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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.
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"
A love of Morse code and a concern for its perpetuation.
The K7QO Code Course and K7QO Upgrade Project
Thanks to K7QO's generosity, FISTS has the distribution rights to the famous K7QO Code Course (Farnsworth method) on CD in mp3 format. When you complete the program by practicing two or three times a day for 10 minutes each session, you will soon be on the air at a comfortable conversational speed.
The Upgrade Training CD is the General Exam questions and answers sent in Morse code. Since the K7QO Upgrade Training Project CD starts at a speed of about 10 wpm and is plain text, it is not for beginners. However, it is excellent practice for those who know the code and want to upgrade their skills. It is also a good refresher course in electronics for those who have been licensed a while. You may be surprised at how much of the General class information you have forgotten!
The Code Course CD starts out assuming the person is a total beginner and sends repetitive letters, numbers and words.
Both disks are mp3 files, and will not play in a regular CD player. You need a CD-sized mp3 player (available in stores for under $20) or a computer. They will play in most newer car CD players.
To obtain your copy of the Upgrade Training Project CD or the Code Course CD, visit the FISTS Store page for details!.
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North American FISTS Search
Thanks to Mark Downing, WM7D, for providing this service.
Please send your Fists information updates to Nancy WZ8C , not to WM7D.
Active Member Roster
As of March 6, 2013
Most recent update: 5/22/13
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