2008 Michigan QSO Party


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Michigan High Power

Call Cty QSOs Mults Score







 Blossomland ARA












 Adrian ARC


Earl, N8SS - Wayne County

It's three in a row for the high power single op category winner Earl Morse, N8SS, operating from Wayne county.  Unlike 2007, his 80M antenna didn't fail this year, which is a good thing because 41% of his QSOs came from that band.  He started the contest with a fine 104 hour on 40M and was "Mr. Consistency" with 60 and 70 hours the rest of the way except for the 02Z hour which saw 90 QSOs go into his log.  80/40 accounted for 80% of N8SS's QSOs, split pretty evenly between CW and phone.  Earl worked 59 MI counties (a new in-state record) and operated the full contest period.

In second place was a station whose MiQP experience extends well prior to his current callsign -  Rod, WI8A (ex-WA8UQK), operating from Bay County.  Rod put together a nicely balanced score - about 66% CW with a strong focus on 80/40.  He was within 17 QSOs and 5 mults of N8SS on CW, but 300 QSOs and 41 mults behind on SSB.  He worked 4 MI counties and operated the full contest period.

In third place was a callsign we usually see in the MiQP multi-op wars, but this time commanded solo by the man himself - Brian, KG8CO operating from Lenawee County.  Brian had the third-highest single-operator QSO total in the contest, however with all but one QSO on phone he wound up woefully short on CW multipliers.  This, plus the fact that he also was only able to devote ten hours of operating time to the contest prevented him from going after N8SS and WI8A for the top spot.


The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three high power single-ops as the contest ran on.  N8SS's big 104 hour at the start got him the QSO lead early.  KG8CO kept up with N8SS through the first four hours, but eventually N8SS pulled away.  WI8A's emphasis on CW yielded lower rates in general, but the double QSO points kept him in the hunt on score.

Michigan Low Power



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 Cherryland ARC







He may have a 9-land call and a home QTH in Ohio, but Tim Mitchell, K9TM hauled an FT-1000MP to a relative's QTH in Milan (Monroe County), erected some low (< 25') wires Field Day-style and walked off with the single-operator low power win for 2008, while setting a new record for the category.  Tim's log is balanced mildly towards phone (58%) for both QSOs and mults.  His best hour was the first with 95 QSOs; not bad for 100W and a 20' high G5RV dipole.  His worst hour was the 19Z hour, but even then he made 41 QSOs.  Tim worked 51 MI counties, and was active the entire contest period.

K9TM Operating Position


(The dipole antennas were supported by

 the tree just to the right of the garage)

This year's second place low power finisher is a former winner of the category, and that's Brian, N8TC operating from Grand Traverse County.  Brian's log is biased mildly towards CW (58%) in terms of QSOs but surprisingly he managed to work more multipliers on phone.  He actually had 17 more QSOs and 3 more mults on CW than K9TM, but it couldn't keep up with Tim's advantage of 200+ QSOs and 8 mults on phone.  Over half of Brian's QSOs came on 80M where he enjoyed an 80 QSO advantage of K9TM, but Tim more than made up for it with 250 more QSOs on 40.  Brian's best hour was the last hour with 72 QSOs, and his worst hour occurred at the same time as K9TM's (19Z).  He operated the full contest period, and worked 56 different MI counties.

In third place was Glen, WA1UJU, operating from far up north in Houghton county.  Glen is a long time contester who has been active in MiQP since moving to the UP a few years back.  Glen's QSO breakdown looks a lot like N8TC's; with slightly more CW than phone (58%) and strong 80M numbers but coming up short on 40 and 20 vs. K9TM.  His best hours were at the beginning and towards the end of the contest.  Glen left about 30 minutes of operating time on the table, but still wound up working 52 MI counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three low power single-ops as the contest ran on.  K9TM's big 95 hour on 40M at the start got him the QSO lead early and he just pulled away.  N8TC and WA1UJU ran neck-and-neck for most of the contest.

