2016 Michigan QSO Party

Mobile Stations

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Mobile Solo Operator

Call

Ctys

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

AE8M/m

6

353

102

65,892

North Coast Contesters 

W8UE/m

12

265 76

39,064

 
NB8F/m

4

74 42 3,108  
 

The winning Michigan Mobile Solo-Operator entry in 2016 came from John Buchert, AE8M/m with a score of 65,892 points, moving up from third place in 2015.  John once again drove up to Michigan from his home QTH in Cincinnati, OH to mobile through six counties in the south-western part of the lower peninsula, starting in MANI and finishing in ALLE.   The AE8M/m band breakdowns were 46/226/81/0/0 with 83% CW and a best hourly rate of 50 QSOs in the 20Z hour.  John worked 42 different Michigan counties and 35 different non-Michigan entities.  AE8M/m made QSOs in all twelve hours of the contest, but the MiQP log checking computer tallied only 8:13 of operating time for him.  For a solo-op mobile entry, most of the missing time is spent driving between counties, but John also went QRT early at 0302Z.

Repeating from 2015 as the second place mobile solo-operator entry was Ted, W8UE/m with 39,064 points who mounted a mobile excursion through twelve counties in SE Michigan, starting in HURO and finishing in INGH.  The W8UE/m band breakdowns were 16/201/48/0/0 with 94% CW.  His best hourly rate of 41 QSOs in two different hours: 21Z and 00Z.  Ted worked 29 different Michigan counties and 36 different non-Michigan entities.  W8UE/m made QSOs in all twelve hours of the contest, and the MiQP log checking computer shows he had 11:42 of operating time, so once again Ted was the most efficient of his competition in terms of the use of his operating time.

The third place mobile solo operator entry, was that of Andrew, NB8F/m with 3,108 points, making his first MiQP mobile operation, activating four counties.  Andrew lives in Howell, MI in LIVI county, so at least he didn't have to travel into the state.  He chose to start his mobile trek in GLAD and finished in CLAR, providing multipliers and QSOs to a bunch of happy MiQPers.  All of Andrew's QSOs were on phone, with 2 on 20M and the remainder on 40M.  Most of his hourly QSO rates were in the teens, and he worked 37 different Michigan counties and 5 different non-Michigan entities.  NB8F/m went QRT at 2324Z, and the MiQP log checking computer tallied 05:17 of operating time for him.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three mobile single-operator entries as the contest ran on.  AE8M/m and W8UE/m were really close for the first four hours; only 15 QSOs apart at the end of the 19Z hour.  NB8F/m was running slower, but consistent rates during this time.  In the 20Z hour, AE8M was able to open up a bit of a lead as he jumped back and forth between CW and phone on 20M & 40M, all from OCEA, while Ted was doing the same thing using 40M only from BAY.  Meanwhile, NB8F/m kept up his consistent rates until he went QRT at 2324Z.  For the remainder of the contest AE8M/m and W8UE/m ran similar rates before John was able to add a little to his lead in the 01Z and 02Z hours.  But he went QRT at 0302Z while Ted kept at it until the end, allowing him to close the gap a little.

Mobile Multi Operator

Call

Ctys

QSOs Mults Score

Operators

 Club

NE9U/m

14

619 137 149,056  NE9U, KK9K, N9BCA  Minnesota Wireless Association

K8IR/m

25

673

98

126,616

 K8IR, KG9GH  Menominee & Marinette ARC

There were only two Michigan Mobile Multi-Operator entries in 2016, but this didn't stop the two familiar competitors from putting on a pretty good battle with different methods and strategies.

The winning multi-operator mobile entry came from the winning team from 2015, who reverted back to their more-usual callsign: that was NE9U/m, operated by Scott Jasper, NE9U, Ron Feutz, KK9K and Art Wysocki, N9BCA.  Starting out from Scott's vacation cabin in northern Wisconsin, they ventured forth into the wilds of Michigan's Upper Penninsula starting in DICK and winding their way through 14 counties (many difficult to find) along their route that ended up in IRON, before heading home.  This team had band breakdowns of 80/406/133/0/0 with 76% of their QSOs on CW and a best hourly rate of 66 in the 20Z hour.  Being a multi-operator mobile, they didn't lose operating time traveling between counties, and worked 46 different Michigan counties and 45 different non-Michigan geographic entities while making 51 band or mode changes during the contest.

Repeating their second place from 2015 was K8IR/m, operated by Jim Callow, K8IR and Eric Janssen, KG9GH, with a score of 126,616 points.  They started out in PRES and covered 25 counties across the northern and central portions of the Lower Peninsula before crossing back over the Mackinac Bridge to the UP and finishing in LUCE.  The K8IR/m team had band breakdowns of 102/359/211/0/0 with 92% of their QSOs on CW and a best rate of 69 QSOs during both the 20Z and 21Z hours.  Whatever happened in 2015 when they only had 100 QSO in the first three hours combined, they got it fixed as they had 159 QSOs this time.  Their log shows 11:28 of operating time, about the same as 2015.  They worked 36 different Michigan counties and 41 non-Michigan geographic entities while making an amazing 77 band or mode changes during the contest.

The graph above shows the progress made by the two mobile multi-operator entries as the contest ran on.  Both stations ran neck-and-neck for the first five hours, and were only 15 QSOs apart at the end of the 20Z hour.  K8IR/m was able to pull widen their QSO lead in the 21Z hour, and from then on the two stations again had very similar rates all the way to the end.  But again, this chart doesn't tell the entire story score-wise.  Despite K8IR/m having a significantly higher percentage of CW QSOs, NE9U/m's significantly higher multiplier total was the difference and they won the plaque for the category.

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