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Google+ closing: you may have heard the news that Google+ is closing for non-commercial users (such as us) due partly to a major data security breach and also lack of use. The closure date is August 2019, so just 10 months left. Under the circumstances, I don't think it is worthwhile my spending time posting news items here from now on. I post the items also on the following alternatives:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FistsCwClub
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FISTS_CW_Club
RSS: http://www.fists.co.uk/rss.xml
Website home page: http://fists.co.uk/
Website news page: http://fists.co.uk/news.html
Thanks and 73 de Graham G3ZOD
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We're very pleased to welcome our latest FISTS CW Club members:

John VK5PF 15230,
David VK3GDM 15231,
Nils VK3FLYS 15232,
Simon VK2FK 15233,
KENJI YD3KNJ 15269,
Ryu JR7UXB 15270,
Aki JJ0SFV 15271,
Kou 7N1ICA 15272,
Aki JK1OZS 15273,
Nobu JM7GTK 15274,
Abo JL1SJY 15275,
Ken JA8CQU 15276,
Richard Ian N2RIC 18770,
Larry K4WLO 18810,
Ted AF4OV 18811,
Tom NB5Q 18812,
Richard N5RWF 18813,
Robert W7INF 18814,
William K7PK 18815,
Brad N1BTC 18816,
Robert AA5OY 18817,
Dave KM6MYF 18818,
Alex K6MAA 18819,
Gaylon AD4WL 18820,
Will KD9KZ 18821,
David AA5HL 18822,
Milton AC1BS 18823,
Jason K7III 18824,
Carla VE5YAK 18825,
Daniel W7RF 18826,
David K5DEL 18827,
Don K9DRP 18828,
Gerald WA5AFD 18829,
Jonathan N8YRE 18830,
David N8MME 18831,
Brent WB3KYJ 18832,
Rich N2NOW 18833,
Southern Cross https://www.qrz.com/db/WX0UFO WX0UFO 18834,
Mike KD5RJZ 18835,
Ken W7AHX 18836,
Jerry KB2QIU 18837,
Michael W6JN 18838,
James KC0YJD 18839,
Paul W4GOT 18840,
Michael AC2MV 18841,
John K0IP 18842,
Gregg WX4K 18843,
Asa W5FB 18844,
Chris 2E1HTE 18852,
Dan G0DBI 18853,
Jan PA0SIM 18854,
Rick G3OPH 18855,
David M0RIU 18856,
Mike PA7MDJ 18857,
Paul LA6IN 18858,
Rob 2W0BJR 18859,
Mike DL4MGM 18860,
Bob M0CSV 18861,
Geoff G3YTX 18862,
John M0LFX 18863,
Graham G3MFJ 18864,
Clive GW4MBS 18865,
Fer M0HXC 18866,
Brian G4HIV 18867,
Fred G4HNQ 18868,
Sean G0UVM 18869,
Paulo M6NGZ 18870,
Steve M0HQL 18871, and
Martin M0XMP 18872.
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Please join us in congratulating the recent FISTS CW Club Awards winners:
Chuck K9IA 12732: Basic Century, Millionaire, Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement, Worked All States, Prefix, Prefix 50 Endorsement.
John G4LRG 14873: Millionaire 5 Million Endorsement.
Kepa EA6BB 18080: Millionaire 2 Million Endorsement.
William MI0WWB 18434: Millionaire.
Rif 9A9CW 18749: Basic Century.

For more information about FISTS Awards, available free to paid-up members worldwide, please see the Awards web page https://fistsna.org/awards.html
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Please send in your logs for the following activities: - Word Search http://fists.co.uk/ws (FISTS CW Club Europe) no later than 7 October. (Please send a log even if you didn't complete the words - you will then be able to see your position(/s) in the results tables!) - Ladder http://fists.co.uk/ladder (FISTS CW Club Europe) no later than 7 October. - Snakes & Ladders https://eucw.org/sl.html (EuCW) no later than 7 October. Even if you only had one QSO or feel that you won't be highly placed, please do send in logs to encourage others to join in.
