2016 Michigan QSO Party

Multi-Operator Stations

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Michigan Single Transmitter

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8MQP

LIVI

717

198

197,604

 Mad River Radio Club (Mich) 

W8MMM

LEEL

535

157

121,832

 Mad River Radio Club (Mich)

N8KV

OGEM

522

162

114,210

 Cherryland Amateur Radio Club

In 2016, the team at K8MQP operating from the QTH of W8MJ in Livingston county made it three wins in a row and four out of the last five years in the Michigan Multi-Operator/Single-Transmitter category with 197,604 points.  With their usual complement of three full-time and one part-time operators, they had band breakdowns of 148/513/46/10/0 that favored phone (61%). Their best rate came during the second hour of the contest with 90 QSOs on 40M SSB.  Their worst hour was 00z when they had to stop operating for 45 minutes to diagnose and replace two failed coax switches for their 80M antennas.  As a result, their operating time in the contest was only 11:14. K8MQP ran high power, had 65 band or mode changes and worked 75 different Michigan countries and 198 contest multipliers, to lead the contest in both metrics.

After finishing in second place last year in their second try at MiQP, the group at W8MMM operating from the QTH of well-known VHF/UHF contester K2YAZ in Leelanau county repeated again in 2016 with a score of 121,832 points.  Their plans to have a second rig QRV didn't work out - but still, with one rig, this group had band breakdowns of 177/234/123/1/0, with 55% phone QSOs and a best rate of 73 QSOs during the 19Z hour.  They operated 11:54 of the contest period while running high power and made 26 band or mode changes.  W8MMM worked 97 different multiplier entities including 51 different Michigan counties

The crew at N8KV operating portable from a cabin in Ogemaw county were the third place multi-operator/single-transmitter entry in 2016 with a score of 114,210 points.  This group had band breakdowns of 181/327/14/0/0, with 65% phone QSOs and a best hour for rate of  91 QSOs in the first hour of the contest.  They made 13 band or mode changes while working 64 different Michigan counties and 38 different non-Michigan entities and were active the entire contest period.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three Michigan multi-single entries as the contest ran on.  All three stations had good starts and ran similar rates for the first two hours.  K8MQP started to open a gap over the other two stations starting in the 20Z hour, while W8MMM and N8KV ran neck-and-neck for the entire contest and finished only thirteen QSOs apart.  The dip in the K8MQP rate at 00Z when they were QRT for 75% of the hour to fix their antenna switches can be clearly seen.

Michigan Multi Transmitter

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

KM8CC

KZOO

872

164

157,440

 Mall City Contest Group

N8LC

LAPE

648

172

154,284

 L'Anse Creuse Amateur Radio Club

N8OL BERR 649 165 124,245  Blossomland Amateur Radio Association

The winning Michigan Multi-Operator Multi-Transmitter station in 2016 was an unfamiliar callsign, KM8CC, with a score of 157,440 points from a group in Kalamazoo County in their first attempt at a MiQP multi-multi operation.  With a team of five operators, this group had band breakdowns of 245/417/210/0/0 with 90% on phone and a best hour for rate of 108 QSOs at 01Z, but they also had two additional hours with over 100 QSOs. The group ran high power with multiple rigs and operated the entire contest period, putting 67 different Michigan counties and 54 different non-Michigan geographic entities into their log.

Repeating in second place from 2015, it was N8LC from the L'Anse Creuse Amateur Radio Club, hot on the heels of KM8CC with a score of 154,284 points with another portable operation under their club callsign, once again from Lapeer County.  This group had six operators, with band breakdowns of 227/392/29/0/0 with 62% on phone with a best hour of the contest of 105 QSOs at 00Z.  N8LC must have taken note of the 2015 results, where their score was hindered a low of CW multiplier count.  This year, they improved in terms of CW QSOs and mults which kept them in the race with KM8CC despite lower QSO totals overall.  This group ran low power but operated the entire contest, while putting 69 different Michigan counties and 39 different non-Michigan geographic entities and into their log.

In third place was N8OL, with a score of 124,245 points from Berrien County, making their first attempt at a multi-operator/multi-transmitter entry in MiQP.  This team used multiple rigs and finished with band breakdowns of 118/300/230/0/0, with 84% on phone and a best hour of the contest at 21Z with 89 QSOs.  N8OL ran high power and operated the entire contest period.   They managed to put 61 different Michigan counties and 49 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.  It was a close race for most of the contest, with all three stations running similar rates until KM8CC pulled away in the last two hours.  But the graph doesn't tell the entire story, as  N8LC's higher percentage of CW QSOs and multipliers kept them in the race, finishing only 3,156 points behind KM8CC - a margin of only 2%!  Note also that N8LC and N8OL finished only one QSO apart!  What a horse race!.

Non-Michigan Multi Operator

Call

Loc

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

AD1C

(+ assistance)

CO

100

73

12,045

Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado 

The category for out-of-state multi-operator stations is not usually very popular, and in 2016 this showed as only one such entry was received.  Regardless, Jim Reisert, AD1C from out in Colorado used everything at his disposal and finished with a score of 12,045 points.  Jim operated 05:33 of the contest period, with band breakdowns of 0/13/87/0/0, perhaps reflecting his geographic location and the generally poor conditions out west during the MiQP weekend. 65% of the AD1C QSOs were on CW and Jim had a best hour of 25 QSOs in the first hour. He worked 55 different Michigan counties.  Jim's 31 band or mode changes in only 5-1/2 hours of operating time would seem to indicate that he worked the contest hard when he was at the radio.

The graph above shows the progress made by the only non-Michigan multi-op entry as the contest ran on.  Not a very interesting graph with only one score, but it can be seen that AD1C had pretty steady rates during the day, except around the middle of the contest when he took a break from 2033Z to 2152Z.  AD1C made his last QSO at 0050Z, which was perhaps a little early for Michigan-Colorado QSOs on 80M and why he had no QSOs on that band.

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