Club Competition Update
The quest for the pizza continues!
First, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that got on the air for the ARRL 10 Meter Contest last weekend! Right now we have 95 logs confirmed at the ARRL and I think we have the potential for 101 logs. A few logs still need to be submitted and a few are in the mail.
While our log total might be close to a club record, band conditions made for lower scores this year. We had 62% of our club active in this contest! We can control activity. We can't control conditions!
Here are the results for the 10 Meter Contest:
Besides the great activity, we also gained three new members. Welcome to Brian, AD0MJ, Jody, KE0BCS & Chris, N0UK.
Overall, Team Hennepin now has the lead for the pizza. Here are the standings:
Let's keep our activity level high for the ARRL RTTY Round-Up in a couple weeks. If you're not on RTTY, ask questions on how to get your station ready. If you're RTTY capable, get your station tuned up and ready!
Happy Holidays Everyone!
73, Rich NØHJZ
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.
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.
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.