2010 Michigan QSO Party


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Michigan High Power

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score







 Blossomland ARA






 Delta County ARS 


(N8RY op.)






It's now five in a row for the high power single op category winner Earl Morse, N8SS, operating from Wayne county.  Earl's secret to winning was straightforward: make the most QSO points and work the most mults.  With band breakdowns of 334/277/154, 80M was clearly his big band. His best hour for rate was 18Z with 84 QSOs and his worst hour was the last with 43.  N8SS's QSOs were split almost exactly 50%/50% between CW and phone.  Both K8AO and NV8N had more phone mults, but Earl's strong CW mult total gave him more mults overall.  Earl worked 63 Michigan counties and operated the full contest period.

Reprising his second place finish from 2009 was Duane, K8AO, operating from Delta County.  Duane started the contest strong, with 100 then 83 QSOs each in the first two hours.  His band breakdowns were 242/262/171, a pretty even split between the bottom three bands.  K8AO's QSOs were divided 75%/25% in favor of phone, and multipliers were a 65%/35% split, also in favor of phone.  Duane worked 52 Michigan counties and operated the full contest period.

In third place was the UPDXCC club station, NV8N, operated by Ryan, N8RY from Marquette County.  Ryan operated entirely on phone, starting out with a monster 121 QSOs in the first hour and piling up 73% of his QSOs on 40M, making more QSOs on that band than N8SS and K8AO combined.  Considering he only operated phone, he was in the ballpark multiplier-wise, working 108 different multipliers including 55 different counties, vs. 114/63 for N8SS and 102/52 for K8AO.  He operated the full contest period.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three high power single-ops as the contest ran on.  Both K8AO and NV8N had big hours of 100 or more QSOs at the start and got out to early QSO leads, but all the leaders were essentially even by the mid-point of the contest.  N8SS managed to pull out to a lead in the second half, but then NV8N tried valiantly to chase him down in the closing three hours.  K8AO had good consistent rates for the last half of the contest but lost ground to the other two in the final three hours.

Michigan Low Power



QSOs Mults Score



(K2KW op.)





 Mad River RC (MI)






 L'Anse Creuse ARC






 Yankee Clipper Contest Club (MI)

The winning low power score from N8M originated from the K8CC contest station in Washtenaw County, operated by Ken Silverman, K2KW who once again traveled in from his home in Ohio just for the MiQP.  Ken's log has a pretty consistent breakdown between the three main bands (199/282/181) with an almost perfect split between CW (52%) and CW (48%.  His best hour was the first, with 81 QSOs, but the real secret to his score was having the highest multiplier counts amongst the low power single-ops on both phone and CW.  Ken worked 63 Michigan counties, and was active the entire contest period while setting a new single-operator, low-power record for MiQP.

This year's second place low power finisher was in the same position in 2009, and that's Jeff, WB8WKQ operating from Lapeer County.  With a band breakdown of 320/176/153 and a CW/Phone ratio of 39%/61%, he was following many of the same strategies as N8M; indeed, in the end Jeff wound up only 13 QSOs behind Ken.  Ultimately, the biggest difference was CW multipliers (98 vs. 67) and some additional QSO points for Ken from doing more CW.  Jeff's best hour was 01Z with 74 QSOs, and he had four more hours in the 60s.  Jeff operated the full contest period, and worked 56 different Michigan counties.

In third place was another visitor to the state, that is Mike, N1IW/8, who traveled all the way from his home in New Hampshire to his vacation QTH in Montmorency County to operate MiQP.  Mike's QSO breakdown was 166/271/118 and slightly favoring CW (56%) but with a very close balance on multipliers between modes.  Mike finished the contest strong with the last hour as his best with 76 QSOs.  Mike operated the full contest period, and wound up working 42 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 N1IW's mid-contest slow period from 21-22z dropped him behind Jeff before finishing strong.

Michigan QRP



QSOs Mults Score







 South Eastern MI DX Assn






 ARROW Communications Assn


(N8XX op.)





Mad River RC (MI) 

For the third year straight, the top MI single-operator QRP entry is Ian Hill, K8MM operating from Genesee County.  Ian  took what he learned the last two years and raised the bar for the category another 23% and set a new record for the category.  Ian's band breakdown is 227/174/48/1/1 and is mostly CW (81%). His best hour was 00Z with 65 QSOs and he had only one hour with less than 30 QSOs (28 QSOs in 21Z).  Ian was active the entire contest period, and worked 63 Michigan counties.

Moving up to second place from his third place finish in 2009 is Tim, KT8K operating from Washtenaw County.  Tim missed the first hour, but once he got going was pretty consistent with rates in the high 20s and 30s.  His best hour was the last with 40 QSOs and 73% of his QSOs were on CW.  Strategically, he and Ian seemed to doing the same things on the air, so while Tim didn't make any major mistakes, he just couldn't match Ian's rates. After missing the first hour, Tim operated until the end of the contest and worked 45 Michigan counties.

