Contest U

It’s not too late to get educated!

Contest University is taking place on Thursday, May 14, 200DSCF22799 from 7am to 5pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dayton, Ohio.

Part of the world famous Dayton Hamfest (any hamfest, convention and fleamarket that can see 20,000 plus attendees has got to be world famous) Contest University features a full-day of instruction into the esoteric arts of ham-radio contesting.

Here’s a list of this year’s presenters:


2009 CTU Professors are:

  • Mark Beckwith, N5OT
  • Dave Leeson, W6NL
  • Dick Norton, N6AA
  • Randy Thompson, K5ZD
  • Ward Silver, NØAX
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  • Doug Grant, K1DG
  • Jim Stahl, K8MR
  • Frank Donovan, W3LPL
  • Ed Muns, WØYK
  • Mark Haynes, MØDXR
  • Rob Sherwood, NCØB

If you’ve been on for any time at all on any contest you’ve likely run into one or all of these guys. To put it into ham-radio jargon, these are the “Big Boys”. Their experience ranges from huge multi-multi contesting stations to QRP (5 watts or less) micro efforts. Funny thing is it doesn’t matter, it seems, whether these guys are operating at five watts or two kilowatts, they always post amazing scores. Contest University is the place to find out how they do it and how to post better scores yourself.

The photos (from VE3HG) are from top to bottom: Inside the multi-building complex, commercial exhibitors show off their most recent products; the contest and DX forums can see overflow crowds; and this is the crowd waiting the gates to open on Saturday morning.





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