Results

2003

Michigan QSO Party

 

 

The 2003 running of the Michigan QSO Party was a record-setting event.  The Saturday of April 19 turned out bright and sunny for many in-state participants, and while the WWV forecast was mixed, the most popular MiQP bands (7 and 14 MHz) sounded quiet but with good signals.

For most people, MiQP starts at 1600Z on Saturday, but for the hard-working MiQP committee, preparations for the contest begin months in advance.  This was particularly true for the MiQP Communications Manager, Mark-NU8Z.  Beginning roughly three months before MiQP, press releases with MiQP info were sent to Michigan clubs  Next, contest reminders were sent to previous MiQP participants, and contest rules were sent to amateurs who participate in events similar to MiQP.  Finally, the week before MiQP short announcements were made to the CQ-Contest e-mail reflector.

In addition to Mark's work, 2003 saw MiQP have it's own web site http://www.miqp.org.  Having our own presence "on the Web" brings increased attention to the contest, and the new web site offers improved reporting and support.  Along with the new web site came a new MiQP reflector and electronic log submittal site.

Results

The pre-contest work and publicity for 2003 was rewarded with the highest activity levels seen in the modern MiQP era (i.e., since the rules were revised in 1999).  A total of 206 entries were submitted, a 69% increase over 2002!  178 were single-op (up from 102 in 2002), 17 were multi-op (up from 8 in 2002), 10 mobile rovers (down from 12 last year) and one checklog.

While the number of unique callsigns appearing in the 2003 MiQP logs dropped slightly from 2002 (from 2521 to 2418, or a 4% drop) the number of reported QSOs rose from 23,440 in 2002 to 29,840 in 2003 - a significant 27% increase.  Here is the breakdown of QSOs by band:

80 40 20 15 10 Total
CW 1675 9401 3571 408 1 15056
SSB 1689 9963 2559 553 20 14784

Compared to 2002, 20M and 10M basically broke even but the other bands had healthy increases, led by 15M (+325%!), 80M (+40%) and 40M (+32%).  In past years, CW has held a significant advantage in popularity, but the results for 2003 show an almost 50/50 breakdown with SSB.

New scoring records were established in all of the in-state categories except for Single-Op-QRP.  A total of 63 new records were set this year at the county level.  The Michigan Club Competition record from 2002 still stands, but two clubs came awfully close to breaking it in 2003.  A new overall QSO record was set this year - furthermore, not one but three fixed stations broke the 1000 QSO milestone, and one mobile rover came close.

For the fourth year straight we can report that all 83 Michigan counties were active during MiQP, but this time on both CW and SSB for a dual mode clean sweep.  The five most active counties were Oakland, Lenawee, Washtenaw, Menominee and Lapeer.  Four of those are repeats from 2002, with Washtenaw taking the place of Grand Traverse.  The five least active counties were Mecosta, Oceana, Gladwin, Mason and Lake. The good news here is that even the lowest of these (Mecosta) had more QSOs reported than all of the five lowest from 2002.

From the out-of-state areas, QSOs were reported with 52 of 63 on CW, 57 of 63 on SSB and 58 of 63 overall.  This represents a small improvement on CW, with identical numbers for SSB and overall compared to 2002. The five most active out-of-state areas were OH, IL, CA, PA and WI.  It is particularly gratifying to see CA on this list, representing the western USA.  As usual, the "no shows" were NF, YB, PEI, NU and YT (4 of 5 repeats from 2002).

 

Single Operator

Michigan High Power

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score  Club

KT8X

WASH

632

173

167291

 MSU ARC

AD8J

LEEL

596

152

138016

 North Coast Contesters

KE9S/8

IRON

507

136

78744

 M & M ARC

KG8CO

LENA

464

91

42224

 Adrian ARC

ND5S

INGH

207

93

32178

 Mad River RC

WB8RFB

DICK

206

76

28044

K9TTT

JACK

132

67

10452

N8ZPJ

WAYN

129

55

7095

 Motor City RC

K8DDB

DICK

46

35

3220

KC8JX

BERR

47

40

2760

 Michigan DX Assn

KE4QDM

MACO

64

37

2368

KB8OXK

LENA

44

27

1188

 Adrian ARC

KG8EF

HILL

44

26

1118

 Adrian ARC

The Michigan single-op high power winner was Dennis Ward, KT8X operating from his home station in Washtenaw County.  Second place goes to John, AD8J who traveled all the way from PA to operate portable from Leelanau County, while third goes to Jeff, KE9S/8 whose portable operation kept Iron County off the "endangered counties" list.

HOW THE WINNER DID IT: KT8X had the advantage of operating from his home QTH, offering an established station with good antennas (big tribander, "shorty-40" yagi, wires).  However due to non-radio commitments he missed three hours of operating time just after the start.  AD8J was using a portable setup with wires in trees from a rare county (Leelanau), but struggled with an extremely loud water heater located next to his operating position.  Both stations had almost identical ratios of CW-to-SSB QSOs, and very similar band breakdowns with 40M the money band.  In the end, Dennis was able make up his missed operating time to pull ahead of John in both QSOs and mults.

