2008 Michigan QSO Party Soapbox

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Couldn't work any MI on 20 from WPA and at times 40 was doing the 10M fade thing.  Thanks to the mobile stations for keeping this contest interesting - AD8J  1st real try at MiQP, had fun - AE1P  Thank you to the mobile stations who did a great job covering those rare counties! - AE1T  Sorry - No way I could defend my result from last year. Too many social events going on...will come back next year and do the fight - CU2JT  Win-Test does not support this QSO party. I used it anyway but had to add given QSO numbers and edit all counties after the contest. I hope log is OK. Many thanks for all the QSOs. Will be back next year! - DL3DXX  All stations I heard could be logged. The propagation was poor and all contacts were on the edge. I am convinced that the oncoming years bring much more possibilities to have more and more MI stations from different counties. Thanks for the QSOs, See you next year! Rig: TS-530SP 100W into an end-fed wire 21M long above a flat roof - HA2MN  Best MiQP I've been in for years - lot of activity - K0GSV  First time in the MI QSO Party. Had a blast! Running QRP SSB is a lot of work and I thank every contact for the extra patience with a weak signal. Will be back again next year!- K0TEA  Didn't get much time on the air but 40M sigs were good on the 'outer banks" of North Carolina! - K2BET  Many thanks to the mobile stations for activating lots of counties - K3TW  Nice contest - Thanks to all the folks who organized it. Rig here was a Ten-Tec Argonaut V running QRP @ 5W. Antenna was an inv-vee - K4PBY  We operated from the Eaton County EOC in Charlotte, MI - K8CHR  Great fun! Many thanks to all, especially the mobiles - K8IJ  First time in MiQP; Will be back. Lots of fun! - K8IY  This was my first time running QRP in MiQP. Still lots of fun. I had a terrible line noise problem so sorry to those who called but I couldn't hear. See you next year - K8MM  Our usual QTH in Cheboygan County, so we did the contest from the K8CC QTH in Washtenaw   Ran out of time preparing so weren't totally QRV at the start of the contest and had lots of technical problems to deal with.  Activity seemed very good - we made QSOs on 80/75 every hour of the contest and 40 meters held up better than in recent years; 40 SSB put 71 QSOs in the log during the last hour, even with 560 already worked!  Congrats to the K8XXX team for a fine job this year - K8MQP  Great fun and it is amazing what you can do with QRP. I could hold frequency on 75M for long periods of time. Looking forward to improving the station for next year. I hope the band conditions improve also - K8NWD  Did not work any other EOCs I know of which was kind of a surprise, Thought there would be some on the air - K8O  Another good contest. My praise to those that work to make a great event - K8RO  Another well planned but poorly execute MIQP effort. I was going to do a more serious from here in LIVI but family plans and health go in the way. Oh well, I will look forward to next year. I found conditions spotty on the bands. I would get a good run going and then it would vanish. Tried 20M around 2145Z and was rewarded with CA, Pacific northwest and some European DX. After that I kept bouncing back and forth between 80 and 40 looking and calling CQ. Went to SSB any time I was asked - a new experience for me, I think I got started too late (ABOUT 2030Z) to hit the near in-state mults 40M. The UP was loud at this time and so was the east coast. At 0000Z, 40M was still confined to east of the Rockies along with two EU stations. It was nice to see so many GA/FL/MN/etc. stations making an appearance in the MiQP - K8SIA  TU so much for all the fun. HPE to CU next year - KB9YGD  Had a great time working the many counties of Michigan! - KC2LYQ  Enjoyed working in the party - KD5JHE  Great contest! Excellent conditions - and the most fun I have had contesting in a long time - KD8CCX  I really enjoyed my first Michigan QSO Party! I used SD to log my contest QSOs. It's a great program - KD8GRG  I lost a transistor after QSO number 46 and ended up using 10W the res of the contest. This forced me to use CW and experience QRP - KF8Z  Operated mobile - my first mobile QSO party using new installation Tarheel Antenna & 706MKIIG - KI4LXT  Lots off fixed and mobile CW activity to keep from falling asleep. Good signals on all bands. Had a fun party - KN4Y  Tnx for running a nice QSO party. Had a lot of fun - KW3A  Had a blast! - N1ABY  1st Michigan QSO Party - N1NN  As far as the contest, Great job and great fun - N5DTT  This was my first contest, enjoyed it very much. Great program; hope I used it properly. Will encourage others to try it. Wish conditions had been better on my end. Thanks so much - N6KIA  First time I tried this contest, and I got many new counties. CU next year! - N7EIE  Thank you for another interesting contest. I enjoyed it even though my operating time was limited. Hope to be back next year - N7VS  Since there was no interest expressed for a contest run from our club station K8DAA this year, I decided to operate from home. I began shortly after waking up, around 1300 local. Though I focused on 40 and 80 meters, I did check the higher bands. A few were worked on 20 meters, including my only DX contact (and, in fact, my first from SP). No stations were heard on 15 or 10 meters. Since the CW ops were too fast, I stuck to phone, although one station requested I give him one on 80 CW, promising to QRS. I wasn't really planning to submit this log, but Bill, AB8SC talked me into it - N8FQ  SD is a great program for this contest. Band conditions were OK but not great - N8KBG  Conditions seemed considerably better this year than the past two years. 