Results

2006

Michigan

QSO Party

 

Sponsored by

The Mad River Radio Club

 

By Dave Pruett, K8CC

 
   
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The word that perhaps best describes the 2006 Michigan QSO Party is "perseverance".  All the factors were in place for a great contest - commitments for covering all 83 counties, portable operations planned, home station activity and our usual great group of mobiles.  But Mother Nature must have missed the MiQP announcement, because while we didn't get hit with thunderstorms or high QRN levels, propagation was simply not there for many of the bands and paths needed in MiQP.

Hardest hit seemed to be 40 meters (the workhorse band of MiQP).  As in 2005, propagation within the state (i.e., MI-to-MI QSOs) was for the most part non-existent.  This most severely impacted the mobiles and QRP entries, particularly in regards to 40M SSB.  However, it did not significantly shift the balance of QSOs between bands, as shown below with the 2005 percentages for reference:

  80 40 20 15 10 total
CW 3555 5621 2383 6 7 11572
SSB 2713 2583 3042 20 30 8388
Total 6268 8204 5425 26 37 19960
Pct 31% 41% 27% 0.1% 0.2% -
2005 37% 44% 20% 0.2% 0.1% -

The impact of the poor band conditions can be seen in other areas as well.  For example, the winning mobile multi-op score from K8MR/m is the lowest winning score in that category since 1999!  This is in a category where the rules have remained essentially stable since that time, where the K8MR/m team has been active every year with the same equipment setup and similar routes.

Another area where the impact of the poor conditions can be seen is in the metrics for SSB activity in the contest.  If we compare against 2004 (the most recent year with conditions considered "normal") which had essentially the same number of entries, SSB QSOs dropped 35% while CW QSOs dropped 20%.

Despite the poor conditions, 183 entries were received in 2006, which despite bring a 23% decrease over the 237 received in 2005 is still the third highest entry count ever recorded in the MiQP.  The total number of active stations dropped from the MiQP record of 2544 set last year to 2237, a drop of only 12% while the total number of reported QSOs took a bigger drop, from last years record of 32,115 to 19,960 in 2006, or 38%.  So judging from the number of logs and the number of stations reported, the activity was there; its just that people had a harder time making QSOs.

For the seventh year straight, we can report that all 83 MI counties were active during the contest.  The five most active counties were Oakland, Washtenaw, Grand Traverse, Wayne, and Macomb.  All of these are repeats from 2005, only the order is different.  The five least active counties were Arenac, Iosco, Hillsdale, Keewenaw, and Newaygo.  Only Newaygo repeats from 2005.  It is encouraging to note that other than Arenac, all other Michigan counties had reported QSO counts in double digits.

From the out-of-state areas, QSOs were reported with 52 of 63 geographic entities on CW, 56 of 63 on SSB and 56 of 63 overall.  These numbers are almost exactly in line with last year.  The five most active out-of-state areas were Florida, Georgia, California, Pennsylvania and Texas.  Georgia and California jumped onto the list this year, displacing Minnesota and New York.  Entities with no reported QSOs were PEI, NF, LB, NB, NU, NWT and YT.  Most of these are typical difficult-to-get MiQP multipliers, although NB (VE9) is usually snagged by one or more MiQP participants.

Log Submittals 

The quality of MiQP logs received continues to improve, for which the logcheckers are very grateful.  By "improve", we mean we're getting more and more logs which are complete, and contain all of the information necessary to be scored.  The percentage of electronic logs continues to increase; 158 of 182 this time.  While paper logs will always be welcome, electronic logs are much easier for the logchecking team to process and are not subject to typo errors.  We hope that the information concerning electronic log submittal on the MiQP web site encourages the trend.

We had two logs we could not accept this time.  The first was a paper log received from a participant who appeared to be new to MiQP and perhaps contesting in general.  The second was an electronic log in ADIF format from an experienced MiQP multi-op team.  Both logs contained only the time, frequency and callsign of the station worked; both the sent and received exchanges were missing for every QSO.  Queries to both entrants to obtain the missing information went unanswered, so we had no choice but to set the logs aside.  A minimum amount of information is necessary for a log to be valid, and these requirements are spelled out in the published MiQP rules.

Photos

Every year we receive very few photos of MiQP operations to make the contest write up more interesting. The best photos are scenes of the operator(s) in action at the rig(s), shots of antenna erection, or perhaps of the station itself.  The MiQP committee would like to encourage participants to submit photos of their MiQP operation.  The easiest way to do this is to attach photos along with your log submission, however photos can be received up until the beginning of July.  Please plan to submit some shots of your activity along with your log in 2007.

And now, on to the results.

Michigan Single Operator 

High Power

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score  Club

N8SS

WAYN

555

140

117,320

 Blossomland ARA

K8DD

LAPE

310

114

64,296

 Eastern MI ARC

K8AO

DELT

322

118

46,964

 Delta County ARS

The high power single op winner is Earl Morse, N8SS, operating from his “station (still) under construction” in Wayne county.  Earl built upon his runner up finish in 2005 to take the top spot this time.  His band-mode breakdowns are interesting, making most of his QSOs on 80 CW, 40 CW and 20 Phone.  The result was almost perfectly balanced between CW and SSB, and by operating the full contest period he made sure he didn't miss much.

In second place was long-time MiQPer Hank, K8DD, who in recent years has taken part in MiQP from multi-ops.  However this year a family medical emergency limited him to operating from his home QTH in Lapeer county.  Hank's log is primarily CW (82%)  with heavy emphasis on 80 and 40.  While he gave away 3½ hours of potential operating time, Hank lead all Michigan single-ops in counties worked with 46.

Reprising his finish from 2005, in third place was Duane, K8AO, operating from Delta county in the UP.  In the past, Duane has heavily favored SSB but this year almost a fourth of his QSOs were on CW.  He actually had slightly more QSOs and multipliers than K8DD, but lost out because of his CW/phone QSO balance.  He did operate two more hours than K8DD, however in a reversal from 2005, Duane's big bands were 80 phone and 20 phone, with 40 phone only about a fourth of what he had last year.

Low Power

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score  Club

N8TC

LEEL

278

112

49,728

 Cherryland ARC

N8NM

OAKL

308

75

45,225

 

N8M (op. N8XX)

KENT

226

72

32,544

 Grand Rapids ARA

Repeating his 2005 win in the low power single op category is Brian Cox, N8TC, this time operating portable from Leelanau county.  Almost 60% of Brian's QSOs were on CW, but on his biggest band (80M) the split is almost 50/50.  In fact, it was SSB operation where Brian scored his huge lead in multipliers over second and third place.  A large part of that lead came from in-state QSOs; Brian worked 42 different Michigan counties to tie N8SS for the second best single-op total in that regard.  He also operated the entire contest period.

Last year's QRP single-op winner is this year's low power second place finisher.  When plans for another portable trip fell through, Steve, N8NM decided to operate from home in Oakland county.  Steve’s log heavily favors CW (almost 96%) and while he made more QSOs (and more QSO points) than N8TC, a lack of SSB multipliers relegated him to second place.  Still, the difference was less than 10%, which shows that there is more than one operating strategy that can be competitive.  Steve also operated the entire contest.

In third place was station N8M in Kent county, piloted by a new Michiganian Hank, N8XX, who recently moved here from Ohio where he was active in the Ohio QSO Party.  Hank's log is entirely CW, because he could not get the mic to work with his rig.  This put Hank a predicament similar to N8NM; a strong CW multiplier (better than either the first or second place finishers) but no SSB mults to boost the total score.  Hank operated a little less than ten hours of the contest.

QRP

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score  Club

KK8I

WASH

258

111

50,283

 SEMDXA

N8XI

WAYN

103

40

8,240

 

After setting the single-op low power record from your home QTH in Oakland county in 2003, and the high power record from a borrowed QTH in 2005, what do you do for an encore?  If you're Uli Ann, KK8I/DL2HBX you borrow a third QTH and try to capture the QRP record as well.  While Uli came up short in breaking the N8NM's 2004 QRP record from 2004, he did win the single-op QRP category for 2006, operating from the K8CC contest station in Washtenaw county.  As could be expected for a QRP station, the KK8I log heavily favors CW (76%) but he still managed to collect 40 multipliers on phone.  KK8I also matched the low power and high power winners for unique Michigan counties worked with 42.  Uli operated the entire contest period.

The second place QRP station was in the same position in 2005.  Finishing behind KK8I was Rick, N8XI operating from Wayne county.  The N8XI log is all CW, and all on 40 and 20 meters.  He operated slightly less than nine hours of the contest.  The lack of 80 meters hurt Rick in terms of in-state multipliers (he only worked unique 10 counties) and a lack of SSB QSOs (with the mults they bring) were Rick’s margin behind winner KK8I.

There were only two Michigan single-op QRP entries this year, perhaps reflecting the poor band conditions.

Non-Michigan Single Operator 

Eastern Region

Call State QSOs Mults Score  Club

N4PN

GA

324

125

62,000

 Southeast Countest Club

N2CU

NY

204

94

33,746

 Western NY Contest Club

W0BH

KS

230

99

32,769

 

MiQP rules define the “eastern” region as those American and Canadian areas in the Eastern and Central time zones.  Georgia is perhaps the optimum distance away to be competitive in MiQP from out-state, and Paul Newberry, N4PN put his Georgia QTH to good use in taking the eastern region plaque for 2006.  Paul's log shows a 172/152 split CW-to-SSB with emphasis on 40/20.  He had a good balance of multipliers between CW and SSB, and led all non-MI single operators in unique counties worked with 70.  Paul was active the entire contest period.

Moving up to second place from his third place finish in 2005 is Tom, N2CU operating from western New York state.  Tom's QTH is closer to MI than people might expect, and as a result his log is heavy on 80/40 QSOs, with one solitary QSO on 20.  Tom focused mostly on CW, and while he essentially matched N4PN for mults on that mode, he came up 29 shy on SSB.  Tom operated 10½ hours of the contest period.

Close behind N2CU, third place eastern region single-op goes to a callsign perhaps not quite as familiar in MiQP, that of Bob, W0BH operating from Kansas.  The W0BH log is slightly biased towards SSB, with slightly more than half of the QSOs on 20M.  However, his best band-modes are 20 SSB and 40 CW.  This balance provided him with a good mix of CW and SSB multipliers, and he worked 63 unique MI counties in his 10½ hours operating time.

All three of the top eastern region stations were high power entries.

Western Region

Call State QSOs Mults Score  Club

KØRI

CO

180

92

28,428

 Grand Mesa Contesters

W6RLL

AZ

109

65

12,740

 Central Arizona DX Assn

N6MU

CA

87

58

9,396

 

In 2006, Larry Lewis KØRI operating from Colorado was able to pull off the "three-peat", and claim his third in a row western region single op plaque.  As you would expect for a western region station, his breakdown shows a heavy emphasis on 20M (63%) and mostly CW (72%) but with enough SSB QSOs that about 1/3 of his mults came on that mode.  Larry operated approximately 9½ hours of the contest period, and worked 62 unique counties.

Moving further west, we find the second place western region single-op finisher, Joe, W6RLL operating from Arizona.  Like K0RI, the W6RLL log is heavy on 20M (78%) and CW (80%).  Being so far west, his sunset in April doesn't occur until after 02Z when there is less than two hours of MiQP remaining.  Perhaps for this reason, Joe operated about half of the contest period.

In third place western region we find another former winner, John, N6MU reprising his third place finish from 2005.  John operated about half of the contest, and had worked 48 unique counties in that time, but he just couldn't make up the operating time he spotted the leaders.

Michigan Mobiles

Solo Operator

Call Ctys QSOs Mults Score  Club

W1NN/m

10

406

96

70,080

 Mad River RC

AD8J/m

6

315

65

40,105

 Mad River RC

WN9O/m

6

150

52

13,312

 Hoosier DX/Contest Club

Batting two-for-two in winning the Michigan Mobile Solo Operator category we find Hal Offutt, W1NN/m (who also won the category in it's inaugural year in 2005).  Hal operated from ten counties this time, with clear leads in both QSOs and multipliers.  Again for the second year in a row, Hal had the most multipliers of any mobile entry, regardless of number of operators.  324 of his 406 QSOs were on CW, not surprising with the poor in-state conditions on 40M which are the bread and butter of the mobiles.  Still, he managed to work 25 unique MI counties.

Second place in the mobile solo operator category was John, AD8J/m who did a fixed portable operation from Leelanau county last year and in 2006 decided to try something different.  John did six counties, following a route which took him to several of the counties multiple times.  His log has a very high percentage of CW QSOs - 302 out of 315.  As a result, his SSB multiplier is down to W1NN, although he was very close on CW.  John also had a little less luck working in-state stations, with 21 unique counties getting into the AD8J/m log

Third place in the mobile solo operator category is a operator new to MiQP mobiling; that is, Kevin, WN9O/m.  Kevin’s MiQP operation was a foray into the state from his home in Kokomo, IN, taking him to six counties in the southwest corner of the Lower Peninsula with about 4 hours of actual operating time.  All but one of Kevin's contacts were on 40 meters and about 2/3 were on CW.  He had better luck working Michigan stations than either W1NN or AD8J, putting 35 unique counties into the log.

Multi Operator

Call Ctys QSOs Mults Score  Club

K8MR/m

22

508

95

88,350

 Mad River RC

WT9U/m

24

449

87

71,340

 Goshen ARC

NU8Z/m

26

477

70

65,950

 Adrian ARC

The winning team of the Michigan Mobile Multi-operator category for 2006 repeat their win from 2005; that is the K8MR/m entry, operated by Jim, K8MR and Jim, W8DRZ who operated from 19 counties in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.  Their log is perhaps the best example of how the poor conditions affected the contest - with the same setup, operators, and essentially the same route, their 2006 score is only slightly more than half of their 2005 score.

Still, K8MR/m made all of the right moves to lead the category in both QSOs and multipliers.  Over half of their QSOs are on 40M, and  422 of 508 QSOs (83%) are on CW.  Their best hour of the contest came at 00Z with 67 QSOs.  Mults are about 2/3 CW and they put 27 unique Michigan counties into their log.

