The NAQCC 2-4-10-20 Challenge
Bug/paddle handles drawing winner: NU7T
Call of those who mastered the challenge: N1LU K3WWP VE3HUR W2JEK KU4A NU7TSoapbox:
K3WWP - I finally got a QSO on a band other than 80,40, and 20 to complete the challenge. I had the challenge completed quickly in the month except for getting a QSO on a 4th different band. Working W4CNJ on 30M this morning (9/13) finally did the trick. I hope a lot more folks will complete this challenge and get into the drawing for Gregg's bug/paddle handles.
VE3HUR - Last month's challenge taught me that I had to work harder and, with a little luck, it paid off with some nice ragchews for the "regular" QSOs. The contest QSOs were in the FISTS G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key Contest and the Flying Pigs RFTB. Bands were 80, 40, 30, and 20.
KU4A - This was my first challenge as a new member. The Michigan QRP Club QSO Party accounted for the lion's share of the contest QSOs. I hadn't done much ragchewing on CW in probably 20 years, so working on the 10 non-contest QSOs really brought back memories of my days as a new ham working CW a LONG time ago. Chris
NU7T - I used 20m, 30m and 40m mainly with 17m as the fourth band. I called a lot on 17m using 5w and a 17m dipole at 30', netting just one contact, ZL1BYZ. Steve
WY7N - I wonder if you are interested in hearing about my unsuccessful attempt to complete the NAQCC september challenge. Here it is: At the beginning of September I finally had permanent antenna's ready to go up. It's been nearly thirty years since I've had a permanent station. Unfortunately I also had zero time to put them up until the final weekend. I was disappointed, however, because we had a cold front come through with high winds and rain turning to snow. There would be no way in that weather to put up the 30' roof mount mast that would get my dipoles up to about 45'. The best I could do was put on my rain gear and string a random wire (about 100' long) between a telephone pole and one corner of the house. The height averages just a bit more than 20'. My hopes were still high when I finally tuned up and got on the air at ~9:30pm Saturday MDT. The FISTS C2C contest was still going strong. I quickly worked one station (only 26 to go!) but alas, that was the last. The bands seemed to just dry up. All I could hear on 40M was RTTY. There must have been some kind of RTTY contest going on. That was it! I was too late. (I couldn't work on it on Sunday for a variety of reasons.) On the bright side, I now have a permanent station (albeit quite modest). I'll have the whole month of October to work on the N3A challenge. I can't wait! Bruce
Make various QRP contacts on various bands.
Sep 1, 2007 0000Z through Sep 30, 2007 2400Z
Make 30 QRP QSO's during the month using at least 4 separate bands. 10 QSO's must be regular QSO's (i.e. non-contest, non-net, non-sked), and 20 must be contest QSO's made in at least 2 different contests.
Of course all QSO's must be 2X CW and you must be using QRP power.
A certificate goes to anyone accomplishing the challenge and reporting their results.
A set of beautiful bug or paddle handles. These pieces are beautifully hand crafted and donated by Gregg, WB8LZG. To see what they look like check them out here.
Everyone who earns a participation point as outlined in the next section is eligible to win the prize. A list of those eligible will be sent to Gregg, WB8LZG who will select a winner at random. An individual can only win one set of paddles after which they become ineligible for future drawings. At Gregg's request, NAQCC officers are also eligible for all his bug/paddle handle prizes.
PARTICIPATION AWARD AND WEB LISTING:
Master the challenge and report your results for a web listing and Participation Point.
For your report, you're on your honor. Just tell us you successfully mastered the challenge.
You may also include comments about the challenge. Please preface any comments you want posted with "SOAPBOX:" so we will know what you want posted and what is private.
Send your results to:
You must type that address into your email program.
Subject must read: (your call) NAQCC (month) Challenge
For example: K3WWP NAQCC July Challenge
Tom Mitchell, WY3H
RD6 Box 122A
Kittanning, PA 16201
All entries must be RECEIVED before October 10, 2007 at 2400Z.