2018 Michigan QSO Party

Multi-Operator Stations

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Michigan Single Transmitter

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

K8MQP

LIVI

764

171

175,446

 Mad River Radio Club (Mich) 

W8MMM

LEEL

589

145

116,145

 Cherryland Amateur Radio Club

W8RP

WASH

391

74

28,934

 Arrow Communications Association

In 2018, the team at K8MQP operating from the QTH of W8MJ in Livingston county made it five wins in a row and six out of the last seven years in the Michigan Multi-Operator/Single-Transmitter category with a score of 175,446 points.  With three full-time and two part-time operators, they had band breakdowns of 260/352/152/0/0 that favored phone (66%). Their best rate came during the first hour of the contest with 88 QSOs on 40M SSB, working mostly out-of-state stations.  Their worst hour during 21z on 40M SSB when activity was then on 80M/75M and they ran out of stations to work.  K8MQP had 11:59 operating time, ran high power, had 61 band or mode changes and worked 56 different Michigan countries and 104 different multiplier entities.  The sticky T/R relay in their 40M station from 2017 re-appeared during the contest and caused headaches.

After finishing in second place last year in their fourth try at MiQP, the group at W8MMM operating from the QTH of well-known VHF/UHF contester K2YAZ in Leelanau county made it repeated in that position in 2018 with a score of 116,145 points.  This group had band breakdowns of 182/319/88/0/0, with 64% SSB QSOs and a best rate of 74 QSOs during the 21Z hour.  They operated 11:57 of the contest period while running high power and made 19 band or mode changes.  W8MMM worked 92 different multiplier entities including 43 different Michigan counties

The crew at W8RP activated their club call from Washtenaw county to jump up to third place multi-operator/single-transmitter entry and the first appearance of the call in the top scores box with a score of 28,934 points.  This group had band breakdowns of 192/199/0/0/0, all on SSB with a best hour for rate of 50 QSOs in the 193Z hour of the contest.  They made only 3 band or mode changes while running high power and worked 44 different Michigan counties and 30 different non-Michigan entities and were active for 11:52 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 grabbed the lead at the start and were never headed.  W8MMM and N8KV ran side-by-side with consistent rates for the first five hours of the contest, with W8MMM ultimately grabbing 2nd place by 198 QSOs.

Michigan Multi Transmitter

Call

Cty

QSOs Mults Score

 Club

KA8O

OAKL

954

178

248,666

 Southeastern Michigan DX Association

N8OL

BERR

710

149

149,298

 Blossomland Amateur Radio Association 

W8SH INGH 548 155 124,465  Michigan State University Amateur Radio Club

The winning Michigan Multi-Operator Multi-Transmitter station from 2017 returned to grab the top spot again in 2018; and that was station KA8O, utilizing temporary antennas from the QTH of Pete, K8PGJ in Oakland County with a score of 248,666 points.  This group had band breakdowns of 257/509/184/2/2 with 54% on phone and a best hour for rate of 121 QSOs at 00Z, but they ran good hourly rates for most of the contest, not drop to 56 QSOs per hour until the last hour!  The group had six operators, ran high power with multiple rigs and operated the entire contest period, putting 54 different Michigan counties and 51 different non-Michigan geographic entities into their log.

The second place multi-multi, N8OL from Berrien county, is a callsign very familiar to most MiQP participants.  In 2018, they put together a  strong effort in finishing in second place with a score of 149,298 points.  This group had band breakdowns of 219/479/12/0/0 with 59% on phone with a best hour of the contest of 87 QSOs in the first hour.  N8OL also did a good job of maximizing their multipliers, with a good balance of 69 (CW) and 90 (phone).  This group ran high power and operated the entire contest, while putting 49 different Michigan counties and 46 different non-Michigan geographic entities and into their log.

In third place we find W8SH, the club station at Michigan State University, with a score of 124,465 points from Ingham County.  This team finished in the same spot in 2017.  In 2018, this team decided to stick with low power (100W) with up to 3 txs to see if less power might provide a better result.  It appears to have worked, and they had band breakdowns of 260/240/48/0/0, with 53% on phone and a best hour of the contest at 01Z with 59 QSOs.  W8SH operated the entire contest period.   They managed to put 55 different Michigan counties and 44 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.  KA8O grabbed the lead early and was never headed, but N8OL was close behind for most of the contest, W8SH was right with them for the first three hours, but then slowly fell behind (perhaps because of running low power?)  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

WA3AAN

(+ assistance)

PA

71

42

4,830

 Frankford Radio Club 

W4CDA

(+ assistance)

KY

43 32 2,240  

N1SOH

(+ W1FM)

MA

24 22 836  Yankee Clipper Contest Club

The category for out-of-state multi-operator stations is not usually very popular, but in 2018 we had seven such entries, versus five in 2017.  This year, Grant MacAvoy, WA3AAN operating from PA with assistance took the top non-Michigan multi-op spot with a score of 4,830 points.  Grant only operated 02:25 of the contest period, with band breakdowns of 26/45/0/0/0 with 62% of his QSOs on CW.  George, W4CDA from Kentucky finished, made all of his QSOs on 40M with 71% CW for a score of 2,240 points in 02:04 operating time.  Ethan, N1SOH from Massachusetts finished third 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 first place (WA3AAN) and second place (W4CDA) appear greater than it actually is in regards to score.  Geography plays a role in comparing these scores, as all three stations are geographically located such that their skip zones to Michigan could be significantly different, and lead to different strategies and operating opportunities.  WA3AAN in eastern PA made QSOs in the first five hours, went away for six hours, then finished with a big hour.  W4CDA in KY made all of his QSOs in the first couple of hours, then rode his score to the finish.  N1SOH in Massachusetts made only a few QSOs early in the contest, but things picked up after dark.

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