2016 Michigan QSO Party

Single-Operator Scores

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Michigan High Power

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score

 Club

NA8V

STCL

759

193

210,563

 Mad River Radio Club (Mich)

WB8WKQ

LAPE

765

186

182,652

 Utica-Shelby Emergency Communications Association

K8BZ

GLAD

723

180

180,180

 

After winning the single-operator/low-power category three years running, the purchase of a second-hand Raytrack linear amplifier allowed  Greg Chapoton, NA8V from St. Clair County to step up to the high power category and continue his winning ways, taking the top spot with a score of 210,563 points.  Greg's score is remarkable in that it is the highest score of any entry in the 2016 MiQP, regardless of category.  NA8V had band breakdowns of 205/458/96/0/0 with 56% on phone.  Greg got a quick jump out of the gate - his first two hours of the contest were both 91 QSOs, achieved primarily on 40 CW and phone.  But he also scored an excellent 87 QSOs later during the 22z hour.  The next hour, 23z, was his slow hour with 38 QSOs, but his last four hours were all in the 50s and 60s.  But NA8V excelled in more than just QSO rate.  Greg's 193 multipliers was the second highest total among all entries - trailing only the multi-operator/single-transmitter entry of K8MQP with 198.  He worked 114 different multiplier entities, including 66 Michigan counties.  Greg operated 11:53 of the contest and made 78 band or mode changes during his time on the air.

In second place in the single-operator/high power category we have another two-time low-power winner (and former MiQP Rookie of the year), and that is Jeff, WB8WKQ from Lapeer County with a score of 182,652 points. WB8WKQ finished only about 28K behind NA8V, and with band breakdowns of 172/441/152/0/0 actually finished with six more QSOs.  However, his QSO breakdown by mode of 72% phone netted him fewer QSO points and seven fewer multipliers than NA8V.  Not that Jeff was a multiplier slouch.  He worked the same number of Michigan counties as Greg (66) and five additional different overall multiplier entities; but didn't catch as many of those mults on both modes and so had a lower final  multiplier count.  WB8WKQ started the contest a little slower than NA8V, with 64 and 60 QSOs in the first two hours, but then got his mojo going in the third hour with 95 QSOs, mostly 40 phone with a little CW thrown in.  Jeff operated 11:56 of the contest and made 23 band changes in his time on the air.

The third place single-operator/high power station was the man who pretty much dominated this category for the past three years, and that's Steve, K8BZ from Gladwin County with 180,180 points.  K8BZ finished less than 2500 points behind WB8WKQ, and while his band breakdowns of 196/475/52/0/0 totaled fewer QSOs than Jeff, Steve's QSO breakdown by mode of 38% CW actually earned him more QSO points.  Still, it was the six extra multipliers worked by WB8WKQ proved to be the difference between second and third place.  Not that Steve was a multiplier slouch.  The 74 different counties worked by K8BZ was the second highest total among all entries - trailing only the multi-operator/single-transmitter entry of K8MQP with 75.  Steve also worked 120 different multiplier entities over all - one more than Jeff and six more than Greg.  Steve worked 76 QSOs in the first hour of the contest, but it was the second hour that he really got his rate groove on, with 117 QSOs - mostly on 40 phone but with a little CW on 40 and 20 thrown in  K8BZ was on the air for 11:49 of the contest and made 29 band or mode changes.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three high power single-ops as the contest ran on.  NA8V jumped out to the early QSO lead with a pair of 91 hours, while K8BZ started with a 76 hour, then followed it with his monster 117 hour which pulled him ahead just as the second hour ended and he held this lead until the midpoint of the contest.   WB8WKQ started a little more moderately (but not to say slow) with 64 and 60 hours, but stepped on the gas in the third hour with 95 QSOs to stay in touch with the other two.  22Z - 23Z was a crucial period in the contest; NA8V logged 125 QSOs during this period, WB8WKQ 134 and K8BZ 98.  This served to bunch the three competitors together so that they were only nine QSOs apart at 00Z.  For the last four hours of the contest, WB8WKQ had the best rates, totaling 240 QSOs, NA8V 230 QSOs and K8BZ 189 QSOs.  WB8WKQ won the QSO battle, but it was higher QSO points and multiplier counts which enabled NA8V to take the plaque.

