Contest University
Thu, May 14, 2020
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Dayton, Ohio USA
Contest University
Thu, May 14, 2020
Dayton, Ohio USA

2020 Dayton Contest University “CTU” – COURSE OUTLINE – 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

7:00 ALL SALONS ABCD – Student Registration and Contest Buffet Breakfast – ALL – 60 minutes
8:00 ALL SALONS ABCD – Welcome to CTU 2020 – K3LR & W8CI – ALL – 10 minutes
8:10 ALL SALONS ABCD – Radio Sport Contesting with Integrity – N6TR – ALL – 40 minutes

9:00 CONTEST TOPIC SESSION #1 – attend ONE of 4 sessions – 60 minutes

SALON A – Effective Low Band Receiving Antennas – W3LPL
SALON B – Assembling Your Station for Optimum Contest Operation – K1DG
SALON C/D – Waterfalls and Contest Logging Software Applications – N6TV
HARDING – FT8, FT4 and the WSJT-X 2.0 Software Suite for HF and VHF Contesting – W0YK

10:00 ALL – *CONTEST SNACK* – 15 minutes

10:15 CONTEST TOPIC SESSION #2 – attend ONE of 4 sessions – 60 minutes

SALON A – Engineering & Maintaining Transmitting Antennas for Competitive Results – W3LPL
SALON B – What’s Up with HF Propagation in 2020 and Beyond – W2NAF
SALON C/D – Effective Contest Strategies for Little Pistols and Medium Guns – N0AX
HARDING – Digital Contesting is Fun – W0YK

11:20 CONTEST TOPIC SESSION #3 – attend ONE of 4 sessions – 55 minutes

SALON A – Strategies to Improve Your Competitiveness in Contests – W3LPL
SALON B – Tower Safety for the Radio Amateur – W3YQ
SALON C/D – Everything You Want to Know about USB Interfaces – N6TV
HARDING – Taking Digital Contesting to the Limit – W0YK

12:15 ALL SALONS ABCD – *CONTEST LUNCH* – ALL – 35 minutes

12:50 ALL SALONS ABCD – 2020 Eye Ball Sprint Contest “LIVE” – ALL – 10 minutes – K1DG
1:00-1:35 ALL SALONS ABCD – Contest Station Optimization – K3LR

*1:45 CONTEST TOPIC SESSION by REQUEST to RERUN – 50 minutes

*SALON A –    As determined by *vote 1
*SALON B –    As determined by *vote 2
*SALON C/D – As determined by *vote 3
*HARDING –   As determined by *vote 4

2:40 CONTEST OPEN DISCUSSION Q&A GROUPs Attend ONE of 4 sessions – 30 minutes

SALON A – Grounding, Bonding and RF – N0AX
SALON B – Waterfalls, Ports and the Reverse Beacon Network – N6TV
SALON C/D – Youth in Contesting – NN1C
HARDING – Log Checking Reports and How to Use Them – N6TR

3:15 CONTEST OPEN DISCUSSION Q&A GROUPs Attend ONE of 4 sessions – 30 minutes

SALON A – Stations and Antennas – W3LPL
SALON B – Digital and RTTY Contesting – W0YK
SALON C/D – Your Roadmap to Radiosport Improvement – K1DG & N6TR
HARDING – Space Weather and Ham Radio Propagation – W2NAF

3:45 ALL – *CONTEST SNACK* – 15 minutes

4:00 ALL SALONS ABCD – Contest Transceiver RX & TX Comparisons – Great RX Performance but TX Limitations Dominate – NC0B – ALL – 50 minutes
4:50 ALL SALONS ABCD – 2020 CTU Survey – K3LR – ALL – 10 minutes

 * 1:45 PM CONTEST SESSION by REQUEST vote to RERUN
CTU students will vote for 4 topics/classes that they missed and would like to have presented again – the top 4 WANTED by vote – will RERUN in this time slot.

 

 

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