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K7BG   Single Op LP   6,2722009-04-18 21:32:34
Too nice outside so spent some time stacking tower. Thanks for the Qs.
Matt--K7BG
 
KK8I   Single Op LP   30,6902009-04-18 21:46:52
This was my last Michigan QSO Party from the States. No winning effort but I am
glad that I turned on the radio this weekend.

I originally had no intention to play in the contest because my brother and his
family flew back to Germany on Saturday afternoon. However, when we came back
from the airport, the bug bit and I quickly set up NA (too quickly - did not
hook up the keyer interface and forgot about UTC vs. EST. Will have to fix that
later). I finally made the first QSO at 7:37pm EST.


An hour later, my family asked me to stop operating because I was messing up
the TV. I ended up reducing the power to a level that was acceptable to them,
so from 8:30pm until 11:15pm I was on with 25 watts. Line noise on 40 (S7) and
80 (S9) was another issue but there were enough strong signals on the band to
make QSOs. Later, QRN made things difficult for everybody. Only five QSOs with
mobiles but I enjoyed calling CQ and not taking the contest too seriously.

It was fun running into a couple of friends and I enjoyed the evening. I hope
to be on next year again from DL.

73! Uli, KK8I (DL2HBX from August 2009 on)
 
N8M(K2KW)   Single Op LP   175,2302009-04-18 22:15:11
Thanks to Dave, K8CC for allowing me to use his FB station!

I tried to beat K9TM's 2008 LP score, but I came up a few points short. I'm
just amazed at Tim's effort and minimal antennas last year. I did fairly well
on mults, though typical for me, I come up short on total QSOs. The 20m stack
died a few minutes before the contest, but after spending a bunch of time
diagnosing the problem, I got the 20m stack running late in the first hour.

A sincere thanks to all who called in, especially to the people who QSY'd to
hand out another mult.

I signed Norway 8 Michigan (N8M) in the contest, though many people busted it
as N8MI. In hindsight I should have used different phonetics. It will be
interesting to see how many people really logged the call wrong (biggest
problem was on SSB).

73, Kenny K2KW
 
WO1N   Single Op LP   7,3322009-04-18 22:17:29
FT1000D, C3-SS, DX-LB, R7

Got up early and tossed ropes over the trees to re-string the DX-LB that has
been down for the past year (or more?). Got motivated by N1IW/8 to get on and
chase him around the bands but managed to find him only on 40M both modes.

20M was a total wipe out all day here. 40 rocked until about 2 hours before
the end then 80M was the place to be. Good to be back on 80.

Ken
WO1N
 
AD8J   Single Op HP   22,4402009-04-19 04:33:52
Conditions were tough from western PA as it's too close to MI. Couldn't make
any contacts on 20 meters and 40 was tough into the southern counties.
 
K4EA   Single Op HP   10,8362009-04-19 04:48:57
BBQ at the neighbors and no 80M antenna made this a part-time effort. 20M
#%$#ed! adn 40M was noisy even during daylight.

Neal, K4EA
 
WIØWA(NØAC)   Single Op LP   2,6002009-04-19 04:54:05
I can't hear Mi on 20m, too close. 40m was the money band 80m was very noisy. I
hope to work a lot of Mi stations as N0AC in the Colorado QSO Party later this
summer.

Bill, N0AC
 
K8UNS   M/M LP   74,7782009-04-19 05:19:30
This was the first time the Livonia Amateur Radio Club had been involved with
the Michigan QSO party to anyone's knowledge. We operated from the Livonia EOC,
using two stations - one CW and one Phone. The CW station consisted of a
Electraft K3 to an 80 Meter dipole fed with 400-ohm open line on the roof
(approx. 40 feet high). The Phone station consisted of a Yaesu FT-450 to a
ground mounted Hygain vertical with six radials.

We used N1MM logger with two networked computers. Most of our crew hadn't used
the program and we had to get accustomed to it. The networking part of the
program worked without a hitch.

This was mainly a demonstration of our ability to communicate with other
counties and states, though it gave us an opportunity to have some contesting
fun as well.

Propagation wasn't the best, but we were able to get quite a few counties in
the log. Moving to 80/75 Meters during the daylight hours certainly paid off.

