The History of the European CW Association
Revision date 2014.02.14
The Chairmen of EuCW
- SMØIX Sven Milander c/o
- DL7DO Ralf Herzer c/o AGCW
- G8PG Gus Taylor c/o G-QRP
- PAØDIN Din Hoogma c/o VHSC
- SM5TK Kurt Franzén c/o
- DL6MK Edgar Schnell (sk) c/o HSC
- G4FAI Tony Smith c/o G-QRP
- ON5ME Oscar Verbanck (sk) c/o
SHSC/EHSC (*) 1991-2006
- LZ1PJ Ivan (Johny) Ivanov
c/o LZCWC 2007-2013
- G5VZ Chris Pearson
c/o FISTS 2013-2016
- I5SKK Alessandro Santucci
c/o INORC since 2016/9
Growth History of EuCW (dates when new clubs joined)
- EuCW founder clubs: SCAG (SM/OZ), AGCW (DL), GQRP (G).
- until 1981
- TOPS (G), SARS (Scarborough ARS)(G), HSC (DL), CWC (HB9), VHSC
- BQRPC (PA/ON/LX), INORC (I).
- HCC (1983.09.01)(EA).
- BTC (1986.02.15)(ON), UFT (1986.09.01)(F), SHSC
- FISTS (1988.06.01)(G), U-QRQ-C (1988.12.03)(R).
- FOC (1989.09.01)(G).
- EHSC (ON).
- HACWG (HA), U-CW-C (R/UR).
- OK-QRP (OK), CTCW (CT).
- HTC (HB9).
- 3A-CW-G (3A), MCWG (Z2), OHTC (OH), EA-QRP-C (EA),
- SPCWC (SP).
- 9A-CWG (9A), I-QRP-C (I).
- OE-CW-G (OE).
- ITC (I), YL-CW-G (DL), RTC (DL).
- GTC (SV).
- CFT (ON).
- EACW (EA).
- CTC (9A).
- LZCWC (2004.08.20)(LZ), RU-QRP (2004.12.22)(R).
- IS-QRP (2005.09.21)(IS0).
- Marconisti (2010.04.01)(I), Essex CW Club (G).
Other Events in EuCW
- SCAG took the first initiative. Statutes were proposed on
1978.06.27 (These statutes are re-printed in SCAG-NL #50 from April
1978). According to these statutes only clubs with at least 100
individual members could be members. The leadership of EuCW should
rotate on a yearly base.
- EuCW founded officially.
- CWC (HB9) deleted on 1986.02.15. SCAG leadership proposes
withdrawal of SCAG from EuCW (1986.03.01), to be decided by the
annual assembly. 1986.05.31: SCAG Assembly in Copenhagen postpones
decision about EuCW withdrawal. DL6MK encounters difficulties to
find a new EuCW president. TOPS, SARS, HCC, INORC could not take
over presidency. UFT proposes a EuCW award.
- DJ2XP takes over the Fraternizing Party. The FP date changes
from June to late November. 1987.04.25: SCAG assembly in Täby
gives up plans for withdrawal from EuCW.
- Novice award of GQRP gets the status of an official EuCW
activity. EuCW Net (80 m QTC net) operative since September.
- TOPS withdraws from membership because of a lack of activity
(1990.07.01), the option to re-join remains open. Fraternal links
to non-European clubs established: QRP-ARCI (W/K) and GPCW (PY).
The SCAG Straight Key Day on New Year's Day becomes an official
Worked EuCW Award created (1991.04.27) to commemorate the 200th
anniversary of the birth of Samuel F.B. Morse. HCC (Spain) generously met
the cost of printing the certificates (in the UK), which were designed by
G4FAI. First award winner: DK9EA (1991.09.30). Generous donations received
from other clubs were reserved for use on future EuCW special projects.
CWAS (PY) associates as another overseas guest. It takes over the tasks
of GPCW (PY).
- Membership rules were modified in order to open EuCW for small
clubs. The decision was taken by mail vote. 18 clubs were invited
to vote, 13 were in favor of the change, 1 disagreed, 1 agreed
conditionally, 3 clubs did not respond.
- SLDXC (Saar-Lorraine DX club) applied for membership but was
vetoed down for being rather a DX club than a CW club. Well-defined
membership application policy established, all non-CW clubs and all
non-European clubs will be excluded from the application
procedures. QRP clubs will remain an exception because QRP is
inherently linked to CW. The Fraternizing Party gets an extra
sponsorship from EA3DOS who donates miniature ("Lilliput") keys to
- New statutes were adopted. Changes include: Clubs with at least
100 individual members will have FULL (i.e. voting) membership.