The third place QRP station was a portable operation from Newago County, and that was station N8Q, operated by Hank, N8XX (see picture at left).  Hank missed the first hour of the contest (presumably setting up his station) and was also QRT for he 19Z hour and the last 2:40 (presumably taking down the station).  As a result, he only operated for 6:24. His QSO breakdowns were 111/16/22, with a pretty even split between phone and CW.  His best band-mode was 75M SSB, with 60 QSOs, which is surprising for a QRP station.  (This was probably a surprise to Hank himself, a die-hard CW man who has been known to avoid using a mic).  Hank's best hour was 23Z with 29 QSOs, and he managed to put 42 Michigan counties into his log.




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 KT8K and N8Q had slow starts due to missing the first hour, and 18Z-19Z was slow for N8Q while KT8K kept pace with K8MM until 22Z.  From 00Z on, K8MM and KT8Z were running similar rates while N8Q had to shut down with a little less than three hours to go.

Non-Michigan Eastern/Central Region



QSOs Mults Score







 Minnesota Wireless Assn






 South East Contest Club






 Mad River RC (Non-MI)

The Eastern Region, Non-MI Single Operator category provided what was probably the closest battle between two stations from different parts of the country, stations who were presented with radically different propagation to Michigan (and hence different band selection choices).  Despite missing the first hour of the contest due to a vehicle breakdown while traveling to his home in MN to his operating location in Northern Wisconsin, first time MiQP winner John Baumgarten, NĜIJ is at the top of the list, in a very close battle with Paul, N4PN from Georgia.  Indeed, Paul had seven more QSOs and 23 more QSO points, and both stations worked 68 unique Michigan counties.  Both stations worked 60 county mults on CW, but John captured seven more mults on phone and won the battle by a narrow victory margin of only 424 points (0.8%)!  The band breakdowns for both stations reveal the propagation realities for their geographical locations: NĜIJ's breakdown was 161/143/4, showing heavy emphasis on 80M needed for short skip to Michigan from his Wisconsin QTH, while N4PN's breakdown was 68/130/117, showing emphasis on 40M and 20M from his Georgia QTH.  Both NĜIJ and N4PN ran high power.

John, AD8J/3 operating from Pennsylvania grabbed third place.  John has on occasion operated from Michigan in MiQP, operating in past years either as a mobile entry or portable from Leelanau County.  John's log is an almost even split between 80M and 40M (69%), and he made no QSOs on 20M.  Overall, his QSOs and multipliers were almost evenly split between modes.   John was active throughout the contest period, and he led all entries in 2010 in the number of Michigan counties worked with 73.  He ran high power.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three eastern region single-ops as the contest ran on.  N4PN and AD8J were neck-and-neck at the start, while NĜIJ was dealing with vehicle trouble.  Once on the air, NĜIJ wasted little time catching AD8J in the 18Z hour and by 21Z was essentially even with N4PN.  These two stations traded off the QSO lead through the last half of the contest before N4PN pulled into the lead over the last three hours.

Non-Michigan Mountain/Pacific Region



QSOs Mults Score







 Redmond Top Key Contest Club






 Southern CA Contest Club 






 Grand Mesa Contesters of CO 

Out west, we have another first time MiQP winner taking the top spot - that is Bill Waters, W7GKF operating from the state of Washington.  Bill's log is heavy on CW (69%) with band breakdowns of 24/63/92.  After missing the first hour of the contest, Bill ran together a steady string of rates in the high teens and low 20s before hitting a slow period in the 22Z and 23Z hours.  After that, he kept up similar steady rates all the way to the end of the contest.  Bill ran high power and worked 58 different Michigan counties during the contest.

In second place, we find a very familiar callsign that has appeared in a lot of MiQP logs, that of John, N6MU operating from California.  John is a past winner of the western region plaque, so he knows what is takes to succeed in MiQP from out west.  John's band breakdowns were 0/48/102 with a heavy focus on 20M and no QSOs on 80M.  As a result, N6MU's rates are somewhat different than W7GKF's.  While John suffered slow rates in the 22Z and 23Z hours like Bill, he also has lulls in the 19Z (7 QSOs) and 00Z (5 QSOs) hours as well.  Also similar to Bill was John's mode breakdowns, with about 65% of his QSOs on CW.  John ran high power, and worked 57 different MI counties.