Michigan Low Power

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score  Club

AB8QV

OAKL

590

194

174406

 Bavarian Contest Club

K8RO

OAKL

437

122

82228

 L'Anse Creuse ARC

WD8S

OAKL

337

121

67397

 Hazel Park ARC

N8NX

OAKL

320

127

55626

K8AAX

WASH

262

96

44544

 South Lyon ARC

N8EA

OAKL

240

96

42144

 Mad River RC

K8SIA

LIVI

219

91

34398

 Mad River RC

NG8U

WASH

312

99

32967

W8WDX

CALH

360

89

32396

KE3K

BERR

187

82

28782

 Blossomland ARA

N8KV

LEEL

174

80

21280

 I. Walton Portable ARC

WA8UWQ

LENA

212

70

14840

 Adrian ARC

K8CV

OAKL

124

58

14384

AB8PD

OAKL

180

64

12352

W8RU

OAKL

117

47

10998

 Mad River RC

N8YP

DELT

179

60

10740

K8GT

OAKL

101

60

10140

 Mad River RC

KC8KE

OTTA

166

60

10020

WB0WAO

IOSC

158

62

9858

 Michigan DX Assn

W8UHW

WASH

146

59

8614

WB8AEV

OAKL

126

56

7168

NX8C

WASH

82

46

5658

 Mad River RC

WW8MM

MONR

120

45

5400

N8FYL

OAKL

103

49

5047

 L'Anse Creuse ARC

WE8Z

CLAR

84

51

4539

 Adrian ARC

K8AE

WAYN

60

36

4320

 Motor City RC

N8TIB

LENA

92

42

3864

 Adrian ARC

K8ED

OAKL

57

38

3800

K8TLT

LENA

85

43

3655

 Adrian ARC

N8PYN

MACO

78

40

3120

 L'Anse Creuse ARC

K8LJG

GENE

49

31

3038

 Michigan DX Assn

AA8R

JACK

47

32

3008

W8JBA

BERR

77

39

3003

KX8D

PRES

74

37

2738

 Blossomland ARA

K8VFR

MACO

50

25

2500

 L'Anse Creuse ARC

AA8SN

GRTR

45

38

2432

 Cherryland ARC

N8BHT

OAKL

67

36

2412

 South Lyon ARC

K8GX

LENA

69

32

2240

 Adrian ARC

K8AYZ

MACO

65

31

2015

 L'Anse Creuse ARC

W8VOM

OTTA

54

30

1620

 Michigan DX Assn

WB8IIA

OAKL

41

24

984

 South Lyon ARC

N8YSS

CRAW

36

26

936

KB8PGW

MIDL

25

18

900

KC8GTA

LENA

29

14

812

 Adrian ARC

KR8U

VANB

34

23

805

K8WUZ

MACO

34

23

782

 L'Anse Creuse ARC

N8SHZ

BERR

34

23

782

 Michigan DX Assn

KC8PKY

WAYN

25

23

736

W8TTX

LENA

38

19

722

 Adrian ARC

N8QZO

LENA

31

17

527

 Adrian ARC

KB8YPL

BENZ

16

16

256

 Cherryland ARC

N8ZFQ

OAKL

16

13

208

 South Lyon ARC

N4UUJ

LENA

15

12

180

 Adrian ARC

WA8AWZ

LENA

3

2

6

 Adrian ARC

The Michigan low power category was a real battleground, with 54 entries.  When the dust had settled, the winner was Uli Ann, AB8QV operating from Oakland County.  In second place was another Oakland County entry, this one from Dale, K8RO.  Third place went to yet another Oaklander Mike, WD8S.  One might think that Oakland County is a great place to do MiQP, considering that the top four, and five out of the top ten, came from that county.

HOW THE WINNER DID IT: The AB8QV story is an interesting one.  Uli is from Germany, where he is licensed as DL2HBX.  He and his family moved to the USA with his job barely two months before MiQP.  His AB8QV license was issued just the month prior to the contest.  With license in hand, he stretched a G5RV dipole between trees in the backyard, connected his IC-735 and commenced operating.  MiQP was only the second contest from AB8QV (CQ WPX SSB was the first) and it was the last, as shortly after MiQP Uli obtained a new callsign, KK8I.

AB8QV's runaway victory over K8RO was the result of several things.  Dale quit the contest two hours early while Uli operated until the end, making 76 QSOs during that period.  Both stations had similar ratios of CW-to-SSB QSOs.  However, the largest factor was Uli's aggressive chasing of the mobiles, resulting in 196 multipliers - the highest single op count and the third highest of any category in the contest!

Michigan QRP

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score  Club

KC8LTL

GRTR

96

62

10230

 Cherryland ARC

N8KBG

BERR

83

55

6710

 Blossomland ARA

KC8TQT

MIDL

42

24

1008

Activity in the Michigan single-op QRP category was somewhat light this year.  Ken McGuire, KC8LTL operating from Grand Traverse County led the category to finish first over Ron, N8KBG from often hard to find Berrien County.  In third was John, KC8TQT who put Midland County into 42 logs.

HOW THE WINNER DID IT: Both KC8LTL and N8KBG made almost all of their QSOs on 40M.  QSO counts were very close, but KC8LTL had a higher percentage of CW QSOs and finished with more multipliers to secure the victory.

