The Society of Midwest Contesters

Contest Season is Upon Us!


We are entering the busiest time for the contest season. Check the WA7BNM Contest Calendar to get the latest condensed details such as contest dates/times, exchange info, submission location, and links to the sponsor’s webpage.

Upcoming big ones….
CQ WW phone and CW
ARRL Sweepstakes
ARRL 160M and 10M

The W9-area records have been updated with the 2015 results for the CQWW SSB and CW Sweepstakes. Keep an eye on the SMC Area Records page for updates in the other contests.

SMC has been a previous winner in the SS and ARRL 160 contests. You might give some thought to setting the time aside with your family calendar. This is also a good time to get your antennas ready. The weather has been great for antenna work but this can change rapidly.

We will be encouraging you to get on the air for SS in particular. Propagation is soon to be favoring the midwest with earlier 40m openings. A low 40m dipole is an important antenna to get ready.

The ARRL 160 is also going to be a good one from the Black Hole. Think about getting a inverted L up before it gets nasty. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well this simple antenna works, even with just a few short radials.

Final Results for 2016 NAQP Challenge


Final results are in for the 2016 NAQP Challenge. PVRC held on to their lead to capture the NAQP Challenge Cup from 2015 winner SMC. NCCC finished third.

SMC members actually outscored PVRC for the course of the last 5 contests, but PVRC (a much larger club) had more logs than we did for these contests and that, coupled with the HUGE score they posted in the January CW contest, made it impossible for us to catch up.

You can view the current totals and download the 2016 NAQP Challenge Activity Report, or view the previous results.

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SMC Fest Schedule

8/27/2016 SMC Fest Schedule

SMC Fest 2016
8:00 9:00 On Site Registration
9:00 9:15 Opening remarks and recognition K9CT
9:15 10:00 SO2R – How To Learn & Operate W9RE
10:00 10:30 Group picture and Break
10:30 11:15 Spotting Networks and Skimmers W9PA
11:15 12:00 Contesting from a DX Location AJ9C
12:00 13:00 Lunch – ARRL Contest Dept./ARRL Central Division Director  NN1N/W9XA
13:00 13:45 VHF/UHF Contests – Secrets for Success K2DRH
13:45 14:30 Station design for contesting and DXing on 10 acres K9ZO
14:30 14:45 Break
14:45 15:30 Station Design for contesting and Dxing on a City Lot WW9R
15:30 16:15 Improving Your Contest Scores Through Log Analysis NV9L
16:15 17:00 Radiosport in the Time of the Internet N0AX
17:00 Final Comments and Adjourn K9CT


SMC WRTC Sponsors


We have a goal of $2500 for tents and SMC sponsors for WRTC 2018

When you donate to donation@w9smc.com on PayPal and mark it for WRTC2018, we will send your name and call to the WRTC organizers. Your name and call will be added to this list http://www.wrtc2018.de/index.php/en/sponsors/individuals

SMC is competing with other clubs for membership donations and that appears here  http://www.wrtc2018.de/index.php/en/sponsors/club-competition-individual-donors

SMC Members donating to date

$780 total so far!

50 – N9EF
50 – WB8BZK
25 – KC9YL
100 – W0GXA
 25 –  NJ9T
 50 –  N9VPV
 30 –  K3WA
50 – K9CT
100 – K9ZO
250 – K9APW
50 – K9ZM
50 – W9NED