Michigan QSO Party
Sponsored by The Mad River Radio Club
|Contest Report By Dave Pruett, K8CC|
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After lower than normal activity levels in the 2017 Michigan QSO Party (which did NOT fell on Easter weekend), participants looked forward to bigger and better things in 2018. The 254 logs received this year were up 5.4% from the 241 logs received in 2017, but this was still only about half way back to what could be considered a "normal" MiQP year. Out-of-state logs outnumbered in-state logs, 160 to 94.
The table below shows the breakdown of QSOs from the contest. Reported QSOs rose 26% to 24,596 vs. 19,573 in 2017, while the number of unique callsigns appearing in the logs dropped slightly: 2,629 vs. 2,790 last year; a drop of 9%. Once again, 40M was the workhorse band; however 2018 saw 80M closing the gap to 1,573 QSOs. On the other hand, 20M took a big hit, as can be seen in the chart below. CW made a bit of a comeback this year, gaining back a larger percentage of its QSOs over 2017, although both CW and phone had increases.
|Pct of total||41.6%||48.2%||10.2%||0.04%||0.002%||-|
It is informative to view the overall contest in terms of QSOs by hour. The graph below shows the total and overall number of QSOs reported by band for each hour of the contest. Most of the improvement from 2017 came in the evening hours after 23Z and most noticeably in the last three hours of the contest when activity on 80M, and to a lesser extent 40M, held up better. 20M closed about two hours earlier, but 80M and 40M combined for almost 1800 QSOs in the last hour of the contest, vs. a little more than 500 QSOs last year.
QSOs were made with 82 of the 83 Michigan counties during the contest, up two from last year. The only no-show county was Oceana; the five least active counties were (with the number of QSOs shown in parenthesis): Mecosta (3), Charlevoix (2), Dickenson (2), Mason (1) and Oceana (0). Only Oceana repeated from last year. On the other hand, the five most active counties in 2018 were Oakland (955), Lapeer (685), Washtenaw (680), Kent (590) and Ingham (559). Three of these repeat from the 2017 list, while Kent and Ingham replace St. Clair and Wayne.
From the out-of-state areas, QSOs were reported with 53 of the 63 non-Michigan geographic entities on CW, 57 of 63 on SSB and 58 of 63 overall. The five most active out-of-state areas were Ohio (1,098), Pennsylvania (807), New York (746), Minnesota (604) and Virginia (574). Ohio and Pennsylvania repeat as #1 and #2, New York moves up to #3 while Minnesota and Virginia replace Texas and Florida. No QSOs were reported with four non-Michigan entities: Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon Territories. These same four entities repeat from last year.
43 counties were represented by fixed station operations in 2018, up 1 from 2017. Every year, our goal is to have fixed station entries on the air from all 83 counties; a feat which we have not accomplished thus far. Overall, MiQP entries worked an average of 27.9 counties in 2017 vs. 20.3 in 2016. Michigan stations on average worked 27.9 counties in 2018, up from 25.7 in 2017. The average number of counties worked by non-Michigan stations also rose in 2018 to 19.7 vs. 16.5 in 2017.
With scores down for the most part this year, it should be no surprise that no major category records were broken in 2018. However, 13 new records were set at the county level by fixed stations. We congratulate all of the record setters for the effort they put into the 2018 MiQP.
The MiQP committee wishes to thank one of our web technologists, for his contributions to improve our record reporting and adding the EOC records.
Apology for Lateness of Results
As this is being typed, some three days AFTER the 2019 MiQP, your scribe apologizes to all MiQP participants for the lateness of these results. Work began on log checking in June 2018, shortly after the contest, and I started work on this contest report the following July and was making good progress when I developed a skin allergy from certain medicines I take for high blood pressure and diabetes. These allergies caused rashes on my skin, so I started seeing a dermatologist in October 2018. The rashes made it uncomfortable to sit and work on the computer, so work on these results ground to a halt.
So here it is August 2019 and I'm just now starting to see improvement in my condition. My activity in MiQP 2019 as an op at K8MQP,was my first time on the air since MiQP 2018 and its good to be back. I will start on the 2019 MiQP results immediately after the 2018 results make it on line and will endeavor to meet our planned deadline for results publication in September 2019.
Once again, please accept my apologies for the lateness in publishing these results.
CU next year!
Mark your calendars now for the 2020 MiQP, April 18-19, 2020. Fortunately, Easter will be on April 12 next year, so let's hope that activity will get a boost as everyone interested in the but contest can focus on it. Now, if the bands would just cooperate...
And now, on to the results: