2010 Michigan QSO Party

Mobile Stations

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Mobile Solo Operator

Call

Ctys

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

N9NE/m

5

480

130

109,200

 Minnesota Wireless Assn

W8JJ/m

11

372 75

54,825

Thumb Area Contesters

W8CAR/m

12

378

67

50,116

 North Coast Contesters

The winner of the Michigan Mobile Solo Operator category was Todd Fonstad, N9NE, who drove over from his Amherst, WI QTH to operate mobile in MiQP.  Todd was one of several mobiles (in addition to K8IR, WI9WI and NE9U) who activated counties in the Upper Peninsula this year.  His band breakdowns were 155/180/145 with 65% on CW.  There were three things which greatly contributed to Todd's winning score.  First, he managed to be on the air for 11:45 of the contest, only losing 15 minutes to travel time (which is crucial to a single-op mobile entry).  Second, he was able to make better use of 20M than the other top single-op mobile entries.  Third, he was able to make better use of SSB (sometime difficult from a mobile) which netted him almost 50 extra multipliers.  His best hour for rate was 18Z with 55 QSOs and Todd managed to work 44 unique Michigan counties while coming within 8% of the category record set by W1NN/m in 2005.

Second place in the mobile solo operator category goes to a resident Michigander: Tim, W8JJ/m from Grand Blanc.  This was Tim's first attempt at mobiling in MiQP, and he operated from 11 counties in the central eastern part of the lower peninsula to grab second place by a close margin.  Tim's band breakdowns were 156/161/55 with all but 13 QSOs on CW.  He managed 10:27 of operating time and had his best rate of the contest in the last hour with 49 QSOs.  Tim managed to work 25 different Michigan counties.

Third place in the mobile solo operator category goes to an operator with growing experience in single-operator mobile operating, that is Dan, W8CAR who was runner-up in the category last year.  Dan drove over from his Sandusky, OH QTH to operate mobile in MiQP following a route which covered 12 counties in the bottom two tiers in the Lower Peninsula.  Dan's band breakdowns were 141/143/94 with all but eight QSOs on CW.  His route only allowed him 8:51 operating time, and his best rates of the contest were 46 QSOs/hour, in both the 00Z and 01Z hours.  Dan managed to work 22 Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the three top mobile solo-operator entries as the contest ran on.  N9NE jumped out to an early lead and widened the gap during the first half of the contest.  W8JJ and W8CAR ran neck-and-neck the entire contest, and were running similar rates to N9NE for the last half of the contest.  W8JJ and W8CAR wound up only 6 QSOs apart at the end of the contest.

Mobile Multi Operator

Call

Ctys

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8MR/m

24

915

123

203,319

 Mad River RC (MI)

K8IR/m

22

765

99

146,520

 M&M ARC

NE9U/am

13

519

83

83,000

 Minnesota Wireless Assn

 

The K8MR/M minivan showing damage from striking a deer in Mecosta County

When the dust had settled in the mobile multi-operator category, once again a familiar callsign was out in front:  K8MR/m, operated by Jim Stahl, K8MR and John Bostwick, AC8E, who traveled from their respective Ohio QTHs to activate 24 counties in the central part of the lower peninsula.  Their band breakdowns were 292/458/165 with 81% of their QSOs on CW, but their multipliers were more balanced with 65 on CW and 58 on phone.  Their trip was not without incident as their minivan collided with a deer in Mecosta County (see photo at left).  Luckily, there were no injuries to the operators, although there is no word on what it did for their QSO rate :-)  Their best hour of the contest was 01Z with 110 QSOs, but they also had four more hours in the 80s as well.  This team continues to show remarkable agility in switching bands and modes for additional QSOs which helps to maintain these kinds of rates.  K8MR/m operated the entire contest period and worked 39 different Michigan counties.

 

 

 

K8IR/m with the Mackinac Bridge in the background

In second place was the K8IR/m entry operated by Jim, K8IR and Eric, KG9GH, who managed their best MiQP mobile score ever.  This team activated 14 counties in the Upper Peninsula and 8 more counties in the northern part of the lower Peninsula.  Their QSO breakdowns were 293/296/176 with 715/50 CW/phone. Their best hour was the last hour of the contest with 90 QSOs going into their log, but they also had an 83 hour at 22Z and three others in the 70s.  They operated from Eric's pickup with an impressive array of antennas (see photo at right).  They had over 40 QSOs with DX stations, including a QSO on 80M CW with OM2VL from Presque Isle county - quite an accomplishment for a mobile!  K8IR/m was active for the entire contest period and worked 38 different Michigan counties, up ten from last year.

 

 

 

In third place mobile multi-operator was NE9U/m, operated by Scott, NE9U and Art, N9BCA covering thirteen counties in the Upper Peninsula.  Their band breakdowns were 124/273/122 with 93% on CW.  Their best QSO rate came in the 21Z hour with 60 QSOs, but they also had several more hours in the 50s and high 40s.  NE9U/m was active for the entire contest and worked 26 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three mobile multi-operator entries as the contest ran on.  K8MR and K8IR were running neck-and-neck for the first five hours before K8IR hit slow rate in the 21Z hour.  After that, K8MR began to slowly pull away.   NE9U's rates were slower than the other two, but very consistent throughout the contest.

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