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The NAQCC Members Challenge

Final Results:

Call     Members Worked    Points
K3WWP          26            43     Winner: Most members/most points
NU7T           17            30
K1YAN          14            25
N8XMS          12            20
KC2EGL         11            20
W2JEK           7            14
N1LU            5            10

Paddle handles winner (among eligibles from both June sprints): K1YAN
K3WWP - This was very easy to figure using the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program. I didn't work any consecutive member numbers this month, and my members were in 17 SPC's. I really didn't work on this challenge other than getting in on our two June sprints. I also had a few other random non-sprint member QSO's including a 40th anniversary (of our first QSO) QSO with member # 0004 Dave VA3RJ. A fun challenge - thanks to Randy for suggesting the scoring system.

N8XMS - Well, my 20 points should "make the upper half possible!"

K1YAN - Tough going this June .... lots of T-storm QRN here. Still QSOs to be had though as well as the odd DX contacts. VY 72/73, Gary K1YAN NAQCC 2365

N1LU - Didn't spend much time on the air this month and QRN was a problem. All 5 (actually 6. VA3NR on 2 bands) of my contacts were in the first sprint.

W2JEK - not much score but plenty of fun. this in spite of poor conditions. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

KC2EGL - This was the first challenge where I did not read all the scoring rules until tonight just before posting my entry. It would not have mattered if I had read them before hand because you can not sit and wait to get consecutive member numbers. As usual I enjoy participating in the NAQCC challenges. I worked one of our youngest, if not our youngest member Eathan KB3QGW. Eathan is one of Tom WY3H's twin boy's. I worked him right after I worked Tom. Now I need to get my act in gear for July's challenge 73 Michael

We would like to get more members interested in our Worked Members Award. Our challenge this month will hopefully help you to more quickly achieve a WMA. Randy KB4QQJ suggested the idea of adding bonus points to a similar challenge we held in March 2007. So just work as many members as you can this month then figure your points total. You might try calling CQ NAQCC around the QRP frequencies if that will help.

Jun 1, 2008 0000Z through Jun 30, 2008 2400Z

Work as many different NAQCC members as possible, making as many points as possible along the way according to the following point schedule.

Making a member QSO counts 1 point.

If you work two members having consecutive member numbers, add 1 bonus point. Three consecutive member numbers adds 2 bonus points. Four consecutive numbers = 3 bonus points and so on.

Add 1 bonus point for each different State, Province, and DX Country included in your member QSO's. Note: W and VE do not count as a DX country.

Your final points total is a sum of your QSO points and bonus points.

Confusing? Let's look at an example log and figure the points.
Call    Number    S/P/C
K3WWP     0001     PA
K3OQ      0025     MD
EA8BVP    0008     EA8
WY3H      0002     PA
VA3RJ     0004     ON
N4FI      0104     VA
KI4GLH    0106     TN
AB4PP     0118     NC
KU2US     0105     NY
OK, that's 9 QSO's for 9 points.
That's 8 different S/P/C's for 8 bonus points.
Working #'s 0001 and 0002 gives 1 bonus point.
Working #'s 0104, 0105 and 0106 gives 2 bonus points.
Total points thus is 9+8+1+2=20.
Still confused? I doubt it very much.

Preferably QSO's should be 2XQRP, but the member you work can be using any power. The QSO won't count for the other member in that case, but it will for you.

For the challenge, only one QSO with a member counts. If you work K3WWP 5 times during the month that still is only 1 QSO point.

Of course all QSO's count toward the NAQCC Worked Members Award as defined in the rules for that award.

A certificate goes to the one working the most different members and the one making the most points if those are two different people.

A set of beautiful bug or paddle handles. These pieces are wonderfully hand crafted and donated by Gregg, WB8LZG. To see what they look like check them out here.

Every member 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 in a random drawing. A member can only win one set of paddles after which they become ineligible for future drawings. At Gregg's request, NAQCC officers at their discretion are also eligible for all his bug/paddle handle prizes. If you do not wish to be entered in the drawing for any reason, let us know when you submit your report. For example, some members only use a straight key and would have no use for bug/paddle handles.

You must work at least three member stations and submit a report to get a Participation Point and a web listing. Despite having two challenges this month as we do each June, you still can earn only one participation point, and it can be from either challenge.

For your report, simply tell us how many different members you worked and your points total. 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:

E-mail: pix_email_naqcc (1K)

You must type that address into your email program.

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

For example: K3WWP NAQCC June Challenge

Postal mail:
John Shannon, K3WWP
478 E. High St.
Kittanning, PA 16201

All entries must be RECEIVED before Jul 10, 2008 at 2400Z.