2009 Michigan QSO Party

Emergency Operation Center Stations

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The Emergency Operation Center, or EOC, category was new to the MiQP in 2008.  After having four EOC entries last year, the category grew to eight stations in 2009.  This field was a good mix of returnees from 2008 and new activations appearing in MiQP for the first time.



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 Livonia ARC






 Grand Rapids ARA

Leading the charge in the EOC category, and repeating their win from 2008 was W8OAK, the team at the Oakland County ARPSC.  This group had eleven operators, ran 100W but missed the entire first hour and almost all of the second hour getting set up.  Still, they managed to get in almost two hours more operating time than last year, and once they got going they did very well; almost tripling their 2008 score and setting a new record for the EOC category thanks to 185 more QSOs and 39 more mults than in 2008.  Their band breakdowns were 241/163/36 on 80M/40M/20M while increasing their percentage of CW (29%). Their best rate was 72 QSOs in the 22Z hour, and they worked 49 different Michigan counties and 93 different multipliers.

Close on W8OAK's heels was the second place EOC station: the team at K8UNS from the Livonia ARC in Wayne County activating their EOC for the first time in MiQP.  This team's band breakdowns were 174/131/43 on 80M/40M/20M, but with 71% on CW earning double points.  K8UNS ran high power and put in 10:40 of operating time, working 42 different MI counties 85 unique multipliers.

The third place EOC station came from W8DC, the Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association in Kent county, also activating their EOC for the first time in MiQP.  Like W8OAK, they got off to a slow start with only 8 QSOs after the first three hours, but then they got rolling.  Most of their QSOs were on phone, save for a single 10M CW QSO with one of their Kent county neighbors.  Their big band was 75M phone (59%).  They ran low power and put 40 different MI counties and 77 unique multipliers into their log in 8:18 of operating time.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three EOC stations as the contest ran on.  W8OAK and W8DC got off to slow starts, while K8UNS hit the ground running with 41 QSOs in the first hour, pulling out to a QSO lead for the first half of the contest.  But once W8OAK got rolling, their steady rates and operating up until the end of the contest (with K8UNS QRT in the last hour) allowed them to finish ahead.  After their slow start, the W8DC team managed rates in the last half of the contest which were similar to W8OAK and K8UNS, but by then they had simply fallen too far behind to catch up.

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