2018 Michigan QSO Party

Single-Operator Scores

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Michigan High Power

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For the third year in a row, the top Michigan single-operator/high-power station was Greg Chapoton, NA8V from St. Clair County with a score of 212,704 points.  NA8V had band breakdowns of 339/336/117/0/0 with 54% on phone.  Greg's best hour of the contest was 19Z with 92 QSOs, but he also had an 84 hour, two 75s and a 74.  His worst hour was 21Z with 34 QSOs, but every other hour was 51.  The NA8V multiplier total favored phone, but not excessively so; 54% of Greg's multipliers were on phone  He worked 110 different multiplier entities, including 59 Michigan counties.  Greg operated the entire contest and made 53 band or mode changes during his time on the air.

Repeating his second place finish from last 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 142,820 points. Steve left a little (35 minutes) operating time on the table, although he got off to a good start, accumulating  208 QSOs the first three hours. His best hour was 84, coming during the 00Z hour. The K8BZ band breakdowns were 232/410/48/0/0 with 60% on phone.  52% of Steve's multipliers came on phone.  He worked ten fewer Michigan counties as NA8V (49) four fewer ouy-of-state mults.  Steve operated 11:25 of the contest and made 20 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 Pete, W8TWA from Kent County with 110,520 points.  W8TWA had band breakdowns of 313/112/109/0/0, Pete's by-mode breakdown favored phone for both QSOs (68%) and multipliers (62%) and his overall multiplier(156) was in the ballpark with his competition.  He had two slow hours early - 20Z (21) and 21Z (13) due to a 35 minute off time split between the two hours.  Tom worked 100 different multiplier entities overall and 51 Michigan counties.  W8TWA was on the air for 11:05 of the contest and made only 12 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 start with 325 QSOs in the first four hours.  Meanwhile, K8BZ (253 QSOs) and W8TWA (202 QSOs) were busy, were busy and keeping Greg in sight.  As mentioned above, W8TWA took 35 minutes off time split between 20Z and 21Z hours, which dropped him behind the other two as can be seen on the graph.  Still, the activity kept strong for all three stations thru the last three hours of the contest as NA8V accumulated 181 QSOs, while K8BZ had 105 and W8TWA had 259.

Michigan Low Power



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This will be the fourth plaque for winning the Michigan single-operator/low-power category trophy by Jeff Miller, WB8WKQ operating from Lapeer County with 128,898 points.  Like NA8V in the high power category, the WB8WKQ band breakdowns of 263/262/58/0/0 reveal a remarkable equality between 80 and 40 meters.  Another similarity these winners shared was in their balance in QSOs by mode: NA8V has 46% 46% CW and 54% phone, while WB8WKQ had 44% CW and 56% phone.  His rates were remarkably consistent - while he started the contest with a 39 hour, the rest of the Jeff's rates were in the 40s, 50s and 60s, and had 140 QSOs in the final three hours.  Multiplier-wise he worked 94 different multipliers, including 47 Michigan counties.  WB8WKQ operated 11:57 of the contest, and made 26 band or mode changes, about half that of NA8V

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 161/173/27/0/0, and his QSO breakdown by mode was 78% on CW.  Multiplier-wise Glen' score also focused on CW, with 63 on CW and 51 on phone.  He worked 83 different multiplier entities, including 40 different Michigan counties.  WA1UJU operated 11:21 of the contest and made 27 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 Greg, K8GL from Grand Traverse County with 55,596 points.  The K8GL band breakdowns awe 160/71/61/0/0 with 68% on CW.  An interesting difference to the K8GL score was that he had his biggest QSO totals on 80M, while most other single-operators had the most success splitting between 80M and 40M.  Greg started out rather moderately with only 50 QSOs in the first four hours, but had better success as the contest went on.  His best hour was 22z with 40 QSOs, but he had only one hour in single digits: 18Z with only 2 QSOs but was mostly off time.  Multiplier-wise, Greg worked 83 different multiplier entities and 40 different Michigan counties.  K8GL on the air for 9:28, during which time he made 38 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 39 and 49 QSOs respectively at the end of the first hour, while K8GL had a slower start with 22 QSOs.  From that point, all three stations ran mostly steady rates until the end of the contest.  WB8WKQ started to widen his lead on WA1UJU in the 18Z hour utilizing 40 phone, while WA1UJU 40 phone and CW and K8GL was mostly off the air  All three stations were on the air at the end of the contest.

Michigan QRP



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The top single-operator/QRP station for 2018 is making his first appearance in the leaders box, but has been participating in MiQP as far back as 2011. That station is Mike Cooper, W8AB, scoring 23,040 points operating from Ingham County   The W8AB band breakdowns were 130/40/5/0/0 with 46% CW.  Mike's best hour was 23Z with 40 QSOs, utilizing a combination of 40CW and 80CW, while his worst hour was 19z when he had only 2 QSOs.  He was also off the air completely in the two subsequent hours (19z and 20z).  Multiplier-wise, Mike did pretty well, working 63 different multiplier entities including 39 Michigan counties.  He left a fair amount of operating time on the table, being on the air for only 6:34 of the contest and made 13 band or mode changes.

The second place QRP single-op station was another making his first appearance in the leaders box, and that was Paul, K8AXX, operating from Washtenaw County with 2,040 points.   The K8AXX band breakdowns were 15/29/0/0/0 with 100% CW. Paul's best hour the 00zt with 9 QSOs, and while the rest of his hours were in single digits, he made QSOs in 9 of the contest's 12 hours.  K8AXX worked 30 unique multiplier entities, including 15 different Michigan counties.  Paul was only active for 2:54 of the contest and made only 3 band changes.

The third place single operator QRP station was Ed, AB8DF with 24 points from Oakland County. Ed's breakdowns were 0/2/2/0/0 with all on CW.  Ed's best hour was the first with 39 QSOs, but he had 10 hours with no QSOs when he was off the air.  AB8DF worked only 3 multipliers - all Michigan  counties.  Ed made only 2 band changes during his 0:13 on the air.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three QRP single-ops as the contest ran on.  W8AB grabbed the early QSO lead over K8AXX who kept it close thru the 22Z hour.  After that W8AB widened his lead by continuing to make QSOs after dark and having his two best hours of the contest at 23z and 03z while K8AXX was QRT except for 23Z and 00z.

Non-Michigan Eastern/Central Region



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Making his usual appearance in the top scores box, but the first time grabbing the top spot is Ralph Matheny, K8RYU. operating from Ohio with a score of 31,310 points.  Ralph finished in second place last year.  In many cases, Ohio stations find it hard to compete in MiQP due to their close proximity to Michigan.  geography they have to focus on either the 80/40 or 40/20 to make Michigan QSOs.  However, Ralph did two things strategically which helped him to be successful and grabbing the win.  First, he focused entirely on 80 and 40 meters, bands which typically offer the short skip necessary to reach Michigan from Ohio.  He also changed bands and modes often during the contest (55).  Finally, though not necessarily a strategy decision, Ralph's Marietta, OH QTH in the SE portion of the state, lengthened his path to Michigan so as not need very short skip, and with his good station he could still work Michigan easily.  The K8RYU band breakdowns were 84/131/0/0/0 with 56% on phone. and near-equal multiplier counts between each mode.  His best hour was 36 QSOs on 40.  He worked 67 different Michigan counties and operated 11:58 of the contest.

In second place was a former Ohioan and MRRC member, that Jeff, KU8E operating from Georgia with a score of 16,950 points operating from Ohio.  The KU8E band breakdowns were 63/61/10/0/0 with a close perfect balance between modes (55% on phone).  Jeff's best hour of the contest was 02z with 22 QSOs, but in seven of the contest's 12 hours he had rates in double digits.  Jeff operated 7:48 of the contest period, making 31 band or mode changes while running high power and worked 55 different Michigan counties,.

