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The NAQCC September 2016 Challenge

All challenge info such as rules are now in the hands of Gary K1YAN. Email him with any questions in that regard at pix_email_k1yan (1K).

The results on this page are the responsibility of Hap K7HAP. Email him with any questions in that regard at pix_email_k7hap (1K).

Accumulate a total of 5,000 miles/watt using only QRPp power.

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

Make CW contacts during the time period using 1 watt or less of output. Contacts must be started, carried on, and finished with QRPp power. Starting at higher power and cutting back to QRPp levels is not allowed. The other station may be running any power. Only you must be QRPp.

Calculate your miles/watt by dividing the distance of the contact in miles by your power in watts and total these values for all of your contacts to reach the required 5,000. Use one of the MPW ( miles per watt ) calculators available on line. One such calculator can be found here.

Example: K1QRP works KX3CW a distance of 200 miles using 250 mW ( 0.25 watts ) 200 / 0.25 = 800 miles/watt K1QRP works K6DIT a distance of 1500 miles using 500 mW ( 0.5 watts ) 1500 / 0.5 = 3000 miles/watt K1QRP has a total of 3800 miles/watt.

A certificate and Participation Point go to everyone that reaches the 5000 miles/watt level and sends in their report by the deadline.

A Participation Point goes to everyone making at least one QRPp QSO (but not the 5000 level) and sends in their report by the deadline.

A choice of an item made by master woodworker Gregg WB8LZG as shown on our prizes page here goes to someone selected via a random drawing from all who participate and submit a report for this month's challenge. A person can only win once, then they become ineligible for future drawings.

Report the number of QRPp QSOs that you made and your total accumulated miles/watt.

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 as text in the horizontal format shown above 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 February Challenge

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

Final Results:

        QS0     MPW
WI5H:    5     5851
W3IQ:   12     5511
KA5PVB:  5     5395
KB1M:    5     6132
K3WWP:   3     6996.3
K9OSC:   7     5186
KD0V:    4     6980
N9SE:    5     9524
PA9CW:   6     6448
G3RSP:  20    39439
KB5JO:   7     5407
K1IEE:   6     9131
WA2FBN:  8     8588
K9JWV:   7    15086
G0BWG:   5     5105
K1YAN:   9    15898
N1JI:    2     8063.2
KA9DVX:  7    20631
VE3DQN:  9     7601
VE3FUJ: 14     5451
K0FNR:   5     6830
VE9BEL:  7    10977
PA0XAW: 11     5190
K4CML:   9     6266
W2JEK:   4    26052.7
KF7WNS: 10    23292
N8XMS:  18    23870
NF1U:   13    16195
N4MJ:  100   113118
G3JFS:   5     6552
N3MLB:  13    28856
WG8Y:    2     5031
VE3IDS: 26    37145
W5WIL:   5     5060

All the above get a certificate and participation point.

All below get only a participation point.

WA5IEK:  1    1502.9
WI5H: Completed the Challenge earlier than expected. I wanted to get going since I have been qualified for jury duty later in the month. With a few spots of good prop and between rain showers, I have 5851 MPW on 9/03. From TX, I worked three stations in CA and one in ME. Shortest actual distance was 1113 miles while running 810 mw to a NPOTA station in CA. My longest distance was 1923 miles @ 1 watt to ME. I was wanting some DX, but no luck.

KB1M: I was surprised how quick this challenge went , but that was only because I caught some great band openings on 20 meters. 5 QSO's for 6132 miles, longest 2438 mpw, shortest 15 mpw. I had been wanting to try QRPp with out the benefit of a mW sprint and this challenge provided the push I needed, Thank You. 73 Walt

K3WWP: As I often am about so many things, I was wrong about this challenge also. I thought with us heading down to a sunspot minimum, it would be rough to master this challenge. Wrong again. It was easy with the following 3 QSOs made using 900 mW from my KX3: 1. Sep 3 40M W1IDL at 285.6 miles (user supplied on QRZ) for 317.3 MPW 2. Sep 6 30M HT7AAA at 2031 miles (Bing maps and N9SSA calculator) for 2,257 MPW 3. Sep 9 20M DL1REM at 3,980 miles (user supplied on QRZ) for 4,422 MPW That's a total of 6,996.3 MPW. Don't even need the W1IDL QSO, but I'll list it since Vin was so interested in hearing about the challenge and my QRPp setup.

K9OSC: Lots of fun despite a lot of storms causing much QRN. But, had several QRP-t-QRP QSO's which was lots of fun. Hope we can have more Challenges like this one.

KD0V: A good Challenge this month. May schedule is very hectic and this was a simple Challenge to do. A good test for antenna and feed lines.

KB5JO: Didn't know about this until saw comment by another member. Mostly operate less than 1W so reviewed my log for contacts.

K1IEE: Interesting challenge that found me on 40M more than usual. I am still working the word challenge for the EU Chapter. Two very separate sprints this month. Great fun for both. Thanks to all 73 Dick

WA2FBN:I am always surprised how well QRPp works. Contacts were made with 1 watt into an end fed antenna. Max MPW was contact with HC2AO in Ecuador for 3249 MPW. 72 Ken

G0BWG: I really enjoyed tis challenge please can we have more I used 1w as my rig wont go below that but next time ill try and get my ft 817 to go lower I didn't use it this time but will next so once again thanks for the challenge

K1YAN: Propagation was like a light switch this month ... ON or OFF. Managed two DX contacts, HA8JV with 500 mW and HT7AAA with 1 W. Seven other QSOs rounded out the challenge.

VE3DQN: Having a borrowed K1 on my desk I thought I'd try my hand at the 1 watt level for this Challenge. Lots of tries and few successes; it was hard slogging. One or two on 30 and 20 meters, but mainly 40 meter Q's in the 300 and 400 mile range. I began to think "this QRPp stuff is for the birds." It would take lots of contacts to reach the 5000 miles mark. Until one day CT7AEQ came back to me. Bingo! My first 1 watt Europe contact! 3355 miles! OK, I'll do this again next time.

VE3FUJ: I liked this challenge much. At one point I didn't think I was going to make it over 5000miles but perseverance paid off in the end. My longest reach was only 650 miles, I don't seem to hear overseas station much, it is a rare occasion when I do. Could be my K2 needs a look at to see if its up to snuff still. Brion

K0FNR: Putting out 0.70W on 30M and 0,60W on 20M. From CO worked stations in OR(2), OK, CA, and Mexico. Rounded power up and distance and MPW down.


PA0XAW: Enjoyed this challenge, but it was hard work to get over the 5000 mpw! All QSO's on 40 meters with 0,5 watt and end-fed ant. for this band.

K4CML: Fun challenge. Decided to try it hard way. Used my Pixie xmtr with my 847 rx, running 500mw from 9v from modified wallwart PS to a Par EFHW, using xtal control on 40m only. Worked better than I thought it would.

W2JEK: I had 4 QSO's using 1 watt or less: IZ4DLR my power 1 Watt Distance 4130.2 mi. 4130.2 MPW TM 38CCDXC  my power 1 Watt Distance 3620.5 mi. 3620.5 MPW S53A my power 500 MW Distance 5391.8 mi. 10783.6 MPW DL1REM my power 500 MW Distance 3759.2 mi 7518.2 MPW Tried 250 MW without any result. Rig Oak Hills OHR-500 and WM-2 wattmeter. 72 and 73 Don Younger

KF7WNS: I had the challenge beat with one contact - ZL2BLQ/7,673 MPW. It was fun to see how many miles I could rack up. All contacts were made on 20M, with a 1W20 kit QRPp rig set to 900mW. Antenna used was a 3 wave length Long Wire @ 45ft.

N8XMS: This was a very busy month and my operating time was extremely limited. But I turned the power down and started to chip away at the challenge as time allowed. I ended up making 18 QRPp contacts ranging from 300 mW to 900 mW and totaled almost 24,000 M/W. My best single QSO was with HT7AAA on 30-meters, 2109 miles at 500 mW for 4218 M/W. I was also very excited to have a nice rag chew with a guest operator at W1AW, also on 30-meters, 553 miles at 300 mW for 1,843 M/W. One other memorable QSO was with a SOTA activation in CO on 20-meters, 1186 miles at 400 mW for 2965 M/W. Not too shabby for an old trap vertical antenna in a month with generally very poor propagation conditions! But really most of the credit needs to go to the people on the other ends with their "great ears" and willingness to dig out the weak signals. THANK YOU!

