The NAQCC Milliwatt Challenge
Call QSO's K3WWP 104 W2JEK 78 (including 1 2x QRPp QSO) VE3HUR 11 KB3LFC 11 (including 1 2x QRPp QSO) K7ZYV 10 KD2MX 10 WU7F 10 K7ZNP 2 W9ILF 2Soapbox: K3WWP - Well, there it was staring me in the face all month keeping on bugging me. I couldn't let it go at just the one mW QSO, could I? Of course not - my pride wouldn't let me. I had to master the challenge since this one was really one of our true challenges at this point in the sunspot cycle. I got in the CQ WPX contest with the intention of getting my remaining 9 mW QSO's and I did it in about an hour or so. The first 8 were not all that hard and even included an easy DX QSO with VP5/WQ7X. About half were easy no repeat QSO's, the other half required a bit of effort. But then I stalled out needing just one more. It took some 20 minutes of unanswered calls but finally I got number 10 in the log and immediately QRT. However I enjoyed playing with the QRP+ rig at 600 mW and got back in the CQ WPX contest from time to time during the weekend and wound up with 103 mW QSO's in the test for a total of 104 for the month. I got three new mW states, CA, KS, OR for a total of 40, and one new mW country, Martinique for a total of 33. Also the mW bug has bitten me again so I will probably be doing some more mW work, especially in the contests.
VE3HUR - This was fun and it even seemed easy. It's amazing just how easy it is to work stations using less than a watt. As a bonus, I had five 1000-MPW contacts.
KD2MX - This was challenging and exciting although it wasn't as difficult as I had expected. I had only managed one incomplete QSO last month with the my new Rock-Mite and the challenge of QRPp coupled with crystal control seemed formidable indeed.
I started off the challenge with a lot of unanswered CQs and was beginning to dream about getting a new K3 and turning down its power to 500mw or so. But then I got a big boost when N3IJR heard me answer his CQ. I was thrilled to learn he was a new NAQCC member and we had a nice chat.
The Spartan Sprint was a great opportunity to fulfill the challenge. I was easily racking up the QSOs but fell one short when the band went long and my signal seemed to just disappear into the ether. Finally, I was able to scratch out #10 last night.
Each QSO was a thrill and eight of ten qualified as a 1000-MPW. I hope to add to my total before month-end.
WU7F - Used new Elecraft K2 that allowed me operate below 5 watts for the first time ever! I am really amazed QRPp was this easy. Thanks to NAQCC for creating this "challenge" that motivated me to give milliwatt power a try.
W2JEK - worked a number of european and one py7 on 40m- that always amazes me when antenna books say a dipole at 25 tf. is a cloud warmer.
K7ZNP - Both were over 1000MPW. I only had one morning in May to work the challenge. I enjoyed this challenge, thank you! Gary
W9ILF - I didn't try real hard at this challenge, but these were my first milliwatt QSO's and I was also surprised how well it worked! I discovered that my Icom 703 will turn down to 500mw and it got me interested in building a mw rig like a rock-mite to take camping. The challege did what it was supposed to do. It got me interested in yet another level of QRP. Thanks for a good challenge.
From Tom, KB3LFC - Make 10 QSO's with 10 different stations using milliwatt power. If the station worked is also using milliwatt power, the QSO counts as two QSO's.
May 1, 2007 0000Z through May 31, 2007 2400Z
Make 10 QSO's using milliwatt power at any time during the month on any band(s).
A 2X milliwatt QSO counts as two QSO's so the challenge could be accomplished with as few as 5 QSO's.
All QSO's must be INITIATED with milliwatt power. No starting with higher power, then reducing to milliwatt levels.
A certificate goes to anyone who makes and reports the 10 QSO's. The award will be endorsed for either 'Simple Wire Antenna' if all QSO's are made with simple wire antennas or 'Gain Antenna' if one or more QSO's are made using a gain antenna. See the NAQCC FAQ's for our definition of SWA and Gain antennas.
PARTICIPATION AWARD AND WEB LISTING:
You must make at least 1 qualifying QSO and report it to get a Participation Point and a web listing.
For your report, list the stations you worked and the power you used. If they were also milliwatt power, list that also. 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 to:
You must type that address into your email program.
Subject must read: (your call) NAQCC (month) Challenge
For example: K3WWP NAQCC June Challenge
Tom Mitchell, KB3LFC
RD6 Box 122A
Kittanning, PA 16201
All entries must be RECEIVED before June 10, 2007 at 2400Z.