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Welcome to FISTS CW Club

FISTS supports the use, preservation and education of Morse code.  The club is devoted exclusively to CW operators, CW operating and people who are passionate about Morse code.


NYE 320-001 Straight Key from Dennis K6DF's collection.  Click to go to a larger picture We have three straightforward goals:
  • Further the use of CW (Morse Code)
  • Engender friendships among members
  • Encourage newcomers to use CW (Morse Code)

FISTS CW Club in Europe is the founding chapter of the club.
Bencher BY-1 Paddle from Dennis K6DF's collection.  Click to go to a larger picture
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  • 16 Jan 19: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    BrentonVK3YB#15237 RobertKC4LRR#19053 NealAD0UI#19072
    IanVK6EA#15238 KentAE4Y#19054 BillN7HHS#19073
    JohnVK5FLEA#15239 RichardWA0LIF#19055 GregWI4T#19074
    BrynVK4GF#15240 ScottKD4MSR#19056 MontiKG7WZT#19075
    EmersonDV3CEP#15278 PaulW6DIZ#19057 JamesKD9FEK#19076
    AnthonyN2DOE#18993 AudieW6ZDR#19058 SteveKS2A#19077
    SeanK2NEL#18994 BillAB7LG#19059 JoeW0MQY#19078
    MikeVE3EDX#18995 JeffKA4WYC#19060 RickN9GSU#19079
    JerryWA8LUC#18996 BillW4EDN#19061 VincentW2YNT#19080
    GrahamNY4ZZ#18997 WilliamK4CS#19062 BruceN9DBJ#19081
    AlvenN7GVF#18998 EricW7IGC#19063 DaveKD2SAM#19082
    RickKK5RX#18999 DaveW0DAS#19064 EdwardKG4VDY#19083
    DickPA3CW#19005 MikeKJ4POM#19065 TonyVE3HDA#19084
    LoekPE0MJX#19006 DonKG5CMS#19066 JoeKC7FSE#19085
    StuartG4WCP#19007 JonathanKC3KBE#19067 DanielWB0SSC#19086
    GeorgeSV2SBE#19008 DaveW8XAL#19068 JudithKD0ZTF#19087
    BradleyKG5VXA#19050 ScottWE3Q#19069 DavidKB1PJ#19088
    RonVE3DFI#19051 EdWA9MNF#19070 TimKM6WYH#19089
    SteveKN4PMF#19052 BryanNU1N#19071    
  • 15 Jan 19: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    PeterG4LHI#2219 Rag Chewers 80m Endorsement
    MilanOK1KW#4827 Millionaire 18 Million Endorsement
    CharlieNP3K#5110 Diamond Century, Millionaire, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    AlanMW0BGL#16507 Spectrum 80m
    Ivan9H1PI#18886 Basic Century

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 14 Jan 19: The latest version, 3.6.1, of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version adds support for the Winter Sports 2019 on-air activity (FISTS CW Club Europe).

    FISTS Log Converter can be used in conjunction with almost all amateur radio logbook programs -or- for anyone not currently using one, it includes its own optional, easy-to-use logbook.

    The program is available from the download web page.  Many thanks to the testers: Alex PA1FOX, Michael G0POT, Peter G4LHI, and Richard G0ILN.
  • 13 Jan 19: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder December 2018 newsletter has just been published by David G4YVM, Activities Manager.

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

    This edition includes details of the November 2018 Ladder results and the rules for the 2019 Winter Sports.


     
  • 12 Jan 19: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 13 January 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
    • Winter Sports runs from 19 January to 31 March inclusive.  This is a set of five varied events that have QRP and Open sections: Ski Jump, Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Bobsleigh, & Speed Skating.

      Operation is on 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m.  Wrap up well and have your Morse key polished and ready!
  • 31 Dec 18: The latest version, 3.6.0, of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version adds support for these on-air 2019 Activities:
    FISTS Log Converter can be used in conjunction with almost all amateur radio logbook programs -or- for anyone not currently using one, it includes its own optional, easy-to-use logbook.

