The Society of Midwest Contesters
The Society of Midwest Contesters

SMC Fest

This the place to be! First time attendee Scott, K2CUB/8 commented:

“I attended SMCfest last year for the first time. This is a first class Ham Radio gathering. I have attended many other DX conventions and other HR conventions in my travels. This one stands out as my favorite. Great accommodations, Friday dinner was an added bonus, great presenters covering a wide range of topics…..something of interest to all. And, one of the nicest groups of Hams you will meet anywhere….AND the most amazing set of prizes going. Yea, I am going this year and plan to make it a regular event on my HR calender. Best 73 Scott K2CUB/8”

Mark your calendar…Saturday August 24, 2019

Attendees List

SMC Fest will be hosted at the Hyatt Place, Normal IL

We have secured rooms for our group for both Friday and Saturday evening at $109 per night. We have the allotment for a short time and the sooner you can reserve to better so that we can adjust the count.  

Hyatt Place Room Reservations

For more chat time plan on arriving Friday and bring your spouse.  We have an outside restaurant area reserved at Medicis that is an easy one block walking distance from the hotel. Hotel charge includes parking at a parking deck across the street. Please let us know if you plan on joining everyone for dinner and drinks. We have the area reserved from 6 pm to 10 pm. The hotel will have additional staff prior and after our dinner for the bar area. 

Lots of roads lead to SMC Fest

Marriott, Normal, IL

We will have an all day program that includes breaks and lunch package for $35.  Registration form is at the bottom of this page (PayPal and Credit Card payments accepted). This is a must attend event for the avid contester. It is also a great time to visit with other members.  ARRL card checking by K9LA and WS9V. 


Confirmed speakers – K9WO, N4TZ, NN1N, W9RE, W9XT, K9AY, N4YDU and N0AX

8:00 8:30 On Site Registration  
8:30 8:45 Opening remarks and recognition K9CT
8:45 9:30  SMC Beginnings  and  VS6WO M/M K9WO
9:30 10:00 ARRL W9XA – K9LA – AD9I – K9CT  
10:00 10:15 Group Photo Break  
10:15 11:00 Antenna Arrival Angles for Contesting W9XT
11:00 12:00 Grounding and Bonding N0AX
12:00 13:00 Buffet Lunch  
13:00 13:45 WRTC Competition N4TZ
13:45 14:30 Receive Antennas K9AY
14:30 14:45 Break  
14:45 15:30 Winning ARRL DX CW at TI7W  N4YDU
15:30 16:15 Contest changes and ARRL HQ experiences NN1N
16:15 17:00 SO2R Discussion with NN1N and W9RE K9CT
17:00   Closing remarks K9CT

Lunch menu:

Lunch will be buffet style and will be 

Appetizers: Cheese Cube platter and Fruit Tray

Entrees: Roast Beef au Jus and Chicken Breast

Sides: Oven Roasted Red Potatoes, Green Beans and Seven Layer Salad

Dessert: Brownie Tray 

Breaks – Coffee/soft drinks/water and cookies

Thanks to Val, NV9L and Brian, K9QQ
Door prizes from DXE, FlexRadio and more

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LEMONT, IL 60439

 The entire “uptown” Normal has been rebuilt in the last 10 years.  There are plenty of shops within walking distance, and the Shops of College Hills outdoor mall is only 10 minutes away.  The town will be bustling with activity because it is the first weekend of the semester for Illinois State University students.  The Hyatt Place has a nice bar and breakfast area.