2009 Michigan QSO Party


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Michigan High Power

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score







 Blossomland ARA






 Delta County ARS 






 Adrian ARC


Earl, N8SS - Wayne County

It's four in a row for the high power single op category winner Earl Morse, N8SS, operating from Wayne county, who came within 10% of matching his record-setting score from 2008.  Like last year, 80M was his big band providing him with 42% of his QSOs.  He deserves the title of "Mr. Consistency" as his hourly rates were five 80s, two 70s, three 60s and two 50s.   N8SS's QSOs were split 39%/61% between CW and phone.  Earl worked 51 Michigan counties and operated the full contest period.

In second place was a station who over the years has established himself as one of the leading single-ops from the Upper Peninsula - Duane, K8AO, operating from Delta County.  While N8SS experienced steady rates throughout the contest, it was more "feast or famine" for Duane who jumped out to the early lead with 123 QSOs in the first hour along with two hours in the 90s, but also had to endure three slow hours later in the teens/20s/30s.  Duane's log heavily favors phone with 88% of his QSOs and 70% of his mults.  Of the top three single-ops, he had the best luck on 40M with 284 QSOs  Duane worked 55 Michigan counties and operated 11:11 of the contest period.

In third place was the MiQP Communication Manager - Mark, NU8Z operating from Lenawee County.  Mark  is no stranger to the MiQP single-op arena, but was handicapped this year by limited operating time - he only operated seven hours of the contest but even so had a well-balanced band breakdown of 139/147/145 QSOs on 80m/40m/20m respectively.  66% of Mark's QSOs and 58% of his mults were on phone and he worked 35 Michigan counties during the contest.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three high power single-ops as the contest ran on.  K8AO's big 123 hour at the start got him the QSO lead early, but N8SS's consistency brought the two stations dead even at the end of the 7th hour.  K8AO had two slow hours (21Z and 00Z) which allowed  N8SS to sneak ahead.  NU8Z got off to a slow start, then matched rates with N8SS and K8AO through the middle of the contest, but was largely QRT after 00Z.

Michigan Low Power



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(op K2KW)





 Mad River RC 













The winning low power score from N8M originated from the K8CC contest station in Washtenaw County, operated by Ken Silverman, K2KW who traveled in from his home in Ohio just for the MiQP.  Ken's log is almost evenly split between phone (53%) and CW (47%) with a good balance between bands: 212/236/226 on 80/40/20.  He didn't have any really big hours, but was very consistent with a worst hour was 47 QSOs and a best of 68 QSOs.  Ken worked 50 Michigan counties, and was active the entire contest period.

This year's second place low power finisher also took home the plaque as the top MiQP Rookie, and that's Jeff, WB8WKQ operating from Lapeer County.  His log is biased mildly towards phone (57%) in terms of QSOs and about the same for multipliers.  In terms of QSOs/band, Jeff's had more QSOs on 80M than N8M (291), but came up short on 20M with only 59.  His slowest hour was the first hour with 37 QSOs, but he followed that up with his best rate of 68 QSOs during the 17Z hour.  Jeff operated the full contest period, and worked 51 different Michigan counties.

In third place was Glen, WA1UJU from Houghton county, reprising the same finish from last year.  Glen's QSO breakdown is predominantly CW (70%) but with a very close balance on multipliers between modes.  His band breakdown looks a lot like WB8WKQ's; 80M was his best band, followed closely by 40M, but with only 33 QSOs on 20M.  His best hour was at the beginning of the contest (60 QSOs), but he had two slow hours in the middle during 21-22z.  Glen left about 45 minutes of operating time on the table, but still wound up working 46 Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three low power single-ops as the contest ran on.  For the first two hours, all three stations ran close together, only separated by 11 QSOs at the end of the 17z hour.  After that, N8M's consistently better rates allowed him to slowly pull away from WB8WKQ, while WA1UJU's mid-contest slow period from 21-22z dropped him behind Jeff.

Michigan QRP



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 Eastern MI ARC












 ARROW Comm Assn


Ian, K8MM - Genesee County

The top MI single-operator QRP entry finished in the same spot last year. Ian Hill, K8MM operating from Genessee county, took what he learned last year and wound up beating last year's score by 40% to win and set a new record for the category.  Ian's log is mostly 80 meters (55%) and mostly CW (73%). His best hour was 00Z with 51 QSOs and his slowest hour was 19Z with 20 QSOs.  Ian was active the entire contest period, and worked 52 Michigan counties.

The second place QRP station also reprised his 2008 finish, and that's Tim, K8NWD from Oakland county.  His breakdown is very similar to K8MM; lots of 80M, lots of CW, and a tie on 20M with 38 QSOs.    His best hour was 21z with 28 QSOs followed by 27 QSOs the next hour.  Tim missed a little over an hour of the contest  while putting 42 Michigan counties into his log.

