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Software for CW
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FISTS around the World
- FISTS Down Under Chapter (Australia & New Zealand).
- FISTS East Asia Chapter.
- FISTS North America Chapter.
- Rob M0BPT's website contains an index with links to the FISTS Activity Calendar and recent Brasspounder newsletters.
- fistscw Yahoo Group (reflector).
- FISTS on Facebook contains news updates from FISTS.
- FISTS on Twitter contains news updates from FISTS.
- Video of FISTS founders George G3ZQS and Bill G2AKK talking about FISTS and Samuel Morse in rare video footage filmed, edited and uploaded by Jim G4YLB.
FISTS Affiliated Clubs (Europe)Clubs with one or more members of both the club and FISTS can be affiliated with FISTS.
For information, visit the club's website or the FISTS Affiliated Clubs web page.
** This section is a work-in-progress, so not all clubs are listed yet.
- Andover Radio Amateur Club (ARAC)
- Appledore and District Amateur Radio Club (ADARC)
- Blackwood & District Amateur Radio Society
- Bolton Wireless Club
- Eagle Radio Group
- Lincoln Short Wave Club.
- Hoover Amateur Radio Club (HARC)
- Pattuglia Radio F.S.E.
- Pontefract and District Amateur Radio Society (PDARS)
- Spen Valley Amateur Radio Society (SVARS)
- Telford &District Amateur Radio Society (TDARS)
- Widnes and Runcorn Amateur Radio Club
- Worksop Amateur Radio Society
- AGCW-DL e.V. is Germany's largest club of CW friends.
- CWops' goal is to bring together Amateur Radio operators who enjoy communicating by Morse Code (CW).
- Deutscher Telegrafie Club (DTC) is dedicated to and very much engaged in all areas related to telegraphy in the Amateur Radio Service.
- European CW Association (EUCW) is an association of European CW clubs and organises various events including, in conjunction with FISTS, the EUCW QRS Party. There is a Yahoo Group available for EUCW news and CW discussions.
- First Class CW Operators' Club (FOC), founded in 1938, promotes good CW (morse code) operating, activity, friendship and socialising.
- GQRP Club promotes low power amateur radio and publishes the Sprat magazine.
- Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) is a small group of dedicated individuals who share the goals of documenting, preserving and restoring the artifacts of maritime radio history.
- MEGS Morse Enthusiasts Group Scotland was formed in January 1991 to encourage Morse Code working, at all levels of ability.
- Morse Telegraph Club is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the knowledge and traditions of telegraphy.
- Northern Amateur Radio Societies Association (NARSA) organises the Blackpool Amateur Radio, Computer and Electronics Exhibition that takes place at the Norbreck Castle Hotel every year.
- PA3BWK Ultimate Morse Code Web Site hosts the web pages for the HSC, VHSC, SHSC and EHSC clubs and provides many other Morse resources.
- QRP Amateur Radio Club International (QRP ARCI) is for QRP enthusiasts worldwide and publishes the QRP Quarterly magazine.
- RAIBC is the charity working for radio amateurs with disabilities.
- Radio Amateur Old Timers' Association (RAOTA) seeks to keep alive the pioneer spirit and traditions of the past in today's Amateur Radio by means of personal and radio contact, whilst being mindful of any special needs.
- Radio Officers Association (ROASS) is a society for ex. Merchant Navy Radio Officers. The website contains historical information of interest to everyone.
- UK Six Meter Group (UKSMG) is a society that supports and encourages activity on 6m (a very active band for CW). The website contains invaluable operating information for 6m.
- Vintage and Military Amateur Radio Society (VMARS) exists to help and support Radio Amateurs and Shortwave Listeners who wish to restore and operate vintage military or commercial radio equipment on the amateur bands.
- AMTOOLS UK supplies crystals and torroids amongst other items.
- Bitsbox (UK) supplies a wide variety of components with only £1.75 delivery and no minimum order .
- Bowood Electronics (UK) supplier of components with reasonable delivery costs.
- CPC (UK) has a good range but expensive.
- ESR Electronics Components (UK) supplies components.
- GQRP Club Sales (UK) has common QRP components such as crystals and torroids available for members at very low prices and delivery.
- Harrison Electronics (UK) supplies various components and has an extremely low delivery charge of £1.00 .
- JAB Electronic Components (UK) supplies a wide range of components. Delivery starts at £3.75 for orders up to £10.00 .
