2007 Michigan QSO Party Soapbox

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Solo portable operation with inverted vee antennas, IC-746Pro and TS-830S - AD8J  A much better result than last year.  Better propagation on 20M and no social events to attend.  I only missed one county I heard (IRON).  Still, I am handicapped by not having a beam for 20M.  I had to wait in the background until the  OKs and DLs were finished before it was my turn. 40M is "MY" band as shown by the majority of contacts being made on that band.  Rig was a TS-570D, AL-811H amp and a 33' vertical.  A big thanks to all the rovers driving around Michigan and making rare counties available to us - CU2JT  Thanks for a lot of activity!  Now I have only two counties left to work for "FULL HOUSE".  See you in 2008- DL3GA  First time for the Michigan QSO Party - KUK  Condx rough with QRP - K2QR  My first time in MiQP, great fun. I believe I did spell MACKINAC (he did indeed - ed.) Thanks to the sponsors for the nice event, and see you next year!  - K3MQ  Only had a little over an hour to play with the QSO Party.  Took the equipment outside and played in the sun and fresh air.  Maybe I'll put in more of an effort next year. Lots of fund - K3OQ  Special thanks to the mobile stations for activating the rare counties - K3TW  I guess I did better this year? Last year I only had one contact - K4GOP  The MiQP is one of my favorite QSO parties of the year. Top-notch mobiles, great home/club efforts, and plenty of pileups to negotiate.  The MiQP web site at www.miqp.org sets the bar for state contest content and ease-of-use.  CA, FL, TX and the others better watch out! - K5OT  Thanks to the MRRC for a fine event - K5YAA  Thanks to the MiQP stations for several new Michigan counties - K6CSL  I had some issues which limited my time in the chair.  Still had a great time. There seemed to be a lot of activity.  Started off low power, but switch to high power, running about  400W.  It really seemed to help the rate.  CU next year - K8A (NU8Z, op.)  We had planned to run multi-op/multi-transmitter for at least 8 hours operating time, but almost no one showed up.  We worked 40 and 80 meter phone for about two hours before calling it quits. We considered trying a little CW, but there were no ops capable of handling the high speeds which prevailed on the bands.  The weather was too nice to be inside contesting anyways.  Maybe next year we'll break the record we established last year - K8DAA  It was a fun contest as usual.  I wish 40M had been a little better for QSOs with in-state mobiles - K8MM  Another great weekend in the woods for Cheboygan County, although 40 meters continues to disappoint.  Come on sunspots! Many thanks to KN8S and wife Linda for hosting our MiQP operation for another year - K8MQP  Great time although not the best band conditions - K8THU  Great weekend, lots of activity and a lot of fun - K8XXX  Thanks for a great contest!  I had a great time working the party. Contests like your's give new Generals a chance to learn HF operations and make contacts we will talk to for years - K9SLY  Had a grear time, band conditions on 40 were excellent. Tons of Michigan stations booming into eastern PA well into the night - KB3JGU  This was my first contest and some of my first QSOs since my upgrade to General. I had a great time and will be back again next year - KB8SOE  It was a good time and I will mark the calendar for next year for sure - KB9NK  Tnx all for the wonderful time - KB9YGD  1st time using SD. Just downloaded it minutes before the contest so it added to the confusion factor. This was my first contest ever - KD1IX  This was the club's second contest and the Mackinac 50 Award will be club's first award!  Great contest - KD8EUW  Thanks to the Mad River Radio Club for a great MI QSO Party.  Tried outa new homebrew ladder line feeding a 104' dipole at 20' which worked great - KE4QDM  Wish the conditions were better and I had more time. Maybe next year will be better - KE5DHY  Fun using SD - KE8UM  I Will do it again next year with better results - KG4JTC  Great contest. Guess I had better get an 80M dipole up if I want to work more of the guys - KG8JK  Good band conditions and plenty of good CW mobile and fixed stations to make an enjoyable party - KN4Y  Alphabetical arrangement of counties and states on the check-off sheet would be helpful (OK, we'll look into that - ed.) - KX8D  20M was too long and very few hanging around 40 or 80 phone. Stayed the entire contest time, hoping - NWY  See ya next year - N1ABY  All contacts made with an indoor antenna - N2MH  Fun as always, other commitments kept me from operating longer.  See you all next year - N2ZN  Operating QRP with a 16' tall flagpole an antenna is a real challenge, but managed a reasonable number of contacts for the time I was able to spend operating. I loo forward to next year's even and improving my score! Rig: ICOM IC-703+ at 5W (battery powered) with a Force12 flagpole vertical - N3JV  CW contacts were much easier to find and make.  80 was a struggle here in Oregon - N7VS  Wx great, turn out good, condx so-so, but score took a hit for several different reasons.  