2021 Michigan QSO Party Rules


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1) Object: For amateurs outside the state of Michigan to make contact with as many Michigan stations as possible. Non-Michigan stations may work only Michigan stations, while Michigan stations may contact anyone.

2) Contest Period: The Michigan QSO Party (MiQP) occurs on the Saturday of the third full weekend in April. For 2021, the contest starts on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The contest period runs from 1200 EDST to 2400 EDST (16Z Saturday until 04Z Sunday UTC). All stations may operate the full twelve hours.

3) Frequency Bands and Modes: CW and SSB on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters. Stations may be worked once per band and mode; i.e., K8MQP may be worked on both 40 CW and 40 SSB for QSO points credit.

4) Entry Categories:

(a) Single Operator – Entries where one person performs all operating and logging functions. Use of spotting nets (operator arrangements involving assistance through DX-alerting nets, PacketCluster or Internet) is not permitted. Single operators who receive any form of assistance such as spotting nets are classified as multi-operator. Only one (1) transmitted signal on the air at any time. Single operator entries will be categorized by output power: QRP (5W output or less), low power (100W output or less) or high power (greater than 100W output).

(b) Multi Operator – Entries where more than one operator performs the operating and logging functions.  Multi-operator entries are categorized in two ways:

Single-Transmitter - Entries with only one transmitted signal on the air at any time.

Multi-Transmitter - Entries with multiple transmitted signals on the air at any time.

Multi-operator entries must operate under a single callsign.  Multi-operator entries are not categorized by power.

(c) Mobile – Entries which are self-contained (radio, antenna, and power source) and capable of motion while in operation. Motion is not required. Mobile entries are categorized in two ways:

Solo Operator - One person performs all operating, logging, driving and navigating functions.  It is permissible for other people to be in the vehicle during operation as long as they don't participate in the operation of the vehicle or radio.

Multi-Operator - Where more than one person performs the operating, logging, driving and navigating functions.

All mobile entries are limited to a single transmitter of 100W output or less. Mobile entries may submit separate logs for each geographic entity activated, or a single overall log. The county operated from must be shown clearly for each QSO in a mobile log.

(d) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Station - Michigan entries located at an established EOC site, activated by an individual or group. An EOC category entry may utilize permanently installed equipment and antennas, or equipment and antennas temporarily installed at the EOC for the event.  EOC entries are not categorized by the number of transmitters, the power used, or the number of operators. 

5) Contest Exchange:

(a) Michigan stations send a sequential serial number beginning with 001, and their Michigan county. All Michigan stations are encouraged to use the official MiQP county abbreviation in their exchange on CW.

(b) Non-Michigan W/VE stations (including KH6/KL7) send a sequential serial number beginning with 001, and their state or province.

(c) Stations outside of the U.S.A. or Canada send a sequential serial number beginning with 001, and "DX".

(d) Mobile stations are allowed to maintain a continuous sequence of serial numbers for all contacts, or may begin with serial number 001 for each separate geographic area activated. The only requirement is that no serial number be repeated within one geographic area.

6) Scoring:

(a) QSO Points – Each complete non-duplicate SSB contact is worth one point. Each complete non-duplicate CW contact is worth two points. Duplicate contacts are worth zero points.

(b) Multipliers – Multipliers are counted once per mode. Working the same multiplier on both CW and SSB counts as two multipliers.

1. For Michigan stations, multipliers are the 83 Michigan counties, 49 American states (excluding Michigan), 13 Canadian provinces (NL, NB, NS, PE, QC, ON, MB, SK, AB, BC, NT, YT, NU), and "DX" (a non-W/VE station.

2. For all other stations, multipliers are the 83 Michigan counties.

(c) Final Score – For non-mobile stations, multiply total QSO points by the total number of multipliers. For mobile stations, multiply the total QSO points from all counties activated by the total number of unique multipliers worked from all counties activated.

(d) Club Competition – Scores attributed to any amateur radio club will be credited towards that club. All clubs with two or more credited scores will be included in an overall ranking of those scores with a certificate awarded to the club with the highest score.  It is not necessary for the club to submit a roster or list of claimed entrants.  Michigan and non-Michigan clubs will be ranked separately.

As the sponsoring club of the MiQP, the Mad River Radio Club is excluded from this competition, although its members may attribute their scores for other clubs to which they belong.

7) Suggested Frequencies:

CW – 3.545, 7.045, 14.045, 21.045 and 28.045. SSB – 3.800, 7.200, 14.250, 21.300 and 28.450. Fixed stations are urged to call CQ away from these frequencies to keep them clear for mobile stations. Look for 28 MHz activity during the even-numbered daylight hours, and 21 MHz activity during the odd-numbered daylight hours. Look for SSB activity on the hour and CW on the half hour.

8) Miscellaneous:

(a) Callsigns and exchanged information must be received and confirmed by both stations for a complete QSO.

(b) No cross-mode contacts.  Both stations must be using the same mode of transmission.  Also, CW contacts must be made in the CW portions of the band.

(c) A station (fixed or mobile) used to make one or more MiQP QSOs may not be subsequently used under any other callsign to make MiQP QSOs.   The one exception to this are family stations where more than one call is assigned.  No individual shall make MiQP QSOs utilizing more than one callsign from a single station.

(d) Operators of a multi-operator station may not make MiQP QSOs with that station from another location (fixed or mobile) regardless of the location the QSOs are made from or the callsign used for the QSOs.

(e) Portable stations are categorized the same as fixed stations. All contacts for a given portable entry must be made from a single county, state or province. A portable station may change locations during the contest (subject to rule 8.f below) and operate from multiple counties, states or provinces, each of which is a separate entry.

(f) Mobile or portable stations that change the geographic entity they're operating from (counties for Michigan stations, state or province for others) are considered to be a new station and may be contacted again for QSO points and multiplier credit. No station may claim simultaneous operation in more than one county, state, or province. A mobile or portable station must move a minimum of 500 feet before claiming to be in a new county, state or province.

9) Reporting:

(a) A minimum MiQP entry consists of a log of all contacts made and an entry summary.  For electronic entries, the entry summary and contact log may be in a single, common file.

Logs must clearly indicate band, mode, date and time, the callsign of the station worked, with both sent and received exchanges for all QSOs. All entries are encouraged to use the official MiQP county abbreviation for logging the received exchange from Michigan stations.

The entry summary must at a minimum show the entrant’s callsign, operating location (county, state or province), entry category and mailing address. Entries may attribute their score to an amateur radio club which they are a member of for the purpose of the MiQP Club Competition (section 6.d) by indicating the club's name in their entry summary.

All logs will be re-scored by the MiQP Contest Committee so reporting a claimed score is optional.

(b) All entries are encouraged to submit their entry in computer-readable format. MiQP is supported by the NA, TRLog, SD, N1MM, N3FJP and WriteLog contest logging programs, as well as others. Electronic entries must be submitted as a Cabrillo file uploaded to the MiQP Log Submittal Page on the MiQP web site at the following address:


(c) All entries (hardcopy or electronic) must be postmarked no later than 30 days after the end of the contest. Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the MiQP log checking team, provided that the results of the contest can still be published in a timely manner.

(d) Entry forms (rules, summary sheet, log sheet and county abbreviations) are available for downloading in MS-Word and Adobe formats from the MiQP web site at http://www.miqp.org.

(e) Final results of the contest will be posted on the MiQP web site. A hard copy of the final results can be obtained by including a business size SASE with your entry

(f) Paper logs or diskettes are to be sent to:

Mad River Radio Club

c/o Ron Majewski W8RU

3463 Pinehaven Road

Commerce, MI 48382


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