    The program is available from the download web page.  Many thanks to the testers: Alex PA1FOX, Michael G0POT, Peter G4LHI, and Richard G0ILN.
  • 29 Dec 18: Please send in your logs for the following December 2018 activities:
    • Straight Key Week (FISTS CW Club Europe) no later than 31 December.
    • Ladder (FISTS CW Club Europe) no later than 7 January.
    • Snakes & Ladders (EuCW; note S&L 2018 finishes on 31 December) no later than 7 January.

    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs to encourage others to join in.
  • 22 Dec 18: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 23 December 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
    • Day-hopper has three, 1-hour sessions per day starting at 0800, 1300, & 1800 UTC on each day.  Upcoming days in December are Thursday 27th, Friday 28th.

      The idea is absolutely NOT a contest but a means of enabling us to meet each other on air.  Operation is on 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m.  Calling 'CQ FISTS' on or around the FISTS centre of activity frequencies is recommended.
  • 20 Dec 18: The Autumn 2018 Key Note is now available to all current FISTS CW Club members.

    Please visit the Members' Area to get your copy:
    https://fists.co.uk/members/members.aspx

    Items in this issue include:
    • Ship's Radio Room Clocks - A Little History
    • Morse Code Sending Bars
    • Review: Hamshop.cz CW Touch Paddle
    • Keys that are out of this World
    • QUA
    • New "FISTS Collection" Disc from Club Sales
    • QRP operation from Malta 9H3FC/G4UDG
    • "Hunting for the Unicorn" G3VBS

    ... and more besides!

     
  • 13 Dec 18: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    DennisK6DF#3076 Prefix
    PrestonWA6OEF#15666 Millionaire 12 Million Endorsement
    VanniI5ECW#16505 Diamond Century, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 3 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 4 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 5 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 6 Million Endorsement, Spectrum 40m, Spectrum 20m Endorsement, Prefix, Prefix 50 Endorsement
    JoeIK2WAD#18599 Basic Century
    DannyON4VT#18890 Basic Century, Millionaire, Prefix, Prefix 50 Endorsement, Prefix 100 Endorsement, Prefix 150 Endorsement

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 12 Dec 18: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    TotoYD9DRB#15277 EdwardW4EMM#18938 StephenKC1KCV#18968
    KenN7KO#18836 ScottieAB8TI#18939 GeorgeWB2BNB#18969
    SakiDD5XX#18874 NormanKN4GSL#18940 TimKF7WJY#18970
    EriksYL3AKE#18881 EliN2ELI#18941 StephenWB0UWE#18971
    SandroIW2EAB#18882 BobKI5CDC#18942 BillW5HWZ#18972
    MuiM0MUI#18883 Karl HeinzK5KHK#18943 DavidW0DCX#18973
    LesG4JDS#18884 JimKA3LXM#18944 CarlW1AGE#18974
    Jean ClaudeF6EJU#18885 KenAA5CF#18945 TomN0TLW#18975
    Ivan9H1PI#18886 BryanKO4YB#18946 MichaelAB7RU#18976
    PaulM0PLA#18887 BillN3EDO#18947 SteveK9ZW#18977
    PeterGM0EUL#18888 MichaelKD2IYI#18948 IraKB2DJJ#18978
    EdM0TZX#18889 BillKK4LYQ#18949 MikeVE3WDM#18979
    DannyON4VT#18890 JustinKN4PRB#18950 RichardN4BC#18980
    SteveG6SGA#18892 RobertK6ZLU#18951 BrianAA9KG#18981
    GeoffG0UVX#18893 DavidKA9KOJ#18952 BeverlinKH7LM#18982
    VladoIU0HMB#18894 BillN2NDF#18953 GordonN8GMM#18983
    ChrisG0WUS#18895 WayneW5EGT#18954 BillW2IIT#18984
    TomGM3ZLC#18896 RogerN3GE#18955 JerryWA5RAF#18985
    AdamG0ORY#18897 WalterKC3CEY#18956 RobertKN4IXU#18986
    John2E0GUA#18898 AlN1SMB#18957 PierreVA4PM#18987
    RodG3RTB#18899 AlfredN3BXZ#18958 JimK2PHD#18988
    MacG3ZHZ#18900 BrentKF7IIG#18959 BillW4OM#18989
    TedW1HGY#18930 DavidNN4E#18960 SteveKB3JC#18990
    EnzoVE3VTG#18931 MarvinW8MLL#18961 JerryN5EKO#18991
    ToddN7TMS#18932 JamesWZ9Q#18962 ThomasKE8HUM#18992
    DavidND4K#18933 KevinKW0KW#18963 RudiDF1ZA#19000
    RonK3SEW#18934 PhilN4KEZ#18964 SeanG0OOQ#19001
    CharlesKN4QEH#18935 DennisK6DS#18965 TonyG0JYI#19002
    TonyKV6DC#18936 MichaelW4MDV#18966 CliffGI4CZW#19003
    WesK4WDB#18937 CleonWA7RCT#18967 PaulG0DJF#19004
  • 09 Dec 18: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 09 December 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
    • Day-hopper has three, 1-hour sessions per day starting at 0800, 1300, & 1800 UTC on each day.  Upcoming days in December are Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th.

