2017 Michigan QSO Party

Multi-Operator Stations

Back to 2017 MiQP Main Page


Michigan Single Transmitter

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8MQP

LIVI

761

167

170,173

 Mad River Radio Club (Mich) 

W8MMM

LEEL

389

137

84,529

 Mad River Radio Club (Mich)

N8KV

BENZ

295

125

54,750

 Cherryland Amateur Radio Club

In 2017, the team at K8MQP operating from the QTH of W8MJ in Livingston county made it four wins in a row and five out of the last six years in the Michigan Multi-Operator/Single-Transmitter category with 170,173 points.  With three full-time and two part-time operators, they had band breakdowns of 232/278/251/0/0 that favored phone (66%). Their best rate came during the third hour of the contest with 110 QSOs on 20M SSB, mostly working new hams.  This activity on 20 SSB was in stark contrast to 20CW where activity was sparse and netted only 48 QSOs.  Their worst hour was the last hour on 00z when activity was then on 80M/75M and they ran out of stations to work.  K8MQP had 11:57 operating time, ran high power, had 56 band or mode changes and worked 53 different Michigan countries and 167 contest multipliers.

After finishing in second place last year in their third try at MiQP, the group at W8MMM operating from the QTH of well-known VHF/UHF contester K2YAZ in Leelanau county repeated again in 2017 with a score of 84,529 points.  This group had band breakdowns of 170/146/73/0/0, with 59% CW QSOs and a best rate of 57 QSOs during the 19Z hour.  They operated 11:56 of the contest period while running high power and made 26 band or mode changes.  W8MMM worked 91 different multiplier entities including 46 different Michigan counties

The crew at N8KV operating portable from a cabin in Benzie county were the third place multi-operator/single-transmitter entry again in 2017 with a score of 114,210 points, repeating their finishing position from 2016.  This group had band breakdowns of 150/128/17/0/0, with 52% phone QSOs and a best hour for rate of  37 QSOs in the 23Z hour of the contest.  They made 28 band or mode changes while working 46 different Michigan counties and 37 different non-Michigan entities and were active for 11:22 of 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.  K8MQP got things rolling early, opening a gap with 110 QSOs in the third hour and were never headed.  W8MMM and N8KV ran side-by-side with consistent rates for the entire contest, with W8MMM grabbing 2nd place by 94 QSOs.

Michigan Multi Transmitter

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

KA8O

OAKL

871

168

206,472

 

KM8CC

KZOO

821

173

193,760

 

W8SH INGH 556 144 93,168  Michigan State University Amateur Radio Club

After sitting out the 2016 MiQP, the winning Michigan Multi-Operator Multi-Transmitter station from 2015 returned to grab the top spot again in 2017; and that was station KA8O, utilizing temporary antennas from the QTH of Pete, K8PGJ in Oakland County with a score of 206,472 points.  This group had band breakdowns of 176/497/188/9/1 with 59% on phone and a best hour for rate of 110 QSOs at 22Z, but they ran good hourly rates for modt ot the contest, not drop belowing 47 QSOs per hour until 02Z!  The group had six operators, ran low power with multiple rigs and operated the entire contest period, putting 52 different Michigan counties and 50 different non-Michigan geographic entities into their log.

Last year's multi-multi winnner, KM8CC from Kalamazoo county, slipped to second place in 2017. However, this group gave KA8O a good run for the top spot with a score of 193,760 points.  This group had band breakdowns of 233/506/82/0/0 with 64% on phone with a best hour of the contest of 94 QSOs at 01Z.  KM8CC also did a good job of maximizing their multipliers, with a good balance of 75 (CW) and 98 (phone).  This group ran high power and operated the 11:43 of the contest, while putting 55 different Michigan counties and 51 different non-Michigan geographic entities and into their log.

In third place was W8SH, the club station at Michigan State University, with a score of 93,168 points from Ingham County.  This team continues to improve their results year after year.  In 2017, they used multiple rigs and finished with band breakdowns of 195/236/125/0/0, with 84% on phone and a best hour of the contest at 00Z with 101 QSOs.  W8SH ran high power and operated the entire contest period.   They managed to put 51 different Michigan counties and 48 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 KA8O and KM8CC for most of the contest, with KA8O slowly pulling in the last half of the contest, with all three stations running similar rates until KM8CC pulled away in the last two hours.  W8SH ran withe KA8O and KM8CC for the first three hours, but then dropped back (perhaps having fewer rigs or operators?)  Nonetheless, all three stations had good results and provided lots of QSOs to the MiQP participants.

Non-Michigan Multi Operator

Call

Loc

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

N2CQ

(+ assistance)

NJ

55

30

3,300

Frankford Radio Club 

W4IHI

(+ assistance)

FL

43 33 2,706 Florida Contest Group

WA9LEY

(+ assistance)

IL

11 10 220  Metro DX Club

The category for out-of-state multi-operator stations is not usually very popular, but in 2017 we had five such entries, a nice improvement over the one entry received in 2016.  This year, Ken Newman, N2CQ operating from NJ with assistance took the top non-Michigan multi-op spot with a score of 12,045 points.  Ken operated 06:36 of the contest period, with band breakdowns of 13/42/0/0/0 with 100% of his QSOs on CW.  Gary, W4IHI from Florida was not far behind Ken, with breakdowns of 0/10/33/0/0 with a score of 2,706 points in 05:23 operating time.  Lee, WA9LEY from Illinois finished 3RD with a score of 220 points.

The graph above shows the progress made by the top three non-Michigan multi-op entries as the contest ran on.  The graph, which shows accumulated QSOs rather than accumulated score, makes the gap between 1ST place (N2CQ) and 2ND place (W4IHI) appear greater than it actually is iin regards to score.  Geography plays a role im comparing these scores.  N2CQ in NJ and WA9LEY in IN are geographically located such that they have to rely on 80M and 40M for Michigan QSOs, while W4IHI in Florida relies on 40M and 20M to dodge April QRN and make MI QSOs

Back to 2017 MiQP Main Page

2017 MiQP Multi Operator Results