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FISTS Centre of Activity Frequencies

This page gives details of the FISTS Centre of Activity Frequencies that you can use to monitor and contact members.

The recommended areas are the following frequencies plus or minus 10 kHz.  If you are not using QRP (5 Watts output or less), please use the 10 kHz that avoids the QRP areas per the table.

Small image of the chart containing FISTS frequencies, CW band plan areas and QRP frequencies, linking to the PDF file)
We have available a handy A4 chart of FISTS frequencies, IARU Region 1 CW band plan areas and QRP frequencies, making it easy to visualise the layout of the CW areas.  You can download or print the PDF version or the Microsoft Word version.
Band Centre
Frequency
To avoid
QRP, extend
160m 1.818 MHz  
80m 3.558 MHz Down
40m 7.028 MHz Down
30m 10.118 MHz Up
20m 14.058 MHz Down
17m 18.085 MHz Down
15m 21.058 MHz Down
12m 24.908 MHz Up
10m 28.058 MHz Down
6m Starting August 2014, 50.058 MHz  
4m 70.158 MHz  
2m 144.058 MHz  

If you're a member or not, call on or around these frequencies at whatever speed you're happy at, be it 5 wpm or 35 wpm, and you will most likely get a reply from one of our members.  We pride ourselves on having a friendly, helpful membership that is always ready to assist the newcomer as well as veteran operators.

Notes

  • When calling CQ, please include some plain "CQ DE ..." (i.e. no "FISTS" in the CQ) calls as well as "CQ FISTS DE ..." calls; FISTS encourages contacts between members and non-members.
  • If the centre frequency is busy and you want to call CQ, QSY away (say 500 Hz) and try there.  If you are monitoring the centre frequencies, it helps to open your receiver's bandwidth to around 2.5 kHz so you will hear calls on nearby frequencies.
  • If calling exactly on a centre frequency, once contact is established, it can help others if you and your QSO partner QSY to a clear frequency.  However, please bear in mind that less experienced operators might not be used to doing this, and also it's not advisable if signals are weak or the band is busy; it's better to stay where you are rather than risk losing contact.
  • When replying to a CQ, please send no faster than the caller.  Don't assume if it's a G3/G2 station coming back to your call they will be comfortable at 25 wpm.
  • If you are asked to QRS ("send more slowly"), please do so.
  • It's helpful to call CQ at different speeds.  Experience has shown that we have many members that are key-shy due to only high speeds being used, so you may get more replies to your CQ call if you drop your speed to below 12 wpm.  Give it a try!
  • Due to the IARU Region 3 band plan, FISTS Down Under (Australia and New Zealand) use 3.528 MHz.  They also use 1.808 MHz, but in Europe this frequency is outside the CW band plan area and illegal in some countries, including the UK.
  • 50.058 is currently recommended by FISTS North America.  The frequency is not currently practical in Europe because it is in the "beacon band".  However, the beacons are due to be vacated by August 2014.
  • 24.908 is recommended rather than 24.918 because the latter is now in the digital sub-band in the IARU region 1 and 2 band plans.
 
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