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Michigan QSO Party

Posted: 19 Apr 2016 04:32 AM PDT

I managed a few hours in the Michigan QSO Party over the weekend. Its a
noon to midnight operation (local time) and I waited until the sun was
beginning to sink before jumping in. All search and pounce. Mostly 40
meters and mostly phone though I did end up on the key for a short run when
I noticed a tweet from Dan, KB6NU that said he was hanging out on 7046.

After working him, I loitered a bit on CW but then it was back to phone. It
seemed there was a lot more activity on phone than CW something I noticed
the week before in the Georgia QSO Party. But given my proximity to the
state of Michigan and the time I was operating, my only real options are 40
and 80 meters maybe that had something to do with it?

17 CW and 51 PHONE with a handful of mults was good for 3,485 points and
the log has already been submitted. I managed to work several stations in
the Upper Peninsula, always a thrill for me, but never did hear Hank, N8XX
who was operating from Schoolcraft County up there.

For a second week in a row, logging was a bottleneck to a better score.

Not that Im a serious contest operator two hours is about all the time Im
willing to spend tethered to the shack on a weekend so Ill never be on top
the points pile. Still, theres plenty of room for improvement in shack
automation and logging and for me its something that needs attention.
Continuous improvement should be a way of life

Next QSO Party for me will be the Indiana event in May. Im hoping home
field advantage will help make a better showing.

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