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Michigan High Power

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 Blossomland ARA






 Stu Rockafellow ARS






 Blossomland ARA

It's now six in a row for the high power single op category winner Earl Morse, N8SS, operating from Wayne county.  Earl's band breakdowns of 224/422/120/41/3 mirrored the contest overall: less 80M, more 40M, with a decent 15M total as well. His best hour for rate was the start of the contest with 93 QSOs in the 16Z hour.  His worst hour was 20Z but even then he had 48 QSOs.  N8SS's QSOs were split 45%/55% between CW and phone with a similar balance for multipliers.  Earl worked 61 Michigan counties and operated the full contest period.

In second place is a station new to the single-op top three box, but not unknown to MiQP: that is, Richard, W8VS, operating from Livingston County.  Rich's breakdowns of 106/401/61 show a lot of emphasis on 40M like N8SS,and he had 61% of his QSOs on phone.  His best hour of the contest was 01Z with 76 QSOs.   Rich worked 59 Michigan counties and operated the full contest period.

In third place was Art, K8CIT from Montmorency County.  Just like N8SS and W8VS, Art's band breakdowns of 93/428/2 showed the value of 40M, and he made 344 of his 523 QSOs on phone.  Also like N8SS, Art's best hour was the first, with 77 QSOs, and his worst hour was the last with 17 QSOs due to going QRT a few minutes early.  K8CIT worked 61 counties and 103 different multipliers.  He operated almost the full contest period, leaving 18 minutes of operating time on the table at the end of the contest.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three high power single-ops as the contest ran on.  All three stations were very close at the end of the first hour, but then N8SS steadily pulled away by virtue of consistently better hourly QSO rates.  Through the middle of the contest, W8VS built up a clear lead over K8CIT, only to have that lead disappear by the end of the 00Z hour.  From that point on the two stations ran similar rates, but in the end W8VS finished ahead in a very close race.

Michigan Low Power



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 Thumb Area Contesters






 Yankee Clipper Contest Club (MI)







Two years ago, he was MiQP Rookie Of The Year and finished second in the SOLP competition.  He was second again last year, but this year he grabs the top spot for single-operator low power  - and that's Jeff Miller, WB8WKQ operating from Lapeer County. It's a different game running low power, but Jeff score looks a lot like the high power winners.  His log shows band breakdowns of 149/391/131/11, showing a successful preference for 40M and a moderate bias towards phone.  The best part of the contest for Jeff were 18Z and 19Z hours with rates of 91 then 79 QSOs, which propelled him into a lead which he never relinquished.  Jeff worked 107 unique multipliers and 57 Michigan counties and operated the entire contest period.

This year's second place low power finisher moved up one spot from third last year, and that is Mike, N1IW, who traveled all the way from his home in New Hampshire to his vacation QTH in Montmorency County to operate MiQP.  Mike's is a true portable affair, set up just for the contest.  His QSO breakdown of 143/352/125/11 looks a lot like WB8WKQ, and indeed Mike finished only slightly behind Jeff.  Mike's best hour was 20Z with 82 QSOs, but that was immediately preceded by a 13 QSO hour during 19Z.  Mike operated the full contest period, and wound up working 101 unique multipliers and 57 Michigan counties.

His callsign might look like that of an outsider, but Glen, WA1UJU from Houghton County is a Michigan resident and finished in third place for single-op low power.  His band breakdown of 110/289/99/2 was similar to the other top finishers, although Glen bucked the "phone preference" trend with 64% of his QSOs on CW (although his multipliers we almost perfectly balanced by modes).  Glen's best hour was the first with 76 QSOs.   He operated the full contest period, and worked 100 unique multipliers and 58 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three low power single-ops as the contest ran on.  The battle between these three competitors was an interesting one throughout the entire contest.  WA1UJU had a 19 QSO lead at the end of the first hour, but WB8WKQ put on a surge during the 18Z & 19Z hour to pull into the lead.  N1IW closed the gap during the 20Z hour and ran neck-and-neck with WKQ the rest of the way, while both stations pulled steadily away from WA1UJU through the rest of the contest.

Michigan QRP



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 Cherryland ARC 

The big news in the world of MiQP QRP this year were the K6JSS operations by members of the QRP ARC International, in celebration of the club's 50th anniversary.  K6JSS is the club's callsign, and there were six entries signing "K6JSS/county" in the contest, five single operators and one multi-operator single-transmitter (all QRP, of course).

Two of those K6JSS operations show up in the QRP leaders box, including the winner K6JSS/WASH from Washtenaw County operated by Tim Prosser, KT8K.  Tim's was a solid entry, with band breakdowns of 71/177/30/1, with heavy emphasis on CW.  QRP is probably the most challenging category in any contest, but Tim ran consistent rates in the 20 QSOs/hour range for all but one hour (21Z), and even then still had 16 QSOs.  He was active the entire contest period, and worked 77 unique multipliers and 47 Michigan counties.

Another K6JSS operation, this one K6JSS/MECO from Mecosta County operated by Hank, N8XX finished in second place.    This was a true portable operation, and Hank missed the first half hour getting set up and the last hour taking down his station.  His band breakdowns were 89/87/26 and like his other QRP competition was mostly on CW.  Still, he managed enough QSOs on phone to have a reasonable multiplier count there.  His best hour of the contest was 17Z with 34 QSOs.  Hank operated 9:25 of the contest, and worked 65 unique multipliers including 40 Michigan counties.

The third place QRP single-operator was Ken, KC8LTL operating from Jackson County.  Ken had band breakdowns of 20/123/7, with 80% of his QSOs on CW.  His best hours of the contest were 20Z and 01Z, with 20 QSOs apiece, but he was QRT for the 22Z and 23Z hours.  As a result, he only operated for 8:48 of the contest. Still Ken managed to put 48 unique multipliers including 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.  K6JSS/wash had the best start, and with consistent rates he maintained the QSO lead throughout the contest.  K6JSS/meco had a slow start due to missing the first half-hour, but ran neck-and-neck with KC8LTL until 22Z when LTL was QRT for two hours.  After KC8LTL came back on the air, he and K6JSS/meco ran similar rates until JSS went QRT in the last hour of the contest for teardown, giving back some of his QSO edge.

Non-Michigan Eastern/Central Region



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 South East Contest Club






 Weekend Warriors







The competition between non-Michigan entries is always interesting because of how geography affects band selection for Michigan QSOs, and ultimately the results.  Stations close to Michigan have to rely on the low bands for their MiQP QSOs, while stations a little further away can utilize 20M and even 15M.

The Eastern Region, Non-MI Single Operator category provided a vivid example of this dichotomy of geography and the resulting strategies.  This year's winner of the Eastern/Central region plaque is no stranger to that position, and that is Paul Newberry, N4PN, operating from his QTH in Georgia.  Paul's breakdown of 29/116/182/1 shows that for him, there was "no meters like 20 meters", with over half of his QSOs on that band.  57% of Paul's QSOs were on phone, but his multipliers were almost evenly divided been modes.  Paul's best hour of the contest was 17Z with 48 QSOs, and he was active during the entire contest period.  N4PN ran high power, and worked 72 different Michigan counties (the most of any entry for 2011).

In second place was Keith, WA3HAE from Pennsylvania who illustrates the other half of the "near vs. far" equation.  Compared to N4PN, who made over half of his QSOs on 20M, Keith made all of his QSOs on 80M (47) and 40M (191).  He also relied more heavily on CW, where he made 61% of his QSOs and a similar percentage of his multipliers.  Like Paul, Keith's best hour of the contest was 17Z with 33 QSOs, and he was active the entire contest period.  WA3HAE ran low power, and worked 71 different Michigan counties.

