2013 Michigan QSO Party

Mobile Stations

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2013 saw fewer mobile entries than usual.  With gasoline prices hovering in the mid-$4 range at the time of MiQP, perhaps this was the reason.  Nonetheless, the mobile categories were still interesting this year, with seasoned veterans and MiQP mobile newcomers battling it out for the top spots.

Mobile Solo Operator



QSOs Mults Score







 North Coast Contesters



250 73


 Minnesota Wireless Association 


166 51


 Michigan State University ARC

After finishing 2nd in this category in 2009 & 2012 (and 3rd in 2010!), Dan Kovatch, W8CAR/m drove up from his Sandusky, OH QTH to activate 11 MI counties to grab the top spot in the Michigan Mobile Solo Operator category.  He must have figured something out during the MiQP off-season, as his 2013 score is 50% higher than what he made in 2012.  His band breakdowns were 8/376/201 with 83% on CW.  His log shows only 8:47 of operating time.  Since his first QSO is at 1601Z, and his last at 0359Z, the missing time must have been used for travel between counties.  Dan's best hour for rate was 22Z with 76 QSOs, using a combination of 20M and 40M.  His worst hour was the immediately prior (21Z) with 16 QSOs.  Hal managed to work 76 different multiplier entities along with 31 Michigan counties.

Second place in the mobile solo operator category goes to Jim, WI9WI/m .  Jim lives in Madison, WI and while the border with Michigan's Upper Peninsula isn't exactly next door, it isn't TOO far away, so he jumped into his mobile and crossed the border for some part-time MiQP mobile fun.  Fortunately for us, three of thee four counties Jim activated are juicy mults in MiQP (BARA, ONTO & GOGE), so Jim's operation made a lot of MiQPers happy.  Jim only operated the first 5:15 of the contest, but still worked 57 unique multipliers and 23 MI counties.

Third place in the mobile solo operator category goes to an entry making his first serious attempt at MiQP mobiling. Jeremy, N8YP/m lives in Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula's Delta County, but after reading about some of the MiQP mobile adventures, he decided to try it for himself; making a trip through six counties (DELT, SCHO, ALGE, LUCE, CHIP & MACK) in 2013, making a lot of MiQPers happy.  The N8YP/m band breakdowns were 35/113/0/18, all on phone.  The log checking computer calculates his operating time at 9:56, but since he was on the air at the start and end of the contest and made QSOs during every hour, like W8CAR/m the missing time must be travel time.   His best hour of the contest was 21Z with 26 QSOs, but 10 of his 12 hours of operating netted double-digit QSO counts.  Jeremy worked 51 unique multipliers and 37 MI counties during his mobile operation.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the three top mobile solo-operator entries as the contest ran on.  W8CAR and WI9WI ran side-by-side with similar rates for the first six hours then Jim went QRT.  In his first mobile contest effort, N8YP showed consistent, steady rates through the entire contest.

Mobile Multi Operator



QSOs Mults Score







 Northern Ohio DX Association






 Minnesota Wireless Association



662 93 119,877  Menominee & Marinette ARC

At the start of the 2013 MiQP, the record for the mobile multi-operator category was 234,090 points, set by K8CC/m in 2003.  However, this record which stood for nine years was simply obliterated by K8MR/m, operated by Jim Stahl, K8MR and new second op John Papay, K8YSE with a huge score of 311,160.  When viewed against the history of the category, the K8MR/m score is simply remarkable.  The K8CC/m team made 938 QSOs, and no other MiQP mobile had ever broke 1,000 QSOs; while K8MR/m made 1107 QSOs on 40M alone, and 1114 overall CW QSOs, on their way to 1479 total QSOs!  The typical MiQP mobile would be happy to have a hour with 100 QSOs; K8MR/m has eleven of these; their only hour below 100 was the second hour, with "only" 80 QSOs.  Their best hour was surprisingly, the last hour with 167 QSOs and they had two more hours about 150 QSOs.  These are amazing rates that even fixed stations would be glad to make.

Of course, when it comes to maintaining rate mobile stations have the advantage "starting over" when they reach a county line.  K8MR/m activated 30 counties all over the lower peninsula, so they got to "start over" 29 times.  Still, they worked 258 different stations in the contest.  As a comparison, the top single-op station, K8BZ with 805 total QSOs worked 613 different stations and the top multi-op station, N8LC worked 469 different stations.  These comparisons are intended simply to note the different contest dynamics in making QSOs for mobile stations.

The K8MR/m band breakdowns were 18/1107/339/15/0 with 1114 on CW and 365 on phone.  40M and 20M was very good for them, so only rarely did they have to venture down to 80M.  Their mults had a reasonable balance between modes with 67 on CW and 53 on phone. K8MR/m operated the entire contest period and worked 81 unique multiplier entities along with 36 different Michigan counties.

In second place was the NE9U/m entry operated by Scott, NE9U, Ron, KK9K and Art, N9BCA who activated 14 counties all across the Upper Peninsula.  This group also broke the nine-year old category record, with QSO breakdowns of 136/615/167/0/6 with 85% of their QSOs on CW. It is interesting that this group had good success on 80M, while 40M and 20M was not as good as these bands were for K8MR/m.  Their best hour of the contest for NE9U/m was 23Z with 114 QSOs but they also had 104 QSOs in the last hour.  Their log shows 11:16 of operating time.  NE9U/m operated the entire contest period, working 288 different stations along with 97 unique multiplier entities along with 52 different Michigan counties.

In third place was the K8IR/m entry operated by Jim, K8IR, and Eric, KG9GH.  This team activate 11 counties all across the Upper peninsula.  Their QSO breakdowns were 22/394/240/6 with 95% of their QSOs on CW. Their best hour of the contest was 21Z with 72 QSOs and even in their worst hour still made 27 QSOs.  K8IR/m had 11:12 of operating time, working 252 different stations along with 76 different multiplier entities along and 32 different Michigan counties.

The graph above shows the progress made by each of the top three mobile multi-operator entries as the contest ran on.  The graph clearly illustrates the consistent high rates achieved by K8MR/m.  NE9U/m and K8IR/m had a pretty good battle going for the first half of the contest, running neck-and-neck until the 22Z hour when the combination of an 80 hour by NE9U/m and a 27 hour by K8IR/m opened a gap that persisted until the end of the contest.

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