      The idea is absolutely NOT a contest but a means of enabling us to meet each other on air.  Operation is on 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m.  Calling 'CQ FISTS' on or around the FISTS centre of activity frequencies is recommended.
  • 03 Dec 18: Please send in your logs for the following November 2018 activities:

    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs to encourage others to join in.
  • 01 Dec 18: Straight Key Week (FISTS CW Club Europe), starts on Sunday 02 December and finishes on Saturday 08 December UTC. 

    DON'T FORGET to add SKW to your logbook's Comment (or similar) field and that the operating times are 1 hour periods starting at the following UTC times: 0000, 0300, 0600, 0900, 1200, 1500, 1800, & 2100.
    Entrants must use straight keys or sideswipers (no bug keys, keyers, keyboards etc.)

    Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
        Name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable).

    QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is not essential but very much appreciated.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
  • 24 Nov 18: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 25 November 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
    • Day-hopper has three, 1-hour sessions per day starting at 0800, 1300, & 1800 UTC on each day.  Upcoming day in November is Tuesday 27th.  Upcoming days in December are Monday 3rd, Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th.

      The idea is absolutely NOT a contest but a means of enabling us to meet each other on air.  Operation is on 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m.  Calling 'CQ FISTS' on or around the FISTS centre of activity frequencies is recommended.
  • 14 Nov 18: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder November 2018 newsletter has just been published by David G4YVM, Activities Manager.

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

    This edition includes details of the upcoming FISTS Winter Sports and the October 2018 Ladder results.


     
  • 09 Nov 18: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 11 November 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
    • Day-hopper has three, 1-hour sessions per day starting at 0800, 1300, & 1800 UTC on each day.  Upcoming days in November are Friday 16th, Monday 19th, Tuesday 27th.  Upcoming days in December are Monday 3rd, Tuesday 11th, Wednesday 19th, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th.

      The idea is absolutely NOT a contest but a means of enabling us to meet each other on air.  Operation is on 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m.  Calling 'CQ FISTS' on or around the FISTS centre of activity frequencies is recommended.
  • 04 Nov 18: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    DennisK6DF#3076 Millionaire 6 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 7 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 8 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 9 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 10 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 11 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 12 Million Endorsement, Millionaire 13 Million Endorsement, Spectrum 20m
    GaryAB0BM#13663 Diamond Century, Millionaire 8 Million Endorsement
    NilsDL3HR#18556 Basic Century

