2010 Michigan QSO Party

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K2 + Doublet - AB0CD  Bands seemed to be noisy. I enjoyed using the program, it made logging much easier - AB8SA  Good activity; tks for all the contacts - DL3DXX  Difficult conditions this year. High level of static discharge noise, making it very hard to hear and to be heard. Situation on 20m became much better with time, but then the same thing on 40m. However, almost every op kept listening hard until that serial was copied. Thanks for a fun party - DL3GA  Great contest, always fun to connect with my old home state - K0RJW  Lots of activity....many thanks to the mobiles!!!!!!! The prep work and long hours of travel, fighting Murphy, weather leaving the comfort of an operating seat at home... they put in are truly to be applauded!!!! Special thanks to N9NE; 3 counties, NE9U 3 counties, and W8JJ , WI9WI, K8MR; 2 counties. And as for my first real try running SSB...I might as well be in a milliwatt contest...my signal just doesn't seem to be very strong....thanks for all the stations who hung in me while I tried as hard as I could to get Kilo 1 Quebec Oscar out there. 73/88 Ann - K1QO  Generally poor daytime conditions on 75 keeping county count down. Only 2 mobiles worked.  Good to give out Ingham since I think only one or two of us were on the air.  Found 75 phone had more than a few contest haters; sure didn't want to get onto a wrong frequency or bare the brunt of their wrath!! Maybe all CW next year is the way to go.  I did 5% cw 95% ph this year. Thanks to all who logged me. 73, Dave - K8GVK  Up about 100 QSOs from last year, mults about the same.  Best band 80 after dark. Over 40 DX QSOs - K8IR/M  Lots of fun; Berrien County was unreal!  80 and 40 were pretty busy - K8IY  It seemed like there were a lot of new hams on this year which is great. I ended up with 62 counties for a PB. Good to hear W8JJ going mobile. OM2VL and DL3DXX had a great signals on 40 and 80 - K8MM  Once again, we operated from W8MJ's FB QTH in Livingston County.  We had one additional station and an additional op but fewer QSOs.  The difference was 40M SSB which just wasn't as good as last year - K8MQP  Once again, a nice time driving around MI for the MiQP.  Often I see my last snow of the year on the MiQP drive, laying in a shady area in the far north. This year we saw snow, but in the air in several places. Nothing sticking though.  Unfortunately we did our part to reduce the Michigan deer population in Mecosta county. Fortunately Bambi did not keep us from continuing our route and getting home, but she did make for a $2600 repair job (covered by insurance)  - K8MR/m  Our focus was to work counties rather than go for a quantity of contacts.  As an EOC, we are more concerned with being able to contact counties in Michigan.  This year we worked 57 counties, one more than last year. We only heard 6 counties that we did not work.  Forty meters was not much for us do to some high SWR on the antenna. We used the equipment that is our permanent EOC station - K8OSE  First time doing MI-QSO party, had a blast - K8RUS  Operated from family deer camp in Iosco county. Set up antenna in the cold (34F) and snow showers. Operated seven clock hours but time in chair was much less. Enjoyed the chance to put Iosco on the air and will probably do it again - K8SIA  This was our first try at multi op except for FD. We felt that we did pretty good except for some minor problems like our logging program not accepting DX contacts until we added leading zeros to the serial number and SWR problems on 40. We used K8UO; the USECA club call - K8UO  Nary a Q on 40! It was somewhere between long and nonexistent from the get-go.  Could hear Michigan only on 80, and then only those directly across the lake until later in the afternoon - K9BTQ  I was in Chicago most of the day, but got home in time to work a few.  Station: ICOM IC751, Windom Ant at 30'. Hope to be in town to work more next year - KB8M  My first solo effort at MI QSO Party! Had a blast, see you next year! 73s - KB8ZGL  Enjoyed the few hours of operation - KB9NK  TU FB MiQP agn this yr es 73 - KB9YGD  SD worked very well for the contest.  