|No dues or membership fees - open to any licensed radio amateur or shortwave listener (SWL) worldwide with at least some interest in CW/QRP operation. Encouraging use of CW and helping all hams increase CW speed and proficiency is a top club priority. Club activities are dedicated to QRP/QRPp operation, using CW. Some will also place emphasis on using simple wire antennas.|
Club call - N3AQC (FISTS #11900)
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CLUB INFO AND STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
by Founder and former President Tom Mitchell, WY3H:
We realize that QRP and CW operation do not appeal to everyone. We have no "axe to grind" with the QRO (high power) fraternity. We recognize that there are times when QRO operation is invaluable. During disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or terrorist attacks, radio amateurs provide vital, life-saving communications for which QRO operation is often necessary. QRO operators also provide an invaluable public service in health and welfare traffic and routine traffic handling.
Amateur radio has something for everyone, including SSB, other forms of digital communication and AM and FM operation. However, for a small but dedicated group, QRP (and QRPp) CW operation provides the greatest challenge and thrill amateur radio has to offer.
Each month the club will host a different challenge such as the GAW (Get Acquainted Week) or the Turkey challenge (making words relating to Thanksgiving from letters in callsigns of stations worked). Also we will have a 2 hour sprint each month alternating between Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with a bonus multiplier for using a straight key.
In addition to QRP CW operation, the club encourages (but does not limit operators to) the use of simple wire antennas. The club offers free membership to any licensed radio amateur (or shortwave listener) anywhere in the world who is willing to use and promote QRP (or QRPp) CW for at least part of their operating time.
We don't have all the answers, but we are willing to answer questions concerning QRP and CW operation from newcomers to the hobby and veteran amateurs alike. Let's put the thrill back into amateur radio and work together to encourage everyone to just give it a try.
We welcome all who share our view to join us and become part of an elite amateur radio fraternity.
T. Mitchell - WY3H (ex-KB3LFC)
The club depends on donations from our members to take care of our financial needs. If you would like to help out with a donation there are two ways that you can do it. The first way is to use PayPal to electronically send your contribution to VP John Smithson, N8ZYA, using the email address "jspiker58 AT gmail DOT com" (squeeze that together and change two words to symbols). To avoid any additional fees be sure to check the box that says "I'm sending money to family or friends." Also please add a note indicating that this is an NAQCC donation. The second way to make a contribution is to mail a check or money order made out to the "North American QRP CW Club." Send your check to John Smithson, 1529 Virginia St E, Charleston, WV 25311. Assuming that we have your correct email address on file your contribution will be acknowledged by email with a carbon copy sent to a second club officer as a "check and balance."
We also sometimes accept non-monetary donations of ham radio related items that are then used as prizes for various drawings and activities. Please contact us ahead of time to discuss the specific item that you are considering donating.
We thank all of our members who have made the generous donations to help keep the NAQCC alive and well!