2015 Michigan QSO Party

Mobile Stations

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MiQP mobile operations recovered nicely in 2015 after a scarcity of such operations last year.  A total of seven mobiles passed out QSOs from 56 different counties during MiQP, which in many case represented the only operation from that county.  All MiQPers are thankful for those who jumped into their mobiles and provided QSOs and county multipliers for the rest of us to work.

Mobile Solo Operator

Call

Ctys

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

W8CAR/m

11

451

96

81,504

North Coast Contesters 

W8UE/m

15

392 86

65,016

 
AE8M/m

6

327 112 61,936  
 

The winning Michigan Mobile Solo Operator entry in 2015 came from Dan Kovatch, W8CAR (great mobile callsign, huh?) who drove up to Michigan from his home QTH near Sandusky, OH to mobile through eleven counties in the southern part of the lower peninsula, starting in VANB and finishing in MONR.     Five of Dan's eleven counties were "Cabinet Counties".   His band breakdowns were 71/312/68/0/0 with a CW/Ph mix of 88%/12% and a best hourly rate of 57 at 00Z.  He worked 40 different Michigan counties and 35 different non-Michigan entities.  W8CAR made QSOs in all twelve hours of the contest, but the MiQP log checking computer tallied only 9:04 of operating time for him.  For a solo-op mobile entry, most of the missing time is spent driving between counties

The second place mobile solo operator entry, was that of Ted, W8UE/m who mounted a mobile excursion through fifteen counties in SE Michigan, starting in LIVI and finishing in LAPE.    Four of Ted's fifteen counties were "Cabinet Counties".  His band breakdowns were 0/289/103/0/0 with a CW/Ph mix of 93%/7% and a best hourly rate of 56 at 21Z.  He worked 35 different Michigan counties and 38 different non-Michigan entities.  W8UE made QSOs in all twelve hours of the contest, and the MiQP log checking computer shows 11:20 of operating time for him, so he was the most efficient of his competition in terms to the use of his operating time.

The third place mobile solo operator entry, was that of John, AE8M/m who drove up to Michigan from his home QTH in Cincinnati, OH to mobile through six counties in the southwestern part of the lower peninsula, starting in MANI and finishing in OTTA.  His band breakdowns were 61/145/121/0/0 with a CW/Ph mix of 69%/31% and a best hourly rate of 44 at 22Z.  He worked 37 different Michigan counties and 41 different non-Michigan entities.  AE8M made QSOs in all twelve hours of the contest, but the MiQP log checking computer tallied only 8:09 of operating time for him.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the three mobile single-operator entries as the contest ran on.  The competition was really close for the first four hours, before W8UE/m grabbed the lead at the end of 21Z.  But even then, all three ops were only 36 QSOs apart.  W8CAR/m pulled ahead during the 00Z as darkness fell and Dan could use 80M while Ted didn't have it.  AE8M only made 2 QSOs in the 23Z hour which caused him to fall behind, but then he must have caught a second wind a kept face fo the next three hours.  W8CAR finished strong, with 52 QSOs using a combination of 80M and 40M CW, while W8UE could only muster 17 QSOs (using a combination of CW & phone on 40M) and AE8M could only find 7 (CW and phone on 80M, plus 39 minutes of off time).

Mobile Multi Operator

Call

Ctys

QSOs Mults Score

Operators

 Club

KK9K/m

14

632 152 156,342  NE9U, KK9K, N9BCA  CWRA

K8IR/m

22

537

89

91,670

 K8IR, KG9GH  Menominee & Marinette ARC

W8RU/m

3

42

27

1,566

 W8RU, KC8VGG

 Mad River RC (Mich)

The winning multi-operator mobile entry came from a familiar team with a less-familiar callsign: that was KK9K/m, operated by Scott Jasper, NE9U, Ron Feutz, KK9K and Art Wysocki, N9BCA.  Starting out from Scott's home QTH in northern Wisconsin, they ventured forth into the wilds of Michigan's Upper Penninsula starting in IRON and winding their way through 14 counties (many difficult to find) along their route that ended up in GOGE, before heading home.  The KK9K/m team had breakdowns of 58/421/149/3/0 with 74% of their QSOs on CW and a best hourly rate of 78 in the 20Z hour.  Being a multi-operator mobile, they didn't lose operating time traveling between counties, and worked 55 different Michigan counties and 37 different non-Michigan geographic entities.

In second place was K8IR/m, operated by Jim Callow, K8IR and Eric Janssen, KG9GH, starting out in ANTR and covering 22 counties across the northern and central portions of the Lower Peninsula before finishing in ROSC.  The K8IR/m team had breakdowns of 83/267/186/0/0 with 92% of their QSOs on CW and a best rate of 70 QSOs during the 21Z hour.  Unfortunately, they got off to a slow start with only 100 QSOs in the first three hours combined, but then they found their groove and things picked up.  Their log shows 11:25 of operating time, so somehow they lost 35 minutes along the way.  They worked 32 different Michigan counties and 38 non-Michigan geographic entities.

In third place was the W8RU/m entry operated by Ron, W8RU and Bill, KC8VGG (this team having operated under the W8ZZ callsign in previous years.  Their plan to activate 9 counties across the middle portion of the Lower Peninsula was cut short when Ron fell ill in county #3 and the team had to return home early.  Still, they were able to give out 42 QSOs from three counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the three mobile multi-operator entries as the contest ran on.  Both KK9K/m and K8IR/m had similar starts, but then KK9K began to distance themselves in the 19Z and 20Z hours.  But after that point, both startions were running similar, consistent rates.  The graph for W8RU/m clearly illustrates their early QRT from the contest after one of their operators fell ill.

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