2014 Michigan QSO Party

Single-Operator Scores

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Michigan High Power

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8BZ

GLAD

706

168

165,480

 Ogemaw-Arenac ARS

NV8N

(N8RY op.)

MARQ

812

146

134,612

 UPDXCC

WA8Y

MIDL

386

145

80,620

 Midland Amateur Radio Club

In a rather unusual scenario, all three of the top single-op high power stations in 2013 duplicated their positions in 2014.  And the call at the top of the high power single op scoreboard was again Steve Wuelfing, K8BZ from Gladwin County.  His band breakdowns of 77/533/87/9/0 had slightly less phone than last year (60%). His best hour for rate was 87 in the 18Z hour preceded by an 84 hour in 17Z as well.  His worst hour was the last with 29 QSOs.  Steve worked 50 Michigan counties and operated essentially the entire contest period.

Reprising his second place finish from 2013 is Ryan, N8RY, once again operating under the UPDXCC club call, NV8N, from way up north in Marquette county.  Ryan has mastered the art of the fast start in MiQP, logging 208 QSOs over just the first two hours, all on 20M phone.  His breakdowns of 110/209/491/2 show just how dominant he was on 20M, and he had 85% of his QSOs and 67% of his mults on phone.  He had another great hour of 104 QSOs during 23Z, again on 20M phone.   Ryan operated the full contest period but with his success on 20M probably limited his opportunities to work in-state multipliers, as he only worked 47 Michigan counties, down from 60 last year.

Finishing in third place again in 2014 is Steve, WA8Y, operating from Midland county.  Steve's score dropped by 42% vs. 2013, mostly due to  fewer QSOs  likely the result of missing 1:15 of operating time in the contest.  His band breakdowns were 175/179/32/0/0 with 56% of his QSOs on phone.  He didn't have any big hours for rate, and his worst hours (16Z and 20Z) were in the teens as the result of periods when he was QRT.  Even with a lower QSO count, Steve had a very competitive multiplier of 145 (only one mult behind NV8N) and matched K8BZ with 50 unique Michigan counties worked.

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 QSO lead with his big start in the first two hours on 20M and led the QSO count the rest of the way with K8BZ giving chase.  WA8Y got out to a slow start, being QRT for part of the first hour, and just never achieved rates similar to NV8N and K8BZ.  What the graph doesn't show is that NV8N made most of his score on 20M with phone QSOs while K8BZ made most of his score on 40M and made greater use of CW. As in 2013, the double-point QSOs and additional multipliers from CW ultimately provided the margin of victory for K8BZ in 2014, despite NV8N's superior QSO count.

Michigan Low Power

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

NA8V

STCL

619

176

161,216

 

N8TC

GRTR

514

164

125,296

 Cherryland Amateur Radio Club

N8SS

WAYN

443

149

106,982

 Blossomland Amateur Radio Assn

Similar to the single-op high power results, the top two single-op low power entries from 2013 duplicated their positions in 2014.  After winning in  2013, the top spot for single-operator low power this year again goes to Greg Chapoton, NA8V from St. Clair County. Greg bucked the trend of many stations, and actually made slightly more QSOs vs. last year.  But his band breakdowns of 171/272/176/10/0 were significantly different; fewer QSOs on 40M, but more QSOs on 80M and 20M. His mode preference changed as well, making 52% of his QSOs on phone vs. 58% on CW in 2013.  His best hour for rate was 18Z with 69 and even in his worst hour (22Z) made 39 QSOs.  Greg led all single-ops with 176 total mults and had the second highest multiplier of the contest.  Greg worked 104 unique multipliers and 54 Michigan counties and operated the entire contest period.

This year's second place low power station finished in the same spot in 2013, and that is Brian, N8TC from Grand Traverse County.  Brian's breakdowns were 186/237/91/0/0 and show trends similar to NA8V's vs. 2013: fewer QSOs on 40M, more QSOs on 80M and 20M and shift in mode preference towards phone. His great start from 2013 didn't materialize this year, but he still had a best hour of 59 QSOs in the 18Z hour and still managed 30 QSOs in his worst hour at 22Z.  Brian operated the entire contest period, and wound up working 97 unique multipliers and 54 Michigan counties (tying him with NA8V for the most counties worked by a Michigan single op, and second highest overall among Michigan stations).

Third place goes to a familiar call who has been conspicuously missing from MiQP the past two years, and that's Earl, N8SS from Wayne County.  Historically competing in the single-op, high power category, Earl left the amplifier turned off this year and chose to do battle in the low power arena. Earl's band breakdowns look a lot like his other two competitors with 112/277/54/0/0 but with more focus on CW (62%).  Earl's best hour was 17Z with 56 QSOs but he had three hours in the 20s: 22Z (24), 01Z (25) and 03Z (29).  Earl operated the entire contest period, and worked 94 unique multipliers and 53 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.  The first half of the contest was quite a horse race, with all three stations running similar rates and finding themselves only 41 QSOs apart at the half way point.  As darkness fell, NA8V slowly pulled away with generally better rates.  While N8SS appears to be falling behind, he's making most of his QSOs on CW for double points.  Regardless of the strategy being utilized, all three stations make consistent rates until the end of the contest.

Michigan QRP

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

N8M

(N8XX op.)

MUSK

228

103

37,080

 Michigan QRP Club

KT8K

WASH

220

97

36,957

 Mad River Radio Club (Mich)

W8CUB

(K2CUB op.)

BRAN

163

84

21,080

  

As in the high and low power categories, this year's Michigan QRP Single Op leader box showcases the same three operators as 2013.  But the op at the top was still the same, although running a different station and callsign: that is Hank Greeb, N8XX operating station N8M from a portable location in Muskegon county.  Hank's entry had band breakdowns of 61/120/46/1/0, with 58% emphasis on CW QSOs.  Hank missed a little more than two hours of operating time, operating only 9:41 of the contest.  Surprisingly, his best hour was his last full hour on the air (01) with 30 QSOs, all on 80M using a combination of phone and CW.  Even in his worst hour (21Z), he still made 15 QSOs.  Hank worked 74 unique multipliers and 41 Michigan counties.

Moving up from third place last year was this year's second place QRP single-operator, Tim, KT8K, operating from Washtenaw county.  Tim waged a very close battle with N8M that came down to the log-checking, with the two stations finishingd only 123 points apart; a difference of only 3.3!  Tim had band breakdowns of 67/119/32/2/0 with 73% of his QSOs on CW.  His best hour of the contest was the first (16Z) with 26 QSOs, and his worst was 20Z which still netted 18 QSOs.  Tim also left more than two hours of operating time on the table, operating only 9:11 of the contest.  Still, he managed to put 68 unique multipliers including 37 Michigan counties into his log.  With a little more time in the operating chair, he might have grabbed the top spot from N8M.

Swapping spots with KT8K from last year is the third place QRP single-operator, Scott, K2CUB, once again traveling from his home in NJ to operate from his summer house in Branch County as W8CUB.  Scott had band breakdowns of 63/88/12/0/0 with 60% of his QSOs on CW.  His best hour of the contest was 21Z with 28 QSOs, but was QRT for four hours of the contest.  Scott only operated 6:54 of the contest period.  He managed to put 61 unique multipliers including 38 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.  KT8K grabbed the early QSO lead over N8M and W8CUB, and held that lead until the 23Z hour when N8M gained a small lead. From that point, N8M had two good hours but then he and KT8K were mostly QRT for the last two hours.  After a period off the air, W8CUB put together three good hours to close the gap in the 00Z-02Z hours, but it was too little too late.