Dwight, NS9I operating from Wisconsin grabbed third place.  Dwight's score from west of Michigan looks very similar to WA3HAE's score from east of Michigan as neither were able to utilize 20M for MiQP QSOs.  The NS9I band breakdown was 77/170/0, a little better on 80M and a little worse on 40M compared to Keith. 54% of NS9I's QSOs were on CW with a similar percentage for multipliers.  Dwight's best hour of the contest was the first with 38 QSOs, and he operated 11:13 of the contest.   He ran low power and worked 68 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three eastern region single-ops as the contest ran on.  The first hour saw NS9I in the lead, but all three stations were within nine QSOs of each other.  N4PN started to pull away in the second hour, and his gap widened during the 22Z hour.  WA3HAE and NS9I were neck-and-neck the rest of the way, and in the end only wound up one QSO apart, but HAE's higher mult total put him on top for second place vs. NS9I.

Non-Michigan Mountain/Pacific Region



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 Northern Arizona DX Assn






 Grand Mesa Contesters of CO






 Southern CA Contest Club 

While the eastern/central region can have significant differences in propagation dues to differences in distance from Michigan, out in the Mountain/Pacific region everyone is a long distance from Michigan.  As a result, we saw a number of differing band strategies among the top three stations, which also affected their amount of operating time.

Taking the top spot out west was a station that has done it previously: Paul Gagnon, N6MA operating from Arizona.  The N6MA band breakdowns were 33/83/107/19, thus the high bands (20M & 15M) provided 52% of his QSOs, with CW accounting for 70% of his QSOs and 62% of his multipliers.  Paul's best hour of the contest was 17Z with 30 QSOs, although late in the contest he came close to that number in the 00Z and 02Z hours.  Paul ran high power and operated 11:47 of the contest, with most of his missing time coming right at the start.  He worked 69 different Michigan counties during the contest.

In second place, we find another former category winner, and that is Alan, KO7X operating from Wyoming.  Alan's band breakdowns look more like those of an eastern region station, with 44/97/70/0.  Perhaps it was Alan's more northerly QTH which rendered the high bands poorer and the low bands better as the latter provided 67% of KO7X's QSOs.  His best hour of the contest was 00Z with 26 QSOs, with all three bands providing QSOs.  Like N6MA, KO7X preferred CW which accounted for 64% of his QSOs and multipliers.  Alan was another who ran high power, and worked 59 different Michigan counties in 11:02 of operating time spread out throughout the contest period.

In third place Mountain/Pacific region is yet another former category winner, and that is John, N6MU operating from California.  John's band breakdowns of 0/35/91/51 truly looks like a western station, with a relatively big number on 15M and no QSOs on 80M.  Still, he was consistent with his other two competitors in preferring CW for 71% of his QSOs and 63% of his multipliers.  His best hour of the contest was the first with 24 QSOs, although he had a pair of single digit hours during 00Z and 03Z when he took some off time.  Contrary to his other two competitors, N6MU made his QSOs while running low power,  John operated 10:58 of the contest 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.  The first half of the contest was a real horse race, as all three stations were only four QSOs at the midpoint of the contest.  After 22Z, N6MA and KO7X started to slowly pull away from N6MU as John took some off time.  In the last two hours, N6MA slowly stretched it out over his two competitors.

DX Stations



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 Bavarian Contest Club

DK2OY DL 126 65 15,210  Bavarian Contest Club


Laci, OM2VL Operating MiQP from the OM8A club station

This year's DX single-op winner is another station who is no stranger to the MiQP top score box.  Laci Vegh, OM2VL holds the MiQP record for single-op DX stations.  This year, he operated again from the OM8A club station with some very FB antennas! (see the photo page)  His QSO breakdowns were 14/60/128/11 with 66% on CW, with multipliers in similar proportion.   Laci's best hour for QSO rate was the 20Z hour, with 26 QSOs but his rates were pretty consistent throughout the contest.  Laci operated the entire contest period and he worked 63 different MI counties while running high power.  His score is also a new MiQP record for DX single-op entries, breaking his old record (again!) by 12%!




