2011 Michigan QSO Party

Multi-Operator Stations

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Michigan Single Transmitter



QSOs Mults Score







 South Lyon Area ARC 






 Society of Midwest Contesters (MI)








The N8SL Team in Action

(F to R) N8AB, N8AR, W8RA and W8MJ


The N9FN Team, Ready to Go

(F to R) Dave/K9FN and Dave/N9FN

In their second try at the Michigan Multi-Operator, Single-Transmitter competition, we find N8SL operating from the QTH of W8RA in Oakland County enjoying their first category win.  This team beat their 2010 score by 66% with a band breakdown of 148/424/115 which slightly favored phone (52%) but with a good balance of multipliers (83/95 CW/SSB).  Their best rate came in both of the first two hours with 79 QSOs each.  They operated the entire contest while running high power and worked 110 different multipliers and 61 different Michigan counties.








In second place, we have the N9FN team operating from the QTH of WB9WYR in Berrien County.  This score by the team of Dave, N9FN and Dave, K9FN looks a lot like N8SL with band breakdowns of 109/391/47, but slightly favored CW for 51% of their QSOs while phone provided more mults (52%).  Their best hour of the contest was humungous with 105 QSOs in the 18Z hour.  N9FN operated the entire contest running high power while working 102 different multipliers and 62 different Michigan counties.







In third place multi-single, we have an unfamiliar callsign finishing near the front - W8AB operated by a team of of four operators from Ingham County.  W8AB's band breakdown was 92/348/106/3 so they had better luck on the high bands than N9FN.  They also had a slight emphasis on SSB, with 61% of their QSOs and 58% of their mults coming on that mode.  This cost them second place, as they had two more QSOs and three more mults than N9FN, but lost out on those double point CW QSOs.  W8AB's best hour of the contest was the second, with 72 QSOs.  They operated the entire contest period while running low power and worked 105 unique multipliers and 56 different Michigan counties.


The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three multi-single entries as the contest ran on.  N8SL started out strong and maintained the lead all the way.  N9FN and W8AB ran pretty much neck-and-neck throughout the contest, although N9FN built leads on two occasions (18-19Z and 00-01Z), only to have these disappear.  In the end, there was only two QSOs difference between N9FN and W8AB, and there was only a 60 QSO spread between all three stations when the contest ended.

Michigan Multi Transmitter



QSOs Mults Score







 Mad River RC (MI)






 Southeastern MI DX Assn

N8LC HURO 615 169 165,789  L'Anse Creuse ARC


The winner of this year's multi-multi category was the perennial multi-multi juggernaut K8XXX, operating six transmitters from the N8CC QTH in Barry county.  This group had band breakdowns of 470/846/854/308/7, with a big percentage (70%) on phone.   Not surprisingly for a multi-multi, K8XXX had the highest overall multiplier of the contest and set the record for the most mults ever worked in MiQP with 228.  Their best hour for rate was the second, with an amazing 281 QSOs going into the log from all their stations.  Even their worst hour (02Z) still provided 145 QSOs.  The group ran high power, and operated the entire contest period, putting 128 unique multiplier and 71 different Michigan counties into their log.

The second place multi-multi team was a group normally seen in the multi-single category - K8ESQ operating from Dave's vacation QTH in Kalkaska County.  This team expanded to three transmitters this year to make the jump into multi-multi, and made their best score so far.  Their band breakdowns were 195/297/246/10/0, almost exactly split evenly between phone and CW.  K8ESQ ran high power and operated the full contest period, putting 106 unique multipliers and 56 different Michigan counties into their log.

In third place was another group stepping up their multi-multi game, and that's N8LC from the L'Anse Creuse Radio Club who mounted a portable operation from Huron County.  They pulled together a team of five operators (including MiQP veteran Dale, K8RO) to run one rig on CW and another on phone to increase their 2010 score by more than 800%!  (No, that is not a typo.)Their band breakdowns were 177/323/115/1 with 59% on CW.  Their best hour of the contest was the first, with 94 QSOs.  This group ran low power and operated the entire contest period, putting 104 unique multiplier and 59 different Michigan counties into their log.

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.  K8XXX with six transmitters and high power grabs the early lead and makes the best rates throughout the contest.  However, the battle between K8ESQ and N8LC was a good one and ran for the entire contest.

Non-Michigan Multi Operator



QSOs Mults Score







 North Coast Contesters 






 Kansas City DX Club 



105 57 6,669

 Society of Midwest Contesters 

The non-MI multi-operator entries were lead by George Gross, N3GJ operating from Pennsylvania.  George made the largest portion of his QSOs (76 out of 125) on 40M, and the rest on 80M.  He ran low power, and operated 7:13 of the contest while working 48 different MI counties  Doing battle with N3GJ and winding up in second spot was Rob, KØRU from Kansas.  Rob was far enough away from Michigan to utilize 20M, which resulted in band breakdowns of 27/74/18, using phone for 55% of his QSOs and 53% of his mults.  He managed to work 49 different Michigan counties in 6:39 of operating time while running high power.  Third place went to the same station as last year; Barry, N2BJ from Illinois.  Barry missed the first four hours of the contest, then went on to log 3:43 of  operating time during the rest of the event.  He ran high power and worked 48 different MI counties on 80M and 40M, mostly on phone.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three non-Michigan multi-op entries as the contest ran on.  KØRU jumped out to an early lead as his other two competitors gradually got on the air, and held the lead until he took off time through the 20Z - 22Z hours when he was passed by both N3GJ and N2BJ.  These two stations were only two QSOs apart at the end of the 23Z hour before George pulled ahead in the next three hours before going QRT an hour from the end of the contest.  KØRU put on a surge at the end, gaining 16 QSOs on N3GJ in the 02Z hour and another 6 QSOs during 03Z but ran out of time.  The two op stations finished only six QSOs apart and only 20 QSOs separated first and third.

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