2014 Michigan QSO Party

Emergency Operation Center Stations

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Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8UNS

WAYN

463

139

104,250

 Livonia Amateur Radio Club

KD8POD

GRAT

320

83

26,477

 Gratiot County Amateur Radio Assn

KD8CJQ

ALLE

249

77

19,173

 Allegan County ARPSC

Perennial category winner W8OAK was a no-show in 2014, and the Livonia ARC team at the Wayne County EOC, K8UNS stepped up from second place finishes the last three years to lead the charge amongst Emergency Operation Center stations in 2014.  This group had only four operators, and ran low power with two stations (one CW, one phone).  Their breakdowns were 103/282/74/3/1 with 62% on CW. Their best rate was 60 QSOs in the 23Z hour, and even their worst hour still provided 19 QSOs. The group worked 88 different multiplier entities along with 46 different Michigan counties.

Moving up from third place last year to second place in 2014 was the team at KD8POD, the Gratiot County ARA activating their EOC making only their second showing in the MiQP.  Like last year, this group made all of its QSOs on phone with all but three QSOs coming on 40M.  They worked 83 unique multiplier entities including 43 different Michigan counties.  This group ran low power with one rig and were active for 10:01 of the contest period.  Their best hour of the contest was 00Z when they made 55 QSOs.

The third place EOC station was KD8CJQ, the Allegan County APRSC activating their EOC for the second time, after a fourth place showing in the 2013 MiQP.  This group made all of their QSOs on phone, and the majority (95%) on 40M.  They worked 77 unique multiplier entities including 43 different Michigan counties.  This group ran low power using one rig with six operators and were active for 9:43 of the contest period.  Their best hour of the contest was 00Z when they made 71 QSOs on 40M phone.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three EOC stations as the contest ran on.  K8UNS with their two stations took the early lead and never looked back, running remarkably steady rates for the entire contest.  KD8POD took an early lead over KD8CJQ (both stations running a single radio) but two hours QRT in the 19Z and 20Z hours allowed 'CJQ to catch up.  The two stations were neck-and-neck with the rest of the way until an early QRT by KD8CJQ allowed KD8POD to spurt ahead in the last hour.

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