2017 Michigan QSO Party

Single-Operator Scores

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Michigan High Power

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score

 Club

NA8V

STCL

544

153

122,247

 Bay Area DXers

K8BZ

GLAD

370

122

54,900

 Ogemaw-Arenac Amateur Radio Society

KT8Y

WASH

231

79

28,677

 

For the second year in a row, the top Michigan single-operator/high-power station was Greg Chapoton, NA8V from St. Clair County with a score of 122,247 points.  NA8V had band breakdowns of 159/254/129/1/1 with 53% on phone.  Greg's best hour of the contest was 20Z with 88 QSOs, bur hw also had two other hours in the 80s.  However he had two hours when he was off the air, as well as a poor hour with only 2 QSOs at 01Z.  The NA8V multiplier total favored phone, but not excessively so; 58% of Greg's multiplier were on phone  He worked 96 different multiplier entities, including 44 Michigan counties.  Greg operated 8:16 of the contest and made 22 band or mode changes during his time on the air.

Moving up from third place last year in the single-operator/high power category to second place this year, we have another former winner (and former MiQP Rookie of the year), and that is Steve, K8BZ from Gladwin County with a score of 54,900 points. Steve was another station that left a significant amount of operating time on the table, although he got off to a good start, accumulating  234 QSOsin the first five hours before being off the air in the 21Z-22Z, and later the 02Z-03Z hours.  The K8BZ band breakdowns were 130/106/134/0/0 with 78% on phone.  65% of Steve's multipliers came on phone.  He worked almost the same number of Michigan counties as Greg (40) and only ten fewer different overall multiplier entities.  Steve operated 6:22 of the contest and made 21 band or mode changes in his time on the air.

The third place single-operator/high power station is a station new to the top scores box, but not necessarily to the MiQP, and that's Tom, KTBY from Washtenaw with 28,677 points.  KT8Y had band breakdowns of 35/137/59/0/0, Tom's QSO breakdown by mode of 57% CW was the opposite of NA8V and K8BZ, and his multiplier breakdown favored CW as well.  Like K8BZ, he got out to a good start, and had 79 QSOs in the third hour of the contest.  But he was another who left operating time on the table, being QRT in the 21Z-23Z hours, as well as 01Z-03Z hours.  Tom worked 56 different multiplier entities over all and 18 Michigan counties.  KT8Y was on the air for 4:09 of the contest and made only 6 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 had the best first hour with 63 QSOs, but was QRT the entire second hour.  Meanwhile, K8BZ and KT8Y were active both hours, accumulating and 98 and 83 QSOs respectively by 1800Z.  However, once NA8V came back on the air at 18Z he made up ground quickly, running rates from 47 to 88 QSO/hr for the next seven hours to pull ahead.  Meanwhile, K8BZ was QRT in the 21Z and 22Z hours and KT8Y QRT from 21Z - 23Z, another factor causing them to drop further behind.  The last three hours of the contest was tough going for all three stations as NA8V accumulated only 16 QSOs in the last three hours, while K8BZ had 32 and KT8Y was QRT.

Michigan Low Power

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

WB8WKQ

LAPE

509

146

107,602

 Thumb Area Contesters

WA1UJU

HOUG

337

114

64,524

 

W8DW

SAGI

219

117

38,727

 Saginaw Valley Amateur Radio Association

The winner of the Michigan single-operator/low-power category has competed in it many times, and twice has taken home the plaque.  This year makes the third time this operator grabbed the SOLP category trophy.  We're referring to Jeff Miller, WB8WKQ operating from Lapeer County with 107,602 points.  The WB8WKQ band breakdowns of 192/201/116/0/0 conceal the fact that in contrast to his closest competitor, Jeff made the majority of his QSOs on phone .  He also had a significant lead in multipliers, thanks to a better balance between CW & phone.  Jeff's rates for the first two hours, 59 and 60 got him off to a good start, 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 94 different multipliers, including 44 Michigan counties.  WB8WKQ operated 11:56 of the contest, and made 28 band or mode changes.

This year's second place single-operator/low-power station is a familiar callsign, Glen, WA1UJU operating from way up north in Houghton county,  finishing with 64,524 points.  The WA1UJU band breakdowns were 115/188/34/0/0, and his QSO breakdown by mode was 68% on CW.  Multiplier-wise Glen had a good balance of multipliers between modes, with 63 on CW and 51 on phone.  He worked 84 different multiplier entities, including 48 different Michigan counties.  WA1UJU operated 10:40 of the contest and made 32 band or mode changes.

