2009 Michigan QSO Party

Multi-Operator Stations

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Michigan Single Transmitter



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 Eastern MI ARC 












 Soc Of Midwest Contesters 

At the top of this year's Michigan Multi-Operator, Single-Transmitter competition we once again find a familiar callsign in an unfamiliar category.  After several years of battle in the multi-transmitter arena, the K8EPV multi-operator team operating from the K8DD QTH in Lapeer county shifted gears to single-transmitter for 2009 and found victory, while destroying the category record in the process.  The team from EMARC put together a solid score which surprisingly has 20M as the biggest band (363 out of 840 QSOs). Like most big MiQP logs this year, their log is mostly phone (69%) but with enough CW QSOs to have a competitive multiplier total.  Their best hour came relatively early in the contest, with a whopping 104 QSOs in the 19Z hour, primarily on 20M SSB.  They operated the entire contest running high power and were able to work 51 different counties.

In second place, we have the WD8S team operating from a temporary setup at N8KV's vacation cabin in  Ogemaw county.  This four-operator team only ran low power, but by focusing on double-point CW QSOs(58%) kept the race with K8EPV close.  Their best hour of the contest was 00Z, with 75 QSOs and their low point was 20Z with 20 QSOs.  The team operated the entire contest and worked 52 different counties.

In third place multi-single, we have last year's winner - N9FN with it's unique operating team; both ops are named Dave and both with "9FN" in their callsigns.  In addition to it's third place finish, the operation by Dave/N9FN and Dave/K9FN is significant because it is the first reported fixed station entry ever reported from Allegan county in MiQP history.  N9FN made the majority of their QSOs on 80M/75M: 304 out of 438 (69%).  Over half of their QSOs were of the double-point CW variety but their multipliers were a good balance between CW and phone.  N9FN was another multi-single team running low power; while their rates in general were lower than K8EPV or WD8S, they didn't have any really bad hours.  They operated the entire contest period while working 52 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three multi-single entries as the contest ran on.  K8EPV and WD8S started out only a few QSOs apart, while N9FN's slow start got them behind early.  K8EPV really poured on the coal from 18Z -21Z to build a lead, but then WD8S matched their rates for the rest of the contest.  From the midpoint of the contest, N9FN matched rates with WD8S for the rest of the way.

Michigan Multi Transmitter



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 Adrian ARC






 Mad River Radio Club 






 Bay Area Wireless Assn

The winner of this year's multi-multi category was the 2008 winner K8XXX, again operating from the N8CC QTH in Barry county.  Their score of 726,525 sets a new category record, and again sets a new mark for the highest score ever in MiQP.  With six rigs, the K8XXX log is biased towards phone (69%) and surprisingly their best band was 20M, with 954 QSOs (up from 682 last year), followed by 40M then 80M.  They also had the highest overall multiplier of the contest.  Their best hour for rate was the first, with 259 QSOs getting into the log while their lowest was the last with still a very fine 156.  They worked the largest number of different counties of anyone in the contest, their total of 70 beating their mark of 68 from 2008. 

In second place was K8MQP, this time operating from W8MJ's QTH in Livingston county.  With only three rigs, the K8MQP log was biased towards SSB (68%) with a reasonable balance between phone and CW multipliers.  Their band breakdown was 474/745/484 on 80M/40M/20M, and their best hour was the first with 193 QSOs between the three stations.  They matched their 2008 total of 65 different counties, and they operated the entire contest period.

The third place multi-multi team was a portable operation from the Upper Peninsula - N9KI/8 from Menominee county.   This team enjoyed it's best success on 40M with 394 QSOs, or 49% of their total.  Their log moderately favors CW in terms of QSOs, but had slightly more mults on phone.  N9KI was another group which eschewed the advantages of running high power, but they still managed a best hour or 98 QSOs at the start.  They operated the entire contest period while working 53 different MI counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three multi-multi entries as the contest ran on.  The graph clearly shows the advantages of more transmitters and high power.  K8XXX with six transmitters and high power grabs the early lead and makes the best rates throughout the contest.  K8MQP with three rigs can't keep up with 'XXX, despite also running high power.  N9KI/8 with two rigs and low power is consistent, but can't keep up with K8MQP while posting more modest rates throughout the contest.  Their far north QTH may also be a factor in this difference.

Non-Michigan Multi Operator



QSOs Mults Score







 Minnesota Wireless Assn 






 Soc Of Midwest Contesters 



48 29 2,784

 Mad River Radio Club 

The non-MI multi-operator entries were lead by Bob Chudek, KØRC operating from Minnesota.  Bob made the largest portion of his QSOs (1209 out of 204) on 80 meters, with about 2/3 on phone overall.  He ran low power, made most of his QSOs after darkness fell and operated 8:15 of the contest while working 53 different MI counties  Doing battle with KØRC for most of the contest was station N2BJ from Illinois, operated by Barry and Paula, K2PAC.  The N2BJ log was mostly phone, their best band was clearly 75M and they managed to work 53 different Michigan counties in six hours of operating time.  Third place went to another single-operator with packet; Joe, W3AG from Pennsylvania.  Joe did it the hard way, operating QRP.  It's no real surprise that his log was entirely CW, almost perfectly split between 80M and 40M.  Joe put in 4:16 of operating time and worked 29 different MI counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three non-Michigan multi-op entries as the contest ran on.  K0RC edged out to an early lead in the first half of the contest, but N2BJ pulled even by the end of the 23Z hour.  K0RC pulled back ahead once darkness fell and N2BJ was QRT.  W3AG running QRP was actually ahead of N2BJ for the first two hours, and kept steady, if slow, rates for the rest of the contest.

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