Supporting Ham Radio Contesting Since 1989

Supporting Ham Radio Contesting Since 1989



Dayton 2017 Activities Announced

NCC president Tim Duffy, K3LR, has announced three important events for Dayton 2017:

The first is the event that no contester wants to miss – the Contest Dinner, sponsored by North Coast Contesters.  This year’s dinner, to be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, will be the twenty-fifth such event!  It is sure to be a sell-out, so get your tickets early.  Tickets are only available at the new contest dinner website:

The second event is the Contest Supersuite, which will be held on four consecutive nights (May 17-20) in the Harding, McKinley, Garfield and Harrison Rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  This year will be the 29th anniversary of this event.  The Contest Supersuite is co-sponsored by the North Coast Contesters, Mad River Radio Club, and Frankford Radio Club.  For more information, visit the website:

The third event is the Contest University, to be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  This will be the 11th year for the CTU! See the new website and course listing at:   



NA Sprint February 4, 2017

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 4, 2017 for the next NA Sprint CW.  NCC has been putting together ten-operator teams with our friends in the Mad River Radio Club and a few others for several years and we will be doing the same during 2017.  The January contest begins at 7 PM local on Saturday evening (0000Z on Sunday February 5 and runs for four hours.    In the February 2016 CW Sprint, NCC/MRRC Friends teams came in third and ninth, so this is a contest that we do very well in.  Save the date! 

NAQP CW January 14, 2017

Those unable to attend the K8AZ Annual Meeting (see next Events item) may want to join a team in the January running of the North American QSO Party CW scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 14, 2017.  As we have done for the past several years, we will be putting together joint teams with our friends in the Mad River Radio Club.  It is unfortunate that there is a conflict with the annual meeting but these days nearly every weekend has an event that some are interested in operating.  Stay tuned to the NCC reflector for reminders and requests for team participation.  

Annual Meeting at K8AZ

The Annual NCC meeting will be held at the QTH of K8AZ on January 14, 2017.  The meeting will be held in conjunction with Tom’s 29th annual K8AZ Open House.   The NCC meeting will commence around 8 PM after multiple boxes of pizza have been devoured by the attendees.  See the NCC reflector for further details.

Ohio QSO Party August 27

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 27, 2016, the date of the next Ohio QSO Party.  The contest ruins from noon to midnight local time (1600Z Saturday until 0400Z Sunday).  A large percentage of North Coast Contesters live in Ohio and many of these have been OQP regulars for years, including KW8N, W8CAR, K8MR, W1NN, and K8NZ.  In 2015, 334 logs were submitted containing over 45,000 contacts.  3,811 calls, including 562 from Ohio made contacts in the contest. See the Mad River Radio Club website for the rules.

Summer Meeting at K3LR

Tim, K3LR, president of NCC, has announced that NCC will hold another summer picnic-style meeting for the membership on Friday, July 29, beginning at 6PM.  Those of you who have attended previous picnics at Tim’s know that these meetings are a lot of fun and a great opportunity to see one of the world’s top ham radio stations.  Additional details will be available on the club’s email reflector.  Please RSVP to Tim by email so he will know how many to expect.  See you at the K3LR Summer Meeting!


NCC to Sponsor Contest Dinner at Dayton 2016

The Dayton Hamvention for 2016 will be held May 20-22 at the Hara Arena in Dayton. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to make your hotel and contest dinner reservations.

Once again, North Coast Contesters will sponsor the Contest Dinner and are proud to announce that Contest Hall of Fame member John Crovelli, W2GD/P40W will be the keynote speaker for the 24th annual Dayton Contest Dinner event on May 21, 2016.

The Contest dinner will be held on Saturday night, May 21, 2016 at 6:30pm. Cash bar opens at 5:30pm. Located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Official Contest Hotel) at 5th and Jefferson Streets (Next to the Downtown Convention Center) Dayton, Ohio in the Presidential Ballroom.

Contest Dinner Highlights:

  • Master of Ceremonies: John Dorr, K1AR
  • Dinner Speaker: John Crovelli, W2GD
  • 2016 CQ Contest Hall of Fame Inductions: To Be Announced
  • Many contest operators from around the world attend this event. If you enjoy radio contesting, you do not want to miss this Contest Dinner!

Thanks to Icom America, the main door prize is the IC-7600, a full featured HF transceiver.

Details and ticket information is available here:



NCC Meeting January 16, 2016

Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 16, 2016 when the next NCC meeting will be held.  Details will be announced on the club email reflector.  In the past the meetings have usually been held in the evening but with this meeting the time has been moved up to 3 PM in the afternoon.  Stay tuned for details.

NCC Summer Picnic at K3LR

NCC members are invited to attend another summer picnic at the QTH of our president, Tim Duffy, K3LR.  Those who have attended previous picnics at Tim’s know that these events are great fun with good companionship, good food and most likely a station tour.  This one will be held in Tim’s new barn!  The picnic starts at 6 PM on Friday, July 31.  Mwembers need to RSVP direct to Tim via email.

Ohio QSO Party Coming Up

August 22 is the date for the 2015 running of the OHQP. Quite a few NCC members are regular participants in this annual event held on the fourth Saturday of August, so be sure to mark your calendars and get on the air for this fun event. Beginning this year, the serial number has been replaced with a signal report, which will make life easier for mobiles. See for details.

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K8ZT Useful Links
NCC member K8ZT has a website full of useful links and resources. See the following: