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The NAQCC Apr 2010 Challenge

Final Results:

Call  -  QSO's - States - DX entities
KD0V -   37      21        2 (W, VE)
K9OSC -  34      15        4 (W, 6Y5, VP5, JW7)
KE7LKW - 32      15        1 (W)
NU7T -   16       7        9 (W,  FG, YS, KH2, VK, 9Y, KH6, KL7, XE)
K1IEE -  15       5       11 (W, S5, UA1, ES, I, ON, SP, PA, EI, FM, F)
KQ1P -   13       5        9 (W, VP5, V2, FG, FM, 6Y, ON, DL, S5)
W2JEK -  13       4        8 (W, HA, TK, CO, SP, 8P, EA, G)
KE5YUM -  9       5        5 (W, 9A, FM, 8P, KP4)
K3WWP -   7       4        4 (EA, FM, OZ, W)
N8XMS -   6       6        1 (W)
KA2KGP -  6       6        1 (W)
Certificates go to: KD0V (most QSO's and most states), K1IEE (most DX entities)

K3WWP - As I said in the diary on my web site, "Well, I eked out 4 WARC QSO's.....". Eked out is right. It was rough, but I was determined to get the minimum of 6 QSO's to get my participation point to keep my record intact of never having missed one since we started the Participation Award a few years ago. I just hadn't been able to find the time to get on the bands much in April save for our sprint and my daily streak QSO. However it rained today (26th), so that kept me inside and gave me an hour and a half or a little more to explore the WARC bands. Conditions were quite good, but there was little activity, especially on 30M. 17M had quite a few stations, more than I've heard there for a while although admittedly I haven't listened much. One of my QSO's on 30 was OV1CDX for a new prefix (OV1) and a new Alpha Prefix (OV) for our NAQCC Alpha Prefix Award Honor Roll. Oh, that was Denmark if you're wondering. I was when I heard him at first since I believe that block is allocated to both Denmark and Greenland.
I messed things up and got another 30M DX QSO (EA1DR) this evening (27th), so I had to modify my totals above.

N8XMS - 30-meters is one of my favorite bands and I usually spend quite a bit of time on it, so when I saw what this month's challenge was I said to myself "Oh, this will be an easy one." Then life got a little bit crazy! My car died requiring the shopping for and purchase of a new one, family activities meant some out-of-town travel, work was hectic, a bug in my antivirus software caused a complete crash of my computer system, and the Red Wings started the playoffs! Other than our sprint I have hardly had any operating time. I finally had my 6th WARC contact on the 27th and it's a good thing because I already know that there will not be any more radio time this week! CUL & 73

K9OSC - Despite two solar flares and meandering thunderstorms made many nice QSO's, some memorable. Lots of fun using my K1 and CF Zepp all on 30 meters. Bob - K9OSC #3894

KA2KGP - I need a dedicated 30m. antenna for better results on this band. I worked 42 stations including several DX QSO's on the WARC bands, but had to go QRO for them. Conditions were'nt the best most days, but it was fun anyway!

KD0V - Yes, April's Challenge was a challenge. It is nice to know that QRP works under the worst of band conditions. I got a lot of practice calling CQ. There were two magnetic storms during the month and I believe 12 days without any sun spots. Most of the time 30 meters was dead. There was an half and hour to 45 minutes in the evening that conditions were reasonable. I didn't hear anyone on 17 meters and didn't even bother with 12 meters. Most of the QSO's were short. The band was not usually stable enough of a long QSO, although I managed a few. The QSOs usually lasted until the other operator found out I was QRP and then they couldn't here me anymore. My weekends were tied up, so I could not operate on Sunday and Sunday. It was interesting. 73, Merlin

K1IEE - This was my biggest challenge to date. Band conditions were very poor most of the time. A couple of times 30 meters opened, lots of QSB, for a short time and I happened to be there. Made 2 QSO's on 17 meters and never heard a signal on 12 meters. Had 4 other contacts, RST and name or less one was OV1CDX, VQ9LA was another. My HW-9 and G5RV worked great. Horrible band conditions and still had fun.

W2JEK - where did all the sunspots go? i did have 6 qso on 17m and 7 on 30m, but no luck on 12m. the sunspots went back to the solar minimum level.hope next month will be better. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135

KQ1P - Poor conditions in April and I only had success on 30 meters. Not what we expected for a solar cycle trying to be on the up-swing. A good challenge anyway. 73.

You said you wanted more activities on the WARC bands, so..... This month we challenge you to make as many QSO's as possible on 30, 17, and 12 meters, as well as working as many states and DX entities as possible on those bands. Remember this is NOT a contest. QSO's must be regular type QSO's, NOT contest type QSO's.

The first day of the month 0000Z through the last day of the month 2400Z

Work as many stations, states, and DX entities as possible on 30, 17, and 12 meters using CW, QRP, and any antenna system. Again remember, no contest type QSO's, just regular every-day QSO's.

A certificate goes to the one making the most QSO's, the one working the most states, and the one working the most DX entities.

Also don't forget - if you make 30 or more QSO's on 30 during the month you are eligible for our 30-30 award. See the awards section of the web site for details.

To get a Participation Point and to be listed in the results you must work at least six stations and report the result.

For your report, simply tell us how many different contacts, states, and DX entities you worked.

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 April Challenge

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

All entries must be RECEIVED before the 10th of the following month at 2400Z.