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Band condx here up/down with fast deep QSB. Enjoyed toggling the N1MM+ log file back and forth to work MiQP and OnQP. Works pretty slick All S/P.  Thanks for the QSOs - ACE  Sure was disappointed with this effort. I had trouble hearing much of anybody. Eventually got to the point of just hearing people I already worked. I thought this would go pretty well being right next door, but for some reason, never got any traction. I hope other people did much better. Kenwood TS-590SG, barefoot GAP Titan, 16 feet AGL - AA8TA   First time - AB8OU  Too many other things going on but managed to get on and give out a few Q's. Too bad there weren't more mobiles to chase - AD8J  Yes, six hours for one QSO... Conditions to Michigan were abysmal for DX but I did not want to exit my favorite QSO Party with zero QSOs. After hearing only K8MQP from MI on 20, 80 and 40m and no luck after a total of one hour of calling them, Greg, NA8V eventually relieved me 50 minutes before the end of the contest. A nice consolation were QSOs with VP8 on 80 and 160 as well as with CP on 80 during the night. 73 - DM5EE  If the MIQP rules were set with a goal to slow down QSO rates and frustrate people, then, good job, mission accomplished. Serial number exchange in QSO parties is such a bad idea. I hope the MIQP organizers rethink this for MIQP 2019. The mobiles have done a nice job, (K8IR, NE9U, W8UE and few others). Band conditions were very poor. Thanks for the QSO's and new MI counties.  Rig: FT-1000MP, HEX beam, Dipoles, N1MM+ 73 - KAP  (The question of QSO numbers vs. RS/RST in the MiQP exchange has come up in past years.  When queried as to what was preferred, MiQP participants clearly preferred QSO numbers which is why these have been retained - ed.)  Had lots going on in the shop, worked a few here and there during the day. By time 80 opened up good the lightning crashes made it near impossible to run without making everyone repeat 10 times so I stayed - K4AKK  20M and up had no propagation to MI after I got QRV. 40 and 80M OK. Activity seemed down from previous years. Meant to be LP to get the power multiplier, but worked the first station using HP so left it there for the rest of the time. Thanks for all QSOs. 73 - K4BAI  Had a fun time on 80 and 40, but nothing heard on 20. Thanks to all. - K4BYN  My best score ever in the MIQP.  Bands were noisy, but contacts were possible.  Thanks for the great fun! - K4VBM  Thanks for the QSOs from Michigan! Rig: Elecraft K3 w/P3 & KPA500 500 watts Antenna: 204-ft G5RV Software: N1MM Logger+ v1.0.7157.0 - K8AJS  Once again we operated from the QTH of W8MJ.  Activity seemed to recover nicely from the Easter Weekend QSO drought last year, and we noticed that several of the very active out-of-state stations were giving out numbers *much* higher than last year.  Very surprised that 40 went long so early in the contest, making it impossible to hear/work in-state stations (particularly the mobiles). We sensed that this was happening and cut back on our usual high rate 40 PH running to search for in-state mults (and mobiles) on 40CW and 40PH.  In recent years, 80/75 has not been very productive for us, however, this year 80/75 were terrific. We saw the rate indicator hit 180 in bursts on 75 PH while 80CW was near 80 until the band started to get worked out. The biggest disappointment was the number of stations who turned down our request for a quick QSY to CW for a mult. Perhaps It's not surprising when the station has a new 2x3 callsign, but even familiar 1 x 2 calls turned us down - K8MQP  Conditions at the start were poor. 20 and 40 were not the bands to run up a high in-state QSO number. Perhaps a "cloud warmer" should be in my antenna mix. I also missed working my own county (Grand Traverse) - K8GL  FTdx3000, 135' Inv Vee at 40 ft, G5RV Jr at 25 ft.  I tried to do some running in this contest. I'm just a little pistol, but I figured since I'm in Michigan, this was my best chance. I found out the matching PS for my rig was not up to the task. After CQing for a while it started to overheat, and the voltage regulation started to go up and down. I have a 25 amp Jetstream PS I picked up a few years ago, and it was up to the task, only ran slightly warm - K7DR I kept plugging away from my limited station - dipole in the second floor condo attic for 40-10 and a vertical outside with only a few radials for 80. Tried 15 couple of times, got only one RBN SWL report from PJ2 and one call from W6SX who was disappointed to find that I was in Florida.  