FISTS Operating Activities

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Last Update 9/2/14

  The "Get Your Feet Wet Weekend" event has been changed  

  to "Get Your Feet Wet Activity Day" - Details Below.  
FISTS Code Buddy Calling Frequencies Sprints Get Your Feet
Wet Activity Day
CW Net Listing Project CW Tuesday's Questions G3ZQS Memorial
Straight Key Contest


Joint Operating Event in September
for NAQCC and FISTS

Details listed HERE . . .




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 Code Buddy

FISTS has a "Code Buddy" program which matches up experienced operators with new ones that want to develop their skills. To volunteer or enroll as a Code Buddy send an e-mail to Nick, K3NY at for more information. You can also download a "Code Buddy Application" and mail it to the following address:

FISTS Code Buddy
c/o Nick Yokanovich K3NY
108 Brent Rd.
Arnold, MD
21012


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

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 0000 UTC to 0400 UTC on Second Saturday 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 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. From 1952-1995 the ARRL promoted a Novice Roundup which was designed to offer a CW Contest specifically for the Novice amateur. After the Novice class license was eliminated, the ARRL decided to end the Roundup.

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 or as you learn to operate. This activity will provide a periodic opportunity to encourage new and inexperienced amateurs to get on the air and practice operating in CW. Hopefully many experienced CW operators will be willing to get on the air, slow down their CW, and help "Elmer" the newbies.

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 beginning in September, 2014. Operating times will be 0000Z-23:59Z. Suggested Frequencies: 3.558, 7.110, 10.110, 14.110, and 21.110. Dates for 2014: Sept 21st, Oct 19th, Nov 16th, and Dec 21st. 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.

Just plan to get on the air and make a few contacts or make a whole log page of them. Exchange some information from the other station and see how well your station is performing. THERE ARE NO LOG SUBMISSIONS REQUIRED. However, it would be great to hear about your experience by providing some Feedback on your operating results.

Make some comments on your operating experience during the event and send your comments to: Curtstamp@aol.com. You can comment on # of contacts, your station setup and make general comments. 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.

Curtis Gidding KC9UNL
FISTS Activities Manager

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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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CW FISTS Tuesday Activity Day

Starting Tuesday April 1, CW FISTS will be having a weekly Activity Day. Time will run from 0001 until 2400 GMT every Tuesday. 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 NA Activities




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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