Second place in the mobile multi-operator category is another team who is repeating their position from 2005; that is the WT9U/m entry operated by Jim, WT9U and Ian, WA9PQN.  The team cut back slightly on the number of counties activated (24, from last year's MiQP record 27).  Their percentages of QSOs/band are very similar to K8MR, and their SSB QSO totals are very close; but K8MR had more QSOs on CW as well as more multipliers.  Their best hour was the next to last of the contest, with 61 QSOs going into the log during the 02Z hour.  WT9U did not have good luck in working in-state stations, with only 19 unique Michigan counties going into their log.

The third place mobile multi-operator entry was a team that found itself outside of the top three in 2005; that  is, NU8Z/m operated by Mark, NU8Z and Ed, ND5S, who moved up from fourth to third this year.  This team set the high water mark for counties activated this year with 26, covering a wide swath up the west side of the state  The team posed a serious challenge for second place, with more CW QSOs but a very small SSB total.  Like the second place finisher, NU8Z only managed to get 19 unique Michigan counties into the log, but it was their shortfall on SSB which caused them to come up short on overall multipliers and cost them second place.

Multi-Operator

Michigan Single Transmitter

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score  Club

W8VS

LIVI

370

120

69,480

 

W8OAK

OAKL

143

69

16,284

 Oakland County ARPSC

W8ZHO

MUSK

191

60

11,460

 Muskegon Area ARC

The W8VS crew from Livingston county finished third in the multi-single category in 2005.  However, in 2006 this two-man team stepped up their game and grabbed the top spot.  To do so, they changed their operating strategy significantly.  While their 2005 score was 81% SSB, this year their log slightly favored CW: 208 to 163.  Multipliers were perfectly balanced between CW and SSB, and they worked 35 unique Michigan counties.  Their best hour of the contest was the second hour, with 59 QSOs going into the log,  however they pulled the plug with a little more than an hour to go and did not get in the full operating time.  Still, leading the category in QSOs and multipliers is a hard combination to beat.

In second place multi-single, we have a group new to MiQP: W8OAK from Oakland county.  E-mails before the contest indicated that this station at the Oakland county EOC was going to be QRV as a training exercise.  However, the team did include one member with significant MiQP experience: Mark, K8ED who from 1975 to 1996 was the organizer of the Michigan QSO Party.  The team missed the first three hours of the contest, but then got rolling and stayed on until the end.  Their log is 2/3 CW and they managed to work 25 unique Michigan counties while running 100W.

In third place multi-single, we have the team at W8ZHO who has pretty much put Muskegon county on the MiQP map for the past two years.  This group only operated SSB, ran 100W, and operated about half of the contest.  Their band breakdowns are unusual with big totals on 80 (84 QSOs) and 20 (98 QSOs) and only 9 QSOs on 40.

Michigan Multi Transmitter

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score  Club

K8MQP

CHEB

1195

167

275,717

 Mad River RC

K8XXX

BARR

1126

172

264,364

 Adrian ARC

KG8CO

LENA

843

97

81,771

 Adrian ARC

This category looks a lot like last year, however the top two stations swapped positions.  In what was arguably the closest battle of the contest, the winning multi-operator multi-transmitter entry for 2006 came from the team at K8MichiganQsoParty, with a scant 11,353 point (4.3%!) victory over the team at K8XXX.  K8MQP again operated portable from Cheboygan county, but from a different QTH than 2005.  The 2005 operating team was back, with the addition of QTH owner KN8S for a total of five ops.  The new QTH came with 10 acres for antennas, so the team used the extra space to set up one more rig this year (four total).  The antenna farm utilized lots of trees plus K8BB's portable 56’ trailer-mounted tower to hold up monoband beams. 

The K8MQP log was biased mildly towards SSB (62%),  entirely because of 20M.  On 80 and 40, the CW/SSB ratio was essentially even but 20M SSB was a bottomless pit of QSOs compared to 20 CW.  Mults were almost even between modes and 40 & 20 were their best bands, with 489 and 457 QSOs respectively.  Their best hour was (no surprise) the first hour, with 152 QSOs between the four stations.  They worked 45 unique counties.

The true secret to the team's success was the fine cuisine provided throughout the weekend by KN8S's XYL Linda, their daughter Katie, and KE8OC's XYL Nancy.  It sure beat the Pop Tarts and pizza from 2005, and the team thanks these fine ladies for their efforts.

The runner-up position in the multi-multi category was captured by last year's winner K8XXX, again operating from the N8CC QTH in Barry county.  However, for this most part this was not the same operating team as in 2005. As noted in their soapbox comments, a number of their ops were new contesters in their first big time operation.

