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The NAQCC Thanksgiving Turkey Challenge

Final Results:

Station       Words
K3PBY         All
VA3RKM        All
K3WWP(1)      All  - No contest QSO's
K3WWP(2)      All  - Only DX/VE stations in the CQWW DX contest
KD2MX         All
Soapbox: K3PBY - I operated QRP in the ARRL SS contest. Looking for the words made the contest more fun. My rig was a 5 watt homebrew xcvr to a 40 mtr inv vee thru a hb tuner.

VA3RKM - I always enjoy the November challenge. Most contacts were in the Sweepstakes, but I only used a call once to make it a little more interesting for me. Rig was a K2 with dipoles and a multiband vertical with a parasitic director that I'm trying out (removable Shakespeare fishing poles for each of 15 and 20m). Happy thanksgiving from your Canadian friends!

K3WWP - I'm doing it differently this time. NO contest or sprint QSO's, just regular type QSO's. I finished up Thanksgiving evening when I beat out a couple other stations answering KG4TUY's CQ to get that last elusive Y. I decided to try for a second complete challenge with just DX/VE stations in the CQWW DX contest, and I made it when I worked TI3TLS on 20M to get the last 'S'. Working on the challenge actually kept me in the contest. Conditions were not that good and I probably would have quit if not for wanting to finish the second challenge.

KD2MX - Finished this one up quickly during the sweepstakes weekend

Wow, the NAQCC is old enough now to have a third running of an annual challenge. This was our second ever challenge back in 2004 although it was called an event back then, not a challenge. We felt that challenge was a more appropriate name for these monthly events and switched names early in 2005.

Those of you familiar with our alphabet type challenges will know the concept and may skip ahead in your reading now. Otherwise an alphabet challenge involves making words from letters in the calls of stations worked. For example if you work K3WWP, N2OO, WA8REI, and DK5WW, you've made the words "WORD", "PORK" and others I won't list here. We give you a list of words to be made dealing with a topic related to the month. Hence for November it's Thanksgiving words.

Nov 1, 2006 0000Z through Nov 30, 2006 2400Z

You must use QRP and the other station can be using any power. You can use any antenna you want.

Make as many words as you can from this list of Thanksgiving related words. Just to clarify things a bit, Plymouth Rock and Pumpkin Pie are each considered one word, not two.

Plymouth Rock
Pumpkin Pie

You can use a letter in a call TWICE. For example, K3WWP's K could be used in TURKEY and PLYMOUTH ROCK. If a call has two or more of the same letters, only one may be used. For example, K3RRR could only be used for two R's, not 6.

A certificate goes to each one who makes all the words and sends us 52 cents postage.

Anyone submitting a report gets a Participation Point and a web listing, even if you make only 1 word.

For your report, just list the words you made and the stations used for each word as in:

Please preface any soapbox comments with "SOAPBOX:" so we will know what you want posted and what is private.

Send your results to KB3LFC at:

E-mail: pix_email_wy3h (1K)

You must type that address into your email program.

Subject must read: (your call) NAQCC (month) Challenge

For example: K3WWP NAQCC June Challenge

No attachments - keep the log in the body of the message.

Postal mail:
Tom Mitchell, KB3LFC
RD6 Box 122A
Kittanning, PA 16201

All entries must be postmarked or email dated before Dec 10, 2006.