20 was better, though still marginal - couldn't raise a thing on phone, and CW was long. Forty was the work horse, and 80 was a close 2nd. This was the first year that 75 SSB really came through with fixed stations in rare counties. I think a 1 by 1 call like N8M has more advantages than disadvantages - some phone folks did a double take when I was in S&P mode, but when I was calling CQ on either CW or Phone I think the call was a magnet. A grand daughter's gymnastics meet took about 4 hours out of the contest - but grand kids generally trump ham radio events! - N8M (Op. N8XX)  40 and 75 were awesome bands this year. Great QSO party lots of fun - N8MRC  Lovely to hear more signals from the UP this time around. Thank you to all the mobiles, hard to get to them before they were in the next county or more. See you next year - N8NA  Had fun at the 'Deer Camp Portable' - N8OC  40 meters was running long at the start of the contest. Had a great time - N8PUG  Portable from Sterling State Park in MONRoe - N8PYN  Thanks again to MRRC for sponsoring the MiQP ... I really enjoyed my mobile experience this year! I really appreciate the dedicated group of ops who made it a point to follow us mobilers all day...I wish I could thank each of you personally! - N9NE  Had a great time! - NE4M  Lots of activity this weekend. K8XXX was loud on all bands. Nice to work Todd, N9NE in several counties. He's a fellow Foxii! - NG7Z  Kenwood TS-940SAT, 100W, 11L LPDA 45 meters UP - UA0SJ  First time in MiQP. Congratulation: great organization. Rig: FT847+Inrad xtal filters, CMOS-4+Palm paddle, and a simple long wire ant strung from my apartment window! - VE2EZD  I had a lot of fun taking part in this Michigan QSO party using my old Yaesu GX brothers The FT-757 and 767GX radios from the mid 80s. These are Classic Yaesus. I like the bigger FT-767 on CW but I really love the little brother of the 2 that FT-757GX with its really smooth & quiet QSK. I did not get a chance to fire up my old SB-101. I also have an about 1936 vintage Detrola Tombstone radio made in Detroit - VE7BGP  Thanks for another great contest and a chance to get a few more counties - VE7FCO  This is always a good activity. Thanks to everyone. 20M just doesn't cut it from NH but 40M was great.  Rig was same old TS830 (just won't quit) and Butternut HF6V vertical. - W1END  40 & 80 meters saw all the action this year. Not much time, but still had fun. See you in '09 - W1WIU  Finally got Ionia, my last county, thanks to N8MRC!! Little propagation on 20M. Most Qs were on 80/40M. Took time off Saturday to visit a friend just out of the hospital but still bettered last year's score. Gud MI turnout. See you again next year! - W2UDT  This year we downsized from the full size minivan to a Honda Fit. The increase in gas mileage was very nice, but my back sure hurts after 20 hours in the car! - W3USA  Fun contest - SD program worked great!! - W7LPF  Our 2nd Year in the QSO Party and we had a blast!!! - W8ACW  Due to the high price of gasoline, Gary and I decided not to do the mobile thing this year. So we took a stab at operating from my home station in Ohio instead. Although it was pretty easy to snag stations in the U.P., the bands were way too long to generate any rates to stations in the lower peninsula. Thanks to all the mobiles that made the trip to hand out counties. This kept us going in the contest. See you in the OhQP! - W8AV  A real blast being a 'rare' county! - W8AWE  This was the first 'real' contest for all of the students in our group! Everyone had a great time!- W8BYC  Had a great Time! - W8GU  Strange propagation. Could not hear MI stations on 40. Ohio was too close, so 80 was best and only band for me. - W8IDM  Had a run of 24 calls in 1.5 minutes in the 11th hour, WHEW! May not be in the top 3 after the counting is done but sure had a fantastic time! - W8LEW  Built two temporary antennas this day at EOC for MiQP. We used three total stations. In the future we muse ensure logging software is functional before the contest starts. - W8OAK  Good Contest, Nice job - W8VY We enjoyed this annual event which has developed into quite the social opportunity. Between QSOs we enjoyed a delicious steak dinner with lots and lots of radio friends. Our club, W8ZHO can really do a social event. And we're learning the fun in radio contesting. Thanks to the organizers of the MiQP for their work in making this such a fun opportunity! - W8ZHO  Unfortunately I was only able to work the last 20 minutes of the contest on 80 meters - W9QL  Once again, not enough time to participate fully. Still, it was a great time. I never checked 20M. I wasn't home when there was a possibility there - WA0MHJ  Operated from Tennessee - WA4JA  This was my first time using a contest logging program live. My tnx to all for being patient with me- HI! IT was lots of fun - hope to CU all next year - WI8A  What's a DX window on 80 meters? - WZ8T
 

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