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The NAQCC September 2017 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).


Over the years, mankind has partitioned the globe in countless ways ... countries, continents, states, latitude, longitude, etc ... the list is almost endless. We hams have our own set of divisions as well, one of which is the Grid Square. This month you will need to use the four character grid identifier to meet our challenge. The four letter grid is in the form of two letters followed by two numbers ... for example FN41. Numbers range from 00 to 99 and will be the focus of our challenge.

Now, about finding a grid square for a station worked ... If you know the actual grid use it, otherwise the source for grid locators will be, as listed on the details page. For some DX entities may list a grid in the center of the country. This may or may not be exactly right for the actual station location, but, use the grid as listed. If there is no grid square listed on the details page, click on Explore on HamGrid Maps. This will bring up an interactive map. If you can't find the actual location on the map, make a " best guesstimation " , such as near Munich, central Texas or northern Spain. Clicking on the map at this location will display a grid square. Use the four character grid displayed. Keep it simple ... don't split hairs ... I'm sure you will do better than some of the dashboard GPS units.

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

Work a combination of four letter grid squares whose digits total EITHER 72 OR 73 OR 88.

Example: You work stations in FN41, EM52 and DN10. Your total is 4 + 1 + 5 + 2 + 1 + 0 = 13.

You must use BOTH digits from all of the grids you use to make your total. If your total is 70, for example, you can not use just the 3 in EN36 to make 73.
You may use a station and their grid only once. If you work more than one station with the same grid, you may use that grid once for each station you work with it.

Finding the right combination could be a little bit tricky but a little guess-and-check work with a calculator should get the job done.

All General Challenge rules apply.

A certificate and a Participation Point go to everyone who achieves one of the three totals and reports their results before the deadline.

A Participation Point goes to everyone who manages a total of 50 or more and reports their results before 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.

For your report, list the grids you used and the total you are reporting.

Example: If you were reporting the grids from the rules section above your list should look like this ... FN41 EM52 DN10 total = 13

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:

AH6AX: EM89 EM74 FN42 EN62 FM09 EN82 EM75 = 73

KA5PVB: DM69 DN70 DM91 FN31 CM99 CM99 = 72

KJ4R: EM79  EN52 EL97 FN43 FF47  CN97  Total  = 73
G3JFS: JM19 KO84 KO24 JN97 IM99 FM19 = 72; 
       JO65 JO70 KO52 KM72 KM25 JN90 JN54 JN48 KP20 = 73
       JO42 JO53 JO36 JN89 JN99 HM68 JO97 = 88
AE4RM: EK44 FN34 EN72 FN10 FN68 FN31 EM21 FM31 EM84 EN92 = 73

N9SE: FM08 EM79 FM18 EL29 FK68 EL17 FN02 KN10 FN30 = 72

KI4IO: EM55 EM36 FN33 EM66 EN54 DM62 EM24 EL93 = 72

WI5H: CM99 CM99 JN05 EN91 EN35 EM46 DM04 = 73

WV8DH: FN31 EN41 EM56 FN21 EL88 EN64 FN20 EM57 FM91 = 73

AK3X:  EN52 EM69 FN42 EM86 EM51 EN50 FN32 EM82 EN41 total = 73

N8XMS: EL82 FM19 EM68 EM37 FM19 FM19 DN44 total = 72

KB1M: EM48, EN82, FJ26, JN97, DM04, CM97, GN16, = 73 

K1IEE: JN76 JN96 EN80 EM13 EM36 EM55 KN77 = 73

KB1M: EM48, EN82, FJ26, JN97, DM04, CM97, GN16, = 73 

PA0XAW: KO04 JO22 JN37 JN47 IN87 JN48 KN08 KN09 = 73

PA9CW: IN73 JN68 MP61 KP34 KN06 KN22 JO88 KN12 KO51 = 73

W3IQ: FM16 FM19 FM18 FN33 FJ92 EM13 FN03 JN76 JO10 JN45 = 73
      KO15 IM99 JN65 JN76 IM98 EN74 JN75 = 88
      KN22 JN15 JN14 FM17 JN05 KN03 IO62 EN80 JN18 FN43 EM21 FN42 = 72

DH0DK: JN27 KN34 KN78 JN38 KM07 JO60 KN12 JN46 KP40 = 72
       MO05 KN87 LO07 KO92 KN68 JN62 IO76           = 73
       KP22 JN34 IN77 KM08 JN47 JN48 KO29 JN39 JN36 = 88 

K3WWP: EM24 FM05 EM50 EM26 FK49 DM62 FN33 FM17 JN86 = 73	
       EM24 FM05 FK52 EM50 FK49 DM62 FN33 FM17 JN86 = 72	

VE3DQN:  IO92 EN64 JN58 IO86 JO89 JO78 JN44 = 88	

W2JEK: EN52 EM89 EM89 EN80 FM29 JN76 = 73
WA2FBN: FM18 EM13 EL89 EM85 EM13 DM42 EM13 DM79 total = 73

NF1U: FN20, DM80, FM19, FN20, EN82, EN61, EN73, EN72, EM86 TOTAL = 72

K1YAN:  FM29 EM66 EM82 EN82 FN10 FN49 FN51 FM18 = 72

NR3Z:  FN41 JN93 FN41 FN02 IM59 DM25 FN25 JN18 JN11 = 72

W8BUD: DN65 FN33 FM15 EM29 EN82 FM19 DN71 FN31 FN10 DM91 FM63 EM96 FN20 FM29  = 72

All the above get a certificate and participation point.

