Int Morse Society

The Americas Chapter
North, Central, South
and the Islands
Now in our 29th year promoting
Morse Code 1987 - 2016

Accuracy Transcends Speed
Courtesy At All Times

The International Morse Preservation Society Key
Last Update Dec 6, 2016 at 17:38 PST
Last Update Dec 6, 2016 at 17:38 PST

  Cumulatives Event - Sunday Dec 11th 2000 to 2200 UTC  


 2016 Fall Sprint Results Posted to the ARCHIVES page. 

 Americas Chapter QSL Bureau - Closed 

To All FISTS CW Club Members:

After handling well over 400,000 QSL cards since 1997 and due to a lack of
incoming QSL cards, the Americas Chapter QSL Bureau is now Closed.

Please DO NOT send any QSL cards to the Americas Chapter QSL Bureau.
Send your QSL cards direct to FISTS members.


"Thank You" and a "Job Well Done" to the Bureau Volunteers.
Stan K4UK [SK], Buddy W4YE, Riley K4ORD, Frank K4HOA, Dick K1HEL
Bill W4BOT, JJ W4EIE, Charlie K4BSF, Harry KA3NZR

Disposition of QSL Bureau Envelopes

Envelopes have been sent back to the "6" and "7" call areas. This is a very long and
time-consuming and expensive process and will take many months to complete. Addresses
have changed and additional postage needs to be added to many of the current envelopes.
We are asking the membership to help speed up this process by selecting one of the
options below to tell us what you want done with your bureau envelopes.

Please select one of these options below and send an e-mail to
to let us know what you want done with your envelopes.

1. Mail my envelopes back to me.

2. Send me a refund of the total postage on my bureau envelopes and discard the envelopes.

3. Add one month onto my FISTS membership for each $1, (or portion thereof), of the total
postage on all my envelopes and discard my envelopes.

Examples for option #3:
3 envelopes with $.47 postage on each would be a total of $1.41 = 2 added months.
8 envelopes with $.33 postage on each would be a total of $2.64 = 3 added months.

Please contact us by Jan 31, 2017. After this date Option #3 above will be used
and all envelopes will then be discarded.

Thank you for your help.
73, Dennis K6DF


Dale Holloway, K4EQ has been selected as our new Keynote Newsletter Editor!
He has spent many years banging the brass since 1960 and will be taking over
as Keynote Editor with the December 2016 issue.

If you have any articles for the newsletter, please send them to Dale at the
e-mail address.


"Welcome to FISTS CW Club" Radio Grams are now being sent to all New
Americas Chapter Members. These radio grams are being sent out through the
NTS traffic system by Bob German KB4RGC #17928.

You will see my name and call as the signature, but I want everyone to know
that Bob is the fellow doing this excellent work.

Thank you Bob, a job well done sir!

73, Dennis K6DF

NEW FISTS Americas Chapter Yahoo Group - Details Here!



This new operating event will run from early August until mid December 2016
on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
For full rules and log details, please see FISTS Cumulatives on the Operating Page!

*** NEW INFO - 10/28/2016 ***
Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators!
Be sure to send in your logs!

NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes

 Current Cumulatives Reports 

Aug 2016          Sept 2016          Oct 2016

 Lookup Your Dues Expiration Date HERE 

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

 FREE - FISTS Log Converter Program 

NEW 3.3.3 Version Now Available - Sept 20, 2016

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) - - -
It will electronically send your completed award log to the FISTS Awards Manager!

Best of all - it is FREE ! ! !

 Awards Certificates Issued ! 

November 2016

Award     -     Call

Basic Century - DK3DUA - EA6BB

Silver Century - DK3DUA

Diamond Century - K5YQF

1 X QRP Award - K5YQF

Millionaire Award - K5YQF - DK3DUA - EA6BB

RCC Award - G4RHR

Spectrum 20 Award - K5YQF

Spectrum 40 Award - K5YQF

2 Million Sticker - MØDRK

4 Million Sticker - M5ABN

8 Million Sticker - G4MLW

11 Million Sticker - WA6OEF

Perpetual Prefix - K5YQF - KE5HL

Prefix 50 Award - K5YQF - KE5HL

      WELCOME New Members! 

Name	Call	 Nr

Americas Chapter

Stephen	KZ5Q	17965

David	K6CIM	17963

Bill	K7WXW	17962

John	KE5RS	17961

Alan	WA1LBG	17960

Luke	W2LAF	17959

Rick	WD5ETD	17958

Richard	K5TKO	17957

Vern	AEØTT	17956

William	AI6TX	17955

Bill	WGØR	17954

European Chapter

Adrian	GØKOM	18097

Stuart	M6SNH	18096

Richard	G4WKW	18095

Mike	GØKCH	18094

Paulus	CT7AGR	18093

Denise	2EØJTM	18092

Claudio	IZØLZC	18091

Tom	DK3DUA	18090

Larry	G4HLN	18089

Kai	DB5DN	18088

Peter	ON3PGO	18087

Frank	DO7FDS	18086

Gert	ON4GS	18085

Ron	PA3GBY	18084

Stefan	SAØPDX	18083

Down Under Chapter

Tony	VK3CAB	15204

East Asia Chapter

Sho	JH4DUQ	15189

Red Line

  Up Coming FISTS Activities !  

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

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

FISTS Winter Slow Speed Sprint - 1700 - 2100 UTC, Saturday Feb 4, 2017

FISTS Winter Unlimited Sprint - 1700 - 2100 UTC, Saturday Feb 11, 2017 

FISTS Cumulatives - 2000 - 2200 UTC, Sunday Dec 11, 2016

Red Line

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.
2000 Vibroplex Blue Racer
The Americas Chapter FISTS Search

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

Download Up-To-Date Active Member Roster
As of July 1, 2016

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