Sure hope the Livonia Police Department allows us to use the facility next
year.

73
Mike, N8MR
 
N4PN   Single Op HP   41,1072009-04-19 06:24:12
Condx on the three "workable" bands was strange. MI usually very strong
on 20m was not the case yesterday. Storms in the SE/SW kept my ears
ringing on 40m and 80m...
Thanks to Jim, K8MR/m for his great job again this year...21 contacts
with many double mults, as his always willingness to shift back and
forth between CW and SSB. Kudos also to K9TM/m for 7 Q's followed by
K8IR/m with 6 and W8CAR/m - 3. Many others with one and two contacts.
Thanks also to some great ops at home....worked N8M, WA1UJU/8, K8EPV,
K8MQP and WB8WKQ six times. Followed by K8AO, K8RO, N9KI/8, K8XXX and
NU8Z five times.....
Personal score off by 34% over win in 2006. Sure the economic times
has a lot to do with activity from the mobiles...
Thanks to the Mad River gang for again sponsoring this event.
73, Paul, N4PN
 
NO5W   Single Op LP   2402009-04-19 07:09:10
Hopes of making a serious effort in the MiQP were dashed by the torrential rains
in the Houston area most of Saturday. I was not able to get on the air until
around 0000Z. At that point 20 was gone and, due to the thunderstorms that had
moved off to the east, 40 and 80 were very noisy. I don't think I heard any
mobiles although I'm sure some were out and about even in the very tough
conditions.

Hopefully conditions will be better next weekend for the Florida party where
we'll be operating NO5W/M through 30+ counties in the panhandle from Pensacola
to Jacksonville and return. Details, including a Google map of the planned
route, are at http://www.no5w.com/NO5W_FQP09_Route.html. Hope to see you in the
FQP log.

73/Chuck
 
W8PIF(@KS8O)   M/M LP   27,0402009-04-19 07:10:11
We had a great time and thanks for the Q's. Most of the operation was run by
W9JTL and 4 youths ages 11 to 14 who did a great job and I am sure became
hooked on contesting. Thanks for all the patients during some of the contacts.
Great fun was had by all who participated, 15 in all. Brats and Burgers were
done on the grill by an 11 year old, Hunter (KC9MBI) who will become our
official chef for contests, he is also a great contester, (watch out all).
Thanks to all the mobiles for their work and skill. We also had a VE session
where we had a successfull candidate for upgrade to general and a new tech. The
three rigs worked flawlessly and the three logging computer with N1MM kept up to
pace. We spent much to much time on phone keeping the score down, but by next
year, a couple of the kids will be ready to work the cw side.
 
K2DSL   Single Op LP   4,2842009-04-19 07:23:58
Not a lot of time to participate, but as always, the ops were great. 40/80
seemed pretty quiet without much noise whenever I could pop on the radio.
Didn't even try 20m. Thanks for all the nice contacts.
 
K9NW   Single Op LP   9002009-04-19 07:27:56
Not much time this year....yardwork beckoned with the great weather.

Thanks for the QSOs!


73, Mike K9NW
 
K4OD   Single Op LP   842009-04-19 07:41:02
part time effort only a half hour of op time available
 
KO7X   Single Op HP   20,5102009-04-19 07:48:26
Lots of noise on 40 and 80 made it tough to hear some of the low power stations
out here. Thanks to the mobiles for putting some rare counties on the air.
Nothing heard on 15 or 10 meters, as usual.
 
W8CAR   Mobile Solo Op LP   41,6432009-04-19 08:24:56
Managed 10 counties after a problem ridden start. The inverter I got to charge
the laptop would kick off so wasnt charging the battery. Once moved to a front
accessory socket all was well. I keep forgetting how much fun mobiling is and
boy am I tired. I have to merge the logs to get a real idea of a score but
beautiful wx, decent condx and no car trouble made this a fun one! I did have
some ssb QSOS but havent broken them out yet

Dan W8CAR/**** Berr,KZOO,VANB,CASS,MONR,BRAN,LENA,HILL,STJO,CALH
 
WJ9B   Single Op HP   14,9122009-04-19 08:36:51
FQP, next weekend!
73, Will, wj9b, dit dit
 
WB8JUI   Single Op LP   4,1822009-04-19 08:39:23
Too many chores and distractions on a nice Spring day for a serious effort. I
got a lot of yard work done, watched the Cavs playoff game, and then had a
couple of hours to play.

