The NAQCC Thanksgiving Turkey Challenge
Bug/paddle handles drawing winner: W9ILF
Station: Words K3WWP (1. regular QSO's from answers to my CQ's or tailenders): SQUANTO - N2ESE,W9QP,N5GLU,WA9OWO,W9ZN,WB4FDT,W8BJO MAIZE - WD8MHT,WA9OWO,W1PID,W9ZN,N2ESE PUMPKINPIE - W1PID,N5GLU,WD8MHT,W1PID,K4GXY,W1PID,W9ZN,W9QP,KK0I,N2ESE TURKEY - WB4FDT,W4ZLU,W3MWR,K4GXY,K2BET,K4GXY MAYFLOWER - K9TTM,AA9KH,K4GXY,WB4FDT,K9TJL,W8BJO,W8BJO,K2BET,W3MWR PILGRIMS - W9QP,KK0I,K9TJL,K4GXY,KIHFR,W2IFB,K9TTM,N2ESE VENISON - KM4VX,W1GUE,N9TK,W2IFB,W2SH,WA9OWO,N9TK K3WWP (2. DX-only from the CQWW DX Contest): SQUANTO - FS5KA,TM4Q,CU2A,HQ2A,F6KNB,HB9CT,G5O MAIZE - ZM3A,ZF1A,IQ2CJ,G6PZ,ED8A PUMPKINPIE - DP4T,EA3KU,TM2Y,PJ4A,KP2M,IQ2CJ,HC8N,PJ2T,EA6IB,EF8M TURKEY - CT8T,G3RAU,DR1A,KH6YR,PA3EWP,P49Y MAYFLOWER - FM5BH,J3A,YT3M,G3TXF,KH6LC,OT1A,CN2AW,EE2W,HK1AR PILGRIMS - VP5W,HI3A,CT9L,G5W,AM5R,DL1IAO,M6T,PS2T VENISON - V26K,XE1CT,CN3A,TI5N,SV9CVY,OF8X,V47NT W9ILF: Squanto - K8ENS,WQ3T,WU2U,N2ATB,N2ATB,N2ATB,W8PBO Maize - W4MYO,VE3RIA,K8IJ,K7ZYV,W8MET Pumpkinpie - KP4FJT,WU2U,W4MYO,KP4FJT,K8IJ,K8IJ,K8ENS,W8PBO,VE3RIA,W8MET Turkey - N2ATB,W4UCZ,VE3RIA,KP4FJT,K8ENS,K7ZYV Mayflower - W8MET,N2ATB,K7ZYV,KP4FJT,W5LJT,W8PBO,W3DG,K8ENS,VE3RIA Pilgrims - W8PBO,VE3RIA,W5LJT,W3DG,KB4JR,W8VVI,W8VVI,W8MET,K8ENS Venison - K7ZYV,VE3RIA,N2ATB,W8VVI,K7AMS,W4MYO,K8ENS N1LU: squanto - k6soa/7-af4q-kb3enu-k4lta-n4cu-k4lta-sp2fgo maize - wc5m-af4fq-w1pid-w8nzw-ke0g pumpkinpie - k4kjp-n4cu-kd2mx-k4kjp-k4kjp-n5kip-n4cu-n5ip-n5kip-ke0g turkey - k4lta-n4cu-g3rgd-ke0g-wa9tze-n4qy mayflower - kd2mx-af4fq-n4qy-af4fq-w5qlf-wa8kog-w5qlf-wa9tze-g3rgd pilgrims - n5kip-w1pid-w5qlf-ke0g-ka2zor-wb3aai-wc5m-k6soa/7 venison - k8cv-kb3enu-n3laz-wb3aai-sp2fgo-ol60po-n3laz W2JEK: squanto - n8ss,k1pqs,n4ydu,w8ear,n4ydu,w8met,ko7x. maize - k8mp,k8ac,w4vpi,k4ztl,w8ear. pumpkinpie - k8mp,ku8e,w8met,k1pqs,k8ac,ke9i,n4ydu,k8mp,n0ni,ke9i. turkey - k4ztl,n4ydu,w8ear,k8ac,w8met,n4ydu. mayflower - k8mp,k8ac,n4ydu,w0nfl,w0nfl,ko7x,w0nfl,w8ear,w8ear. pilgrims - k1pqs,w4vpi,k4ztl,k1gvq,w8rew,n0ni,w8met,k1pqs. venison - w4vpi,w8met,w0nfl,ke9i,k1pqs,w4oc,w0nfl KB4QQJ: SQUANTO - KA9SXH,KC2QKA,N1LU,KA9SXH,N1LU,W7OJT,CO8LY MAIZE - K4WFM,KA9SXH,W1IA,K7ZYV,N0EK PUMPKINPIE - KA7PUN,N1LU,K4WFM,KA7PUN,KA9SXH,W1IA,N1LU,W5PEH,K0IVK,N0EK TURKEY - W7OJT,KC2QKU,W9RGB,KA9SXH,XE1CHE,CO8LY MAYFLOWER - AJ1M,W1IA,CO8LY,K4WFM,CO8LY,CO8LY,W1IA,K5ENA,W9RGB PILGRIMS - W5PEH,K0IVK,CO8LY,W9RGB,W0JFR,K5IZO,AJ1M,KA9SXH VENISON - K0IVK,XE1CHE,N0EK,K5IZO,AB8KS,K5IZO,N0EK