Michigan Low Power

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

WA1UJU

HOUG

374

151

91,959

 

KG8CW

BENZ

485

118

59,000

 Bay Area DXers

W8DW

SAGI

285

119

54,502

 Saginaw Valley Amateur Radio Association

The winner of the Michigan single-operator/low-power category has competed in it many times, but this is the year that the stars aligned to reward his effort with the trophy.  We're referring to Glen Rantala, WA1UJU from way up north in Houghton County with 91,959 points.  The WA1UJU band breakdowns of 122/229/23/0/0 conceal the fact that in contrast to his closest competitor, Glen's made 63% of his QSOs on CW and actually scored more QSO points.  He also had a significant lead in multipliers, thanks to a better balance between CW & phone.  Glen's rates for the first two hours, 41 and 31 QSOs might seem moderate, but 75% were double-point CW QSOs on 40.  He made 41 QSOs in the 22z hour - and while the hour before and after were in the teens, he made a total of 130 QSOs in the final four hours of the contest.  Multiplier-wise he worked 101 different multipliers, including 64 Michigan counties.  WA1UJU operated 11:17 of the contest, and made 30 band or mode changes.

This year's second place singe-operator/low-power station is a familiar callsign, but from an unfamiliar place.  Mike, KG8CW worked many a MiQP while living in Lenawee County, occasionally portable from surrounding counties, or from multi-operator efforts at someone else's station.  But this is the first time we've seen an MiQP KG8CW effort from his new QTH in Benzie County, finishing with 59,000 points.  The KG8CW band breakdowns were 100/255/130/0/0, and his QSO breakdown by mode was 97% on phone.  Mike made 30% more QSOs than Glen, but had 18% fewer QSO Points.  Multiplier-wise KG8CW had a nice 104 multipliers on phone, but only 14 on CW for a total of 118 which was 33 behind WA1UJU.  Still, Mike worked 105 different multiplier entities, including 63 different Michigan counties.  He operated 10:57 of the contest and made only 9 band or mode changes.

Third place SOLP goes to a familiar call from past MiQPs who is making his first appearance in the leaders box, and that is Dave, W8DW from Saginaw County with 54,502 points.  The W8DW band breakdowns are 94/189/2/0/0 with 61% on CW .  W8DW had about 10% fewer QSO points than KG8CW, but with an extra multiplier, the race between second and third was close enough to be interesting.  Dave started out rather moderate with only 82 QSOs in the first four hours, but this included 1:15 of off time.  His best hour was 21z with 41 QSOs, but this was followed by a 7 QSO hour with 46 minutes of off time.  Multiplier-wise, Dave worked 83 different multiplier entities and 53 different Michigan counties; significantly lower numbers than KG8CW, but by working these multipliers more often on both modes, W8DW ended up with a contest multiplier one higher than KG8CW.  All of the off times accumulated so that W8DW was only on the air for 9:02, during which time he made 18 band or mode changes.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three low power single-ops as the contest ran on.  For the first three hours, WA1UJU and KG8CW were running neck and neck, then at 19z, KG8CW had a 76 QSO hour to pull into a QSO lead that he never relinquished.  WA1UJU ran pretty consistently for the entire contest while W8DW's off times caused him to fall behind early, but still kept a pretty consistent pace when he was on the air.  In the end, the result followed the same blueprint as the high power competition, where it's QSO points and multipliers which make the score, and this was what gave the trophy to WA1UJU.

Michigan QRP

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

KT8K

WASH

318

130

67,600

 Mad River Radio Club (Mich)

N8I

(N8XX op.)

SCHO

176

83

25,813

 Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association

K8SIA

IOSC

108

51

10,914

 Mad River Radio Club (Mich)

The top single-operator/QRP station for 2016, is the same station who was #1 in 2015, and that is Tim Prosser, KT8K, with 67,600 points operating from his home QTH in Washtenaw County   The KT8K band breakdowns were 91/208/18/0/1 with 64% CW.  Tim's best hour was 22Z with 53 QSOs, primarily 40M with a combination of CW and phone, while his worst hour was the second with only 8 QSOs due to some off time during the hour.  Multiplier-wise, Tim did pretty well, working 86 different multiplier entities including 54 Michigan counties.  He left a little operating time on the table, being on the air for 11:19 in the contest and made 20 band or mode changes.

In second place was an unfamiliar callsign operated by a familiar MiQP participant, and that was N8I from Schoolcraft County with 25,813 points, operated by Hank, N8XX, operating MiQP under his fourth different callsign in as many years.  Hank traveled from his home QTH in Kent County all the way to a remote cabin Schoolcraft County in the Upper Peninsula to activate the last Michigan county without a documented fixed station operation. The N8I band breakdowns were 80/77/19/0/0 with 77% CW. Hank's best hour was 20Z with 24 QSOs, followed by 02Z with 23 and 01Z with 22.  He had two hours in single digits, but each included off time.  N8I worked 65 unique multiplier entities, including 42 different Michigan counties.  Hank was active 11:19 of the contest (exactly the same as KT8K) and made 27 band or mode changes.

