ARRL Centenial QSO Party
Help MWA and NLRS put W1AW/Ø in Minnesota on the air in January and June by operating as W1AW/Ø. For more information contact:
June VHF Contest Week (VHF Contest June 14, 1800 UTC – June 15, 0259 UTC)
To put W1AW/Ø on as many bands and modes as possible in Minnesota during the above time periods
Host station requirements:
To be on the air as W1AW/Ø for the dates, times, bands and modes you’ve selected
To always sign W1AW/Ø – DO NOT DROP the /Ø
To get authorization from MN coordinator prior to using W1AW/Ø
MNQP & June VHF advance sign-up required
To operate using your FCC assigned privileges
To operate within the state of Minnesota
To keep electronic log of all contacts, including county you are in
Times in UTC
Name the file "YOUR CALL SIGN-COUNTY (full spelling)_GridSquare.ADI"
ADIF file entries must have the following field: <OPERATOR:*>Your Callsign
example: <OPERATOR:4>AC0W * is number of letters in your call
Exchange – Minimum - Callsign
MNQP Exchange – Max, County (Max is short version of Maxim)
VHF Contest Exchange – Grid square
Does not need to be ARRL member
To have fun
We are required to log the following:
Date, Time, Band, Mode, & Call
We recommend any contest logging program using DXpedition mode. This will produce proper ADIF file. Programs tested: N1MM, WriteLog, Win-Test.
During MNQP and VHF contest use your favorite contest logger for these contests.
Your general logging program should work, typically will have a lot more clutter to the screen.
QSL chores will be handled by ARRL.
Read only link to reservation sheets:
ARRL W1AW/X host station information
ARRL Centennial QSO Party information
Club Competition Update
It all comes down to the final weekend. 48 hours of activity to determine who will wear the pizza crown! Any of the three teams can win the pizza. Team Hennepin has a large lead but has the toughest road for the final weekend. Team South is in second, but has a smaller score to beat this weekend AND they have a DXpedition being sent out to operate.
Team North is in last but they only have to beat 2.5 million this weekend to add to their score. A big effort by any team could have them cozying up to some pepperoni and mozzarella! Here are the results:
ARRL DX CW
What a great weekend of propagation to all points on the globe! Will we ever see a repeat of that propagation in our lifetime?! Last year we had a few more DXpeditions so this year was a tough comparison. Activity seemed low (are there still scores outstanding?)
FULL YEAR PIZZA COMPETITION
Any of the three teams can still win. It all comes down to activity. It all comes down to BIC time! Large stations can score big. Small stations can score big! The pizza could be decided by the activity of one station!! Here are the results:
Good luck to everyone this weekend!
73 Rich NØHJZ
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.
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.
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: