Int Morse Society

The Americas Chapter
North, Central, South
and the Islands
Now in our 28th year promoting
Morse Code 1987 - 2015

Accuracy Transcends Speed
Courtesy At All Times

The International Morse Preservation Society Key
Last Update May 1, 2015 at 8:59 PDT
Last Update May 1, 2015 at 8:59 PDT

Dayton Sign

Dayton, Ohio - - - May 15, 16, and 17 - - - Booth Number NHØ136

* We will be processing renewals and new member applications.

* The FISTS Store will be there to meet your shopping needs.  A complete inventory of all
Store items will be on hand, though all items may not have an unlimited supply.

* We will be offering the "QLF Certification" for those up for some fun and a challenge.

* There will be the always important "Eyeball QSO's".

 Special - FISTS Americas Chapter Drawings at Dayton 
 Please Read Rules Below ! 

The Americas Chapter, FISTS CW Club, will be holding special drawings at Dayton Hamvention 2015, thanks in part to the generosity of RF Concepts/Ten-Tec and Vibroplex. There will be 16 drawings conducted using a random selection algorithm. The drawings will be held starting at 1100 hours local Dayton time on May 17, 2015.

All active members of the "Americas Chapter" will be in the pool for the drawings, that includes life, under 18, new members, family members. Dues must be current for dues paying members, as of 1000 hours local Dayton time on May 17, 2015. Active members do not need to be present at Dayton to be eligible. Prize winners will have their prize, shipped to them if they are not at Dayton. Those winners at Dayton will be given their prize if they present themselves at our booth prior to closing down on the 17th. Otherwise, their prize will be shipped to them. There will be no substitution of any prizes.

Check the "Expiration Date" list: to verify that your dues will not expire before the drawing date and time. Please note that no renewal or new members joining by mail or PayPal will be processed for the period of 12-17 May, 2015 as I will be either in route to or at Dayton. Renewal and new member applications by mail or PayPal must be received by me by 2400 GMT on May 10, 2015 to allow for processing. Attention must be given to those attending Dayton and processing their renewals and applications to join while Dayton is in progress to insure they are eligible for the drawings.

This posting serves to give you at least a month's notice to determine if your membership is current. You then choose whether or not you wish to renew your membership before the cut off date and time.

All officers and directors of the chapter are ineligible for the drawings.

73, Karl, KB1DSB
FISTS, Americas Chapter, president

Visit the FISTS CW Club booth in the same location as years past.
We'll C U There at Booth Number NHØ136!

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 New Item  added to the "Operating - Op Aids" menu.

Check out the FISTS Log Converter program written by Graham G3ZOD.
This is a handy aid for tracking your FISTS Awards
- - - AND (at the click of a button) - - -
Will electronically send your completed award log to the FISTS Awards Manager!

Best of all - it is free ! ! !

 STORE  C L O S E - O U T   S A L E! 
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PLEASE NOTE: --- Changes To The Above Menu Bar

1.  *** NEW ITEM - as of Jan 26, 2015 *** A FISTS Event Calendar has been added to the website. You will find this item listed under the "Operating" Menu. FISTS Events, Operating and Special, will be listed on this new calendar. Please refer to the calendar for new items and possible changes to current operating and/or special FISTS events.

2.  NOTE -  Our Keynote is now available as a PDF download.

The "Newsletters" Menu is for current dues paying members who have elected to receive their Keynote Newsletters on-line "ONLY" at a reduced membership rate of $10 a year. You will need a User ID and Password to access this menu item.

If you wish more information for receiving your Keynote Newsletter on-line "ONLY", please read the membership section of the "Info" page and contact Karl KB1DSB at for access.

* * * JOIN FISTS or RENEW your membership! * * *

 Awards Certificates Issued ! 

FISTS Awards Issued for April 2015
Award - Call

Basic Century - F6EAZ - OH2BN

Platinum - W3QT

2 Million - KA5VZG

3 & 4 Million - KE5HL

 WELCOME to our Latest FISTS CW Club Members! 

