Michigan QSO Party
Operator(s): K8IR KG9GH
Class: Mobile Multi-Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 12
Band CW Qs Ph Qs
80: 80 0
40: 322 44
20: 206 27
15: 1 0
10: 0 0
Total: 609 71 CW Mults = 60 Ph Mults = 25 Total Score = 109,565
Club: M&M ARC
We decided to run below the bridge this year to keep some of K8MR's counties
warm until he returns next year.
Conditions on 40 were not good at the start with a lot of absorption, and 20
was better but not great. 40 starting coming around in the late afternoon, and
except for a period around sunset, remained productive to the end. Despite a
lot of strong signals on 80 before sunset, no one seemed to be able to hear us
until it got dark. It was thankfully one of the quieter years for QRN on 80.
Activity seemed down, but we had a loyal group following us through the route.
I see K0RI in the log 35 times, and K2DSW 30 times. Several others had over 20
QSO's. Thanks to everyone who called in and we hope we put a few new mults in
It seems like we saw almost as many deer as we had QSO's this year. They seemed
to be everywhere. Fortunately the ones near the road were more interested in
grazing and licking road salt than jumping out in front of us.
The weather during the contest was fine, but we had rain all the way home
through the UP. At least it wasn't snow for a change.
I must again thank Eric, KG9GH, who graciously contributes his vehicle to the
effort, and who drove the route plus 4 hours to the start and 5 1/2 hours back
home afterwards. At times he was drawing up the route as we drove, and we
managed to activate 25 counties, one more than planned.
Again, thanks to all who called in.
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