The NAQCC Field Day Challenge
Portable: Call Nr - States N4UW 40 AL AR AZ CA CO CT DE FL GA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI @N4DD MN MO MS NC NH NJ NM NY OH OK OR PA RI SC TN TX UT VA WA WI WV WY WY7N 24 AR CA CO FL HI ID IL KS LA MO MT NC NE NH NJ NM NY OH OK OR TX VA WV WA VE3HUR 18 AL CA CO FL IA IL KY LA MA MN MS NC NH NJ OK TX WI WY @VE3RSE KD2MX 8 CA GA MA MN NY OH PA TX W2JEK 6 MA MD NJ NY PA VA @K2BAR Home: Call Nr - States VA3RKM 17 CT IL IN LA MA MD MN NC NJ NY OH PA TN UT VA VT WI K3WWP 2 FL PA Portable Winner: Home Winner:Soapbox:
K3WWP - The weather was just too nice to not be outside walking, fishing, gardening, so I only used FD to get my 'streak' QSO's for Saturday and Sunday.
N4UW - This year, instead of a solo 1B effort, I joined fellow CW contest colleagues N4DD and N4DW for a 1A-Battery operation from N4DD's property on High Knob mountain near Norton, VA. Ran 24 hours with the op time split evenly between the three of us. Used my K2 set at 5 watts, and a horizontal loop and G5RV for antennas. Made 696 CW QSOs. Had a great time operating, eating, and rag chewing. Murphy pretty much stayed out of the way. Band conditions were good overall, with the exception of 10 meters being dead whenever we tuned there. Didn't have too much luck on 15, either. Hopefully they will be better next year if the new cycle starts as predicted. Hope everyone had as much fun during FD as we did.
W2JEK - my ten-tec 1380 gave a great demonstration at field day with 3.6 watts to a dipole. with the loudspeaker going everyone could hear qrp in action. my first qso at 2038z and after a few more doing s&p i called cq and had several qso's. finished up with 10 qso, all in 15 minutes. this during late afternoon. one bystander commented on the simplicity of my set-up, just the radio, key and solar charged battery
KD2MX - I was in Chicago to move my daughter back to NJ and had taken the KX1 along in hopes of grabbing some operating time on Saturday along Lake Michigan. First I had to deal with some car trouble and then get everything packed up for the drive home on Sunday. A steady rain persisted into mid-afternoon but stopped in time for me to get on the air for a bit.
I walked over to the Lake from our hotel and found a convenient rock to setup on. A nearby tree supported a ~28ft wire and I laid out the counterpoise. I managed to make 14 contacts on 40 & 20 meters running about 1.5 watts. Most stations didn't have a clue that I was calling them so I tried to stick with calling only the loudest signals.
After an hour I was almost shivering from the cool, damp wind blowing off the lake. Since I was dressed for a warm, sunny day, I decided to pack up and head back to the hotel.
My QTH along the lake was south of the loop and had a great view of downtown Chicago. My Field Day was a lot of fun despite the less than ideal weather and lack of time.
WY7N - This was the most satisfying FD for me in years; and FD is a yearly tradition for me. The difference was this challenge.
I didn't have a lot of time to operate because someone had the nerve to schedule a family reunion on FD weekend! My sons and I did it anyway. We camped in some rustic cabins in the Utah mountains near Fish Lake. I had to get permission from the manager of the resort to string some dipoles between the VERY tall pines. Once reassured that I wasn't planning on climbing them, permission was granted.
Instead of trying to run up a high score, I spent all the time searching and pouncing for new states. Very rarely did I need to call someone more than once. Two exceptions were a Hawaii and a CU2 station. I couldn't get them to answer my call on 20M. I think they had a large pile-up on them. It was very satisfying to work the KH6 later in the evening on 40M. I didn't hear the CU2 again. What fun. We had a blast!
VA3RKM - After a time with the Ottawa Valley QRP club's VA3OVQ (3A battery) in the field, I worked at home with a battery (1E)and the K2 for these 17 states. A fine sunny weekend in Ottawa.
The annual FD Challenge is one of our most popular challenges so far according to the number of logs submitted. You work as many different states as you can in field day, either from your home station or out in the field.
Jun 23, 2006 1800Z through Jun 24, 2006 2100Z
You must use QRP and the other station can be using any power. You can use any antenna you want.
If you are part of a multi-op FD, no matter what call sign is used, even if it is your own, only the QSO's MADE BY YOU PERSONALLY count.
A certificate goes to the highest state total from a home station and to the highest state total from a station in the field. If you happen to work all 50 states, we'll send you an NAQCC WAS certificate free of the normal $3.00 charge. However for the free WAS certificate, you must have been using only simple wire antennas.
PARTICIPATION AWARD AND WEB LISTING:
Anyone submitting a report gets a Participation Point and a web listing, even if you work just 1 state.
However you can get only 1 point this month even if you participate in both challenges.
For your report, just list the states worked alphabetically by 2-letter state abbreviations.
Please preface any soapbox comments 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
John Shannon, K3WWP
478 E. High St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
All entries must be postmarked or email dated before Jul 10, 2007.