Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 10:00am to 10:00pm
Emerson Electric Hall Room G29
Club Contest, all are welcome to join (even without an amateur radio license!)
Michigan QSO Party (MiQP)
Sponsored by the Mad River Radio Club
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 occurs on the Saturday of the third full weekend in April. For the year 2017, the contest will start on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The contest period runs from 1200 EDST to 2400 EDST (16Z Saturday until 04Z Sunday). 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., K8CC 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 must operate under a single callsign. Multi-operator entries are categorized by the number of transmitted signals on the air at any one time: Single-Transmitter (one transmitted signal) or Multi-Transmitter (multiple transmitted signals).
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 by the number of operators: Solo-Operator (one person performs all the operating, logging, driving and navigation functions), or Multi-Operator (may have multiple persons performing the operating, logging, driving and navigation functions). All mobile entries are limited to a single transmitter of 100W output or less. Mobile entries may submit separate logs for each geographic area activated, or a single overall log. If a single log is submitted, the county operated from must be shown clearly for each QSO.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/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) DX stations outside of W/VE 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 a geographic entity.
(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 entity on both CW and SSB counts as two multipliers.
For Michigan stations, multipliers are 49 American states (excluding Michigan), 83 Michigan counties, 13 Canadian provinces (NL, NB, NS, PE, QC, ON, MB, SK, AB, BC, NT, YT, NU) and “DX” (a non-W/VE station).For all other stations, multipliers are the 83 Michigan counties.(c) Final Score – For non-mobile stations, multiply 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 Michigan 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.
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