2012 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

W1NN/m

15

751

111

154,290

 Mad River Radio Club

W8CAR/m

11

409 99

75,834

 North Coast Contesters 
NF8M/m

8

92 36

6,624

 Michigan State University ARC
 

W1NN/m Operating Position

After an absence of five years, Hal Offutt, W1NN/m drove up from his Medina, OH QTH to once again win the Michigan Mobile Solo Operator category.  He must have figured something during his absence, as in 2012 he almost doubled his winning score from 2007.  His band breakdowns were 89/433/229 with 85% on CW.  His log shows 11:58 of operating time, remarkable for a solo operator.  His best hour was 22Z with 84 QSOs, using a combination of 20M and 40M.  His worst hour was the second hour of the contest, with 28 QSOs.  Hal managed to work 77 different multiplier entities along with 36 Michigan counties, while activating 15 counties himself in the middle of the lower peninsula.

 

 

 

Second place in the mobile solo operator category goes to Dan, W8CAR/m (great mobile call, huh?) from Sandusky, OH.  Dan is an old hand at this MiQP mobile stuff, having a 2nd place finish from 2009 and a 3rd place from 2010 under his belt.  He operated from 11 counties in the southern part of the lower peninsula.  Dan's band breakdowns were 24/260/125 with 87% on CW.  Dan had to give up some operating time while driving between counties, as his log shows only 8:58 of operating time.  His best rate of the contest came in the 18Z hour with 40 QSOs, but then 19Z produced only 8 QSOs.  Dan managed to work 75 different multiplier entities along with 36 different Michigan counties.

Third place in the mobile solo operator category goes to Frank, NF8M/m, venturing out from his Novi, MI QTH in his first attempt at operating mobile in MiQP, and he did it with QRP no less!  He made all of his QSOs on CW, with 82 (89%) on 40M and 10 (11%) on 20M.  His best hour of the contest was 22Z with 23 QSOs, and he was QRT during the 16Z, 20Z, 00Z and 03Z hours, racking up 4:43 of operating time.  Frank managed to log 36 different multiplier entities along with 15 Michigan counties, while activating 8 counties himself in the southeastern portion of the lower peninsula.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the three top mobile solo-operator entries as the contest ran on.  W1NN and W8CAR ran neck-and-neck for the first few hours and were only 16 QSOs apart at the end of the 19Z hour.  But after that point W1NN cranked out better rates for the rest of the contest, perhaps by continuing to operate while moving between counties.  NF8M had slower rates due to QRP, and being his first time mobiling in MiQP.

Mobile Multi Operator

Call

Ctys

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8MR/m

29

832

111

170,274

 North Coast Contesters

K8IR/m

21

540

85

88,825

 Menominee & Marinette ARC

NE9U/m

14

488 88 80,784  Minnesota Wireless Assn
 

K8MR/m in action in Isabella County

Once again a familiar callsign was out in front of the mobile multi-operator category:  K8MR/m, operated by Jim Stahl, K8MR and new second op Bob Liddy, K8BL who traveled from Ohio to activate 29 (count em!) counties in the central and eastern part of the lower peninsula. Their band breakdowns were 71/515/243/3 with 84% of their QSOs and 66% of their mults on CW.  Jim reports that for the first time on an MiQP mobile trip, they didn't encounter any snow.  Their best hour of the contest was 02Z with 101 QSOs, mostly 40M with a little 80 CW at the start of the hour. K8MR/m operated the entire contest period and worked 73 unique multiplier entities along with 32 different Michigan counties.

 

 

In second place was the K8IR/m entry operated by Jim, K8IR, Eric, KG9GH and Chris, N9JUD who activated 12 counties at the top of the lower peninsula and another 9 counties in the Upper Peninsula.  Their QSO breakdowns were 104/277/150/9 with 94% of their QSOs on CW. Their best hour of the contest was 01Z with 63 QSOs on 80M with aomw 40M thrown in.  Their log shows 11:16 of operating time.  K8IR/m worked 74 different multiplier entities along with 31 different Michigan counties.

In third place was the NE9U/m entry operated by Scott, NE9U, and other unnamed drivers/operators.  This team drove in from Scott's QTH in Plover, WI to activate 14 of the 15 counties in the upper peninsula (missing only Keweenaw).  Their QSO breakdowns were 50/287/151 with 88% of their QSOs on CW. Their best hour of the contest was the last with 66 QSOs using a combination of 80M and 40M.  NE9U/m had 11:12 of operating time and worked 69 different multiplier entities along with 30 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 three hours before K8MR began to pull away.  After a low start, NE9U pulled close to K8IR and the two teams had a close battle for the rest of the contest.

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