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Last Update Jun 28, 2016 at 20:13 PDT

Veteran Celebration FISTS Cumulatives Sprints Get Your Feet
Wet Activity Day
  CW Tuesday's Questions G3ZQS Memorial
Straight Key Contest



 GENERAL INFORMATION 

The club has many activities and membership in FISTS is not required to participate, just a love of Morse! All FISTS activities are designed to promote camaraderie among members of the club and help hams hone and improve their Morse skills.


FISTS Calling Frequencies

FISTS members can be found on or near any frequency ending in .x58 or .xx8 (.058, .158, .258, etc) Here are recommended calling frequencies by band. REMEMBER, these are recommended CALLING frequencies and lengthy QSO's should be moved to another frequency.


BAND	Frequency			       BAND    Frequency

160m     1.808 MHz				17m    18.085 MHz
80m     3.558 MHz				15m    21.058 MHz
40m     7.058 MHz - IARU Region 2		12m    24.908 MHz
40m     7.028 MHz - All IARU Regions		10m    28.058 MHz
30m    10.118 MHz				 6m    50.058 MHz
20m    14.058 MHz				 2m   144.058 MHz

* Please Note :     The calling frequencies on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters - are only 2 KHz below the QRP calling frequencies (7.030 MHz is the QRP calling frequency in Europe). Please be considerate to the QRP CW ops and only QSY *down* from these frequencies.




   FISTS   CUMULATIVES   


How'd you like a regular activity where you can have friendly CW QSOs with ops who are just passing by as well as others taking part, still with the opportunity for a little gentle competition?

Well - it's here - the FISTS Cumulatives!

Starting in August 2016, the FISTS Cumulatives will run until the end of the year. There is a 2 hour slot on the 2nd and 4th Sunday each month at 19:00 UTC during daylight savings time and 20:00 UTC at other times.

Why "Cumulatives"? At the end of each month, the month's scores will be added to ongoing totals. We'll publish a monthly electronic newsletter with the results to-date so that you can see your monthly and total scores. After the year is over, we'll post certificates to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest placed stations.

All you need to do is exchange and record any information that you would normally do anyway: RST, name, QTH, and (if your QSO partner is a current or lapsed FISTS member) their member number. For a QSO to qualify, it must be at least 5 minutes long. So, when you've exchanged the required information, you can chat about whatever you like - WX, equipment, antennas, CC numbers . . .

Sending in logs is straightforward too. If you are using a logging program, you can export your log to an ADIF file and use the free FISTS Log Converter program http://fists.co.uk/flc for Windows to preview your QSOs & score and send in your log electronically. If you're not currently using a logbook program, you can use FISTS Log Converter as your logbook - it's ideal if you're not used to using an electronic logbook.

You can have one QSO with another station per 2 hour session and the QSO can be on 80m, 40m, or 20m. We recommend calling just "CQ FISTS". If you just want to come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps build up some points towards FISTS Awards, that's fine - of course we would welcome a log from you too. Either way, the objective is to have fun! For the full rules, see below.

OBJECTIVE:

To exchange specified information with as many FISTS members and non-members using Morse Code only, and within the time frame stipulated.

PARTICIPANTS:

Any properly licensed amateur radio operator, FISTS member or non-member, is invited to take part in the activity. Logs for FISTS HQ Club call signs will be treated as check logs (KN0WCW, GX0IPX, JL3YMV,VK2FDU, ZL6FF).

DATES AND TIMES:

2nd and 4th Sundays in August - December 2016 inclusive:

August 14,----------1900 - 2100 UTC.
August 28,----------1900 - 2100 UTC.
September 11,------1900 - 2100 UTC.
September 25,------1900 - 2100 UTC.
October 09,---------1900 - 2100 UTC.
October 23,---------1900 - 2100 UTC.
November 13,------2000 - 2200 UTC.
November 27,------2000 - 2200 UTC.
December 11,------2000 - 2200 UTC.
December 25,------2000 - 2200 UTC.

