MN QSO Party Results 2013
Another MNQP is in the books with some amazing numbers. This year we received 283 logs which again is another all time high, and a very strong jump in numbers like we saw four or five years ago.
Welcome to all of those who were first time participants (and there were quite a few) this year, and we hope to see you back in the years to come.
In the table shown below is a quick snapshot of the progression of the QSO party over the last ten years. We are missing the top scores from 2005, but it shows the growth in terms of logs and score over the last ten years.
I seem to recall that many of the Minnesota mobile “regulars” were somewhat in awe when Gerry WØGXQ broke the 100K score mark in 2004. Of course we all know that he and Jeff W9MSE, (winner the previous year) are both top notch mobile operators, but 100K+ points? ...Wow!
And now this year we have scores that are pushing close to the 200K mark. This kind of thing can only happen when we have strong support and participation from our W/VE and DX friends who make this happen. Thanks again for all who make this party great.
This is a good time to remind everyone that we welcome comments and suggestions always, if you have ideas on how we can make this a better event.
This year we added awarding our top ARES participant, and will be awarding top scoring DX participants as well. There will be a few simple rules clarifications for next year to assist in placing scores in their appropriate categories.
Quite a few of our participants operating phone may notice their score showing as almost double what they expected. Apparently there are still some logging programs in use which are not yet crediting the phone contact as a 2 point QSO.
We certainly hope to see you all in next year’s event, and thanks again for your participation.
Some of our members are using switchable bandpass filters in their stations. In particular the fellows who operate SO2R or multi-op. The objective is to be able to listen or transmit on two separate bands with reduced interference between the radios on the two or more bands.
I bought two Dunestar filters from one of the MWA members. At the time we made the deal I had been advised that one or two of the bands did not seem to operate correctly. I accepted that condition as a part of the purchase.
Club Competition Update
The votes continue to be counted and we are able to project the winner of the MWA Team Competition. Each contest and every log will be tabulated to find the eventual winner. Right now the winning team is beating the second place team by 4.21%. This is well within the margin of error.
Here are some of the results:
ARRL DX PHONE CONTEST
Team Hennepin - 8,912,234 points (Up 90.43% over last year!)
Team South - 9,221,864 points (Up 41.55% over last year!)
Team North - 4,486,263 points (Down 57.05% from last year)
TOTAL MWA - 22,620,361 points (Up 4.53% from last year!)
CQWW DX RTTY CONTEST
The results are out for the CQWW DX RTTY Contest. Notable stations were the K0IR Multi-Two which whoooped the competition and Mark, K0KX, who was the #3 single-op in Zone 4! MWA took 4th place in the club competition in the US! The results on our website are the final results for the CQ RTTY Contest. Team South lost 3.9% to logging errors while Hennepin lost 5.2% and North lost 6.3%. Team Hennepin had one extra log but also had one log not turned in (ouch!).
FINAL MWA TEAM COMPETITION RESULTS
Team South - 64,873,294 points (Up 1.68% over last year!)
Team Hennepin - 68,695,787 points (Down 2.53% from last year)
Team North - 71,874,021 points (Down 13.86% from last year)
OVERALL MWA - 205,443,102 points (Down 5.64% from last year)
We will see if we can stay above the 200 million point level after all the logs are checked. I will update the spreadsheet and announce the final winning team when all the contests have reported. It will be much earlier this year as CQ has moved up their reporting dramatically! The final results could come down to one log.
Congrats to all of us! Another great contest season is complete!
73 Rich NØHJZ
One Million Points
After our meeting on Tuesday, a few of you asked me to share how to get to a million points in the contest season. You need to make an effort to be active in all 11 contests in our contest season. I think that, with a minimal station, and some BIC time, everyone in MWA could do this. Here is the formula: