2013 Michigan QSO Party

Single-Operators

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Michigan High Power

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8BZ

GLAD

805

192

212,736

 Ogemaw-Arenac ARS

NV8N

(N8RY op.)

MARQ

825

165

152,295

 

WA8Y

MIDL

633

168

136,096

 Midland Amateur Radio Club

In a rather unusual twist, the call at the top of the high power single op scoreboard in 2013 is also an MiQP rookie: Steve Wuelfing, K8BZ.  His band breakdowns of 127/539/137/2/0 was primarily phone (62%), but with a higher CW percentage than his closest competitors. His best hour for rate was 88 in the 19Z hour but he also had an 86 hour in 17Z as well.  His two worst hours were 22Z and 23Z with 48 QSOs apiece.  Steve worked 67 Michigan counties and operated essentially the entire contest period.

In second place is the 2012 MiQP SOHP winner, and that's Ryan, N8RY, once again operating under the UPDXCC club call, NV8N, from way up north in Marquette county.  Ryan's breakdowns of 124/339/362/0/0 are typical of many MiQP entries, and he had 88% of his QSOs and 70% of his mults on phone.  He had a great start with 101 QSOs in the first hour, 105 in the third, then got really rolling in the 21Z hour with 125 QSOs.   Ryan worked 60 Michigan counties and operated the full contest period.

In third place was the 2012 MiQP Rookie of the Year: that is, Steve, WA8Y, operating from Midland county.  Steve beat his 2012 score by 75%, with band breakdowns of 186/343/76/28/0 with 70% of his QSOs and 62% of his mults on phone.  His best hours surprisingly were the last two, with 79 QSOs during each hour, and even in his worst hour (the first!) he still made 30 QSOs.  Steve had a very competitive multiplier of 168 and worked 58 unique Michigan counties.  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 QSO count the rest of the way with K8BZ close behind.  The other two stations had an interesting battle.  WA8Y got out to a slow start, with slower rates than NV8N and K8BZ,  but from 20Z on his rates were very similar to his competitors.  What the graph doesn't show is that even though NV8N won the QSO battle, K8BZ's greater use of CW (for double-point QSOs and additional multipliers ultimately provided the margin of victory.

Michigan Low Power

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

NA8V

STCL

614

184

178,296

 

N8TC

GRTR

627

184

174,616

 Cherryland Amateur Radio Club

WA1UJU

HOUG

543

159

137,217

 

Building upon his 2nd place finish in 2012, the top spot for single-operator low power this year goes to Greg Chapoton, NA8V  from St. Clair County, bettering his 2012 score by 77K. He got off to a slow start due to rig trouble on phone.  However, he stayed in the game by making CW QSOs with another rig while working on his phone radio.  By 1846Z, repairs were complete and he made his first phone QSO.  At this point, Greg was trailing his two competitors, but he came back in a big way on 40 SSB with a 92 hour. Greg's band breakdowns were 117/399/88/10/0, with 58% on CW.  The best part of the contest for Greg was 19Z with 92 QSOs, both times on 40M.  Greg worked 115 unique multipliers and 67 Michigan counties and operated 11:35 of the contest period.  In the end, Greg's win was an epic battle with runner-up N8TC, as the two stations finished less than 4,000 points apart.

This year's second place low power finisher is a familiar call who has won the category in prior years, and that is Brian, N8TC from Grand Traverse County.  Brian got off to a great start with 88 QSOs in the first hour on 40 SSB before switching to CW for 74 more in the second hour.  He finished with band breakdowns of 157/376/83/11/0 with a close balance of phone to CW QSOs.  His slowest hour of the contest for rate was 33 QSOs in the 21Z hour. Brian operated the entire contest period, and wound up working 118 unique multipliers and 70 Michigan counties (tying him with KR8V for the most counties worked by a Michigan single op).

It's three in a row for the the third place single-op low power finisher, and that's Glen, WA1UJU from Houghton County, up 36K from 2012.  Glen's band breakdown looks a lot like NA8V with 140/318/85 but with a little more focus on CW (73%).  Glen best hours were 17Z and 18Z with 58 QSOs apiece and his worst hours were 23Z and 03Z (which even so scored 32 QSOs apiece).  Glen operated the entire contest period, and worked 100 unique multipliers and 59 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.  N8TC grabbed the early QSO lead from the start with WA1UJU in second and NA8V struggling with his SSB rig in third.  Brian's lead narrowed in the 19Z hour as NA8V finally got going on phone with his monster 92 hour, but he held the lead the rest of the way except when Greg momentarily squeaked ahead in the 02Z hour by 11 QSOs.  WA1UJU hung right with the two leaders before losing a little ground in the 00Z hour.

Michigan QRP

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K6JSS

(N8XX op.)

IONI

372

146

84,242

 

W8CUB

(WB2REI op.)

BRAN

315

138

72,174

 

KT8K

WASH

337

115

68,310

 Mad River Radio Club (Mich) 

This year's winner for Michigan QRP Single Op was station K6JSS, operated by Hank Greeb, N8XX from KD8HNF's remote hilltop site Ionia county (got that straight?).  Hank's entry had band breakdowns of 89/238/45/0/0, with 55% emphasis on CW QSOs.  But Hank made good use of the 45% he spent on phone, scoring an almost even balance between phone and CW multipliers.  Hank was active the entire contest period, and ran consistent rates in the 30 QSOs/hour range for nine of the contest's twelve hours, peaking at 39 QSOs twice (20Z and 01Z) and a low of 17 QSOs during the 19Z hour.  Hank worked 97 unique multipliers and 60 Michigan counties.

 

Moving up from third place last year was the second place QRP single-operator, Scott, WB2REI, once again traveling from his home in NJ to operate from his summer house in Branch County as W8CUB.  Since the 2013 MiQP, Scott has a new personal callsign, trading in WB2REI for K2CUB.  (In case you're wondering about the "CUB" references in his callsigns, Scott is a private pilot and owns a Piper Super Cub, which presumably he uses to travel to Michigan for MiQP.)  Scott had band breakdowns of 79/209/27 with 66% of his QSOs on CW.  His best hour of the contest was 00Z with 42 QSOs, and his worst was 20Z which still netted 18 QSOs.  His other hours were remarkably consistent, and Scott operated the entire contest period. He managed to put 92 unique multipliers including 63 Michigan counties into his log.  With a little more success on phone he could have challenged K6JSS for the top spot.

Third place single-op in 2013 was Tim, KT8K operating from Washtenaw County, who is no stranger to the MiQP QRP top scores box.  His band breakdowns were 98/222/16/1/0 and like his other QRP competitors was mostly on CW (76%).  Tim's best rate was 45 in the 00Z hour using a combination of 80 phone and CW) His QSO count put him second between K6JSS and W8CUB, and with a few more multipliers (perhaps on phone), he might have challenged W8CUB for second place.  Tim operated 11:09 of the contest, and worked 83 unique multipliers including 51 Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three QRP single-ops as the contest ran on.  KT8K held the early lead over K6JSS and W8CUB, and held that lead until the 22Z when K6JSS pulled even. From that point, K6JSS pounded out consistent hours in the 30s until the end while KT8K's 12 hour at 23Z opened the gap.  Meanwhile, W8CUB was running consistent rates and closed the gap on KT8K before the contest ended.

Non-Michigan Eastern/Central Region

Call

State

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

N4PN

GA

323

128

63,872

 

WBH

KS

294

130

59,670

 

K8RYU

OH

259

115

44,390

 Marietta Amateur Radio Club

Reprising his 2012 win of the Eastern/Central region plaque is Paul Newberry, N4PN, operating from his QTH in Georgia.  with a score that was up about 7.5K from last year.  Paul's breakdown of 34/137/152/0/0 shows that compared to 2012, for him 40M was better and 20M a little less.  Another difference is that 54% of Paul's QSOs were on CW this year, while in 2012 he had that percentage of QSOs on phone.  His multipliers had the same CW majority.  Paul's best hour of the contest was the same hour as his past two years (17Z) with 50 QSOs (up from 40 in 2012), and he was active during the entire contest period.  N4PN ran high power, and worked 76 different Michigan counties (up 6 from 2012) on his way to 128 contest multipliers.

