The Society of Midwest Contesters

The Society of Midwest Contesters formed early in 1985 with the goal of uniting Midwest contesters into a competitive group and to further the idea of radiosporting in the Midwest. From 51 charter members in the summer of 1985, we’ve steadily grown to a membership of over 200 contesters, mainly in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. We launched our first major club effort in the 1985 November Sweepstakes, winning the Unlimited class. We repeated in the 1986 SS, and were on our way. We have claimed one or more club victories in ARRL contests every year since 1999, including a 3-peat as SS Unlimited champs in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

For the past several years SMC has increased participation in VHF/UHF contesting. Many of the best VHF operators in the nation are members of the SMC, and have won many national and division VHF titles over the years. Beginning in 2003, the club focused on increasing both the quantity and quality of VHF log entries submitted by SMC members. The effort culminated in the club winning the Unlimited Club Competition in the 2007 June VHF QSO Party. SMC is the only club to ever achieve the Unlimited category in the June contest, and may be the only club to have ever won Unlimited club titles in both HF and VHF contests.

Latest news

  • IC7300 Setup – WT2P

    7/14/2017 CJ has created an IC7300 setup page for anyone to use.  IC7300 Setup – WT2P
  • 2017 SMC Agenda Announced….

    7/7/2017 We are pleased to announce this year’s lineup for SMC Fest. We have some great speakers that will help you contest more effectively. 
    8:00 8:30 On Site Registration  
    8:30 8:45 Opening remarks and recognition K9CT
    8:45 9:30 Planning and building of the K0KB Station K0KB
    9:30 10:00 Group picture and Break  
    10:00 11:00 K3LR Station Tour K3LR
    11:00 12:00 VHF Contesting 101: Station, Operation and Digital Modes K2DRH
    12:00 13:00 Lunch with the ARRL W9XA, K9LA and AD9I
    13:00 14:00 RTTY Contesting: Small Steps for Big Success K9WX
    14:00 14:30 Propagation and antennas for this fall’s contest season K9LA
    14:30 15:15 Operating techniques….forum format K9ZO,  K9NR & W9XT
    15:15 15:45 Break  
    15:45 16:45 Remote Contesting: Getting Started and Avoiding Mistakes WT2P
    16:45 17:30 RX Antennas for Contesting WB9Z
    17:30   Final Comments and Adjourn K9CT
  • College Club Stations

    6/9/2017 Please review this list and let me know if you have any connection…sponsor, alumni or student.   craig @ k9ct.us Concise List of University College call signs
  • 2017 SMC Fest

    6/5/2017 SMC is announcing the 2017 SMC Fest August 26th. Please go to the SMC Fest page and register and reserve a room at the Hyatt Place.   2017 SMC Fest
  • NAQP Halftime Report

    This report is a result of the work of Tim, K9WX. He does all the information gathering and calculations. Thanks Tim!!
    The NCJ posted the preliminary results for the February NAQP RTTY contest and the standings for the NAQP Challenge have been updated.  Check out the NAQPC web site: http://k9wx.net/naqpc/current.htm
    Looks like SMC took first place for the RTTY contest, and NCCC took second place.  NCCC actually had a higher log score than SMC (1,268,901 vs. 1,231,760) but SMC’s higher participation count (67 to 54) propelled SMC into first place for this contest.
    So, it’s half time (three contests down and three to go) and PVRC leads the 2017 Challenge based on the new scoring methodology:
    PVRC: 265 (2 first place finishes and a third place)
    SMC: 250 (1 first place finish and 2 second place)
    NCCC: 205 (1 second place and 2 third place)
    As we head toward the second half, any of the three clubs could still win the 2017 Challenge.  Here are the dates of the summer NAQP contests.  Do you have them on your calendar?
    • July 15: NAQP RTTY
    • August 5: NAQP CW
    • August 19: NAQP SSB
  • Adventures of Two Young Hams

    3/1/2017 Adventures of Two Young Hams Quent Cassen (W6RI) and Clint Sprott (W9AV) By Clint, W9AV Story is here
  • The Case of the Inappropriate Impedance A WN9AVT Mystery

    2/28/2017 The Case of the Inappropriate Impedance A WN9AVT Mystery To Continue Reading….
  • ARLX001 Past ARRL Midwest Division Director Lew Gordon, K4VX (SK)

    2/27/2017 QST de W1AW Special Bulletin 1  ARLX001 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT  February 27, 2017 To all radio amateurs SB SPCL ARL ARLX001 ARLX001 Past ARRL Midwest Division Director Lew Gordon, K4VX (SK) Past ARRL Midwest Division Director Lew Gordon, K4VX, of Hannibal, Missouri, died on February 25. He was 87. Although he had been suffering from cancer, Gordon had remained active on the air until his death. (more…)
  • A Contest, Me and DXCC

    2/27/2017 A Contest, Me and DXCC By Anthony, AB9YC The DXCC award is a testament to a radio amateur making confirmed contacts with 100 DX entities, and is a worthy accomplishment for any amateur. Achieving this award usually takes many months of air time, chasing QSL’s and applying for the award. The award usually gets a prominent position within the shack or operating location. To continue reading

    2/26/2017 MID CENTURY RADIO BY K9CC George Zurbuchen Since most of the members of SMC were not on the air (or alive) in the 1950’s I thought there may be some interest in hearing what ham radio was like back then. I received my novice license WN9UDK in 1952 and I was very active until I went away to UW Madison to finish my Chemical Engineering studies in 1958. To Continue Reading…..