2009 Michigan QSO Party

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Thanks for the QSOs - AA9KH  Many thanks to the Mobile stations - AB7RW  This was my first contest ever! - AB8XU  Was enjoyable - AC8DO  Had fun for limited time on - AE1P  The bands were not in a very good mode and most stations were very weak on 20m. I did not have the same success on 40m as 2 years ago working from a new location further from the sea and with an inferior antenna compared to 2007. Guess I can say that I worked every station I heard and called, what more can you ask for?  And I was sure glad to get BAY county on 80m just before bedtime - CU2JT  Many thanks to the mobile stations for activating the rare counties - K3TW  Ran 100W on 40 and 20, but couldn't get through the QRN on 80 without the amplifier, so ran 1 KW on 80. Time limited this year - K4BAI  Lots of noise here in GA. Only operated for 3 hours - K4NV  First time joining in a contest - had some fun - I think first contact K8MQP might have wrong serial # - oh well - had fun - K7DNH  Yaesu FT897D, 20 foot high 130 foot delta loop on 20 M and a Buddipole vertical on 40 M, a battery, and the N8XJK 12 Volt Boost Regulator. Lots of lightning crashes, heard less MI than normal - K7RFW  Our second best effort in the 8 years I've been mobile (last year was the best). I felt the first few hours were pretty good, but when the QRN came up on 40 and 80, it became quite a struggle. Despite that, the 0200 hour was our best with 71 contacts - K8IR/m  Murphy struck. I loaned my computer-to-rig interface to a friend but didn't get it back, so I built another one. Unfortunately, I didn't check it out prior to the event. It was DOA. I looked it over, but didn't see anything wrong. So, I tried my ancient bug - but it was too corroded on the contacts, and burnishing didn't do much. Brought out the trusty J-38, and did the pump handle thing. Even at 1 p.m. 20 meters was all but dead, so quick move to 40. About 4 p.m. I looked over the computer interface, tried it again, and it worked. But, after about 10 Q's it went into an oscillation and wouldn't stop - made a horrible noise in the rig, and probably on the air. After unhooking it and reinstalling it, the same problem, so back to the trusty J-38.  Thanks to all who slowed down to my hand sent speed, even though I could copy faster.  K8MAD was an interesting call, especially on phone. People would do a double take, and I'd say I was the "mad man from Michigan" - K8MAD (op. N8XX)  I enjoyed the contest. I was called into work, so lost some hours there, also other commitments - K8NB  Great time running QRP. Didn't have a lot of trouble running a frequency on any band. Tried to beat the kid (K8MM) again this year but his fine SO2R did me in. I don't think it has anything to do with the age difference. Hmmmm. I think next year will call for a few more wires in the air and my own SO2R setup. Thanks for another great contest - K8NWD  Great job K8IR/m! - K9OM  Thanks for a FB MiQP again this year - KB9YGD  Limited operating time and low ant only 6ft off the ground but enjoyed it - KC4MYV  Had a fun time for a short event - KD2MX  Thanks for all the Q's. Had a great time in MIQP - KD5JHE  My first solo contest. It was great even if band conditions weren't good - KD8AUZ  This is a great contest. My wife and I look forward to it every year - KD8CCX (+KD8CMT)  Next year I will pray for cold weather to keep people inside playing radio - KD8CQC  Fun! Talked with an airplane, and heard a rover (first time in a contest for either of those for me - KE7GRL  Late start due to the Milford Swap.  Life got in the way of 12 hours.  Using SD was great - KE8UM  First try, learned a lot - KG8P This will be my last MiQP from the States. Only part time and mostly 25W but it was still fun. Hope to on again as DL2HBX next year - KK8I  Had a great time and am looking forward to next year - KT8K  Operating portable from Maine - KV1J  Had a great time. Tnx for running a nice QSO party - KW3A My second Michigan QSO Party - N1NN  It has been a long time for my participation - N3RJ  Wonderful contest - N8MME  Wished I had more time, but it was still fun, can't wait tell next year - N8MRC  I could never quite get the timing on the mobiles as they changed counties, what with their appearances brief on 40M and 20M too long from here.  On the other hand, lots of activity from casual ops in Michigan, and it is always nice to say hello to the ops back "home". See you next year - N8NA (a former Michigander)  We had a great time operating from K8CJQ's QTH in Allegan County, MI and would like to thank Bill for opening his home and shack to us for the event. It was also nice to remove ALLE from the list of MI Counties that never had a fixed station operation in MiQP. We bettered our score from last year, and had a great time which is what it's all about!  Look for us in INQP in two weeks, then OQP and ILQP later this year - N9FN  Working again this year from the Upper Peninsula's beautiful Shakee Lakes Park in Menominee Country, 10 miles west of Stephenson.  Started setting up on Friday and finished Sat. morning with great weather, sunshine and warmth. Many flocks of geese and ducks flying over all day.  Saturday, late night brought us high winds and a dramatic drop in temps, low of 34 by Sunday morning with rain  greeting the teardown activities.  Band's conditions were up and down, sometime a sig would be over S9 and the next moment, gone, fast QSB.  Overall we had a lot of fun operating just across the border, bonfire and brews on Fri. night after a super fish fry at a local pub, great breakfasts from the local diner in Stephenson. Thanks to all for the participation and QSO's - N9KI/8  Hopes of making a serious effort in the MiQP were dashed by the torrential rains in the Houston area most of Saturday. I was not able to get on the air until around 0000Z. At that point 20 was gone and, due to the thunderstorms that had moved off to the east, 40 and 80 were very noisy. I don't think I heard any mobiles although I'm sure some were out and about even in the very tough conditions - NO5W  The bands were surprising sometimes good some poor.  SD worked out OK I'm learning it.  The contest very enjoyable - VE5BCS  Had fun, will try to do it again next year - VE5BF  First time participant, I really enjoyed making contacts in the old home state - WMR  Elecraft K1 & G5RV - WPQ  Thanks for another enjoyable QSO party.  Rig used was TS830s (100W), Butternut HF6V vertical antenna - W1END   Great QSO Party - See You Next Year - W1KDA  Part-time effort here. Just couldn't stay inside with the nice wx - W2UDT  I had a a ball. Conditions poor, but still fun. Thanks for sponsoring the MI QSO PARTY - W5ESE  We had a blast working the QSO Party from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, one of our club stations - W8CWN  We had good reports using our GAP (TITAN DX) vertical on 40 M - W8DC  Strange conditions. 40 meters could only work UP stations and it took 80 meters to work Lower Peninsula from Northern Ohio - W8IDM  Not bad for the bottom of the solar cycle. Only heard one mobile. 40m didn't do the mobiles any favors this year. Our effort much better than last year though - W8OAK  Good contest, helped on my code speed. Back into contesting after being away from ham radio for a number of years - WB8LZA  Had a great time for my first state QSO party. Didn't get started till almost 3pm. Had to wait for a control op to show up. Had three control operators looking over my shoulder :) Wonder if I qualify for QRP also since I was told that everything was setup for only ten watts max output? - WC8RC  I thought the condx were brutal - I only had a few hours but I had fun - glad to hear so many guys active tnx - WI8A  Thanks for a great contest - WU2S
 

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