Contest College

New to contesting or a little pistol trying to get the most out of your station? Contest College is for you! Even if you have many contests under your belt, there is something for everyone. Want to learn about different contests? How about getting the most out of your setup? These sessions will teach you everything from keeping your butt in the seat for a higher rate to how to automate your shack to help you drive your contest scores! New contesters, this program is geared towards you!

Contest College will be held on January 25th starting at 1 p.m. at The Gateway Center in Collinsville, IL, the same location as Winterfest 2020. Come to Winterfest in the morning and stay for Contest College in the afternoon. Contest College will be hosting up to 6+ hours of contesting forums for the new and seasoned veteran. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from the pros. This is your time to ask the questions and gain knowledge to be a top contender in your next contest!!!

Course Syllabus (Times TBD)

  • Contesting 101
  • Station Building & Automation
  • SSB Contesting Tips & Tricks
  • CW Contesting Tips & Tricks
  • How the Sun Effects HF Communication for Contests
  • Remote Contesting
  • VHF Contesting
  • S02R Contesting
  • After the Contest – Log Analysis
  • More to come!!!!

Your Registration Fee Includes

  • 10+ hours of contesting forums with Q&A
  • On-line access to the presentation hand outs after the event
  • Select recordings of presentations will be available to students
  • Handouts of the slide decks
  • “Certificate of Completion” suitable for framing
  • Door prizes!
  • Register at

2020 Professors (To Date)

  • Ward Silver (NØAX)
  • Craig Thompson (K9CT)
  • Dr. Bob Heil (K9EID)
  • Michael Marx (WBØSND)
  • CJ Johnson (WT2P)
  • Ken Norris (KK9N)
  • Joe Fleagle (WØFY)
  • Kyle Krieg (AAØZ)

Contest College 2020 @ Winterfest Registration Fee :

  • $20 before January 1st 2020, $25 after
  • Commemorative Contest College/Winterfest ticket with lanyard
  • No sign ups at the door
  • No refunds or cancellations
  • Forums start at 1 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. or until they kick us out!
  • Two tracks of forums after 4 p.m.
  • Dinner is on your own and there will be no break
  • Admission into Contest College does not include admission into Winterfest

Want to Present at Contest College?

Send an email to with your presentation idea and we will get back with you.