Non-Michigan Eastern/Central Region

Call

State

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

N4PN

GA

272

101

38,885

 Georgia Contest Group

K8RYU

OH

217

100

31,500

 Marietta Amateur Radio Club

K2DSW

IA

146

81

20,331

 

Reprising his 2012 & 2013 wins of the Eastern/Central region plaque is Paul Newberry, N4PN, again operating from his QTH in Georgia with a score that was down about 39% from last year.  Paul's breakdowns of 50/81/141/0/0, reflect the drop in mobile activity described elsewhere in this report.  Paul's best hour of the contest was the first (16Z) with 49 QSOs (a drop of only one QSO from 2013).  Paul was active during most of the  contest period (10:40).  He ran high power, had a slight preference for phone (58%) and worked 64 different Michigan counties.

Moving up from his third place finish in 2013 was Ralph, K8RYU from the neighboring state of Ohio.  His QSOs/band breakdowns were 58/155/4/0/0.  Being in Ohio, Ralph was just too close to Michigan to be able to take advantage of 20M.  Ralph's CW percentage was much lower than Paul's (45%), but his mults were almost split evenly between modes.  Ralph's best hour of the contest was the first, with 38 QSOs all on 40M using both modes.  He was active most of the entire contest period (11:24) running low power, and worked 60 different Michigan counties.

Operating from Iowa and grabbing third place was a station new to MiQP, that is Bob, K2DSW operating from Iowa.  Even though he was further away from Michigan than K8RYU, Bob only made one QSO on 20M.  The K2DSW band breakdowns were 39/103/1/0/0 with 76% CW and multipliers which also favored CW.  His best hour of the contest was the first (16Z) with 26 QSOs, and he operated a large portion of the contest period (10:46).  He ran high power and worked 57 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.  N4PN and K8RYU were very close for the first three hours, before Paul opened the gap a bit in the 19Z hour.  These two stations then ran similar rates for the next five hours before Paul again statred to pull away beginning in the 01Z hour.  K2DSW couldn't seem to match the rates of the other two stations, but it is remarkable how consistent his rates were for the entire contest

Non-Michigan Mountain/Pacific Region

Call

State

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

KØRI

CO

184

88

25,930

 

W7GKF

WA

116

74

14,356

 Radio Club of Redmond

WA6KHK

CA

115

72

13,608

 

Out west, we saw a swap of the top two stations from 2013.  This year, grabbing the top spot out west was Larry Waters, KØRI operating from Colorado.  Larry's band breakdowns were 33/49/100/0/0; compared to his 2013 entry, he was a little better on 80M, down a little on both 40M & 20M and found a couple of QSOs on 15M.  Despite the lower mobile activity this year, his final score dropped only 27% from 2013.  Larry's log slightly favors CW.  The best hour of the contest for KØRI was 16Z with 30 QSOs, but he made QSOs in every hour of the contest and only once did his rate drop into single digits.  Larry ran high power and worked 57 different Michigan counties during the contest.

In second place from the Western region we find the 2013 winner, Bill, W7GKF operating from Washington State.  Bill's band totals of 1/39/75/1 were limited by the two hours of operating time he left on the table.  Bill's hourly QSO rates exhibited an unusual operating pattern; his first two and last two hours of the contest were in double digits, while the intervening eight hours were all single digits.  Roughly 2/3 of Bill's QSOs and multipliers were on CW.  He was another who ran high power, and worked 48 different Michigan counties in his 9:58 of operating time.

Only 748 points behind W7GKF was the third place Mountain/Pacific region finisher, Frank, WA6KHK operating from California.  Frank's band breakdowns of 7/30/77/1 look a lot like Bill's; likewise for his hourly QSO rates: double digits for the first three and last three hours, and single digits in between.  In the end, WA6KHK trailed W7GKF by only a single QSO and two multipliers.  Frank was consistent with his other two competitors in preferring CW for roughly 2/3 of his QSOs and mults.  He spent 10:52 in the operating chair and worked 46 unique Michigan counties while running high power.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three western region single-ops as the contest ran on.  The mid-contest slow hours for W7GKF and WA6KHK can be clearly seen, as KØRI's determination to stay in the operating chair allowed him to widen his lead.  It is interesting to see that all three stations were running similar rates for the last three hours of the contest, while W7GKF and WA6KHK finished only one QSO apart.

