Welcome to CTU UK 2009


Taking place at the RSGB Convention in Wyboston near Bedford, England, on Saturday October 10th 2009, Contest University (CTU) UK is not only the place where you will learn all the skills and secrets into getting you well under way with your contesting activities, but it also offers experienced contesters the opportunity to learn from others and possibly pick up on some new tips to gain that winning edge! Sponsored by ICOM UK, the event is based on the highly succesful Dayton CTU and will address a UK audience of wannabe, novice, and experienced contesters throughout a double stream programme of classes (Multi Sessions) and interactive workshops (Short Groups). This is the second CTU UK, following a succesful launch in 2008 which saw 125 participants.

This years programme will be split between Multi-Session (Presentations) and Short-Groups (Workshops/Interactive Sessions). The days programme is planned as follows:


09:15am - CTU UK Welcome, Opening Ceremony

The event will be opened by Mark M0DXR together with Tim K3LR, and representatives from ICOM UK Ian Lockyer and Dave Stockley.


Multi Sessions

09:30am - Contesting for Beginners, Lee Volante G0MTN

Tea & Coffee  

10:45am - Building a Successful Contest Station, Tim Duffy K3LR

11:45am - Field Day and Portable Contesting, Dave Lawley G4BUO

11:45am - Introduction Propagation and Antenna Applications, Steve                  Nichols G0KYA and Steve Knowles G3UFY  


13:45pm - SO2R Technology and Techniques, Don Beattie G3BJ

13:45pm - DXpedition Contesting, John Warburton G4IRN

14:45pm - Getting Started in RTTY Contesting, Roger Cooke G3LDI

14:45pm - Hints and Kinks for Contesters, Justin Snow G4TSH

Tea & Coffee


Short Groups

16:00pm - Getting Started in Contesting, Lee Volante G0MTN

16:00pm - Antennas and Propagation, Steve Nichols G0KYA and Steve                  Knowles G3UFY  

16:30pm - Station Design, Paul Beecham G6PZ  

16:30pm - The IOTA Contest, Don Field G3XTT

17:00pm - Contest Adjudication: Behind the Scenes, Jim Martin MM0BQI 

17:00pm - Operating Techniques, Chris Tran GM3WOJ  

17:30pm - CQWW Contest and WRTC, Roger Western G3SXW

17:30pm - VHF Contesting, Andy Cook G4PIQ


18:00pm - Certificate Presentation and Final Words  

This is where attendees are presented with a certificate (see below) and close out of the programme will take place.


To be part of CTU UK 2009, just turn up at the RSGB Convention. Cost for admission to the Convention allows you to attend as many of the sessions as you wish.  All students will receive presentation material on registering on the day. To ensure your space at the lectures and to ensure you receive a pack, turn up early!

Attend at least 4 of any of the sessions to receive a Certificate of Graduation from Contest University!

Thank you, and I hope to see you at CTU UK 2009!

Mark Haynes, M0DXR
CTU UK Director  

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