The NAQCC St. Patrick's Challenge
K3WWP(WINNER) All 12 'words' from 87 Stations - finished 3/18 0026Z: St. Patrick K9ESE,KT8K,AJ8P,AI4JW,K5PTC,N0AR,W2IX,K8CV,K8JV 461 W4MJT,KX6SUB,W1MT Blarney W9BZ,KB3LFC,AF4PP,W0RSP,NN5K,K9ES,N4CY Emerald Isle PJ2/WE9V,KB0KM,WA9TZE,N0UR,K4BAI,WA7LNW,W1PID,W8IJ,KW4JS, W9LO,KE0G Erin Go Bragh W9EAU,WW9R,W8IVF,WN1B,K5GQ,W4QO,K4BXN,AB1DR,AK0M,N6XG,HQ9F Green WA3GYW,WA8REI,N9NE,NE9U,N4BP Ireland W8III,VA3RKM,KI4DEF,N8LUV,WA8BXN,NN4CW,KB9OWD Leprechaun K9LGU,W0EAR,W2BPI,VE3HUR,WB4AEG,K4PQC,W4VHH,K1YAN,N9UA, N2TK/NP2 Luck WP4L,N9AU,P40CW,K0XI Orange W7OM,KB4JR,KA2KGP,W0NTA,NK9G,VE3BHW Shamrock WS3K,W0CH,KA8YRV,W1IMA,FG5FR,W8YMO,WB8ICN,K3ESE Snakes VA3SPN,VE3KQN,WA7JHQ,K3TW,W2JEK,W2SH
KD2MX - All 12 'words' from 87 stations - finished 3/25 0048Z: ST PATRICK WA3SLN,W9XT,PJ7/DL7DF,WB2GAI,K3TW,K9LIR,K0XI,K5PTC,NN5K 461 V44/AA1M,C6ASV,WN1BSP BLARNEY N4BP,W5LE,N4HAY,K0RDW,N2TK/NP2,KI4DEF,F2YT EMERALD ISLE K3ESE,VK2ACM/W5,K1SE,WQ8RP,K4BAI,WB2LMV,N5DY,WI9WI,K3MSB W2LJ,W2JEK ERIN GO BRAGH XE3ARV,AB1DR,W8III,KU4TN,KG4RN,K4KO,W8BD,VA3RKM,WA8REI, N5GW,HQ9F GREEN KX4G,K0ARS,N9NE/9,NE9U,N9KI/9 IRELAND W8IJ,W0RRY/5,W4YE,W4ML,K5YAA,N1IX,NU8D LEPRECHAUN KM4LT,K4EU,K3WWP,W4MR,N9UE,KA9CRF,W9HB/9,KA7T,K4UK,N4FI LUCK WA7LNW,HI3/OK2ZU,KN2CZZ,KP2/KT5D ORANGE W5HOC,N0UR/9,W9EAU,N0IJ/9,AX3MCG,KE0G SHAMROCK K9OSH,ZF2AH,KA2KGP,N5UM,WA0GTR,K4ORD,WB2WZC,NN9K/9 SNAKES K9IS,K4JPN,WA1GCT,K8FU/5,K2EKM,W2SH
KI4DEF - All 12 'words' from 30 stations: ST PATRICK K3ESE,K1TG,K3WWP,AL7LV,K1TG,K0RDS,K4BAI,KC0JKD,KC0JKD 416 KE4QZB,K6AA,K1TG BLARNEY KG2B,AL7LV,AL7LV,K0RDS,VE3FLN,W9EJC,KF4YP EMERALD ISLE W9EJC,W1MT,W9EJC,K0RDS,AL7LV,AL7LV,KC0JKD,K4BAI,K3ESE, AL7LV,VE3FLN ERIN GO BRAGH VE3FLN,KC9ERZ,K4BAI,VE3FLN,KG2B,WD8OCV,KG2B,KC9ERZ,WA0AZK, KG2B,ZF2AH GREEN KG2B,KC9ERZ,VE3FLN,K3ESE,VE3FLN IRELAND W2IX,AB1DR,K3ESE,W8DL,WA0QZK,N4QA,KC0JKD LEPRECHAUN W8DL,K3ESE,K3WWP,AB1DR,KE0G,WD80CV,N5PHT,WA0QZK,K4UE,N4QA LUCK W8DL,K4UE,KC0JKD,KC0JKD ORANGE WD8OCV,AB1DR,W9DAF,N4QA,K1TG,KE0G SHAMROCK K3ESE,N2ZHF,W9DAF,W1MT,WA8REI,WD8OCV,KC0JKD,KC0JKD SNAKES K0RDS,WB8MON,W9DAF,WA0QZK,KEOG,K0RDS