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 03 Nov 18: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    GraemeVK3TUX#15234 GeneAC0ZU#18901 ButchWA0CIE#18916
    RobVK4FRMZ#15235 PatrickWX2PAT#18902 MikeW7ACP#18917
    JamesWD0JB#18839 ChuckK0XM#18903 ChristopherKB0CSA#18918
    StephenKC5TTY#18845 HoraceKI5WA#18904 DavidN5DJH#18919
    JoshAF0U#18846 BobAD4PM#18905 RandyW7RAN#18920
    RonK3OLN#18847 KevinW9YAP#18906 DonAE4DD#18921
    JodyKE8GKO#18848 GeorgeKA2DDI#18907 AllenKM5VJ#18922
    RcWH6FQE#18849 GiseldaKB2RWC#18908 JosephKX4ND#18923
    JohnK0AE#18850 ClintonKB2RBA#18909 CharlesVE3CQH#18924
    SteveG3ZPS#18875 JohnN8KIJ#18910 MattAA4MB#18925
    GuyON4KLG#18876 DaveAD8WR#18911 ArtN9HTL#18926
    IvanG0BON#18877 JosephWX1E#18912 GlennWN4T#18927
    MarkG0TMT#18878 BobN5BXN#18913 SteveKO6ZC#18928
    FrancisEI5GOB#18879 KathleenW0UM#18914 GwenNG3P#18929
    MarkM0RKA#18880 RandallN4LCV#18915    
  • 03 Nov 18: Graham G3ZOD writes:  The RSGB Marconi CW 2m Contest is this Weekend, 3 November 1400 UTC - 4 November 1400 UTC.  It is part of a Europe-wide contest and is the third out of three annual RSGB VHF CW contests (6m, 4m and 2m).

    Unlike HF contests, QSOs are a bit more relaxed and don't expect to get 599 for each QSO!  The exchange is RST, serial number and 6 character locator.  Most activity centres around 144.050, with the primary CW band plan segment 144.025 - 144.110 MHz.
  • 01 Nov 18: Please send in your logs for the following October 2018 activities:

    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs to encourage others to join in.
  • 27 Oct 18: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe on-air activities (***Don't forget that daylight savings time ends in Europe on 27 October!!) :
    • Ladder Sunday 28 October 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
    • Day-hopper has three, 1-hour sessions per day starting at 0800, 1300, & 1800 UTC on each day.  Upcoming days in October are Wednesday 31st.  Upcoming days in November are Thursday 8th, Friday 16th, Monday 19th, Tuesday 27th.

      The idea is absolutely NOT a contest but a means of enabling us to meet each other on air.  Operation is on 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m.  Calling 'CQ FISTS' on or around the FISTS centre of activity frequencies is recommended.
    • Chirp 'n' Drift Day runs from Friday 02 November 18:00 to Saturday 03 November 01:00 UTC.  This is a short event for all those radios that are a tad embarrassing or quirky for everyday use ... they drift, they chirp, they do what they feel like ... yet they are fun or iconic.  Parasets, T1154s, anything you fancy!  No points, scores, or logs - just come on and enjoy the nostalgia.  Exchange:
          RST, Name, QTH, transmitter/receiver type, and FISTS member number (if applicable).
      Any band.
  • 14 Oct 18: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder October 2018 newsletter has just been published by David G4YVM, Activities Manager.

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

    This edition includes details of Word Search 2018 and September 2018 Ladder results.


     
  • 13 Oct 18: Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe on-air activities:
    • Ladder Sunday 14 October 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 UTC.
      Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz.  Exchange a minimum of:
          Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable).

      QSOs are friendly and conversational.  Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential.  Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.
    • Day-hopper has three, 1-hour sessions per day starting at 0800, 1300, & 1800 UTC on each day.  Upcoming days are Wednesday October 17th, Thursday 25th, Friday 26th & Wednesday 31st.

      The idea is absolutely NOT a contest but a means of enabling us to meet each other on air.  Operation is on 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m.  Calling 'CQ FISTS' on or around the FISTS centre of activity frequencies is recommended.
  • 05 Oct 18: We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

