FISTS Down Under Inc
Contests, Awards & Certificates

Contests, Awards & Certificates

New HF QRP CW Contest

This contest is to encourage all HF operators to get on air and chase new country and band combinations.  As the SFI is increasing the higher bands are performing better and great results are being achieved from a modest home QTH – with QRP.

So, fire up your radio, experiment with antennas, go portable and make the most of a quiet bush, mountain or beach location and work some DX. QRP is a real challenge and very satisfying.

The only stipulations are:

  1. Modes: CW
  2. Power: 5W
  3. Bands: 160-10m (No WARC Bands)

Start Date: 6 May 2022 (UTC) – End Date: 31 December 2022 (UTC)

1 point per DXCC per band (or slot) – so, work VK on all six bands for 6 points. The same applies for all other DXCC entities. One point per “country” per band. 5 watts only. CW only. (You can even have a conversation if you like 😉 )…

Ideally, upload your log to Clublog, or another online logging service for transparent and easy reporting.  Then submit your log (or link) along with a summary page by 7 January 2023. There will be prizes for the top three place-getters.  Please email us with any questions. (6 May 2022)

Morse Code Certificate of Proficiency

Morse Code proficiency is no longer a requirement for an Amateur Radio Licence. However, for many, mastering the Code is still a key motivation and core part of the hobby. Would you like your efforts to be formally acknowledged by FISTS Down Under? We can test and provide a Certificate of Proficiency for any speed between 10 WPM and 25 WPM.

Once you feel you’ve mastered the code and are ready for to receive a short transmission of Morse Code in plain English send us an email. We’ll arrange for either an on-air test or we can use Zoom.

The test will be a short text (5 minutes) from a book or newspaper using only the normal 26 alpha-characters, 10 numerals, a fullstop, comma and question mark. No pro-signs (e.g. BT) will be used, but Q-Codes may form a part of the text. To pass you will be permitted up to five errors in the received message,

The test can be conducted on-air or via Zoom.  If on-air, then having an open Zoom session would be beneficial for both parties. 

Certificates are free for FISTS Down Under members. If you’d like to know more send us an email.

FISTS Down Under DXCC Awards

The FISTS Down Under DXCC Awards for 2021 is open. To apply for this award your log must be uploaded to Club Log which will be used to validate your application. These awards are intended to promote more activity from members. Committee will assess applications and may request supporting evidence of your application. In the first instance, your application email and Club Log entry will from the basis of your qualification.


Work 100 DXCC Entities and qualify for a FISTS Down Under DXCC Certificate – free for all applicants

Work 100 DXCC Entities and apply for a very nice FISTS Wall Plaque – free for FISTS Down Under Members

Foundation Licencees work 100 Band Slots and qualify for a FISTS Wall Plaque – free for FISTS Down Under Members

You can apply for endorsements for any award above (e.g. Bug or Straight key only, WARC Bands, or any other special endorsement you wish, e.g. QRP, Homebrew equipment)

FISTS Down Under Worked most Band Slots 2021

This is a very simple Award…  the member with the highest number of worked slots for the year wins.  Your log must be in Club Log. The winner will receive a nice wall plaque.

All Awards require applicants to submit their log, reference Club Log and sign an application that they operated in the spirit of the award and that all contacts were genuine.

FISTS Down Under QRP Award

This award is modelled on the North American QRP CW Club 1,000 Miles per Watt Award

FISTS Down Under 1609km per watt award (1,000 miles per watt)

Make 5 QRP CW contacts using 5w or less in which the distance (miles) / power (watts) is greater than 1,000.

For example, the following would qualify for a contact:

  • Perth to Melbourne with 1w –  1,691 miles….  1691/1w = 1,691
  • Perth to Melbourne with 1.5w – 1,691/1.5w = 1,127
  • Melbourne to Sydney 443 miles at 0.4w = 1,107
  • Adelaide to Auckland 2,016 miles at 2w = 1,008
  • Wellington to Sydney 1,383 miles at 1.3w = 1063
  • Melbourne to Brisbane 854 miles at 0.8w = 1,067

The following (whilst a great qso ) would not qualify

  • Melbourne to Sydney 443 miles at 0.5w = 886

So, as you can see there are two levers you can adjust….  your power output and the distance of the station you work (and a third being the band as well).  You can QRV for more distant stations or maybe set up a sked via Discord or email. 




You need to operate with 5w or less.  Please include a full description of your transceiver and antenna in your award application. Photos are great too.

Antenna: Simple wire antenna – dipole, random wire, EFHW, vertical

The other station can be using any power level and any antenna.


Per NAQRP CW Club, our general rule that the power used to initiate a QSO is the power that counts.  You can’t start a QSO then keep lowering power to get a better MPW figure.

QSOs must be CW and sent using paddle, bug, key, cootie or keyboard

Include your log with five (5) QSOs detailing band, your power out, your antenna, station worked, RST, distance and claimed miles per watt.

If you can provide supporting evidence of the QSOs (eg. Clublog, LoTW, QSL Cards etc) this would help in assessing your application.  However, this is a trust-based award.


A PDF certificate will be issued.  For a fee, a nice plaque can also be provided.

Everyone qualifying for the award will be listed on the FISTS Down Under website and all members and friends will be notified via the Newsletter and Facebook.

2021 Best Scores

First Prize:

The op with the best score will win a 5w QRP CW Kit and plaque. 

Second Prize:

$50 Bunnings voucher and plaque.

Submit your logs by 31 December 2021 to be in the running.  FDU Committee reserve the right to review applications and request supporting evidence.  Logs by email to graememorgan72 (at)

Calculating QSO distance:

Here are a couple of useful resources to help you calculate distances.


Please direct any questions to the FDU Committee.