2016 Michigan QSO Party

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Just a few contacts. 40M never really opened, so I went QRT.  I have no contest software to enter number and county, so file was manually made - DL3DXX  Greetings from warm and sunny Florida - K3TW  Enjoyed my first MiQP contest; Great fun -  K4VBM  40M was great, possibly the best we've ever heard in MiQP, but 20M was terrible due to S9 band noise. Lost 45 minutes of operating time replacing bad coax switches - K8MQP  I have been told that running an off-center fed dipole is a lot like running QRP, so I decided to actually run QRP this year. I found SSB a little tough, but CW seemed about the same as low power.  Had fun and the weather was almost too nice for radio, even in northern Michigan - K8SIA  My antenna is the rain gutter and downspouts - K9GDF  Missed quite a few counties...they just didn't seem to be there...but, had fun anyway - KB8TYJ  80M Wire had 10:1 SWR - tried to repair without success - spent the whole night on 40M! See you next year - KB8ZGL  Good band conditions, lots of activity. Thanks to the many good ops for all the fun  - KE9V  Operated from the River Raisin Battlefield Park (BP04) - it was a bit cold but enjoyed my time there - KJ8O  Four simultaneous QSO parties greatly reduced my nap potential. Bands not the best, but I had fun - KN4Y  Only a part time effort due to other commitments, but happy to give a few folks the Wyoming multiplier when I was able - N7MZW  Two hours of operating, 37 counties, 56 multipliers total - N8HKU  First time entry in MiQP. It was good fun, but some very strange county names - N8MWK  New high for me in terms of counties and high power score. Thanks to everyone who participated - N8NJA  Running indoor antennas here - N8NQN  BARA decided to try a different setup this year. We wanted to try our hand at a 10 station multi-multi. A lot was learned during setup and operation. 73 to all who participated - N8OL  Operated from Omher Park just outside Maysville.  Got a late start and had to leave early. Glad we could get Tuscola county on the air; 73 - N8ZSA (+WF5X)  I had trouble with the logging program to start. That's why there are double 2s, 6s and 7s - N9QID   My first Michigan QSO Party, even though I've been a ham since 1978. I'm getting a late start on the HF bands. Good experience but a low score. Should I be a "rookie"?  - NA8B  (Yes indeed, Paul, you were scored that way -  welcome to MiQP - ed.)  My apologies to those stations calling me on 40CW that I could not copy. It seems I HAVE A "grow operation" in the neighborhood that is creating an S9+ noise level on 40 - NE8P  Why do you not allow DX-alerting nets like other QSO parties = more QSOs - VE2GT  (Michigan is a very rural state, and it was felt that many of its ops might not have access to the Internet 24/7 so it would be unfair, but the committee will look into this for the 2017 MiQP - ed.)  Rig was an FTDX5000 and Butternut HF6V all-band vertical.  I didn't do as well as last year, but it was an enjoyable time on the air - W1END   Good contest, but the weather was too nice and I think the number of contestants were down from last year because of that but still had fun and thanks to all - W8DW  Wish I could have operated longer than the couple of hours that I did. Hopefully, next year - W8EIR  Great fun from the Keweenaw County EOC - W8K  Great band condx! No noise and many stations. What fun! I worked some new counties, but missed some I worked in past years - W8LHP  This was our third year operating from LEEL - had a great time again.  We had plans of using a second radio this year, but did not get our act together early enough to test the system, so we just ran one rig at about 300 watts as we have done in the past. The operators were Bob (K2YAZ), Liz (KJ6RQU) and myself (Ryan, K6RQT). Our antennas were a Hexbeam at about 25 feet on the high bands and dipoles at 50 feet for the low bands. Thanks to everyone that came out and worked us, and to the organizers for putting on another great event this year - W8MMM  Thanks for a fun QSO party. Maybe next year I'll be able to do CW - W8MSC  First MiQP in a long time ~ had fun with the KX3 on QRP  - W8RP (K1ND, op.)  This year we were out to win back the "OL MICHIGAN LOG" plaque (see the photos page in the 2014 MiQP writeup - ed.) from our rivals in Ann Arbor @ W8UM. We had a visit from "MURPHY" right away as our Ten-Tec Orion transceiver decided to quit hearing.  Good thing that we had a backup rig.  We had a good time playing radio, eating pizza, and swapping ideas on station improvements. 73 - W8SH, MSU ARC  Fabulous weather cut into operating time - W8TM  Upgraded to General Class license at 11:30 Eastern Time the day of the MiQP.  Operated all weekend as  W9MCP/AG.  All QSOs made from home QTH using a single TS-570DG at 100W or less on 40M or 80M.  My first entry in any contest ever - W9MCP  First time ever in MiQP, so that makes me a rookie - W9RAS  Didn't pick the right bands/modes at the right times. Oh well, I still had fun - WA8Y  Thanks for sponsoring this event. I just didn't hear all that many Michigan stations, running 100W and an attic dipole - WB7CYO  Never turned on the linear, but my FT-1000 MP mark V is capable of 200 W, so entered the hi-power category - WB8WKQ  Another super event. Band condx were really good into Wisconsin. 40 and 80 were the money bands and the wx cooperated nicely. Thanks to all who work to put this contest together - WO9B
 


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