NJ1W: SQUANTO - WA1S,WQ5L,KG0US,N4AF,N4FI,K4LTA,K3ZO MAIZE - W8MJ,N4AF,N4FI,K3ZO,WE9V PUMPKINPIE - K5HP,KG0US,W8MJ,K5HP,K3ZO,N4FI,N4FI,K4DPF,N0NI,WE9V TURKEY - K4LTA,WA4DOU,W1TR,K3ZO,WE1H,W2YC MAYFLOWER - KM0O,K2AV,W2YC,N4FI,K4LTA,K3ZO,K9NW,WE1H,W1TR PILGRIMS - K4DPF,N0NI,K4LTA,KG0US,N9RV,N4IX,KM0O,WA1S VENISON - K2AV,KE9I,N4AF,K4IX,K9NS,KM0O,N4AF N3ZL: Squanto - S52AW,OL5Q,VE3HUR,HB0/HA9HW,OM3GCN,OK2KRT,OM3GCN Maize - OM3GCN,OM3RKA,OK1IC,OL3Z,W2EZB PumpkinPie - W8GRP/8,KP4UD,OM3GCN,W8GRP/3,KB5GXD,OK1IC,OM3GCN,KP4UD, HI3CCP,W3EEK Turkey - OK2KRT,VE3HUR,W3RDF,KB5GXD,W3EEK,OK6Y Mayflower - OM3RKA,OM3RKA,OK6Y,W3RDF,OL5Q,OM3GCN,W3RDF,W2EZB,OK2KRT Pilgrims - KP4UD,ZF2PI,OL5Q,KB5GXD,W3RDF,ZF2PI,OM3RKA,S52AW Venison - VE3HUR,W2QE,CN2AW,HI3CCP,S51WO,OK6Y,CN2AW N8XMS: SQUANTO - VA2SR,KB4QQJ,K1PUG,VA2SR,N5ESE,K8AZT,N3ZPO MAIZE - NF8M,WA4ZXV,WB0KRI,KI4EZC,W0AEW PUMPKINPIE - K1PUG,KU4GW,NF8M,N3ZPO,KI4EZC,KI4GLH,NF8M,N3ZPO,WB0KRI,N5ESE TURKEY - K8AZT,K1PUG,WB0KRI,KI4EZC,KI4EZC,VE3YAA MAYFLOWER - KC2LMX,VA2SR,VE3YAA,NF8M,KI4GLH,N3ZPO,WA4ZXV,KI4EZC,VA2SR PILGRIMS - K1PUG,KI4EZC,KI4GLH,K1PUG,VA2SR,KI4EZC,KC2LMX,VA2SR VENISON - WA4ZXV,N5ESE,N5ESE,KI4GLH,N5ESE,W4ONC,NF8M KU4A: SQUANTO - NN7SS,TM4Q,N1EU,K5KA,NF1D,K5TR,KO7X MAIZE - W5TM,WA7LT,K6IC,WR3Z,VE2CWT PUMPKINPIE - K2PLF,KU1CW,W5TM,K2PLF,K2PLF,K6IC,NF1D,NP4Z,N2IC,VE2CWT TURKEY - K5TR,N1EU,K5TR,K2PLF,N1EU,K6YT MAYFLOWER - VE5MX,WA7LT,K6YT,K2PLF,W2LC,KO7X,W2LC,N1EU,K5TR PILGRIMS - NP4Z,N2IC,W2LC,K5GO,WR3Z,W9IU,VE5MX,NN7SS VENISON - VE2CWT,VE5MX,N1EU,W9IU,K6SV,K5OT,N1EU NU7T: SQUANTO - W6SIY,KE7GYQ,N6SUZ,KA9UDA,K6RPN,K9PET,KO6Z MAIZE - JH7MEX,W4FOA,HI3A,KO6Z,VE3FME PUMPKINPIE - K6RPN,W6UT,KA4MKF,WA3JPG,KA9UDA,W7IEX,N7MM/M,K9PET,AD5WI, K4REB TURKEY - W6UT,KA9UDA,W0JFR,KO6Z,W7IEX,W6SIY MAYFLOWER - N7MM/M,WA6BXV,WD7Y,K0HFK,W6GLP,W4FOA,W6JHQ,WA6CDE,K6RPN PILGRIMS - W6GLP,W6SIY,KE7LOY,W6GLP,K4REB,WI6O,VE3FME,AA1KS VENISON - WA6BXV,JH7MEX,N2QB,6H1IM,KJ7BS,WI6O,WY7N KD2MX: SQUANTO - N1SU,KB4QQJ,VE3HUR,W5TA,N8RN,W5TA,W4ONC MAIZE - NF8M,W5TA,K9JWI,K7ZYV,KE0G PUMPKINPIE - K4PBY,N1SU,NF8M,VP5/K7WA,KE0G,K9JWI,N1SU,VP5/K7WA,VE2IM,KE0G TURKEY - W5TA,N1SU,N8RN,KE0G,W3EQ,K7ZYV MAYFLOWER - VE2IM,C6AKX,K7ZYV,NF8M,AA9L,W4ONC,W5TA,W3EQ,N8RN PILGRIMS - K4PBY,VE2IM,AA9L,KE0G,VE3HUR,IQ4AX,VE2IM,N3KRS VENISON - K7ZYV,VE3HUR,N1SU,K9JWI,N1SU,OL3Z,N8RN WY3H: ALL WORDS USING THE FOLLOWING CALLS - W9IK,KB4JR,K3WWP,K4JYS,K3BFQ W3MC,WA4PLT,N9AKF,W4USR,W4SYV,N4FI,WA4KXX,WU2D,K5FZ,W4MQC,W2QEV K5GAT,WB8ENE,W2JEK,KA8WOG,W8BJO,KE4FIG K6BBQ: SQUANTO - VE3MIS,K5TQ,KU1CW,WA6JCH,NN7QQ,K5OT,K5OT MAIZE - W7RM,AL1G,NI1N,N4ZR,VE6EX PUMPKINPIE - WP3R,VE3CNU,KK6MC,PJ2T,K5OT,N1NI,W0NO,WP3R,N0IJ,VE6JY TURKEY - K5TR,VE3FU,K5TR,K5TR,VE3MIS,VE6JY MAYFLOWER - W7RM,AJ9C,VE6JY,VE3FU,N7LOX,W0NO,W0NO,VE6EX,N4ZR PILGRIMS - K4PV,NI1N,K3LR,W9NGA,WP3R,VE3MIS,VE3MIS,XE2S VENISON - K4PV,VE3FU,N4ZR,JA7COI,VC6S,N7LOX,N7LOX VA3RKM: Squanto - N1SW,K8JQ,KU1CW,WA7LT,W0NO,N5OT,K0OU Maize - W5TM,VA7ST,WI0WA,K0LUZ,K0EU Pumpkinpie - W2PA,K3WW,W7RM,KX2P,KO7X,K3WI,N3BB,KF8PS,K1ZZI,WIUF Turkey - N7TT,VE5UF,VE2AWR,K0HC,VE3DZ,W4MYA Mayflower - K3MM,NOAT,N2NNY,N4AF,K2PLF,K3ZO,W6KW,W0ETT,N9RV Pilgrims - K5HP,N0NI,K1LT,K1BG,K1LT,W9IU,KZ1M,W1SJ Vension - VE5MX,VE3TA,N4OX,N0IJ,NN7SS,W1AO,NN2L VE3HUR: PUMPKINPIE - K2NOP,K3WU,W7TMT,K2NOP,K3WU,K4IX,K2NOP,VP5W,K4IX,WE1H N9AKF: MAIZE - AE4GM,KA4PNE,KK0I,KB4LZH,N2ESE PUMPKINPIE - KA4PNE,K5WNU,AE4GM,KA4PNE,KB1LZH,KK0I,N4QR,WA0ITP,KB1BIC, N2ESE TURKEY - N0KUT,KD8EZU,N4QR,KB1LZH,KD8EZU,WY3H PILGRIMS - WA0ITP,KB1BIC,KB1LZH,AE4GM,N5URL,WB0KRI,KC0M,N2ESE WY7N: MAIZE - K7MM,K6NA,K9UIY,K6ZM,VE5UL PUMPKINPIE - N6PN,VE5UL,K7MM,NP4Z,K7BG,K9UIY,N3BB,N6PN,AI6V,VE5UL TURKEY - K4LTA,K9UIY,W9RE,K7BG,W9RE,K9UIY MAYFLOWER - W7RM,K5YA,K9UIY,N6NF,VE5UL,W0NO,W9RE,W9RE,W9RE PILGRIMS - NP4Z,AI6V,VE5UL,K7BG,W7RM,N2IC,W7RM,WC6S VENISON - VE5UL,W0EWD,W0NO,N2IC,K9SD,N6RO,W0NOSoapbox: K3WWP - Well, my challenge is over. It turned out to be an interesting and strange one. All QSO's were regular QSO's - nothing from contests, skeds, etc. And all the calls came from answers to my CQ's or someone tailending a QSO of mine. So I did no searching for the letters, but they all came to me instead. My final QSO had a strange twist to it. I was tuning around looking for an R to finish the challenge. I heard K1HFR send his call 3 times followed by a K around 3536 kHz. I didn't know if he was calling CQ or answering someone else so I didn't call him, but I called CQ about 500 Hz higher figuring if he was CQing he might tune a bit and hear my CQ. No such luck so I went back to one of my favorite 80M frequencies and called CQ on 3559 kHz. Well after about five minutes.... yes, that's right, K1HFR found me and answered my CQ. ADDENDUM - I finished a second challenge using only DX (NO W/VE) calls from the CQWW DX contest. There are 51 different calls for the 52 letters. No matter how I juggle it, I only worked 5 different stations with an I in their call and there are 6 I's in the challenge, so I can't be a perfect 52 calls. HI.
