Hello Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC), the year 2016 comes to an end and its time to think about what happened the last 12 months. With this review we want to thank you very much for your support of the WRTC 2018.
Please click on this link to open the PDF
WRTC2018 Looking Back and Forward
Thanks to Mike, KB9BIB who wrote this program. You can easily determine how many SMC members you have worked in a contest or any period of time from your log.
Here is a link to the program SMC Member list log parser
Probably the oldest SMC member at 93…Bud, K9ZT of Madison, WI has passed.
He attended SMC Fest in 2015 and is pictured with K9ZM and K9ZO – Thanks to K9PG for the picture and information
Barry, N2BJ was surprised to receive this outstanding award. Congratulations Barry!
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 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.