2008 Michigan QSO Party

Mobile Stations

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The mobile categories saw drops in the number of entries this year.  The most common explanation was the price of fuel.  With gasoline costing around $4 per gallon over MiQP weekend and many routes requiring 600 or more miles of driving, some teams decided to stay home.  Some, like the W3USA/m team swapped their Ford minivan for a smaller Honda Fit, while others like the K8BB/m team simply climbed aboard their conversion van and motored around the state making QSOs.

The high price of gasoline did not dampen the level of competition, as both mobile categories had extremely close finishes for the top spot.

Mobile Solo Operator

Call

Ctys

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

W8UE

15

534

98

98,000

 

N9NE/m

6

437

109

86,655

 M&M ARC

WI9WI/m

5

253

57

28,443

 MN Wireless Association

The winner of the Michigan Mobile Solo Operator category was Ted Marlin, W8UE.  Ted is no stranger to the mobile solo operating, and this year he managed to break W1NN's streak of three-for-three in winning the category.  Ted's band breakdowns are 175/261/98 on 80M/40M/20M, and 466/68 on CW/phone.  W8UE/m activated 15 counties in the northwestern and central parts of the lower peninsula.  He managed to work 25 different MI counties and was on the air the entire contest period.

N9NE/m

Second place in the mobile solo operator category goes to a station reprising his finish from 2007: Todd, N9NE/m who mobiled through six Upper Peninsula counties.  Todd gave up some QSOs to Ted with band breakdowns of 151/203/83 on 80M/40M/20M but kept it close by leading in multipliers on both modes.  Todd's log had a few off times where he was QRT, adding up to about two hours.  He had better luck than Ted in working in-state stations, with 36 unique counties getting into the N9NE/m log

Third place in the mobile solo operator category is another station reprising his finish from 2007: that is, Jim, WI9WI/m.  Jim' MiQP operation activated five counties in the Upper Peninsula and involved lots of driving - he accumulated 4:22 of operating time but was QRT for six of the twelve hours of the contest.  Still, he had competitive totals on 40 and 20 (largely CW) while missing out on a lot of 80M during darkness (when much of his off time occurred).  Perhaps for the same reason, and he was able to get only 17 Michigan counties into the log.

The graph below shows the progress made by each of the top three mobile solo-operator entries as the contest ran on.  The first five hours were a real horse race, with W8UE and N9NE neck and neck and with WI9WI only 17 behind despite being QRT for the first hour.  W8UE was able to open up a gap over N9NE in the 23Z hour while WI9WI fell behind due to off times. Ted and Todd raced to the end, maintaining similar rates.

Mobile Multi Operator

Call

Ctys

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8BB/m

23

841

118

184,080

 SE MI DX Association

W3USA/m

24

841

118

180,422

 

K8IR/m

12

714

104

138,424

 M&M ARC

 

K8BB/m

Ignore the callsign on the license plate,

 this is W3USA/m

 

K8IR/m

In what had to be the closest race of the 2008 MiQP, the top two mobile multi-op stations came out of the log checking with identical totals for QSOs and multipliers! These were two teams with significant MiQP mobile experience: K8BB/m operated by Don and Steve, N8NM, mobiling through 23 counties in the northern part of the lower peninsula and W3USA/m, operated by Jim, K8MR and John, AC8E who covered 24 counties in the central part of the lower peninsula. 

When the dust had settled, the K8BB/m team were the winners due to having a greater percentage of double-point CW QSOs vs. W3USA/m.  Both team's scores showed excellent strategy and balance, differing only in the details.  'BB had more CW QSOs (719 vs. 688) while 'USA had more on phone (153 vs. 122).  Multipliers reflected each team's strength: 'BB had eight more on CW, while 'USA had eight more on phone.  Their band breakdowns were even similar (80M/40M/20M/15M): 188/487/166/0 for K8BB and 163/519/157/2 on for W3USA.  One aspect in which the teams differed was when their best rate occurred: for K8BB/m it was the first hour with 83 QSOs while for W3USA is was the tenth hour with 104 QSOs.  Both teams worked 30 different Michigan counties.

Not to be overlooked is the third place team: the K8IR/m entry operated by Jim, K8IR and Eric, KG9GH,  who managed their best MiQP score thus far.  This team operated from 12 Upper Peninsula counties, along the western border.  Their QSO breakdowns were 213/401/100 with 617/97 CW/phone.  Like the other two top scores, K8IR/m worked 30 different Michigan counties.  And like W3USA, K8IR's best hour of the contest came near the end, with 90QSOs going into their log during the 02Z hour.

The graph below shows the progress made by each of the top three mobile multi-operator entries as the contest ran on.  K8BB managed to pull out to a small lead through the middle of the contest, but then W3USA closed most of the gap with their excellent 104 QSOs in the 01Z hour.  K8IR fell behind during the middle of the contest, but finished strong and matched the leaders in the final four hours.

 

 

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