The third place single operator QRP station was K8SIA with 10,914 points. As he has in recent years, Jim operated from his vacation QTH in Iosco County, but this is the first time he's tried QRP from there. The K8SIA band breakdowns were 11/84/13/0/0 with 98% CW.  Jim's best hour was 19Z with 32 QSOs, and his worst hour was 17Z with only 3 QSOs, but off time was involved.  K8SIA worked 49 unique multipliers and 23 different counties.  Jim made 7 band or mode changes during his 4:44 on the air, but was QRT for the last six hours of the contest.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three QRP single-ops as the contest ran on.  KT8K grabbed the early QSO lead over K8SIA with N8I in third.  K8SIA and N8I matched rates for several hours while KT8K widened his lead. SIA went QRT at 22Z, while N8I kept at it until the end of the contest and opened a gap to take second place.

Non-Michigan Eastern/Central Region

Call

State

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

N2CU

NY

298 120

54,240

 North Coast Contesters

K8RYU

OH

249

111

41,514

 Marietta Amateur Radio Club

N4PN

GA

262

109

41,202

 Georgia Contest Group

Topping the field of non-Michigan Eastern/Central Region stations in 2016 is a station who is no stranger to the MiQP, but is making his first appearance in the top scores box, and that was Tom Williams, N2CU with a score of 54,240 points operating from New York.  The N2CU band breakdowns were 100/196/2/0/0 with an almost perfect balance between modes (52% on CW).  His best hour of the contest was the first with 56 QSOs, but he also had an hour of 40 QSOs later.  His slowest hour (and the only hour in single digits) was the last hour with 8 QSOs when he went QRT at 0332z.  Tom operated 10:59 of the contest period, making 79 band or mode changes while running low power and worked 73 different Michigan counties, the best county total of any non-Michigan station.

In second place is another station familiar to the Non-Michigan Eastern Region top scores box, and moving up from third place in 2015 was Ralph, K8RYU, with 41,514 points operating from the neighboring state of Ohio.  Ralph's second place finish is all the more impressive because he had zero QSOs above 40M (perhaps not surprising being so close to Michigan) - his band breakdowns were 60/189/0/0/0 with an almost perfect balance of CW to phone.  The K8RYU multiplier totals by mode were close as well, and Ralph worked 70 different Michigan counties.  K8RYU operated 11:29 of the contest while running low power, and made 64 band or mode changes.

It seems that the Non-Michigan Eastern Region Single-Operator top scores box always has a place for Paul, N4PN from Georgia, who finished in third place with 41,202 points, swapping places with K8RYU from 2015 in a really close battle (only 312 points apart, or 0.75%!).  The N4PN band breakdowns of 39/117/106/0/0 reveal how Paul's location favors 40M and 20M rather than 80M.  Paul's log is 56% phone, but his multipliers by mode are almost dead even.  His best hour of the contest was 01z with 40 QSOs on 40 using both modes.  Multiplier-wise he worked 69 different Michigan counties.  He was active for 9:58 of the contest period running high power, and made 62 band or mode changes.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three eastern region single-ops as the contest ran on.  It was quite a horse race for the first five hours with all three stations only nineteen QSOs apart at the end of the 20Z hour, before Tom opened the gap a bit in the 23Z hour and was never headed.  N4PN fell behind when he was QRT during the 22Z hour, while K8RYU ran consistent rates all the way to the end.  N4PN finished with three strong hours at the end to make up some ground to have the second best QSO total of the three stations.

Non-Michigan Mountain/Pacific Region

Call

State

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

KØRI

CO

198

105

32,550

  

W7GKF

WA

53

44

3,828

 Radio Club of Redmond

WC7Q

WA

39

24

1,872

 Western Washington DX Club

From the viewpoint of this writer from the operating chair at K8MQP, conditions out to the west on the higher bands (20/15/10) seemed really poor during the 2016 MiQP.  This can be seen in the scores of stations from the Mountain/Pacific states.  Notice the roughly 10:1 difference between the score of KØRI in Colorado (at the eastern edge of the Mountain/Pacific region) and W7GKF in Washington (at the western edge of the region), despite KØRI running low power while the Washington stations ran high power, despite W7GKF being a former category winner, which would seem to indicate that he has a good station and is a good operator who knows how to do well in MiQP.  In 2016, the ionosphere simply did not cooperate.  We want to thank the stations out west for getting on, providing multipliers and trying to make the best of the bad conditions.