Clubs with 5 to 99 members will have RESTRICTED (i.e. non-voting)
membership. The term of office of chairmen is 3 years.
- Membership application from CFT (Belgium) published in
EuCW Bulletin 2000/2. Likewise the GACW from Argentina offered
co-operation with EuCW. Proposal for a new constitution.
- FISTS creates a new QRS Week and dedicates it to EuCW. First QRS Week
held in April 2001. UFT dedicates a 160m contest to EuCW.
- Professional Radio Operators CW Club International from Romania
applied membership but was vetoed down.
- DJ2XP retired from his post as EuCW AWARD and Fraternizing Party
manager. These jobs are taken over by DK7VW. Unfortunately, the results
of the 2005 Frat Party got lost in the takeover procedure.
LZ1PJ accepted to be the president of EuCW from 2007 on.
- ON5ME passed away in January. He was an extraordinary sponsor
in general and EuCW in particular.
His donations covered the running costs of the presidency at
100% during his term of office.
Ivan Ivanov, LZ1PJ, took over as
chairman, it was his merit to introduce electronic media into
the regular operation of the club.
The Essex CW ARC was presented as a new candidate for EuCW
membership. The membership was confirmed eventually.
- The clubs OHCW, BTC, GACW, and HCC were declared dormant.
The term 2013-2016 of the chairman was offered to BQC. BQC chose not to fill
the office as Chairman. Elections for a new chairman are being held in summer.
G3VTT (ECM FOC) volunteered as election officer for the 2013 elections.
During the month of July potential candidates were invited to present
themselves for the election. Two candidates were found.
During the month of August the elections were held. The winner was
G5VZ who took office in September.
After a consultation period the traditional contest
EUCW Fraternising Party was discontinued.
EUCW thanked DK7VW for the good work done as Manager from 2006 to
its final edition in 2013.
The consultation showed a declining interest of EuCW club officials
in a contest. In fact many realized that a classical contest is hardly
useful to foster friendship. Moreover, there is no lack of contests
on the HF bands and one more ore less won't make too much of a
difference. The chairman got the task to order the different
alternative proposals and come up with an on-air activity far beyond
The long-term activity "Snakes And Ladders" was presented for the
time period April 2014 through March 2015. The basic idea is to foster
normal CW QSOs on the CW bands preferably on the upper parts of the CW
bands far away from contests and from pile-ups and DX operation. A
minimum duration of the QSO was set to 5 minutes in order to promote a
culture of conversation.
As an additional incentive a game of luck is presented based on the
QSOs of a calendar month. DM4RW could be won as manager of this
Though participation itself is as easy as providing an ADIF QSO list
the rules of the game of luck is a bit more sophisticated and harder
to read than a usual description of award or contest rules. A group of
enthusiastic ECMs provided the rules in at least TEN EUROPEAN
LANGUAGES. Never before in history of EUCW there was a project with so
many ECMs involved. Special thanks go to the main authors of the language versions as listed in here.
The company Begali promised to sponsor two free keyers that will be
donated to two selected participants after the first of S+L.
S+L produced about 1000 QSOs per month which is a good start.
Updates for the version after March 2015 were decided. The appearance of
snakes was randomized, the role of the preferred frequencies was
Snakes and ladders version 2 was organized from March to December.
Snakes and Ladders was upgraded to its third version. Friendship between
operators is now in the foreground. Even repetitive QSOs with the same station
contribute to the individual results.
Sadly the German club RTC became inactive and its web page and domain were
erased in April. Likewise the German YLCWG was declared dormant
On 1-SEP-2016 the new EUCW Chairman took office. This new three
year term is under the responsibility of INORC. INORC supports
EUCW with Alessandro, I5SKK as EUCW Chairman, and Italo, I0YQX, as
ECM of INORC.
This list is based on archives of AGCW-Info, SCAG-NL, and EuCW
Bulletins. Several friends helped (see acknowledgments below). Yet,
this list is incomplete and may contain errors. Please send
corrections or additional infos to:...eucw (at) agcw.de... Thanks
Acknowledgments to contributors:
Corrections and updates came from: PAØDIN, ON5ME, DK5KE, G4FAI