Get the Contesting Edge: Register for Contest University, May 18, 2023 in Dayton

There’s still time to sign up for the 2023 edition of Contest University, where hams gather annually in Dayton, Ohio, to absorb expert advice from a diverse range of hams, each with a unique perspective and valuable, game-changing insights. This year’s lineup of Contest University professors includes:

  • Gerry Hull, W1VE
  • Frank Donovan, W3LPL
  • Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF
  • Joel Harrison, W5ZN
  • Ed Muns, W0YK
  • Rob Sherwood, NC0B
  • Bob Wilson, N6TV
  • Anthony Luscre, K8ZT
  • Philipp Springer, DK6SP
  • Ward Silver, N0AX
  • Tim Jellison, W3YQ
  • Tim Duffy, K3LR

Registration is open until May 10 for 2023 Contest University, Thursday, May 18, from 7 am to 5 pm at the Hope Hotel in Dayton—one day before Hamvention. Click here for the online registration and payment form.

The details:

  • Registration fee is $85 (extra $10 discount available; see online registration form for details).
  • You may pay online with your credit/debit card, or via PayPal.
  • You will receive a Registration Confirmation from us. This email will be your ticket. Print the Registration Confirmation email and bring it with you to the Contest University Registration Desk on Thursday morning.
  • No sign-ups at the door
  • No refunds or cancellations
  • Scholarships available for those 25 years old or younger. Contact us for details.
  • Contact the hotel ASAP for Hamvention rate for Wednesday night. Lodging space is limited.

Registration fee includes:

  • Full day of training and knowledge enhancement
  • Wednesday night pizza party
  • Thursday breakfast buffet and boxed lunch
  • Coffee all day
  • Printed textbook and class notes, plus access to color slide decks
  • Handouts, DX Engineering catalogs, and CTU carrying bag
  • Personalized “Certificate of Completion” (only available to the first 300 registrants or registrants up until April 28, whichever was first)

Here is the list of scheduled speakers and topics. Please note that attendees will be able to choose from several topic presentations and discussion groups running simultaneously at designated times. To plan out your day at Contest University, visit the 2023 Course Outline for presentation times and Professor Bios:

  • Radiosport: Read the Rules, Follow the Rules, and Have Fun, K1DG
  • Basic Station Automation Techniques and Recommendations, N6TV
  • Optimizing Low Band Receiving Antenna Performance, W3LPL
  • Understanding Remote Contesting, W1VE
  • RTTY and FT4/FT8 Digital Contesting, W0YK  
  • Small Stations–Getting to the Next Level, N0AX
  • Competitive Transmitting Antennas for Solar Maximum, W3LPL  
  • Year Long Contest! State QSO Party Challenge and CQ DX Marathon, K8ZT
  • How to Maximize Your Digital Contest Station and Operation, W0YK
  • How You Can Become Involved with Youth on the Air, DK6SP  
  • How the Strongest Solar Maximum in 20 Years Affects Contest Planning and Execution, W3LPL
  • Simple and Effective Low Band Antennas for Contesting, W5ZN
  • QRP and Low Power Contesting: Tips and Strategies, K8ZT  
  • Waterfalls and USB Port, Q & A/Open Discussion, N6TV
  • Small Stations–Getting to the Next Level, Q & A/Open Discussion, N0AX
  • Remote Station Help and Ideas, Q & A/Open Discussion, W1VE
  • Digital and RTTY Contesting, Q & A/Open Discussion, W0YK
  • Tower Climbing and Tower Safety, Q & A/Open Discussion, W3YQ
  • VHF Contesting: Update and Questions, Q & A/Open Discussion, W5ZN
  • Improving Your Contest Station Competitiveness and Reliability,
    Q & A/Open Discussion, W3LPL
  • Digital and RTTY Contesting, Q & A/Open Discussion, W0YK
  • QRP Contesting and State QSO Parties, Q & A/Open Discussion, K8ZT
  • Transceiver Performance and Selection of a New Radio, NC0B

Also, enjoy these activities during “Contest Lunch”:

  • 2023 Eye Ball Sprint Contest “LIVE,” K1DG
  • Contesting for Ionospheric Science During the 2023 and 2024 North American Solar Eclipse, W2NAF
  • Attendees will vote for four topics/classes that they missed and would like to have presented again in the 1:45 pm spot. The top four by vote will be rerun. 

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