In third place Mountain/Pacific region is the 2009 winner of the category, that is Alan, KO7X, operating from Wyoming. Alan missed the first two hours of the contest, but once he got going was knocking out rates equal to or better than W7GKF or N6MU.  His band breakdowns were 60/96/22, with 63% on CW.  Alan operated 8:30 of the contest, with some off times during the 20Z hour.  Alan ran high power, and worked 56 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.  N6MU jumped out to an early lead, as both W7GKF and KO7X were QRT.  W7GKF jumped into the fray in the 17Z and started making up ground.  KO7X came on the air in the 18Z hour and did the same.  During 22Z-23Z both W7GKF and N6MU had slow hours and KO7X closed the gap slightly.  N6MU's slow period continued into the 00Z hour, letting KO7X squeeze past and close the gap on W7GKF.  'GKF and '7X battled all the way to the end and wound up only two QSOs apart.  N6MU got going again in the 01Z hour and ran similar rates until the end of the contest.

DX Stations



QSOs Mults Score







 Slovak Contest Group 







DL3GA DL 68 40 5,440  

This year's DX single-op winner is another station who is no stranger to the MiQP top score box.  Laci Vegh, OM2VL held the MiQP record for single-op DX stations going into the 2010 event.  This year, he operated from the OM8A club station with some very FB antennas!  There are two remarkable things about the OM2VL log - first, that he made MiQP QSOs in every hour of the contest (usually the condx from Europe only allow Michigan QSOs for part of the contest).  Second, Laci was able to make MiQP QSOs even on 80M CW, including a QSO with K8IR/m in Presque Isle County!  His QSO breakdowns were 22/40/140 with 55% on CW, with multipliers in similar proportion.   Laci's best hour for QSO rate was the first hour, with 23 QSOs but his rates were pretty consistent throughout the contest.  Laci operated the entire contest period and he worked 62 different MI counties while running high power.  His score is also a new MiQP record for DX single-op entries, breaking his old record by 38%!

In second place single-op from the DX side was Dietmar, DL3DXX.  With band breakdowns of 16/40/78, the biggest difference between him and OM2VL was on 20M plus the fact that all of Dietmar's QSOs were on CW, thus missing any multipliers on phone.  He actually had one more multiplier on CW than OM2VL, but Laci's 39 phone mults provided a significant advantage. Still, Dietmar operated all but 36 minutes of the contest, and made a score which would have been good enough to win most years.  He ran high power while working 63 different MI counties.

In third place was another German station; Andreas, DL3GA.  Andreas reported that he had to contend with a high level of static discharge noise, first on 20M then later on 40M.  The majority of his QSOs were on 20M CW with a few on 40M CW, and He operated a little more than half the contest.  He was another DX station who ran high power, and managed to work 40 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by the top three DX single-ops as the contest ran on.  All three stations were close together through the first three hours.  From 19Z through 23Z, OM2VL starts to pull away (still mostly 20M with a little 40M CW).  DL3GA goes QRT for the last three hours, while DL3DXX starts to run rates similar to OM2VL for the last four hours.  However, Laci has already built his lead and holds it until the end of the contest.

MiQP Rookie Single-Op



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 Midland ARC

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 generous sponsorship of Steve Murphy, N8NM.  This year, we had an excellent field of rookies with four stations participating.

For 2010, the top MiQP Rookie Single-Op was Scott Meister, WB2REI/8 operating from Branch county in a close race QSO-wise with J.D., KD8HTG operating from St. Clair county.  Patrick, KD8IVZ from Midland county was third.  Scott  ran high power and did a little CW for the extra QSO points and mults, while all of J.D.'s QSOs were on phone running low power.  In the end, Scott's five extra QSO points and an additional multiplier was the difference for a margin of victory of only 2.7%!  The top two stations were almost even in regards to the number of different MI counties worked as WB2REI had 53 and KD8HTG had 51 in their logs.  Patrick only operated six hours because he was sharing the station with his wife Wendy, KD8IWB who was also active in MiQP.  Still he worked 31 different MI counties while running low power.

The graph above shows the progress made by the top three MI Rookie single-ops as the contest ran on.  WB2REI and KD8HTG were remarkably close throughout much of the contest, and each missed one hour - WB2REI the first, and KD8HTG the last.  And still they each finished the contest only one QSO apart!  KD8IVZ was in the hunt for the first few hours, then lost a little ground before going QRT in the 23Z hour.

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, there was a three-way tie for the most counties worked: Earl, N8SS, Ken, K2KW @ N8M, and Ian, K8MM all worked 63 counties.  Coincidentally, each of them also won their respective single-op category!  A total of 16 Michigan single-ops (including two rookies!) 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.)  John, AD8J/3 worked the most counties of all entries with 73, followed by N0IJ and N4PN tied with 68 for 2nd place and WA3HAE and K0JPL tied with 66 for 3rd place.  It should be noted that western region winner W7GKF finished in a tie for eighth amongst all non-MI entries with 58 counties worked.  DL3DXX led all DX entries with 63 counties and was tied for seventh among all non-MI entries.

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