As mentioned above, grabbing the top spot over the field of non-Michigan stations from the Mountain/Pacific region was Larry Lewis, KØRI with a score of 32,550 points operating from Colorado and a previous category winner.  The KØRI band breakdowns were 16/76/106/0/0, 57% on CW.  His best hour of the contest was the first hour with 27 QSOs.  He made it into the 20s in two other hours with two hours in single digits and the rest in the teens.  Larry worked 66 different Michigan counties, a very good total from out west.  KØRI was active for 11:29 of the contest, while running low power and making 71 band or mode changes.

In second place from the Mountain/Pacific region we find a previous category winner, and that is Bill, W7GKF with 3,828 points operating from Washington State.  Bill's band totals of 0/5/47/1/0 reflect the poor conditions and limited operating time.  Bill's made QSOs during six of the twelve hours of the contest - his rates in half of those hours were in single digits, and the rest in the teens.  Roughly 2/3 of Bill's QSOs and multipliers were on CW.  He was another who ran low power, and worked 33 different Michigan counties.  W7GKF was only on the air for 3:18 of the contest, and made 19 band or mode changes.

In third place from the Mountain/Pacific region we find another station from Washington State, and that is Sam, WC7Q with 1,872 points making his first appearance in the top scores box.  Sam's band breakdowns were 7/17/15/0/0, 100% on CW.  WC7Q was only on the air for 02:03 of the contest, but Sam made QSOs during six of the twelve hours of the contest.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three western region single-ops as the contest ran on.  The poor conditions out to the west appears to have prevented a fair race as KØRI jumped out to an early lead and was able to maintain steady rates for the entire contest.  Most of W7GKF's QSOs came in the first five hours and were at rates much slower than KØRI.  W7GKF went QRT around 2100 until he got back on and logged 5 QSOs in the 01Z hour. WC7Q made his first QSO at 1826Z and made QSOs in five of the remaining nine hours of the contest.  The band conditions and KØRI's determination to stay in the operating chair despite the poor conditions allowed him to grab the plaque.

DX Stations

Call

Ctry

QSOs Mults Score

Pwr

 Club

DM5EE

DL

61

45

5,085

C

 Bavarian Contest Club  

DL3DXX DL 50 39 3,900 C  Bavarian Contest Club 
DK2OY DL 31 25 1,400 C  Bavarian Contest Club 

Although perhaps better than 2015, 2016 was again a tough year to be a DX station participating in MiQP.  40M was reported to be very poor, and none of the stations worked more than a handful of Michigan QSOs on that band; isolating them from much of the mobile activity  It is interesting to note that all three of the DX logs received came from Germany - perhaps a coordinated effort to make a dent in the MiQP club competition for the Bavarian Contest Club? :-)

So, the single-operator DX station in the 2016 MiQP was former Michigan resident (and category winner) Uli Ann, DM5EE (formerly DL2HBX), with a score of 5,085 points, operating as a high power entry from Germany.  Uli's score was made mostly on 20M, with a few QSOs on 40M and he even worked one Michigan station (NA8V) at 0206Z on 80CW for his final QSO.  Uli's log was 85% CW - he operated 05:14 of the contest period, but made QSOs in nine of the twelve hours of the contest.  DM5EE worked 41 different Michigan counties while running high power and had 14 band or mode changes.

The second place single-operator DX station was a familiar callsign Michigan stations have worked many times in previous MiQPs, and that is Dietmar, DL3DXX with a score of 3,900 points, also from Germany.  Dietmar made all but two of his QSOs on 20M (the other two on 40M) and all were on CW.  He ran high power, and was on the air for 05:54, but made QSOs in seven of the twelve hours of the contest with his last QSO at 2335Z.  DL3DXX worked 39 different Michigan counties and made only one band change.

The third place single-operator DX station was another familiar callsign from many previous MiQPs, and that is Manfred, DK2OY with a score of 1,400 points, also from Germany.  Manfred made all but one of his QSOs on 20M (the other being an 80M QSO with NA8V at 0146Z for his last QSO) and 81% were on CW.  Dietmar ran high power, and was on the air for 03:51 and made QSOs in five of the twelve hours of the contest.  DK2OY worked 23 different Michigan counties and made 7 band or mode changes.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three DX single-ops as the contest ran on.  After starting with similar rates, DM5EE opens a gap between himself and the other two stations who are pretty much running neck-and- neck.  With 40M unproductive, DK2OY pulls the big switch at 1956Z and both DM5EE and DL3DXX were QRT late in the 23Z hour.   Both DK2OY and DM5EE would come back later towards the end of the 01Z hour and each make one more QSO, both on 80M NA8V. Does anybody have any ideas how to seed the ionosphere for MiQP weekend and create some better conditions for our DX colleagues so they can make more Michigan QSOs?

