2012 Michigan QSO Party

Multi-Operator Stations

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Michigan Single Transmitter



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Mad River Radio Club (Mich) 






Dave Benham Portable Radio Op Club






Mich State University ARC 


W8MJ at the controls of

K8MQP, multi-single, Livingston county

The WD8S portable location

in Lake County

At the top of the Michigan Multi-Operator, Single-Transmitter competition, we find a callsign normally seen in the multi-multi category: that is, K8MQP operating from the QTH of W8MJ in Livingston county.  The lack of available operators caused this group to scale back their plans for multi-multi and re-group in the multi-single category, in the process beating the old record by 37K.  Their band breakdown of 188/454/120 that slightly favored phone (55%) came up shy of the QSO count from the old K8EPV record from 2009, but 36 extra multipliers made the difference.  Their best rate came in the 20Z hour  with 85 QSOs, mostly on 20M.  They operated the entire contest while running high power and worked 122 different multiplier entities including 71 different Michigan counties.




In second place, we have the WD8S team operating from a rental cabin in relatively rare Lake county.  This score by the team of Mike, WD8S, R.J., N8KV and Bill, K8DRV had band breakdowns of 170/335/72/20, and slightly favoring phone for 58% of their QSOs while running high power with simple antennas.  Their best hour of the contest tallied an excellent count of 113 QSOs in the 01Z hour, from a combination of 80M and 40M .  WD8S operated 10:18 of the contest while working 104 different multiplier entities including 59 different Michigan counties.






In third place multi-single, we have a familiar callsign - W8SH from the Michigan State University ARC club station in Ingham County operated by a team of of seven operators.  W8SH's band breakdown was 135/256/98, however all but five of those QSOs were on phone, which left them short in their multiplier totals compared to their competitors.  Their best hour of the contest for rate was 21Z, with 74 QSOs.  They operated the 10:03 of the contest period while running low power and worked 103 unique multiplier entities along with 59 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three multi-single entries as the contest ran on.  K8MQP and WD8S had similar starts but K8MQP pulled away during the middle of the contest, particularly during the 23Z hour when WD8S was QRT.  W8SH had relatively slow doing in the early portion of the contest.  But after their slowest hour during 20Z, they had their best hour during 21Z and ran out the contest with consistent rates matching their competitors.

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 L'Anse Creuse ARC

W8QN MIDL 705 169 145,340  Midland ARC


K8XXX, Barry County

Front: 80M - John, WA8ICK  Rear: 40M: Bill, N8UUP

Once again, the winner of this year's multi-multi category was the perennial multi-multi juggernaut K8XXX, operating ten transmitters from the N8CC QTH in Barry county.  This group had band breakdowns of 453/919/690/319/69, 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 233.  Their best hour for rate was 01Z, with 280 QSOs going into the log from all their stations.  Even their worst hour (the last) still provided 162 QSOs.  The group ran high power, and operated the entire contest period, putting 130 unique multiplier entities along with 73 different Michigan counties into their log.




The second place multi-multi team was a portable operation - N8LC from the L'Anse Creuse Radio Club, again operating from Huron county.  Compared to their 2011 effort, this team made more QSOs, worked more multipliers, and scored 8K more points; their best score so far.  Their band breakdowns were 168/438/34/2, with 55% on phone.  N8LC ran high power with five operators and operated the full contest period, putting 116 unique multiplier entities and 72 different Michigan counties into their log.

In third place was another group stepping up their multi-multi game, and that's W8QN from Midland county.  They pulled together a team of ten operators to run four rigs and beat their 2011 score by 38%! Their band breakdowns were 203/471/22/9 with 78% on SSB.  Their best hour of the contest was 02Z, with 132 QSOs between the four rigs.  This group ran high power and operated essentially the entire contest period, putting 110 unique multiplier entities and 65 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.  What more can be said? The graph clearly shows the advantages of more transmitters and high power.  K8XXX with ten transmitters grabs the early lead and makes the best rates throughout the contest.  However, the battle between N8LC and W8QN was a good one and ran for the entire contest.

Non-Michigan Multi Operator



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 Minnesota Wireless Association 



67 46 5,428

 Arizona Outlaws Contest Club

The non-MI multi-operator entries were lead by Alan Sewell, N5NA operating from Texas.  Alan made the largest portion of his QSOs (67 out of 100) on 20M, 25 more on 40M and the rest split between 80M and 15M.  He ran high power, and operated 9:17 of the contest while working 61 different MI counties  In second place behind N5NA was the NĜEO multi-op from Minnesota.  This duo relied on 40M for most (78%) of their QSOs, and operated mostly CW (67%).  They managed to work 39 different Michigan counties in 4:13 of operating time while running high power.  Third place went to a Western region station; Gary, KE7DX operating from Arizona.  Gary put in 8:12 of operating time pretty much spread out through the entire contest.  He ran high power and worked 38 different MI counties on 20M and 40M, mostly on CW.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three non-Michigan multi-op entries as the contest ran on.  N5NA jumped out to an early lead as NĜEO started late and KE7DX got off to a slow start.  N5NA kept up steady rates throughout the contest before going QRT in the 03Z hour.  NĜEO got rolling in the 19Z and passed KE7DX, but were QRT during the 21Z and 01Z hours, giving up some of their advantage over KE7DX, who seemed to gain rate as the contest went on.  These two stations ran similar rates for the last three hours and in the end wound up only 15 QSOs apart.

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