2017 Michigan QSO Party

Emergency Operation Center Stations

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Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8UNS

WAYN

185

70

22,470

 Livonia Amateur Radio Club

AG8CU

ALLE

40

23

920

 

W8K

KEWE

31

21

651

 Keweenaw County Repeater Association

With a score of 22,470 points, the Livonia ARC team at the Wayne County EOC K8UNS made it four in a row in 2017 after their win among Emergency Operation Center stations in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  With eleven operators this time, they ran high power with two stations.  Their breakdowns this time were 29/128/28/0/0 with 74% on CW. Their best rate was 40 QSOs in the 00Z hour, but they were QRT during the 01Z and 03Z hours. The group worked 53 different multiplier entities along with 18 different Michigan counties.  They operated 07:40 of the contest.

Jumping in to grab second place with 920 points was AG8CY, the EOC from Allegan County.  Jim, AB8SF manned the station by himself for 4:10 of the contest period, running high power with band breakdowns of 17/23/0/0/0; making all of his QSOs on phone.  He worked 23 unique multiplier entities including 13 different Michigan counties.  Jim's best hour of the contest was 18Z when he made 23 QSOs on 40M phone and 2 on 20M phone as well. AG8CU went QRT at 2201Z.

Slipping to third place after finishing second in  2016 was W8K, the Keweenaw County Repeater Association, activating their EOC from the most remote and rare Michigan county for the third time scoring 651 points.  Their had eleven operators had band breakdowns of 16/15/0/0/0 with all of their QSOs on phone.  They worked 21 unique multiplier entities, of which 20 were different Michigan counties.  This group ran low power but was only active for 2:31 of the contest period before going QRT at 0103.  Their best hour of the contest at 00Z when they made 15 QSOs

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 before making only two QSOs in the last four hours of the contest.  AG8CU and W8K ran neck-and-neck for the first three hours before W8K took an extended off time during the middle hours of the contest. After AG8CU went QRT in the 22Z hour, W8K came back on in the 00Z to make more QSOs for a couple hours to narrow the gap to AG8CU to only 9 QSOs at the end.

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