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The Florida Contest Group

"I love contesting. There is something about the camaraderie, discipline and knowledge contesting demands that fits me; it doesn't fit everyone . . . but it sure fits me." - Jim White, K4OJ (SK)

The Florida Contest Group

The Florida Contest Group (FCG), an ARRL affiliated club, is Florida's amateur radio contest club. It's members share a common interest in the sport of amateur radio contesting. FCG members have a wide range of contesting experience, from beginners to World Champions. They willingly share their knowledge and skills to promote ham radio contesting in Florida. Members, who number in excess of 200, range from Jacksonville to South Florida. FCG has a "Panhandle" division for those contesters living in the Florida Panhandle who are outside the ARRL's 175 mile "club circle".

The Florida Contest Group supports and encourages all types of contesting, from HF to light, all modes, power classes and skill levels.


The Florida Contest Group will be activating W1AW/4 during the week of November 19-25 (UTC). Check the current Operating Schedule.

Keeping In Touch

Communications is key to amateur radio. The Florida Contest Group uses several methods to communicate with its members, including frequent area meetings, the Gazette newsletter and a club e-mail reflector. All of these methods are used to inform members of what the club is doing, and to encourage, support and help each other in our contest activities.


While the ARRL no longer specifies meeting requirements for club members, the FCG continues to hold face-to-face meetings as often as possible. These meetings are usually held in conjunction with major hamfests, such as Melbourne, Orlando, Tampa and Ft. Walton Beach. Occasionally, meetings are also held at members' homes. Non-members are welcome to attend to find out more about the FCG or about contesting in general.

Melbourne Hamfest

The FCG Meeting will be held during the Melbourne Hamfest, October 10-11, 2014.

Contests This Week

ARRL School Club Roundup
1300Z, Oct 20 to 2359Z, Oct 24

0145Z-0215Z, Oct 24

NCCC Sprint
0230Z-0300Z, Oct 24

CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB
0000Z, Oct 25 to 2400Z, Oct 26

CWops Mini-CWT Test
1300Z-1400Z, Oct 29 and 1900Z-2000Z, Oct 29 and 0300Z-0400Z, Oct 30

0145Z-0215Z, Oct 31

NCCC Sprint
0230Z-0300Z, Oct 31

The Florida QSO Party

The Florida Contest Group is the proud sponsor of the very popular "Florida QSO Party". Visit the Florida QSO Party Web site for contest rules, results and more.

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