Getting HERC call sign G6HH on air by G0ILN

You may have met me at the Club and last year I gave a talk on the History of Morse code.

I am 95% Morse code, am not particularly fast and always use a straight key. I am a keen member of the Fists CW club and my membership number is 398 which dates back to the late Eighties. The Fists CW club is now active in America, Asia, Down Under (in both Australia and New Zealand) , as well as throughout Europe making it the largest CW organisation in the World with over 20,000 members.

Since coming back to amateur radio in 2013 after a ten year plus break I decided to get active and started to take part in the Fists Ladder. The Fists ladder is not a contest although points can be scored and your position on the ladder is declared at the end of each year.

The Ladder is a sort of laid back contest (in FISTS we refer to it as an Activity) each QSO must be at least five minutes long and Real RST is given together with Name , QTH and your Fists membership number.

The activity takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month for two hours. There is an afternoon session and an evening session but only one session can be counted towards your total score.

Any of the bands except WARC band can be used. For the past four years I have been using my own call sign G0ILN.  I came fourth on the Ladder in 2016 out of forty four members who took part. This year I was going to have a well-earned rest!

Steve Aucoin (2E0GHX) HERC Web Master and Publicity Officer and a staunch supporter of all things CW applied and was successful in making HERC an associate member to Fists CW Club.

Fists members taking part in the Ladder gets extra points for working a club call sign.  So for this year 2017 I decided to use our HERC call sign G6HH hopefully it will help to promote our club and from a selfish point of view. I will also enjoy the notoriety of having an unusual call sign!

I hope you found the above of interest. While I am here, I should mention that membership of the Fists Club is a very reasonable at £8 and the resources provided to its members are amazing. I would go as far to say that it is worth joining just to browse the Fists website with an added bonus being that you also have access to the other chapter websites as well which contain plenty of useful information.

Thanks to Steve for encouraging me to write this short article and to the HERC committee for allowing me to use G6HH on the air. For further on the FISTS CW Club, their information can be found on their official website at

73’s and hope to hear you on our Monday night QRS CW session which starts at 8pm on 3.563 MHz.

Richard (G0ILN)  Fist member: 398  G-QRP:  8596.

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