CWIST Friday Night Fist Function

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From: R. D. Keys (rdkeys@csemail)
Date: Thu Dec 08 1994 - 13:10:30 EST


I will be on again at the appointed midnight hour for the continuing
saga of the Sacred and Most Honorable Friendly Society of Brass
Pounding Fist-Functioning CWISTS.

For the past several weeks, I have not been around for the CWIST
Friday Night Fist Function. But, this Friday night seems like a
good one, again. So, consider this the posting for the gettogether.

Remember that the time is midnight LOCAL time, so that folks plus
or minus a time zone or two should be able to work others an hour
earlier or later if they want to play around longer on the brass.
Concievably, one could pound brass for the entire day depending
upon skip and have the possiblity of working other CWISTS.

Note that six possible frequencies are available for use.
1802.5, 3702.5, 7102.5, plus non-US compatible or capable
frequencies of 1820, 3520, 7020 khz, for the Europeans, Asians,
etc, who don't inhabit the novice bands. I don't know if that
will work well, but we will give it a try. So, check whatever
of the six frequencies you can use and if you don't hear anyone
give a call or QSY to another channel. I will monitor as many
as I can but probably only work the 160/80 channels.
 
73 Bob/NA4G

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QST QST QST CQ CQ CQ DE NA4G NA4G NA4G BT
0814330UTC DEC 94
FM NA4G
TO ALL CW OPS WORLDWIDE BT
CWIST FRIDAY NIGHT FIST FUNCTION.
USA OPS QSW/QSX 1802.5/3702.5/7102.5KHZ MIDNIGHT LOCAL TIME FRIDAY NIGHT.
NON-USA OPS QSW/QSX 20 KHZ UP FROM THE BOTTOM BAND EDGE.
GET ON THE AIR AND ENJOY A PLAIN CW EVENING ON THE 40/80/160 METER BANDS.
USE A REAL HAND KEY (A STRAIGHT SENDING IRON OR BUG IS ENCOURAGED).
A VERY SIMPLE VERY INFORMAL STYLE FORMAT WILL BE UTILIZED.
CALL CWIST IMI DE YOURCALL K.
CALL FROM FIVE MINUTES BEFORE TO FIVE MINUTES AFTER THE HOUR.
LEAVE SPACE BETWEEN CALLS FOR OTHERS TO JOIN IN.
USE A ROUND-TABLE FORMAT SO SEVERAL FOLKS CAN JOIN IN SIMULTANEOUSLY.
ENJOY OLD-TIME AMATEUR RADIO AND TRY SOME FRIENDLY BRASS POUNDING.
EXCHANGE MORE THAN RST QTH NAME HELLO AND GOODBYE.
HELP ALONG THE NEW HAMS ON CW TO GET THEIR SPEED UP.
TELL A FAIR YARN OR TWO AMONG FELLOW CWISTS AND RAGCHEW A LITTLE WHILE.
TELL SOME HISTORY ABOUT THE OLD-TIME DAYS AND YOUR EXPERIENCES IN RADIO.
IF YOU ARE AN OLD TIMER PLEASE JOIN IN AND SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES.
IF YOU WERE EVER A PROFESSIONAL PLEASE JOIN IN AND SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES.
USE BOATANCHOR GEAR IF YOU HAVE IT AVAILABLE OR WHATEVER YOU HAVE.
QRP/QRO - QRQ/QRS - ARE ALL WELCOME.
SEE YOU THERE OM/YL.
73 TU SU DE NA4G BOB AR

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Definition: A CWIST is a person with an active interest in the PRACTICE
             and USE of continuous wave radiotelegraphy as directly is
             appliccable to amateur radio. Such PRACTICE and USE may
             take the form of learning about radiotelegraphy and its
             history in amateur/commercial areas, its application to radio
             telecommunication, the practicing of the art and craft of
             radiotelegraphy, and the refining and developing of the
             technology of radiotelegraphy.

Let us all work together to continue to advance and promote the friendly
use of CW on the amateur radio bands.

Let us continue to assist and help the newcomers and slowspeeds who
are trying to get their CW going.

Let us to continue to promote the use of whatever gear you have up
and available, be it the newest of sorts or the oldest boatanchor.
Remember, CW generation has not changed since the days of Poulsen arcs,
Alexanderson alternators, and Pliotrons.

Let us continue to promote the sharing and fellowship of the history
and traditions of amateur radio (this includes all you OTs out there
that have all sorts of goodly tidbits of history to relate to the young
squirts on the block, and it includes all you young squirts on the block
who, even though a bit new at CW and radio are the future of the service
or hobby or profession).

Let us continue to promote the ``elmering'' of all of our new folks
by the old timers aboard, in any way that we can. We should not be
out to convert the brethren to CW, but should be there to elmer them
and assist them in learning/practicing their skills, if possible.

So, OTs aboard, young squirts in the wings, high-speed afficionados of
the art, and slow-speed ragchewers, join in on the fun. If your
equipment is old boatanchor, so what. If your signal is a bit weak or
chirpy, so what. If your antenna is just a mere piece of wire up into
the trees, so what. YOU can still join in and participate.
YOU are the folks who will make it what it can be, a goodly learning
time and an enjoyable evening for all.

See You There OM/YL.....

73 TU SU SK DE NA4G
Bob

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* May you have fair winds and following seas on your watch at the key. *
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