The Society of Midwest Contesters

SMC Fest

Mark your calendar…Saturday August 26, 2017

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 $99 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….Special Group Code is G-SMC2

For more chat time plan on arriving Friday and bring the XYL.  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 K9CS and WS9V. 


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

Lunch menu:

Tomato Basil Bisque
Mediterranean Salad
Tuscan Sandwich and Grilled Chicken Club Wrap
Chips, cookie, beverages
Thanks to Val, NV9L and Brian, K9QQ
Door prizes from DXE, FlexRadio and more
We will also have a raffle for an ICOM 7300 with proceeds benefiting WRTC

Don’t want to pay via PayPal? Send check to

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.


2017 SMC Fest Registration Form

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