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Michigan High Power

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(N8RY op.)





 Upper Peninsula DX & Contest Club












 Blossomland ARA

It's a different call at the top of the high power single op scoreboard in 2012, and that's Ryan Fountain, N8RY, operating under the UPDXCC club call, NV8N from way up north in Marquette county.  Ryan's band breakdowns of 84/223/370/1 focused heavily on SSB (95%). His best hour for rate was 106 in the 23Z hour in the midst of a great run on 20 SSB.  His worst hour was the last when he was QRT.  Ryan worked 55 Michigan counties and operated 10:52 of the contest period.

In second place is a station new to MiQP: that is, Steve, WA8Y, operating from Midland county, who was also the MiQP Rookie Of The Year in 2012.  Steve's breakdowns of 98/246/180/10 are typical of many MiQP entries, and he had 88% of his QSOs on phone.  After a slow start, his best hour of the contest was 17Z with 74 QSOs.   Steve worked 47 Michigan counties and operated 10:32 of the contest period.

In third place was Ron, K9RON part of the swarm of stations from Berrien County.  Ron's band breakdowns of 108/409 show the value of 40M, and he made all of his QSOs on phone.  Ron's best hour was 00Z, with 56 QSOs, but even in his worst hour he still made 30 QSOs.  K9RON was the top MI single-op in terms of working counties with 64.  He operated the full contest period.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three high power single-ops as the contest ran on.  NV8N jumped out to an early lead with 94 QSOs in the first hour on 20M and led the rest of the way.  The other two stations had an interesting battle.  WA8Y got out to a slow start, but quickly caught K9RON, only to fall behind again in the middle of the contest, before catching up again at the end.  K9RON had remarkably consistent rates throughout the contest, perhaps because he focused on the usual MiQP "money bands" (80M and 40M), and operated 100% SSB.  In the end, WA8Y's double point QSOs and extra mults from CW provided the margin of victory.

Michigan Low Power



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 Thumb Area Contesters













For the second year in a row, the top spot for single-operator low power goes to Jeff Miller, WB8WKQ operating from Lapeer County. Jeff's win is remarkable, in that his soapbox comments say that he lost his beam early in the contest, so he stayed on 40 and 80.  His last 20M QSO was at 1659Z, but the finishing with the highest single-op score and multiplier count show it must not have hurt him much. Jeff's band breakdowns were 157/465/51, with 67% on phone.  The best part of the contest for Jeff were 17Z and 029Z hours with rates of 75 and 85 QSOs, both times on 40M.  Jeff worked 106 unique multipliers and 58 Michigan counties and operated the entire contest period.

This year's second place low power finisher is a familiar call in perhaps an unfamiliar contest, and that is Greg, NA8V.  After several years away from his home state of Michigan, he is back and assembling a station near Emmett in St. Clair county.  After a slow start with only 3 QSOs in the first hour, and zero QSOs in the third, Greg got rolling with band breakdowns of 154/234/49 with 60% of his QSOs on CW.  His best hour of the contest for rate was 62 QSOs which occurred twice - in the 20Z and 01Z hours. traveled all the way from his home in New Hampshire to his vacation QTH in Montmorency County to operate MiQP.   Greg operated the 9:45 of the contest period, and wound up working 96 unique multipliers and 53 Michigan counties.

Reprising his third place single-op low power finish from 2011 was Glen, WA1UJU from Houghton County.  Glen's band breakdown looks a lot like NA8V with 114/279/47 but with a little more focus on CW (73%).  Glen best hour was the first (80 QSOs on 40M) and his worst hour was 22Z (only 13 QSOs, a combination of 40M and an early QSY to 80M).  The margin between WA1UJU and NA8V was less than 300 points, and despite Glen having more QSO points from CW, Greg's extra 12 multipliers were the difference.  Glen did work the entire contest period, and worked 93 unique multipliers and 55 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.  WB8WKQ grabbed the QSO lead in the second hour and held it the rest of the way with remarkably consistent rates.  WA1UJU jumped out to the early lead with a nice hour of 80 QSOs, but then lost ground.  After a slow start of only 39 QSOs in the first three hours, NA8V got his groove on with consistent rates and caught up to WA1UJU by the end of the contest.

Michigan QRP



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 Oakland County ARS


(N8XX op.)







(WB2REI op.)





 Super Cub Contest Club 

This year's winner for Michigan QRP Single Op was Tim Pepper, K8NWD from Oakland county.  Tim's entry had band breakdowns of 99/132/26/1, with 60% emphasis on CW.  Tim was active the entire contest period, and ran consistent rates in the 20 QSOs/hour range for most of the contest, peaking at 33 QSOs in the final hour (almost all on 80M).  Even his worst hours were still in the teens.  Tim worked 78 unique multipliers and 49 Michigan counties.