Thanks to all for the QSOs.

73 - Rick WB8JUI
 
N6MU   Single Op LP   11,9992009-04-19 11:10:31
Missed the last three hours so this was essentially a 20 meter contest from
here. 73...

John, N6MU
 
K4BAI   Single Op HP   3,7082009-04-19 11:15:41
FT1000MP, 100W on 20 and 40, with Alpha 78, 1 KW on 80, due to QRN. Zepp,
inverted vee. Thanks for the QSOs. Special thanks to the mobiles. Time was
limited, but had fun. Look for KU8E and me as W4AN/M in many FL counties in FL
QSO Party next weekend. 73, John, K4BAI.
 
K8MAD(N8XX)   Single Op LP   22,8782009-04-19 11:48:17
Fun contest, even though Murphy struck. For the Ohio QSO Party I had loaned my
Computer to rig interface to a friend but, alas!, didn't get it back. So, I
cobbled another together with parts on hand. Unfortunately, I didn't check it
out prior to the event. It was DOA. I looked it over, but didn't see anything
wrong. So, I hooked up my ancient bug (circa 1955, hadn’t been used since the
80’s). It had corroded contacts, and simple burnishing didn't do much.
Brought out the trusty J-38, and did the pump handle thing. It’s amazing
that 1800’s technology still works in the 21st Century! Even at 1 p.m. 20
metres was all but dead, so quick move to 40. About 4 p.m. I looked over the
computer interface, tried it again, and, LO! And Behold! It worked. But, after
about 10 Q's it went into an oscillation and wouldn't stop - made a horrible
noise in the rig, and probably on the air. After unhooking it and reinstalling
it, the same problem, so back to the trusty J-38. At that point I didn’t
determine if it was the USB to Com port device, or the Com port to rig which I
had assembled. The trusty J-38 worked great!

Thanks to all who slowed down to my hand sent hand keyed speed, even though I
could copy faster. It’s nice to see that a rookie would have been treated
well.

K8MAD was an interesting call, especially on phone. People would do a double
take, and I'd say I was the "mad man from Michigan."
 
NA4K   Single Op LP   7,9502009-04-19 12:41:42
Caught a few mins here and there between chores.
Seemed to be more on Phone this year than in the past.

Steve NA4K
 
K6KQV   Single Op LP   6382009-04-19 14:34:20
Great QSO party. Wish they had T-Shirts like CQP.
Condition were poor, but I enjoyed the contest.
 
K8IR/M   Mobile Multi-Op LP   120,7652009-04-19 15:24:57
On the way home last night, I didn't think it was that good an outing. But
after running the numbers, it looks like our second best effort in the 8 years
I've been mobile (last year was the best). I felt the first few hours were
pretty good, but when the QRN came up on 40 and 80, it became quite a struggle.
Despite that, the 0200 hour was our best with 71 contacts.

Weatherwise, it was a day of sharp contrasts. It was in the 70's and sunny when
we started in the southern U-P, but by the time we got to the Lake Superior
shore, it was 35 and foggy. We drove through some showers after dark. There
still was snow in the woods in many areas, and plenty of ice on the lakes. No
unusual wildlife sitings this year, they all must have been trying to stay
warm.

Thanks to all who called in and especially to those who followed us around.
Several stations had 10 or more contacts. K8MFO was the clear leader finding us
17 times, all on CW.

I have to thank Eric, KG9GH, my driver for the third year. We used his vehicle
this time, and he spent much time and effort building a ground plane over his
pickup bed for the 80 meter antenna. We used most of the legal height above
the vehicle, and just managed to drive through the lift bridge at Houghton
which has a clearance of 14 feet. (vehicle picture on k8ir.com) Eric also put
the GPS to good use, and got us into the last county at a comfortable 35
minutes before the end.

73
Jim K8IR
 
WA4SM   Single Op HP   1,5412009-04-19 16:04:06
Just got to work in this one for a little while.
 
AE8M   Single Op LP   2,4802009-04-19 16:44:30
Fun contest! I operated my mobile rig parked in my driveway for the purpose of
working out the bugs with the new mobile setup. This attracted attention from
several of my neighbors. One neighbor seemed fascinated as I demonstrated CW
and SSB Q's. The other one called me a pervert (apparently not everyone
understands the appeal of amateur radio).

The mobile rig is a K2/100 with Lakeview Hamsticks on 40M and 80M. Many MI
stations were extremely strong, and I was able to work 3 MI mobiles. My only
concern now is with the mag mounts falling off as I travel through Indiana in
two weeks in the IN QP.
 
W8ETN(W8RU)   Single Op LP   5,6402009-04-19 17:04:49
Thanks to all for the great pile-up when I first hit the band at 10:30pm.

73,

Ron (W8RU).
 
N4DW   Single Op LP   1,1342009-04-19 17:57:14
My numbers may seem ragged, but should match the other log. I was running both
Mi & On QP's in the same log.
 
K8MM   Single Op QRP   101,4302009-04-19 18:31:34
Antennas:
Cushcraft A3 Tri-bander at 50'
40M A pair of dipoles at 70' beaming N/S or E/W
80M Dipole at 70'
80M 2 element phased verticals beaming E or W
800' Unterminated "Stealth" Beverage E/W

Rig: A pair of Elecraft K2/100's @ 5 Watts
Software: N1MM

Lot's of fun again this year, and it seemed like there was a lot more activity.
I decided that I was going to glue my butt to the chair and not miss any
operating time like I have the last couple years. This is the first time I've
actually had all the antennas repaired after the harsh winter winds, and the
shack was ready to go. Thanks to AC8W and K8DD for helping me take down a
broken tri-bander and put up a good one a couple days before the contest.

I did have to fight line noise for a lot of the time, so sorry to those that
called but kept getting covered up by the QRN from Detroit Edison. I know
K8MR/M asked me to do something but I couldn't tell what it was, probably QSY
to CW I'd imagine. Sorry Jim, I would have liked to have another mult. I ended
up with 52 counties, and heard a few more but never worked them.

I got to move a couple locals so I ended up with qso's on 15 and 10 cw/ssb.
With bands being dead, it was the only way I'd end up with anything there.
Thanks for moving guys.

I finally rolled over 100,000 points with less than five minutes to go. I saw
how close I was getting in the last couple hours and really put my head down
and pushed hard to make it there.

Thanks to all the NS ladder guys that stopped by and worked me. See you guys
Thursday night.

A special thank you to my wife for keeping me fed, watered and giving me
updates on the Redwings game. No lost operating time for meals!

73,
Ian - K8MM
 
KV1J   Single Op HP   2,1122009-04-20 04:56:05
73, Eric
 
N1IW/8   Single Op LP   93,2482009-04-20 12:38:30
Rig : IC-706MKIIG, Heil Proset Plus
Antenna : 80M Off-center fed dipole up 30'
Automation : N1MM v9.4.0, Microham microKeyer, Averatec POS laptop

Well, another fun one from the cabin on Canada Creek Ranch (CCR) outside of
Atlanta, MI. Arrived from NH on Friday at around 4PM and was greeted by a fresh
breeze, cloudlees sky, and 70F. Warmest weather I have experienced so far this
year. (Note: As I write this summary on Monday, the NWS is predicting 1" of
snow for tonight into Tuesday. Welcome to Spring i nortern Michigan.) Since it
was 55F in the cabin, the first order of business was to open the place up and
get the vittles stowed. Got the 80M off-center fed dipole up in the trees in
abt an hour and also pulled the VHF/UHF stick up in a tree. A VSWR check
confirmed everything was ship shape so moved on to setting up the station with
the local public service VHF traffic buzzing from the IC-706 in the
background.

By evening I had everything set up except for the voice keying/routing setup on
the Microkeyer and device router. Charlie Whiskey is my main operating mode so
getting that operating was a no brainer. Gotta love that Winkey interface. But
setting up the audio routing for recording/playback of wave files for SSB thru
N1MM turned out to be a problem with N equations and N+1 unknowns! I don't
believe I had ever set it up before with my laptop so that was part of the
problem. I eventually figured out how to record a CQ MIQP wavefile via the Heil
Headset boom mic using the Windoz sound recorder and play it thru the radio to
save my voice a bit. But never did figure out how to properly route the boom
mic audio to the radio in real time. So I ended up using the ICOM hand mic
plugged directly into the 706 and a footswitch. It was a pain, but it worked.
By 9 PM I was wiped out: I had been up since 3 AM that morning to catch my 6 AM
flight out of Manchester, NH. So I walked away from the problem, poured 2
fingers of my favorite single malt and called it a night.

I slept like death, as I usually do up here. This is truely a place where I can
recharge my batteries. The silence was broken around 7:30 AM while I was making
breakfast. My sister-in-law Julie called and gave me a few bits of information
she had read on the digital TV transition up here in the north woods. You see,
one of my missions this trip is to sort out the whole digital TV puzzle. We get
4 analog channels up here on a set of rabbit ears: 4, 6, 8,and 10. Channel 6
(WCMU) is on a tower a few miles south of here, so no problem getting them when
they were analog and they now put out 3 digital channels that come in solid with
the same rabbit ears. These popped up recently on the inexpensive digital
converter box Julie had picked up last Fall via the coupon program.
Unfortunately, one can take only so much of public TV; I lost interest in
Sesame Street many years ago. Besides, they don't have local news and weather,
which is the only real reason we even have a TV up here at the retreat up
north. The other channels range from marginally solid to fuzzy so I figure that
when they all go full power digital in June reception may be a bit problematic.
So after breakfast I tried connecting the vertical VHF/UHF stick (yes I know
broadcast TV is horizontally polarized) and the OCFD to the converter box and
it still only found the Ch 6 digital channels. Not sure what the other channels
are doing at the moment in the digital domain, maybe low power test signals, not
sure. I will have to connect these antennas up directly to the analog TV set and
see how the reception is just to get a benchmark. Sorry for the diversion, now
back to our regularly scheduled program... Blame Julie.

I tuned around the bands Saturday morning afer my diversion and immediately
noticed a fairly significantly broadband noise problem on 80 and 40 meters; 20M
was fine. I quickly tracked it down to the laptop power supply. This is the
first time I have attempted to use this laptop for logging from the cabin. Do
not recall having a problem during either my 2006 or 2008 efforts from up here
with my old HP W98se laptop; probably shouldn't have been so set on retiring
it. Anyway, if I coiled up several turns of the DC side power cord I could
reduce the level a bit and completely make it go away if I unplugged the power
cord. I could also reduce the noise significantly if I unplugged the USB cable
between the microKEYER and the laptop. Unfortunately, the battery in this
laptop is tired so operating on battery for the 12 hour MIQP was not in the
cards. Just my luck that my box of magic ferrites was back home in NH. Rats.
Maybe I can get away with running on batteries while only on 80/40... We will
see. Also, the CMOS battery is flat so the clock drifts around and this could
make the time tags in my log a bit squirrely. So just going to have to deal
with the noise if it becomes a significant problem. Another option would have
been to operate completely manually. Paper logs and dupe sheets? No way. Let's
just see how it goes...

The Beginning (16Z-20Z)... MTMO & The Evil Noise
Last year I did 471/128 for 102k; I believe a respectable single op score from
a simple, one anenna setup in the woods. So I checked my notes from last year,
set a goal of 500Q/100K points, and decided to keep the same basic plan: run on
20M CW for the first hour and try to nab some DX, and then try to keep to the
MIQP guidelines of SSB at the top of the hour and CW at the bottom of the hour
unless I had rate. Stay band agile to keep the rate up remembering that a CW
QSO is worth twice that of an SSB QSO. Finally, spend the last 2 hours focused
on hunting counties for local mults. As a close friend says, "Have a plan that
works, and work the plan." My first hour running produced only 39 Qs compared
to 44 last year, but netted 3 DLs and a CU. Nice to see DM3ZF and DL3GA in the
log again this year. Pretty cool to have DX call in a state QSO party using
only 100W into a dipole! At the end of the 17Z hour I made my first jump down
to 40M and had heart failure. I now had an S7 noise floor in SSB and an S3
noise floor in CW, both with the 706 preamp off; this just isn't going to work.
I tried a few Qs but it really sucked. I then lost about an hour of operating
time trying come up with a station configuration I could live with. What did I
do you ask? I did a complete install of N1MM and the Microham device router on
my work Dell laptop which I have with me to do a couple of training courses
while I am out here. Fortunately I had the appropriate user privaleges to do
the install. Turns out the Dell is moderately quieter RF wise than my personal
laptop. In the 19Z hour I started out on 40CW and bagged 60 QSOs; now that's
more like it. By 20Z I had 135 QSOs logged compared to 157 QSOs last year
(-22).