Like K8MQP, the K8XXX log is biased mildly towards SSB (64%) and their best band was 40M, with 501 QSOs.  Their best hour was also the first, with 122 QSOs getting into the log.  They did a better job than 'MQP in working in-state multipliers, getting 52 unique counties into their log on the way to their 2006 contest-leading multiplier count of 172.  Still, their five multiplier edge was not enough to make up for K8MQP's 69 extra QSOs.

The third place multi-multi team is another group familiar to the MiQP wars in the category.  The KG8CO team operated from Lenawee county and repeats their third place finish from 2004 after being QRT in 2005. The KG8CO log is all SSB, and their best band was 20M where they ran neck and neck with K8MQP in QSOs with 384.  Their first hour was a strong 129, but without CW they quickly fell behind the other two MI multi-multis.  Despite coming up about an hour short of getting in the full 12 hours of operating time, they still managed to put 45 unique counties into their log and were very competitive with the SSB multiplier totals of their competition.

Non-Michigan Multi Operator

Call Loc QSOs Mults Score  Club

K5OT (+packet)

TX

98

51

9,996

 Central TX DX & CC 

WB9LBI (+KD8AYJ)

OH

18

17

374

 

The multi-op category is typically not very popular outside of Michigan, nonetheless there were two entries in 2006.  Former Michigander (and MiQP plaque winner) Larry, K5OT got on from Texas using packet assistance while Bill, WB9LBI and daughter Julie, KD8AYJ made some MiQP QSOs from WB9LBI in neighboring Ohio.

DX Stations

DX stations have a hard time of it in MiQP, because their distance from Michigan offers propagation only at certain times and on certain bands.  For many DX stations, success in MiQP depends heavily on how long the bands are open at their QTH.  With the lousy conditions in 2006, only two DX stations turned in MiQP logs.

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score  Club

CU2JT

CU

49

34

3,332

 

LZ4UU

LZ

2

2

8

 

Leading the single-op DX entries was Gary Wikstrom, CU2JT from the Azores.  Gary finished fifth in 2005 in a much larger field of DX entries.  Still, his 2006 score is significant in that he was one of the few entries in 2006 who was able to improve his score from 2005.  In his soapbox comment he noted that when 20M dropped off at 2141Z, he was able to continue to make QSOs on 40M.  As a result, in 2006 he was able to double his multiplier count, and more than double his QSO count, versus 2005.  As a result, his 2006 score is almost five times his 2005 score.

It is interesting to examine Gary's 40M log.  23 of his 40 QSOs on that band were with ten different MI mobile stations!  He also worked both of the QRP entries received (N8XI and KK8I).  Apparently the conditions which made it so hard for in-state QSOs pm 40 meters must have helped the MI-to-Azores path

The only other DX log received was from Iliya, LZ4UU who only worked two MiQP QSOs (K8XXX and N8EA) in a short period on 20 CW.  We thank Iliya for his participation and his support of MiQP.

Club Competition

In-State

Club Name

Score

Entries

Adrian Amateur Radio Club

436,085

4

Cherryland Amateur Radio Club

123,316

17

Southeastern MI DX Association

122,706

4

A familiar name appears at the top of the In-State Club Competition scoreboard, and that name is the Adrian Amateur Radio Club, who has now won the club competition twice out of the eight years of the modern MiQP era (plus several times prior!).  Adrian put together the winning total of 436,085 led by the scores of three podium finishes: two multi-ops and a rover mobile.

The second place club, the Cherryland ARC, moves up from third last year.  They amassed a total of seventeen entries (far and away the most of any MI club), including N8TC's winning SOLP score for their total of 123,316. When it comes to getting members to submit their MiQP logs, Cherryland is the role model for MI clubs.

Swapping places with Cherryland and dropping to third place is last year's second place club, the Southeastern Michigan DX Association with 124,205 points.  SEMDXA put together four entries, including KK8I's winning SOQRP and K8DD second place SOHP scores to amass their total.

Out-Of-State

Club Name

Score

Entries

South East Contest Club

108,223

4

Western NY Contest Club

46,226

2

Florida Contest Group

36,160

3

Among the out-of-state clubs, the Southeast Contest Club stepped up their game from their third place finish in 2005 to finish first in 2006.  To do it, they combined N4PN's Eastern Region SOHP leading score, with KU8E's Eastern Region SOLP leading score to take the top spot.

In second place was a name new to the top box: the Western NY Contest Club who only had two entries, but one of those was N2CU's 2nd place Eastern Region SOHP score, and that was good enough for a clear margin over third place.

In third place was last year's winner, the Florida Contest Group.  Three solid out-of-state scores allowed them to put together a total that was more than double that of the club behind them.

Remember that for the MiQP Club Competition it takes at least two scores to count as a Combined Club entry.  There were a lot of big individual scores that went “orphaned” and did not count for any club because they were the only one.