Hank, N8XX operated K6JSS again, moving from Mecosta county in 2011 to Montcalm county this year to reprise his second place finish in the QRP category.    Once again, this was a true portable operation, and the contest was an hour and 38 minutes old before the first QSO was logged.  His band breakdowns were 117/125/7 and like his other QRP competition was mostly on CW (80%).  Still, he managed enough QSOs on phone to have a reasonable multiplier count there.  His best hour of the contest was 20Z with 40 QSOs.  Hank operated 9:37 of the contest, and worked 72 unique multipliers including 48 Michigan counties.

The third place QRP single-operator was Scott, WB2REI operating from his summer house in Branch County as W8CUB.  He had band breakdowns of 53/137/5, with 63% of his QSOs on CW.  His best hour of the contest was 20Z with 21 QSOs, and his worst was 01Z with only 10 QSOs.  His other hours were remarkably consistent, and Scott operated the entire contest period. He managed to put 73 unique multipliers including 51 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.  K8NWD and W8CUB were neck-and-neck at the start while K6JSS was still getting set up.  Once on the air, K6JSS matched rates with the other two before doing well in the 20Z hour joining the chase with all three stations running similar rates through the middle of the contest.  After darkness fell, W8CUB slowed down and fell behind while K6JSS gave chase to K8NWD and pulled almost even by the end of the contest.

Non-Michigan Eastern/Central Region



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 South East Contest Club












 Mad River Radio Club (Non-Mich)

This year's winner of the Eastern/Central region plaque is no stranger to that position, and once again it is Paul Newberry, N4PN, operating from his QTH in Georgia.  Paul's breakdown of 53/93/187/1 shows that for him, there was "no meters like 20 meters", with over half of his QSOs on that band.  In preparing this report, it was interesting to see how close Paul's hourly QSO rates were compared to last year.  54% of Paul's QSOs were on phone, but his multipliers were almost evenly divided been modes.  Paul's best hour of the contest was the same hour as last year (17Z) with 40 QSOs, and he was active during the entire contest period.  N4PN ran high power, and worked 70 different Michigan counties on his way to 126 contest multipliers.

In second place was Bob, WBH from Kansas.  Like N4PN, he mad e over half of his QSOs on 20M, with breakdowns of 61/74/152.  Bob relied more heavily on CW, where he made 55% of his QSOs and a similar percentage of his multipliers.  Bob's best hour of the contest was the first, with 38 QSOs split between 20M and 40M.  He was active the entire contest period running high power, and worked 73 different Michigan counties.

Operating from the neighboring state of Ohio, Paul, W8TM Wisconsin grabbed third place.  In contrast to N4PN and WBH, Paul was unable to utilize 20M for MiQP QSOs due to his close proximity to Michigan.  The W8TMI band breakdown was 78/186/0, about as expected for Ohio in MiQP. 55% of W8TMs QSOs were on CW with a similar percentage for multipliers.  Paul's best hour of the contest was 17Z with 59 QSOs, and he operated 10:50 of the contest.   He ran low power and worked 70 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.  It was a close battle for the first two hours, with all three stations within 12 QSOs of each other.  N4PN started to pull away in the third hour, and his gap over the other two widened during the 19Z hour then stabilized through the middle of the contest.  W8TM was mostly QRT during the 22Z (only 1 QSO) and fell behind the other two.  N4PN and WBH had similar rates the rest of the way, and in the end wound up 47 QSOs apart.

Non-Michigan Mountain/Pacific Region



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 Radio Club of Redmond






 Grand Mesa Contesters of CO







Taking the top spot out west was a station that has done it previously in 2010: Bill Waters, W7GKF operating from Washington.  The W7GKF band breakdowns were 7/43/105/12; no surprise that the high bands (20M & 15M) were his "bread-and-butter" in MiQP.  CW accounted for 70% of Bill's QSOs and a similar percentage of his multipliers.  The best hour of the contest for W7GKF was 02Z with 21 QSOs.  Bill ran high power and operated 10:30 of the contest, and he worked 68 different Michigan counties during the contest.

In second place, we find another former category winner, and that is Alan, KO7X operating from Wyoming, reprising his 2nd place finish from last year.  Alan's band totals of 25/57/47 are a little better than Bill's on 40M, but not so good on 20M.  His best hour of the contest was 02Z with 34 QSOs, coming from a combination of 80M and 40M.  Like W7GKF, KO7X preferred CW which accounted for 65% of his QSOs and multipliers.  Alan was another who ran high power, and worked 57 different Michigan counties in eight hour of operating time spread out throughout the contest period.