(Note the time change for November and December.)

BANDS:

Operation is limited to the following amateur bands: 3.5, 7, and 14 MHz. Look for QSOs around the FISTS frequencies 3558, 7058, and 14058 kHz. Work stations once per 2 hour session regardless of band.

QSOS & EXCHANGE:

QSOs must last at least 5 minutes. Calling 'CQ FISTS' is recommended. The following minimum information must be exchanged by both stations for a valid QSO: RST, first name, QTH or state, FISTS number (if available)

SCORING:

1 point:    each QSO with a non-member.
3 points:   each QSO with a current or lapsed FISTS member.
5 points:   each QSO with a FISTS-affiliated club call sign.
8 points:   each QSO with a FISTS HQ call sign (KN0WCW, GX0IPX, JL3YMV,VK2FDU, ZL6FF):

RESULTS:

Monthly and end-of-year results tables will be published in an electronic newsletter (announced on the FISTS website and social media) and in The KeyNote.

CERTIFICATES:

Certificates will be awarded to the overall first, second, and third place finishers in January 2017.

LOG SUBMISSIONS:

Logs must be received by the end of the 5th day of the following month.

Log Formats:

FISTS Log Converter 3.3.0 or later (Recommended): Use this free program http://fists.co.uk/flc for Windows to submit logs quickly and easily.

If you are using it to process an ADIF file exported from another logbook program, put any FISTS member numbers in the your logbook's QSO "Comment" (or similar) field by adding the word FISTS followed by the member number. E.g. for member number 3076:      FISTS 3076

Excel, Calc, CSV (comma-separated values), or TSV (tab-separated values) files:

The first row/record in the file must include these exact column names although they don't need to be in this order: QSO_Date, Call, Name, QTH, Freq, RST_Sent, RST_Rcvd, Time_On, Time_Off, FISTS, Mode, Points

Example:

2016/08/14,K6DF,Dennis,CA,7.057,599,559,14:25,14:37,3076,CW,3

- 'QSO_Date', 'Time_On', and 'Time_Off' are UTC.
- 'QTH' can be a state (e.g. CA) or a city/town (e.g. Fremont)
- 'Freq' is in MHz and must be a decimal number only, e.g. 7.027
- 'FISTS' must either be blank or contain a FISTS member number only, e.g. 3076
- 'Mode' must be CW
- 'Points' can contain a number or be left blank, e.g. 3

Send logs by e-mail to
There is a sample Excel file available at http://fistsna.org/fcsample.xlsx - you can use this as a starting point if you wish.

ADIF files:

Send logs by e-mail to
These can be ADI (text) files or ADX (XML) files and must include the fields named above.

Other file formats:

These may be acceptable - please ask and, ideally, email us a sample to

Paper:

If you don't have access to email, you can use official FISTS Cumulatives paper log sheets only; please ask and we will post you a set along with details of where to send the filled in sheets.

Notes on other logbook programs:

1.    If your logbook program doesn't provide a 'FISTS' field, you can instead include FISTS member numbers in the 'Comment' or 'Notes' field by typing the word FISTS followed by the number, e.g.

FISTS 3076

2.    If your logbook program doesn't provide a field for the QSO end time, other than getting a better logbook program(!), you can instead include the end time in the 'Comment' or 'Notes' field by typing the word ENDTIME followed by the hours and minutes as a number without a colon (:). E.g. if the QSO finished at 19:15 UTC:

ENDTIME 1915

If you need to send in a log by email, post it to along with your name, call sign, FISTS member number (if applicable), and any soapbox comments.




   FISTS Americas Chapter  - Veteran Celebration   


October 11th, 2016 to November 11th, 2016 (Your Local Time)

  • Using CW mode, contact 11 different amateurs that are U.S. veterans or active duty military.

  • Each QSO must be a minimum of 11 minutes in length.

