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The NAQCC State-Number Challenge

Final Results:

Call     States   State Nr's    State with most Nr's
NU7T       39        61            TX - 1,3,5,6,8,0
K4PBY      26        45            TN - 2,3,4,5,6,9
K3WWP      23        38            TN - 2,4,5,6,7,8,9,0
W2JEK      22        35            TN - 2,4,7,9
N1LU       15        23            FL - 4,5,8
N9AKF      18        19            GA - 2,4
KC2EGL     18        19            NC - 4,9
N8XMS      11        12            VA - 3,4
K2HPV       9         9
VE3HUR      9         9      
KU4A        6         6
N1LU - Not much time to play radio this month. Got most of mine on the MI QRP labor day sprint.

K3WWP - I loved this challenge. I only wish I hadn't been too busy with setting up our N3A operation for October, processing a record number of sprint logs, and dealing with our continuing flood of new member applications to devote more time to it. All my numbers from TN came from the TN QP. Almost made a clean sweep. Where were K1GU and K3CQ I usually work in contests?

N8XMS - I'm a high school teacher and "back to school" month usually leaves me with very little operating time. Most of my QSOs were actually made on the last weekend of the month when I was stuck at home with a bad cold. At least CW doesn't make a sore throat worse! 73

W2JEK - worked 22states of which 9 had two or more call sign numbers. was in 8 contests for total of 86 qso including mi-qrp, fists, na sprint, tn qp, oh parks, naqcc sprint, nj qrp and tx qp. a nice challenge and lots of fun. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

K4PBY - I was fortunate enough to make 218 contacts for the month of Sept that gave me 26 states with 45 numbers. An uniquely fun challenge! 73--Chuck

NU7T - The September Challenge is my favorite, yet. Searching and pouncing is more fun to me than working for a large number of contacts. Maybe this would be a interesting addition to our award program. - Steve

N9AKF - I enjoyed this challenge and look forward to doing this again. Bart

Since the FCC ceased to make it mandatory that a call sign number matches the call area in which the ham resides, it has become impossible to get an idea of what part of the country you were hearing by just listening for the number. You used to be able to hear a W9 call and know you were hearing IL, IN, or WI without any doubt. Now you have no idea where that W9 call is located till you work him or look him up on the Internet. Even looking up a call doesn't assure the QTH is correct as the FCC also relaxed the procedure for signing as a portable station. A W9 listed as being in Miami could be operating portable from Cheyenne, WY and still not have to sign /7 after his call. It's all very confusing, but it leads to what I think is an interesting challenge.

Read on.

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

Work as many different state-number combinations as possible. OK, let's explain. There are a total of 500 state-number combinations. By that I mean as an example, you can work K3xxx, WB4xxx, N9xxx, N1xxx in Florida. That makes 4 state-number combinations (FL-3, FL-4, FL-9, FL-1). I think that is perfectly clear. A particular combination can be counted only once. For example no matter how many 4's you work in Virginia, that still only counts once (VA-4)

A certificate goes to the two members working the most state-number combinations.

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. This is our last set of handles at the present time.

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 5 combinations during the month and submit a report to get a Participation Point and to be listed in the results.

For your report, simply send a list of the various combinations you worked as shown in this example:

OH - 8, 9
PA - 3, 5, 7
VA - 4, 2, 1, 6

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 September Challenge

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

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