Glad to work the several mobiles, though would have been nice to get them in a few more places.  I was impressed with K8IR/m pulling me out for several QSOs on 80 meters, as well as a number of less challenging ones on 40 and 20.  And as always it was good to work Ron, W8RU, who get me started in mobile contesting with my very first trip in the 2000 MiQP - K8MR/4  Tnx QSOs! - K9NW  This was the 7th Multi/Multi Operation for this group which includes 3 Wins as the W8OAK EOC Team and the 2015 & 2017 wins as KA8O in the MIQP Contest. KA8O was run from the home QTH of Pete, K8PGJ, sitting on 0.75 suburban acres in the City of Troy located in Oakland County, Michigan. Seasoned Operators were K8BKM Tom, K8ED Mark, N8EA Joe, WE8P Fred, WF5X Randy and K8PGJ Pete. Propagation for the second year seemed very long at the start of the event and shortened only slightly thru the night and the bands were quiet with a declining K Factor. 80 Meters opened early and next to 40M, was our most productive band. The Propagation GODS won. Michigan stations and even those of the surrounding states and Ontario, which was holding its own Contest, seemed very difficult to find and work. We were surprised at the lack of stations on 20M that could be worked even though our signal reports were loud easily reaching New Zealand. Multipliers for both CW and SSB were up this year and our score improved over 20%. Most of the antennas were put up portable style just before the event due to HOA Considerations. Improvements in antenna locations and tuning helped for the Contest. Antennas included: 80M Dipole E/W, 40M Dipole N/S, 40M Inverted V N/S, 20M had 2 Element Beams for each the CW and SSB stations plus a N/S Dipole, 15M had a 2 Element Beam and we had 2 contacts on the 10M Vertical. We had great Beacon reports on 15M with no players. Effectively, the Dipoles were all NVIS Antennas.  Radios remained unchanged from last year with the additions of stubs to the dual filter protection package contributing to the minimized intermod with work still needed. We did fail a band pass filter. This 5 Station operation utilized 3 K3s, a Kenwood 590S and an Icom 7600 for Radios. 100 Watts was used for all the contacts. We were able to work 54 of 83 Counties, 48 of 50 States, and we worked 1 European, a very few Central and South Americans, a couple Caribbean and Hawaii and New Zealand. The Operation was 47% CW. A peak rate of 122/hr was during 9-10pm EDT  - KA8O  K3/10 at 5 watts to an 88' dipole up 45' fed with ladder line and tuner. Fairly decent band condx this time, definitely improved my ham radio mood after many Parties that were rough going. Thanks for the fun ! C U next time, 73 - KETT  Rig: Yaesu FT-DX3000 PWR: 100
Ant: Horizontal Loop/Hex - KG4IGC  Portable at Lake Hartwell, SC.  TS480 into a G5RV in the pines - N4IQ  Rig: Icom IC-7610 Antennas: G5RV/ZS6BKW at 55 ft, 80M dipole at 30 ft. What Fun! I put up my 80M dipole at about 30 feet for the contest, hoping to work more Michigan counties via NVIS propagation on 80M. It did seem to play well. I didn't spend any time making A/B antenna comparisons during the contest because - well I wouldn't be making Qs then! I did MUCH better than last year's 10,980 score. About 3.5 hours more operating time and more time running certainly helped. I think the spectrum scope on the IC-7610 contributed too. I can see where the signals are and tune quickly vs the old slowly turn the knob method. Propagation was such that I didn't hear or work any stations in 6 or 7 land except for one lone AZ station on 80M SSB at 0249z whom I don't think was in the contest. Certainly not NVIS propagation on that contact. My single 10M contact was with KA80 multi-multi operation located a few miles away who asked if I could QSY, and I did! - N8FYL Single operator but had my cluster active so submitting as multi. 73 - N9LQ  Equipment: Alinco DX-77T LDG AT-11MP Automatic Antenna tuner Antennas: 110 ft OCF doublet fed with ladder-line Logger: N1MM+ - NJ8J  Another FB MiQP. Conditions were surprisingly good considering the A index at 47 in the morning. 40 was never very good for MI but was quite good for stations 200-250+ miles away. Unfortunately, this pretty much eliminated contacts with the mobiles until late afternoon or on 80M.   My mobile/rover tally was K8IR 5, KK9K 6, NE9U 6, W8RU 2, W8UE 3. Thanks much guys! A few times I could hear them weakly but no luck with the QSO.  Fixed stations worked a lot were KU8E and WBH 5 times each and 17 stations 4 times. Again, thanks!  