The NAQCC April 2023 Challenge
NAQCC Monthly Challenges are originated and information regarding rules, ideas, or suggestions go to Gary K1YAN. Email him at .
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Challenge results and the Challenge App (the online Challenge tracking and reporting application) is administered by Charlie N1AOK. Email him with any questions at charlie.wilber AT gmail.com
PLEASE SEND ALL CHALLENGE SUBMISSIONS TO CHARLIE!!! (If you use the online Challenge App, it will automatically send it to him).
THE CHALLENGE APPLICATION HAS MOVED! THE NEW LOCATION IS: http://naqcc.wb5rvz.org
The MASK FACILITY Challenge
You work for the US Navy and your area of responsibility is the fleet of vessels the Navy sails. It is important to determine how a ship will perform at sea. You could have a prototype of a new design built or take an existing ship and sail it around the world to see how it does in various ocean conditions. That is expensive, time consuming and good luck finding all the various ocean conditions you want to test in. But what other choice do you have? Make a scale model and head to the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock. There you will find the maneuvering and seakeeping basin, aka, the MASK. It is the mother of all swimming pools … 240 feet wide and 360 feet long and and filled with more than 12 million gallons of water. Its real claim to fame though is the ability to create sea conditions found around the world. Big rolling waves, choppy seas, a tropical storm and more. The edge of the pool contains 216 large, computer controlled, moving paddles which stir the pool and create the desired conditions. This center is one of the premier test facilities in the world and the home of a great deal of cutting edge research. Click here to have a look at the MASK Facility.
The first day of the month 0000Z through the last day of the month 2400Z.
Just make these words from calls of stations you work, subject to the General Challenge Rules.
US NAVY FLEET
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER
240 BY 360 FEET
The 86 total letters contain these 27 different letters and numbers: A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P R S T U V W Y 2 3 4 6 0
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.
YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AT LEAST ONE WORD TO RECEIVE A PARTICIPATION POINT!
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 Charlie N1AOK at: charlie.wilber AT gmail.com (You must type that address into your email program.)
Subject must read: (your call) NAQCC (month year) Challenge
For example: K3WWP NAQCC January 2022 Challenge
All entries must be RECEIVED before the 10th of the following month at 2400Z.
All 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