- Mainline Electronics (UK) supplies high voltage variable capacitors (the old Jackson range), reduction drives and other items.
- Maplin (UK) supplies various components but extremely expensive. However, if you just need an odd component and have a Maplin store nearby, it might still work out cheaper than ordering by mail from elsewhere.
- Mode Components (UK) owned by Chris G8CHW supplied various components. It's closed now except for selling off remaining stock.
- N. R. Bardwell Ltd. (UK) supplies components.
- RADIO BOAT ANCHOR PARTS (USA, also known as TUBES_TUBES_TUBES) provides replacement knobs and other parts for "boat anchor" (historical and usually large and heavy) radio equipment.
- Rapid (UK) has reasonable prices and range of components. Delivery free for orders of £30 (excluding VAT) or more .
- Spectrum Communications supplies various components, including replacements for Toko coils.
- Tech Supplies (UK) supplies PICAXE microprocessors and related kits and accessories, including commonly used components.
- The Parts Place (USA) supplies various hard-to-get components of particular interest to SoftRock enthusiasts.
- W. H. Westlake Electronics (UK) specialises in supplying cables and connectors.
- 6V6 Vintage Components (UK) component and kit supplier, including several hard-to-get variable capacitors for receiver or QRP work and a range of valves (tubes).
- Circuit Simulator Applet simulates circuits online. It comes with a large number of common circuits and you can add your own. It uses a Java Applet, so for most people no software installation is necessary - just visit the web page.
- The GQRP Sprat Pixie file contains circuits and details of various FOXX/Pixie QRPP simple CW transceivers.
CW Kit Suppliers
- Elecraft (USA) supplies the famous K1, K2 and K3 transceiver kits and accessories.
- Five Dash Inc. (USA), run by Tony KB9YIG, supplies inexpensive Software Defined Radio (SDR) kits comprising receivers and transceivers. For detailed information and documentation, see the softrock40 (Softrock-40 Interest Group) Yahoo group.
- Four State Kits (USA) supplies the Magic Box CW transmit/receive QSK switching unit, EZKeyer and the NS-40 CW transmitter. Four State Kits is part of the Four State QRP Group.
- HamGadgets.com (USA) supplies the popular PicoKeyer and other kits.
- Hendricks QRP kits (USA) supplies various QRP-related Kits.
- Jackson Harbor Press (USA) supplier of morse-accessory kits.
- Juma kits provide a number of CW-related kits including LF CW transmitters.
- K1EL Systems (USA) provides the popular WinKeyer, WKUSB and other CW-related kits.
- Kanga Products (UK) started up again in early 2010 and supplies kits including the Foxx-3 CW transceiver, OXO and Junk Box Special CW transmitters, Sudden receivers and other items.
- New England QRP Club (NEQRP) (USA) supplies the well-respected NEScaf audio filter kit.
- Oak Hills Research (USA) supplies transceiver and other CW accessory kits.
- QRPme run by Rex Harper, W1REX, supplies QRP CW and other kits including the famous Tuna Tin kits.
- QRPproject (Germany) supplies QRP CW kits.
- Walford Electronics (UK) supplier of kits for Radio Amateurs.
- YouKits (China) supplier of low power CW/SSB transceiver and other kits.
Learning and Improving Morse CodeFor a more detailed discussion of learning and improving Morse Code, please see the Resources
There are also some downloadable books in the Publications section.
- CW Freak.NET is a free program that allows you to practice Morse using callsigns. You can compare your scores to others around the world in monthly, annual, and permanent rankings.
- ebook2cw is a free program that enables you to convert electronic books and other text into MP3 files containing Morse code at speeds of your choice.
- Koch CW Trainer is a free Windows program that enables you to practice Morse using the Koch method, text files, words and callsigns.
- LCWO Learn CW Online is a website that allows you to practice Morse using the Koch method, code groups, plain text, callsigns, words, QTC and generate practice MP3 files. Note: Requires Flash.
- RufzXP is a free program that allows you to practice Morse using callsigns and random characters. You can compare your scores to others around the world.
- S.M.R.C.C. Morse Practice provides MP3 Morse files with text, QSOs and letter groups at 12, 18 and 25 w.p.m. S.M.R.C.C (South Manchester Radio and Computing Club) also runs a 2m Morse practise net on Monday evenings.
- Teach4 is a free and popular Morse code training program for Windows.
- The Morse Crusade is Ian G4XFC's website, promoting the teaching of Morse using fast character sending, as employed in training methods such as the Koch method and Farnsworth spacing.
- The Old Man and the Sea web page created by Petr OK2CQR contains MP3 files of The Old Man and the Sea at 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 words per minute.
- Alan G4GVB's website.
- Bern GM4WZG's website.
- Billy M0JHA's website.
- Carl M0SER / 2E0CWC's website.
- Chris G5VZ's website.
- Cliff GW4GJT's website.
- Colin DD5CF / G1ZOS's Blog.
- Colin M5FRA's website.
- Davide IZ2UUF's website.
- Dennis M0MMX's website.
- Gary GI4CFQ's QRZ.COM web page.
- Georg DK7LX's website
- Ian G4MLW's QRZ.COM page.
- Iain M0PCB's website.
- Jack IZ3DBA's website.
- John G0RDO's website.
- John M0JKL's blog.
- John 2E0RFU's website.
- Johnny G3LIV's website.
- Keith G0FDJ's website.
- Keith G6NHY's website.
- Martyn GW6ITJ's website.
- Mike G3WTA's website.
- Paul G4LNA's website.
- Paul M0XPD's website.
- Peter G0TLU's website.
- Petr OK2CQR's website.
- Philip M0PBZ's website.
- Rick DJ0IP's website.
- Rick M0ZAV's website.
- Rob G4LMW's website.
- Rob M0BPT's website.
- Sid G3PQB's website.
- Steve Nichols G0KYA's Amateur Radio Blog.
- Yngvi TF3Y's website.
- Coastal Station Recordings has a fascinating set of Morse recordings from coastal stations and shipping.
- For a Night Each Year, the Airwaves Buzz With Morse Code is a very good New York Times article about the annual commemoration of the closure of coastal stations, focusing on KPH (Northern California).
- KPH: The Wireless Giant" is a short YouTube video about KPH (coastal station on the USA West coast), including its closure and re-opening.
- Morse Code on 78 rpm Records describes various 78 rpm recordings of Morse, including images of the labels and audio samples from the recordings. The page is provided by Norman G4LQF, FISTS #15928.
- Morse Recordings at Internet Archive includes a set of historic recordings provided by David N1EA.
- Portishead Radio - GKA is a website containing a huge amount of information and photographs of Portishead Radio.
- Portishead Radio (GKA) documentary is a short video that includes a ringing endorsement of CW, despite its declining use at the time.
- Radio Officer's Recordings - 500 kHz, provided by FISTS member David N1EA, has a large collection of 500kHz (600m) Morse recordings of coastal stations and shipping.
- Samuel Morse's Reversal of Fortune is a Smithsonian article documenting Samuel Morse's failure as a painter then subsequent success in telegraphy.
- Vintage Radio & Electronics website has fascinating collections of information and photographs on vintage radio sets and other electronics.
Morse Keys and Paddles Collections
- Bill NT9K provides photographs of his key collection on his home page, which includes some stunning home-made straight keys and sideswiper keys.
- Dennis K6DF (FISTS Awards Manager) provides photographs and descriptions of his key collection.
- MORSEMAD is John G0RDO's website and contains lots of information, history, pictures of bug keys, straight keys, morse items etc. plus links to other CW related sites.
- Navy Transmitting Key Photos and Info contains lots of photos of US Navy straight keys, bugs and memorabilia.
- Ron G3YUH makes, collects, refurbishes and sells keys. Click on the image links on his home page to see hundreds of keys.
- W1TP Telegraph Museum contains a vast collection of key photographs, including some very early and obscure ones.
Morse Key, Paddles and Keyer SuppliersAlso see the section CW Kit Suppliers for keyer kits.
- 2B Radio Parts LLC (USA) sells bug key parts including different weights for Vibroplex bug keys, finger pieces, and rubber feet.
- ARTIFAX BOOKS (USA) supplies springs, knobs, terminal nuts, paddle finger pieces, cables/cords, used keys, paddles and other telegraph items.
- American Morse Equipment (USA) manufactures and supplies keys.
- Begali (Italy) manufactures and supplies keys.
- Bencher (USA) supplies a range of paddles and straight keys.
- CW Touch Keyer (USA) manufactures and supplies kits and finished products based on touch-paddles. Friendly and helpful customer service.
- Czech Morse Keys (UK), run by Mike Bowthorpe G0CVZ, FISTS #14554, supplies Type RM31 Czech Army Morse Keys.
- ElectronicsUSA.com (USA) manufactures and supplies the Whiterook series of mini keys and paddles, keyers and other items.