  • Exchange Name, QTH, and branch of service (Army, Navy, etc.)

  • Log for each QSO: Call, Name, Date, Band, QSO Start & End Times, QTH, Branch of Service.
  • ***NOTE***    A special "Endorsement Sticker" is available for any QSO that is in progress at the 11th hour (your local time a.m.), on November 11th, 2016.
    Please make note of this QSO in your submitted log.

    E-Mail Logs to:

    Mailed logs to:
    FISTS Awards
    Dennis Franklin, K6DF
    4658 Capitan Dr.
    Fremont, CA 94536




     SPRINT INFORMATION 



      Slow Speed Sprint - Saturday July 2nd 0000 to 0400 UTC  



    Did you ever want to participate in the Quarterly FISTS Sprints but felt like the speed was just too fast?

    Starting in 2015 the "Americas Chapter", of the FISTS CW Club, added four new Slow Speed Sprints to the Sprint Program lineup. Sprints will be held on the first and second Saturdays. The first Saturday will be the Slow Speed Sprint and the second Saturday will be the usual Sprint with no speed limit.

    The Slow Speed Sprint is a great opportunity to introduce our newer members to the fun of operating FISTS Sprints and for our old hands maybe to brush off those straight keys, cooties, side swipers, bugs, etc. and also join in the fun!

    In the Slow Speed Sprint, all operators should send no faster than 13 WPM and if someone is calling you or CQing at a slower speed, you should QRS to match their speed. That is the only change; all other rules, scoring, etc. will remain as for the usual Sprint!

    Certificates will be awarded to stations with the highest cumulative point totals in the QRO, QRP and Club categories for all Sprints (both slow speed and unlimited speed) in calendar year 2015. The award will be a special framed certificate acknowledging the achievement. To win a certificate, operators must be current or life members.

    If you participate in a Sprint, and submit a log showing a minimum of five (5) QSO's, you will have a chance to win a $150 gift certificate at the end of the year. You get one chance for each Sprint log that you submit. There will be one gift certificate awarded to QRP entries and one for QRO entries. A random drawing will be held after the last Sprint of 2015. Only active and life members are eligible to win the gift certificate, and winners can choose the amateur radio company from whom they want the gift certificate.

    The following are the Official Rules for all FISTS SPRINTS.

    OBJECTIVE:
    To exchange specified information with as many FISTS members as possible using Morse Code only, and within the time frame stipulated.

    HOW TO CALL:
    To show you are participating in the FISTS Sprint Event . . . Call "CQ FS CQ FS".

    PARTICIPANTS:
    Any properly licensed amateur radio operator, FISTS member or non-member is invited to take part in the contest. At least one of the two stations in each QSO must be a FISTS member.

    DATE AND TIME: (subject to change, see main index page)

    Winter SLOW SPEED SPRINT will run from 1700 UTC to 2100 UTC on First Saturday in February.
    Winter UNLIMITED SPRINT will run from 1700 UTC to 2100 UTC on Second Saturday in February.

    Spring SLOW SPEED SPRINT will run from 1700 UTC to 2100 UTC on First Saturday in May.
    Spring UNLIMITED SPRINT will run from 1700 UTC to 2100 UTC on Second Saturday in May.

    Summer SLOW SPEED SPRINT will run from 0000 UTC to 0400 UTC on First Saturday in July.
    Summer UNLIMITED SPRINT will run from 0000 UTC to 0400 UTC on Second Saturday in July.

    Fall SLOW SPEED SPRINT will run from 1700 UTC to 2100 UTC on First Saturday in October.
    Fall UNLIMITED SPRINT will run from 1700 UTC to 2100 UTC on Second Saturday in October.

    BANDS:
    Operation is limited to the following amateur bands: 3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz amateur bands.
    Work stations only once per band.

