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The NAQCC June 2011 Field Day Challenge

Final Results:

Call      States
N8XMS      35
WA8SAN     18
VA2EPR     14
W2JEK       6

Call      States
K3WWP      31 (10 meters only)
K1YAN      26
KU4A       23
NU7T       20

Participation point and web listing to all listed above.
Certificates go to: N8XMS, K3WWP, K1YAN KU4A, NU7T (all who worked 20 or more states)


K3WWP - I wasn't planning to do much at all in FD except maybe look for mW QSO's with SD and NE which I need for our NAQCC 'lower 48' mW WAS award, having not worked them after the starting date for award QSO's. Then I discovered 10 meters was wide open to just about everywhere in the USA and Canada. I could work across the country to CA, WA, AZ, etc. one minute and work Eastern PA, NY, NJ, etc. the next minute. Well, that did it. I put in a few hours mostly on 10 meters. Skip was short enough to work MD and DE which I need for 10 meters QRP WAS. So I spent most of my time looking for those 2 states + SD and NE. I'd work other stations as well, but not at a fast contest pace so I wound up with just 119 QSO's, of which 82 were on 10 meters. The only one of the 4 states that I worked was SD with mW power. Oh, I also made my first ever mW QSO's on 6 meters working MA and MN there. If I wasn't having so much fun on 10 meters, I'd have tried for more 6 meters QSO's. I worked 36 states altogether, but I'm only listing my 31 on 10 for the challenge. Hope you all had as much fun as I did in FD.

VA2EPR - I joined the Ottawa Valley QRP Society's Field Day operation at Hampton Park in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We operated in the 2A class using the club's callsign VA3OVQ. I was part of the night shift, arriving around 8pm and leaving the next morning well after the sun had come up. I really enjoyed the experience.

K1YAN - Conditions here were good but changing pretty quickly with signals in and out. I ran 550 mW to try and pick up a few new ones for WAS and did get 3 new states. Operated for a few hours Saturday afternoon and evening and also Sunday morning. Logged 50 QSOs for 26 states and 32 ARRL sections.

NU7T - From my home station, using 5 watts to 44' doublet at 7', I worked my 20 states in 2 hours and 10 minutes on 20m. This was a fun challange. The distance between the furthest Easterly station ( N1FD ) to the furthest westerly station ( KH6J ) worked was 5012 miles. Most of my contacts were more than 1000 miles distant. I hope it is on the calendar for next year. Sincerely Submitted, Steve, NU7T #434

N8XMS - I used my Elecraft KX1 with a 40-ft wire tossed up into a tree and three 16-ft counterpoise wires on the ground. The weather was perfect. I made a total of 107 contacts on 20 and 40 meters but 7 of them turned out to be duplicates. 45 ARRL sections were worked from 35 states and 3 VE provinces. This was my 2nd-best 1B-Battery FD effort and I had a lot of fun.

W2JEK - made 6 qso at the Bergen ARA field day site using a solar charged battery with my Ten-Tec 1380 [T-KIT] 80m xcvr and off-center fed 80m dipole. Power out was 3 watts. operated class 4F in NNJ. weather was good the whole weekend. 72 and 73 Don Younger

KU4A - Class 1E battery QRP for me. Ten and fifteen were in great shape, so never left those bands. Only had 4.5 hours to devote to it.

The annual FD Challenge is one of our most popular challenges so far according to the number of logs submitted. You work at least the number of required states (VE provinces and DX entities do not count) in field day, either from your home station or out in the field.

As in the ARRL FD Rules.

You must use QRP and the other station can be using any power. You can use any antenna you want.

If you are part of a multi-op FD, no matter what call sign is used, even if it is your own, only the QSO's MADE BY YOU PERSONALLY count.

A certificate goes to everyone working at least 20 states either from home or out in the field. If you happen to work all 50 states, we'll send you an NAQCC WAS certificate. However for the WAS certificate, you must have been using only simple wire antennas.

Anyone submitting a report gets a Participation Point and a web listing, even if you work just 1 state.

However you can get only 1 point this month even if you participate in both challenges.

For your report, just tell us the number of states worked and list them alphabetically by 2-letter state abbreviations. Also tell us if you worked from HOME or PORTABLE so we may put you in the correct category.

Please preface any soapbox comments 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 postmarked or email dated before the 10th of the following month at 2400Z.