 

Out-State High Power

Call St QSOs Mults Score  Club

WA0MHJ

MN

179

90

24750

 Minnesota Wireless Assn

K4BAI

GA

142

67

16750

 Southeast Contest Club

K6RB

CA

94

46

7360

 Northern CA Contest Club

W6RLL

AZ

88

42

7308

AE8M

OH

52

35

3185

NO6X

CA

54

31

2914

KS9WI

WI

58

34

2584

N3KN

PA

39

35

1995

N2BJ

IL

58

32

1856

 Society of Midwest Contesters

W6KC

CA

32

21

1155

K4UK

VA

30

19

1140

NG7Z

WA

14

10

280

KK7AC

AZ

18

11

198

W7SW

CA

10

8

160

 Northern CA Contest Club

KS4JB

VA

11

7

77

Competition in the out-state high power category came from a pretty diverse bunch of stations.  Mark Endorf, WA0MHJ used his Minnesota QTH (nicely positioned geographically from Michigan state) to take the crown and the win.  In second place is John, K4BAI from GA , while Rob, K6RB in CA squeaked past Joe, W6RLL operating from AZ to grab third place.  The western USA was well represented in the category, as seven of the fifteen entries hail from out west

HOW THE WINNER DID IT: WA0MHJ's MN QTH was ideally positioned for Michigan skip on 40M, where Mark made 138 of his 179 QSOs.  He also had an almost even split between CW and SSB, and the extra SSB QSOs provided an edge in multipliers over K4BAI.

Out-State Low Power

Call St QSOs Mults Score  Club

WA3HAE

PA

298

143

66352

 Weekend Warriors

N4PN

GA

263

111

42846

 Florida Contest Group

K8GU

OH

216

120

42600

 Mad River RC

WA1UJU

WI

190

89

25988

KF9D

IL

162

95

25650

W3HDH

IL

166

91

24024

KU8E

GA

144

81

19035

 Southeast Contest Club

W8IDM

OH

129

83

18758

 West Park Radiops

NT6K

CA

136

69

16215

 Northern CA Contest Club

W2WC

NY

144

70

15680

W9RE

IN

134

73

15622

 Society of Midwest Contesters

N9JF

IL

127

72

15552

 Society of Midwest Contesters

W9MSE

WI

112

68

15232

VA7LC

BC

132

65

14950

KI7Y

OR

110

63

12411

 Willamette Valley DX Club

N4AO

FL

111

58

11020

 Florida Contest Group

W3DYA

TX

100

53

10600

NA2X

NY

92

56

10304

K8IA

AZ

100

52

8840

Central AZ DX Assn

VE9DX

NB

80

47

7473

K9TM

OH

86

59

7434

AB7RW

WA

80

40

6400

K0HW

SD

108

50

6200

W4AU

VA

72

43

6192

 Loudoun ARG

NY1S

ME

65

52

5824

NO4S

FL

69

44

5500

 Cornerstone RC

K0JPL

MO

72

41

5166

 Society of Midwest Contesters

N8IW

OH

76

37

4588

 Mad River RC

W1END

NH

56

39

4368

NA4K

TN

62

40

4360

 Tennessee Contest Group

WN8P

KS

62

35

4340

 Johnson County ARC

K6DGW

CA

57

37

3515

 Northern CA Contest Club

W4EBA

FL

56

35

3325

 Florida Contest Group

WN6K

CA

56

32

3168

 Southern CA Contest Club

K9IJ

IL

61

39

3042

K4XU

OR

47

35

2870

K1TO

FL

60

22

2640

 Florida Contest Group

W1TO

MA

51

33

2574

 Yankee Clipper Contest Club

K9GDF

WI

47

27

2538

W9WIS

WI

64

33

2112

K4GDC

NC

43

24

2064

W2UDT

NJ

43

29

1943

KI8IK

IN

58

32

1856

W8PN

OH

42

22

1848

 West Park Radiops

N0AC

IA

36

26

1794

VE3NBJ

ON

34

28

1764

K0AD

MN

36

27

1701

 Minnesota Wireless Assn

N4NTO

NC

33

23

1495

N0WY

NE

53

28

1484

VA3IX

ON

35

25

1325

W9XYL

WI

39

27

1107

 Fond Du Lac ARC

VE2AWR

QC

31

16

976

W5AC

TX

27

23

966

 Texas A&M RC

N1ICL

CT

39

24

936

 Greater Norwalk ARC

NO5W

TX

25

16

800

 NW Houston ARS

WA4VAP

KY

32

20

800

K0UK

CO

27

18

792

 Grand Mesa Contesters of CO

W2CVW

NJ

24

18

792

WA3GNW

SC

23

19

760

K9JS

IL

32

22

704

 Society of Midwest Contesters

KA9WAR

WI

31

22

682

 M & M ARC

KB9YOZ

IL

20

17

680

K4JAF

FL

37

18

666

 Florida Contest Group

WA5TRX

LA

29

22

638

W6PRI

CA

20

15

585

N6YEU

CA

24

16

576

 Redwood Empire DX Assoc

W2LRO

NJ

23

16

560

K0LWV

MO

22

13

533

N4JED

VA

31

16

496

 Potomac Valley RC

K9PG

IL

17

14

476

 Society of Midwest Contesters

K0CO

CO

19

14

462

 Rocking JBARA Ranch

W8KNO

OH

23

13

299

W3TDF

PA

16

9

288

N6RZR

CA

17

12

204

K7RB

AR

16

12

192

AK6DV

CA

15

10

150

 Northern CA Contest Club

W6ZZZ

CA

7

5

35

 Northern CA Contest Club

K1KI

CT

1

1

2

 Yankee Clipper Contest Club

The out-state low power category was the largest in the 2003 MiQP with 78 entries!  At the top of that tremendous pile of logs (again) was Keith Pederson, WA3HAE operating from PA.  In second place was Paul, N4PN from GA while third place went to Ethan, K8GU operating from neighboring OH.

