2007 Michigan QSO Party


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Michigan High Power

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 Blossomland ARA






 Delta County ARS


(NU8Z op.)





 Adrian ARC

Repeating his 2006 win in the high power single op category is Earl Morse, N8SS, operating from his “mostly done station” in Wayne county.  Earl "turned it up" from last year, with more QSOs and more mults than 2006.  He reports that he lost his primary 80M antenna (an inverted-V) early in the contest, and so had to rely on his backup sloper for most of his 80M QSOs.  His best band-mode was 20 SSB with 196 QSOs and his best hour was the 20Z hour with 96 QSOs.  His big bands were 20 and 80, with an overall breakdown of 46%/54% CW to SSB.  Earl worked 52 MI counties, and operated the full contest period.

In second place was a callsign familiar to most MiQPers -  Duane, K8AO, operating from Delta county in the UP.  Like N8SS, Duane stepped it up from 2006, more than doubling his third place score from last year.  Duane's log is 80% SSB, with 180/160/151 QSOs on 80/40/20.  These big totals allowed him to squeeze past N8SS on phone mults, but caused him to lag behind on CW.  Duane's best hour came during the 20Z hour with 84 QSOs.  He worked 56 MI counties and operated the full contest period.

In third place, masquerading behind the special K8A callsign was Mark, NU8Z.  In recent year's Mark has been seen mobiling during MiQP, but this year decided to stay home in Lenawee county and try out his new FlexRadio.  Mark's log is almost an even split between CW and SSB in both QSOs and mults, with 40M as his best band with 80M not far behind.  His best hour was the 01Z hour with 78 QSOs.  Mark worked 45 MI counties, despite missing 4½ hours of operating time.

Michigan Low Power



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 Mad River RC






 SE MI DX Association 






 L'Anse Creuse ARC

Single-operator low power was the largest in-state category in the 2007 MiQP with 65 entries.  Leading that horde for his first MiQP win is John Getz, AD8J, who traveled all the way from his home QTH near Pittsburgh, PA to operate portable from Leelanau county.  (It's interesting that last year's SOLP winner was also a Leelanau county portable...)  John was one of those who found the mother lode of QSOs on 80M, making 54% of his QSOs there.  His overall log is biased mildly towards CW (64%) but with a good multiplier balance.  His best hour was at 01Z with 50 QSOs, but that was at the end of his most consistent part of the contest, a four-hour string where he kept the rate in the high 40s and low 50s.  John worked 53 MI counties, and was active the entire contest period.

This year's low power second place finisher is relatively new to MiQP, and that's Gary, KR8V operating from Macomb county.  Gary's log is biased heavily towards CW (76%) in terms of QSOs but he managed to work enough SSB to have a good balance of multipliers between the modes.  The majority of his QSOs came on 80 and 40 meters, and as a result he did not do very well on 20 meters with only 35 of his 370 QSOs coming on that band.  His best hour was the first hour with 42 QSOs, then his rates dropped through the rest of the day until darkness approached.  He operated the full contest period, and worked 52 MI counties.

In third place was Dale, K8RO, operating from Oakland county.  Dale is a long time MiQPer and former single-op winner who felt his score this year was nothing special, but it was good enough to put him in the third position in a very competitive category.  He was another of the in-state MiQPers who found 80M to his liking, working 55% of his QSOs there.  After a slow start, his rates rose to where he put together back-to-back hours in the mid 50s during 22Z and 23Z.  His is another of the low power logs biased mildly towards CW, but with an almost perfect 69/67 split on mults between modes.  After missing the first 30 minutes of the contest, Dale kept the pedal down until the end and wound up working 50 MI counties.

Michigan QRP



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31 19 1,178  USECA

The top QRP entry is a familiar call to many MiQPers, and that is Noel Beardsley, K8NB operating from Menominee county.  Noel's log is mostly 80 meters (both modes) with a little bit of 40 SSB thrown in, winding up about 2/3 SSB, surprising for a QRP entry.  After making QSOs in the first two hours of the contest, he was QRT for the 18Z and 19Z hours, then came back on for his big push until 03Z, going QRT an hour early for a total of 7½ hours of operating time.  Noel worked 34 MI counties.

The second place QRP station is that of Frank, NF8M.  All but five of Frank's QSOs were on CW, and his multiplier balance was primarily CW as well.  Frank was only on for a total of two hours of operating time, mainly during the 22Z-01Z time frame.  His best hour for rate was his last hour, so perhaps he went off the air prematurely.  Frank worked 20 MI counties.

The third place QRP station is that of Walt, WB8E operating from Roscommon county.  Walt spread out his activity throughout the 18Z to 01Z portion of the contest, operating entirely 40 CW, and perhaps as a result of that band choice working only two MI counties.

Non-Michigan Eastern/Central Region



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 Oklahoma DX Association






 South East Contest Club






 Florida Contest Group

The Eastern Region, Non-MI Single Operator category was the most popular in this year's MiQP with 97 logs, or 38% of all entries received.  At the head of that large pack was a station which has come to be very familiar to many MiQP participants: Jerry Chouinard, K5YAA operating from Oklahoma.  In working his way to the top spot, he focused mainly on CW for 78% of his QSOs.  While this resulted in a multiplier count light on phone mults, CW served him well as he worked 80 Michigan counties there.  This ties K8GU's record from 2003 for the most counties worked by an out-of-state entry in a single MiQP weekend.  Jerry's 70,938 points came up less than 1,000 points shy of KU8E's non-MI SOHP record from 2001 as well.  59% of Jerry's QSOs came on 40, with a good total on 20 as well but light on 80, as would be expected for his station's distance from Michigan.  Jerry ran high power, and operated the entire contest period.

In second place is Jeff, KU8E, who is a former resident of Ohio where he was a very active member of MRRC, and the former chairman of the Ohio QSO Party.  He even has in-state MiQP experience, operating as a rover-mobile.  Like K5YAA, Jeff's log is largely CW (65%), but his multiplier count shows a good balance between modes.  Most of his QSOs were on 40, with 20 coming in second.  His best hour for rate was the first hour, but showed good consistency in that two of his last three hours were almost as good.  Jeff worked 54 Michigan counties, ran high power and was active the entire contest period.

Jumping into the leaders box in third place is another familiar MiQP non-MI participant: Dick, K9OM operating from Florida.  Dick's log emphasizes 20 meters with 40 close behind.  It is also strongly CW (79%) and while Dick found 72 mults on CW, he found only 32 on phone.   However, he found 75 Michigan counties to finish second among the non-MI stations in that regard.    Dick operated the entire contest period and ran low power.

Non-Michigan Mountain/Pacific Region



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 North AZ DX Association






 Central AZ DX Association

Out west, it was the familiar callsign of John Desloge, N6MU operating from California who prevailed over the competition.  John was 3rd in 2005, and 3rd again last year, so determination obviously pays off.  Being so far away from Michigan, John has to take his openings when he could get them, and only operated 9:26 of the contest.  His log is biased towards CW (68%) and largely 20 meters, with his best rates early in the contest.  Running low power, he took only 18 QSOs and 55 minutes capture his Mackinac 50 award,  and along the way he worked 60 different Michigan counties.

Moving south and not quite so far west, we have the second place Mountain/Pacific region single-op finisher, Paul, N6MA operating from Arizona.  Like N6MU, the N6MA log is heavy on 20M (71%) and CW (80%).  Perhaps by being not so far west, Paul did better on 40 than N6MU and even made 10 QSOs on 80.  Possibly running high power helped, as Paul operated about seven hours of the contest, completed his "trip to Mackinac" in 21 QSOs and 61 minutes, while working 62 different Michigan counties.

In third place Mountain/Pacific region we find last year's winner, Joe, W6RLL.  Joe operated about half of the contest, running low power, and as described elsewhere in this report, he was the first station in the contest to "make the trip to Mackinac", requiring only 17 QSOs and 41 minutes to get the job done.  Like the other Western Region leaders, his log is mostly 20M and mostly CW.  He worked 52 unique Michigan counties.

DX Stations

DX stations had a little easier time of it in MiQP this year.  There were many more DX entries in 2007, and in general the scores were significantly higher.



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OK1AOV OK 75 45 6,750  

Last year's DX winner was able to repeat his feat in 2007.  Gary Wikstrom, CU2JT from the Azores was able to use his 33' vertical and 500W to capitalize on 40 meters and more than triple his 2006 score to set a new MiQP record for DX entries.  In his soapbox comment he noted that his station seems to work better on 40 than 20, and his breakdown shows it - Gary had slightly more QSOs on 40M than on 20M.  All of those QSOs were on CW, and CU2JT was able to work 56 MI counties, an amazing feat from so far away.

In second place from the DX side was Andreas, DL3GA, former plaque winner and holder of the prior DX record from 2005 which Gary surpassed.  Andreas also exceeded his old record, but had to rely entirely on 20M for his QSOs, and was only able to operate 5.5 hours versus almost eight hours for CU2JT.  Still, he managed to work 51 MI counties, all CW.

In third place was Jiri, OK1AOV.  His log was mostly 20M, but did have QSOs on 40M as well.  Jiri was able to make QSOs in a little over six hours of the contest, and all were on CW.  OK1AOV actually had one more QSO than DL3GA, but only found 45 multipliers.

Let's hope that band conditions start to improve so that more phone MiQP QSOs can be made with the DX stations and they can work more multipliers.

2007 MiQP Rookie Of The Year

Thanks to the inspiration and generosity of Steve, N8NM, the MiQP Committee is able to award a new plaque for 2007, to the top-scoring MiQP Michigan Rookie single-op.  In the context of this award, "rookie" does not necessarily mean a new ham, but rather someone who has never participated in MiQP before.

So after all of the scoring dust had settled, the 2007 MiQP Rookie Of The Year is Jim Sanford, K8ZZU operating from Oakland County.  While Jim is not a new ham (having been originally licensed in 1961), this was indeed his first try at MiQP.  His log is remarkable in that his 171 QSOs and 72 multipliers were all worked on 75M SSB!  Perhaps because of that low-band focus, he managed an excellent count of 52 MI counties worked.  Jim operated approximately half of the contest period, and was one of the entries which contributed to the winning Southeastern Michigan DX Association score in the Club Competition.

Most MI Counties Worked

The MiQP Most Counties Worked competition is intended to offer an alternative for those single operators who like to focus on “working them all”.  There are separate competitions for in-state and out-of-state entries.

Among Michigan single-operators, the most counties were worked by Matt, N8MS with 57, followed closely by K8AO with 56 counties and K8I (KE9S Op.) with 55.  A total of 14 Michigan single-ops were able to exceed K8DD's 2006 winning total of 46 counties this year.

Among the non-MI entries, once again the top three Eastern/Central Region entries swept the top three places in counties worked as well.  (We'll trust that this situation will even out a little for the Mountain/Pacific Region entrants as the sunspots return.) Jerry, K5YAA had the most counties with 80, while K9OM with 75 and KU8E with 74 were neck and neck for 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  CU2JT led all DX entries with 56 counties; quite an accomplishment from the far away Azores Islands.

K5YAA's total ties K8GU's record for an out-of-state station set back in 2003.  Is it reasonable to dream that maybe 2008 will be the year that somebody scores a "clean sweep"?  Somebody once asked noted contester (and former ARRL President) Vic Clarke, W4KFC how he did so well in contests.  His answer was "Work everybody".  Not to slight K5YAA's accomplishment, but it's perhaps instructional to consider the counties Jerry missed: Montcalm (193 QSOs reported), Montmorency (81 QSOs reported) and Presque Isle (77 QSOs reported).  It just goes to show that even with all that activity, it's really hard for even a good operator to "work everybody".

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