Ended up with 60 counties total (39 on cw, 53 on fone) and 51 states/province total (45 cw and 44 fone). If the skip would have been a bit shorter on 40, it could have been much better but all things considered I'm pleased.  The first couple hours weren't as fast as one would hope, but it was steady throughout. I think a few people in-state might have given up too early as condx improved as time went on - NA8V  Nice activity by all including the FB mobiles. - WBH  Very late start. 150w; 80m dipole @ 30 ft; N1MM+ - W4NBS   Good activity again this year. Two all time new counties for me this year - W7KAM  We (that is,  Bill/KC8VGG and Ron/W8RU) teamed up again for MiQP 2018.  We typically do a "multiple portable" operation by stopping, setting up fixed antennas, running the bands, then moving on.  This year we took more of a hybrid approach and were able to both "run and gun" as well as "shoot and scoot."  For 2018 we used a Little Tarheel 2 mobile antenna on the car.  We were quite pleased with its performance on 40m and 80m, and it was nice to be able to switch between those bands without having to stop.  The 20m antenna is a dipole homebrewed from aluminum tubing and supported by a Penninger mast.  Bill's station is set up in the middle seats of the van, while Ron's is in the rear cargo area (see photos on the photos page).  We started the contest (on time, for once) in WASH and followed I-94 west thru JACK and CALH. Conditions on 40m weren't great. Our first full stop was in BARR. QSOs were hard to come by and we broke camp after an hour and moved onto VANB, setting up in front of the old Mattawan high school building (photo of dipole and minivan).  After an hour in VANB it was onto CASS where conditions seemed to pick up a bit.  Next on the hit parade was STJO.  By this time 20m was all but dead and 40m was going long, so we moved to 80m and did pretty well.  The last three counties (BRAN, CALH, and JACK) were all drive-throughs as we made our way back to Ann Arbor.  It was a long day but the weather was nearly perfect for both traveling and stopping.  All the equipment and antennas worked well the entire day.  On Sunday morning I got a phone call from Bill letting me know that I had left an oil puddle on his driveway. I immediately went out to check the van and found a puddle on my driveway as well.  It turned out that the main seal had let go at some point during our rove, so we were fortunate to have made the round-trip without getting stuck on a backroad somewhere after dark.  After the contest, our rovermobile, being 10yrs old and having 150k miles, was retired - W8RU  No time to operate...wish I could have been there for more QSOs - W8WA  Icom ProII WITH Parallel Dipoles at 30 ft - WA3AAN  Attic dipoles and a Wolf River Coils portable vertical outside for 80 meters. - WA9LEY  100 watts into a Junior G5RV up 25 foot.  Thanks for the Q's. Casual operation as I did other chores throughout the day. Decided to go QRP just to see how 40/80 vertical antenna would perform. Was somewhat surprised at ability to work contest QSO's at that power level. Didn't seem to be very many MI stations on, but most whom I worked had strong signals. Thanks to all for the contacts - WB8RFB  I've participated in the last 3-4 contests, and this was my best showing so far. Previous scores were 2017 2652 and 2016 4576. My goal this year was to at least double my 2016 score and it looks like I reached that goal. During the first three hours I was getting concerned because I hadn't worked any mobiles stations. Finally I worked W8UE, K8IR and NE9U. 40m and 80m were the only bands for SC to MI. Thanks to all the MI stations and especially to the mobile ops for responding to my calls. I rode along with K8IR/m and W8UE/m for the last 6 hours of the contest. K8IR provided 16 counties and W8UE with 8. Let's do it again next year. 73 - WN4AFP  Fun contest. Started out quite slow. 20M didn't seem very good at all. Usually 40M is the money band, but I had the exact same amount of contacts on 80M as I did on 40M. Must be where we are in the sunspot cycle. Didn't make many long contacts on 40M either. No DX whatsoever. Hard to compare to last year, but my total score was about 20% higher. Don't know if I can attribute that to logging on a computer, or if it was conditions. Didn't take any breaks, so maybe it was the "butt in the chair" theory. Anyways, thanks to all for a great Saturday! - WB8WKQ  Thanks for the "doubles"; while operating the ON QSO Party at the same time - VE3TW


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