2007 Michigan QSO Party

Multi-Operator Stations

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Michigan Single Transmitter

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8MM

GENE

407

139

95,076

 Thumb Area Contesters 

W8OAK

OAKL

261

115

45,080

 Oakland County ARPSC

KG8JK

EMME

223

93

29,388

 Straights Area ARC

Like many other contests, MiQP doesn't have a separate category for a single-operator using packet, but rather classify such entries as multi-operator/single transmitter. In 2007, for the first time in MiQP history the multi-single category was actually won by single-operator using packet - Ian Hill, K8MM operating from his new QTH in Genesee county (see photo at left).  His antennas were dipoles on 80 through 20, suspended 70' to 80' high in the tall trees on his new property.  He had some problems with his new antennas at the start, and really didn't get rolling in the contest until 1643Z.  Ian also had some off-time gaps during the contest, and managed 9:29 total operating time while running high power.

Ian reports that he focused on multipliers, and his log shows it.  His 139 mults were the clear leader in the category, and he worked 57 Michigan counties - among the in-state stations, only the top three multi-multis worked more counties than K8MM.  One possible reason for this is that 267 of his 407 QSOs (almost 66%) were on 80 meters!  Roughly two thirds of his QSOs were on CW, and surprisingly enough his best hour of the contest was the last, with 57 QSOs going into the log during the 03Z hour.

In second place multi-single, we have a repeat winner from 2006: W8OAK from Oakland county.  This team has to be pleased with their results, in that they almost tripled their 2006 score.  Their QSO total was almost perfectly matched (131/130) between phone and CW with multipliers modestly biased towards SSB (49/65).  They operated the entire contest and and managed to work 40 unique Michigan counties while running 100W.

In third place multi-single, we have the team at KG8JK who can probably see the Mackinac Bridge from their QTH in Emmet county.  This new multi-op team might have been able to catch W8OAK had they been able to operate entire contest period.  As it was they were in the ballpark on QSOs, but with a larger percentage of SSB QSOs (58%) and shy some multipliers.  Essentially half of their QSOs were on 40, and 20 was better for them than 80. This group ran 100W, and commented in their soapbox that they really needed an 80M dipole to get the in-state QSOs, as they only worked 22 Michigan counties.

Michigan Multi Transmitter

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8MQP

CHEB

1688

217

512,120

 SE MI DX Association

K8XXX

BARR

1800

209

504,735

 Adrian ARC

K8C

STCL

1072

199

291,933

 Eastern MI ARC

If you thought last year's battle for the top spot in the in-state Multi-Multi category was close (4.3%), the competition this year will blow your mind.  The same two stations, K8MQP and K8XXX were locked into this battle; both broke the 500 kilo-point threshold (the first time ever in MiQP history), and yet their final scores were only 7,385 points apart after log checking (that's 1.5%!).  A swing of just four multipliers or 36 QSO points would have reversed the order of finish.

K8MQP again operated portable from Cheboygan county at the same QTH as 2006.  The 2006 operating team was back, with the addition of a couple of SEMDXA people for a total of seven ops.  The team hoped to capitalize on their lessons learned from 2006 in terms of reducing interference between stations.  The antenna farm again utilized lots of trees but this time they had not one, but two portable trailer-mounted towers to hold up their high band beams. 

The K8MQP log was biased mildly towards SSB (60%), entirely because of 20M.  On 80 and 40, the CW/SSB ratio favors CW but 20M SSB was a bottomless pit of QSOs compared to 20 CW.  Mults were almost dead even between modes and 40 & 20 were their best bands, with 656 and 677 QSOs respectively.  Their best hour was, like last year, the first hour with 220 QSOs between the four stations, up from 152 last year.  They worked 62 unique counties, up from 45 last year.

K8MQP Antenna Farm In Cheboygan County

The runner-up position in the multi-multi category was captured by the 2005 winner K8XXX, again operating from the N8CC QTH in Barry county.  However, this year station owner Jeff, N8CC was able to recruit a number of operators new to MiQP and the K8XXX team, enough that they were able to put sixteen operators in place at their six operating positions.

The K8XXX log is biased slightly more towards SSB (66%) than K8MQP and their best band was 40M, with 689 QSOs, up from 501 last year.  Their best hour was also the first, with 204 QSOs getting into the log.  They had the largest total of Michigan counties worked of anyone in the contest, getting 68 into their log.  They had eight more multipliers on SSB than K8MQP, but were 16 behind on CW.  And that was the tale of the battle; K8XXX's 55 additional QSO points could not overcome K8MQP's 8 multiplier advantage.

The third place multi-multi team is another group familiar to the MiQP wars in the category, but masquerading under a special callsign.  The K8C team from St Clair county was organized by K8DD and operated from the NT8V QTH.  Got that straight?  Their 291K score would have been good enough to win last year.  One striking thing about the K8C score is how even their band QSO totals are: 357/382/331 for 80 thru 20 respectively.  This team fell midway between K8MQP and K8XXX in terms of their QSO mode balance (63% SSB).  They worked 59 unique Michigan counties, and their best hour was the 22Z hour when 140 QSOs went into their log.

Non-Michigan Multi Operator

Call

Loc

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K5OT

TX

85

51

8,840

 Central TX DX & CC 

K9YC

CA

74

45

6,030

 North CA Contest Club 

K0HC

KS

56 37 3,256  Hesston College ARC

The multi-op category is typically not very popular outside of Michigan, but in 2007 the field grew significantly to ten entries, largely because of the interest in operating assisted (i.e. with packet) by single-operators.  Larry, K5OT repeated his category win from 2006 from his Texas QTH, with slightly fewer QSOs but an extra multiplier this time.  Close on Larry's heels was Jim, K9YC, another single-op with packet and operating from sunny California.  Third place went to a true multi-op; K0HC, the Hesston College ARC from KS, operated by Bob, W0BH and Jonathan.

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