HOW THE WINNER DID IT: The contest for the category win was indeed a true battle.  Both WA3HAE and N4PN had identical operating times of 11:58.  However, geographic differences between their QTHs had a major impact on their strategies.  WA3HAE made fully 86% of his QSOs on 40M, while N4PN was almost perfectly split between 40M and 20M.  Keith's heavy 40M presence appears to have exposed him to more of the county-jumping mobiles, bolstering his multiplier count and his margin of victory.

Out-State QRP

Call St QSOs Mults Score  Club

K5IID

WV

175

96

27168

 Mad River RC

WB6BWZ

GA

53

35

3710

 Southeast Contest Club

WC7S

WY

52

34

3230

 WY DX & Contest Club

N8IE

OH

49

39

2574

N8VW

OH

36

23

1656

WJ9B

NC

38

20

1260

 Potomac Valley RC

N4IR

GA

30

19

1140

AA8IV

OH

26

12

624

KB9KEG

WI

29

17

493

 Society of Midwest Contesters

The out-state QRP category was pretty much dominated by Tom Horton, K5IID operating from WV.  In second place was Matt, WB6BWZ from GA.  (Sound familiar?  A GA station finished first or second in every MiQP out-state single-op category!)  Third place went to Dale, WC7S from way out west in WY.

HOW THE WINNER DID IT: K5IID's WV location allowed Tom to focus entirely on 80M and 40M for his MI QSOs.  He also spent more time on the air (8:22) than his competitors.  However, one major difference his competitors is that roughly 38% of Tom's QSOs were on SSB, bringing additional valuable multipliers.  SSB can be a tough row to hoe with QRP, but K5IID's score shows it can be worth the effort. 

 

DX Single Operator

Call

Pwr

QSOs Mults Score  Club
DL5MC Low

43

30

2430

HA7UG

Hi

41

26

2028

SP4JWR Low 38 25 1900
PA3ARM Low 25 19 950

7S3A

Hi

27

12

648

LY3BA

Hi

13

12

312

Kaunas Univ Of Technology RC

Participating in MiQP from the DX is a real challenge.  Michigan is a long way from most DX QTHs, which puts the DX op at a real disadvantage working the low power MI stations, particularly the mobiles.  Nonetheless, MiQP 2003 saw a record number of DX log submittals.

Leading the way in first place for the DX entries was Helmut Krause, DL5MC operating from Germany, followed by Jozsef, HA7UG from Hungary in second place and Tadeusz, SP4JWR from Poland in third.

HOW THE WINNER DID IT: DL5MC running low power concentrated his MiQP operating between 1914Z-0055Z, mostly on 20M/15M with a few 40M QSOs.  HA7UG spread out his operating from 1641Z-0337Z, and by running high power he was able to make significantly more QSOs on 40M.  SP4JWR, another low power entry, avoided 40M entirely and focused on 20M/15M from 1619Z-2227Z.

Out of State Regional Competition

While the score listings shown above chronicle the out-of-state competition in terms of high, low. and QRP power, the MiQP recognizes that propagation favors participants in the eastern half of the USA.  For this reason, the MiQP awards separate plaques to the top out-of-state single operator in the eastern (Eastern/Central time zones) and western (Mountain/Pacific time zones) regions of the USA.

The top single-op winner for the eastern USA out-of-state is Keith Pederson, WA3HAE.  Year after year, Keith continues to excel at MiQP and usually comes away with this award.

The top single-op winner for the western USA out-of-state is Dave Bullard, NT6K.  While this is Dave's first MiQP plaque, he is no stranger to state QSO parties.

The MiQP committee congratulates both Keith and Dave on their awards.

Most Counties Worked Out of State

This award is given each year to encourage out-state activity by giving the entrants something different to work for.  To win, the out-of-state op must find a way to make a lot of QSOs, but at the same time spend time tuning for multipliers such as the roving mobiles

In 2003, while the battle for most counties worked from out of state was not as competitive in general as recent years, the top spot still came down to a difference of one multiplier.  However, this year we have a new callsign at the top - Ethan Miller, K8GU operating from OH managed to put a record 80 of the 83 MI counties into his log during the contest.  Only one county behind in second place was Keith, WA3HAE with 79 counties.  Behind Ethan and Keith the pack strings out, with Paul, N4PN in third with 72.  Fourth and fifth was another photo-finish separated by only one county with Roger, KF9D at 67 counties edging out Tom, K5IID with 66.