We enjoyed working our first pileups - KC8KCU  Bands were a little worse than last year. I'm always amazed at what can be accomplished with a dipole in a tree - KD8AUZ  Great fun! Thanks to the mobiles that activated multiple counties, and thanks to the MRRC for sponsoring this great party! Hope to see you in AZQP in October - KE7DX  This was my first MiQP and it was great! I had planned on being mobile - KN8N  After several years of mobiling in WIQP and MNQP and 3 wins (2 MN, 1 WI), it was a ton of fun making a serious fixed operation from my station in far NW Wisconsin. My plans for a full time operation were dashed when I had a lousy flat tire on the way out from my home in Duluth. The resulting 2 hour delay caused me to miss the first 1 hour and 10 minutes, and at least a couple of never-to-be-seen-again mults.  Started gaining on the serious other out of state guys, but couldn't quite catch up. I was just too close to get much out of 20--only worked 4 of the big fixed stations. Although I couldn't hear the UP mobiles very well at first, they came on near the end, and made it real interesting. Most of the mobiles hit 80 often which was good for me. Good participation by fixed stations and UP mobiles, but if it wasn't for K8MR, the whole contest would not have been half as much fun, as we had 33 SSB and CW QSOs. Clearly, a few more active full time mobiles are needed in the LP. It was good to have multiple Q's with W8JJ, W8CAR, and W8RU in the LP and the hard working UP guys, NE9U, N9NE and K8IR.  It was very nice to see most of the HP fixed serious guys stay away from 7045 and 3545 by at least 1 or 2 Khz so we could find the mobiles.  All in all, a very interesting and fun contest. Thanks to Dave and the MRRC for the well organized event - NĜIJ  Had a great time. See you next year - N1ABY  Thanks for the sponsors and promoters.  This is always a fun contest.  Specials thanks to my friend Jim/K8MR, for always being willing to change bands and modes.  He heads the list again this year with 29 Qs.  Next came K8IR (14), NE9U (12), W8CAR (8), N9NE (7) and another ole buddy, Jim/WI9WI (4), and W8JJ (4).  Thanks also to the other mobiles and fixed stations - N4PN  First time using GenLog - N7NSL  Decided to come out of retirement for the QSO party from a portable location in Ogemaw County - N8FGB  Nice to hear all of the out of state calls working MI - N8HKU  Found 40M to be long, Worked only a few MI counties on 40M.  80M was the place to be.  Really enjoyed the party this year. Lots of great operators out there.  Thanks to all and 73 - N8KBG  Nice contest, think I did more eating then operating, Scott/NE8E, stopped by to help - N8MRC  Lots of fun with a brand new county, never before activated as a fixed station in the modern era of MiQP. Was amazed what 75 phone yielded, fortunately the antenna and tuner worked great on 80/40/20, although 20 and 40 were puny compared with 80/75 meters - N8Q (N8XX op.)  This was a club effort and first MiQP. We sure made all of the rookie mistakes but had lots of fun!  - N8SL  This year the N9FN/K9FN team operated from my brother's lake house on Omena Lake, just north of Sturgis, MI in St Joseph County. Our antenna was a simple trap inverted-V with the center supported at 40' to 45' by a conveniently located tree. The rig was my IC-756 Pro and an SG-500 amp. At times the bands were relatively quiet, but then we would get S9+20db noise that completely wiped out our receive and would last from a few seconds to several minutes at a time. I was running the power supply through an APC UPS, so I killed the main breaker to the house during one of the noise events, but it made no difference, so the noise did not appear to originate from something in the house, at least not something that was running on AC power. I know we lost several QSO's due to the noise bursts. If all of a sudden we couldn't hear you, that's why! We had a great time as usual - N9FN  Had a lot of fun.  Great QSO party.  See you all next year - ND3R  My second MiQP - great contest.  