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The RSGB 4m (70 MHz) CW Contest 2017 http://tinyurl.com/4m2017 is Sunday 14 May 0900-1200 UTC. The exchange is: RST, Serial Number (starting at 001) and a 6 character (e.g. IO92JL) locator and UK stations send the first 2 letters of their Postcode. This is one of three RSGB VHF CW contests (6m, 4m, & 2m). These are more relaxed than HF contests and typically 'real' RSTs are exchanged, so have fun and listen carefully! If you have QSOs with FISTS CW Club members, these count towards the FISTS Awards.

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The next 2017 session of the FISTS Americas Cumulatives http://fistsna.org/fc is on Sunday 14 May 1900-2100 UTC. This is a relaxed activity with minimum 5 minute QSOs. Even if you don't want to send an entry in - and we hope you will - you can come along for some friendly QSOs and perhaps earn points towards FISTS Awards. The Cumulatives run on the 2nd and 4th Sundays throughout 2017. QSOs must be at least 5 minutes long and on 80m, 40m, or 20m. Exchange: RST, name, QTH or state, and member number (if applicable). Calling "CQ FISTS" is recommended. Don't forget to log QSO end times! Vibroplex "Bug" Keys will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place operators at the end of the year! Be sure to send in your logs! NOTE: FISTS CW Club Officers are NOT eligible for key prizes. See the fulldetails on the website http://fistsna.org/fc

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The FISTS CW Club Americas Spring Unlimited Sprint http://fistsna.org/sprint takes place on Saturday 13 May 1700-2100 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m. Call "CQ FS". The exchange includes: RST, U.S. state or Canadian province or DXCC country, first name, FISTS member number. Non-members send their power output in Watts instead of a member number. Members worldwide are invited to participate. For N1MM contest logger users, a User Defined Contest (UDC) file is available. Go to the N1MM website http://n1mm.hamdocs.com/ , choose "FILES" then "User Defined Contests (UDC)" and look for the file G3ZQSmem.zip (can be used for Sprints despite the name). A FISTS Call History File http://fists.co.uk/docs/n1mm/fists_call_history.txt is also available.

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Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe Ladder sessions http://fists.co.uk/ladder : Sunday 14 May 1400-1600 & 1800-2000 UTC. Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028, & 3.558 MHz. Exchange a minimum of: Name, QTH, RST, & member number (if applicable). QSOs are friendly and conversational. Submitting logs is very much appreciated but not essential. Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with FISTS members.

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The May 2017 Cumulatives Report http://fists.co.uk/fc1705 from FISTS CW Club Americas has been published. This newsletter contains the results and soapbox comments for the April 2017 Cumulatives on-air sessions http://fistsna.org/operating.html#fc
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The FISTS BrassPounder May 2017 newsletter http://fists.co.uk/bp1705 has just been published. BrassPounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK. This edition includes details of the April 2017 Ladder results.
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Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:
Cody KC2LSD 11793: Millionaire 6 Million Endorsement. David G4YVM 15868: Rag Chewers. Tom AK4NY 17578: Basic Century. For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page http://fists.co.uk/awards

The FISTS CW Club Americas Spring Slow Speed Sprint http://fistsna.org/sprint (max. 13 wpm) takes place on Saturday 6 May 1700-2100 UTC on 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m. Call "CQ FS". The exchange includes: RST, U.S. state or Canadian province or DXCC country, first name, FISTS member number. Non-members send their power output in Watts instead of a member number. Members worldwide are invited to participate. For N1MM contest logger users, a User Defined Contest (UDC) file is available. Go to the N1MM website http://n1mm.hamdocs.com/ , choose "FILES" then "User Defined Contests (UDC)" and look for the file G3ZQSmem.zip (can be used for Sprints despite the name). A FISTS Call History File http://fists.co.uk/docs/n1mm/fists_call_history.txt is also available.

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If you haven't already, please submit your logs for the following April 2017 activities: - Cumulatives (FISTS CW Club Americas) http://fistsna.org/fc no later than 7 May. - Ladder (FISTS CW Club Europe) http://fists.co.uk/ladder no later than 7 May. - Snakes & Ladders (EuCW) http://eucw.org/sl.html no later than 7 May. - QRS Week (EuCW) http://eucw.org/euqrs.html no later than 31 May. Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, it's desirable to send in logs to encourage others to join in.

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The 2017 EuCW QRS Week activity http://eucw.org/euqrs.html is Mon 24 April to Fri 28 April inclusive. Maximum speed is 14 wpm. Call 'CQ' or 'CQ QRS' See the full details on the EuCW website http://eucw.org/euqrs.html 
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