Michigan QRP



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Ian, K8MM - Genesee County

The top MI single-operator QRP entry is last year's multi-single winner. For 2008, Ian Hill, K8MM turned of the packet and turned down the power to win the category and set a new record for the category operating from Genesee county.  Ian's log is mostly 80 meters (61%) and mostly CW (79%). 70 of his 71 phone QSOs were on 75M!  After making only two QSOs in the first hour of the contest, he found his rhythm and peaked in the 23Z hour with 50 QSOs.  Ian left 26 minutes of operating time on the table, but still worked 39 MI counties.

The second place QRP station is that of Tim, K8NWD.  His breakdown is very similar to K8MM; lots of 80M and lots of CW, but Tim clearly fared the best on 20M among the QRP leaders with 46 QSOs.    His best hour was the first with 31 QSOs with a similar peak later in the 23Z hour.  Tim worked the entire contest period while putting 44 MI counties into his log.

The third place QRP station is last year's QRP winner, Noel, K8NB operating from Menominee county.  Noel managed to more than quintuple his winning score from 2007, but had to settle for third place this time.  His QSO breakdown is very similar to K8MM and K8NWD.  His rates were slow during the day, but picked up as night fell; his best hour was 01Z with 31 QSOs.  Noel missed a little more than an hour of the contest,  but still worked 38 MI counties.



The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three QRP single-ops as the contest ran on.  K8MM had a very slow start, which allowed K8NWD to grab the early QSO lead.  By the second hour, K8MM was getting his act together and was able to squeeze past K8NWD just past the half way point.  K8NB lost ground to the other two leaders early, but once night fell kept pace with K8NWD until the end.

Non-Michigan Eastern/Central Region



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 Yankee Clipper Contest Club






 Weekend Warriors






 Florida Contest Group

In most years, the Eastern Region, Non-MI Single Operator category is won by a station from the southeast or southern plains part of the country.  However, 2008 was New England's turn to get in some licks, with Dennis Egan, W1UE from Massachusetts as this year's winner.  Dennis, formerly NB1B, has been a regular participant in the MiQP over the years, so it's good to see his hard work pay off.    Dennis's log shows close to a 50/50 split between phone and CW.  His best hour was 34 QSOs during the 17Z hour and his worst was 14 QSOs during the 21Z hour; pretty good numbers for a non-MI station  61% of Dennis' QSOs came on 40, with a good total on 80 as well but light on 20, as propagation must have been a little long for his station's distance from Michigan.  Dennis ran high power, worked 69 different MI counties and operated the entire contest period.

In second place is a former category winner and longtime MiQP participant - Keith, WA3HAE, operating from Pennsylvania.  Like W1UE, Keith's log is nicely balanced between phone and CW with most of his QSOs on 40, but being relatively close to Michigan he had no QSOs on 20.  His best hour for rate was 01Z with 44 QSOs, and his worst was 23Z with just 4 QSOs.  Keith led all of the Eastern region low power single-ops while putting 68 Michigan counties into his log, during his slightly more than 11 hours on the air.

Repeating his finish from 2007, Dick, K9OM operating from Florida grabbed third place.  Most likely due to his location relative to Michigan, Dick's log emphasizes 20 meters with lower totals on 80 and 40 than the first and second place finishers.  On 20 his QSOs were almost evenly split between modes, while on the lower bands he had a preference for CW (63%).   Dick led all non-MI single-ops with 70 unique Michigan counties worked.    Dick operated essentially the entire contest period and ran high power.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three eastern region single-ops as the contest ran on.  The three leaders were neck-and-neck through the first four hours of the contest, but WA3HAE hit a slump during the fifth thru ninth hours, but then got his groove back for the final 3 hours.  K9OM kept pace with W1UE up through 22Z, but then fell back, perhaps as darkness fell and activity moved from the high bands to the lower bands?

Non-Michigan Mountain/Pacific Region



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 North AZ DX Association












 Northern Rockies DX Assoc

Out west, it was last year's category runner-up moving up to the top spot - Paul Gagnon, N6MA operating from Arizona who prevailed over his Western/Pacific region competition.  John was 3rd in 2005, and 3rd again last year, so determination obviously pays off.  Success from the western region can be largely attributed to when the bands are open to Michigan, and while Paul only operated around 8˝ hours, he made at least three QSOs in every hour of the contest.  His log is biased towards CW (70%), and about half of Paul's QSOs are on 20M, with the rest being split pretty evenly between 80M and 40M.   Running high power, he worked 59 different Michigan counties.