 

Multi-Operator

In-State

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score  Club

W8PIF

MENO

1244

198

351054

 M & M ARC

(ops. AA9PB, K0SN, K8NB, NS9R, W9YQ, Jake Mans)

 

K8AA

LENA

1021

199

276610

 Adrian ARC

(ops. K8AA, NU8Z)

 

KQ8J

CHEB

968

194

274510

 Contesters of Michigan

(ops. KB8LTF, WX3M)

 

K8AQM

LENA

1047

178

259168

 Adrian ARC

(ops. K8AQM, K8JVW, N8CC)

 

K8JM

LAPE

918

179

249705

 Mad River RC

(ops. K8JM, K8DD, K8MV)

 

K8EPV

STCL

771

183

188490

 Eastern MI ARC.

(ops. AC8W, K8WMW, N8SN, NT8V, W8XI)

 

K8UP

OAKL

435

122

64660

 Michigan DX Assn

(ops. K8UP, K8KHZ)

 

WB8YWG

OTSE

401

91

36491

(ops. KC8TGG, KC8TGH, WB8YWG)

 

KB8YUR

BAY

350

95

33250

 Bay Area ARC

(ops. AA8IY, KA8YKK, KF8F, KC8HBF, KC8TLG, KC8TLJ, KC8QMH, N7YF)

 

W8TQE

LENA

149

83

21829

 Adrian ARC

(ops. K8GX, K8KIC)

 

W8PGW

WASH

138

64

15552

 ARROW

(ops. AB8OJ, KB6NU, KC8WLG, KT8K, W8FSA)

 

N8UZE

MACO

126

57

7467

(ops. N8UZE, KB8BSG)

 

W8DC

KENT

118

56

6832

 Grand Rapids ARA

(ops. AB8ND, N8DGD)

 

WD8KAF

BRAN

63

39

3744

(ops. K8SST, KC8PRM, KC8QNS, NS8T, W8SST, WB8R, WB8ZSK)

 

N8ZVB

KENT

13

5

65

(ops. N8ZVB, N8UXN)

Once again (for the third time in five years!) the in-state multioperator crown goes to the team at W8PIF operating from way up north in Menominee County.  While the PIF team had a tremendous score (and set a modern-era MiQP QSO record in the process) they were not without serious competition.  In second place were a couple of MiQP veterans at the controls of K8AA in Lenawee County, followed by a new team at KQ8J operating from a portable location ensuring that Cheboygan County made it into a lot of MiQP logs.

HOW THE WINNER DID IT: The W8PIF team operates from a hunting cabin with a Field Day style temporary setup using simple antennas.  However, their inside setup gets the job done, with enough radios and KW amplifiers to cover all the bands that are open during MiQP - they made almost 600 QSOs on 40M alone!  Their log has a good mix of CW  (43%) to SSB and their mult count of 198 was second only to K8AA.  No real secrets here - just a FB job by an experienced MiQP team.

Out-State

Call St QSOs Mults Score  Club

W8FT

OH

99

53

7155

 Findlay ARC

(ops. N8ET, N8RMF, N8RMT)

 

N9BC

WI

96

46

4416

(ops. KC9DNL, N9BC)

This year MiQP saw our first-ever out-state multi-op entries, and not one, but two!  The team at W8FT consisted of ops from the Findlay ARC who are also members of the MiQP sponsoring club (MRRC) and got on to support the event.  The team at N9BC consisted of dad Brent, N9BC and daughter Jessica, KC9DNL who reported that they had a lot of fun talking to the different counties.

Out-state multi-op is somewhat of an "unofficial" MiQP category.  It's perhaps understandable that being an out-state entry in a QSO party might not offer enough on-the-air opportunity to make a multi-op effort attractive.  However, if there continues to be interest, the MiQP committee will consider offering certificates for this category. 

 

Mobile Rover

Call Ctys QSOs Mults Score  Club

K8CC

22

978

135

234090

 Mad River RC

(+W8MJ)

K8MR

19

931

133

223041

 Mad River RC

(+W8DRZ)

WT9U

24

771

120

163320

 Society of Midwest Contesters

(+KC8TSP)

AF8A

25

813

92

141680

 Mad River RC

(+W8AV)

K5OT

14

643

105

125475

 M & M ARC

K8IR

11

556

105

107520

 M & M ARC

(+KG8CX)

W8UE

7

199

48

19104

K8TLT

1

3

3

9

 Adrian ARC

KC8OBH

1

1

1

1

 Motor City RC

W8UE/VE3

ON

19

13

494

The mobile rover category continues as one of the most competitive in the MiQP.  No less that six of the ten entries exceeded 100K and two exceeded 200K!

After a one year hiatus, the K8CC/m rover team operating from 22 counties in the southwestern LP regained the top spot over the K8MR/m rover team from Ohio, who operated from 19 counties in the central and NE LP.  In third place was the WT9U/m rover team who traveled from their home in Indiana to activate 24 counties along the western edge of the LP.

Significant mention should be made of the K5OT/m and K8IR/m rover teams who covered the UP and put those fifteen hard-to-get counties into over 1100 MiQP logs.  Larry, K5OT and Ted, W8UE get the "mobile iron man" accolades for accomplishing their multi-county scores solo, without a driver or co-operator.