The vast majority of stations worked this period were either west of the
Mississippi or in the deep south. First QSO back east on 20M goes to AE1T in NH
at 17:28Z, weak but workable. When I moved to 40M, I started working stations to
the east, but it was initially a struggle given the noise problem. I bagged my
county, MTMO, compliments of K8CIT at 1806Z on 40M. This was also my first MI
contact. He gave me #48, I gave him #72... Sweet! Worked my first fellow
BARiSian, WO1N at 1810Z. Thanks Ken for the MA SSB multiplier. Shortly after
that I attacked the noise problem with some success. In my 19Z hour run my YCCC
buds WO1N, K5ZD, W1END and others back east stopped by, and I ended the run with
a nice ND mult! Before switching to 40SSB at the top of the next hour, I threw
out a few CQs on 20CW and netted 2 QSOs, both mults: ID and MT.
Total: 135 Qs, 123CW-12SSB / 44 mults / 11,352 points

The Middle... Captain Zero and Alaska
OK. So how do I make up the lost QSOs? Stay agile and run baby run! Started the
20Z hour on 40SSB as fresh meat. 33 QSOs in first 20 minutes using my foot
switch/hand mic combo, for my best rate run of the event. This included a QSO
and mult from my friend KV1J (Eric) back in Maine. He has a brother Tom (W1TOM)
that lives down in Vienna, just a few miles from the cabin here on CCR. Eric
said Tom was on the air, but I never heard him. So that makes at least 3 fixed
MTMO operations this year. Is that a new record? Another nice run on 40CW at
the bottom of the hour, then back to 40SSB in the 22Z hour. Another fellow
BARiSian, Jerry-K0TV who runs one of the top New England multi-twos in the
majors, jumped me here and I moved him down to CW so he could get the mult. I
was just so focused on rate: sweep and run, change mode/band, sweep and run.
Never even occured to me to do a focused sweep of 40/80 for the mobiles/rovers.
The final mult count would reflect this as I recall focusing more energy last
year on tracking the mobiles. Had a nice suprise while revisiting 20M in the
23Z hour that netted some nice mults of UT, AZ, CA, WA, NV, NM, OR, and AK!
Unfortunately I never really made up for the QSOs lost during the 80/40 noise
reduction effort as I finished up the 2300Z hour now down 25 QSOs from last
year. Although I proably would have been down more if I hadn't improved the
noise floor a bit.
Added 137 Qs, 37CW-100SSB / 35 mults
Total 272 Qs, 160CW-112SSB / 79 mults / 34,128 points

The End (00Z-04Z)... Sprint to the Finish
Started the 00Z hour with a quick bite to eat and a fresh cup of coffee. First
QSO was on 40SSB at 0020. Balance of the hour netted 44 QSOs. First visit to
80M was at 0148Z. I knew it was a little later than I had originally planned
but maybe the band had critical mass. I was correct: Swept the CW portion and
found it to be pretty ripe so I found a clear frequency at around 02Z and ran.
Turns out this was my best hour of the event as I logged 76 QSOs that hour.
There were several zero beat packet pile ups which did make things interesting.
Thanks to those that spotted me. Thanks also to all of my YCCC mentors who have
taught me to dig in and work the pileup. Change the CW speed, add some receiver
attenuation, try to return whole calls instead of partials. Man this is fun! At
03Z I finally forced myself to go county hunting starting with 75SSB with
nearly every QSO a new mult. Where were all of the rovers/mobiles? Guess I just
waited to long. Only station I found was K8IR and nabbed him in his last 2
counties IRON and DICK. Never heard N8KR (air mobile) probably because I was
running and not searching while he was in the air earlier in the afternoon. Nor
did I come across K8MR. I mostly swept 80/75 in the last hour but did call CQ a
few times when I could find a clear frequency. Yet another fellow BARiSian,
EriK-KE1V, found me on 75SSB and I also moved him down to CW to give him the
mult.
Added 187 Qs, 133CW- 54SSB / 45 mults
Final 459 Qs, 293CW-166SSB / 124 mults / 93,248 points