The third place QRP station is another Tim; that is Tim, KT8K operating from Washtenaw county.  The two Tim's finished in a tie on QSOs, with KT8K having a higher percentage of two point CW QSOs.  However, KT8K couldn't match K8NWD's multiplier total, due to a shortage of mults on phone.  KT8K's best rates were better than K8NWD's best, with four hours in the 30s.  However, KT8K only operated 9:30 of the contest, which offset this rate advantage.  He still worked 30 Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three QRP single-ops as the contest ran on.  K8MM had the best start, and with consistent rates he maintained the QSO lead throughout the contest.  Both K8NWD and KT8K had slow starts and after five hours were only six QSOs apart.  As darkness fell, KT8K edged ahead of K8NWD, but gave away that lead in the last two hours.

Non-Michigan Eastern/Central Region



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 Frankford Radio Club






 South East Contest Club






 Frankford Radio Club

Once again, the Eastern Region, Non-MI Single Operator category was won by a station from the northeast part of the country. with Frank Widmann, WA2VYA from New Jersey as this year's winner.  Frank's log is entirely 80M and 40M, with most (60%) of his QSOs on 40M and close to a 50/50 split between phone and CW.  His best hour was 35 QSOs during the 17Z hour and his slowest was 10 QSOs during the 21Z hour.  Frank ran high power, worked 64 different Michigan counties and operated the entire contest period.

In second place, and only sixty points behind, is a former category winner and longtime MiQP participant - Jeff, KU8E, operating from Georgia.  Jeff's log slightly favors CW (56%) with most of his QSOs on 40 (55%).  His best hour for rate was 18Z with 30 QSOs, and his slowest were 20Z and 22Z with 9 QSOs each.  Jeff led all of non-MI single-ops in terms of working different Michigan counties with 67.  He was active the entire contest period and ran high power.

Karl, N8NA operating from Delaware grabbed third place.  Karl is a former Michigander, operating as WA8ZAV before moving to Delaware several decades ago.  Karl's log emphasizes 40M (69%) and was almost even with KU8E on 80M but only with two QSOs on 20M.  Overall, his QSOs and multipliers were almost evenly split between modes.   Karl was active throughout the contest period, although he only logged 6:36 of operating time punctuated by short breaks.  He worked 54 Michigan counties while running low power.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three eastern region single-ops as the contest ran on.  The three leaders were neck-and-neck through the first three hours of the contest, but N8NA's rate slowed and he dropped back.  WA2VYA and KU8E kept at it neck and neck until Frank built up a lead as darkness fell.  KU8E made up ground during the last two hours but ran out of time.

Non-Michigan Mountain/Pacific Region



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 Grand Mesa Contesters of CO






 British Columbia DX Club 







Out west, it was Alan Brubaker, KO7X from the rare state of Wyoming taking the top spot.  Alan, active in contesting as K6XO many years  ago, has entered the MiQP before, but this is the first time he's taken the top spot.   Alan's log is heavy on CW (67%) and, as one would expect from a western station in MiQP, is largely 20M and 40M.  His best hours of the contest were the first two, with 30 and 33 QSOs respectively.  While Alan was active throughout the contest period, as things got slow later in the contest he took some breaks and in the end accumulated 10:37 of operating time.  Alan ran high power and worked 53 different Michigan counties during the contest.

For the first time in the modern MiQP era, we welcome a Canadian station into a MiQP winner's box.  From the far west end of Canada (which is a long way from Michigan), we have the second place Mountain/Pacific region single-op finisher Les, VA7RN operating from the province of British Columbia.  Like Alan, Les is a newcomer to the top scores box, but is not a newcomer to MiQP.  Also like KO7X, the VA7RN log is heavy on CW (74%) but even more reliant on 20M (64%).  Les was active throughout the contest period, and made at least one QSO in each hour with his best rates at the start of the contest.  But like Alan he took some breaks later in the contest when things got slow and in the end accumulated 9:39 of operating time.  Les led all of the western region low power single-ops, while working 51 different MI counties.

In third place Mountain/Pacific region is a former winner of the category, that is John, N6MU, operating from California.   94% of John's QSOs came on 20M, and 69% on CW.  John operated 7:30 of the contest, with some off times during the middle and was QRT for the last three hours.  He was another one of the top scores running low power, and led all California entries regardless of power.  John worked 51 unique Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three western region single-ops as the contest ran on.  All three stations were on 20CW at the start, and KO7X jumped out to a big lead early, perhaps because running high power made QSOs easier in difficult condx.  VA7RN and N6MU ran neck-and-neck  until 21Z when N6MU pulled ahead, then VA7RN took the lead back as N6MU went QRT for the last three hours.  KO7X was able to make better use of 40M than either VA7RN or N6MU later in the contest, which contributed to him being able to maintain his QSO rate.