Also, scores for an in-state club must be made from Michigan, and scores for an out-of-state club must be made from outside of Michigan.

Most MI Counties Worked

The MiQP Most Counties Worked competition is intended to offer an alternative for those single operators who like to focus on “working them all”, but everyone gets to compete.  There are separate competitions for in-state and out-of-state entries.

Among MI entries, the most counties were worked by Hank, K8DD with 46 counties, while on his way to his second place finish in the high power category.  Three stations tied for second place, and coincidentally each won their respective single-op power category: N8SS (high power), N8TC (low power) and KK8I (QRP).  In third place, was high power station K8AO with 36.

Among the non-MI entries, the top three Eastern Region entries swept the top three places in counties worked as well.  Paul, N4PN had the most counties with 70, while N2CU was close on his heels with 67 and W0BH not much further behind with 63.  All three were high power stations.

Records

Perhaps because of the poor conditions, there were no major category records set this year.  However, thirteen fixed station and eighteen rover mobile records were set at the county level.  These entries are to be applauded for their persistence.

Acknowledgements

Producing these MiQP results is not a one man show.  Our thanks go to Ron, W8RU who transcribes the paper logs received, and to Mike, WD8S who manages the certificates and plaques for the MiQP awards program.

To volunteers like these (plus others we don’t know of), to the club newsletter editors who publish MiQP announcements, to MiQP Communications Manager Mark Hinkleman, NU8Z, to Michigan ARRL Section Manager Dale Williams, WA8EFK and Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE who lent their support, and to the 2237 stations that appeared in one or more MiQP logs, we say thanks for your continuing support of the Michigan QSO Party.

At the end of this report, you’ll find a list of the MiQP plaques and the clubs and organizations that sponsored them.  The MiQP committee thanks these sponsors for their generous support of MiQP.

As these results are coming out in early August, don’t forget to look for many familiar MiQP callsigns during the Ohio QSO Party, August 26, 2006, also sponsored by the Mad River Radio Club.  Come join in the fun!

