2015 Michigan QSO Party

Multi-Operator Stations

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Michigan Single Transmitter

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8MQP

LIVI

839

201

223,914

 Mad River RC (Mich) 

W8MMM

LEEL

589

176

151,888

 Cherryland ARC

NF8M

ISAB

301

128

57,600

 Michigan State University ARC

The team at K8MQP operating from the QTH of W8MJ in Livingston county repeated their wins in 2012 and 2014 to land at the top of the Michigan Multi-Operator, Single-Transmitter field.  With three full-time and one part-time operators, they had band breakdowns of 106/515/178/35/5 that favored phone (67%) with a best rate of 104 QSOs on 40M SSB during the first hour.  They operated the entire contest while running high power and worked 70 different Michigan countries and 53 different non-Michigan geographic entities.

After finishing in third place last year in their first try at MiQP, the group at 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 189/281/108/0/0, with a very close CW/SSB QSO balance of 47%/53% and a best rate of 70 QSOs during the 01Z hour.  They operated the entire contest period while running high power and worked 65 Different Michigan counties and 47 non-Michigan geographic entities.

With yet another second place finish, that's three in a row for the operators at NF8M operating portable from Isabella county.  NF8M had band breakdowns of 53/230/15/3/0, with an almost even ratio of CW to phone QSOs (50%/50%) and a best hour for rate of  61 QSOs at 00Z .  NF8M only had 9:10 of contest operating time. They ran low power while working 57 different Michigan counties and 29 different non-Michigan entities.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three multi-single entries as the contest ran on.  Both K8MQP and W8MMM had good starts and ran similar rates for the first three hours.  Both stations ran consistent rates for the rest of the contest, but K8MQP was faster and gradually pulled away.  NF8M had a slower start and ran slower rates, not unexpected due to their low power and portable station setup.  They also missed a significant amount of operating time in the 19Z, 22Z and 23Z hours, and went QRT early at 0216Z

Michigan Multi Transmitter

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

KA8O

OAKL

1002

213

276,261

 

N8LC

LAPE

581

169

136,045

 L'Anse Creuse ARC

W8UM WASH 631 153 116,739  University of Michigan ARC

The winning Michigan Multi-Operator Multi-Transmitter station in 2014 was KA8O, in their first attempt at a MiQP multi-multi operation from the QTH of K8PGJ in suburban Oakland County.  With a team of six operators, this group had band breakdowns of 164/491/221/119/6 with 70% on phone and a best hour for rate of 122 QSOs at 22Z. The group ran low power with multiple rigs and operated the entire contest period, putting 70 different Michigan counties and 55 different non-Michigan geographic entities into their log.

In second place was the category winner from 2013, and that's N8LC, from the L'Anse Creuse Amateur Radio Club with another portable operation under their club callsign, once again from Lapeer County.  This group had five operators, with band breakdowns of 151/402/26/2/0 with 61% on SSB with a best hour of the contest of 94 QSOs at 02Z.  While they had a good phone multiplier count, their low QSO count on CW put them behind in multipliers as well.  This group ran low power and but only had 10:20 of operating time, while putting 66 different Michigan counties and 42 different non-Michigan geographic entities and into their log.

In third place was W8UM, from the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club, operating from their Ann Arbor club station in Washtenaw County.  This team of five operators used multiple rigs and finished with band breakdowns of 66/367/165/19/11, with 79% on phone and a best hour of the contest at 01Z with 83 QSOs.  W8UM ran low power and operated the entire contest period.   They managed to put 59 different Michigan counties and 52 different non-Michigan geographic entities into their log.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three multi-multi entries as the contest ran on.  KA8O and W8UM had similar first hours, but although W8UM ran consistent rates, was faster and gradually pulled away.  W8UM had a slow hour at 23Z with only 22 QSOs, which KA8O matched with 86 QSOs.  N8LC had the slowest start of the three stations, generally slower but consistent rates, except for 22Z when they only had 20 QSOs.  But a higher multiplier count and a higher percentage of CW QSOs helped them to beat W8UM for second place despite having fewer QSOs.

Non-Michigan Multi Operator

Call

Loc

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K2DSW

(+ assistance)

IA

141

77

19,019

 

K9NW

(+assistance)

IN

90

55

9,570

 Mad River RC (non-Mich)

WA6KHK

(+ assistance)

CA

94

57

8,607

 

The category for out-of-state multi-operator stations is not usually very popular, but this year fifteen stations chose to turn on their packet or Internet for assistance and did MiQP their way.  In 2015, this category was led by Bob Panek, K2DSW operating from Iowa.  Bob operated 9:49 of the contest period, with band breakdowns of 42/96/0/0/0 with 76% on CW and a best hour of 19 QSOs at 01Z. He worked 58 different Michigan counties. In second place was Mike, K9NW from Ohio, who spent 5:00 in the operating chair, with band breakdowns of 23/67/0/0/0 and a best hour of 14 QSOs at 23Z.  He worked 49 different Michigan counties. In third place was a West Coaster,  Frank, WA6KHK operating from California.  Bob spent 9:34 behind his radio, with band breakdowns of 0/27/62/5/0 and a best hour of 15 QSOs at 03Z.  He worked 44 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by the three non-Michigan multi-op entries as the contest ran on.  For these entries, success is largely dependent on the Michigan stations they can find and that can be strongly related to their location in relation to Michigan.  In this case, perhaps it was a situation not unlike Goldilocks' porridge.  K9NW in Ohio was too close to Michigan, WA6KHK in California was too far away, but K2DSW in Iowa was just right. although it is surprising that he had no QSOs on 20M.  K2DSW finished with the most QSOs and had the most multipliers; a formula almost guaranteed to earn a win.

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