NF1U: I surprised how easy this was considering I had a late start. This was my first time venturing into the QRPp world. All contacts were at 1W using either my FT817 or my new K3s into either my A3S Yagi at 65ft or my 80mtr widom or EndFed halfway wires at about 30ft. My two furthest contacts were both into FRA both in excess of 3000 miles according to N9SSA calculator.

N4MJ: with exception of one QSO with K7PX all QSOs were made using 1 watt, that one QSO was made using .5 watt. Transceiver is Yaesu FT-817ND. For a DXCC (328 cfm'ed) QRO guy this Challenge was loads of fun. 73 de n4mj//glenn

G3JFS: Conditions were not great but I managed to complete the challenge with just 5 contacts ranging from 1000 miles to 1739 miles. The only contact I had outside of Europe was with EA8TL at 1605 miles. My rig was an ICOM IC-7100 (nominally 2 watts minimum output) used with a power attenuator in the antenna lead to reduce the output to 1 watt. The loss of received signal was insignificant as the radio has more than enough gain for HF. My antenna is a very bent 20 m long end fed wire with a remote SmarTuner. 73 Peter G3JFS

N3MLB: I wasn't expecting much with QRPp. I've only dropped below 1 watt once or twice this year and none of them were DX contacts. A few weeks ago I finally jumped in and gave it a try and sat in my shack for nearly three hours working Norway, Finland, Martinique, Sweden and along with those countries, many western states in the US. Wow! When the conditions are right, they are spot on. Most of my QSOs could not comprehend 800 mW. I had to repeat it several times that I was not 8W, but 800 mW. I wasn't able to get on much other than a week or so. I can only imagine how many points I would have racked up had I put some serious effort into this.

WG8Y: Hi guys, I like setting up on my back patio. So early in the month I called cq at QRPp power a couple times & didn't have any luck. Kinda forgot about it till I was posting my score for the Sept Sprint. Set up on 9/29 on the back patio with a 67 ft end fed inverted L 30ft vert & the rest sloping up slightly. The 817 was at 500MW into an LDG 817 tuner & 9-1 unun. Heard & worked ZF2EZ with an honest 58 for him & a 55 for me.2258mpw.Cool contact.Moved up the band a bit & heard guys calling someone. Figured it had to be a SOTA station (14.063) but could not make him out. I just set back and waited & out came KX0R on summit W0C/FR-080. After a couple repeats the contact was made. 2273 MPW. I thought,WOW, 5031mpw on two Q's after striking out earlier in the month. TNXS to George for pulling my sig. out of the mud. Had fun with the challange. As someone else suggested, maybe do another one or two. 72 tnxs all. Mark WG8Y

VE3IDS: This was a perfect challenge for me as I usually use my One Watter sn 569 on 30 meters as the primary rig anyway. I used it exclusively during September and the best distance was IK2DAD at 4186 miles. Had fun and I am building a One Watter for 40 this winter for the sprints. My antenna was a 130' doublet at 35' 72, Don

WA5IEK: I was enthusiastic about participating in the QRPp challenge but even my MFJ-9200 wouldn't drop that low in power. I had to scrounge around for my Chinese Pixie transceivers! One with the standard 7.023 MHz crystal and capable of 500 mW output and the other using a 7.030 rock but only good for 279 mW. Being rock bound made this challenge nearly impossible. I tried other antennas (an 80m loop and 40m vertical) as well as separate receivers, the transmitters were working okay because I was spotted occasionally on K4RO was heard with the Pixie and it was quite a thrill when Kirk answered my call!

W5WIL: All contacts were in the evening on 40m using either my MTR-3 with a 6v battery to get 1w or an IC-703 to a 240' doublet at 30'. I was surprised to get two contacts by CQ as well as contacts on both west and east coasts. 73 Dennis