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Last Update Jun 10, 2016 at 19:45 PDT
Last Update Jun 10, 2016 at 19:45 PDT

Calling Frequencies 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.




 SPRINT INFORMATION 



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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