[CQ-Contest] Announcement & Rules for Michigan QSO Party - April 17, 1999

David A. Pruett k8cc at ix.netcom.com
Thu Apr 8 01:32:27 EDT 1999

We are pleased to announce the 1999 running of the Michigan QSO Party 
(MQP). Beginning in 1999, MQP has a new organizer, the Mad River Radio 
Club, one of the oldest and largest contesting clubs in the Great Lakes 
Division.  Working together with several clubs who have supported MQP
in the past, the new team is committed to making 1999 the best MQP ever!
The contest rules and format are new for 1999.  The new contest period 
from 1200 EDST to 2400 EDST allows one to fully participate in MQP 
without taking up an entire weekend.  New categories for single and 
mixed mode operation means participants can tailor their operation to
their operating likes.  Awarding QSO points based on power category 
allows stations with less than full QRO to seriously compete for awards.
Finally, the recommended activity times for the higher bands will serve
to focus activity there, making more QSOs available for out-of-state

A condensed set of MQP rules are provided below.  Full rules are 
available via the Internet at http://www.tir.com/~k8dd/miqso99.htm.
An information packet containing the full rules and contest paperwork
(summary, log, and multiplier checklist) in MS-Word format is avail-
able by sending an e-mail request to:

				k8cc at ix.netcom.com

Paper hardcopies can be obtained by sending a business-sized SASE to

				Dave Pruett, K8CC
				2727 Harris Road
				Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Please put MQP LOG REQUEST on the outside of the envelope.

Of course, most people today use computer programs to operate contests.
MQP is supported by the NA and TRLog contest logging programs.

Check the web site for the latest update on MQP award information.

We'd like to invite everyone to join us on the air April 17, 1999 for
the Michigan QSO Party.  CU then!

			 Rules - Michigan QSO Party (MQP)
	 	    Sponsored by the Mad River Radio Club

CONTEST PERIOD: 1200 EDST to 2400 EDST, Saturday April 17, 1999.  
				This is 16Z on April 17 to 04Z April 18.  All stations 
				may operate the full twelve hours.

BANDS/MODES:  CW and SSB on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters.  Stations 
			  may be worked once per band and mode; i.e., K8CC may be 
			  worked on both 40 CW and 40 SSB for points credit.

(a) Single Operator - Mixed mode (phone/CW), CW only or phone only.
	Use of spotting nets, PacketCluster or Internet re-classifies a
	single operator entry as multi-operator.
(b) Multi Operator - Mixed mode only.  Multi-operator entries may have 
	multiple transmitted signals on the air at any one time, limited to 
	one per frequency band. No simultaneous SSB/CW signals on one band 
	at the same time.
(c) Mobile - Mobile entries operate mixed mode only.  Mobile entries may 
	have multiple operators. Mobile stations that change geographic area 
	(counties for Michigan stations, state or province for others) are 
	considered to be a new station and may be contacted again for QSO 
	point and multiplier credit.

   (a) Michigan stations: RS(T), serial number and Michigan county.
   (b) Non-MI W/VE stations: RS(T), serial number and state or province.
   (c) Non-W/VE stations: RS(T), serial number and "DX".

   (a) QSO Points - One point per phone QSO, two points per CW QSO.
	   No cross-mode contacts - CW contacts must be made in the CW 
	   portions of the band.
   (b) Multipliers - Multipliers are counted once per mode.
	   For Michigan stations, multipliers are 49 American states 
	   (excluding Michigan), 83 Michigan counties and 13 Canadian 
	   provinces. DX stations may be worked for point credit only.
	   For non-MI stations, multipliers are the 83 Michigan counties.
   (c) Power Multiplier - The power multiplier must reflect the maximum 
	   output power used at any time during the contest; i.e., the 
	   smallest power multiplier must apply to all QSOs.  <5W output 
	   power multiplies by 5, <100W output power multiplies by 2, 
	   >100W multiplies by 1.
   (d) Final Score - Multiply QSO points by the power multiplier, then 
	   by the total multipliers.  Mobile and portable entries must 
	   submit separate logs (with QSO numbers starting from 001) for 
	   each geographic area (MI county, state or province) activated. 
	   A mobile entrant's score will be the total points for all areas

   CW - 3.545, 7.045, 14.045, 21.045 and 28.045
   Phone - 3.850, 7.225, 14.250, 21.300 and 28.450  
   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.

   (a) A transmitter used to contact one or more stations may not be 
	   subsequently used under any other callsign during the contest 
	   period, with the exception of family stations where more than 
	   one call is assigned.  Under these circumstances no individual 
	   shall make QSOs utilizing more than one callsign.
   (b) 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 and operate from multiple counties, 
	   states or provinces, each of which is a separate entry.  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 location. 

   (a) Entries must be postmarked no later than 30 days after the end 
	   of the contest.  Any logs with over 100 QSOs are encouraged to 
	   submit their entry in computer-readable format. MQP is supported 
	   by the NA and TRLog contest logging programs.  All entrants who 
	   submit paper logs with more than 100 contacts must also include 
	   callsign cross-check (dupe sheets).
   (b) Entries submitted in computer-readable format must include an 
	   ASCII summary sheet file (no word processor documents) and the 
	   log file which can be either in ARRL Suggested Standard File 
	   Format or in the NA .QDF file format. Such entries may be 
	   submitted via e-mail to MQP at contesting.com or on IBM compatible, 
	   MS-DOS formatted 3-1/2 inch diskette to the contest address 
	   shown below.
   (c) Paper logs must indicate band, mode, date and time in UTC, 
	   received callsign and exchange.  Multipliers must be marked 
	   clearly in the log the first time they are worked. Entry forms 
	   (rules, summary sheet, log sheet and county abbreviations) in Word 
	   format are available by e-mail request to k8cc at ix.netcom.com, or
	   by sending a business size SASE to the address shown below.
   (d) Michigan entries that are members of a Michigan club should 
	   indicate so on their summary sheet so that their score may be 
	   credited to their club.
   (e) Logs that have been received will be listed on the MQP web site 
	   at http://www.tir.com/~k8dd no more than 48 hours after receipt.  
	   Final results will be posted on this site web site, and the 
	   "3830" Internet reflector.  A hard copy of the final results can 
	   be obtained by sending a business size SASE to the address shown
   (f) Entries, logs or diskettes for the MQP are to be sent to:  
	   Mad River Radio Club
	   Dave Pruett, 2727 Harris Road
	   Ypsilanti, MI 48198
	   Please note "MQP" on the outside of the envelope.

   (a) A certificate will be awarded to the highest single operator-CW, 
	   single operator-SSB, single operator-mixed and multi-operator 
	   entries in each geographic area (MI county, state or province) 
	   with three or more entries in the category.
   (b) Certificates will be awarded to the ten highest scoring mobile 
	   stations within Michigan.  Certificates will also be awarded to 
	   all non-Michigan mobile stations making 100 or more MQP QSOs.
   (c) Plaques will be awarded in the following categories:
	   High Score - Michigan Single Operator
	   High Score - Michigan Single Operator
	   High Score - Michigan Multi-Operator
	   High Score - Michigan Mobile
	   High Score - Michigan Club
	   High Score - Out of State
	   High Score - Overall QRPp

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