Winterfest 2020 – DX & ARRL Banquet – Contest College Tickets Now On Sale!

Winterfest 2020 is back at the Gateway Convention Center (Collinsville, IL) with over 180 vendors, 240 tables, 1200+ attendees and 30,000 square feet of indoor vendor space. This hamfest is a don’t miss opportunity with expanded hours, all day forums, a DX/ARRL Friday night banquet and Saturday Contest College!  Winterfest will be held January 25th, 2020. All current info can be found at the below link.

Winterfest is the largest annual Hamfest in the Saint Louis metropolitan and bi-state area and draws ham attendees from the states of MO, KS, IL, IA and IN. SLSRC plans to make this Winterfest the largest and best in the history of the event.

ARRL Midwest Division Convention

Winterfest has been chosen as the ARRL Midwest Division Convention in 2020. The midwest ARRL division covers the states of MO, IA, KS, & NE. In addition to the convention meetings there will also be QSL card checking and VE testing. Additional details related to the ARRL Midwest Division Convention will be found at the Midwest Division website –

Education Alley at Winterfest

New for Winterfest 2020, Education Alley is a whole section concentrating on youth in Amateur Radio, STEM projects, robotics, space, ARISS, satellites and the maker community.  Come join us for “lightning talks” throughout the day, demonstrations and everything in-between. If you would like to sponsor a table for a young amateur radio operator or group to help showcase their project or event, please contact the planning committee at  

DX & ARRL Banquet

Friday, January 24th 2020, Winterfest will sponsor a DX and ARRL banquet just south of St. Louis City. Please join us for a social hour starting at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Craig Thompson (K9CT) will give the DX presentation about the recent Pitcairn DXpedition and Rod Blocksome (KØDAS), Midwest ARRL Director and Howard Michel (WB2ITX) ARRL CEO will give the ARRL Presentation.  Ward Silver (NØAX) will emcee. The Winterfest planning committee is looking for table sponsors and vendors for the banquet. If your company or club would like to sponsor a table, donate a door prize or set up a booth, please contact the planning committee at

SLSRC Contest College

On Saturday January 25th, starting at 1 p.m. Winterfest will sponsor 10 hours of contesting forums in two forum rooms geared towards newer hams and small pistols at the Gateway Center. Forum topics will include how to get started in contesting, types of contests, CW & SSB contesting tips and tricks along with HF propagation, remote contesting, VHF contesting and Cabrillo log analysis. This will be the first year for SLSRC’s Contest College and it will be jam-packed with info for the new contester. If your company or club is interested in sponsoring SLSRC’s Contest College or donating a door prize, please contact the planning committee at