2018 SQL Rule Book for review

Please use the link to access and review the 2018 SQL Rule Book.  This is not set in stone, and we will wait a week to receive and review Member feedback, and we’ll edit any item than requires a change.


Our Rules & Ethics Committee did a great job responding to the issues presented to us after Finals.

Special thanks to Richard Papasin who formatted and edited the 2018 Rule Book as we made changes. Here is his summary of changes we made:

– 45 Points required for Finals qualification for each of these classes: 1-seat Sound Quality, Install, RTA Freq Out, and Dueling Demos
– For active military personnel, first responders, and for people with no shows within 250 miles of their home the points requirement is reduced to 30 points with Commissioner approval.
– 25 Points required for Finals qualification for SQ2/SQ2+
– State Championship requirements are a total of 25 points at the conclusion of the State Finals event, with highest score in state at the event.
– Stock class: spare tire removal allowed and limit of 30mm/1.18” tweeters or smaller in non-factory locations with no build-outs (factory locations maintain same speaker or smaller requirements)
– Street class: Car PCs, hi-res players, tablets allowed as source units. A-pillar or sail panel modification allowed for single pair of 2” (51mm) speakers or smaller measured from the outer edge of the surround not to exceed 2” from original factory surface. Dash pods or modification of factory grills are not allowed
– Modified Street class: A-pillar or sail panel modification allowed for a pair of 2.5” (64mm) speakers or smaller measured from the outer edge of the surround AND optional pair of small format tweeters not to exceed 30mm (1.18”) – see rules for build out limits for both a-pillar/sail panel and dash pod build-outs. Kickpanels allowed to house up to 6.5” speakers, and factory grills can be modified
– Modified: 120VAC equipment now allowed, sail panel build outs are clarified, and 8” seat rail extensions allowed
– Modex: Sail panel build outs are clarified, Unlimited seat rail extensions allowed
– SQ Best of Show @ Finals: Culbertson Cup goes to best overall within Modified – Master, Alma Gates Cup for Stock – Modified Street
– Dueling Demos:
– Audio system must qualify for standard safety requirement of SQL format
– Street+: Only one pair of molded speakers (excluding tweeters) or dash pods above the dash (A-pillars).  All other speakers should be in factory locations.  No molded door speaker build-outs. Kick panels are ok so long as not vented to outside of vehicle.

5 Toys For Tots USA Events

Thanks to Mike at 12voltnews.com for the great coverage provided to our club and contests!

GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (12.05.2017) – “The MECA Club is a strong supporter of Toys For Tots events with our retail members. We have 5 that are specifically holiday related on the schedule this Holiday season. Two very well attended events have already taken place,” MECA Commish Steve Stern relayed to 12voltnews.com.

The Sound Factory in Knoxville, TN hosted their 3rd Annual Toys For Tots on November 19th and it was very successful.

Marines pictured with Toys For Toys boxes at the Sound Factory in Knoxville.

Marines pictured with Toys For Toys boxes at the Sound Factory in Knoxville.

The Sound Factory’s Chris Myers stated, “We had a great turnout. This year our event was an accredited Toys For Tots event and the Marines were on site. When the event was over they took 6 of their big boxes filled with Toys for Tots in the area. We had 40 to 45 competitors too that competed in multiple MECA formats. Some competitors, that did not bring toys, donated cash and we bought toys for the Toys for Tots drive.



MECA also organized an event in Ft. Pierce, FL on December 3rd. The 1st Annual Bass 4 Tots Car Show, with 772 Customs hosting the toy drive, drew over 60 cars that packed the 772 Customs parking lot. MECA coordinator Sunil Boodram worked to bring the event together.

772 Customs Robert Jacquin commented, “It was great to see the turnout of car stereo enthusiasts at our event. Also, that some many were so generous to bring gifts to make the Holiday Season for many children a happy one.”

Crazy Ralph’s Car Stereo, in gonzales, LA, is set to host the Santa Slam on December 9th in conjunction with the local toy drive.

Steve Stern - MECA

Steve Stern – MECA

The SoCal Toys For Tots 4 event, hosted by LEXService in Hawaiian Gardens CA on December 17th, will features only SQL contests.

SoundCheck in Lafayette, IN is scheduled to host their toy drive on December 17th at the store.

“For MECA retail members, when they host 3 events during the season, the MECA fees for the 4th event may be donated 100% to the charity of the members choice,” Stern concluded.

Visit mecacaraudio.com and toysfortots.org for more.

2018 CES in 5 Weeks – Booth #3100 West Hall

Our MECA Club and Contests will be on display at the West Hall in Booth #3100.  Richard Papasin and Linda Kobayashi, from California, will be handling the booth business, with Allan and Heather Shaffer on the way from Tennessee to help when needed.

Click on the link to go to the Consumer Technology Association site for information and registration.

Register by 12/18/17 for free industry ID Badge/Show Access.



Sundown Audio On-Board For 2018

Thanks to the good people at Sundown Audio for their continuing support and participation in our club and contests.

They are dialed in for the 2018 season, and will be the North Carolina Title Sponsor for all events in that state, and will co-sponsor our 2018 World Finals Soundfest.

Sundown Audio is one of the most credentialed brands at our contests, and was featured in the Vice News segment that highlighted BOBOS competitors Mike Flanagan (MS) and Charles Haley (TN) at the 2017 Finals.  In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=vice+news+car+audio

We look forward to a busy year with events in North Carolina, with the Sundown Show in Claremont as a season highlight.

2018 SQL Judge Training 2/17/18 – Participants List

Our 2018 SQL Judge Training session is set for Saturday, February 17th, in Nashville. The day consists of listening and “calibration” at OmegaLab studio, practice scoring, and the Music of Journey at 8 PM with the Nashville Symphony and an A-Team rock band. Training is $100 and includes an amazing Symphony ticket, in the perfect SQL location, floor, center section, about 20 rows back. Contact the Commissioner to pre-pay and reserve your spot for the SQL Judge Training at mecacaraudio@comcast.net or just send $100 to that email address and note: SQL Judge Training.
MECA’s annual 3X Freezefest is the next day, Sunday, February 18th, and trainees will get the opportunity to judge and work with the Competitors.
SPL Judge Training is on-going, and Members are encouraged to work with their Judges to get training and help with contests.
Here is info on the Symphony program for 2/17/18:
Registered as of 11/28/17
Dan Arndt (PA)
Marsha Beeler (TN)
Sunil Boodram (FL)
Dominic Iraggi (TN)
Russell Jones (FL)
Amere Madison (OH)
Mike Madison (OH)
Mike Nicholls (CA)
Kim Orta (VA)
Neil Orta (VA)
Bill Pleasant (WA)
Allan Shaffer (TN)
Heather Shaffer (TN)
Sidney Wright (OH)

MECA @ Slammed Enuff & Turismo Drift – Coupon 11/18

MECA will be at the Nashville Fairgrounds on November 18 for the Slammed Enuff & Turismo Drift event.  We will offer Sound Pressure League contests and Dueling Demos.

We have a $10 discount on the Gate Fee, down to $15, with on-line pre-registration at:

http://turismodrift.com/tickets/ and use the Coupon Code:  meca

This is for all MECA competitors, pit crews, and families to use.

This discount will be available until 11/05.  After that, Gate Fee is $25.  Regular MECA 2X entry fees will be charged at the MECA judging area.

Thanks to organizers for including MECA in this event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/242770736236201


2017 Finals Wrap-up

MECA, the Mobile Electronics Competition Assocation, car audio club and contest organization, finished it’s 19th season with a bang and 1000’s of booms at the KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY the weekend of October 13-15th. MECA Finals, or officially World Finals Soundfest, was 1 of 3 organizations at the Car Audio Championship, which included IASCA and dB Drag Racing. 300+ vehicles comprised the event, with MECA judging 159 vehicles in SQL, SPL, MECA Kids, Ride The Light, and Show & Shine contests. This was the largest MECA Finals to date, and for the first time, SQL vehicles outnumbered SPL vehicles. This is a good sign that MECA’s efforts to preserve and invigorate Sound Quality League contests are bringing positive results.

VICE News, featured on HBO, sent Culture correspondant Dexter Thomas and a film crew to the event to cover the club’s event. Part of the story-line involves Best of Best of Show competitors Mike Flanagan (Team Linear Power/Sundown) from Byram, MS and Charles Haley (Team High Voltage/ST6/Hybrid Audio/Sundown/XS Power) from Knoxville, TN, as they complete the 5 contests required for BOBOS. The awards ceremony reveals the winner and reactions. Sound Quality League and Sound Pressure League visuals and dialog are top-notch, and fun to watch. The 5 minute segment aired Friday 10/20/17 and can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/converted96xj/videos/1095634653901006/

