Club Competition Update

Our 2021-2022 Contest Season kicked off last weekend with the CQWW RTTY Contest.  While this contest has never been a big draw within the club, the contest did provide some good activity, lots of DX and good QSO rates!  Now to the results:

  • Team South – 3,038,046 points (Up 266.71% over last year!) – 17 active team members (26% of the team)
  • Team North – 2,895,508 points (Up 169.82% over last year!) – 15 active team members (30% of the team)
  • Team Hennepin – 1,373,276 points (Up 31.42% over last year!) – 7 active team members (19% of the team)
  • OVERALL MWA – 7,306,830 points (Up 147.98% over last year!) – 39 active club members (26% of the club)

Congrats to Team South for winning the first point of the contest season!

Is a three-peat in the works for Team South?  Vegas says “no.”  I made a quick call to the Radiosport Betting Site at the MGM Grand and talked with their Manager, Jimmy Marconi, about the betting line.  I asked Jimmy about the three teams and their odds.  Jimmy’s comments:

“While Team South has been firing on all cylinders, our Vegas team feels they may have shot all their cannons last year.  Unless they can add more members or add even more activity, it’s going to be tough to beat last year.  We place the Team South odds at 9:2.  Don’t count out Team South, but it would take historic activity to win a third pizza.”

“Our Vegas Team sees this as a two team race.  Team North and Team Hennepin are both poised to win this season and both have 3:1 odds.  This will come down to which team can keep the butts in the chairs.  The three keys we are looking at are Sweepstakes, ARRL 10 Meter and the RTTY Round-Up.  Those contests could determine the Champion.”

There you have it.  The oddsmakers in Vegas have spoken and now it’s time to get on the air.  Ten more events will play out before we determine the 2021-2022 Pizza Champion.  

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