2014 Michigan QSO Party

Multi-Operator Stations

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Michigan Single Transmitter

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8MQP

LIVI

731

177

177,708

 Mad River Radio Club (Mich) 

N8KV

LEEL

665

168

154,392

 Cherryland Amateur Radio Club

W8MMM

LEEL

512

151

116,874

 Secret Beach Radio Club 

After being QRT last year from MiQP, the team at K8MQP operating from the QTH of W8MJ in Livingston county repeated their 2012 win at the top of the Michigan Multi-Operator, Single-Transmitter competition.  With two full-time and three part-time operators, they had band breakdowns of 82/438/206/5/0 that favored phone (63%).  For comparison, their score of almost 178K was down about 22% from their record-setting score from 2012.  Their best rate came in the 17Z hour with 91 QSOs on 40M phone.  They operated the entire contest while running high power and worked 107 different multiplier entities including 56 different Michigan counties.

With yet another second place finish, that's three in a row for the operators at N8KV operating from Leelanau county.  With their operating crew and station the same from 2013, their score was down about 21% from last year; a good performance considering the poorer conditions and activity.  N8KV had band breakdowns of 144/384/133/2/2, with an almost identical percentage of phone QSOs (62%) as K8MQP.  Their best hour of the contest tallied an excellent count of 112 QSOs in the 01Z hour using a combination of 80M and 40M, on both phone and CW.  N8KV missed most of the 21Z hour and went QRT early, and thus only had 10:32 of contest operating time. They ran high power while working 102 different multiplier entities including 54 different Michigan counties.

In the third place position in the multi-single category, we have a group new to MiQP with a brand new callsign - W8MMM operating from the QTH of well-known VHF/UHF contester K2YAZ in Leelanau county.  With three operators and one rig,  this group had band breakdowns of 155/320/37/0/0, with a very close CW/SSB QSO balance.  Their best hour of the contest for rate was 21Z, with 60 QSOs, all on 40 phone .  They operated the entire contest period while running high power and worked 91 unique multiplier entities along with 47 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three multi-single entries as the contest ran on.  N8KV got out to the best start, and ran neck-and-neck with K8MQP for the first three hours. But then 'MQP pulled away, helped by N8KV's low rate of only 3 QSOs in the 21Z hour.  K8MQP and N8KV ran essentially identical rates for the last three hours of the contest.  W8MMM had lower rates than the other two stations, but showed remarkable consistency in rates for the entire contest.

Michigan Multi Transmitter

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

W8SH

INGH

555

146

104,536

 Michigan State University ARC

W8QN

MIDL

436

92

40,664

 Midland Amateur Radio Club

N8LC LAPE 303 94 30,832  L'Anse Creuse Amateur Radio Club

The Michigan Multi-Operator Multi-Transmitter category saw a significant shake-up in 2014.  The winning station in 2014 was W8SH, the Michigan State university ARC operating from Ingham county.  This group finished third in 2013, and by increasing their score about 5% took the top spot in 2014.  With a team of nine operators, this group had band breakdowns of 185/366/133/0/0 with 71% on phone.  Their best hour for rate was 23Z, with 81 QSOs. The group ran high power with multiple rigs, and operated the entire contest period, putting 95 unique multiplier entities along with 50 different Michigan counties into their log.

The last time they appeared in the multi-multi winners box in 2012, W8QN from the Midland Amateur Radio Club, operating from Midland county finished third.  But this year they moved up a spot and grabbed second place.  This team of five operators used multiple rigs and finished with band breakdowns of 90/324/22/0/0, with 99% on phone.  Their best hour of the contest was 02Z with 64 QSOs.  W8QN ran high power and operated 10:50 of the contest, missing a little time at the beginning and end of the contest period.   They managed to put 87 unique multiplier entities and 53 different Michigan counties into their log.

In third place was the category winner from 2013, and that's N8LC from the L'Anse Creuse ARC with another portable operation under their club callsign, this time from Lapeer County.  This group had five operators, with band breakdowns of 129/173/1/0/0 with 92% on SSB.  While they had a good phone multiplier count, their low QSO count on CW put them behind in multipliers as well.  Their best hour of the contest was 02Z, with 67 QSOs.  This group ran high power and but missed almost two hours of operating time, while putting 79 unique multiplier entities and 48 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.  W8SH grabbed a 54 QSO lead in the first hour which W8QN erased by the 19Z hour and continue to hold the QSO lead over the next three hours.  N8LC had slow, but steady rates for the first five hours before picking up speed in the 21Z hour.  W8SH started to open up a gap over W8QN as darkness approached, but through the hours of darkness all three stations were running similar rates.  W8SH has the best rate in the final hour to finish strong.

Non-Michigan Multi Operator

Call

Loc

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

W8CAR

OH

102

56

8,568

 North Coast Contesters 

W9FZ

WI

14

14

378

 Badger Contesters

Last year he took the plaque for High Score Michigan Solo Operator Mobile, but this year Dan Kovatch, W8CAR stayed home and operated MiQP as a multi-operator entry from Ohio to lead the category.  Dan was only able to operate 3:31 of the contest period, but had band breakdowns of 41/60/1/0/0 with a exact 50/50 split between phone and CW. W8CAR worked 38 different Michigan counties. The only other non-Michigan multi-op was W9FZ from Wisconsin, a callsign many of us have worked roving through midwest grid squares on the VHF/UHF bands.  Bruce and 2nd op Janice, KA9VVQ found time for a few MiQP QSOs, mostly on 40CW.  They worked 14 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by the two non-Michigan multi-op entries as the contest ran on.  W8CAR made QSOs in nine of the twelve hours of the contest period.  W9FZ was only on the air in the 18Z-19Z and 02Z-03Z hours.  With more mobile activity, both multis would have likely made more QSOs.

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