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This year's Essex CW Amateur Radio Club http://www.essexcw.org.uk (ECWARC) Boot Camp is on schedule for Saturday 27th October 2018. Venue address: 3rd Witham Scout & Guide HQ, Rear of Spring Lodge Community Centre, Powers Hall End, Witham, Essex, CM8 2HE. The doors will open at 08:30 for registration. The meetings begin at 09:00; please be sure to arrive in plenty of time to register. The day finishes at approximately 16:30. Your main decision is to decide which group you want to work with: under 10 wpm, up to 24 wpm, and 25 wpm up. Within each group, the aim is to show you how to progress to the top of that group and eventually move into the next group. Note that at times all groups are combined for a number of talks and group CW activities. This is quite an intensive day. If you become tired or don't want to do a particular activity, you can opt out. Have a coffee, or sit in on the station we'll have on the air. There will be someone to talk to about setting up and operating. You will be able to use the station yourself, supervised or not as you wish. If you plan to take the RSGB Morse test, please practice up to a speed of at least 2 wpm faster than the test speed you have nominated. It will also help the examiner if you can have your name, address, and call sign written out on a piece of paper in advance. We have only planned an hour for this activity as the number of delegates indicating interest was low. If the numbers swell on the day, it will have to be first-come-first-served. Finally, what to bring? All of the following: - Morse key with 3.5 mm jack and 3.5/6.0 mm adaptor. - High impedance headphones, same jack requirements. - Writing pad and pencil/pen. - Name badge with call sign. - Registration Fee £10.00 please bring correct amount (cash only). Plastic cups will be available. If you prefer something more solid, please bring your own mug. We will provide plenty of drinks, cakes, biscuits, and nibbles. If you require a more substantial lunch, please bring your own. Bear in mind we are only taking a 30-minute lunch break. This is going to be a very enjoyable and rewarding day. You will be able to put faces to names and call signs and meet new fellow-enthusiasts. But, most importantly, you will have a clear picture of your CW strengths and weaknesses and know how to fix and exploit those to improve your operating speed and technique. You will also be able to obtain information and answers about things that puzzle and confuse you: should I use a paddle key? What are all those different types for? How do I set up my straight key? What is the correct procedure for contesting versus regular QSOs? Which is the best CW software? And many more. Looking forward to meeting with you all and to a great day. 73 Dean G4WQI ECWARC Chairman.
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New FISTS Collection disc with Morse courses and Key Notes from FISTS CW Club Europe! We now have a replacement for the Morse training CDs we have offered for a number of years, the new FISTS Collection disc. This disc (DVD) contains: - Beginners' training course by K7QO (MP3 format) with its read-back texts. - G0NZA improvers' course (MP3 format). - Complete archive collection of our magazine Key Note up to February 2018. - Software, training videos and much more too. The disc comes with a 40 page A5 booklet giving advice for the newcomer to the hobby and the full text of the G0NZA training course. The prices are £4.50 (GBP) including postage to the UK, or for outside the UK, £5.50 (GBP). The package can be obtained from the club sales web page http://fists.co.uk/sales . Note: The old single discs are no longer available and all outstanding orders will receive this new package.
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Straight Key Week http://fists.co.uk/skw from FISTS CW Club Europe, has returned for 2018 and starts on Sunday 02 December and finishes on Saturday 08 December UTC. **If you use FISTS Log Converter program to send in entries, you will need to download the newly-released Version 3.5.3 http://fists.co.uk/flc . DON'T FORGET to add SKW to your logbook's Comment (or similar) field and that operating times are 1 hour periods starting at the following UTC times: 0000, 0300, 0600, 0900, 1200, 1500, 1800, & 2100. Entrants must use straight keys or sideswipers (no bug keys, keyers, keyboards etc.) Activity is typically around 14.058, 7.028 and 3.558 MHz. Exchange a minimum of: Name, RST, QTH, & member number (if applicable). QSOs are friendly and conversational. Submitting logs is not essential but very much appreciated. Members from all FISTS Chapters are encouraged to join in; QSOs do not have to be with members of FISTS Europe.
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Please join us in the FISTS CW Club Europe on-air activities: * Word Search http://fists.co.uk/ws runs during the whole of September, 24x7. It's not too late to join in and even if you haven't completed the phrase, you can still submit your log and see how well you did in the results table in October. Have QSOs with other members and use a letter from their callsigns to build up the phrase "ALFRED VAIL SPEEDWELL". Minimum exchange is member number. Bands are 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 & 2m. Two sections: QRP and Open - you can include QSOs for both in your log. * Ladder http://fists.co.uk/ladder Sunday 09 September 14:00-16:00 & 18:00-20:00 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. * Day-hopper http://fists.co.uk/hopper has three, 1-hour sessions per day starting at 0800, 1300, & 1800 UTC on each day. The first day for 2018 is Monday 01 October. The idea is absolutely NOT a contest but a means of enabling us to meet each other on air. Operation is on 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m. Calling 'CQ FISTS' on or around the FISTS centre of activity frequencies http://fists.co.uk/frequencies.html is recommended.
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The FISTS CW Club Europe Day-hopper 2018 http://fists.co.uk/hopper sessions start on Monday 1st October 2018 and continue through into November & December. There are three, 1-hour sessions per day starting at 0800, 1300, & 1800 UTC on each day. The October sessions are: * Monday 1st October. * Tuesday 9th October. * Wednesday 17th October. * Thursday 25th October. * Friday 26th October. * Wednesday 31st October. The idea is absolutely NOT a contest but a means of enabling us to meet each other on air. Operation is on 160m, 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, & 10m. Calling 'CQ FISTS' on or around the FISTS centre of activity frequencies http://fists.co.uk/frequencies.html is recommended. Members can submit reports of numbers worked, soap-box comments etc. etc. as a "Round-up news" at the end of the sessions (by the end of January 2018, please), and also send any questions, to: hopper@fists.co.uk
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The FISTS CW Club Europe BrassPounder September 2018 newsletter http://fists.co.uk/bp1809 has just been published by David G4YVM, Activities Manager. BrassPounder provides the results and comments for FISTS CW Club on-air Activities in Europe/UK. This edition includes details of the August 2018 Ladder results.
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