First Class CW Operators' Club

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FOC BUG DAY

1st January 2017

0000z - 2350z

Dust off those bugs and join us for our second "bug day." For more info contact K5KV.


Founded in 1938, and with its roots, history and management in the UK, the First Class CW Operators' Club (FOC) promotes good CW (Morse code) operating, activity, friendship and socialising via its worldwide membership of approximately 500. Members are active on all HF bands and the character of the club is best expressed in its motto.


MOTTO

"A man should keep his friendship in constant repair" - Samuel Johnson (1755)
   

FOC MEMBERS AIM TO….
  • Foster and encourage a high standard of CW operating ability and behaviour on the amateur bands.
  • Observe the licence conditions and principles of band planning.  
  • Be considerate to other amateurs at all times.  
  • Protect the future of the hobby through being active, encouraging newcomers and supporting a national society.

BECOMING A MEMBER

If you have a genuine love of CW with a minimum operating speed of 25 wpm, and enjoy socialising with others of like interest then FOC could be just right for you. It takes some work to join - it’s not simply a matter of filling in a form and sending off a cheque.

First, someone must nominate you - based on their experience of working you on CW on at least two bands within the last year and your sponsor’s belief that you will live up to the aims of the club that are listed above. While you may feel free to ask members for information about the club, actually asking to be nominated is considered soliciting and violates club rules.

Once you have been nominated, and you accept, you are added to the Nominations List, which means that all FOC members know you are seeking further sponsorship.

You must then receive sponsorships from four more members within the next six months. Sponsors must come from at least two continents, with no more than three of the five from any one continent, and at least one must be from the UK. All sponsors must have a CW QSO with you on at least two bands.

In recent years, just over half of those nominated have gone on to attain membership. If you are active on the bands, particularly around 25kHz up from the band edge (10120 to 10125, 18080 to 18085 and 24905 to 24910kHz in the WARC bands, 5373 on 60m and 50095 on 6m), you will often find FOC members and, if you can hold a QSO at 25 WPM or so without your CW falling apart, you will find members eager to sponsor you.

CLUB FREQUENCIES

3525, 5373, 7025, 10120, 14025, 18080, 21025, 24905, 28025 and 50095kHz

G4FOC OPERATOR THIS MONTH IS

GM4WUX, Terry (as GM4FOC)

BAND OF THE MONTH

December: 160m/60m

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS


DU7ET,Bob, 2097
AD5A, Mike, 2096
G0PNM, Pete, 2095
W3EEK, Carl, 2094 
AE1T, Peter, 2093
K3MD, John, 2092
G4LFU, Tony, 2091
VE5SDH, Summer, 2090
K1DW, Dallas, 2089
K5LN, Bill, 2088
K1VT, Jack, 2087
IK0YVV, Marco, 2086
VK7CW, Steve, 2085
SM2EKM, Jan 2084
K1BG, Bruce 2083
K5VWW, Orville, 2082
UR5MM, Rudy, 2081
OK2LA, Jindra, 2080
K1ESE, John, 2079
W7AQK, Dave, ,2078
K5VR, Stan, 2077
K2YWE, Dan, 2076


COMMITTEE OFFICERS

President* MD0CCE, Bob
Committee Chairman  G4BWP, Fred
Committee Secretary  G7VJR, Michael
Membership Secretary  N4TY, Tyler
Internet Services  G4FON, Ray
Treasurer* G3XTT, Don
Committee Member KR3E, Ed
Committee Member AC5K, Wes
Committee Member M0PCB, Iain
Committee Member DL4CF, Joe
Committee Member GM0GAV, Gavin

* Non-voting member


WEB SITE

KR3E, Ed
N4TY, Tyler
G7VJR, Michael




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