K4K0 - All 12 'words' from 21 stations: EMERALD ISLE WA8REI, W2LJ, KD2MX, WS3K IRELAND WA8REI, K9EW, W2LJ, KD2MX LEPRECHAUN W2LJ, WA8REI, W5RCP, W2SH, K4UE, K4JPN SNAKES WS3K, K4JPN, K4BAI, K3ESE GREEN WB4CSG, W5RCP, W2JEK, N2WN SHAMROCK W2SH, K4BAI, K2EKM, W6DKO, W5RCP LUCK K4AL, K4UE, WB4CSG ST PATRICK W2SH, N4RAY, N0TK, K9EW, W5RCP BLARNEY K4BAI, K4AL, WA8REI, N2WN, K9EW, N4RAY ERIN GO BRAGH W2JEK, N4FI, WB4CSG, W6DKO, N4RAY, W2SH ORANGE W6DKO, WA8REI, K4JPN, N4FDG, K9EW 461 N4FI, W6DKO, N1IX
VA3RKM - 7 'words' from 25 stations: ST PATRICK W2SH,KB3MQT,K3WWP,KA2KGP,K4TS,WA8REI,N4FI,W4CA,K4JM 461 KC4DPF,N6CY/4,K1SE BLARNEY N4BAA,KB3LFC,K4BAI,WA8REI,W4NHJ,K4EU,N6CY/4 IRELAND N1IX,AB1DR,WA8REI,W2LJ,WA1GCT,N4FI,KD2MX LUCK W2LJ,K4EU,KC4DPF,K1SE ORANGE AC4XO,AB1DR,K4BAI,N1IX,WA1GCT,K4EU SNAKES NC4S,N6CY/4,N4BAA,K3MSB,K1SE,K4TS
KB3LFC - All 12 'words' from ?? stations: ST PATRICK WA2RSX KT8N K3WWP WA0QZX W2TOM N4ROA N4FI K8CV K1GDH 461 KE4QZB J68ID N1MS BLARNEY WB8BOR K8LEN AD4VL VA3RKM NB8N KE4QZB W2YT EMERALD ISLE VE3HQV K2EKM KI4DEF AB1DR KA2KJP KG4LLQ KD2JC KI4FIA W2SH K8LEN VE3GGO ERIN GO BRAGH VE3HQV K2KPR KC2IGT N2UC K1PUG KS8O WB2FXK WA4RCW AA8YD KG2B KB2HQH GREEN KB9YGD W9AJR W1AEC WA1ZFE KN0WCW IRELAND KI4FIA WA2RSV VE3GGO AD4VL K4JA N4FI KB9YGD LEPRECHAN W2LJ K1SEZ K2PQR VE3HRV W1AEC KC2IGT W5HZA KA3AKC N3EF LUCK N8FL KU8NY KD8AC KD8CDH SHAMROCK KC2OGS KB1HSA VA2DFD W1MIG WA2RS KS8O N9FGC K9WWT SNAKES K4VSV N9FGC K4FZA K2JZH K1SEZ KB1HSA
K3WWP - Gee, I think it took me longer to type in the calls on this web page than it did to actually make the QSO's. So unless you send your results in some form that I can simply cut and paste, I'll just list your call and the words you made without a list of all the calls. Anyway it was a lot of fun and the superb band conditions for the Spartan Sprint and the resulting 55 QSO's I made helped to end this challenge rather quickly for me. I may try to increase my number of stations worked as the month goes on, but I have no intentions of working too hard to achieve it. ADDENDUM - Well, I lied. It was so fascinating, I couldn't stay away from it, and now I've got my perfect 87 thanks to FG5FR who was my last 'R' for station #87. Now what do I do the rest of the month? It would be nice to get all 12 words again using only DX stations. That would have been easy a few years ago, but not so now. Maybe I'll just wait till astronomical spring and work on the Spring Rag Chew Award.
