The NAQCC December 2011 Challenge
Call of those who made the 10 QSO's K3WWP (finished on 12/8) N8XMS K1IEE W9UX Above get a certificate and participation point. Below get a participation point (made fewer than 10 rag chews). KU4A W2JEK VE3FUJSoapbox:
K3WWP - Wow, that was easy, and not really much of a challenge. A few of the 10 even went past the 30 minute mark. A couple needed a bit of stretching to make it to the 20 minute mark. All were most interesting QSOs with a lot of info exchanged around 18-20 WPM or so.
N8XMS - My efforts started off very slowly with only one 20-minute QSO in the first 21 days of the month but some time off just before Christmas gave me a chance to complete the challenge. My most interesting QSO was a 25-minute chat with K8MP/m as he was commuting home from work. Working CW and driving would be fatal for me but Joe didn't miss a single dit. He said that he drives 25,000 miles a year around the Columbus, OH area for his job and spends a lot of that drive time working HF CW. He said that "mobile CW is easy, it's just like when you were a teenager and drove with one hand on the wheel and the other around your girl friend." Come to think of it, that was also dangerous! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 73, Paul
K1IEE - Sure learn from these types of QSO's. Its always a pleasure to just have a good long chat. 73 Dick
KU4A - At 0008Z on December 1st I turned the radio on to start the challenge and immediately heard our esteemed (vice) president K3WWP calling CQ. It was good to have a ragchew with John and thank him for his many years of service to the club, the best QRP club out there. This is probably my favorite challenge as it takes me back to my roots. I've done just about everything in 35 years in amateur radio, but I started off with a low-power CW signal on the lower bands ragchewing with whoever could hear me.
VE3FUJ - I made a total of 82 Qso's for the month of Dec. but only 8 Qualify, must work harder at it. Or though the month of Dec is a very busy month at this qth and also had some work on my tower, I still found enough time for the Radio world at large to make 82 qso's. Happy new Year to all and all the best in 2012. CU all later. Brion
Make at least TEN 20 minute rag chews during December.
The first day of the month 0000Z through the last day of the month 2400Z
Get on the air and make QSO's lasting 20 minutes or longer. Technically a rag chew is 30 minutes, but we're shortening the time to 20 minutes which should still allow for some additional interesting chatting beyond the trite WX, RIG, etc.
You must use QRP and the other station can be using any power.
You may count only one rag chew with the same station. This to discourage simply making skeds with one station to run up your totals.
A certificate goes to everyone who makes it to 10 rag chew QSO's.
PARTICIPATION AWARD AND WEB LISTING:
Anyone submitting a report gets a Participation Point and a web listing even if you only make one 20 minute QSO.
For your report, simply tell us you made the 10 QSO's.
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 October Challenge
John Shannon, K3WWP
478 E. High St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
All entries must be RECEIVED before the 10th of the following month at 2400Z.