The NAQCC February 2019 Challenge
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MAKING A BASEBALL
Winter will be winding down, spring training starts soon and opening day is almost in sight. The demand for baseballs is about to spike. Hmmm … how do they make all those balls? Well, they are made to strict standards that date back to 1872 and there is still a good bit of hand craftsmanship in the process.
It starts with the “pill”, a cork sphere inside a rubber casing, that is about 1.3” in diameter. The pills are tumbled with latex adhesive in a drum to coat them. This adhesive never completely dries and leaves a sticky pill, which is then wound with layers of yarn. Three layers of wool yarns and a final layer of a finer combination polyester and wool yarn are used. The pill has now become a “center”. The center is tumbled with more adhesive to fill in the gaps and stick the windings together, then air dried for 48 hours. Leather figure eight pieces are stamped for the cover, wrapped in wet towels to make them pliable and then hand stitched onto the center. A roll in a pressing machine smooths the ball out and stamping on labels and logos completes the week long process.
There you have it. Now it is time to PLAY BALL ! Click here for a video of this process.
The first day of the month 0000Z through the last day of the month 2400Z
Just make ALL these words from calls of stations you work subject to the General Challenge Rules. (Any spaces in the phrases should be ignored. For example the challenge phrase "INVERTED V ANTENNA" should be treated as if it is the single word "INVERTEDVANTENNA.")
FOUR LAYERS OF YARN
LEATHER FIGURE EIGHTS
The 86 total letters and numbers contain these 23 different letters and numbers: A C D E F G H I L N O P R S T U V X Y 1 8 7 2
You can use each letter in a call TWICE. For example you could use K3WWP for 2 K's, 4 W's, and 2 P's.
Subsequent QSO's with the same station cannot be used for additional letters. For example, no matter how many times you work K3WWP, you can only use his call for 8 of the letters in the words.
See General Rule #5 for more details on what callsign letters can be used.
If you need some help with your alphabet challenge record keeping take a look at our Alphabet Tutorial page for everything from some great pencil & paper methods to fully computerized tools.
A certificate and Participation Point go to everyone making all the words and submitting their report before the deadline.
A Participation Point goes to everyone making at least 1, but not all the words and submitting their report 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 words you made and the station used for each letter in the word. The number of stations listed must be the same as the number of letters in each word, even though you use the same station for more than one letter as in:
WORD - K3WWP N2OD WA8REI N2OD
NEXT - NF8M W8REI N8XMS K9EYT
(Note how N2OD is listed for both the O and D.)
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: (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.
