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Michigan QSO Party   2017   Apr 15   Claimed Score

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Call: K8IR/M
Operator(s): K8IR KG8CX
Station: K8IR/M

Class: Mobile Multi-Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): 12
Location: In State/Province

Summary:   Compare Scores
BandCW QsPh Qs
Total:47736CW Mults55Ph Mults23Total Score77,220


Club: [none]

Comments:     [email]     2017-04-16 14:53:35
Many years the weather isn't that big a factor for us out on the road. This year the weather was the story. After driving five hours through the rain to get to our starting point, the skies cleared and we were enjoying a very nice afternoon. The temperature got up to 82 degrees along the southern part of the route, and conditions began better than we had seen in recent years. The notable difference from last year was what we saw in the Wisconsin QSO Party last month, that the lack of sunspots pretty much eliminated the short in-state propagation on 40. That would be on 80/75, and although we checked out 80 early, the only station heard was KM8CC from KZOO who was booming in. Then we headed back up north, and the line of thunderstorms met us just below the Mackinaw Bridge. So by the time the crowds migrated to 80, it was too noisy for us to be heard by most stations. We managed to pick up a few mults through S&P, but running on 80 was mostly unsuccessful. So we ended up with our lowest mult total since the first year I went out in 2002. Although it was plenty noisy on 40, that band still worked for us to the end. Unfortunately, the fog slowed our trek across the U-P, and we got to MENO with just 2 minutes to go. We apologize to all who were waiting at the end when the clock ran out. A big thank you again to my driver, Eric, KG9GH, who between rain, fog, and deer (we saw more deer through the UP at night than we had in-state mults), got us safely around the route. And thanks to all who called in and especially those who followed us through the contest, including WB5JID (22), K4MM (19), K8RYU (16), K1RO (15), and many others.