MiQP 2006 Soapbox

Many thanks to all those hams who chose to operate using CW.  Very disappointing conditions here with 40M QRN over S9 until about 2200Z.  Was on 80m most often after that. Thanks to the MRRC for their sponsorship - AA9KH  Tough conditions. A-index was 50 with strong QSB - AB7RW  Well, my hopes for a really good score were crushed by the horrible band conditions (at least that's what I'm gonna blame it on - HI!).  Anyways, beat last year's score which is a step in the right direction. I know there were many more MI ops on the air but just couldn't hear them.  Let's hope the band gods show mercy next year to make up for it. Thank you for putting on the QSO party and I'll be wiating for next year. Take care and 73 to all - AD5WI  Conditions on 20M were just horrible.  I heard my first MI station two hours after the start of MiQP. In general signals were down in the noise so I might have gotten one or more numbers wrong.  Propagation on 40M was a little beeter and I was able to make up for most of those I missed on 20M.  Last year, I only made 21 contacts so this year's result is an improvement. By 2 AM local I was so tired I had to give up which probably cost me a county or two - CU2JT  Thanks for a great QSO party with lots of activity  - K3TW  O don't know what to make of my unusually high score (one QSO) - K4GOP  Great contest - I had a blast and remembered several stations from the GA QSO party - K4OD  I would suggest, for future MiQPs, that mobile operators sign with "/county they are operating from ", instead of just "/M".  It sure would simplify the logging process, when they change counties - K4WW  Only able to be part-time this year, but MiQP is still on my "must show up" QSO party list every year. Great mobile and fixed station activity. Thanks MRRC! - K5OT  Same county, but a different location from last year with more space (10 acres on a lake) and a bigger house.  Brought four rigs and the QTH owner (KN8S) was present this time to make a five man operating team.  Same antenna farm as last year, thanks to K8BB's tower trailer "Big Yellow".  40M was the biggest disappointment; we made more QSOs on that band last year with one rig than we did this year with two - K8MQP  Worst band conditions I've ever seen - K8SAK  Working this MiQP was like "shaving with a worn out blade" (i.e., kind of rough :-)). My first county on 40 was HOUG and the signal was about S2. I knew I was in trouble when a CU2 called me at 5PM local time. Even OAKL, 2 miles away, was hard copy and neighboring WASH wasn't any better. I had fun and "I will be back". 73  - K8SIA  Aside from very poor conditions, a great group of new contesters did an outstanding job of running N8CC'S great station. The regulars put in very little and let "the new guys (and gal)" have at it. Well done crew! - K8XXX  QRV for about six hours. Tough condx, but a fun way to spend the afternoon - K9NW  Easter weekend was tough for me - KA8EBI  I wish more people had participated and conditions had been better - KB8TYJ  Lots of activity made for good fun. 40M was pretty good, but not so 80M. I had a tough time there and only managed two contacts - KD2MX  Never got off the ground.  Where were all the contacts? - KD8AUQ  It was pretty rough but lots of fun - KG8JK  Good signals most of the QSO party. I did only CW and band not crowded, but it kept me napless - KN4Y  I made one more QSO than last year but still could make 25 contacts.  Got chased off by thunrderstorms for about six hours. Will keep trying! - N0WY  I would like to request undisturbed solar conditions next year. Only one QSO on 20M and 40M sounded like what 20 should have been.  QRN levels on 40 and 80 at night were bad! Thanks to the mobiles as usual for doing a great job under less than ideal conditions - N2CU  Bands not in very good shape in central Florida. The station was an ICOM-703+ & a  Force12 flagpole vertical - N3JV  Great contest...band condx very bad but the fixed and mobile stations kept up interest for the 12 hours.  Thanks to the K8MR/m team who gave me many countires on CW & SSB - N4PN  This was my first MiQP. Primary mobile setup failed, so I had to go to my backup. 10M was no loss, but having to swap sticks all the time was no fun. Finally, the new computer power supply created hash, so I only could run stationary. Still had fun - N8CBW  Only had a short time to work the contest, but wanted to support the fine hamds of Michigan - N8IE  Went QRT early due to the noisy band condx.  Ol' Sol sure did a number on us with lousy propagation! - N8KV   Terrible conditions until 80 opened up.  Hardly any MI stations on 40,  skip on 20 was to west coast and Florida.  However, it looks like several stations specifically looked up the N8M callsign, because they had very low Q's near the end of the contest period - N8M (op. N8XX)  I had a blast. Too bad condx were so bad.  Thanks for all the QSOs - N8NX 
Horrible conditions. I worked 100 less QSOs with twice the station this year compared to last. Thanks to the mobiles, especially the ones from the UP which were the most workable from county to county at this QTH due to long and noisy band condx. This was the first time I tried the two-radio setup from home and it has potential but still needs some bugs worked out - N8SS  Was great fun, despite the worst propagation since the "big bang" a few million years ago. Was very surprised when CU2JT came back to my QRP CQ on 40M Saturday at 22Z - N8XI  Disappointing band conditions again this year, but Mike and I had a great time anyways. We were plagued with S9+10 atmospheric noise on 75/80 at night which made hearing many stations difficult to impossible.  It's amazing at an 80; wire in a dead tree to my Icom AH-4 tuner with 4 random length radials outperformed the bigger dipoles on the tower most of the time. Thanks to Ken, WB9WYR for hosting us again this year - N9FN  Well, considering band conditions, I've had more fun having dental work performed by a blind, intoxicate dentist with bad breath and carpal tunnel syndrome, but can't wait 'til next year's MiQP!!! - NG8U  Thanks for the Qs and the great contest - NN8UU  A leisurely 680 mile road trip with 26 counties activated  We had a pipeline into the Azores having worked CU2JT from 5 counties for our only DX!  This is the second time these two ops have team up and we learn new things every year. It was great fun despite bring some 350 Qs shy from last year's score.  We look forward to doing it again next year.  Thanks to all who participated - NU8Z/M  What happened to the propagation?? - VE5BF  Conditions were extremely poor and noisy and signals were weak.  Many stations just couldn't hear me. I didn't go down to 80M as the QRN was outrageous. So things can only get better?  The rig was the same old TS830S and Butternut HF6V with LOG-EQF software. Tnx all - W1END 
Operated around chores and dinner so missed some counties. NIL on 20/15M and 40M didn't shorten up until late afternoon. Local QRN made 80M bad. Lots of activity and tnx to the mobiles for a fine job. Got W8SH in Ingham so just need Ionia to finish Michigan. CU next year! - W2UDT  Thanks for all the QSOs - W6RLL  I had three granddaughters here from North Carolina for the Easter weekend.  Did not get on until they had to take their baths and quit when they got out - W8KNO  I knew MI QSOs would be tough on 40 when I heard KO7X in UT at noon local - W8TM  I wish band conditions would have been better, didn't make as many QSOs as I would have liked - W9QL  Absolute horrid conditions between MN and MI this year.  I also didn't have too much time to put in this one - WA0MHJ  I had very limited operating time. Very poor band conditions. I worked all the Michigan stations I could hear, but I heard very few - WA3ELQ  Wow...even 80 didn't cooperate this year. Hope for much better luck next year! - WF5X  I did the MiQP mobile for the first time last year, giving out 4 counties in the UP.  This year I wanted to make more of an effort, so I planned to give out 7 counties in the UP and spend more time operating.  I left home in Madison and drove to our cabin in Sawyer county northwest Wisconsin Friday afternoon.  Saturday morning I headed over to Holmes Lake in Iron county where I planned to start.  The drive was 162 miles and took exactly three hours.  After a few minutes setting up the radio and computer I was on the air. In a bit under and hour I made 32 QSOs on 20 and 40.  Conditions seemed fair and activity pretty good.  When things slowed down a bit I down the road into Dickinson, where I made 34 more QSOs in a bit under and hour.  I was pretty pleased at this time and then shut down for the hour drive to my next location in Marquette.  About 30 minutes there netted another 15 QSOs, then down the road a couple of miles to Baraga where another 17 QSOs were made in about 30 minutes.  By this time conditions seemed to deteriorate and activity had dropped.  Now it was another hour drive to the Ontonagon/Houghton county line area.  Starting in Houghton, 30 minutes yeilded only 12 QSOs, signals were weak and activity seemed almost non-existent. Moving 100' into Ontonagon yielded only 6 more QSOs in 30 minutes. By this time it was late afternoon and I was very tired and somewhat frustrated, plus there were mosquitoes about and I was getting bitten. I have been having problems loading my new HI-Sierra antenna on 80, so all QSOs were made on 40 and 20.  I also didn't take a microphone which I should have done.  I had been planning on activating Gogebic before driving back to the cabin, but decided to bag the whole thing at this point.  It was about 1830 local CDT and the sun would set in an hour, so I drove to the cabin of some friends near Glidden, WI where they treated me to dinner. Then I went back to my place near Winter, WI for the night before driving back to Madison on Sunday afternoon. The bottom line was 115 QSOS in about 3 hours and 50 minutes of air time. Total time on the road round trip in the UP from my cabin 15 hours counting the time spent at my friends' place.  Total miles driven were 944: 514 round trip to my cabin and 430 miles Saturday driving driving to and from the UP. At 25 MPG in my Subaru, and $2.75 for a gallon of gas that week this works out to about 90 cents a QSO for the gas alone.  Total time in the car for the weekend was about 22.5 hours, or about 12 minutes per QSO.  I don't think I'll be doing this again in this way.  Next year I'll concentrate on the 4 or so UP counties nearest my cabin, and will be able to cut the driving time and mileage in the UP by about 40 %.  Thanks for all the QSOs, and thanks to the organizers.  73 - WI9WI/M  Thanks again to Ian, WA9PQN for driving the 598 miles. Conditions were much worse but a nice day for a drive - WT9U/M
 