HOW THE WINNER DID IT: The difference between the K8CC/m and K8MR/m scores comes down to the winner's ability to make QSOs on SSB.  CW QSOs and overall multipliers were virtually even; the big difference was 37 more SSB QSOs by K8CC.  With the typical setups run by the top MiQP rovers (100W, roof-mounted whips) it is not difficult to make QSOs on CW.  SSB is a another story, and the K8CC/m team built their winning margin by being able to capitalize on SSB (particularly on 40M) when conditions were good, and to recognize when they weren't and QSY back to CW. 

 

Club Competition

For 2003, the MiQP club competition was opened up to recognize not only Michigan clubs, but also out-of-state organizations whose members turned out for the event.  What appears to be a simple rules change created some unintended situations which had to be addressed through clarification of the rules during the 2003 scoring process.

The first situation recognizes that some Michigan clubs which are located near the state borders may have out-of-state members.  Since MiQP is a contest for Michigan amateurs, and the Michigan portion of the club competition is part of that, it was decided that out-of-state members of Michigan clubs will be counted separately as an out-of-state total for that club.  In other words, a Michigan club may appear in the Out-Of-State listing as well, assuming two or more out-of-state entries have been attributed to that club.

The second situation addresses the situation where a member of an out-of-state club comes into Michigan and operates.  Such a score could offer a significant advantage to the out-of-state club, since in-state scores are typically much larger than out-of-state scores.  The resulting out-of-state club score might overwhelm the other club scores which consist entirely of out-of-state entries.  Therefore, it was decided that only out-of-state scores will be counted for an out-of-state club.  In-state scores attributed to an out-of-state club will still be identified as such in the score listings

In-State Club

Club Name

Score

Entries

Marinette & Menominee ARC

662793

4

Adrian ARC

633531

17

L'Anse Creuse ARC

95692

6

MI DX Association

82718

6

South Lyon ARC

48148

3

Blossomland ARA

38230

3

Cherryland ARC

12918

3

Motor City RC

11416

3

The number of Michigan clubs having a score attributed to them stayed constant from 2002.  For the third time in five years, the Marinette and Menominee ARC has topped the MiQP In-State Club Competition.  In the MiQP modern era (i.e., since the contest was given an "extreme makeover" in 1999), only M&M or the Eastern MI ARC has won the title.  But fortunes can change, and EMARC did not even make the list this year (only one score).

M&M's 2003 score was not a record, but it was the second highest club score in the modern MiQP era.  While they only had four entries, these were BIG scores - the W8PIF multi, the K8IR and K5OT rovers, and the KE9S/8 single-op score.  Every one of M&M's scores placed in the top six in their respective categories.

But M&M certainly did not waltz to the title.  Challenging the club from Menominee was the Adrian ARC in second place.  Anchored by the multi-op scores from K8AA and K8XXX (2nd and 4th in their category), the Adrian club made a major effort to get out club members to operate - they had 17 members turn in scores while all the rest of the Michigan clubs combined for 28!  In the end, Adrian's score was less than 5% short of M&M, and was the third highest club total ever amassed in the modern MiQP era.

In third place was the L'Anse Creuse ARC whose 2003 score was up 670% (no, that's not a typo) over their 2002 score.  Honorable mention goes to the Michigan DX Association in fourth place.  MIDXA is a relatively new organization, and should be congratulated in their fourth place finish in their second try at MiQP.

Out-State Club

Club Name

Score

Entries

Florida Contest Group

60497

5

Society Of Midwest Contesters

39869

7

Southeast Contest Club

39495

3

Northern California Contest Club

27435

6

Minnesota Wireless Association

26451

2

Yankee Clipper Contest Club

2576

2

Potomac Valley RC

1756

2

As mentioned above, 2003 was the first year for the Out-State club competition.  Stepping up to the challenge was the Florida Contest Group who takes the win.  FCG's score was led by N4PN (#2 Out-State Low Power) and supported with four other entries.  Second place goes to the Society Of Midwest Contesters with an out-state high of seven entries.  Third goes to the Southeast Contest Club with three entries all out of GA.

 

Awards

The following individuals and organizations will receive a 2003 Michigan QSO Party plaque for winning their respective categories.  The remaining top five entries in each category will receive a MiQP Certificate of Accomplishment.  Congratulations to all of the winners!

Certificates should be in the hands of the winners no later than December 1, 2003.  For the category awards, we will be awarding upgraded plaques from previous years which are taking slightly longer to have made.  These should be delivered to the winners no later than December 31, 2003.

