Club Competition Update
The score rumors are now posted on the MWA website. Team North has jumped out with the first point of the season by winning this event! Here is how the results came in:
OVERALL MWA - 8,097,275 points (Up 1.11% over last year!)
A respectable score with conditions on the downturn. Remember that our "wildcard" point this year is the combined improvement in the CQWW RTTY and the ARRL RTTY RU. Team North has the lead for this additional point but anyone could grab it!
Our next event is the CQWW DX Phone Contest at the end of the month. Get your antennas tuned up and ready for the biggest contest of the year!
Congrats to Team North and to everyone that got on the air!
73, Rich NØHJZ
KØTO Inducted Into Contest Hall of Fame
The Contest activities during Dayton May 2016 will hold a special place in the history of the Minnesota Wireless Association. Our club was promoted and honored alongside our very own Tod Olson, KØTO.
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.