- G3YUH Homebrew Morse Keys (UK) makes and sells unique straight keys.
- Johnny G3LIV (UK) supplies the "CableTidy" for Vibroplex keyers, antennas and computer interface products.
- Kent Morse Keys (UK) manufacturer and supplier of keys.
- Martin Lynch & Sons Ltd (UK) supplies keys.
- Morse Express (USA) supplies a wide variety of keys and paddles. They are probably unique in the world in having a Morse store (Colarado, USA) you can visit.
- Morse Keys & Telegraphic Instruments (UK), provided by Mauritron Technical Services, supplies keys and provides information about them.
- Morsekeys.com (Australia, VK2DLF) makes various types of key.
- N3ZN Keys (USA) supplies a variety of single and dual paddles.
- Palm Radio (Germany) supplies the well-known Palm Mini-Paddle and related items.
- TW Electronics (UK) supplies the TW MagPad paddles.
- Vibroplex (USA) supplies a range of semi-automatic (bug) keys, straight keys and paddles.
- Vine Antennas Ltd. (UK) supplies Schurr paddles.
- VIZ KEYS (USA) supplies a range of paddles and semi-automatic (bug) keys.
- Waters & Stanton PLC (UK) supplies various keys and keyers.
- WB8LZG (USA) supplies wooden finger pieces for paddles.
- National Radio Centre (Bletchley Park, UK) is a showcase for radio communications technology-a technology powering the 21st century economy. The centre provides the opportunity to get "up close and personal" with the history and technology of radio communications. The NRC is run by the Radio Society of Great Britain.
- Porthcurno Telegraph Musuem (UK) houses collections related to the story of international telegraph communications and the significance of the role of Porthcurno in that story.
- Heathkit Virtual Museum has details of Heathkit and their kits, including many photographs.
- Marconi Archive has an extensive collection of Marconi-related documents, photos and film clips available.
- Radiomuseum has details of 184,000 radio models and 817,000 pictures including tubes(valves) / semiconductors, old time loop antennas, crystal receivers, speakers, radio amateur gear, tape recorders, record players, microphones and boatanchors.
- Telegraph Instruments of Europe has an amazing collection of early telegraph instruments.
- Amateur Dipole Antenna Calculator can be used to calculate dipole lengths in feet/inches and meters.
- Azimuthal Map (NS6T) alows you to configure and print Great Circle (Azimuthal) maps. This is very handy for aligning antennas - countries may not be in the direction you think they are.
- Find QTH locator or map square alows you to click on a map to find out your QTH Locator (Maidenhead Locator) with up to 10 characters accuracy. You can also type in a QTH Locator to display where it is on the map. Note: if printing your Locator on QSL cards, be sure to double-check your location on the map.
- FISTS Frequencies Chart provides an A4 sheet containing a visual representation of FISTS frequencies, CW band plans, and QRP frequencies.
- Hamcall is an online callbook, allowing you to look up details of an amateur radio station using the callsign. Hamcall occasionally has European callsigns on that QRZ.COM doesn't, but the free version is otherwise very restricted, not allowing copy and paste and limiting you to around 5-10 callsigns only.
- Iambic keyer mode A and B is a document describing the differences between Iambic Mode A keying and Iambic Mode B keying. It's written by Chuck Olson WB9KZY.
- International Morse Code (PDF) is the official ITU document giving the Morse code for letters, numbers, punctuation and procedural signals.
- K3UK FISTS sked page allows contacts to be arranged via the Internet in real time.
- Maidenhead Grid Square Locator Map (K2DSL) alows you find out a QTH Locator (Maidenhead Locator) by typing in a town, post code or ZIP code and viewing a map. Note: if printing your Locator on QSL cards, be sure to double-check your location on the map.
- Ofcom Online Licensing Services allows UK amateurs to validate their licence (required at least every 5 years), amend or apply for new ones.
- QRZ.COM is an online callbook, allowing you to look up details of an amateur radio station using the callsign. Information can be copied and pasted and there is no restriction on usage.
- The Ham Radio Resource Guide contains links to various useful web pages (e.g. Q codes and callsign prefixes).
- Time Zone Converter is very useful for determing current or future times in different timezones (e.g. skeds).
FISTS Key Note
is a quarterly magazine delivered to
by email or postal mail.
is available to non-members.
Also, a separate members' archive is available, which includes editions from the last 12 months.