DX Stations

Call

Ctry

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

DM5EE

DL

61

44

4,576

 Bavarian Contest Club 

I1EIS

I

36

31

1,953

 

OM2VL OM 8 7 112  

2014 was a tough year to be a DX station participating in MiQP.  Radio conditions were below average, and it is interesting to note that every QSO made by the top three DX stations were made on 20 meters!  The low turnout of mobile stations didn't help either.

Still, the DX single-op winner is a familiar operator behind an unfamiliar callsign.   Uli Ann, DM5EE formerly held the callsign DL2HBX and is no stranger to the MiQP DX Top Scores box.  He is also a former Michigander, where he holds the callsign KK8I and for many years competed in MiQP from within the state.  In 2014, he operated from his own station with a new tower and beam and hung in for a score of 4,576, which is only about 10% of his record-setting score from last year.  As mentioned previously, all of his QSOs were made on 20M, with about 3/4 on CW.   Most of his QSOs came in the 19Z-20Z period.  Uli operated the 5:57 of the contest period and he worked 36 different MI counties while running low power.

In second place single-op from the DX side was a station new to MiQP, that is Marco, I1EIS.  Like the other top DX stations, Marco made all of his QSOs on 20M, with 80% on CW. He only accumulated 4:48 of operating time, but even so he made QSOs in ten of the twelve hours of the contest period.  Marco was another station who ran low power, but still worked 27 different MI counties.  We welcome Marco to MiQP, and congratulate him on his score.  We hope he will come back in 2015, when radio conditions should (hopefully) be better and the contest will not be on the weekend of Easter, so activity should be better.

In third place was another previous DX winner and record holder: Laci, OM2VL. Laci was only able to give 1:14 of operating time to MiQP this year, all in the first two hours of the contest period.  Like the other top DX stations all of his QSOs were on 20M, and all were on CW.  He ran high power and worked 7 different Michigan counties.   We thank Laci for his participation in MiQP despite his limited schedule.

The graph above shows the progress made by the top three DX single-ops as the contest ran on.  With poor conditions and limited activity, the chart isn't very informative.  The best rates for DM5EE in 19Z/20Z are clearly seen, as is the slow, but steady progress of I1EIS.  OM2VL made his few QSOs early, then his rates flat-lined for the remainder of the contest.

MiQP Rookie Single-Op

There were no Michigan entries which signified Rookie status in the 2014 MiQP.

At this point, the Committee is not certain the MiQP Rookie Single-Op award will be back next year, as participation (and we presume, interest) has been very low which doesn't seem to be accomplishing our objective of increasing activity in the contest.  The Committee would welcome your comments as to whether there is enough interest to continue this 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, Greg, NA8V and Brian, N8TC each worked 54 counties in a tie for the most counties worked.  N8OL and N8SS were close behind, tied for 2nd best with 53 counties, while K8BZ, WA1UJU and WA8Y were tied for 3rd best with 50 counties each.  Only 7 Michigan single-ops (down from 30 last year) along with 4 multi-op stations (down from 21 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 8 fewer counties than last year, undoubtedly due to the reduced mobile activity.

Among the non-Michigan entries, Eastern/Central Region entries took two of the top three places in terms of counties worked, but this year a Western/Mountain managed to sneak into the 3RD place spot.  Paul, N4PN again worked the most counties with 64, followed by K8RYU with 60 for the 2nd best total and KØRI and K2DSW tied with 57 for 3rd best DM5EE led all DX entries with 36 counties followed by I1EIS with 27.  On average, non-Michigan entries worked six fewer counties this year vs. 2013.

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