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Contest University 2016 – Dayton, OH

*** Registration is now CLOSED -- all seats SOLD OUT!! ***


Contest University will be held on Thursday May 19, 2016, from 7:00am to 5:00pm, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dayton, Ohio.  This is the day before the Dayton Hamvention officially opens.  Don't miss this rare opportunity to gain knowledge that may take you years of practice, trial and error or lost time to learn otherwise. Get the edge to improve your scores and put your station in the winners circle today!


Registration Fee (see below) will include the following:

  • Full day of training and knowledge enhancement, for both beginners and advanced contesters, taught by veteran Contesters (see list of CTU Professors and Topics below).
  • Breakfast Buffet and Boxed Lunch on Thursday.
  • Coffee all day, Cookies during break.
  • Slide textbook and class notes.  Access to color slide decks.
  • Full day of training and knowledge enhancement.
  • Lots of handouts, catalogs and a CTU carry bag.
  • You are also invited to the Wednesday Night Pizza Party.


CTU 2016 Professors:   

  • Val Hotzfeld, NV9L
  • Doug Grant, K1DG
  • Frank Donovan, W3LPL
  • Ed Muns, W0YK
  • Rob Sherwood, NC0B
  • Joel Harrison, W5ZN
  • Tim Duffy, K3LR
  • Bob Wilson, N6TV
  • Tim Jellison, W3YQ
  • Greg Ordy, W8WWV
  • Kirk Pickering, K4RO
  • Andy Blank, N2NT
  • H. Ward Silver, N0AX  


CTU 2016 Topics:

Click for PDF copy of the 2016 Course Outline.  

  • Fair Play – How to Earn and Keep Respect
  • Small Station Bang for the Buck
  • Advanced RTTY Contesting  
  • Getting Started with RTTY Contesting
  • Contest Shack Design  
  • The Advantages of Waterfall Displays for Contesting and DXing
  • Adapting Your Contest Strategies to the Rapidly Declining Solar Cycle 24  
  • Improving Your 160 and 80 Meter Antennas for the Declining Solar Cycle  
  • Improving Your 40 Through 10 Meter Antennas for the Declining Solar Cycle
  • Improving Your Contest Scores Through Log Analysis
  • How to Record an Entire Contest and Learn From Your Mistakes
  • Techniques to Optimize 6 Meter Contest Performance  
  • How Contesting Contributes to Ham Radio
  • Improving Single Operator 2 Radio (SO2R) Techniques  
  • Coax Connectors, A Deep Look At What Can Go Wrong  
  • Antennas and Propagation
  • Waterfalls, Recordings and Reverse Beacon Network
  • Basic Tower Design and Climbing Safety
  • Small Stations With Big Ideas –
  • Multi Operator Hints and Kinks
  • Let’s Talk About Improving Your Contest Scores
  • RTTY Contesting
  • 2016 Contest Radio Performance
  • 2016 CTU Survey


CTU 2016 Registration Fee:

  • $85.00*
  • Sorry, No sign ups at the door!
  • Sorry, no refunds - no cancellations.
  • Scholarships (registration fee) available for those 25 years old or younger - contact us for info.

* If you have presented or will present a talk or a paper at any club meeting, or have an article about Amateur Radio published, between May 14, 2015 and May 14, 2016 - you qualify for a $10.00 registration fee discount.   


*** Registration is now CLOSED -- all seats SOLD OUT!! ***

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Selected CTU Sessions via Webcast

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For hams 25 years old or younger, scholarships to attend CTU are available via a grant from NCDXF, which covers the CTU registration fee.  See the Press Release and contact us for more information. 

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