Club Competition Update

The 2019-2020 MWA contest season has come to an end. It was a tough year, with poor high band conditions. Despite the struggles, there were small glimmers of hope on 15M, and an occasional 10M opening. Certain nights during the season produced incredible openings on the low bands! There was fun to be had for those who kept their butt in the chair! Rumor has it that Al, KØAD, will be breaking out his crushed velvet track suit this summer for a special Sun Spot Dance. Let’s hope it helps!

The results from the ARRL International DX Phone Contest are now posted on the website. We had about a third of the club active for this contest. Team North ended the season with a win in this contest! Here are the results for the contest:

  • Team North – 932,970 points (Up 47.34% over last year!)
  • Team South – 1,093,869 points (Up 5.03% over last year!)
  • Team Hennepin – 1,238.717 points (Down 20.21% from last year)
  • MWA – 3,265,556 points (Up 1.19% over last year!)

The final Pizza Competition results:

  • Team South – 6 Points
  • Team North – 3 Points
  • Team Hennepin – 3 Points

NOW is the time to start work on projects to improve your stations and antennas for next season. Make your list of what didn’t work this season and figure out the steps to improve on them. If you need help, post it to the reflector. We’re all here to help!

Thanks to Pat for all his help in keeping the scores posted to the website. Thanks to everyone who was active in the contests! Congrats on another great contest season!

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 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.


MWA Merchandise

MWA merchandise is available from the following vendors:

Name badge from
Tag-Me Engraving

MWA logo clothing from


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:

  • Each of our 11 contests will be separate events. Each contest will be worth one point (11 points total). The team that improves their score percentage the most (year over year) in each event will be awarded one point. Sweepstakes Phone is now worth the same as CQWW DX CW or ARRL RTTY Round-Up! Eleven separate points will be awarded for our eleven contests.
  • Each year we will also give out a bonus point for a specific event or set of contests. With this one bonus point, there are 12 points available throughout the entire contest season.
  • If teams are tied at the end of the season, the tie breaker will be the team that improved their score percentage (year over year) in the Minnesota QSO Party.

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