The NAQCC October 2023 Challenge
NAQCC Monthly Challenges are originated and information regarding rules, ideas, or suggestions go to Gary K1YAN. Email him at .
Challenge pages are constructed by Steve WB4OMM; if you see typos, please let him know! Email him at .
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 ZODIAC Challenge
The signs of the Zodiac are said to determine things about us such as personality traits and what kind of a month we may expect. They are taken from the various constellations that appear in our sky. Why were these particular ones selected from all those visible to us? How was it done? From our Earth bound perspective, the Sun traces a circular path across the sky, know as the ecliptic. The constellations of the Zodiac were selected from the ones that lie along this path.
How do you know your personal sign? To determine that, you need to know what constellation the Sun was in the day you were born … that one is your sign. There is a small issue with this however. The Earth’s rotational axis is not fixed but moves in a circle. This is due to the gravitational attraction of the Sun and is know as precession. It slowly alters the dates when the Sun passes through a certain constellation. This whole cycle takes about 26,000 years. So unless you intend to live to a really, really ripe old age, there is no need to be concerned that someone with your same birthday will have a different Zodiac sign.
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.
CONSTELLATIONS OF THE ZODIAC
SOLAR CIRCULAR PATH
PRECESSION OF THE EARTHS AXIS
The 84 total letters contain these 18 different letters : A C D E F H I L N O P R S T U X Y Z
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