2010 Michigan QSO Party

Multi-Operator Stations

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Michigan Single Transmitter



QSOs Mults Score







 Southeastern MI DX Assn 






 Society of Midwest Contesters (MI)







The K8ESQ crew (Dave/K8ESQ,

Hank/K8DD and Lee/N8LJ) celebrating their

multi-single category victory

At the top of this year's Michigan Multi-Operator, Single-Transmitter competition we find a familiar callsign and team enjoying their first category win, that is the K8ESQ multi-operator team operating from the Dave's vacation QTH in Kalkaska County.  This team put together a solid score with a band breakdown of 243/231/147 which favored CW (60%) but with a good balance of multipliers (83/93 CW/SSB).  Their best rate came in the first hour with 66 QSOs and they had six more hours in the 50s without any bad hours.  They operated the entire contest running high power and were able to work 64 different counties.

In second place, we have the N9FN team operating from a portable setup at the other end of the Lower Peninsula in St. Joseph County.  This team of Dave, N9FN and Dave, K9FN actually beat K8ESQ on 80M (271 to 243) and 40M (252 to 231), but their Achilles' heel was 20M where they only had 11 QSOs to 147 by K8ESQ.  Surprisingly, this didn't seem to  impact their ability to work mults - they were only three behind K8ESQ in non-Mich mults (where the 20M QSO deficit would have likely shown up).  Their best hour of the contest was 00Z with 72 QSOs.  N9FN operated the entire contest while running high power and worked 62 different counties.

In third place multi-single, we have another familiar callsign finishing near the front - K8UO operated by a team from the Utica-Shelby Emergency Communication Association.  K8UO's band breakdown was significantly different from the top two stations: 249/98/232.  The biggest differences were that while 20M was very good for K8UO, 40M was not.  K8UO also had more of an emphasis on SSB, with 65% of their QSOs and 59% of their mults coming on that mode.  Their phone mult count was right in there with the top two stations, but they were behind on CW mults.  K8UO's best hour of the contest was the first, with 74 QSOs.  They operated the entire contest period while running high power and worked 44 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three multi-single entries as the contest ran on.  K8ESQ and K8UO ran pretty much neck-and-neck throughout the contest, and while N9FN fell slightly behind early, they were never really out of it.  K8UO and N9FN both had slow hours during 23Z while K8ESQ seemed to just push right through.  In the end, there was only an 86 QSO spread between all three stations

Michigan Multi Transmitter



QSOs Mults Score







 Mad River RC (MI)






 Mad River RC (MI)


The K8MQP team in action

The winner of this year's multi-multi category was the 2007 winner K8MQP, operating four transmitters from the W8MJ QTH in Livingston county (see photo at left showing three of the four rigs).  With one station dedicated to phone, another to CW, and two more splitting time between CW and SSB, the K8MQP log is biased towards phone (64%) with a band breakdown of 498/613/508.  Compared to 2009, when they operated from the same QTH with one less rig, their totals were up slightly on 80M and 20M, but down significantly on 40M, particularly on SSB.  Not surprisingly for a multi-multi, K8MQP had the highest overall multiplier of the contest and tied the record for the most mults ever worked in MiQP.  Their best hour for rate was the first, with 220 QSOs getting into the log and only fell below 100/hour twice, during the 00Z ans 03Z hours.  The group ran high power, and operated the entire contest period, putting 69 different Michigan counties into their log.

The second place multi-multi team was a portable operation - W8RU from Barry County.   This team actually mounted separate portable operations from six different Michigan counties, and their operation from Barry was the most successful.  You can find the details of their operation in the Pictures/Stories section of this contest report.  Their Field Day-style operation from these six counties put those county multipliers into a lot of logs.

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.  K8MQP with four transmitters and high power grabs the early lead and makes the best rates throughout the contest.  The graph for W8RU represents the total of their six operations during the contest period.

Non-Michigan Multi Operator



QSOs Mults Score







 Arizona Outlaws Contest Club 






 Yankee Clipper Contest Club 



94 42 5,096

 Society of Midwest Contesters 

The non-MI multi-operator entries were lead by Guff Taylor, KS5A operating from Arizona.  Guff made the largest portion of his QSOs (68 out of 119) on 20M, but also had 44 more on 40M and 7 on 80M.  He ran low power, and operated ten hours of the contest while working 55 different MI counties  Doing battle with KS5A and winding up in second spot was Peter, AE1T from New Hampshire.  Peters log was all 40M, with an almost perfect split between phone and CW.  He managed to work 36 different Michigan counties in 4:10 of operating time.  Third place went to last year's second-place finisher; Barry, N2BJ from Illinois.  Barry logged most of his 3:46 operating time in the first half of the contest, taking advantage of the proximity of his Illinois QTH to Michigan on 75M for most of his QSOs.  He ran high power and worked 49 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.  Although KS5A edged out to an early lead, N2BJ pulled ahead during the 19Z hour and had a big lead by the midpoint of the contest.  After a good start, AE1T was mostly QRT from 21Z through 00Z before getting in a couple of good hours near the end.  Meanwhile, KS5A kept plugging away steadily and took back the lead from N2BJ during the 00Z hour

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