Moving north and even further west, we have the second place Mountain/Pacific region single-op finisher, Jim, K9JF operating from Washington state.  Jim is a newcomer to the top scores box, but is not a newcomer to MiQP.  Like N6MA, the K9JF log is heavy on 20M (75%) but slightly biased towards phone CW (60%).  Jim operated slightly more than half the contest, but still made QSOs in all but two hours. had a significant lead over N6MA on 20M, but did not do as well as Paul on the low bands.  Jim led all of the western region low power single-ops, while working 61 different Michigan counties.

In third place Mountain/Pacific region we welcome another station to the MiQP top scores box for the first time, and from a rare state to boot - Matt, K7BG, operating from Montana.   Matt operated about half of the contest, and was another one of the top scores running low power.  Matt broke the Western Region mold, making mode of his QSOs on 40M.  His log was mostly CW, and he worked 54 unique Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three western region single-ops as the contest ran on.  K9JF jumped out to a big lead early by making maximum use of 20M; he did not make a QSO on 40M until 0037Z, but then did not make any QSOs during the 23Z and 02Z hours.  This let N6MA make up some ground, and perhaps Paul's high power allowed him to make better use of the low bands late in the contest.  K7BG did not even operate the first hour, but yet essentially caught N6MA by the end of the 22Z hour.  After that Paul pulled away; again probably because by running high power he could better utilize 80M and 40M.

DX Stations



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 Slovak Contest Group 






 Bavarian Contest Club

CU2JT CU 18 15 540  

This year's DX single-op winner is another station who is new to the MiQP top score box.  Leslie Vegh, OM2VL from Slovakia doubled the winning CU2JT score from 2007 to set a new MiQP record for DX entries.  For DX stations, their MiQP is often largely determined by the amount of time they have propagation to Michigan from their QTH.  One impressive characteristic of the OM2VL log is that Leslie was able to make MiQP QSOs in every hour of the contest, utilizing all of the three lower bands (i.e., 80M/40M/20M) while running high power.  The OM2VL log breakdown is about 3:1 in favor of CW and in slightly less than eleven hours of operating time, Leslie was able to work 65 different MI counties, an amazing feat from so far away.

In second place single-op from the DX side was Dietmar, DL3DXX, who also beat the existing category record and gave OM2VL quite a race for most of the contest.  However, Dietmar's log is 100% CW, which limited both his QSO and multiplier totals.  He was on the air in the contest for about nine hours, so he gave up about two hours operating time to OM2VL as well.  DL3DXX ran high power, and worked 62 MI counties.

In third place was Gary, CU2JT, who has been the top DX single-op the past two years, but in 2008 he was unable to defend his title (and category record) due to social commitments which limited his operating time to only about an hour.  Gary made all of his QSOs on 20M CW during the 17Z and 23Z hours.

The graph above shows the progress made by the top two DX single-ops as the contest ran on.  Both stations were very close at the end of the third hour, but then OM2VL began to pull away in the 20Z-23Z period, during which DL3DXX took some off time.   By 00Z, Dl3DXX was again QRV and doing well and both stations had similar rates to the end of the contest.  QSOs per band for both stations showed similar proportions - OM2VL had 8/49/85 QSOs on 80M/40M/20M while DL3DXX had 5/44/60.

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”.  There are separate competitions for in-state and out-of-state entries.

Among Michigan single-operators, the most counties were worked by Earl, N8SS with 59, followed closely by K8GVK and N8TC with 56.  A total of 11 Michigan single-ops were able to work 50 or more Michigan counties this year.

Among the non-MI entries, once again the top three Eastern/Central Region entries swept the top three places in counties worked as well.  (We'll continue to hope that this situation will even out a little for the Mountain/Pacific Region entrants as the sunspots return.) Dick, K9OM had the most counties with 70, while W1UE with 69 and WA3HAE with 68 were neck and neck for 2nd and 3rd place respectivelyOM2VL led all DX entries with 65 counties and was sixth among non-MI entries; quite an accomplishment from continental Europe.

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