Club Competition Update

We’ve been contesting and competing for seven months now. It took us all eleven events in the Contest Calendar to crown the 2021-2022 MWA Team Champions.

Team South knew they had to “run the table” on the final three events to win the pizza for a third year. They grabbed the point in the ARRL DX CW Contest in February. Although they threw everything they had at the contest, Team North was just too much. The Northern boys hooked up their microphones and added 1.5x the points of last year! Congrats to Team North on the victory in the ARRL DX Phone Contest and in the Pizza Competition! Here are all the numbers:

  • Team North – 1.495,764 Points (Up 162.44% over last year!) – 15 members active (28% of the team)
  • Team South – 8,604,741 Points (Up 132.92% over last year!) – 29 members active (42% of the team) 
  • Team Hennepin – 828,546 Points (Up 117.04% over last year!) – 11 members active (29% of the team)
  • TOTAL MWA – 10,929,051 Points (Up 135.24% over last year!) – 55 members active (34% of the club)


  • Team North – 6 Points (SS Phone, ARRL 160M, ARRL 10M, ARRY RTTY RU, MNQP & ARRL DX Phone)
  • Team South – 4 Points (CQWW RTTY, CQWW Phone, SS CW & ARRL DX CW)
  • Team Hennepin – 1 Point (CQWW CW)

There is still one point to be resolved.  The CQ WPX Phone Contest is the final weekend of March.  This will be the final point of the season.  We hope everyone will be active.

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:

  • 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


One Million Points

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:

  • CQWW RTTY – 300 QSO’s x 75 mults (average QSO worth 2 pts) = 45,000 points
  • CQWW DX Phone – 400 QSO’s x 200 mults (average QSO worth 2.5 pts) = 200,000 points
  • Sweepstakes CW – 350 QSO’s x 75 mults (QSO’s worth 2 pts) = 52,500 points
  • Sweepstakes Phone – 350 QSO’s x 75 mults (QSO’s worth 2 pts) = 52,500 points
  • CQWW DX CW – 400 QSO’s x 200 mults (average QSO worth 2.5 pts) = 200,000 points
  • ARRL 160 Meter Contest – 250 QSO’s x 50 mults (QSO’s worth 2 pts) = 25,000 points
  • ARRL 10 Meter Contest – 300 QSO’s x 60 mults (average QSO worth 2.5 pts) = 45,000 points
  • ARRL RTTY Round-Up – 400 QSO’s x 50 mults (QSO’s worth 1 pt) = 20,000 points
  • Minnesota QSO Party – 400 QSO’s x 60 mults (QSO’s worth 2 pts) = 48,000 points
  • ARRL DX CW – 350 QSO’s x 150 mults (QSO’s worth 3 pts) = 157,500 points
  • ARRL DX Phone – 350 QSO’s x 150 mults (QSO’s worth 3 pts) = 157,500 points

FULL YEAR TOTAL = 1,003,000 points

You’ll need to work all three modes. You can go with low power or high power. You can run assisted to add to your multiplier count. You just need to get on the air and spend some time making QSO’s! If anyone needs more help getting their station ready for the contest season, let me know.

I hope this helps more stations earn their certificates at next years meeting and enjoy the contest season more!

73, Rich NØHJZ