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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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  • 14 May 20: Graham G3ZOD writes: The RSGB 4m (70 MHz) CW Contest 2022 is Sunday 15 May 0900-1200 UTC.

    The exchange is: RST, Serial Number (starting at 001) and a 6 character (e.g. IO92JL) locator and UK stations send the first 2 letters of their Postcode.

    This is one of three RSGB VHF CW contests (6m, 4m, & 2m).  These are more relaxed than HF contests and typically 'real' RSTs are exchanged, so have fun and listen carefully!  If you have QSOs with FISTS CW Club members, these count towards the FISTS Awards and on-air Activities.
  • 08 May 22: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder May 2022 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
     
  • 07 May 22: Please join us in the FISTS Ladder and FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge on-air activity sessions:
    • FISTS Ladder Sunday 08 May 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).
    • FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge Sunday 01 May – Saturday 31 December 2022 (inclusive) UTC:
      Celebrates FISTS’ 35th anniversary.  Collect points from digits in callsign prefixes in QSOs with members and non-members up to a maximum of 35 points per day.  Bands are 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m & 2m and there is no particular exchange required.
  • 01 May 22: The new FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge on-air activity has now started and runs until Saturday 31 December 2022.

    Collect points from digits in callsign prefixes from CW QSOs with members and non-members up to a maximum of 35 points per day.  Bands are 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m & 2m and there is no particular exchange required.

    Results will be published monthly in the BrassPounder newsletter.

    Please see the rules for full details and prizes.
  • 01 May 22: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that finished by 30 April 2022. 
    Notes:
    * In all the activities, even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs because it encourages others to join in.
    * For the Ladder, please include in your log ALL your Ladder QSOs from the (up to) 4 sessions in the month.  If you need to make any changes, you can send in another log and it will replace the previous log you sent in.
  • 22 Apr 22: Please join us in the FISTS Ladder, EuCW QRS Week and FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge on-air activity sessions:
    • FISTS Ladder Sunday 24 April 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).
    • EuCW QRS Week Monday 25 April to Friday 29 April (inclusive) UTC.
      Maximum speed is 14 wpm.  Call 'CQ' or 'CQ QRS'.  See the full details on the EuCW website.
    • FISTS 35th Anniversary Challenge Sunday 01 May – Saturday 31 December 2022 (inclusive) UTC:
      Celebrates FISTS’ 35th anniversary.  Collect points from digits in callsign prefixes in QSOs with members and non-members up to a maximum of 35 points per day.  Bands are 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 10m & 2m and there is no particular exchange required.
  • 21 Apr 22: The latest version, 4.2.2, of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version adds support for the Royal Platinum Jubilee Weekend Celebration 2022 on-air activity in June and includes other improvements and bug fixes.

    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, Chris G5VZ, and Richard G0ILN.
  • 19 Apr 22: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder April 2022 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
     
  • 09 Apr 22: Please join us in the 2022 FISTS CW Club Ladder on-air activity sessions:
    • Ladder Sunday 10 April 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 can be with members & non-members anywhere and are friendly and conversational.
    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in these activities and send in logs.  They are organised by FISTS CW Club Europe.
  • 03 Apr 22: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that finished on 31 March 2022. 
    Notes:
    * In all the activities, even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs because it encourages others to join in.
    * For the Ladder, please include in your log ALL your Ladder QSOs from the (up to) 4 sessions in the month.  If you need to make any changes, you can send in another log and it will replace the previous log you sent in.
  • 31 Mar 22: The latest version, 4.2.1, of the free FISTS Log Converter program for Windows is now available.

    This version adds support for the 35th Anniversary Challenge 2022 (FISTS CW Club Europe) on-air activity that starts in May and includes improvements to the form used to apply for FISTS Awards.

    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, Chris G5VZ, and Richard G0ILN.
  • 26 Mar 22: The March 2022 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

    Items in this issue include:
    • The Unicorn? my conclusion - G3VBS.
    • Extracts from handbooks - G3XIZ.
    • Distress calls - GW0WEE.
    • The Amateur spirit.
    • Pet Peeves (we all have them) - N1EA.
    • Essex CW ARS boot camp 2021 - G0IBN.

    ... and more besides!




    Notes:
    1. It may take longer than in previous years for members to receive a paper copy due to continuing postal delays within Royal Mail.
    2. If you have forgotten your password:
  • 24 Mar 22: Please join us in the 2022 FISTS CW Club Ladder on-air activity sessions:
    • Ladder Sunday 27 March 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 can be with members & non-members anywhere and are friendly and conversational.
    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in these activities and send in logs.  They are organised by FISTS CW Club Europe.
  • 19 Mar 22: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder March 2022 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
     
  • 11 Mar 22: Please join us in the 2022 FISTS CW Club Ladder on-air activity sessions:
    • Ladder Sunday 13 March 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 can be with members & non-members anywhere and are friendly and conversational.
    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in these activities and send in logs.  They are organised by FISTS CW Club Europe.
  • 03 Mar 22: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that finished on 28 February 2022. 
    Notes:
    * In all the activities, even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs because it encourages others to join in.
    * For the Ladder, please include in your log ALL your Ladder QSOs from the (up to) 4 sessions in the month.  If you need to make any changes, you can send in another log and it will replace the previous log you sent in.
  • 03 Mar 22: The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder February 2022 newsletter written by David G4YVM, Activities Manager, is now available.

    BrassPounder provides the results and discussions about on-air Activities provided by FISTS CW Club Europe.
     
  • 13 Feb 22: Please join us in the 2022 FISTS CW Club Ladder on-air activity sessions:
    • Ladder Sunday 13 February 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 can be with members & non-members anywhere and are friendly and conversational.
    Members anywhere in the world are invited to join in these activities and send in logs.  They are organised by FISTS CW Club Europe.
  • 02 Feb 22: Please send in your logs, comments, and photos for the following activities that finished on 31 January 2022. 
    Notes:
    * For the 2022 FISTS Ladder and EuCW Snakes & Ladders, if you use FISTS Log Converter, please ensure you have installed version 4.2.0 or later.
    * In all the activities, even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs because it encourages others to join in.
    * For the Ladder, please include in your log ALL your Ladder QSOs from the (up to) 4 sessions in the month.  If you need to make any changes, you can send in another log and it will replace the previous log you sent 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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