We are entering the busiest time for the contest season. Check the WA7BNM Contest Calendar to get the latest condensed details such as contest dates/times, exchange info, submission location, and links to the sponsor’s webpage.
Upcoming big ones….
CQ WW phone and CW
ARRL 160M and 10M
The W9-area records have been updated with the 2015 results for the CQWW SSB and CW Sweepstakes. Keep an eye on the SMC Area Records page for updates in the other contests.
SMC has been a previous winner in the SS and ARRL 160 contests. You might give some thought to setting the time aside with your family calendar. This is also a good time to get your antennas ready. The weather has been great for antenna work but this can change rapidly.
We will be encouraging you to get on the air for SS in particular. Propagation is soon to be favoring the midwest with earlier 40m openings. A low 40m dipole is an important antenna to get ready.
The ARRL 160 is also going to be a good one from the Black Hole. Think about getting a inverted L up before it gets nasty. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well this simple antenna works, even with just a few short radials.
Final results are in for the 2016 NAQP Challenge. PVRC held on to their lead to capture the NAQP Challenge Cup from 2015 winner SMC. NCCC finished third.
SMC members actually outscored PVRC for the course of the last 5 contests, but PVRC (a much larger club) had more logs than we did for these contests and that, coupled with the HUGE score they posted in the January CW contest, made it impossible for us to catch up.
You can view the current totals and download the 2016 NAQP Challenge Activity Report, or view the previous results.
9/27/2016 Thanks for attending 2016 SMC Fest….over 70 members in attendance.
8/27/2016 SMC Fest Schedule
|SMC Fest 2016
||On Site Registration
||Opening remarks and recognition
||SO2R – How To Learn & Operate
||Group picture and Break
||Spotting Networks and Skimmers
||Contesting from a DX Location
||Lunch – ARRL Contest Dept./ARRL Central Division Director
||VHF/UHF Contests – Secrets for Success
||Station design for contesting and DXing on 10 acres
||Station Design for contesting and Dxing on a City Lot
||Improving Your Contest Scores Through Log Analysis
||Radiosport in the Time of the Internet
||Final Comments and Adjourn
We have a goal of $2500 for tents and SMC sponsors for WRTC 2018
When you donate to firstname.lastname@example.org on PayPal and mark it for WRTC2018, we will send your name and call to the WRTC organizers. Your name and call will be added to this list http://www.wrtc2018.de/index.php/en/sponsors/individuals
SMC is competing with other clubs for membership donations and that appears here http://www.wrtc2018.de/index.php/en/sponsors/club-competition-individual-donors
SMC Members donating to date
$780 total so far!
50 – N9EF
50 – WB8BZK
25 – KC9YL
100 – W0GXA
25 – NJ9T
50 – N9VPV
30 – K3WA
50 – K9CT
100 – K9ZO
250 – K9APW
50 – K9ZM
50 – W9NED