Plaques

The following individuals and organizations will receive a 2006 Michigan QSO Party plaque for winning their respective categories.  The remaining top three entries in each category will receive a MiQP Certificate of Accomplishment.  Congratulations to all of the winners!

Plaques and certificates will be going out in late August or early September.  If you’ve not received your award by the end of September 2006, drop an e-mail to our awards manager Mike, WD8S at his callsign "at" comcast.net.

The MiQP Committee would like to thank Everett Jackson, WZ8P and the team at Franklin Printing in Zanesville, OH for their assistance in creating the beautiful MiQP plaques.

 

High Score - Michigan Single Op - High Power

Sponsor: Hazel Park ARC

Winner: Earl Morse, N8SS

 

High Score - Michigan Single Op - Low Power

Sponsor: Eastern Michigan ARC

Winner: Brian Cox, N8TC

 

High Score - Michigan Single Op - QRP

Sponsor: Michigan QRP Club

Winner: Uli Ann, KK8I

 

High Score - Michigan Multi-Op Single-Transmitter

Sponsor: Monroe County Radio Communications Association

Winner: Station W8VS - Ops K8DSL and W8VS

 

High Score - Michigan Multi-Op Multi-Transmitter

Sponsor: Adrian Amateur Radio Club

Winner: Station K8MQP - Ops K8BB, K8CC, KE8OC, KN8S, W8MJ

 

High Score - Michigan Mobile, Solo-Operator

Sponsor: Utica Shelby Communications Association

Winner: Station W1NN/m

 

High Score - Michigan Mobile, Multi-Operator

Sponsor: Flying Beers International ARC

Winner: Station K8MR/m - Ops K8MR, W8DRZ

 

Most Counties Worked - Michigan Station

Sponsor: MiQP Contest Committee

Winner: Hank Kohl, K8DD

 

High Score - Michigan Club

Sponsor: Mad River Radio Club

Winner: Adrian Amateur Radio Club

 

High Score - Out of State Single Operator, Eastern/Central

Sponsor: Cherryland Amateur Radio Club

Winner: Paul Newberry, N4PN

 

High Score - Out of State Single Operator, Mountain/Pacific

Sponsor: Southeastern Michigan DX Association

Winner: Larry Lewis, K0RI

 

 

It should be noted that the Most Counties Worked award in the case of the Out-of-State competition was won by the station that also won its respective category plaque.  This achievement was identified on their single plaque, and multiple plaques were not awarded.