    NameCallNo. NameCallNo. NameCallNo.
    JohnVK5PF#15230 GaylonAD4WL#18820 GreggWX4K#18843
    DavidVK3GDM#15231 WillKD9KZ#18821 AsaW5FB#18844
    NilsVK3FLYS#15232 DavidAA5HL#18822 Chris2E1HTE#18852
    SimonVK2FK#15233 MiltonAC1BS#18823 DanG0DBI#18853
    KENJIYD3KNJ#15269 JasonK7III#18824 JanPA0SIM#18854
    RyuJR7UXB#15270 CarlaVE5YAK#18825 RickG3OPH#18855
    AkiJJ0SFV#15271 DanielW7RF#18826 DavidM0RIU#18856
    Kou7N1ICA#15272 DavidK5DEL#18827 MikePA7MDJ#18857
    AkiJK1OZS#15273 DonK9DRP#18828 PaulLA6IN#18858
    NobuJM7GTK#15274 GeraldWA5AFD#18829 Rob2W0BJR#18859
    AboJL1SJY#15275 JonathanN8YRE#18830 MikeDL4MGM#18860
    KenJA8CQU#15276 DavidN8MME#18831 BobM0CSV#18861
    Richard IanN2RIC#18770 BrentWB3KYJ#18832 GeoffG3YTX#18862
    LarryK4WLO#18810 RichN2NOW#18833 JohnM0LFX#18863
    TedAF4OV#18811 Southern CrossWX0UFO#18834 GrahamG3MFJ#18864
    TomNB5Q#18812 MikeKD5RJZ#18835 CliveGW4MBS#18865
    RichardN5RWF#18813 KenW7AHX#18836 FerM0HXC#18866
    RobertW7INF#18814 JerryKB2QIU#18837 BrianG4HIV#18867
    WilliamK7PK#18815 MichaelW6JN#18838 FredG4HNQ#18868
    BradN1BTC#18816 JamesKC0YJD#18839 SeanG0UVM#18869
    RobertAA5OY#18817 PaulW4GOT#18840 PauloM6NGZ#18870
    DaveKM6MYF#18818 MichaelAC2MV#18841 SteveM0HQL#18871
    AlexK6MAA#18819 JohnK0IP#18842 MartinM0XMP#18872
  • 02 Oct 18: Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:

    NameCallsignMemberAwards
    ChuckK9IA#12732 Basic Century, Millionaire, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement, Worked All States, Prefix, Prefix 50 Endorsement
    JohnG4LRG#14873 Millionaire 5 Million Endorsement
    KepaEA6BB#18080 Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement
    WilliamMI0WWB#18434 Millionaire
    Rif9A9CW#18749 Basic Century

    For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page.
  • 01 Oct 18: Please send in your logs for the following activities:
    • Word Search (FISTS CW Club Europe) no later than 7 October.  Please send a log even if you didn't complete the words - you will then be able to see your position(/s) in the results tables!
    • Ladder (FISTS CW Club Europe) no later than 7 October.
    • Snakes & Ladders (EuCW) no later than 7 October.

    Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs to encourage others to join in.

Please visit the News page for a full list of recent and older news items.

Interested in becoming a member?

FISTS HQ welcomes new members who have a passion for Morse Code.

1990 Vibroplex from Dennis K6DF's collection. Click to go to a larger picture Benefits of membership include:
  • Our popular Quarterly A5 News Booklet
  • Free use of the FISTS QSL Bureau
  • Access to our members-only area
  • Help and support from like minded people
The FISTS Club is one of amateur radio's fastest growing organisations.  It's a unique club, founded and maintained on solid principles using radio's oldest and yet most reliable communications mode - CW!  Why not join us?

FISTS History

The FISTS Club, (International Morse Preservation Society) was founded in 1987 by the late George "Geo" Longden G3ZQS of Darwen, Lancashire England, after recognising a need for a club in which veteran operators would help newcomers and less-experienced operators learn and improve CW proficiency.  During the first year, membership reached 300, most of whom were in Great Britain and Europe.  The original Introduction to FISTS by Geo holds as true today as it did when he wrote it.  Geo also explains how he chose the name FISTS.

Sideswiper ('cootie') Key Number 9 made by Bill NT9K.  Click for a large picture.

The North American Chapter (now known as FISTS Americas) was formed in 1990 to assist 11 members in the USA receive the newsletter and as a banking convenience.  Nancy Kott WZ8C of Hadley, Michigan was named US representative, a position she held until sadly she became a Silent Key in 2014.

The FISTS Down Under Chapter representing New Zealand and Australia, was formed in 1998 by Ralph Sutton ZL2AOH to provide a similar service to Australasian members.  From a ZL / VK membership of four including a JA and an FO, the FISTS Down Under Chapter has grown in strength to currently 118; 31 New Zealand members and 87 Australian members.

The East Asia Chapter was formed in 2004 by a few Taiwanese and Japanese members to provide East Asian members with various services in their native languages.

Why not join us?


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

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