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Last Update 4/18/14
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Wet Weekend
CW Net Listing Project G3ZQS Memorial
Straight Key Contest
Questions




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.

Code Buddies

FISTS has a "Code Buddies" program which matches up experienced operators with new ones that want to develop their skills. To volunteer contact the program manager Nick, K3NY at for more information, or visit The Code Buddies Information Page


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.


Weekly FISTS Nets

The data for the Weekly FISTS Nets is being updated and new data will be posted soon . . .


CW Net Listing Project

A listing of High and Slow Speed CW Nets.

CW Net Listing Project




SPRINT INFORMATION
CQ FS    CQ FS

 Nancy Kott WZ8C Memorial Sprint 

The Nancy Kott, WZ8C Memorial will be conducted in conjunction with the Fists Spring Sprint to be held on May 10, 2014 from 1700 to 2100 UTC. To honor Nancy, you may use her first name and Fists number in the QSO exchange if you wish or you may use your own information as you prefer. Nancy's Fists number is 379.

All other rules and scoring will remain as in past Sprints.

If you have any questions please contact Ed Wlodarski e-mail


The following are the Official Rules for the FISTS SPRINT.

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)
The Winter SPRINT will run from 1700 UTC to 2100 UTC on Second Saturday in February.
The Spring SPRINT will run from 1700 UTC to 2100 UTC on Second Saturday in May.
The Summer SPRINT will run from 2000 EDT to 2400 EDT on Second Friday in July.
The Fall 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 format, Text, or ASCII text files. 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

2014 - Sprint - Results
Winter Spring Summer Fall
2003 to 2013 Sprint Data
is available on the
Archives Page

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GET YOUR FEET WET WEEKEND

Despite all the controversy about licensing and requirements, there are a lot of new hams who are intrigued with the code after passing their 5WPM.

But, like we all were (or are!), they are intimidated and nervous about getting on the air. They've had bad experiences on Field Day or other contests and QSO's where people won't QRS (slow down), and they are getting frustrated. We don't want that to happen! We want to encourage and nurture these new CW operators. The Novice RoundUp used to be a good forum for this, but the Novice concept is obsolete. Something needs to be implemented that would include all classes of newcomers and give them a friendly place to learn the ropes.

The 2014 Get Your Feet Wet Weekend will be:
0000 Hrs UTC Saturday September 13 (Friday local) through 0000 Hrs UTC September 15, 2014.

The focus: To send slowly and clearly and sending the exchange in order. No memory or programable keyers or code readers are allowed -human-powered transmissions only. Certificates will be sent out to the top three scorers in each category free of charge.

The rules: Operate under one of two categories for the entire event, Newcomer or Experienced. You can be licensed a long time but still be a Newcomer to CW or contesting. You're on the honor system: Choose whichever describes your ability.

Suggested calling frequencies are:  3.558, 7.110, 14.110, 21.110, and 28.110.

If you don't hear anyone, go ahead and call. Get your feet wet and jump in with a CQ FC on a clear frequency. YOU are there listening; chances are someone else is listening and waiting to hear a CQ, too.

Call - "CQ FC"

The Exchange: Callsign/N (newcomer) or Callsign/E (experienced), RST, Name, QTH, FISTS number or power, last two digits of the year licensed.

Example: WZ8C/E, 599, Nancy, MI, 379, 88.

Count 2 points for working someone out of your category, 1 point for working someone in your category

Multipliers: are the number of stations that were licensed during the last six years. For example in 2013, it would be stations licensed in 2008-2013, in year 2014 it would be stations licensed in 2009-2014, and so on.

Stations may be worked once per band for points, but their multiplier only counts once.

No WARC bands.

Contacts must be 2-way human-keyed CW (Iambics are fine - just no computerized or memory keyers).

LOG SUBMISSIONS:

All logs must be received within 30 days after the Get Your Feet Wet Weekend 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. 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.

ELECTRONIC LOGS:

We will accept E-logs in standard, Text, Excel, ADIF, Word, or ASCII text files. If you're not sure about your format, please contact me before the contest entry deadline.

Logs within 30 days to: email (Text, Excel, ADIF, Word, or ASCII format) to

PAPER LOGS:

Send log and forms to:

Feet Wet Log
c/o Curtis Gidding KC9UNL
109-B West Tomaras Ave.
Savoy, IL
61874

Log and Summary pages in .pdf format can be downloaded here.

feetwetlog.pdf

feetwetsummary.pdf

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G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key Contest

The International G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key Contest will be 2300 Hrs UTC September 5 through 2300 Hrs UTC September 7, 2014. 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: RST, U.S. state/Canadian province/DXCC country, first name, FISTS number (or power output for non-FISTS).

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 within 30 days to: email (ADIF, Excel or ASCII format) to
Logs must indicate type of key used.

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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 Weekend


Curtis Gidding KC9UNL
109-B West Tomaras Ave.
Savoy, IL
61874
  Straight Key Contest

FISTS North America
is searching for a
Manager for this event.
If you are interested
please contact
Ed N2ED at

  FISTS North America
President


Karl Zuege KB1DSB
478 CR 53
Rogersville, AL
35652-3503



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