The third place single-operator/low-power station goes to a familiar call who is reprising his 2016 position in the leaders box, and that is Dave, W8DW from Saginaw County with 38,727 points.  The W8DW band breakdowns are 136/52/31/0/0 with 51% on CW .  An interesting difference to the W8DW score was that he had his biggest QSO totals on 80M, while most other single-operators had the most success on 40M.  Dave started out rather moderately with only 78 QSOs in the first four hours, but had better success as the contest went on.  His best hour was 23z with 32 QSOs, but he had two hours in single digits: 22Z with 9 QSOs and 03z with 7 QSOs, but both hours included periods of off time.  Multiplier-wise, Dave worked 86 different multiplier entities and 50 different Michigan counties.  All of the off times accumulated so that W8DW was only on the air for 10:39, during which time he made 15 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.  WB8WKQ and WA1UJU were neck and neck with 59 and 58 QSOs respectively at the end of the first hour, while W8DW had a slower start with 30 QSOs.  From that point, all three stations ran steady rates until the end of the contest.  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.

Michigan QRP

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

KT8K

WASH

165

57

18,411

 Mad River Radio Club (Mich)

N8XX

KENT

42

30

2,310

 Michigan QRP Club

AB8DF

OAKL

28

18

1,008

 Michigan QRP Club

The top single-operator/QRP station for 2016, is the same station who was #1 in 2015, and that is Tim Prosser, KT8K, with 18,411 points operating from his home QTH in Washtenaw County   The KT8K band breakdowns were 86/64/15/0/0 with 96% CW.  Tim's best hour was 22Z with 28 QSOs, utilizing a combination of 40CW and 80CW, while his worst hour was the 20z with only 3 QSOs due to some off time during the hour.  Multiplier-wise, Tim did pretty well, working 51 different multiplier entities including 25 Michigan counties.  He left a fair amount of operating time on the table, being on the air for 9:02 of the contest and made 13 band or mode changes.

The second place QRP single-op station also reprised his 2016 finishing position Hank, N8XX, operating from his home QTH in Kent County with 2,310 points.   The N8XX band breakdowns were 13/27/2/0/0 with 83% CW. Hank's best hour the first with 15 QSOs, while the rest of his hours were in single digits, usually due to off time.  N8XX worked 27 unique multiplier entities, including 10 different Michigan counties.  Hank was active 3:35 of the contest and made 11 band or mode changes.

The third place single operator QRP station was Ed, AB8DF with 1,008 points from Oakland County. Ed's breakdowns were 17/10/1/0/0 with all on CW.  Jim's best hour was 01Z with 9 QSOs, and he had several hours with no QSOs when he was off the air.  AB8DF worked 18 unique multipliers and 14 different counties.  Ed made 8 band changes during his 3:03 on the air, but was QRT for 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 N8XX with AB8DX close behind.  N8XX and AB8DF matched rates for several hours while KT8K widened his lead. N8XX went QRT at 00Z, while AB8DF kept at it until 02z to close the gap on N8XX.

Non-Michigan Eastern/Central Region

Call

State

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K1RO

NH

305 94

37,882

 Yankee Clipper Contest Club
K8RYU

OH

202 87

25,404

 Marietta Amateur Radio Club

K4WW

KY

130

68

11,628

 Kentucky Contest Group

Making his first appearance in the top scores box, and grabbing the top spot if Mark Wilson, K1RO. operating from New Hampshire.  In many cases, non-Michigan stations find that, due to geography they have to focus on either the 80/40 or 40/20 to make Michigan QSOs.  However, Mark found that while he did very well on 80/40 (as might be expected) he was still able to make a few QSOs on 20.  The K1RO band breakdowns were 102/189/14/0/0 with 68% on phone, and he made 86 band or mode changes.  The best hour for K1RO was the 16Z on 40 with 56 QSOS.  He worked 62 unique counties and operated 11:38 of the contest.

Repeating his finish of second place from last year is Ralph, K8RYU with a score of 54,240 points operating from Ohio.  The K8RYU band breakdowns were 81/121/0/0/0 with a close perfect balance between modes (55% on phone).  Ralph's best hour of the contest was the second with 48 QSOs, but he also had two hours in the mid 20sr.  His slowest hour was the last hour with 1 QSOs when he went QRT at 03292z.  Ralph operated 9:50 of the contest period, making 44 band or mode changes while running low power and worked 60 different Michigan counties, the second-best county total of any non-Michigan station.

In third place is a station familiar to MiQP participants for his participation over the years, and that's Shelby, K4WW, with 25,404 points operating the state of Kentucky.  All of Shelby's QSOs were made on 40M: 32% on CW and 68% on phone.  The K4WW multiplier totals by mode reflected Shelby's mode preferences with 27 on CW and 41 on phone, and he worked 49 different Michigan counties.  K4WW operated 4:33 of the contest while running low power, and made only 4  mode changes.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three eastern region single-ops as the contest ran on.  K1RO jumped out to an early load with 56 QSOs in the first hour on 40M using a combination of phone and CW while K8RYU and K4WW were in the 20s.  Around 18Z all three stations were running similar rates until K4WW took a break in the 21Z hour.  When he came back on in the 22Z hour, Shelby had the best rate of all three station until he we QRT permanently at 23Z.  K1RO and K8RYU had similar rates until 00Z when Mark moved from 40 to 80amd managed better rates for a couple of hours.  For the last two hours K1ROand K8RYU ran similar rate until the end.

