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The NAQCC Name Game Challenge

Final Results:

Call      Names     Points
K3WWP       86        158      Winner
KD2MX       62        118
VA3RKM      53        105
W9ILF       23         33

K3WWP - This was a challenge I didn't really 'work' on. I just went through the month and when it ended I figured out what I had. I did enjoy the NAQP as usual and garnered 72 of the names there. I'm not going to list all the names, but here are a few that were out of the ordinary. K8DD-Duck, NR4M-Goat, N8XX-Hg, W0IZ-Iz, W4PM-Puck, K4EJ-Toad. There didn't seem to be as many 'made-up' names as usual in the NAQP. It was either in a NAQP or a related NA Sprint a few years ago that many ops used variants on the name Derrick - Derek, Derik, Derryk, etc. I enjoyed that as you really had to pay attention to what you were copying. I think sometime I'll use a variant of John - Jawn, Jhon, Jon to make things more interesting for those copying my QRP. I'd probably get a lot of requests for repeats though, so maybe I'd just slow myself down. Nuff of that. As I write this, I'm the only one reporting my results so far. I hope by the time I post this, there will be several more.

KD2MX - The NAQP is a fun event. Sure are plenty of Bobs and Mikes out there. My favorite names were Duck and Puck. After the NAQP, it was tough to find somebody with a name not worked. I didn't have time to hunt for DX but that would've likely netted some more names.

W9ILF - I met some very interesting people this month on the air. One was only 3 miles from me working 40 meters. We were both QRP and now were looking into more antenna designs together. It is great having a month long item to look for in a QSO.

Two of my personal favorite contests have similar names - our NAQCC Sprints and the NAQP. In case you don't know, NAQP stands for North American QSO Party. These are held twice yearly in January and August. They are friendly contests just like our NAQCC Sprints, albeit somewhat higer speed events. We're centering our challenge around this contest, but it will be a full month long challenge also. We challenge you to work as many different names as possible in your QSO's this month. The NAQP is an excellent way to do this since the exchange involves a ham's name. For the rules, check out K3WWP's Contest Calendar via

Aug 1, 2006 0000Z through Aug 31, 2006 2400Z

You must use QRP and the other station can be using any power. You must use simple wire antennas.

You must get the name directly from the QSO. The ONLY exception is when you work someone in a RAG CHEW QSO of any length (but not a contest or net) whom you know so well that an exchange of names isn't necessary. No working someone you don't know, then looking up the name in a callbook later.

Each different name you work during the month counts only one time.

A name from the NAQCC club call N3AQC counts 10 points.
A name in the NAQP counts 2 points.
A name any other way counts 1 point.

Variants of a name are considered different names as in the following examples:
Charles, Charlie, Charley
Thomas, Tom
John, Jon
and so on.
You can't work a Charles and make him a Charlie to gain extra points though. It's what he uses in the QSO that counts.

Any question about names not covered above will be resolved later.

A little background on the NAQP for those not familiar with this contest. In each NAQP, several hams will use different names from what they use normally. For example after the passing of top notch contester K4OJ a couple years ago, many Florida hams used his nickname 'OJ' in tribute. Other times hams will make up 'cute' names just for the NAQP. Some will use a name that really tests your copying skill. A few are quite clever. This is another reason I enjoy this contest so much - seeing what folks will come up with as a name. I have yet to participate with anything other than 'John' as my name, but I may some day. As a result you may get two different names from the same ham if you work him in the NAQP and otherwise.

A certificate goes to the one who makes the most points.

Anyone submitting a report gets a Participation Point and a web listing. You must collect at least 5 of your names in the NAQP. Working our club station is not required.

For your report, a minimum of only the total points you made is required, but you may submit a more detailed report if so inclined.

Please preface any soapbox comments with "SOAPBOX:" so we will know what you want posted and what is private.

Send your results to KB3LFC at:

E-mail: pix_email_wy3h (1K)

You must type that address into your email program.

Subject must read: (your call) NAQCC (month) Challenge

For example: K3WWP NAQCC June Challenge

No attachments - keep the log in the body of the message.

Postal mail:
Tom Mitchell, KB3LFC
RD6 Box 122A
Kittanning, PA 16201

All entries must be postmarked or email dated before Sep 10, 2006.