Name Call FISTS Nr.               Name Call FISTS Nr.               Name Call FISTS Nr.

Paul   ZL3TU   14184    David   VK2JDR   14185    Larry   VK4AAL   14186
Bob   VK2BTJ   14187    David   ZL1DCO   14188    -   -   14189
Nob   7L4NDL   15154    -   BH3PXD   15155    -   -   15156
Tony   GM4HRL   17066    Rob   MØHVC   17067    Brian   GSWL25   17068
Steve   G4GHO   17069    Supersparks   GSWL26   17070    Pete   MØLRQ   17071
Costi   IK2WSO   17072    Richard   G7FVA   17073    Gerry   G4OJF   17074
Kerry   G4FZR   17075    Glynn   G1VQN   17076    Alan   G4NXG/M   17077
Peter   GØEUT   17078    Steve   F/MØZSM   17079    Riviera ARC   GX3AH   17080
Alan   GØTUD   17081    Peter   GØOIK   17082    Dave   G8URC   17083
N/A   N/A   17084    Derek   M6EQT   17085    Jon   2EØMUW   17086
Mike   GØCWM   17087    Tom   MØMEW   17088    Geoff   G4WUA   17089
Gar   NE8S   17209    Darrel   AA7FV   17210    Robert   AF5RA   17211
Steve   WX1M   17212    Sherwood   KE3MI   17213    Howard   WB8RXN   17214
Ray   N2FVA   17215    Scott   KDØHJG   17216    Greg   W9SDX   17217
Kelly   WB6AAJ   17218    Dean   K2WW   17219    Klaus   PY2KLA   17220
Enrico   VA3ENF   17221    Lou   NI5G   17222    Wally   KF7EB   17223
Stan   K2OHM   17224    Jack   WB9OTX   17225    Philip   N8NSA   17226
Tim   W6NS   17227    Matthew   KC2IGE   17228    Don   KJ4UC   17229
George   KC2SCI   17230    Thomas   N3BVL   17231    Ron   KM5XK   17232
Warren   KM4AMA   17233    Glenn   AK4HA   17234    David   KB5ZIW   17235
Larry   W4AUE   17236    Bob   N4TAN   17237    John   K1DSW   17238

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  Up Coming FISTS Activities !  

Read Details Here!

FISTS Tuesday - Every Tuesday - Get on the air and have fun, details below!

Get Your Feet Wet Activity Day - Third Sunday each Month on 80 & 40 Meters

FISTS Spring Slow Speed Sprint - 1700 - 2100 UTC, Saturday May 2, 2015

FISTS Spring Unlimited Sprint - 1700 - 2100 UTC, Saturday May 9, 2015

Dayton Hamvention - FISTS CW Club Booth NHØ136

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What is FISTS?

FISTS is a well established and recognized CW (Morse Code) organization in the world of amateur radio. Founded in 1987 by Geo Longden, G3ZQS, it now has a world-wide membership in the thousands and growing daily.

What FISTS wants to accomplish.

       1. To further the use of CW on the amateur bands.
2. To encourage newcomers to the CW mode.
       3. To engender friendship within the membership.

How FISTS got its name, from our late founder, Geo G3ZQS (Silent Key).

       "I used to be a member of TOPS before it went out. Quote on their banner was "Where FISTS Make Friends". A "FIST", as you know, is nothing more than a CW ops' reference to another ops' keying characteristic. Phil (TOPS founder/sec) was delighted when I told him of the connection though he was later to follow his XYL and his beloved dog, but I will never forget the enthusiasm which came back from his old vibro. 73 de Geo"

There is only one requirement to Join FISTS:

A love of Morse code and a concern for its perpetuation.

Search for an "Active" Americas Chapter FISTS Call or Number.
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The Americas Chapter FISTS Search

The "Active" Americas Chapter roster is updated each weekday.

Special thanks to Mark Downing WM7D, for hosting this service in past years.

Download Up-To-Date Active Member Roster
As of April 1, 2015

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