The Michigan State University Amateur Radio Club (MSUARC) Radiosport team turned in a record performance as the highest scoring college radio club in the 2017 Michigan QSO Party (MIQP).
With nearly 600 contacts and over 101,000 points, after multipliers, the 7 operators, comprising both students and alumni navigated poor band conditions and stayed the course for the 12 hour contest time frame.
Best of all, “The Ole Log” trophy remains in East Lansing for another year. W8SH outpaced our University of Michigan friends at W8UM, earning the top score for an official College Amateur Radio Club the annual competition.
Thanks to everyone who contacted us from 33 counties, 60 cities and 12 DX entities.
The MIQP is an annual Radiosport event, held every Spring, where radio amateurs are challenged to contact stations located in the State of Michigan. Ham radio enthusiasts regularly participate in contests as a way to practice emergency communications skills and prepare to support local government and public safety organizations in cases where commercial communications infrastructure may fail.
W8SH is the Michigan State University Amateur Radio Club Station, located at 2121 Engineering building on the MSU campus. It boasts state of the art communication equipment and is available to students, staff and alumni. The club is sponsored by MSU’s College of Engineering and was founded in 1919.
Chasing that rare operator is one of the greatest joys of amateur radio. And few in our area do it better than Joe Levine W8JRK.
Joe was first licensed in Connecticut in 1958 as K1GMR, earning his MSU undergrad degree in Music. He was one of the leading Michigan based chasers in last years National Parks On The Air contest and has a long history of dedicated support for MSUARC. He spoke at the March meeting about the tools he uses to snag the rare ones.
This weekend is Phone Sweepstakes ! The shack is all ready to go. The equipment and antenna switches have all been labeled for easy identification. The logging computer has N3FJP up and running on it. All you need to do is remember to change operators in the log. The band and mode will be tracked automatically for you. (as long as rig is on) When the contest is done, please have someone SAVE the log data to the hard drive.
I will be in contact with Ed or Reece as to submitting our entry after the contest is over. ANY questions about operating times, please coordinate with ED W8EO. If you need help PLEASE ASK. There are manuals for all the rigs on the bookcase. If you don’t know how to tune the amplifier, ask for help or DON’T use it.
Please do not run over 1KW. The REASON ? Our 40 meter es 80 meter dipoles are made of #16 wire and won’t handle over a KW.
I will be at home all weekend if there are problems that can’t be resolved by following the direction sheets. I will hopefully be operating from home while recovering from surgery.
I’m going to play QRP this year just for fun.(and the challenge)
Gud Luck es Clean Sweep guys ! 73, Gregg WB8LZG
Calling all Sweepers ! Man your Keys ! A reminder to all CW enthusiasts.
This weekend is the CW Sweepstakes. I wanted to let everyone know my schedule and availability.
I am planning on being in the W8SH shack near the starting time 5pm local Sat. if the time stays the same. I plan on operating from 5pm thru 8 or 9pm Sat evening. Then I usually am in the shack Sunday morning about 6am and operate till 9 or 10 am. If anyone would like to gain access to the shack outside of these hours please contact me.
SWEEPS is the “big one” ! It has the longest exchange of any of the contests and accuracy is the goal. I first started Sweeps at 16 and have been hooked ever since. my mentors taught me well too. I do Sweeps entirely on paper. No computer, no logging program, no dupe checker, no assisted, no nonsense. Just a key , a pencil, and the radio ! It’s the purest form of CW Zen that there is ! For years i ran Sweeps QRP (low power) just to test my meddle, But that was hard work and operation from W8SH is very fast paced fun. With our School Station status and our Check 19 being the only one on the planet, a pileup is inevitable ! Want to hone the “filter between the ears” just try picking one callers signal out of 5 or 6 ! It just doesn’t get any better unless your in a rare section. ( like N. Dakota , or the NWT !) hi hi
For those of you who prefer the computer logging, N3FJP Sweeps program is up and running on the computer. Please leave it running and i will combine and compile the scores after the weekend. Phone Sweeps is in 2 more weekends and i’ll make an announcement a few days before.
Want to pound some brass this weekend? Come keyed up with us at W8SH !
One of our favorite ARRL events is the annual School Club Roundup. It’s a staple of the W8SH fall operating schedule. W9WSW and W8EO were on the air on Tuesday, knocking out 50 QSOs per hour across in 20 states. It’s always fun to watch the bands morph as sunset starts to cross the continent. We started out on 20 meters and migrated down to 40 as the evening wore on. Great to talk with so many other clubs and individuals who are helping inspire the next generation of radio amateurs.
Memories of the 2015 football season. MSUARC offered commemorative QSL cards for contacts made during our virtual tailgate parties prior to each home game, complete with a suitable-for-framing poster to display them. Thanks to Gregg WB8LZG for organizing the event and to Francie at the Michigan State University College of Engineering for her artistry.
Amateur radio attracts a huge cadre of enthusiasts. And with licensing at an all time high, it’s inevitable that you’ll run into an occasional knucklehead. My own initial encounter with one of these unique individuals came early in my ham career. I was struggling through my first contest experience and was clearly not following the information exchange protocol. I had read the instructions. I had listened to others do it. But, in one of those “minutes make the man” situations, I just couldn’t get it right. Continue reading “What to do when you encounter bad behavior on the bands”→