AH6AX: 1872STANDARDS - KJ1RE W8BUD WA7NB AC2C OS0S WT4U KD3CA N5IB WD9DWE KD3CA KJ1RE WD9DWE OS0S PILLS - K5MP N5IB WA4LJJ WA4LJJ OS0S LATEXADHESIVE - W6LAX WA4LJJ WT4U WD9DWE N5XE WA4LJJ WD9DWE KC4RHCH WD9DWE OS0S N5IB W0GV KJ1RE FOURLAYERSOFYARN - WA6OEF KB5JO W8BUD KJ1RE W6LAX WA6OEF K4UYQ KJ1RE KC4RHCH WA2JSG KB5JO WA6OEF K4UYQ WA6OEF KC4RHCH N5IB CENTERS - KD3CA WA6OEF N5XE N5PHT WA6OEF WR2E WA2JSG LEATHERFIGUREEIGHTS - K4CML N5XE WA7NB N5PHT KC4RHCH N5XE WR2E F6HKA AI9IN W0GV W8BUD N8KR K1EEE K1EEE AI9IN W0GV KC4RHCH KA5TJS KI4SW HANDSTITCHING - KC4RHCH WA7NB N5XE WD9DWE KI4SW KA5TJS AI9IN W2MFT KD3CA F6HKA AI9IN N4OW WA2JSG K4KBL: 1872STANDARDS - V31JZ NO8C AA7CU N2KW WO5S VE8TD AA7CU NO8C VE8TD AA7CU K9RQ VE8TD WO5S PILLS - WD9ATP K5INA KA3LOC KA3LOC HA/S57WJ LATEXADHESIVE - K6ELQ AA7CU VE8TD EA8BMG IS0GQX AA7CU VA7ODX HA/S57WJ EA8BMG HA/S57WJ K5INA V31JZ VE8TD FOURLAYERSOFYARN - FM5FJ NO8C AA7CU K9RQ K6ELQ W1AO V31YN VE8TD XE1RK IS0GQX NO8C FM5FJ V31YN W1AO XE1RK NO8C CENTERS - NO8C VE7FO K5INA VE7TI VE7FO KD1RT IS0GQX LEATHERFIGUREEIGHTS - K9VPL VE7TI K5INA VE7TI HA/S57WJ VE7TI KD1RT FM5FJ IS0GQX EA8BMG AA7CU KB4JR NE5TH NE5TH IS0GQX EA8BMG NE5TH N3JT K3ESE HANDSTITCHING - NE5TH K5INA K5INA VA7ODX K3ESE N3JT VE7TI N0TK NO8C F6HKA VE7TI N3JT IS0GQX N4OW: 1872STANDARDS - K1EEE WO8L WA7NB XE2V W5ODS KA5TJS AH6AX WA7NB W5ODS AH6AX KR4AE W5ODS W5ODS PILLS - K1PUG KA4UPI K6ELQ K6ELQ KA5TJS LATEXADHESIVE - WO8L AH6AX KA5TJS K1EEE AH6AX AH6AX KD1RT AH6AX K1EEE KA5TJS KA4UPI XE2V K1EEE FOURLAYERSOFYARN - WA4FAT W5ODS K4UYQ KR4AE WO8L KR4AE K4UYQ K1EEE AC5RN WA9SWW W5ODS WA4FAT K4UYQ KR4AE AC5RN WA7NB CENTERS - AC5RN K1EEE AC5RN WA4FAT K1EEE KD1RT WA9SWW LEATHERFIGUREEIGHTS - KG4KGL K6ELQ WA7NB WA4FAT AH6AX K6ELQ KD1RT WA9FET K4IBZ K1PUG K4UYQ W3MWR KR4AE KR4AE K4IBZ K1PUG K2HYD KD1RT W8SVC HANDSTITCHING - K2HYD WA7NB AC5RN KD1RT W8SVC KD1RT WZ9I WA9FET AC5RN WA1HEW WZ9I W5WJN KG4KGL W3IQ: 1872STANDARDS - WA1HEW NK8S WA7NB WA2JSG WA2JSG N5PHT WA2JSG N5PHT WA9VFD WA2JSG N9RVW WA9VFD WA2JSG PILLS - N5PHT NI9M W2LOS W2LOS NK8S LATEXADHESIVE - K6ELQ WA9VFD N5PHT WA1HEW KK4WX WA9VFD WV8DH N5PHT WA1HEW NK8S NI9M WA9VFD N1GKE FOURLAYERSOFYARN - WA9VFD W2LOS NF1U N9RVW K6ELQ WA1HEW K4GYD N1GKE W2RAN W2JSJ W2LOS WA9VFD K4GYD WA1HEW W2RAN N5PHT CENTERS - W4PCA VE1VEI NK8S W1XT VE1VEI K1ARR W2JSJ LEATHERFIGUREEIGHTS - WB2FQL VE1VEI W3QKA W1XT N5PHT VE1VEI K1ARR WA1HFF VE1VEI WA2JSG NF1U K1ARR K6ELQ K6ELQ VE1VEI WA2JSG WA1HEW ON5JT W2LOS HANDSTITCHING - WA1HEW W3QKA NK8S WV8DH W2LOS ON5JT K9IA N0TK W4PCA WV8DH K9IA NI9M K4GYD W8BUD: 1872STANDARDS - K1PUG WD8KDB WA7RCT W2RAN N4SNI WA4MXT WA4MXT W3NP WD8KDB WA4MXT W6RKE WD8KDB N4SNI PILLS - W3NP N4SNI WJ0L WJ0L KB3NSK LATEXADHESIVE - WB8BIL AH6AX WA4MXT W6RKE WA4MXT AH6AX WD8KDB AH6AX W6RKE KB3NSK N4SNI VE2SU VE2SU FOURLAYERSOFYARN - N2KOF K5OGX VE2SU W6RKE WB8BIL AH6AX WB8YYY VE2SU W2RAN VE2SU K5OGX N2KOF WB8YYY AH6AX W2RAN W3NP CENTERS - KN2CZZ KJ1RE W2RAN N5PHT KJ1RE KJ1RE VE2SU LEATHERFIGUREEIGHTS - DL9YCS KB0SNE W2RAN N5PHT AH6AX KB0SNE KJ1RE F6HKA NI4IO K5OGX VE2SU WA7RCT N1GKE N1GKE NI4IO K5OGX N5PHT WA5TCZ KB0SNE HANDSTITCHING - N5PHT W2RAN W2RAN WD8KDB KB0SNE WA5TCZ NI4IO WA7RCT KN2CZZ F6HKA NI4IO N4SNI K1PUGAll the above get a certificate and participation point.
All below get only a participation point.
Not eligible for a certificate or participation point for the following reason(s):
@ = Non-member
$ = QRO power
K4KBL : Another fun Challenge !! Now ready for the February Sprint !! N4OW: Thanks for another fun challenge ! QRP gets it DONE :) W8BUD: This was great challeges lots of same letters good one lots of fun with my kx3 and wire antennas W8BUD 1243 and flame proof key.