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The NAQCC September 2018 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).


OK folks, it is Bingo night at the NAQCC. You can’t win money or other prizes, but you can get a challenge certificate for the shack wall. This is a bit different than the local church bingo. Everybody gets the same cards but gets to draw different numbers from the grids you work. Five in a row gets you a bingo and a bingo on each card gets you a certificate.

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


      CARD 1                 CARD 2
19 83 05 36 49      72 55 99 01 22
44 56 28 66 08      48 62 30 21 54
70 00 97 53 32      52 17 73 18 09
88 63 69 47 91      13 26 84 57 04
50 43 25 34 78      07 46 87 11 39

Work a combination of stations whose four letter grid square digits give you “ five in a row “ either vertically, horizontally or on the diagonal.
There are twelve possible Bingos on each card … five verticals, five horizontals and two diagonals.
Example: You work stations in FN19, EM83, FM05, EN36 and DN49. This gives you a Bingo on card 1 in the top horizontal row.

You must use BOTH digits from all of the grids you use to make your Bingo. For example, you can not use just the 3 in EN36 to make 03. This grid is only good for a 36.
There are no duplicate numbers on the cards so each grid can only count once.

All General Challenge rules apply.

A certificate and a Participation Point go to everyone who achieves a Bingo on both cards 1 and 2 and reports their results before the deadline.

A Participation Point goes to everyone who achieves one Bingo one either card 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 card, the grids you used, and if they form a vertical, horizontal or diagonal Bingo. Each Bingo requires a separate list like the one below.


CARD 1 Horizontal FN19 EM83 FM05 EN36 DN49

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:

PA9CW:    Card 1 DIAGONAL     JM19 JN56 JN97 JN47 JO78    Card 2 vertical    KO99 JO30 IN73 JN84 IN87
ZL1BQD:   Card 1 Diagonal     JM19 QF56 CM97 PM47 RE78    Card 2 Diagonal    RF72 QG62 RF73  RE57  RK39
G3JFS:    Card 1 Horizontal   IN70 KP00 FK97 JN53 KN32    Card 2 Diagonal    IN72 JN62 IN73 JO57 JN39
All the above get a certificate and participation point.

All below get only a participation point.

N4OW:   CARD 2 Diagonal:    EM72 EN62 EM73 EM57 EM39
N9SE:   CARD 1 Horizontal:  JO70 EM00 EL97 EN53 FN32
Not eligible for a certificate or participation point for the following reason(s):
@ = Non-member
$ = QRO power


PA9CW: It was not easy this time. But at the end I made it. It took me al long 
time for the last locator IN87. After almost ± 200 QRP QSO’s I worked IN87 locator.

N9SE: Very difficult challenge this month, but fun as always!

KJ4R: I noticed that so far this month there are only two entries showing up on 
the club challenge website so I wanted to give a little input. In order to get a 
participation point this month at least one "bingo" had to be completed.  I at 
least wanted to go "on record" as participating even though technically I did not 
meet the minimum qualifications for participating.  I made 39 QRP QSO's during 
September and came very close to getting a "bingo" on card one  and had quite a 
few numbers on card two. I don't believe in "luck" but I knew I was in trouble this 
month when I saw the challenge was "bingo"  Looking back over my life I think the 
only things I've ever won have been the two random prizes from the NAQCC for sprints 
and challenges.........hi hi. I was not a good month for radio around my QTH......Poor 
conditions for most of the month.  Some nights I called CQ for 20 minutes with no 
calls and nothing showing up on the RBN.  Also, I lost about 5 days of operating 
time due to taking my antenna down to prepare for Florence and then waiting on her 
to finally get on down the road.

N8XMS: Well this was a really tough challenge for me and I didn't even make the 
participation level.  That's a little bit frustrating but if it were easy we couldn't 
call it a challenge.  I'm certainly hoping for better results in October! Thanks 
and 73, Paul - NAQCC President

VE3DQN: It'll be interesting to see how many folks complete this Challenge. I made 
my average number of Challenge-eligible QSO's in September to complete most Challenges 
(or to at least gain a participation point). But I'm no where near completing this 
one for a point. At most I have filled in 3 of any line, row, or diagonal. Did others 
have better success?

K1YAN: This one took until the 24th and a LOT more QSOs than in a normal month of 
operating. Much more difficult that I had thought it would be judging by my own 
experience and the minimal number of " early returns ". I had three, 4 in a rows 
on card 1 and one, 3 in a row on card 2 before filling in a row on card 1 and pulling 
the plug.