Club Competition Update
The solar activity, coupled with MWA activity, is pushing our club to new scoring highs! We have the possibility to see new individual, team and club scoring records set in the contest season! Wow! Before we look at the possible records, let's look at the CQWW CW and overall results:
CQ WW DX CW
The solar numbers were down slightly but the activity and BIC time was up! Scores soared through the roof! Million-point scores were recorded by members of all three teams! Personal best scores were had by single-ops and multi-ops across our area! Here are the results:
OVERALL PIZZA COMPETITION
With six more events, any team can still win the pizza. Team Hennepin is making a strong bid for a repeat but a lot can happen over the next four months! Here are the updated standings:
POSSIBLE SCORING RECORDS
There is the possibility for the club, team and individual scoring records to fall this season! Time will tell if it will happen but we're all on track! Here are the possible records:
* Club Scoring Record - The current record is 224,668,728 points from 2011 - 2012. With six contests left, we're only 62.8 million points away!
* Team Scoring Record - The current record is 83.4 million points by Team North during the 2011 - 2012 season. Team Hennepin is only 12 million points away!
* Individual Scoring Record - The current record is 16.1 million points by Mark, K0KX, in 2011 - 2012. There are five stations who have over five million points but Mark leads the pack with 12.8 million points!
With good activity, all the records can fall this season! Our next contest is the ARRL 160 Meter Contest next weekend! Last year we scored 2.4 million points as a club. With good activity, we can beat that score and compete for a gavel! Good luck to everyone!
73 Rich NØHJZ
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:
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.
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.