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FISTS Down Under - General Information

* History of FISTS
* How FISTS was named
* FISTS Down Under QSL Bureau Services
* Wellington Radio - ZLW Centenary - 2011, Radio New Zealand Broadcast
* Daylight Saving and Standard Time
* BBC Discovery Broadcast of Radio Messages Exchanged during the RMS Titanic  Disaster
* RMS Titanic Power Point Display
* Outside Broadcast from Brisbane Maritime Museum - Titanic Commemoration
* CQ Magazine article on Mobile operation featuring ZL1CDX Turner
* This BBC Radio 4 program, deals with the Invention of Radio.
* ABC Radio Western Australia interview with Allan Gibbs VK6PG
FDU Suggested Club Calling Frequencies

History of FISTS



The FISTS Club, (International Morse Preservation Society) was founded in 1987 by Geo Longden G3ZQS of Darwen, Lancs England, after recognizing a need for a club in which veteran operators would help newcomers and less-experienced operators learn and improve CW proficiency. During the first year, membership reached 300, most of whom were in Great Britain and Europe.
The North American chapter was formed in 1990 to assist 11 members in the USA receive the newsletter and as a banking convenience. Nancy Kott WZ8C of Hadley, Michigan was named US representative, a position she still holds but she now handles the affairs of over 2,000 members in the Americas.
The New Zealand / Australia Chapter was formed in 1998 to provide a similar service to Australasian members, with Ralph Sutton ZL2AOH as the VK/ZL representative. From a VK/ZL membership of four, there are now over 70 members "Down Under", principally in New Zealand. The New Zealand membership is the largest in any country outside England and Wales and North America.
World wide, FISTS members now number over 4500 members, growing by up to 100 each month. Membership to FISTS Down Under is welcome - click here to Join!
The FISTS Club is one amateur radio's fastest growing organisations. It's an unique club, founded and maintained on solid principles using radio's oldest and yet most reliable communications mode - CW

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How FISTS got its name - by founder Geo Longden G3ZQS

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 operator's reference to another operator's keying characteristic. Phil (TOPS founder/secretary) 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.

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FISTS Down Under QSL Bureau

FISTS operate QSL bureau services in the USA, UK and New Zealand/Australia for the quick exchange of QSL cards between members. This is a no-cost service to members.
FISTS Down Under operates a free QSL service for both Outward and Inward QSL Cards, between FISTS Down Under members in Australia and New Zealand and FISTS members overseas.
Inward Cards
Cards arriving from the overseas bureau services destined for Australian and New Zealand Members are received by the above Managers, from the Bureau's in England and the United States of America. They are sorted into call sign order and filed in your envelopes awaiting the next month's issue of the FISTS "Down Under" Newsletter. When this is ready it is included and they are posted to you. Those members receiving "Down Under" by e-mail will have their cards posted to them automatically.
Outward Cards
Members in Australia and New Zealand wishing to send QSL cards to members overseas, should post these cards to the Managers whose addresses appear below. Cards received are sorted into the various countries and then posted either by Air Mail, or Economy Air depending on the volume.
Whilst we try to offer a FREE Service for members, many members enclose occasional donations to assist with postal costs. These donations are gratefully received (mint postage stamps preferred) and are acknowledged in both the FISTS "Down Under" newsletter and the yearly expense report.
Assisting your manager
You can greatly assist your Manager by sorting your cards into order before posting them. This saves him a lot of time. Sort them into country and alphabetical order. For example - cards destined for U.S and U.K. stations could be as follows: AA1A, AB1A, K2AA, K4AA, KC4A, G2AA, G2CCC, G3DDD, G4AAA, M5AAA, M0AAA, GI3AAA, GM3AAA, MM3AAA and so on.
Finally, please print on the reverse of your card top left the following information: - CALL SIGN, NAME of Operator, QTH, FISTS Number.

**FISTS Down Under QSL Managers **

New Zealand:  TBA

Australia:  Garry Cottle VK2GAZ, 96 Luttrell Street, Richmond NSW 2753

 Address e-mails for  the above to:  vk2fdu.auz@gmail.com

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Wellington Radio - ZLW Centenary 2011, Radio New Zealand  Broadcast
The Spectrum program was broadcast on National Radio at noon on Sunday 17 July 2011.  You can hear it again by clicking HERE

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Daylight Saving and Standard Time
Click here for series of articles on Daylight Saving and Standard Time - Click on each article title.

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BBC Discovery broadcast about radio messages exchanged during the RMS Titanic disaster
You can listen to this interesting broadcast by Clicking Here

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RMS Titanic Power Point Display
You can download the presentation by Clicking Here 
You need Microsoft Power Point to view the presentation.
As the file is large (5 Mb) it may take a while to download, so please be patient

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Outside Broadcast from Brisbane Maritime Museum - Titanic Commemoration

To mark 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic, the 612 ABC Brisbane radio station Drive program mounted a special broadcast at the Queensland Maritime Museum (which also has the exhibition Tragedy at Sea - Titanic 100).
You can listen to the 46 minute broadacast again by clicking Here  ... it's a large file featuring Titanic enthusiast Robert Martin, President of the Australasian Marine Pilots Institute Peter Lily, VK4BCM Bevan McAleer  FISTS #n9053 from the Qld Telecommunications Museum and Mission to Seafarers Captain Dave Ellis and Adrian Willes.
Bevan’s interview is about two thirds into the broadcast.

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CQ Magazine article on Mobile operation featuring ZL1CDX Turner #9048

"Copyright 2013 CQ Communications, Inc.; Reprinted by permission."

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This BBC Radio 4 program, deals with the Invention of Radio
This 40 minute program was first broadcast by BBC 4 on 7 July 2013.  To listen to it CLICK HERE

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Allan Gibbs VK6PG - The lost art of Morse Code
Jillian, an interviewer and presenter from the ABC AM radio station in Perth, Western Australia interviews Allan Gibbs VK6PG #9018 on the subject of the Lost Art of Morse Code. Click Here

FDU Suggested Club Calling Frequencies


1.808 MHz (160m) – 3.528 MHz (80m) – 7.028 MHz (40m) – 10.118 MHz (30m) – 14.058 MHz (20m) – 18.085

MHz (17m) – 21.058 MHz (15m) – 24.908 MHz (12m) – 28.058 MHz (10m).

Members are reminded that the above frequencies are suggested calling frequencies. If they are busy, it is

suggested that once you establish contact with a station, it may be prudent to change frequency down the band,

avoiding other calling frequencies of known clubs.

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