 

High Score - Michigan Single Op - High Power

Sponsor: Hazel Park ARC

Winner: Dennis Ward, KT8X

 

High Score - Michigan Single Op - Low Power

Sponsor: Eastern Michigan ARC

Winner: Uli Ann, AB8QV

 

High Score - Michigan Single Op - QRP

Sponsor: Michigan QRP Club

Winner: Ken McGuire, KC8LTL

 

High Score - Michigan Multi Op

Sponsor: Adrian ARC

Winner: Station W8PIF - Ops AA9PB, K0SN, K8NB, NS9R, W9YQ, Jake Mans

 

High Score - Michigan Mobile

Sponsor: Flying Beers International ARC

Winner: Station K8CC/m - Ops K8CC, W8MJ

 

High Score - Michigan Club

Sponsor: Mad River Radio Club

Winner: Marinette and Menominee Amateur Radio Club

 

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

Sponsor: Washtenaw Amateur Radio Transmitting Society

Winner: Keith Pederson, WA3HAE

 

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

Sponsor: Southeast Michigan DX Association

Winner: Dave Bullard, NT6K

 

Most Counties Worked Out of State

Sponsor: Cherryland ARC

Winner: Ethan Miller, K8GU

 

 

Soapbox

My first MiQP and I really enjoyed it - AB7RW  I was only able to work a few minutes, but had fun working stations in my old home state - AK6DV  Thanks for a superb QSO party. I had a lot of fun working it even if I missed the first two hours. Really enjoyed the SSB & CW mobiles in multiple counties. Enjoyed giving out South Dakota - K0HW  First Michigan QSO Party.  Got the module set up but the computer kept putting the wrong time - K0UK  My second year as a solo mobile in the Upper Peninsula. The final three counties (IRON/DICK/MENO) were very slow going with heavy rain, pea-soup fog, and lots of deer on the move in the shadows.  Next year I'll have a 2nd op/drive for the trip.  Much better participation and less solar mischief this year...a great time - K5OT/m  Not a good effort. Had thunderstorms around the area most of the day - K8DDB  Fun contest. It was frustrating to find a mobile on CW fifteen seconds before WA3HAE SENT "SSB?" That happened more than once!  I usually finished scanning the CW band and found the mobile on SSB - K8GU  Thanks to all who suffered my CW - my keyer was acting up (yeah, right!) - K9TTT  Ran QRP from the home QTH. Wanted to go up to the U.P. but the car broke down...oh well, maybe next year - KB9KEG  Thanks for organizing this event. Great fun! My first MiQP but certainly not my last - KB9YOZ  First time participating in the MiQP. A good, challenging contest that is short enough to not consume the whole weekend! Looking forward to next year - KE3K  I had great fun working as a mobile station from Hendricks County, Indiana. I had hoped to activate several northern Michigan counties as a roving mobile, but Easter family obligations had me in Indiana! I'm already looking forward to next year - KI8IK  I had an eye accident working in the yard and had a difficult time seeing the log sheet. Only spent about one hour total to give out a few points as I know how it is from working the Illinois QSO Party or any contest - nice to get a point here and there - N2BJ  I hope all had fun - N3KN  I had a great time! Great CW turnout! Thankfs for your support of NcQP earlier - N4NTO  Thanks for the nice contest. Mobiles kept me busy all day.  See you next year - pse QRV for the Florida and Georgia parties - N4PN  Only had a little time to play in the contest. Just wanted to give back to the great ops in MI who worked us in the OhQP - N8IE  Had a blast operating from the Grand Traverse lighthouse, working both the Spring Lites QSO Party and the MI QSO Party. The Force12 Sigma GT-5 worked great from the top of the L.H. tower too - N8KV  Had fun on the first attempt. Already looking forward to next year - N8YP  40 good, 10, 15, 20, and 80 bad - N8ZPJ  We had a blast doing the contest. It was my daughter's (KC9DNL) first QSO party.  She said it was a lot of fun talking to so many different counties.  We will definitely do it again - N9BC  My first MiQP and loved every minute. Put up a new Super Loop 80 a week before the QSO party and it worked great.  Sorry to see 10 and 15 so quiet.  Next year I will definitely spend much more time on CW. The CW mults make your score soar.  Thanks to all the mobile stations.  It felt great to pick up all the new multipliers that the rovers provided.  Can't wait until next year to "party" again - NG8U  Conditions not good here in South Texas for the party - NO5W  Please thank all mobiles for being on the road again. Glad there were condx this year and enough stations to work - PA3ARM  Distance was about right for good signals on both 20 and 40 meters.  Great fun.  As usual, the mobiles stole the show.  Mni tnx to them - W1END  Tough conditions.  Had a hard time finding stations to contact.  Enjoyed participating.  CU next week during Florida QSO Party - W4EBA  Thanks to Steve, N9OH for the MiQP WriteLog module.  Hope to see you in the California QSO Party October 4-5 - W6ZZZ  Great activity the entire contest period. Congratulations on getting the stations on - W9RE  Thanks for the fun. First QSO party besides Wisconsin I have entered. Sure glad 40 meters was good because the higher bands were really poor - W9WIS  Had a lot of fun.  20 seemed to be the only active band from LA - WA5TRX  My first MiQP. Worked 35 unique counties. Very good mobile signals, activity and operators. Operated CW only because of noisy band conditions - WB6BWZ  Conditions were pretty good except for 10 and 15 meters. Lots of stations on. Wish I could have worked the bands the entire 12 hours but to run some errands in the middle of the event. Lots of fun and hope to be back in there next year - WB8RFB  I really must be feeling poorly when a CW contest doesn't make me feel any better - WJ9B  Thanks to all the good ears. Ran 4W to a HB vert and inv-v and only a few couldn't pull me out. CU next year - WC7S


Stories And Photos

From MiQP 2003

 

 

Goose, W8AV and Gary, AF8A of the AF8A/m team before the start

K8MR/m ready to go

(co-driver W8DRZ is behind the camera)

Jeremy, N8YP

 

 

 


Mobiling From All MI Counties

By Dave/K8CC and Ken/W8MJ

With their first rover mobile trip during the 1999 MiQP, the K8CC/m team of Dave, K8CC and Ken, W8MJ began working towards an ambitious goal - to OPERATE FROM EVERY MICHIGAN COUNTY DURING MIQP.   Over the next five years they criss-crossed the state during MiQPs.  In 2003, a QSO with K1TO on 40M CW at 0237Z Saturday evening while operating from Hillsdale County completed the last one and made their goal complete.