In third place Mountain/Pacific region is Frank, WA6KHK operating from California.  Frank's band breakdowns of 1/29/47 truly looks like a western station, but another factor were family emergencies which took him away from the radio for the later half of the contest when the low bands would have been more favorable.  Still, he was consistent with his other two competitors in preferring CW for 73% of his QSOs.  His best hour of the contest was the first with 20 QSOs, although he had a pair of single digit hours during 00Z and 03Z when he took some off time.  Again like his two competitors, WA6KHK made his QSOs while running high power,  He made the best of his 5:51 of operating time in the contest and worked 42 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.  KO7X led the first half of the contest, but some mid-contest off time allowed W7GKF to pull ahead briefly.  KO7X turned up the rate for the last four hours to win the QSO rate.  WA6KHK's off time for family affairs from 20Z thru 01Z took him out of contention, but he did match the rates of his competitors for the last two hours of the contest.

DX Stations



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 Slovak Contest Group 






 Bavarian Contest Club

OK2EC OK 28 25 1,296  Czech Contest Club

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 and he reprises his win from 2011 again this year.  His QSO breakdowns were 3/56/102/26 with 61% on CW.   In his comments about the contest, Laci felt that 80M was not as good as last year, but 15M was better, but not enough Michigan stations on that band.  Laci's best hour for QSO rate was 18Z, with 20 QSOs but his rates were pretty consistent throughout the contest.  Laci operated the entire contest period and he worked 67 different MI counties while running high power.  While he didn't break his own MiQP record for DX single-op entries set last year, he came pretty close.

In second place single-op from the DX side was Manfred, DK2OY moving up from third in 2011.  All of his QSOs were on 20M CW, possibly because he was QRT for the last half of the contest  He ran high power to work his 39 different Michigan counties.

In third place was Step, OK2EC , another station who made all of his QSOs on 20M CW.  His operating time was limited to just four hours during the 18Z - 22Z period. Step ran low power and worked  25 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by the top three DX single-ops as the contest ran on.  OM2VL was the only station that operated the entire contest, and with steady rates he was 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).  The limited operating times for DK2OY and OK2EC are clearly evident.

MiQP Rookie Single-Op



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 Ogemaw-Arenac ARS

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 2012, the top MiQP Rookie Single-Op was Steve Linley, WA8Y operating from Midland county, with Colin, K8BTT operating from Washtenaw county finishing second.  Armin, WD8CRQ from Arenac county was third.  Comparing their three entries is an interesting study in contrasts.  WA8Y and K8BTT ran high power, while WD8CRQ ran low power.  WA8Y made 12% of his QSOs and 26% of his multipliers on CW, while K8BTT didn't work any CW and WD8CRQ made one solitary CW QSO.  All three stations made most of their QSOs on 40M phone,  and while WA8Y worked all three of the lower MiQP bands, K8BTT skipped 80M and WD8CRQ skipped 20M.  In terms of operating time and counties worked all three were remarkably similar; WA8Y worked 47 different Michigan counties in 8:53 of operating time, K8BTT worked 52 counties in 8:22 and WD8CRQ worked 51 counties in only 8:53 operating time.

The graph above shows the progress made by the top three MI Rookie single-ops as the contest ran on.  K8BTT took the early lead and held it until after he went QRT in the 00Z hour.  WA8Y had a slow start in the first hours, but then made steady rates until he passed K8BTT in the 02Z hour.  WD8CRQ had a slow start, but made up ground in the 19Z hour and had steady rates until the end of the contest.

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, Ron, K9RON wound up on top, working 64 counties and moving up from 2nd place last year.  Jim, KB8TXZ was close behind with 61 counties to finish 2nd, moving up from 3rd last year, and Dave, N8ERL was 3rd with 60.  A total of 20 Michigan single-ops (down from from 33 last year) along with 12 multi-op stations (down from 14 last year) were able to work 50 or more Michigan counties this year.  As noted on the lead page, Michigan entries on average worked four fewer counties than last year.

Among the non-Michigan entries, once again Eastern/Central Region entries swept the top three places in counties worked.  (We'll continue to hope that this situation will even out a little for the Mountain/Pacific Region entrants as the sunspots return.)  Paul, KV8Q worked the most counties with 72, followed by WBH with 71 for 2nd place and W8TM with 70 for 3rd place.  It should be noted that was the western region winner W7GKF had 65 counties for 6th amongst all non-MI entries and KO7X (western 2nd place finisher) worked 55 counties for 14thOM2VL led all DX entries with 64 counties and was 7th among all non-MI entries in the number of counties worked.

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