2009 Michigan QSO Party

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Mobile Solo Operator



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 North Coast Contesters


K9TM/M Operating Position

The winner of the Michigan Mobile Solo Operator category was Tim Mitchell, K9TM, who drove up from his Sylvania, OH QTH for his first mobile entry in MiQP since 2000.  Armed with a new mobile platform (a 50 MPG 2009 Volkswagon Jetta TDI) and a new mobile setup, he activated 12 counties in the western and central parts of the lower peninsula.  Most of Tim's QSOs were on CW (361 of 413) with 40M being his best band followed by 20M.  Still, the lack of short skip on 40M and the difficulties mobile stations have with being heard on 80M limited him to working only 16 different MI counties in his ten hours of operating time.  His best rate was 56 QSOs in the second hour of the contest.

Second place in the mobile solo operator category goes to another Ohio visitor: Dan, W8CAR/m from Sandusky who mobiled through 10 southern Lower Peninsula counties.  Dan gave away two hours of operating time to Tim.  He only made one QSO in the third and seventh hours, but he was on the air both at the start and end of the contest, so as a single-op mobile most of his lost time must have occurred while transiting between operating sites.  Dan also made most of his QSOs on 40M (191 of 330) but also like Tim he wound up working a relatively small number of MI counties: only 15 different ones.

The graph below shows the progress made by the two mobile solo-operator entries as the contest ran on.  After the first hour the two competitors were only two QSOs apart, but K9TM managed better rates over the next few hours, particularly during 18Z when W8CAR was essentially QRT. From 19Z-21Z the two matched rates until W8CAR had another bad hour at 22Z.  After that, the rates were similar again until the 02Z hour when K9TM was QRT and W8CAR began to catch up.

Mobile Multi Operator



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 Adrian ARC


K8MR/M at a stop in Otsego County

When the dust had settled in the mobile multi-operator category, a familiar callsign was out front:  K8MR/m, operated by Jim Stahl, K8MR and John Bostwick, AC8E, who activated 25 counties in the central and eastern half of the lower peninsula.  The secret to this team's success are agility and flexibility; agility in that they could jump bands and modes quickly to grab additional QSOs or multipliers without hurting their overall QSO rate, and consistency in that their slowest hour still put 55 QSOs into their log.  Their best hour was 19Z with 86 QSOs.  They operated the entire contest period and worked 36 different Michigan counties.

In second place was the K8IR/m entry operated by Jim, K8IR and Eric, KG9GH,  who managed their second best MiQP mobile score ever.  This team activated 14 Upper Peninsula counties, missing only Chippewa for a sweep of the peninsula.  Their QSO breakdowns were 168/332/149 with 590/59 CW/phone. Their best hour was 02Z with 71 QSOs going into their log; their slowest hour was 22Z with only 26 QSOs.  K8IR/m were active for the entire contest period and worked 28 different Michigan counties.


N8KR/am and one leg of their antenna

The "/am" appended to the callsign of the third place mobile multi-operator entry is not a typo - N8KR/am was actually aeronautical mobile during the contest, in what was the first ever HF activity reported from a airplane in MiQP history.  Ken, N8KR and pilot Jerry Larsen flew Ken's Piper Cherokee 160 equipped with an Alinco DX-70 running 50W and a 19' per leg horizontal-V antenna (see photo at left) stretched from the plane's tail to the wingtips over 16 MI counties in 3:44 of operating time.  They carried not one, but two GPS systems - one to navigate aeronautically, and the other with the county lines clearly marked.  Turbulence made operating CW with a straight key difficult.  With the exception of a single QSO on 40 phone, all of their QSOs were on 20M.

The graph below shows the progress made by each of the top three mobile multi-operator entries as the contest ran on.  K8MR and K8IR were in a dead heat for the first three hours then K8MR began to slowly slowly pull away.   All of N8KR's QSOs came during the first five hours of the contest.


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