KD2MX - I finally bagged a six-call yesterday to complete the March word list. I had gotten off to a quick start and had the challenge nearly complete by March 7. Then there were four days of pretty intense QRN which seemed to chase most folks away, me included, followed by quite a few unsuccessful calls to various 6s. Here's my current list with 55 unique stations. I figured that I was all done but just saw that John continued on towards the one call per letter goal so I'll continue tracking through month-end and see if I can get there too. I especially need a bunch of Es and As...is there an EA contest coming up? ADDENDUM - I couldn't buy the letter 'E' all week but finally worked N9UE last night for my 87th unique call for this challenge. He was also my 30th 30 meter QSO for the month. I thought of some other permutations to try and create with this list, like fewest stations to satisfy the challenge, but decided I've had enough letter manipulation for this month.
KI4DEF - Here are my results for the March St. Patrick's challenge. I was able to get all 12 "words." I believe I used 30 different calls, far more than the theoretical minimum of 9 US calls! I like John K3WWP's idea of using 87 different QSOs to get the letters and numbers. I may see whether I can get 87 calls that fill the bill before the month is out. As with John, good conditions for the ARS Spartan Sprint this month helped me, and the NAQCC Sprint put me over the top (I was able to get those last few R's, which was the hardest letter for me, too).
K4KO - using 21 stations. I think I could have eliminated two of the calls, but grew tired of trying. I worked all stations this month (March 2006) on 40M & 80M using dipole antennas with < 5W. And I had fun doing it.
KB3LFC - This challenge was really a lot of fun but also it prompted me to work more and more stations just to complete it. As it turned out I work about 90 stations during March and this also helped me get the remaining FISTS numbers I needed for my Century Club award. Tom KB3LFC
March not only comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb (or vice-versa) and heralds the coming of spring, but has also become identified with St. Patrick whose day is March 17th. So this month let's make words dealing with St. Patrick.
This time there is a limitation on the letters used unlike we did last November when it was just too easy to make all the words.
A letter in a call can only be used a maximum of three times. For example if you work K1RST, you can use that 'R' for three of the words such as St. Patrick, Green, and Blarney, but you'll have to work another station with an 'R' after that. Since there are 10 R's in the word list, that means you must work at least 4 different stations with an 'R' in their call to make all the words. Working calls like N1RR or W3RRR counts only for one 'R'. I hope that's clear.
A certificate will be issued to the one making the most words from the list. In case of a tie, the first tie-breaker will be the most number of stations worked to make the list. The second tie-breaker will be the earliest submission date. If more than one person gets 87 different stations, the earliest COMPLETION date and time will decide the winner. Gee, we're sounding like the NFL now with our tie-breakers.
As usual, the QSO's must be 2XCW, you must be running QRP, and the other station can be running any power.
Tell us of any unusual ways you accomplished the challenge, such as all with simple wire antennas, all on one band, all 9 HF CW bands involved, etc.
ERIN GO BRAGH
Oh, in case you're wondering 461 is the year of St. Patrick's death. He died March 17th of that year.
Your results should consist of a list of the words and the stations you used to make each word. Include how many different stations are represented (maximum of 87 if I count correctly) for tie-breaker purposes.
Please preface your soapbox comments with "SOAPBOX:" so we will know what you want posted and what is private.
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Tom Mitchell, KB3LFC
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Kittanning, PA 16201
All entries must be postmarked or email dated before Apr 10, 2006.