Michigan QSO Party
Sponsored by The Mad River Radio Club
|Contest Report By Dave Pruett, K8CC|
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2010 was another successful year for the Michigan QSO Party. Compared to 2009, which the ARRL declared to be the "Year of The State QSO Party", activity was down only slightly, which can also be attributed to the absence of some of our usual pre-contest public relations initiatives which fell through the cracks this year. Logs received were down slightly (280 entries vs. 303 last year) along with reported QSOs (36,043 vs. 39,042 last year) with 2,943 unique callsigns appearing in those logs.
The table below shows the breakdown of QSOs from the contest. Once again, 80M took the honors for the title of "most important MiQP band". As in 2009, the increased activity on 80M appears to have pulled QSOs from 40M, particularly during daytime. Results on 20M were mixed - while CW was up 157 QSOs, phone dropped by 1628. Since several DX entries reported good conditions (for them) on 20 SSB, this suggests poor conditions within the USA on this band hindered activity. Activity on both 15M and 10M was virtually non-existent - come on, sunspot cycle 24!!
|Pct of total||45%||40%||15%||0.02%||0.02%||-|
|vs. 2009||- 2.1%||- 7.5%||-22%||+17%||+14%||-7.7%|
In comparing 2010 with 2009, the hardest hit band-modes seem to have been 40 SSB and 20 SSB. It is interesting to note that percentage-wise, the drop in CW QSOs is about half that of SSB, perhaps due to the resurgence of mobile activity this year (entries which usually rely heavily on CW for their QSOs). In the opinion of this author, the strength of the phone QSO totals is evidence that the MiQP is continuing to attract newer hams (who may tend to operate primarily on phone).
For the eleventh time in twelve years, we are pleased to report that all 83 MI counties were active during the contest. The five most active counties were Oakland, Washtenaw, Berrien, Livingston and Wayne. While the top two repeat from 2009, Berrien and Livingston worked their way into third and fourth, dropping Wayne to fifth from third in 2009. The five least active counties were Gladwin, Calhoun, Oceana, Lake, and Eaton. Oceana is the only repeat from 2009. None of these counties had fixed station operations this year, relying on transient mobile stations for their activity.
From the out-of-state areas, QSOs were reported with 56 of the 63 geographic entities on CW, 60 of 63 on SSB and 60 of 63 overall. These numbers are essentially the same as last year. The five most active out-of-state areas were Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Texas. Pennsylvania repeats as #1 from 2009, while Ohio climbed to second from fifth last year. Wisconsin, and Texas bumped California (9th) and Florida (11th) from last year's top-five. No QSOs were reported with three entities: Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon Territories. All of these are historically no-shows in MiQP, although rule changes combining Newfoundland and Labrador knocked the latter from the usual list.
46 counties were represented by fixed station operations. While this is less than last year's high-water mark of 51, it is still the third best ever. While no Michigan counties saw first-ever recorded fixed station entries, N8Q operated by Hank, N8XX from Newaygo County was the first-ever fixed station operation from that county in the "modern era" of MiQP. To explain, Newaygo had some fixed station operations prior to 1999, back when the contest was two days long and the scoring rules were different, which explains why these don't appear on the "records" for that county. Still, N8Q was the first fixed station operation in the past 12 years from Newaygo and we congratulate Hank on his successful QRP operation. This leaves only two Michigan counties which have never, ever had a fixed station MiQP entry reported: Ontonagon and Schoolcraft.
Ian, K8MM set a new record for Michigan QRP Single-Operators at 118,990, beating his previous mark set just last year. N8M, operated by Ken, K2KW raised the Michigan Single-Operator Low Power record set in 2008 by K9TM to 202,005. In the DX Single-Operator/High Power category, Laci, OM2VL bumped his existing record from 2008 by 39% to 30,749. In the DX Single-Operator/QRP category, Joe, SP6JOE set an initial record. In the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) category, for the third year in a row the team at W8OAK raised their category record another notch to 104,248.
In addition, 37 new fixed station and 12 mobile records were set at the county level. We congratulate all of the record setters for the effort they put into the 2010 MiQP.
Once again, this editor would like to acknowledge that producing these MiQP results is not a one man show. Our thanks go to Mike, WD8S who manages the certificates and plaques for the MiQP awards program, and to Everett Jackson, WZ8P and the team at Franklin Printing in Zanesville, OH for their assistance in creating the beautiful MiQP plaques.
At the end of this report, youíll 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, donít forget to look for many familiar MiQP callsigns during the Ohio QSO Party, August 28-29, 2010, also sponsored by the Mad River Radio Club. Come join in the fun!
And now, on to the results.