2016 Michigan QSO Party

Emergency Operation Center Stations

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Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8UNS

WAYN

492

163

124,043

 Livonia Amateur Radio Club

W8K

KEWE

174

76

13,224

 Keweenaw County Repeater Association

WD8KAF

BRAN

120

76

10,868

 Branch County Amateur Radio Club

With a score of 124,043 points, the Livonia ARC team at the Wayne County EOC K8UNS made it three in a row in 2016 after their win among Emergency Operation Center stations in 2014 and 2015.  This group had only six operators this time, and ran low power with two stations.  Their breakdowns this time were 129/328/20/15/0 with 55% on CW. Their best rate was 69 QSOs in the 00Z hour, but even their worst hour still provided 19 QSOs. The group worked 104 different multiplier entities along with 63 different Michigan counties.  They operated the entire contest period.

Moving up to second place from third place in 2015 with 13,224 points was W8K, the Keweenaw County Repeater Association activating their EOC from the most remote and rare Michigan county for the second time.  Eleven operators manned the station for 9:12 of the contest period, running low power with band breakdowns of 29/124/21/0/0; making all of their QSOs on phone.  They worked 76 unique multiplier entities including 51 different Michigan counties.  Their best hour of the contest was 22Z when they made 37 QSOs on 40M phone and 2 on 20M phone as well. This group went QRT at 0156Z.

Swapping places with W8K from 2015 to finish third this year was WD8KAF, the Branch County ARC, another group activating their EOC for the second time and scoring 10,860 points.  They had six operators (once again, including our ARRL Section Manager Larry, WB8R).  The WD8KAF band breakdowns were 2/103/14/1/0 with 81% of their QSOs on phone.  They worked 62 unique multiplier entities including 42 different Michigan counties.  This group ran low power and were active for 5:16 of the contest period before going QRT at 2315Z.  Like W8K, WD8KAF had their best hour of the contest at 22Z when they made 32 QSOs on 40 phone with one additional QSO on 75M phone.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three EOC stations as the contest ran on.  One again, K8UNS with their two stations took the early lead and never looked back, running remarkably steady rates for the entire contest.  W8K and WD8KAF ran neck-and-neck for the first half of the contest and were only 11 QSOs apart as late as the end of the 22Z hour. WD8KAF went QRT a short while later, while W8K kept at it for another 02:45 to solidify their second place finish while K8UNS kept making QSOs up until the end of the contest to finish just short of the 500 QSO mark.

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