Much better than last year though. 80M at 16:30 EDT was quiet and open to most of Michigan.  Only worked one mobile K8K/CLAR after hearing him in ISAB but not being able to QSY quick enough!  Lost him on move to SSB (shucks!).  Nice to work WL7 in the first hour on 20M! Thanks for all the QSOs here in ISAB - N8I (WF5X op.)  It looks like I qualified for the Mackinac 50 award (he did indeed, not once but FOUR times - ed.) - N8II  Fun contest, wish would would have some short skip on 40 meters during the daylight hours. Personal best, managed to actually operate some SSB and get 36 phone multipliers, which helped the score considerably.  Thanks to the mobiles for some new multipliers, including Kent county on phone - N8M (N8XX op.)  It is always nice to hear all the boys on from home - N8NA (a former Michigander)  Like using SD - N8SA  Great to see so many from Berrien county - N8SHZ  Lost the 80M dipole in the second hour of the contest.  Loaded up the 160M sloper and use that.  Lots of noice on 80, but great runs on 20 SSB. Cant't wait for propagation to make this contest really cook and be able to work Michigan counties all day long on 40 meters - N8SS  I had only a couple of hours to devote to the contest, so operated out of doors.  It was a nice day at Stony Creek.  Congratulations to you guys fore running a well organized contest - N8ZA  The bands were not that great, but being my first MiQP it was still a lot of fun and I look forward to next year when I can learn from my mistakes and log many more QSOs - N8ZI  We'd like to thank Noel, W9EFL for his generosity in allowing us to use his excellent station. The station is near Marcellus, MI, which is in Cass county as it shows on QRZ.COM, so I announced our operation to be in Cass county. However, while driving up to the station Friday night to set up, a sign about a mile or so from the shack noted that we were leaving Cass and entering Van Buren county.  A quick check with Noel confirmed that the station in fact in Van Buren, hence out last minute change of county.  We all had a great time and look forward to next year - N9FN  I drove nine western UP counties. Excellent propagation at the start deteriorated to difficult QRN-filled conditions in the last hours. The weather was so unexepctedly warm that I had the air-conditioning on much of the time. The landscape of this part of Michigan always makes the trip enjoyable.  Thanks to the many stations who rode along with me, and a 'tip-of-the hat' to the MiQP sponsors - N9NE/m  Propagation was much better than last year - VE5BF  Lots of fun - work from my mobile and still managed a few QSOs - VE7HL  Elecraft K1 & G5RV - WPQ  Conditions better than last year although 20M will probably never be good for our distance. Enjoyed chasing the three-letter calls. Thanks to everyone - W1END  Thanks for a great party!  A fine group of operators made it fun. Thanks to the MACKINAC-suffix ops for the extra points.  See you next year - W1WIU  Found out after the contest that a tree limb had taken down part of my 80M loop, which explained why my amp kept shutting down!  Tnx to W8LEW for my last county in Michigan.  CU again next year - W2UDT  Thanks for all of the QSOs. Many MI stations heard out here in AZ.  A special thanks to all of the mobiles - W6RLL  Wow, what atmospherics!  80M was as noisy as everm and the 40M ANTENNA (wire out window) would not load, Rig was an HW-16.  Only had a few minutes to operate, as had just driven in 475 miles from Branson, MO.  A good contest from Nebraska - W7DRA/  Our first QSO party - W8ACW  Great freeware - W8DCQ  Did not get to participate as much as I had hoped to.  The spindle cracked on the mower and deck and that kept me busy for most of the contest.  Good news, got it repaired well enough that my wife would move the lawn. It always looks better if I don't have to do it - W8KNO  We did much better this year. Thanks for running the contest - W8PGW  Bill, KC8VGG and I set up a Field Day-style operation in the Waterloo State Recreation Area.  A great spot, with great weather, no bugs, good signals and no problems.  Thanks for the QSOs - W8RU  Thanks to the operators whose patience llowed me to progress from the stone age to the computer age for logging. I had to toss the pencial and trust my keyboarding - W8TOM  Thanks for the contacts - WA4ASJ  Operated from the cottage on Houghton Lake - WB8E  Condx were tough but it was still fun - WI8A  Operated from From 5 counties in the UP: BARA, IRON, HOUG, ONTO, and GOGE. About 5 hours of actual operating time, although my total day was about 14 hours, including 343 miles of driving from my cabin near Winter, WI to the UP and back. Good condx on 40 during the day, but later it got very noisy. Eighty seemed good during the day for in state QSOs but activity seemed light on that band. Gear: IC-7000, screwdriver for 40/20, Bugcatcher for 80 (can't get my screwdriver to load on 80) - WI9WI/m
 

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