Great participation from the states this year. Only missed Nebraska and Hawaii
for WAS, and worked 5 Provinces too. It was great to see VE4EAR (MB) and VA7RN
(BC) in the log again this year. And what's with the wacky prefixes? XM2AWR had
me off balance for a few seconds when he sent QC. Good thing N1MM knew the
prefix to be a VE. Another good thing was that we again had a good
afternoon/evening static crash wise. I remember my first year doing this from
the cabin in 2006, there was a pretty wild cold front crossing the central
plains and the lightening crashes were terrible. Also only had the stock SSB
filter to use in the ICOM for CW. Have since installed the optional 500 Hz
filter for CW. It will be interestng to see from the other participant's write
ups if the general feeling was that in state participation was down a bit. I
noticed that the map on the MIQP home page was never updated to indicate what
counties would be active and by what station class. If I remember correctly
every county was activated last year in support of the special 50 yr
Anniversary Big Mac Certificate; a very motivational prize. Mine is proudly
displayed in my shack at home. Probably should bring it to the cabin for
display. It is very professionally done.

One final note regarding N1MM: Per the MIQP rules, DX do not count as
multipliers. The CU, OM, and first DL I worked were all shown as multipliers in
the log and score summary and I could not find a way to change this. Also, "DC"
(Districy of Columbia) does not count as a multiplier either; only the 49
states and 14 provinces. Other than that little glitch, N1MM was flawless.

Here's the breakdown for the 10 hours of chair time:
Hour Total 3_5 7 14 Running Total
16 39 0 0 39 39
17 26 0 10 16 65
18 10 0 9 1 75
19 60 0 58 2 135
20 33 0 33 0 168
21 31 0 31 0 199
22 43 0 43 0 242
23 30 0 6 24 272
00 44 0 44 0 316
01 34 6 28 0 350
02 76 76 0 0 426
03 33 33 0 0 459
Totals 459 115 262 82 0

And a comparison with last year:
2008: 471/128/102,144 : 327CW-144SSB QSOs / 40 States + 5 Prov for 68 mults /
41 Cty for 60 mults
2009: 459/124/ 93,248 : 293CW-166SSB QSOs / 48 States + 5 Prov for 89 mults /
27 Cty for 35 mults

The numbers tell the story. Ended up with only 12 fewer QSOs than last year,
but the ratio of CW/SSB was 1.8:1 vs 2.3:1 from last year (that's 752 QSO pts
vs 798 last year). I was only down 4 total mults from last year but the mix was
definitely more heavily weighted towards the state/province mults.

Thanks to all for the QSOs and especially those weaker stations with the
patience to repeat the exchange several times so I could get you in the log
through the PC noise. Thanks also to The Mad River group for hosting such a
great event with such excellent participation. See you all next year, same bat
time, same bat channel!

Best 73... de Mike, N1IW/8
 
K6CSL   Single Op LP   912009-04-20 17:03:39
Band conditions were poor. I think I only worked the largest stations being
heard here in CA. I hope conditions will be better for next year. The weather
across the country certainly was not cooperative with reports of severe storm
noise restricting MI stations from hearing weak and marginal signals. 73's see
you next year for MI QP. Bert, K6CSL
 
W8RU   M/M LP   7,6682009-04-21 04:10:31
This was the first stop in a 3-county tour. We'd stop, set up dipoles, operate
on battery power for about 2hrs, then pack everything up and move on.

Thanks for the QSOs and 73,

Ron (W8RU).
 
W8RU/CALH   M/M LP   6,9852009-04-21 04:13:23
This was the second stop in a 3-county tour. We'd stop, set up dipoles, operate
on battery power for about 2hrs, then pack everything up and move on.

Thanks for the QSOs and 73,

Ron (W8RU).
 
W8RU/JACK   M/M LP   3152009-04-21 04:15:12
This was the last stop in a 3-county tour.