In 2008 I had 142 QSO, 90 MULTI, 22.140pts total and 65 different counties - worked mostly on CW.  This year I was hesitating about the way of contesting: worked mostly on CW and get ROVERS from the most possible counties or exchange CW and SSB although I knew the risk of this way (missing some counties on CW).  I decided for the second way, and I think that was the right decision.  On 20m many stations from Michigan answered on my CQ on SSB, and I also some multipliers. Of course when I was on SSB missed some (or many, I don't know) rovers.  I Worked a total 79 stations on 20m SSB.  Sometimes I had a little pileup. I think 49 multipliers on SSB are so good.  Somebody told me that many stations are on 40m when I CQed on 20m SSB, I tried 40m, but I didn't hear any stations so I went back on 20m.  My first contact on 40m (when 20m closed!) was at 2335Z and on 80m at 0008Z.  40m was not so good and changed 40m and 80m.  I tried 40m SSB and made 10 QSOs, but missed many stations who were operating above 7200; I can work only up to 7200 KHz.  80 CW was excellent. I didn't try 80m SSB because I can only operate up to 3800 KHz and most stations from MI were above 3800.  But on CW made 22 QSO and also 9 multipliers.  I made QSOs with all stations which I heard on 80m, only once had some problem make QSO; K8IR/m from ALPE county took 15 minutes, but at the end we made the QSO :)  I think he had big pileup from the USA.  The top rovers I worked: NE9U/m (16 QSOs), K8IR/m (15 QSOs), K8MR/m (12 QSOs), N9NE/m (5 QSOs), W8CAR/m (4 QSOs), and WI9WI/m (2 QSOs).  I worked 64 different counties (1 less than in 2008).  Thanks a lot for the nice contacts and a FB contest. Please QSL for my US County award.  My working condx: XCVR: IC7700 + OM3500 amplifier, ANT: 80m: 2el YAGI 50m up + Beverage, 40m: 3/3 YAGI 46/21m up, 20m: 6/6/6 YAGI 38/25/12m up.  73, Laci - OM2VL  Thank you for this great contest.  Rig: FT-950, 40m full wave loop on 40m/80m - VE2EZD  The test was enjoyed very much.  SD helped for logging - VE5BCS  Fantastic party once again. The mobiles did a great job. Had a lot of fun - W4IHI  Thanks for sponsoring, organizing, and administering this event - W4JHU  Poor conditions this year.  Then, I was forced off the air by a thunder storm.  I seemed to have better propagation to the U.P. than to the "mitten".  Rig: Ten-Tec OMNI VI and 100m horizontal loop - W5ESE  Fun being 'rare Dx' and giving everyone a chance for GRAT - W8AWE  Great contest and lots of fun. Too bad the Ontario QSO Party was running at the same time; but in the spirit of ham radio I worked several VE3 stations and gave them a few points as well - W8DCQ  Band conditions started out bad plus problems with the the rig but still a good time. Great contest 73's - W8DW  Bands were way, way too long.  If it weren't for the mobiles in the U.P., there wouldn't have been anyone to work for the first four hours - W8EDU  40m was long from OH - W8KNO  Finally had the software up and ready at the start, but not without a minor difficulty.  Tough time hearing the mobiles, but 40 to the U.P. was great. Ran 3 stations @ 100 W, two of which where on G5RV's less than 10 m up. Still managed to keep busy and have a great time.  Our thanks go to all the participants, organizers, and sponsors. CU in MiQP 2011 - W8OAK  I operated mobile for first part of contest. Contacts were few and far between - W8QN  From my QTH in Illinois, the MiQP was a single band contest.  Too close for 20, and I did not hear anyone on 40, which seemed a little unusual.  So, I concentrated on 80 phone and had some good runs. I did much better than the last time I entered. Thanks to everyone for a well run contest. Hope to see you again next time - W9QL  100 % CW. RIG: FT-897D 50 watts; battery power; 80 m. dipole up 45 feet. Tnx to all the stations who pulled me out of the QRM QRN QSB; Lots of participation - WA8REI  This was my first time, and still learning the logging program.  Thanks for this nice contest and the club option - WA8TBL  IC-756PROIII 100W; ant vertical - YL3DX
 


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