    ENTRY CLASSES:
    There are three entry classes:
    QRO: Over 5 watts -100 watts output power. 100 watts is the maximum output power allowed.
    QRP: 5 watts output power or less.
    Club: (regardless of power).
    Entry class MUST be shown on logs to be considered for entry in a particular class, or will be assumed QRO.
    An entry must be ONE class only, no combination of classes is allowed.

    EXCHANGE:
    The following information must be exchanged by both stations to count as a valid contest QSO:

    For FISTS members:

    RST, U.S. state/Canadian province/DXCC country, first name, FISTS number.

    For non-FISTS members:

    RST, U.S. state/Canadian province/DXCC country, first name, Power output.

    DX COUNTRY STATUS:
    U.S. states and Canadian provinces are those states and provinces that are contiguous and found within the North American continent. DX are those entities listed in the current ARRL DXCC publication, other than the above.

    MULTIPLIERS:
    Each U.S. State and Canadian province counts as 1 multiplier. Count each only once, no matter how many times worked.
    Each DXCC entity counts as 1 multiplier. Count each no matter how many times worked.

    SCORING:
    W.W.II R.A.F. Bath Tub Key Each QSO with a FISTS member: 5 points.
    Each QSO with a non-FISTS member: 2 points.
    Final score is total QSO points times multipliers.

    CERTIFICATES:
    U.S./VE:
    Certificates will be awarded to the first, second, and third place finishers in each Entry Class.

    LOG SUBMISSIONS:
    All log entries must be received within 30 days after the Sprint to be considered valid.
    Sending the logs is what counts, and they will be spot checked for accuracy and correct scoring procedures.
    Logs not sent to the proper address will not be considered for entry.

    All logs MUST contain the following information to be considered for entry;
    Your name and call sign. Club name if entry is for a club. Your FISTS number if a member. Entry class. Your claimed score. List of claimed multipliers.
    The entry form is the best way to record this information.

    Download the entry form as a text file

    ELECTRONIC LOGS:
    We will accept E-logs in standard Cabrillo or Text files ONLY. If you're not sure about your format, please contact me before the contest entry deadline.

    E-logs are sent to ONLY.
    PAPER LOGS:
    Send log and forms to:

    FISTS Sprint Log
    c/o Ed Wlodarski N2ED
    3 Shore Rd.
    Andover, NJ
    07821-2240

    2016 - Sprint - Results
    Winter Spring Summer Fall
    Slow Sprint

    Unlimited Sprint
    Slow Sprint

    Unlimited Sprint
    Slow Sprint

    Unlimited Sprint
    Slow Sprint

    Unlimited Sprint
    2003 to 2015 Sprint Data
    is available on the
    Archives Page

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     GET YOUR FEET WET ACTIVITY DAY 

    One of the biggest challenges with learning to operate CW is overcoming the "fright" of making those first contacts and learning to be comfortable in operating the CW mode. The purpose of this FISTS activity is to provide new or less experienced amateurs the opportunity to make CW contacts and learn to enjoy the mode. Operating in contests, QSO parties, or DX pileups is not a very good place to try operating CW for the first time. This activity will provide a periodic opportunity to encourage new and inexperienced amateurs to get on the air and practice operating CW. Hopefully many experienced CW operators will be willing to get on the air, slow down their CW, and help "Elmer" our new and less experienced members.

    This weekend activity is designed to provide you with the opportunity to practice your CW operating and gain some valuable experience.

    IT IS NOT A CONTEST.

    The activity will be held on the Third Sunday of every month. Operating times will be 0001 UTC to 2400 UTC. This activity will be conducted on the 80 and 40 meter bands, on or near the following Suggested Frequencies: 3.558 and 7.110. Suggested items for exchange are: Name, QTH, FISTS#, RST. Remember these are the minimum items and you can exchange whatever you want because this is not a contest.

