The NAQCC May 2009 2-4-10-20 Challenge
Call of those who mastered the challenge: KU4A W2JEK K3WWP WA6L N8XMS N9AKF KQ1PSoapbox:
KU4A - An appendectomy on April 26 slowed me down on this one a little. Otherwise, I might have had it done the first weekend. Great band conditions on May 2 made it easy to get the contest Qs done. Then, I had a few days for the regular QSOs, finishing up before 2400Z May 7. This is probably my favorite of the monthly challenges. Chris KU4A NAQCC #1960
W2JEK - made my contest qso's on may 2 and 3 in the 7 land, in qp, ne qp, ari and 10-10 contests. had three qso on 10m using e-skip during their cw contest. the ten regular qso's were all dx. used my ft-840 at 5 watts and wire antennas. used 10, 20, 30, 40, and 80m. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135
K3WWP - This challenge wasn't really much of a challenge. I prefer the challenges that are more work like the alphabet challenges. I master this challenge virtually every month easily. However each member has their own favorite type of challenge and that's why we have such a variety. We want to be a club for ALL our members, not just a select few. Incidentally my bands were 20,30,40,80 and the contests our NAQCC Sprint and the CQM DX contest, the only contests I entered this month so far, but I definitely will be doing the CQ WPX contest as well.
N8XMS - This was my biggest challenge so far! Not from an operating point of view but from a hardware point of view. To get my 4th band I had to figure out how to get my old mothballed Icom 725 to output less than its normal minimum power of 8 watts, and how to run an 80 meter signal into a Cushcraft R7 vertical that's not supposed to work below 40 meters! (The first was done by using the ALC on the Icom to trick it into thinking that it was overdriving an amp, and the second took an MFJ Versa Tuner II with a good wide matching range.) That contact was almost as thrilling as my first QRP QSO! Thanks to all the creative people who come up with these great challenges and who work so hard to make the NAQCC such an outstanding club! - 73 Paul
WA6L - This was my first NAQCC Challenge and a I picked a good one. Challenging it was, but also a lot of fun. My four bands were 20/30/40/80. The 20 contest QSOs were relatively easy. I split them between the SKCC sprint and of course, the NAQCC May sprint. The 10 non-contest and non-sked QSOs took a while longer but were far more fun and satisfying. My 10 QSOs included one new DXCC entity for me and several new QRP countries. These were Aland Island (OH0R), Martinique (FM5LD), El Salvadore (YS1G), Sweden (SM5IMO), and Estonia (ES1QD). It is amazing what 5 watts will do! But my favorite of the 10 was with Gerald, K0GPX. He was vacationing at a cabin in North Dakota and had a wire slung up in a tree for an antenna. We had a great chat on 80 meters. All in all, this was great fun and really kept me focused on QRP during the month. Thank you for the idea and the opportunity. John
N9AKF - This was a fun challenge. I worked 3 sprints (one for good measure) and no contests. Worked the NAQCC sprint (13 QSO's in our sprint - K3WWP) and my first Flying Pigs sprint and the SKCC sprint with a combined total of 27 contacts for the three sprints, which is pretty good for my M.O. I made 17 casual contacts during the month. I operated 20, 30, 40 & 80 meters. 72, Bart, N9AKF 1252
KQ1P - This was a fun challenge- until last Friday night when I checked my log and thought I had QSO's on 40-30-20 meters only. I thought maybe I won't make it, 80 meters was S7 QRN and no one was hearing me. Fortunately, it was a contest weekend and there was plenty of activity. I moved up to 15 meters (9 PM local) and it was busy and I soon had band number four. To my surprise, 10 meters was busy too, but I couldn't make contact with anyone. I listened for beacons but copied very few. This proves the adage that a dead band just might mean that no one is transmitting. Of course when I re-checked my log Sunday night I did have some 80 meter contacts in May. All-in-all a good QRP month, it was great to see many new calls in the log. -- John M. Peckenham KQ1P NAQCC 3113
Make various QRP contacts on various bands.
May 1, 2009 0000Z through May 31, 2009 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.
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 May Challenge
John Shannon, K3WWP
478 E. High St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
All entries must be RECEIVED before Jun 10, 2009 at 2400Z.