Another station reprising his 2012 finish Bob, WBH from Kansas in second place.  His QSOs/band breakdowns were 30/111/152/2/0.  Similar to N4PN, 40M was up but 20M was essentially even.  Bob's CW percentage was essentially the same as Paul's (56%).  Mults were perfectly split between modes.  Bob's best hour of the contest was the second, with 33 QSOs split between 20M and 40M and using both modes.  He was active the entire contest period running high power, and worked 75 different Michigan counties.

Operating from the neighboring state of Ohio, Ralph, K8RYU grabbed third place.  Like W8TM last year, Ralph was unable to utilize 20M for MiQP QSOs due to his close proximity to Michigan.  In fact, it is interesting to see how close the K8RYU band breakdown of 76/185/0 (51% phone) compared to W8TM's 2012 band breakdown of 78/186/0 (55% CW).  Ralph's multipliers were almost perfectly balanced between phone and CW.  His best hours of the contest were 17Z and 01Z with 30 QSOs apiece, and he operated the entire contest period.   He ran low power and worked 74 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 seven hours, with all three stations within 30 QSOs of each other.  N4PN started to pull away in the 23Z hour, but then WBH gathered steam and N4PN's lead stabilized until the end of the contest.  K8RYU lost a little ground to WBH with three hours in the teens through the middle of the contest, but stayed close the rest of the way.  It is interesting to see that after twelve hours of operating, three stations from different geographic regions wound up only 44 QSOs apart (14%).

Non-Michigan Mountain/Pacific Region

Call

State

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

W7GKF

WA

196

111

35,631

 

KRI

CO

212

101

35,148

 

N6MU

CA

199

107

34,240

 Northern California Contest Club

Making it three out of the past four years, the top spot out west 2013 goes to Bill Waters, W7GKF operating from Washington.  The W7GKF band breakdowns were 0/57/130/0/0; compared to 2012, Bill had no QSOs on 80M or 15M, but both 40M & 20M were improved significantly.  His final score was up 25%.  CW accounted for 65% of Bill's QSOs and 60% of his multipliers.  The best hour of the contest for W7GKF was 17Z with 27 QSOs, but he also had a 23 hour at 01Z.  Bill ran high power and operated entire contest period, and he worked 69 different Michigan counties during the contest.

In what was one of the closest battles during the 2013 MiQP, we find the second place Western region winner, Larry, KRI operating from Colorado, who finished less than 500 points behind W7GKF.  Larry's band totals of 25/69/115 are not as good as Bill's on 20M, but a little better 40M and Larry was able to make use of 80M , particularly late in the contest when he was building his edge in QSOs.  His best hour of the contest was 02Z with 38 QSOs, coming from a combination of 80M and 40M.  Like W7GKF, KRI preferred CW which accounted for 64% of his QSOs and 60% of his multipliers.  Alan was another who ran high power, and worked 65 different Michigan counties in 11:39 of operating time.  In the end, it was a classic "QSOs vs. multipliers" battle; W7GKF favoring mults while KRI favored QSOs.

Not to be forgotten, in third place Mountain/Pacific region is John, N6MU operating from California, who finished less than 1,000 points behind KRI.  John's band breakdowns of 0/39/128/32 look like those of a well-operated western station, taking advantage of the high bands.  Still, he was consistent with his other two competitors in preferring CW for 61% of his QSOs and 59% of his mults.  His best hour of the contest was 02Z with 25 QSOs, primarily on 40M with a little 20M and 15M(!) thrown in, N6MU made his QSOs while running high low,  He operated the entire contest period and worked 67 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.  Considering that all three stations finished within 1,500 points of each other, it's not surprising to find the QSO rates for all three stations to be very close.  W7GLF led the first half of the contest, but KRI's rates clearly improved starting at  the 22Z hours.  It is interesting to see that KRI and N6MU ran neck-and-neck early, then later it was W7GKF and N6MU chasing each other.  Which all goes to show that there are several ways to do well in MiQP.