    If you participate in a GYFW Activity, and submit a log showing a minimum of five (5) QSO's, you will have a chance to win a gift certificate at the end of the year. There will be two winners. The first will receive a $250 gift certificate and the second a $150 gift certificate. A random drawing will be held after the last GYFW Activity of 2015. Only active and life FISTS CW Club members are eligible to win the gift certificate, and winners can choose the amateur radio company from whom they want the gift certificate.

    When you send in your log, be sure to include some comments on your operating experience during the event and/or send your comments to Karl N2KZ at: . You can make general comments on the number of contacts, your station setup, etc. Also supply your call sign & Fists#. Be sure to use the Subject line: GYFW Feedback. Your comments will be listed in the next issue of The Keynote.

    Send in your Logs to the Get Your Feet Wet Activity Manager:

    Karl Zuk N2KZ
    15 Flintlock Ridge Rd.
    Katonah, NY
    10536

    Karl Zuk N2KZ e-mail -
    GYFW Activity Manager


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     G3ZQS MEMORIAL STRAIGHT KEY CONTEST 


    The International G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key Contest will be 2300 Hrs UTC September 2 through 2300 Hrs UTC September 4, 2016. Everyone is welcome to participate, but only the logs of those using straight keys for all claimed contacts are eligible for awards.

    BANDS:
    Operation is limited to 3.5, 7, 14, 21, and 28 MHz amateur bands. No WARCs bands.
    Work stations only once per band.

    ENTRY CLASSES:
    There are three entry classes: QRO, QRP, and Club:

    Entry class MUST be shown on logs to be considered for entry in a particular class, or will be assumed QRO. An entry must be ONE class only, no combination of classes is allowed.

    CALL: CQ FS (short for fists straight = straight key)

    EXCHANGE:
    The following information must be exchanged by both stations to count as a valid contest QSO:

    For FISTS members:

    RST, U.S. state/Canadian province/DXCC country, first name, FISTS number.

    For non-FISTS members:

    RST, U.S. state/Canadian province/DXCC country, first name, Power output.

    MULTIPLIERS:
    Each U.S. State and Canadian province counts as 1 multiplier. Count each only once, no matter how many times worked.
    Each DXCC entity counts as 1 multiplier. Count each no matter how many times worked.

    SCORING:
    Each QSO with a FISTS member: 5 points.
    Each QSO with a non-FISTS member: 2 points.
    Final score is total QSO points times multipliers.

    LOGS:
    Logs header information must indicate type of key used. Please send Cabrillo or Text files ONLY.

    Mail or E-Mail your log within 30 days to:



    Karl Zuk N2KZ
    15 Flintlock Ridge Rd.
    Katonah, NY 10536


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     FISTS CW CLUB - TUESDAY ACTIVITY DAY 


    The FISTS Americas Chapter will have a weekly Activity Day each Tuesday from 0001 until 2400 UTC. No problem if you start a little early or run over. Not a contest, no need to submit your log, just get on the air and make some contacts!

    One, two, several or a hundred QSOs it doesn't matter, just get on the air and make some QSOs.
    We have invited the International FISTS Community to participate also so you may be able to work some new FISTS and new FISTS countries.

    So dust off the key and get on the air and have some fun!

    73 es CU on the bands!
    Ed, N2ED, FISTS Americas Chapter Activities Mgr.




     OPERATING ACTIVITY QUESTIONS 

    Questions about the various Operating Activities may be directed to;

    Sprints
    Manager


    Ed Wlodarski N2ED
    3 Shore Rd.
    Andover, NJ
    07821-2240
      Get Your Feet
    Wet Activity Day


    Karl Zuk N2KZ
    15 Flintlock Ridge Rd.
    Katonah, NY
    10536
      G3ZQS Straight
    Key Contest


    Karl Zuk N2KZ
    15 Flintlock Ridge Rd.
    Katonah, NY
    10536

      Interim Americas
    Chapter President


    Dennis Franklin K6DF
    4658 Capitan Drive
    Fremont, CA
    94536-5448



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