Judges for the event came from all corners of the USA:
Grace Hedrick – Head Judge, SC
Doug Brennaman, KY – Dueling Demos
Linda Kobayashi, CA
Richard Papasin, CA
Matt Roberts, SC
Geoff Schneider, OH
Heather Shaffer, TN
Vinny Taylor, TN
Rick Washabaugh, KY – Dueling Demos
Scott Welch, CA – Dueling Demos

Bud Ballinger -Head Judge, KY
Shannon Ballinger, KY
Sunil Boodram, FL
Stuart McNeal, LA
Thomas Reyes, FL
Allan Shaffer, TN

Contest highlights:
Mike Flanagan (Team Linear Power/Sundown), MS won the Best of Best of Show 7′ trophy for best overall performance in 3 SQL and 2 SPL contests. With a total of 501 points, and a margin of less than 1{1166b982ff5710c41c3679b1fec81940637d75705e07c6aba8a7dff60229a795} (4.5 points), he bested Charles Haley (Team High Voltage/ST6/Hybrid Audio/Sundown/XS Power), TN in the closest finish of any BOBOS competition.

Jeremy Kough (Team dB Revolution/Sundown/XS Power), KY was the Sound Pressure Best of Show in Modified 5, at the Headrest, with 167.24 dB.

Joseph Ault, Sr. (Team Bangin On A Budget), OH scored 171.91 dB for the highest Radical X score at the show. Joe added to his storied competition career in MECA SPL with 13 total World Championships.

Anthony Caldwell (Team XFL/Mechman/True Bass/XS Power), TN hit 138.3 dB, 6′ away from the passenger side, outside the vehicle, to win Park & Pound Best of Show.

Devin Crawford (Team High Voltage), TN won the SPL Best of Show with highest Sound Pressure and Park & Pound combined scores.

Robert Bess (Team Audio Specialists), KY had the highest SQ score, and wins the Culbertson Cup honor, and will have his name engraved on the Cup, signifying the Best Sounding Vehicle at Finals.

Robert Corwin (Team Audio Specialists/OH Generator), OH won The Zenner, the SQL Best of Show, with highest overall score totaled from SQ, Install, and RTA Freq Out contests.

Brian Mitchell (Team Arc Audio), CA won the Install Best of Show 6.5′ trophy.

MECA State Champions certificates, 300+, were presented to MECA Members who earned their credentials in SQL, SPL, and Show & Shine contests. National Points Champions were presented with honorary plaques in 39 classes. John Hrabik from West Miflin, PA was the Grand National Points Champion. Adysen Kelley (Team High Voltage/O.S.C.) from Newport, TN was the MECA Kids Grand National Points Champion. Jamichael Smith (Team O.S.C.) from Oak Ridge, TN was the Show & Shine National Points Champion.

Fry’s Electronics, the 2017 Retail Member of the Year, was recognized and CA Event Coordinator Richard Papasin delivered the plaque in person to the CA based retail giant. All 30+ Fry’s Electronics stores are MECA Retail Members. MECA, as a trade association for the Mobile Electronics Industry, has 100+ USA Retail Members.

XS Power Batteries, the 2017 Manufacturer Member of the Year, was recognized as the most involved and supportive industry brand. This included Finals sponsorship, and the Title Sponsorship for all Tennessee MECA events. The 2018 Kick-off 2X event held at Finals was sponsored by XS Power, with 80+ vehicles, including many first-timers and new Members.

US Acoustics earned the 2017 12 Volt Industry Award for participation and support throughout the season. Mike Nicholls, company President, attended and competed at SBN in FL, all CA and NV events, and Finals to promote the brand and integrate with the MECA program.

MECA is looking forward to it’s 20th season, with 150+ USA and 40+ International events projected for 2018. Sound Quality League is growing and Sound Pressure League is louder than ever. The season begins with many charity events, mostly tied in with Toys 4 Tots programs before the holidays. The 2018 SQL and SPL Rule Books will be posted by Christmas, with no major changes anticipated, and mainly focused on clarity and consistency. All things MECA are at www.mecacaraudio.com and https://www.facebook.com/mecacaraudio/ with Instagram and Twitter, too. Contact the Commissioner at mecacaraudio@comcast.net to get information and scheduling updates.

Fry’s Electronics 2017 Retail Member of the Year

Thanks to Fry’s Electronics for their participation and support in their first year of MECA Membership.

They provided fun events in CA and NV, including the 3X Regional to end the season.  Our club is honored to have Fry’s Electronics on our Retail Member roster!

Accepting for Fry’s are Jeff Staat (Tech Team Director – right) and Rick Barajas (Tech Team District 2 Manager