All below get only a participation point.


KA5PVB: This was one of the easier challenges to do, might consider a QRPp version 
sometime this winter. also, might consider limiting the contacts to ONE PER GRID 
SQUARE, instead of multiple contacts within a grid square (even though different 
stations). Thanks to those that pulled my 4 watt/G5RV signal out of the ether.
See ya'll next month for more fun and games! 73,Chuck

G3JFS: Conditions for QRP working are so bad these days that I am surprised at how 
easy it was to complete this challenge. Pure chance I guess but the grids from my 
first 7 contacts totalled exactly 88 and the grids to make 72 and 73 just seemed 
to fall into place as well. In all I had 23 contacts and used 22 of them to make 
the full set of 72, 73 and 88.  Best dx was N4DR (FM19) at 3500+ miles. 
I used 5 watts and a low dipole antenna. 73 Peter

KI4IO: An element of luck didn't hurt - I had a total of 76 and just tossed a
4-pointer that was "excess to my needs"!  This was a creative and
interesting way of getting me to know more about grid squares.

WI5H:This challenge was a lot of fun. Thanks to the stations who copied my QRP sigs:

WD8DH: Here it is September 4th and I have only had 9 total contacts so far this 
month. All QRP. When I totaled up the grid square numbers I had 73.   I was surprised 
at how easy this was for me. I was really trying for 72 but figured I had better 
go ahead and submit what I have as we are going on vacation and I don't know if 
I will get to operate much while at Myrtle Beach and then in Moorehead City, NC. 
Thanks for the challenge and looking forward to next months. Best wishes from Wild 
and Wonderful West Virginia, Dave

AK3X: The alphabet challenges take most of the month to complete, if they are 
completed at all. However, you always know whether a given QSO will contribute to 
the completion of the challenge.  This challenge took about a dozen QSO's to complete, 
and a little study to find a winning combination of grid squares.  In a sense it 
was too easy, but maybe I was just lucky. Anyway, as always it was fun.. 72 to all.

N8XMS: As a retired math teacher I always enjoy the chance to play around with 
numbers.  After only making 9 QSOs I started to play around with the grid squares 
and found a combination of 7 of them that did the trick.

K1IEE: Another great challenge with a twist this time. Thanks to all 73 Dick

PA0XAW: My luck; I worked this seven stations one after each other (not on same 
day) and there it was, 73! The /p stations are on a summit and I used the locator 
of this summit.This locator can be find on the SOTA website. Tnx again for a nice 
challenge! 73, Age

DH0DK: Have worked 30 Grid QSO, now diced. 25 Grid QSO is required.
Fun challenges, good variety. Thanks to all vy 72 Ben

K1YAN: Well that was easy ! I must confess that I thought it would be a lot 
harder to string together the required grids to hit the magic numbers. My bid 
came together very quickly and I could have made any of the magic numbers with 
the grids I had early on. You see another grid square challenge in the 2018 list 
and don't be surprised if there are some changes to buck up the difficulty factor. 
Hope you enjoyed the challenge while it lasted.

K3WWP: First of all, my apologies to all. I couldn't help anyone with
this challenge since my grid square is FN00. HI We should be operating
from the USS Requin in Pittsburgh on September 24 as NY3EC. QRZ lists the
Requin grid as EM90. Maybe I can help someone then. Actually it really
wasn't all that much of a challenge. I thought the rule about having to
use both numbers in a grid square would make it a little harder, but it
really didn't. I finished early on the third of the month after working 10
stations. I thought it was an interesting concept. Although I love working
with the alphabet challenges, it's nice to have a change of pace now and

VE3DQN: The fun factor of this month's challenge was operating portable from the deck of 
a cottage by the shore of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. I got to use my new 
FT-817, new N0SA mini-paddle, and newly constructed Black Widow vertical antenna. 
Almost all my contacts were with European stations on 20M. Was being 100 metres 
from the salt-water beach a boost to my signal?


WA2FBN: Enjoyed this challenge, nice change from the alpha
challenges.  Bands seemed a little better this month than the last
couple of months.  Power 3 to 5 watts into EFHW or multiband dipole at
25 ft.  72 Ken