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 300, 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.

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 typically held annually in conjunction with the Melbourne Hamfest in October and the Orlando Hamcation in February. 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.

Dues and Membership

Dues are $5 per calendar year. Your dues are considered delinquent after March 31. After March 31, we will change your membership status to “inactive.” If your membership is inactive, you will be removed from the reflector and the ARRL’s Club Eligibility list. If you wish to rejoin, simply pay your $5 (or some multiple of $5) and we’ll happily reinstate your membership. Honorary members (former members or friends of the club who do not live within Florida), lifetime members, student members, and spouses and family of paid members are not required to pay dues.

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.