Murphy caught up with us in Jackson County, saddling us with s9+20dB noise on
all bands. By the time we figured this out it was too late to move to a new
site.

Thanks for the QSOs and 73,

Ron (W8RU).
 
K8MR   Mobile Multi-Op LP   182,2802009-04-21 20:47:02
Results by county, in order of appearance:

CW SSB
LAPE 17 0
SANI 30 3
HURO 40 1
TUSC 35 5
SAGI 18 2
BAY 18 5
AREN 43 4
IOSC 47 5
OGEM 39 3
OSCO 30 21
ALCO 31 6
ALPE 19 4
MTMO 20 6
PRES 24 9
CHEB 18 11
EMME 36 7
CHAR 22 3
ANTR 30 0
OTSE 41 8
CRAW 33 7
ROSC 39 7
MISS 26 2
CLAR 25 2
ISAB 5 1
MIDL 12 1

States 44 27
Ctys 21 28

This year I teamed up with driver AC8E to cover 25 counties in the northeast
lower peninsula of Michigan. It was a beautiful day to be driving, but perhaps
too nice as a lot of people were taking advantage of the nicest day of the year
to date to do things other than work us crazy mobile contesters. As is often the
case, we did see snow on the ground in shaded areas in the top two tiers of
counties. I always hope this is the last snow I'll see for six or seven
months.

This was the maiden contest voyage of my new (2001) Honda Odyssey minivan. No
problems, it does have some ignition noise that the blanker handled, but little
other noise from fuel pumps, computers, etc. Fortunately gas prices were about
half of what they were last year.

Conditions were decent for having no sunspots. 80 meters worked well, and we
had more qsos on 75 SSB than on 40 and 20 SSB combined. A lot of those 80/75
qsos were well before dark.

Best qsos were the several with Phil, KL8DX up in Denali, including a qsy to
SSB where he was still decently loud. There were relatively few European QSOs
this year. I had two qsos with stations in the same county as me, a fairly rare
happening. Worked WD8S on 40 CW in Ogemaw, and KX8P on 20 SSB in Presque Isle.
Unfortunatly neither could qsy to the other mode for a double mult.

Thanks to all who followed me around the state, as well as to those who made
only a qso or two. See you all in the Ohio QSO Party on Saturday, August 22,
as well as in Dayton in a few weeks.


73 - Jim K8MR
 
K8MQP(@W8MJ)   M/M HP   502,9962009-05-02 07:56:02
Equipment:

80M: FT-1000MPField, AL-1200, CW dipole, SSB dipole, (2) beverages
40M: FT-1000MP, AL-1200, 2L Telrex yagi, wire yagi aimed south, low dipole
20M: FT-100MPField, Titan, TH7 stack aimed NE/SE/W

This was a smaller than usual effort for the K8MQP team. With only 5.25 ops
available (KE8OC was part time) we cut back to three rigs rather than our usual
four or five. Our original plan was to operate from KN8S's QTH up north in
Cheboygan County, but a last minute family emergency in Florida caused us to
change plans and operate from W8MJ's QTH in Livingston County. Logistically,
this was much simpler as it avoided the five hour commute north. We were able
to set up the entire station on the Friday before MiQP so Saturday morning the
team could just sit down and operate.

Conditions seemed to be very similar to recent years. We worked very few MI
stations on 40M. However, our 80M station had good luck with in-state QSOs for
the entire contest, including working the mobiles a good number of times. Our
in-state multiplier count is largely due to the determination of our 80M team
(W8MJ & W8UE) in moving stations between modes to fill in missing mults. We
appreciate everyone who QSY'd for us.

In past years, we've commented about how 20M CW seemed to get worked out while
20M SSB would still provide QSOs. We experienced that same situation on 40M
this year as we seemed to hit a wall on CW, but CQing on SSB would still
generated business. Our 40M and 20M totals show this clearly, but it is
interesting that 80M has a clear edge of CW QSOs over SSB.

This was our second best multi-op effort in terms of QSOs and mults, but third
best for overall score, again due to the relative shift from two point CW QSOs
to one point SSB QSOs.

Activity seemed good, and there seemed to be a lot of new callsigns active,
particularly from in-state. Our thanks to everyone for the QSOs.

73,
K8MQP Operator Team