DX Stations

Call

Ctry

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

DL2HBX

DL

234

121

47,190

 Bavarian Contest Club 

OM2VL

OM

216

107

38,520

 

DL5ME DL 45 33 2,244  

 

Uli, DL2HBX at the DF9LJ station

This year's DX single-op winner is a former Michigander now back in his German homeland.   Uli Ann, DL2HBX also holds the callsign KK8I, and in the past has operated MiQP in-state from both fixed and mobile stations and is no stranger to the MiQP top score boxes.  In 2013, he operated from the fine station of DF9LJ using his own callsign for a score of 47,190, which is a new record for single-op DX stations in MiQP.  His QSO breakdowns were 14/93/121/6 with exactly 2/3 on CW.   Uli's best hour for QSO rate was 23Z, with 30 QSOs using a combination of 40M and 20M.  His worst hour was 13 QSOs during 20Z.  Uli operated the entire contest period and he worked 70 different MI counties while running high power.

BTW, don't look for DL2HBX in MiQP next year.  Uli is another MiQP operator who has a new, shorter callsign.  Assuming he uses his own callsign, Look for him as DM5EE next year.

In second place single-op from the DX side was the winner from both 2011 and 2012, who is also the former DX Single-Op record holder: Laci, OM2VL once again operating from the OM8A superstation.  Laci was shooting to keep his record, and was acutely aware of what DL2HBX was doing during the contest.  However, Laci gave in to his county hunting urge, and spent time chasing ND, SD and NE counties in those state QSO parties as well (running simultaneously with MiQP), to the detriment of his MiQP score.

Nonetheless, OM2VL still had a fine score, with QSO breakdowns of 24/67/116/9/0.  It is interesting that exactly 2/3 of Laci's QSOs were on CW, exactly the same percentage as DL2HBX.  Laci worked 69 different Michigan counties to DL2HBX's 70, and had a best hour of 25 QSOs, which surprisingly came in the last hour of the contest.

In third place was Mario, DL5ME, another station who made all of his QSOs on 20M, evenly split between phone and  CW.  His operating time was limited to just six hours during the 16Z - 22Z period. Mario ran high power and worked  28 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 conditions 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

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, but this year, only one Michigan single-op claimed rookie status.

For 2013, the only MiQP Rookie Single-Op was Steve Wuelfing, K8BZ operating from Gladwin county.  Steve put in an outstanding performance in his first MiQP,  making the highest single-operator/high power score for the 2013 contest.  Because he won the plaque for the SOHP category, it seems superfluous to award him a plaque for top rookie as well, particularly when there were no other rookie entries.  So, there will be no separate plaque for the top MiQP Rookie Single Op this year.

However, the award will be back next year, and we would like everyone to encourage MiQP newcomers that they know to get on and pursue the award in 2014.  Like the other MiQP plaques, it is really a nice award.

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, Gary, KR8V and Brian, N8TC each worked 70 counties in a tie for the most counties worked.  Steve, K8BZ and Greg, NA8V were tied for 2nd best with 67 counties, while Ken, N8OL was 3rd best with 66 counties.  A total of 30 Michigan single-ops (up from from 20 last year) along with 21 multi-op stations (up from 12 last year) were able to work 50 or more different Michigan counties this year.  As noted on the lead page, Michigan entries on average worked two more counties than last year.

Among the non-Michigan entries, once again Eastern/Central Region entries swept the top three places in terms of 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, N4PN worked the most counties with 76, followed by WBH with 75 for the 2nd best total and K8RYU with 74 for 3rd best.  It should be noted that was the western region winner W7GKF had 69 counties for 5th best amongst all non-MI entries and N6MU (western 3rd place finisher) worked 67 counties for 7th best.  DL2HBX led all DX entries with 70 counties and was tied with W8TM for the 4th best total among all non-MI entries in terms of the number of counties worked.

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