DX Stations



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LY2ZZ LY 4 4 32  

This year's DX single-op winner is another station who is no stranger to the MiQP top score box.  For the third time in the past four years, the top spot for DX stations was grabbed by Gary Wikstrom, CU2JT from the Azores.   Gary reported that condx to Michigan did not seem very good on 20M, and his new operating location, different from previous years, did not seem to work as well on 40M.  His rates were slow but steady during the first half of the contest, improving as Michigan sunset approached.  However, Gary only made one QSO after 00Z, and he only operated a little more than six hours of the contest.  All of his QSOs were on CW and he worked 39 different MI counties while running high power.

In second place single-op from the DX side was Jiri, OK1AOV.  Jiri was only able to operate a little less than three hours of the contest, mostly on 40M in the later hours of the contest when it was dark in Michigan.  Like CU2JT all of his QSOs were on CW, and he ran high power while working 13 different MI counties.

In third place was Jonas, LY2ZZ who managed to sneak in a few minutes of operating time for MiQP.  All of Jonas' few QSOs were in the early part of the contest, and like the other two top DX stations was all on CW.

The graph above shows the progress made by the top two DX single-ops as the contest ran on.  It appears that the operating times for CU2JT and OK1AOV were the opposite of each other, as CU2JT was mostly active during the first half of the contest (when it was daylight in Michigan) and OK1AOV was active in the last half (during Michigan darkness). Not surprisingly, for these reasons CU2JT had better luck on 20M and while OK1AOV has better luck on 40M.  Gary's win was largely the result of more time on the air, but both stations left a significant amount of operating time unused.

MiQP Rookie Single-Op



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The top MiQP Rookie Single-Op is not an MiQP category, but rather is an award intended to recognize Michigan single-op entries who are participating in MiQP for their first time.  This award was initiated in 2007 through the generosity of Steve Murphy, N8NM, and in it's initial year we had to search long and hard to find an MiQP rookie participant.  In 2008, this award sort of "fell off the table" as we forgot to advertise it and hence nobody claimed rookie status.  This year, we had an excellent field of rookies with five stations participating.

For 2009, the top MiQP Rookie Single-Op was Jeff Miller, WB8WKQ operating from Lapeer county in a close race QSO-wise with Dan, N8ZBA operating from neighboring St. Clair county.  Paul, N8WY from Wayne county was third.  Both of the top two entries had excellent QSO totals (Dan was fourth and Jeff fifth among ALL single ops in terms of QSOs.)  Dan ran high power and actually made more QSOs than Jeff running low power, but Dan's QSOs were all on phone while Jeff made 43% of his QSOs on CW for double QSO points and 61 extra multipliers to take the win score-wise.  Also, it helped that Jeff was active the entire contest period while Dan left about 30 minutes of operating time unused.  The top two stations were almost dead even in regards to the number of different MI counties worked as WB8WKQ had 51 and N8ZBA had 50 in their logs.  Paul only operated four hours running low power and worked 34 different MI counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by the top three MI Rookie single-ops as the contest ran on.  WB8WKQ and N8ZBA were remarkably close throughout the entire contest, while achieving their results in different ways.  N8ZBA was running high power on phone to keep up the rate, while WB8WKQ used both phone and CW running low power.  N8WY was inactive for 2/3 of the contest, which put him behind early and prevented him from keeping up with the top two.

Most MI Counties Worked

The MiQP Most Counties Worked competition is intended to offer an alternative for those single operators who like to focus on “working them all”.  There are separate competitions for in-state and out-of-state entries.

Among Michigan single-operators, the most counties were worked by Art, K8CIT with 58 (whose log was actually a checklog!) followed closely by K8AO and K9RON with 55.  A total of 11 Michigan single-ops along with 11 multi-op stations were able to work 50 or more Michigan counties this year.

Among the non-MI entries, once again Eastern/Central Region entries swept the top three places in counties worked as well.  (We'll continue to hope that this situation will even out a little for the Mountain/Pacific Region entrants as the sunspots return.) Jeff, KU8E had the most counties with 67, while WA2VYA with 64 and AD8J with 62 were neck and neck for 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  It should be noted that western region winner KO7X finished in a three-way tie for seventh amongst all non-MI entries with 53 counties worked.  CU2JT led all DX entries with 39 counties and was tied for 25th among non-MI entries.

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