Michigan Rookie Single-Op

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score Pwr

 Club

W1WOW ®

GRTR

360

78

28,080

C

  Cherryland Amateur Radio Club

KE8DEM ®

MASO

230

70

16,100

B

 

NE8P ®

GENE

100

63

10,395

C

 

(Note: ® denotes Michigan Single-Op Rookie entries)

The top Michigan Rookie Single-Op is not an MiQP category, but rather is an award initiated in 2007 intended to recognize Michigan single-op entries who are participating in MiQP for their first time.  Interest in this award has been somewhat hit-or-miss, and in two years (2008 & 2014) there were no participants claiming rookie status at all.  After it was announced in 2015 that the MiQP committee was considering discontinuing this award, fifteen rookie stations participated last year.  This year, there were eight rookie entries in the MiQP; a good group, showing that the award is accomplishing its purpose and is worth continuing.

For 2016, the top Michigan Rookie Single-Op was Jason Hulet, W1WOW  with 28,080 points operating from Grand Traverse county.  Jason originally planned to do a multi-op effort with another ham, but when those plans didn't work out, he went it alone and captured the plaque for Top Michigan Rookie.  His band breakdowns were 18/167/175, all on phone.  His best hour for rate was 23Z with 63 QSOs and his worst was the last hour with 9 QSOs, when he went QRT 18 minutes early.  Still, Jason operated 11:03 of the contest period, and made nine band changes while running high power, working 78 different multiplier entities and 29 different Michigan counties.

Jon, KE8DEM from often-rare Mason county finished as the second place Michigan Rookie Single-Operator with 16,100 points.  KE8DEM had band breakdowns of 72/143/15/0/0, all on phone.  He worked 70 different multiplier entities and 54 different Michigan counties.  Jon's best hour of the contest was 37 QSOs in the 20Z hour.  He went QRT a little early at 0150Z, but still worked 08:31 of the contest.  KE8DEM ran low power and made only four band changes during the contest.  Mike, NE8P from Genesee county finished third with 10,395 points, following an interesting strategy - all of his QSOs were on 40M (65% CW) and he made only one mode change during the contest.  He started on 40 SSB with his first QSO at 1938Z, then switched to 40 CW at 0000Z and stayed there until his last QSO at 0116Z.  He must have spent the weekend sharing time between MiQP and other activities; his log shows QSOs in five hours of the contest, yet he only accumulated around 02:32 in operating time.  Still, while running high power, NE8P managed to work 28 Michigan counties and 52 unique multiplier regions.

The graph above shows the progress made by the top three Michigan Rookie Single-Ops as the contest ran on.  The graph clearly shows how the different operating strategies employed by the three stations impacted their progress.  W1WOW and KE8DEM ran side-by-side for the first seven hours of the contest, and while DEM continued to run consistent rates on 75M phone in the 00Z hour, W1WOW had better success on 40M phone and opened up his lead a bit.  NE8P got a late start, almost 4 hours behind his two competitors, and his occasional off times put him further and further behind.  He had his best hour at 00Z with 54 QSOs on 40 CW; slightly over half of all his QSOs. KE8DEM and NE8P were done by 0100Z while W1WOW soldiered on until the end, adding 46 more QSOs in the last two hours and winning the plaque.

Let's hope that the Top Michigan Rookie Single-Op award continues to attract interest and bring new hams to the MiQP.  If we continue to see reasonable levels of interest and competition from the Michigan Rookies, we'll continue the award.

Most MI Counties Worked

The MiQP Most Counties Worked competition is intended to offer recognition for those single operators who like to focus on “working them all”.  There are separate competitions for in-state and out-of-state entries.

Among Michigan single-operators, Steve, K8BZ led the way for the most counties worked with 74.  N8SBE was 2nd with 67, and N8NJA was  3rd with 66.  28 Michigan single-ops (down slightly from 30 last year) along with 15 Michigan multi-op stations (down from 21 last year) were able to work 50 or more different Michigan counties this year.  As noted on the lead page, Michigan entries overall worked 2.2 fewer counties on average than last year.

Among the non-Michigan entries, just as in 2015, the top three Eastern/Central Region entries led the out-of-state contingent in terms of counties worked.  Tom, N2CU worked 73 counties, followed by K8RYU with 70 and N4PN with 69.  The Mountain/Pacific Region leader, KØRI was fourth with 66 counties.  Former Michigander Uli, DM5EE showed what could be done from the DX side with 41 counties.  Non-Michigan entries on average worked 0.9 more counties this year vs. 2015.

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