2011 Michigan QSO Party

Mobile Stations

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2011 saw fewer mobile entries than usual.  With gasoline prices hovering in the mid-$4 range at the time of MiQP, perhaps this was the reason.  Nonetheless, the mobile categories were still interesting this year, with seasoned veterans and MiQP mobile newcomers battling it out for the top spots.

Mobile Solo Operator

Call

Ctys

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

AE8M/m

5

348

88

55,088

 

W8FSM/m

8

110 59

6,490

 

The winner of the Michigan Mobile Solo Operator category was John Buchert, AE8M, who drove up from his Cincinnati, OH QTH to operate mobile in MiQP.  His band breakdowns were 23/219/106 with 80% on CW.  In terms of actual operating time, John was only on the air for 6:00 of the contest, even though his QSOs occurred during ten of the contest's twelve hours  Second, he was able to make better use of 20M than the other top single-op mobile entries.  John's best hour for rate was the 20Z hour with 59 QSOs and he managed to work 28 unique Michigan counties while activating five counties along the west edge of the Lower Peninsula himself.

Second place in the mobile solo operator category goes to an MiQP newcomer: Fred, W8FSM/m from Fenton.  This was Fred first attempt at MiQP, and he chose to do it mobiling solo!  He operated from 8 counties in the central and southeastern part of the lower peninsula.  Fred's QSOs were almost all on 40 phone, with a few on 20 phone.  Similar to AE8M, his actual operating time was only 5:27, but yet he made QSOs in ten of the contest's twelve hours.  His best rate of the contest came in the 21Z hour with 40 QSOs.  Fred managed to work 33 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the three top mobile solo-operator entries as the contest ran on.  AE8M jumped out to an early lead and widened the gap as the contest went on.  W8FSM's rates were slow, but surged in the 21Z hour,  AE8M's preserved his early lead, then took the last two hours off (perhaps to drive back to Cincinnati).

Mobile Multi Operator

Call

Ctys

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8MR/m

26

1076

103

208,575

 Mad River RC (MI)

K8IR/m

13

702

101

136,653

 M&M ARC

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 Gary Mikitin, AF8A, who traveled from Ohio to activate 26 counties in the central and eastern part of the lower peninsula for over 1000 QSOs mobile! Their band breakdowns were 55/635/365/21 with 88% of their QSOs and 66% of their mults on CW.  After colliding with a deer last year in Mecosta County, their trip was more uneventful this year.  Their best hour of the contest was 22Z with 115 QSOs, and they had three more hours over 100 as well.    K8MR/m operated the entire contest period and worked 72 unique multipliers and 30 different Michigan counties.

K8IR/m on a snowy road in Keewenau County

In second place was the K8IR/m entry operated by Jim, K8IR and Eric, KG9GH, who activated 13 of the 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula.  Their QSO breakdowns were 105/291/292/14 with 93% of their QSOs and 70% of their multipliers on CW. Their best hour of the contest was 18Z with 77 QSOs, but they also had three more in the 70s.  They again operated from Eric's pickup with an impressive array of antennas (see photo at right).  K8IR/m was active for the entire contest period and worked 77 different multipliers and 38 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 had a relatively slow 21Z hour.  After that, K8MR steadily began to slowly pull away.

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