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from European CW Association on April 3, 2010
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FISTS CWClub invites all radio amateurs to take part in the annual EUCW/FISTS QRS Party over five days, Monday-Friday, in April each year. This is not a contest . Just enjoy plenty of slow Morse activity for a period of five days. The dates selected are intended to avoid weekend contest activity. Work any station, including members of EUCW clubs (see below), but send only in QRS. Standard QSO's with non- participating stations can be included in logs.


Monday 26th April 2010, 0001 UTC, to Friday 30th April 2010, 2359 UTC.


CW only


A - More than 10w input or 5w output power

B - QRP (10w input or 5w output, or less)

C - Short wave listeners.

CALL CQ QRS. Stations may be worked once per day, per band.


Recommended areas of activity, +/- 10 kHz of the FISTS calling frequencies, including WARC bands (see below), but contacts can be made on any frequency. Non-QRP stations should avoid calling CQ on the popular QRP frequencies (see below).


Use any type of key or keyer. No keyboard sending or pre-programmed messages from computers or keyers, but pre-programmed CQ calls or CQ loops are permitted. Maximum speed 14 words per minute (70cpm). The speed of a QSO should be at the speed of the slower station.


Normal friendly QSO's, no special requirements. QSO's with any station count. Work any station in any country, including stations not taking part in the QRS Party but try to persuade them to work QRS.


Logs should show Date, Time, Call sign, Name, QTH and EUCW Club/Number (if appropriate) of the stations worked/heard, and may include up to three votes for "Most Readable Morse Heard" (one vote per station).


This is not a contest, but logs and feedback will be welcomed in the following classes: A - More than 10w input or 5w output power B - QRP (10w input or 5w output, or less) C - Short wave listeners.


A) A certificate will be awarded to the three participants working/hearing the most stations in each class.

B) Certificates of Merit will be awarded to the three operators receiving most votes for the "Most Readable Morse Heard", provided the operators nominated have also submitted a log. If the operators receiving the most votes have not submitted a log the certificates of merit will be awarded to the qualifying operators with the next highest number of votes. In the event of a tie in first, second or third places, multiple certificates will be awarded, marked "Shared Award".

C) A "NEWCOMERS AWARD" Will be issued to the person who submits a log and uses the QRS PARTY WEEK for their 1st "On Air" QSO. This must be verified by an EUCW Member.


FISTS/EUCW QRS Party Organizer: Robert Walker M0BPT, 87A Whitehall Road, West Bromwich, B70 0HG. England. EMAIL m0bpt(at) To be received by surface mail or e-mail not later than 31st May 2010.


FISTS calling frequencies : Recommended area of activity +/- 10 kHz 2m 144.058 MHz 6m Use any authorized CW frequency 10m 28.058 MHz 12m 24.918 MHz 15m 21.058 MHz 17m 18.085 MHz 20m 14.058 MHz 30m 10.118/10.128 MHz 40m 7.028 MHz 80m 3.558 MHz 160m 1.818 MHz QRP CW Calling Frequencies to be avoided by non-QRP stations. 1843; 3560; 7030; 10116; 14060; 18096; 21060; 24906; 28060 kHz.

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