In third place is a station familiar for his participation in MiQP (and OhQP) over the years, and that's Paul, W8TM, with 12,032 points and completing the sweep of the Eastern/Central top score box by stations from the state of Ohio.  Like K8RYU, W8TM focused on 80 and 40, but had a higher percentage of CW QSOs compared to Ralph (58% vs. 44%).  The W8TM multiplier totals by mode reflected Paul's mode preferences with 38 on CW and 26 on phone, and he worked 46 different Michigan counties.  W8TM operated 5:03 of the contest while running low power, and made 28  band or mode changes.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three eastern/central region single-ops as the contest ran on.  K8RYU jumped out to an early load with 61 QSOs in the first two hours on 40M using a combination of phone and CW while KU8E and W8TM were in the high teens/low twenties.  Around 18Z all three stations were running similar rates until W8TM took a break in the 20Z hour.  When he came back on in the 21Z hour, W8TM and KU8E ran neck-and-neck until Paul went QRT again in the 22Zz hour.  Meanwhile, K8RYU was cranking out steady rate and seldom left the operating chair for very long.  KU8E and W8TM had similar rates in the last two hours and actually closed the gap to K8RYU slightly during this time.

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Although conditions to the west seemed OK here in Michigan during MiQP, western scores were down, perhaps reflecting difficult propagation frpm these areas to Michigan.  The top three western region stations were all from Mountain region states rather than coastal states way out west like last year.

Grabbing the top spot over the field of non-Michigan stations from the Mountain/Pacific region was Brian Roberts, AC7AF with a score of 2,016 points operating from Wyoming.  The AC7AF band breakdowns were 10/10/22/0/0, all on CW.  His best hour of the contest was the 01Z with 8 QSOs after a slightly late start.  All his hours were single digits except for 21Z and 22Z when he was QRT.  Dave worked 24 different Michigan counties.  AC7AF was active for 5:45 of the contest, while running low power and making 71 band or mode changes.

In second place from the Mountain/Pacific region was Hud, K5ZG with 1,173 points operating from Colorado.  His band totals of 11/16/4/0/0 reflect the poor conditions and limited operating time.  Hud was only on the air for 1:37 of the contest, but he made QSOs during eight of the twelve hours of the contest, all with rates in single digits.  He ran high power, and worked 16 different Michigan counties.  K5ZG made eight band or mode changes.

In third place from the Mountain/Pacific region we find another station from Colorado, and that is Steve, KDØJLE with 1,127 points, close on  the heels of K5ZG in second place.  Steve's band breakdowns were 11/18/20/0/0, all on phone.  KDØJLE opted for high power to fight the poor conditions, was on the air for 06:09 of the contest, and  made QSOs during all twelve hours of the contest.  He worked 23 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.  The graph is really a "tale of two strategies", possibly based on choice of operating mode.  KDØJLE had the best overall rates and QSO total operating 100% SSB, while AC7AF and K5ZG chose to operate a mix of SSB and CW, with resulting rate graphs that were remarkably similar.  K5ZG went QRT with two hours to go, while his competition operated through until the end.  While AC7AF finished second in total QSOs, operating both modes allowed him to take advantage of double CW QSO points on all of his QSOs to grab the win.

DX Stations



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2017 was again a tough year to be a DX station participating in MiQP.  Band conditions were bad as participants moved higher in frequency. so that 20M and even 40M made QSOs with DX stations difficult.

The only single-operator DX station entry received was from former Michgander and former in-state MiQP participant Uli, DM5EE with a score of 2 points, operating with high power entry from Germany.  To show just how bad the conditions were, Uli's only QSO was with NA8V (who has a phased array on 80M) near the end of the contest at 0309.

Michigan Rookie Single-Op

There were no Michigan Rookie Single-Operator entries reported in 2018.

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, Greg, NA8V led the way for the most counties worked with 59W8TWA was 2nd with 51, and K8BZ 3rd with 49.

Among the non-Michigan entries, continuing a trend from the past three years, the top three Eastern/Central Region single-op entries led the out-of-state contingent in terms of counties worked.  Ralph, K8RYU worked 67 counties (the highest total for any station in the contest, single or multi-op), followed by KU8E with 55 and W8TM with 46.  The Mountain/Pacific Region leader, AC7AF was 59th with 24 counties.

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