Attention Michigan Amateurs!!!!
    It's that time of year again! It's time to gear it up and get ready for the 2008 Michigan QSO Party. The MiQP has something to offer for everyone and there is no shortage of reasons for joining in on the fun on April 19th, 2008.

    Last year was a good year for the MiQP.  Activity was up and we hope to do even better this year.  We hope to see an increase in activity within the traditional amateur radio clubs in Michigan. I think that most clubs are looking for special activities and the MiQP has some features that should be considered in filling this need.

    This type of event is what it's all about. It is a group activity that can be a source enjoyment before, during and after the event!  This year we will have the traditional categories such as Single-Operator, Multi-Operator and Mobile. But in addition to these, we are adding a new "Emergencies Operation Center" EOC category. This will provide an opportunity to brush up your clubs emergency operation skills and provide great training (and fun). This would also be a great opportunity to expose some of your newer members to emergency communications operations, but in a less formal environment.

    As you can see from the rules listed below, this is only a 12 hour event. Please consider getting on the air for the whole thing, or any portion of the 12 hour period.  You can operate from home, portable, mobile or at the clubs EOC. With the support of mobile and portable stations, we plan on having activity in all 83 counties.

    Last but not least, we ask those of you that have participated in the MIQP to please help us get the word out and encourage other Michigan hams and radio clubs to participate and join the fun. See http://www.miqp.org for more details and the rules, !
  Date /Time:  Michigan QSO Party, sponsored by the Mad River Radio Club, from 1600Z April 19th t until 0400Z April 20th.   Stations may operate the  full 12 hours. (12 noon to 12 midnight local Michigan time on April 20th )

    Modes and Categories:  Phone and CW on 80/40/20/15/10 meters.  Single-op,
multi-op, mobile and Emergencies Operations Center (EOC) categories. Single-op entries are categorized by output power, QRP (5W or less), Low Power (100W or less), and High Power (greater than 100W)

    Multipliers:   Work stations once per band and mode. Work other states and Michigan Stations. MI to MI QSO's are allowed. Work portables and mobiles  again as they change counties, state or province.

    Exchange:  Exchange QSO number and location (county for MI stations, state/province or "DX" for others).

    Scoring:  One point per phone QSO, two points per CW QSO.  Count multipliers once per mode. Multipliers are MI counties for all entries, plus states & provinces for MI entries only.  Final score is total QSO points times total multipliers.

    Freqs: Suggested frequencies: CW-3545, 7045, 14045, 21045, 28045; Phone-3800, 7200, 14250, 21300, 28450.

    Log Submital: Mail logs no later than 30 days after the contest to: Mad River Radio Club, c/o Dave Pruett, 2727 Harris Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 or via e-mail to logs@miqp.org

    More Information: For complete rules, along with free logging software, log and summary sheets, see http://www.miqp.org

73 es cu April 19th 2008
Mark NU8Z

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