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.
|6m||Starting August 2014, 50.058 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.
- 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.