2015 Michigan QSO Party

Emergency Operation Center Stations

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QSOs Mults Score







 Livonia ARC






 Branch County ARC






 Keweenaw County Repeater Assn

The Livonia ARC team at the Wayne County EOC, K8UNS made it two in a row after their win 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 this time were 56/367/56/22/0 with 53% on CW. Their best rate was 56 QSOs in the 01Z hour, but even their worst hour still provided 33 QSOs. The group worked 102 different multiplier entities along with 58 different Michigan counties.  They operated the entire contest period.

Although WD8KAF, the Branch County ARC has participated in MiQP previously, 2015 was their first year activating their EOC.  They had three operators (including our ARRL Section Manager Larry, WB8R) and were in the midst of a lot of the Cabinet County frenzy in southwest Michigan.  This group made all of its QSOs on phone on 40M and 20M.  They worked 84 unique multiplier entities including 54 different Michigan counties.  This group ran low power and were active for 6:53 of the contest period before going QRT early in the 00Z hour.  Their best hour of the contest was the first when they made 46 QSOs.

The third place EOC station was W8K, a special event callsign for the Keweenaw County ARC activating their EOC from the most remote and rare Michigan county for the first time.  A team of ten operators manned the station for 10:22 of the contest period, running low power and making all of their QSOs on 75M and 40M phone.  They worked 70 unique multiplier entities including 57 different Michigan counties.  Their best hour of the contest was 17Z when they made 33 QSOs on 40M phone.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three EOC stations as the contest ran on.  Like last year, K8UNS with their two stations took the early lead and never looked back, running remarkably steady rates for the entire contest.  WD8KAF hung close to 'UNS for the first three hours, but a slow hour at 21Z opened the gap.  W8K had a slow first hour, but then ran steady rates matching 'KAF before also having a slow 21Z hour (hmm...21Z is 5:00 PM local; perhaps both stations took time off for supper?)  After WD8KAF went QRT around 00Z, W8K kept at it to close the gap towards the end while K8UNS maintained their steady progress right up until the finish.

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