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Most Radioactive Award (MRA)

Tennessee Contest Group

Most Radio Active Guidelines 2023

Goals and Objectives: 

  • Promote observance of the TCG Prime Directive – HAVE FUN!
  • Promote and encourage recognition of member accomplishments
  • Promote contest participation
  • Promote TCG club recognition
  • Encourage multi-ops and multi-op participation
  • Require some strategy to win – not just “brute force” participation
  • Create potential for lesser-equipped stations to be competitive or win
  • Everyone competitive right up until the end of the year (no run-aways)

Qualification Period:

00:00 UTC, Jan 1, 2023 through 23:59:59 UTC December 31, 2023

Operating Classes:

  • For the purpose of reporting scores to the 3830scores.com website, there will be 3 operating classes: HP (power greater than 100 watts up to legal limit), LP (power of 100 watts maximum) and QRP (10 watts maximum).
  • You may use scores from any or all classes to accumulate points.
  • Power levels used must be within the rules of the contest. (Example: NAQP is 100 watts maximum, i.e. Low Power)



  • TCG members may choose contests to operate from the list of “MRA Contest Choices for 2023” in Appendix A. Members certainly may operate any contest they wish but only those on the list will count for the MRA competition. The list is updated annually to reflect member preferences in contests.
  • For any contest to count, a minimum of THREE QSO’s must be made in that contest.
  • ALL scores must be submitted to the 3830scores.com website with credit to the Tennessee Contest Group
  • Scores from the previous weekend’s contests must be submitted to 3830scores.com before the contests for the next weekend begin.
  • Scores must be submitted to the contest sponsor and posted on the TCG reflector to count.
  • Scores will be tabulated on a monthly basis.
  • The highest total of the 12 monthly scores wins.
  • The monthly scores will be based on a member’s total QSO’s made in the contests operated that month, the operating hours spent in the contests and the number of contests worked that month.
  • For a TCG Multi-Op station, all operators will receive credit for the total number of QSO’s made in the contest by that station and for the total number of hours operated.
  • For TCG multi-ops where the station host is a TCG member, all operators will be considered “grandfathered in” as TCG members whether they actually are or not.
  • For out of state, non-TCG multi-ops where TCG members are guest operators, TCG will get QSO credit based on the percentage of operators that they represent at that multi-op.  For example: TCG has 2 guest operators out of 12 total operators at the K3LR CQWW DX CW multi-op in PA.  Each TCG guest operator would get credit for 1/6th of K3LR’s total QSOs.
  • Members may earn points from a maximum of 5 multi-op scores each year.

Operating Time:

  • In each and every contest operated, members will earn 1 point for every 1 hour of operating time.
  • Members of a multi-op who contribute a significant amount of operating time will all receive credit for the same number of operating hours as the multi-op station. Determining “significant amount of operating time” is at the discretion of the multi-op host.
  • Operating time, rounded to the nearest hour, must be shown on the 3830 report.
  • If no operating time is reported to 3830, that entry will be given 1 hour of operating time for scoring purposes.
  • When operating multiple contests, which may occur on the same weekend and have overlapping contest periods, total operating hours will count but they will only count once, not for each individual contest.


  • There is only one multiplier: the number of contests worked each month.

Score Calculation:

  • Most Radio Active scores will be calculated on a monthly basis.
  • Scores will be based upon the number of QSO’s made that month, the total number of hours operated that month and the number of contests operated that month.
  • Scores will be calculated according to the following formula:


MRA points = (total QSO’s + number of hours operated) X (number of contests operated)

Other Particulars:

  • Scoring claims and score reporting are based entirely upon the “honor system”. However, in the case of very close competition or score discrepancies, TCG administration reserves the right to request submission of the appropriate Cabrillo log files.
  • If using an alternate call sign or other change from your normal call, it is the operator’s responsibility to make sure the administration is aware of the change.
  • An operator cannot claim points as a member of a multi-op and from an individual single-op effort in the same contest.
  • Score updates will be posted monthly. It is each member’s responsibility to verify accuracy and bring any discrepancies to the administration’s attention.
  • When the following month’s scores are updated there will be NO changes made to the previous months unless an error is discovered. In that case the error will be corrected.
  • ARRL Field Day, Winter Field Day, CWOps CWTs or NCCC NS Sprints will NOT count for score.


  • A Plaque will be given to the highest scoring member without regard to power class or QTH. This operator will be the “Most Radio Active” member for that calendar year.