Non-Michigan Mountain/Pacific Region

Call

State

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

KA6BIM

OR

54

40

3,320

 Northern California Contest Club  

W6KC

CA

24

18

774

 Southern California Contest Club

W6AFA

CA

30

21

630

 Southern California Contest Club

For the second year in a row, conditions to the west were difficult during MiQP.  Perhaps surprisingly, the top three western region stations we from coastal states way out west.

Grabbing the top spot over the field of non-Michigan stations from the Mountain/Pacific region was Dave Tucker, KA6BIM with a score of 3,320 points operating from Oregon.  The KA6BIM band breakdowns were 1/24/28/0/0, 54% on CW.  His best hour of the contest was the third hour with 13 QSOs after a late start.  All his other hours were single digits with off time all the way to the end of the contest.  Dave worked 33 different Michigan counties, a very good total from out west considering the conditions and low activity from the Easter weekend.  KA6BIM was active for 4:35 of the contest, while running low power and making 71 band or mode changes.

In second place from the Mountain/Pacific region was Jim, W6KC with 774 points operating from California.  Bill's band totals of 0/7/17/0/0 reflect the poor conditions and limited operating time.  Bill's made QSOs during five of the twelve hours of the contest - in each hour his rates were in single digits.  Roughly 80% of Jiml's QSOs and multipliers were on CW.  He was another op who ran low power, and worked 13 different Michigan counties.  W6KC was only on the air for 1:36 of the contest, and made 5 band or mode changes.

In third place from the Mountain/Pacific region we find another station from California, and that is Alexander, W6AFA with 530 points making his first appearance in the top scores box.  Alexander's band breakdowns were 0/10/20/0/0, 100% on phone.  W6AFA opted for high power to fight the poor conditions, was only on the air for 02:32 of the contest, and  made QSOs during seven of the twelve hours of the contest.  He worked 21 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three western region single-ops as the contest ran on.  while KA6BIM and W6KC both started late, all three stations were neck-and-neck for the first four hours until W6KC went QRT in the 20Z hour followed by W6AFA and hour later.  Meanwhile, KA6BIM kept making the best of slow rates and slowly pulled away. W6KC and W6AFA came back on the air in the 00Z hour and added to their totals before the end of the end of the contest.

DX Stations

Call

Ctry

QSOs Mults Score

Pwr

 Club

DL3DXX

DL

43

27

2,322

C

 Bavarian Contest Club  

DM5EE DL 33 23 1,311 C  Bavarian Contest Club 

2017 was again a tough year to be a DX station participating in MiQP.  Nonetheless, two experienced ops with good stations worked hard in the contest.  In an interesting twist, the two determined DX competitors are the same as last year, only their finishing order is swapped.

The winning single-operator DX station was Dietmar, DL3DXX with a score of 2,322 points, operating with high power entry from Germany.  Dietmar made 11 QSOs on 40M and 32 QSO on 20M, all on CW.  He was on the air for 05:48, but made QSOs in nine of the twelve hours of the contest with his last QSO at 0122Z.  DL3DXX worked 27 different Michigan counties and made only one band change.

The second place single-operator DX station in the 2017 MiQP was former Michigan resident (and former category winner) Uli Ann, DM5EE (formerly DL2HBX), with a score of 1,311 points, also operating as a high power entry from Germany.  Uli's score was made mostly on 20M, with a two QSOs on 40M.  Uli's log was 73% CW - he operated 3:59 of the contest period, but made QSOs in six of the twelve hours of the contest.  DM5EE worked 18 different Michigan counties and made 13 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.  DM5EE started a little slower thsn DL3DXX, After running neck-and-neck for the next three hours, DM5EE went QRT while DK3DXX put in three more hours and a few more QSOs before going QRT himeself in the 01Z hour.  Those extra QSOs proved to be the margin of victory.

Michigan Rookie Single-Op

There were no Michigan Rookie Single-Operator entries reported in 2017.

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, Dave, W8DW led the way for the most counties worked with 50WA1UJU was 2nd with 48, and NA8V 3rd with 44.

Among the non-Michigan entries, continuing a trend from the past two years, the top three Eastern/Central Region entries led the out-of-state contingent in terms of counties worked.  Mark, K1RO worked 62 counties, followed by K8RYU with 60 and K4WW with 49.  The Mountain/Pacific Region leader, KA6BIM was 12th with 66 counties.  DX leader Dietmar, DL3DXX showed what could be done from the DX side with 27 counties.

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