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The NAQCC December 2013 Challenge

Final Results:

Call of those who made the 10 QSO's
All the above get a certificate and participation point.
All below get only a participation point.

W5SOC: What made it great was that I was operating a rig I used as a newly licensed ham in 1976... My old Heathkit HW16.. It is modified to run as little as 2 watts output but was run at 5 watts for this endeavor.. AND was crystal controlled.. I have 3 rocks for it...Stations worked were W5BIB, K4BIZ, KG5SX, WA5RES, K5RG, WB5ZOR, W9AKX, WA7DAX, KB3LNM, and W4LVP. QSOs ran from 22 minutes to 34 minutes with an average of 27.8 minutes each.. Spent a lot of time CQing into empty space... Had 5 other stations in the 5 to 15 minute range and a couple in the 18 to 19 minute range... Spent some time discussing how to cure my "Chirp" :) 73 to all Jay

K9OSC: Had some terrific QRP rag chews. Best one was with K9JDC in Eagle River, WI who was using a 1 watt homebrew transmitter. He set aside a bunch of parts for this rig 40 years ago but somehow the box got stuffed in a closet and forgotten. He found it just recently along with the schematic and put it together. The radio was stable and sounded great. It was a really great 2XQRP QSO. This a fun Challenge and one that makes it just plain fun getting on QRP. Happy Holidays everyone.

N8XMS: I admit that I sometimes looked around for slower sounding fists to help stretch out the QSO time but several of them were at normal paddle speed. By pure chance my 10th ragchew was with NAQCC President Tom, WY3H, on 30-meters. We had a nice chat and didn't even talk about club business. Happy New Year to all! 73, Paul - N8XMS

K3WWP: I know all we were required to do for our report was to state that we made the ten required QSOs, but I'd like to give credit to those folks who put up with me for 20 or more minutes. They are the ones who should be rewarded. HI. I thought for sure I was not going to come close to ten as by the 9th, I only had two, but then in the next 10 days I got 8 more to finish up. So thanks go to these folks for the help: 1. 12/6 WY3H - 29 minutes 2. 12/9 W9VC - 24 3. 12/12 KA3YNV - 22 4. 12/13 W1IDL - 31 5. 12/14 KA2KGP - 22 6. 12/17 WA8REI - 20 7. 12/18 W9FAM - 25 8. 12/19 NG2D - 28 9. 12/20 K9UCX - 22 10. 12/21 W9AJR - 22

KD6SX: Since I enjoy rag chewing on CW, this was a fun challenge for me. I often get a little frustrated with a simple exchange of RST, QTH, and name. I had some very interesting QSOs, some lasting about forty-five minutes.

KD0V: It was a good challenge that really encouraged QRP operating. I used 3 rigs, NorCal 40A, K2, and K3 at 5 watts or last. The NorCal 40A was very interesting on 7.030MHz, people could not believe I was only using 2 watts. Happy New Year. 72, KD0V #2002

K1IEE: Things got a slow start at the beginning of the month, but soon changed. Seven of my contacts were on 40M. A great chat was had with WF1S who is a full time Rver and located in GA at time of QSO. We talked for a long 73 minutes. Two other surprise QSO's one with G3VBS Tom and another with DF4MV Peter. Peter and I did it again 6 days later. The DX Q's made this challenge a little special. Thanks to all. 73 Dick

WU1V: This challenge was a tough one for me due to limited on-the-air time, only 4 rag-chew QSOs, but I tried. My shortest rag-chew was 21 minutes, but I had rag-chews of 34, 50 and 70 minutes.

KU4A: I'm always glad to see a challenge that isn't an alphabet challenge, but unfortunately I was very time-constrained this month and only got a couple opportunities to turn on the radio. Worked N0KOE for 27 minutes to at least get the participation point. Happy New Year to all and good DX in 2014.

WY3H: Had my 10 Rag Chew QSOs by Dec. 4 but wanted to see just how many I could get for the month. My total Rag Chews were 39. In all I had 84 QSOs for December but the remaining 45 were not Rag Chews. At least six of my Rag Chews were 2XQRP and at least nine identified themselves as NAQCC members. In total Rag Chews covered 19 states and one Canadian Province. Also worked four DX stations but they were not rag chews. So, December proved to be an interesting month. Wondering now what January 2014 may bring. Best 73/72 to all and a big THANK YOU to all who put up with me.

VE3FUJ: I enjoyed the Dec. Challenge very much. Several of the rag-chew's were made with < 100mW, I had decided after the Dec. mW sprint to leave the TX at that setting, so several of the QSO's were made with < 100mW , Which gave me great pleasure. December was a great month all around in the Radio department. A Happy new Year to all and all the best in 2014.

K1YAN: Tougher than expected between poor conditions, busy holiday schedules and a big bunch of 18 and 19 minute contacts.

W2JEK: Had only one rag chew QSO. Had a nice chat with Chet, WA3I in Delaware on 40M for 27 minutes.

Make at least TEN 20 minute 'rag chews' during the month.

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 and Participation Point go to everyone who makes it to 10 rag chew QSO's and submits their results before the deadline.

A Participation Point goes to everyone who makes at least 1, but less than 10 rag chew QSO's and submits their results before the deadline.

Some challenges involve a prize. Check the Prize page in the main section of the web site for more info.

For your report, simply tell us you made the 10 QSO's or how many you made if less than 10.

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_k7hap (1K)

You must type that address into your email program.

Subject must read: (your call) NAQCC (month) Challenge

For example: K3WWP NAQCC October Challenge

Postal mail:
Hap - K7HAP
8532 Canterbury Dr.
Annandale, VA 22003

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