The RAIBC provides spoken versions of Key Note for 2008 onwards as MP3 files. These are available from the RAIBC website or from the Key Note archive links above.
- K9YA Telegraph is a free monthly online magazine, specialising in personal stories and Morse history.
- The Art & Skill of Radio Telegraphy is a free, downloadable book that contains much information on learning Morse to a very high standard and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Morse code.
- Zen and the Art of Radiotelegraphy is a free downloadable book that teaches Morse with a focus on the psychology.
QSL Card Suppliers
- FISTS QSL Cards are available direct from us (FISTS). Personalised cards and non-personalised cards are available.
- LZ1JZ QSL Card Print (Bulgaria) is run by Tony LZ1JZ and provides high quality printing at good prices.
- Beethoven's 5th Symphony in Morse code is an unusual and rather bizarre rendition of the first movement (Allegro con brio) from Ludwig Van Beethoven's 5th Symphony in Morse code - not just the "V"s (di di di dah)!
- Elsie is a program for filter design. The student version is free.
- Goathiker (Steve WGOAT) has filmed many fascinating videos of his CW and other expeditions into the mountains along with his two "pack goats". These are very entertaining and even non-radio amateur family members will enjoy the goats' antics.
- Lego Morse Code Paddles has a video by Hugo M0HSW showing his Lego paddles in action.
- Lego SideSwiper has a video by Rob G4LMW FISTS #14000 showing his Lego sideswiper key in action.
- LOF News (London & Overseas Freighters) includes items about radio officers and also photographs of "dustbin" emergency radios.
- Morse Code: Fun and Facts is a small website supporting the leaflet "Morse Code: Fun and Facts" created by FISTS.
- Morse code ringtone generator is free and allows you to generate Morse ring tone (midi) files that you can download to your mobile (cell) phone.
- Portable in Herefordshire (SOTA setup) (YouTube video) shows FISTS member Sandy G0VQW out in the field demonstrating SOTA to fellow FISTS members Tony G3ZRJ and Rich G4FAD.
- QRP transmitter powered by a straight key shows details, photographs and a video of Jari OH6DC's straight key powered transmitter.
- RadioTelegraphy.net has a comprehensive set of links for Morse-related topics.
- Samuel Morse Regular Font allows you to view and print Morse code versions of documents.
- SMS Morsecode has a video by Tony HB9BLU showing him using Morse code to send a text (SMS) message on his mobile (cell) phone. Be sure to read the Morse in the closing credits.
- Steve Roberts W1SFR (USA) sells QRP/CW-related accessories including stands for the KX3 and other QRP rigs, a wrist rest, and an antenna.
- Strange Morse Keys by Jari OH6DC has many weird and wonderful Morse keys, all fully working. The website includes a video for each key, and Jari's Morse code sending skills are very apparent. Listen out for the amusing comments sent by Morse in each video.
- T-Network Tuner Simulator by Kevin Schmidt, W9CF, provides a simulation of a T match unit that you can tune manually or auto-tune. Note: requires Java on your computer.
- Telegraph Clacks out RSS Feeds shows details and lots of photographs of constructing a brass telegraph sounder, based on historical plans.
- UK Amateur Radio Call Signs has comprehensive details of UK amateur radio callsign series and when they were originally issued.
- Virtual Bug Key provides a simulation of a bug key so that you can press the paddles and see how it works. Note: requires Flash on your computer.
- Virtual Spark Transmitter provides a simulation of a spark transmitter, allowing you to make adjustments and send Morse Code.
Software for CW
- Fldigi is a free, multi-platform digital decoding package that includes a CW decoder.
WebsitesFISTS hosts some additional websites:
- adif.org.uk contains released and proposed ADIF (Amateur Radio Data Interchange Format) specifications.
- morsecode.org.uk contains additional information and links related to the leaflet "Morse Code : Fun and Facts".
 The price quoted may have changed since the link was last updated; check the supplier's website for the latest information.
Acknowledgements: Thank you to Tony G3ZRJ, Paul G4BNU, John M0CDL, Dave G4AJY, Rob G4LMW, Ian G4MLW, Tom ON4TOM, Ian G6TGO, John G0RDO, Jack WA6KYO, Martyn GW6ITJ, Rob M0BPT, Petr OK2CQR, Gordon G3ZFZ, David N1EA, Dave G4UGM, Malcolm G4YMB, Norman G4LQF, Dennis M0MMX, Frank 2E0YAR, Paul G0UFV, and Kristi for suggesting websites.
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