is unavailable, official FISTS Activity paper log sheets only can be filled in neatly by hand; if the log sheets are required, please ask and we will post a set. Post: to FISTS Activities, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
Email to

Fifth Sundays 2015

FIFTH SUNDAYS 2015
OCCASIONS January 2015 to December 2015.
On the fifth Sunday of March, May, August and November
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 29. March, 31. May, 30. August and 29. November
GENERAL Any log entry not showing the required exchange information will be excluded from the scores
ENTRIES Logs must be received by the tenth of the month that follows the month in which the contacts were made
  • The FISTS Log Converter program http://fists.co.uk/flc for Windows is recommended for tabulating log entries and submitting the entry
  • Entries can also be submitted by email in Excel, CSV or Cabrillo format
  • If email is unavailable, official FISTS Activity paper log sheets only can be filled in neatly by hand; if the log sheets are required, please ask and we will post a set. Post: to FISTS Activities, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
Email to

Two Metre Activity 2015

TWO METRE ACTIVITY 2015
AWARDS Certificates will be awarded to:
  1. The three entrants with the most points
  2. The entrant making the most distant contact during the activity
  3. The entrant submitting logs for the most number of valid contacts during the activity
Additionally, all entrants will receive a certificate marking their participation
OCCASIONS Six months from January 2015 to June 2015
Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings
TIMES Saturday afternoon between 15h00 and 16h00
Sunday morning between 10h00 and 11h00
All times are UTC
FREQUENCIES Any frequency allowed in any segment of the 2m (144MHz) amateur band allocated for CW (NoV allocation above 146MHz should not be used)
The usual FISTS calling frequency is 144.058.  Please clear the calling frequency once contact is established
SCORING Score is calculated from basic QSO points multiplied by a distance premium, as follows
2 points for a FISTS member, affiliated club station or HQ station
1 point for a non-member
Multiplied by 1 (one) point for each whole 10km between the two QSO partners (See section 'DISTANCES' below)
Any station can only count once on any calendar day
EXCHANGE RST/Name/Maidenhead 6-character Locator/FISTS Number (If applicable)
LOGS For each QSO logged: Date / Call sign / Name / My Locator / Locator / Frequency / RST / Time, UTC / FISTS Number or Non-member / Actual distance / Points claimed

Please record frequency as MHz including kHz, for example
144.065 MHz

For each log: Summary to include own call sign, FISTS number, total number of QSOs, total of points claimed and actual distance of longest path
If all QSOs during a month are from within a single locator, My Locator can be omitted for each QSO and included in the Summary instead
All locators are 6-character Maidenhead squares
DATES January: 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31
February: 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28
March: 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
April: 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26
May: 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31
June: 6-7. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
GENERAL Any log entry not showing the required exchange information may be excluded from the assessed scores
Distances must be calculated from 6-character locators as described in the section 'DISTANCES'
DISTANCES Actual Distance
Distances are calculated in whole kilometres, rounded down using the IARU 6-character Maidenhead Locator for each station in a contact.
The recorded distances will be validated using the web application found at
http://fists.co.uk/distance.aspx
The distance reported by the web application will be final
A mobile station may be estimated at its most distant location during the contact logged
Distance Multiplier
The multiplier is calculated by taking the integer (Whole number) part of the result of actual distance divided by 10
ENTRIES Logs must be received by the fifth of the month that follows the month in which the contacts were made
  • The FISTS Log Converter program http://fists.co.uk/flc for Windows is recommended for tabulating log entries and submitting the entry
  • Entries can also be submitted by email in Excel, CSV or Cabrillo format
  • If email is unavailable, official FISTS Activity paper log sheets only can be filled in neatly by hand; if the log sheets are required, please ask and we will post a set. Post: to FISTS Activities, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
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Straight Key Week 2015 (SKW)

STRAIGHT KEY WEEK 2015
DATE 0001 UTC Sunday 29th November to 2359 UTC Saturday 5th December 2015
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 Logs must be received on or before 01 January 2016
  • The FISTS Log Converter program http://fists.co.uk/flc for Windows is recommended for tabulating log entries and submitting the entry
  • Entries can also be submitted by email in Excel, CSV or Cabrillo format
  • If email is unavailable, official FISTS Activity paper log sheets only can be filled in neatly by hand; if the log sheets are required, please ask and we will post a set. Post: to FISTS Activities, PO Box 6743, Tipton DY4 4AU
Email to


Details of earlier activities are available on the Activities Calendar Archive web page.
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