The first trip in 1999 began in Gladwin County and made a gentle looping arc across the top of the state past Mackinac, through Traverse City and the NW part of the state before finishing up at home near Detroit.  The plan got more organized in 2000 with a route which retraced part of the 1999 trip but completed all the counties in the NW part of the LP.  In 2001, the Upper Peninsula was the target and all fifteen UP counties (and then some) were completed during the twelve hours of MiQP.  In 2002, the route began in the NE part of the state to pick up a couple of counties missed in the 1999 trip, before working it's way down to the SE part of the LP to complete that quadrant.  For 2003, all that was left was the SW part of the LP and the southern tier of counties.

During the five MiQP trips, a total of 3715 QSOs were made.  Counties were activated a total of 108 times, so many of the 83 Michigan counties were visited more than once.  Estimated total travel distance (including positioning) was around 4500 miles in five different Jeep Grand Cherokees. (Dave works for Jeep and drives a company car.)  For the first four years an original ICOM IC-756 made the QSOs but the internal tuner turned up flaky for 2003 so an IC-746Pro was pressed into service.  Antennas have been a combination of HamSticks and Hustlers and a five year old Dell laptop has logged the QSOs.  A second laptop with GPS and USA Street Atlas mapping kept them on course.

The big question is: What's next for Dave and Ken?  After five consecutive mobile MiQPs (plus four OhQPs) they're looking to do something different for 2004.  Perhaps a big multi-op from the K8CC contest station, or maybe a two-man portable from a rare county.  Nevertheless, both agree that the MiQP mobile trips have been high points of their ham radio experience.  Dave recalls a comment made by Ken during their initial rover trip in 1999 - "Gee, we get to see all this great scenery and operate CW too!"  That about says it all.

 

 

Leelanau County and

"The water heater from hell"

by John Getz, AD8J

I invited myself to join a friend and his 16 year old son for a long weekend in their Leelanau County vacation home. It just happened to be the weekend of the Michigan QSO Party and they had extra room in their van for me and the radio gear. It was an interesting drive as the trees were starting to leaf out when we left Pittsburgh and were still bare up in Leelanau County.

The location is a new three bedroom home located on 20 acres out in the country. Upon arrival we determined I would set up the station in the laundry room so I wouldnít disturb the two guys who planned to watch satellite TV on Saturday evening in the living room.

The laundry room had a door to the outside and I spent Friday morning putting up the antennas. I had separate dipoles for 80, 40 and 20 meters, a combination 40/20 meter dipole and a two element tri-band wire beam which was pointed west.

That evening I hooked up the TS-830S, SB-220 and logging computer. I was then introduced to my second operator, "The water heater from hell". The water heater was fueled by propane and was equipped with a monster blower that sucked air in and forced it out the exhaust stack. When the water heater kicked on, the fan was so loud that you couldnít hear yourself think! Even the Heil headset couldnít block it out. I made the decision to live with the noise as it was only there when someone was taking a shower or doing dishes.

I had four goals in the contest: keeping the rate above 60 an hour, making at least half of the contacts on CW, changing bands and modes often, and keeping track of the mobiles. The first hour was spent on 40 meters making 75 contacts mostly on phone. The second hour was spent on 40 and 15, mostly CW. By the end of the second hour I was down to just three goals. I had given up trying to track the mobiles as it just slowed down the rate too much. The first six hours of the contest went quickly with lots of band changes. Forty was definitely the hot band but I tried to spend time on the other bands for the mults from the western US and to help them out.

After dinner the water heater kicked in. Phone was out of the question so I stuck to CW. The loud stations were heard and worked but the weak signals were drowned out by the noise from the monster blower. It took about 20 minutes until the water heater was finished and I was again able to work the weaker stations. I was now down to two goals, as the overall rate had dropped below 60 an hour.

I was looking forward to the last three hours of the contest. Working the same stations again is always fun since the computer usually knows the call and QTH. Itís also a challenge working around the pig farmers on 75 meters! I was starting to worry about my 50% CW goal when the second op kicked on for SHOWER TIME! It forced me back on CW and pushed the CW Qís ahead of the phone Qís.

It was hard to maintain a good rate towards the end of the contest as the bands were worked out. I did do some S&P and managed to pick up some new counties from the mobiles.

I ended up accomplishing two of my four goals. I did a poor job with the mobiles and I didnít maintain a rate of 60 Qís an hour. However, 37 band changes met that goal and thanks to the "Water heater from hell" I ended up with 317 CW contacts beating the 291 on SSB. For a second op, heís not such a bad guy!

 

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