Minnesota Wireless Association Fact Sheet
Minnesota Wireless Association Mission Statement
The Minnesota Wireless Association (MWA) is a club that promotes Radiosporting (Radio Contesting) in the geographic region in and near Minnesota. Members in MWA range from the new or inexperienced contester to the veteran top ten contester. The primary objective of MWA is to compete against other radiosporting clubs in North America in events that have a club competition and in the process promote Amateur Radio Contesting including assisting contesting newcomers. To support this objective, MWA recruits new members within our region and assists all members to improve their score, skill and enjoyment of the sport.
The current officers of the Minnesota Wireless Association are:
MWA Membership Requirements
MWA members are amateur radio operators interesting in radiosporting and reside in Minnesota or in the region surrounding Minnesota. This region includes the following states and provinces: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Manitoba, and Ontario stations west of 88° west longitude.
Members are expected to be active in club affairs and in radiosporting. Active participation is considered one or more of the following: participation in radiosporting events, participation on the club email “reflector”, submitting contest logs to contest sponsors, attendance at club meetings or gatherings, or active in the leadership or operation of MWA.
The MWA Board of Directors may designate someone who does not qualify for MWA membership as an Honorary MWA Member. Reasons for recognizing someone with Honorary MWA Membership could include the following: a former MWA member, someone who has preformed special services for MWA or someone who has generally supported or helped MWA in some way. Honorary MWA Members are not eligible for the MWA Club Competition Team or the MWA Pizza Challenge.
Note: Only MWA members that reside or operate within MWA’s Club Competition Circle are eligible to submit scores for MWA and to include MINNESOTA WIRELESS ASSN on the log as their affiliated contest club.
MWA Club Competition Team
MWA Club Competition Team consists of MWA members who reside or operate within MWA’s club competition circle. The club competition circle is a circle of 175 mile radius with center determined by the MWA Board of Directors and posted on MWA’s web site (currently 45.889403 ° N, 94.389417 ° W which is near St Cloud).
When submitting contest logs, Club Competition Team members must list MINNESOTA WIRELESS ASSN as their affiliated contest club for contests that have a club competition. Exception is the Minnesota QSO Party, members shall not list MWA as their affiliated club and instead may list a local club.
MWA Club Competition Team members must operate and submit at least one log each contest season to one of the events in the MWA Pizza Challenge. Failure to submit the minimum one log in a season will result in removal from the Club Competition Team the following season. When the individual becomes active again they can petition MWA’s score keeper or President for reinstatement to the Club Competition Team.
MWA Pizza Challenge
To help improve MWA’s club competition score, to encourage participation in contests, and to have more fun while contesting, MWA hosts the MWA Pizza Challenge. The Pizza Challenge is centered around select contests that have a club competition and the Minnesota QSO Party. For the competition, MWA Club Competition Team members are placed on internal teams to compete against each other during the contest season in select contests. The team winning the Pizza Challenge will have its pizza paid for by the other teams at MWA’s annual fall meeting.
Currently only MWA Club Competition Team members are eligible to participate in the MWA Pizza Challenge. Club Competition Team members must submit their score and log to ARRL, CQ or Minnesota QSO Party for their score to count in the Team Competition.
Contests currently included in the MWA Pizza Challenge are:
MWA Email Reflector
The MWA Email Reflector is open to all MWA members and all members are encouraged to join the reflector.
Individuals who do not meet MWA’s membership requirements and are considered friends of MWA, or who have interest or other ties to MWA, may request access to the MWA reflector. The reflector moderator, or MWA’s Board of Directors, will review non-member requests individually for their merit.
The MWA Email Reflector is the primary method for MWA members to communicate with each other, and is the primary method for distributing news and information to MWA members. For details on joining the Email Reflector, check the Email Reflector on the Club’s web site home page at www.w0aa.org.
MWA has one major meeting each year. The meeting will be held the 3rd Tuesday in September. Typically this meeting is held in the northern Twin City area. Occasionally regional meetings are held in other areas of the state. The primary method MWA members stay in touch is through the email reflector, mentioned above.
Donating to MWA
Minnesota Wireless Association relies completely on donations from members and other to cover our expenses. MWA will continue to rely on this method of collecting money as long as we continue to meet our expenses.
The money collected is primarily used to sponsor plaques in contests; cover the cost of the web site and email reflector; and cover minimal operating expenses (in order of largest expenditure to smallest expenditure). Financial support for the Minnesota QSO Party is covered through the plaque sponsorship program. The treasury report for the past year is available here for your review.
Voluntary contribution to support the Minnesota Wireless Association in its effort to support contesting in the upper Midwest can be mailed to:
Minnesota Wireless Association
Thank you in advance for your support.
How Competitive is the MWA?
The MWA ranks in the upper tier of contest clubs throughout the country. We usually put forth our biggest effort in the ARRL Sweepstakes and score consistently among the top clubs in the Unlimited Category. For example, in the 2007 ARRL Sweepstakes, the MWA scored 4th out of 69 clubs throughout the nation. The only clubs scoring higher than the MWAwere the Northern California Contest Club, the Potomac Valley Radio Club, and the Society of Midwest Contesters. The MWA also competes as a team in the ARRL 160 and 10 Meter Contests, the CQWW Contests, NA QSO party, and various Sprints.
MWA Club Call
The MWA club callsign is WØAA. This call is available for members to use, primarily in multi-op contest efforts. KØTO is the trustee of the WØAA license. Contact KØTO for more information.