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FISTS Frequencies (Worldwide)

Due to variations in availability of amateur radio spectrum in countries and local band plans, there are some differences between FISTS Frequencies.  For more information, please see the following web pages:

FISTS Americas Calling Frequencies
FISTS Down Under Calling Frequencies
FISTS East Asia Centre of Activity Frequencies
FISTS Europe Centre of Activity Frequencies - see below

FISTS Centre of Activity Frequencies (Europe)

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

If you are not using QRP (conventionally 5 Watts output or less), please keep clear of QRP centre of activity frequencies by at least ±1 kHz.

Band Frequencies
160m 1.818 MHz  
80m 3.558 MHz  
40m 7.028 MHz  
30m 10.118 MHz 10.128 MHz
20m 14.058 MHz
17m 18.085 MHz
15m 21.058 MHz
12m 24.908 MHz
10m 28.058 MHz
6m 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.


  • If you call 'CQ FISTS', please welcome calls from non-members - they are an opportunity to promote your club and FISTS encourages contacts between members and non-members.

    It helps to call 'CQ' as well as 'CQ FISTS' from time-to-time for the same reason.
  • 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 2.5 kHz or wider 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.  For example, do not assume if it's a G3xxx 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.
  • Theoretically 50.058 has been available in Europe for some years after the beacon band was moved in the IARU Region 1 band plan; in practice, however, many beacons have not moved, so use the frequency with caution.
  • The 12m frequency used to be 24.918 but moved to 24.908 because the former frequency was swallowed up by the data mode sub-bands in the IARU region 1 and 2 band plans.

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