In second place single-op from the DX side was Uli, DL2HBX operating from the DF9LJ station.  Uli lived in Michigan for several years (he was KK8I and before that AB8QV) so he's seen MiQP from both sides now.  With band breakdowns of 2/52/110/20, the biggest difference between him and OM2VL was it seemed that he couldn't keep up with Laci on the lower bands after darkness fell.  Uli reports that Laci was having more success getting answers to CQs at night, attracting Michigan stations who were not CQing themselves, resulting in extra multipliers. Still, Uli operated the entire contest, and made a score which would have been good enough to win most years.  He ran high power while working 59 different MI counties.

In third place was another German station; Manfred, DK2OY.  DK2OY made all of his QSOs on 40M (56) and 20M (70).  His CW QSO total was similar to the other two top stations, but he only had a small number of QSOs on phone. Manfred operated almost the entire contest.  He was another DX station who ran high power, and managed to work 51 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by the top three DX single-ops as the contest ran on.  It's a sign of improving conditions that all three stations were able to make Michigan QSOs during each hour of the contest (often, the condx from Europe only allow MiQP QSOs for part of the contest).  OM2VL and DL2HBX were extremely close together through the first eight hours only six QSOs apart), but then OM2VL starts to slowly away.  While this battle is going on, DK2OY is running slower, but steady rates.  Starting in the 23Z hour, his rates seemed to pick up and all three stations had similar rates for the last four hours.

MiQP Rookie Single-Op



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 Cherryland 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 a good field of rookies with three stations participating.

For 2011, the top MiQP Rookie Single-Op was Ray Wright, K8DRT operating from Monroe county, with Bob, N8IZF operating from Emmet county finishing second.  Mike, W8VPC from Antrim county was third.  Comparing their three entries is an interesting study in contrasts.  K8DRT ran QRP, while N8IZF ran low power and W8VPC ran high power.  None of the three worked any CW, missing out on additional QSO and multiplier opportunities.  All three stations made most of their QSOs on 40M phone, with only a handful on 80M and 20M.  K8DRT worked 40 different Michigan counties in 4:23 of operating time, N8IZF worked 32 counties in 9:14 and W8VPC worked 19 counties in only 2:22 operating time.

The graph above shows the progress made by the top three MI Rookie single-ops as the contest ran on.  After the first four hours, all three stations were only six QSOs apart.  But then K8DRT found a good spot on 40M phone and started running stations for the next two hours hours and ran away from his competition.  After that, the contest became a tale off off time.  W8VPC fell to third on the basis of only making three QSOs in the last eight hours, and even K8DRT was QRT after the 22Z hour.  N8IZF continued to plug away through the 00Z hour, and earned second place as a result.

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, Scott, WB2REI/8 wound up on top, working 67 counties.  Ron, K9RON finished 2nd with 66 counties, and Dave, K8GVK and Jim, KB8TXZ tied for 3rd with 64.  A total of 33 Michigan single-ops (up from 16 last year) along with 14 multi-op stations (up from 11 last year) were able to work 50 or more Michigan counties this year.  As noted on the lead page, Michigan entries on average worked seven more counties than last year.

Among the non-Michigan 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.)  Paul, N4PN worked the most counties of all entries with 72, followed by W8TM and WA3HAE tied with 71 for 2nd place and K8RYU, NĜIJ and N6MA tied with 69 for 3rd place.  It should be noted that N6MA was the western region winner and KO7X (western 2nd place finisher) had 59 counties for 9th amongst all non-MI entries with N6MU (western 3rd place finisher) working 58 counties for 11thOM2VL led all DX entries with 63 counties and was 5th among all non-MI entries in the number of counties worked.

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