SAVE THE DATE!
NEW LOCATION FOR 2016!
The 2016 Annual meeting of the MWA is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20th. The new location is a little further north but has better meeting facilities, Broadway Pizza in Blaine.
Social Hour 4:30 - 6:00
Here is what we are working on for the meeting (subject to change):
Feature presentation RTTY Contesting Helping MWA members close the knowledge gap and get more out of their RTTY contesting
Meal Cost $8 Hennepin Team Members, $19 North and South Team Members
Club Competition Update
The final scores are now posted and we can declare a (preliminary) winner for the 2015-2016 Team Competition!
Based on reported scores, Team Hennepin will be the winner of the pizza at the Fall Meeting! This is still a very close race and the log checking will be the final determination of the winner. The MNQP will be the closest race and could swing the competition!
Here are the final results:
Here are the results from the ARRL DX Phone Contest:
Well, the contest season has ended. We saw propagation decline but we maintained scores from the previous season!
This was our first season using the point system versus the overall percentage gain. Let me know your thoughts on this system. Also, let me know your thoughts on how we can improve our activity levels, or other ideas you have!
As scores come out, I'll update the standings and make them "official." I hope everyone got their logs in!
Thanks to everyone who was active this year! It sure was another fun contest season!
73, Rich NØHJZ
A Few Points on Getting More Points
Metal-in-air, butt-in-chair, submit your log.
That mantra goes a long way, but there is much more to learn and do to improve
Bill Mitchell, AEØEE, provides some tips on improving your score in this article.
How To Win The Pizza - A New Way!
We've come up with a new way to "win the pizza" for this season! In an attempt to have some fun, increase MWA scores, and level the playing field between contests, the MWA Team Competition has a new method for the 2015/2016 contest season. This was announced at the MWA meeting but I wanted to get the word out to everyone in the area.
Previously we used the percentage gain for the entire year as the determining factor for the winning team. Whoever increased the most over the entire season won the pizza. Simple!
As we analyzed the results, we found that the DX contests really drove the season. Why operate the little contests when you can create a large score in CQWW or ARRL DX? We looked at a way to make ARRL 160 or MNQP mean as much as the CQWW events.
Here is the result:
This new scoring method will hopefully get more stations active in more events. We'll see increased activity, more QSO's for each of us, and larger scores for MWA! I'll have the first results out soon. Let me know if you have any questions.
73 Rich NØHJZ
MWA Friend Files
The various friend files for the different contest software have been updated based on current MWA membership. There are two versions for each program, one has MWA flag in the file so when it comes up on the screen you see MWA along with name, etc. Some people like this and others don’t.
The zip file name with MWA.zip at the very end has the MWA flag in the file.
Each zip file also has instructions on how to install with the particular software.