  • Since Tennessee has three natural geographic regions, “Most Radio Active” certificates or plaques will be awarded to the top 3 radio active (Alpha/Beta/Gamma) and highest scoring members for each of these three regions:


East Tennessee     Middle Tennessee   West Tennessee

TCG Administration reserve the right to change, modify, add or delete rules, awards, contests, classes etc. as deemed necessary.




Tennessee Contest Group – MRA Contest Choices for 2023 (new for 2023 in RED)

(132 entries)

144 MHz Fall Sprint
 7th Call Area QSO Party
 Alabama QSO Party
 All Asian DX Contest, CW
 All Asian DX Contest, Phone
 ARI International DX Contest
 Arizona QSO Party
 Arkansas QSO Party
 ARRL 10-Meter Contest
 ARRL 160-Meter Contest
 ARRL International DX Contest, CW
 ARRL International DX Contest, SSB
ARRL International Digital Contest
 ARRL January VHF Contest
 ARRL June VHF Contest
ARRL September VHF Contest
 ARRL RTTY Roundup
 ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW
 ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB
 BARTG Sprint 75
 British Columbia QSO Party
 California QSO Party
Canadian Praries QSO Party
 Colorado QSO Party
 CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW
 CQ 160-Meter Contest, SSB
 CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW
 CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY
 CQ Worldwide DX Contest, SSB
 CQ Worldwide VHF Contest
 CQ WW WPX Contest, RTTY
 CQ WW WPX Contest, CW
 CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB
 CQ-M International DX Contest
 CQMM DX Contest
 CWOps CW Open
 Delaware QSO Party
Dutch PACC Contest
 EA RTTY Contest
 Florida QSO Party
 FT-8 Roundup
Georgia QSO Party
 Hungarian DX Contest
 Helvetia Contest
 Hawaii QSO Party
 His Majesty King of Spain Contest, CW
 His Majesty King of Spain Contest, SSB
 Holy Land DX Contest
 IARU HF World Championship
 Idaho QSO Party
 Illinois QSO Party
 Indiana QSO Party
 Iowa QSO Party
 Kansas QSO Party
 Kentucky QSO Party
 Louisiana QSO Party
LZ DX Contest
 Maine QSO Party
 Makrothen RTTY Contest
Marconi Memorial HF Contest
 Maryland-DC QSO Party
 Mexico RTTY International Contest
 Michigan QSO Party
 Minnesota QSO Party
 Mississippi QSO Party
 Missouri QSO Party
 Nebraska QSO Party
 Nevada QSO Party
 New England QSO Party
 New Hampshire QSO Party
 New Jersey QSO Party
 New Mexico QSO Party
 New York QSO Party
 North American QSO Party, CW Jan
 North American QSO Party, CW Aug
 North American QSO Party, RTTY Feb
 North American QSO Party, RTTY Jul
 North American QSO Party, SSB Jan
 North American QSO Party, SSB Aug
 North American Sprint, CW Feb
 North American Sprint, CW Sep
 North American Sprint, RTTY Mar
 North American Sprint, RTTY Sep
 North American Sprint SSB Contest
 North Carolina QSO Party
 North Dakota QSO Party
 Oceania DX Contest, CW
 Oceania DX Contest, Phone
 Ohio QSO Party
 OK DX RTTY Contest
 OK/OM DX Contest, CW
 Oklahoma QSO Party
 Ontario QSO Party
 Pennsylvania QSO Party
 RAC Canada Day Contest – July
 RAC Winter Contest – Dec
 RSGB IOTA Contest
 Russian DX Contest
 Russian WW Digital Contest
 Scandinavian Activity Contest, CW
 Scandinavian Activity Contest, SSB
South America 10 Meter Contest
 South Carolina QSO Party
 South Dakota QSO Party
 SP DX Contest
 SP DX RTTY Contest
 Stew Perry Topband Challenge-Mar
 Stew Perry Topband Challenge-Jun
 Stew Perry Topband Challenge-Oct
 Stew Perry Topband Challenge-Dec
 Tennessee QSO Party
 Texas QSO Party
Ukranian DX RTTY
 Vermont QSO Party
 Virginia QSO Party
 Volta WW RTTY
 WAE DX Contest, CW
 WAE DX Contest, RTTY
 WAE DX Contest, SSB
 Washington State Salmon Run
 West Virginia QSO Party
 Wisconsin QSO Party
 Worked All Germany Contest
 World Wide Digi DX Contest
 YO DX HF Contest