W9ILF - Spelling words was a lot of fun. I started Friday evening and ended Sunday. John's grid system made it much easier to keep track of what letters I still needed and then it was just hunting the bands to find them. The QSO's led to many ops. being surprised that I was getting out QRP and some even dropped their power to see if they were getting out well and yes many were. Another challenge was slowing down to QSO with someone I wouldn't normally listen for, but needed their call so bad! That led to some very nice chats. My last QSO k7AMS was out in the state of WA, a good distance from Indiana and I tail-ended his previous QSO hoping he would hear my 5 watts and vertical antenna. Sure enough it was a little rough and the time before he answered was excruciating, but when he came back to me it was FANTASTIC! He was also very surprised my QRP was making it and wished me luck. I have a very nice time! 73, Ivin W9ILF #1400
N1LU - As usual, lots of fun. Needed one more "R" and seemed to take all day to get it.
W2JEK - used qso's from arrl sweepstakes and cq-we [western electric] contests. the tutorial makes organizing the letters easy. used my yaesu ft-840 at 5 watts with wire antennas and straight key. 72/73 don younger w2jek #1135
KB4QQJ - This is my first challenge. I'm a new member and hope I got the system correct. Even if I didn't, I still had a blast hi hi. Now I'm looking forward to December Challenge, cause I love a good rag chew!! Thanks to all for a fun group of cw ops. Now, next challenge... 73 de KB4QQJ #2086
N3ZL - This was my first challenge ever! It was fun, but when I spend 80% of the day in school or working on school work and 10% of the other time doing other things keeping me away from the radio, it was indeed a challenge to complete. It looks like I worked a few more DX stations along the way than the other guys who have completed the challenge did. What's funny is that "N" was one of the last letters I needed and I couldn't find an N call anywhere until I bumped into CN2AW. I was hoping to get this finished before CQWW and I did, but with less than 24 hours to spare! I really enjoyed completing this challenge and will definitely return for future ones. 73 de Greg
N8XMS - This is my first challenge entry. After submitting my sprint results I was poking around on the NAQCC web site and came across the Thanksgiving challenge. A little bit of checking in my log showed that I only needed one more letter, a "Y", to complete the words. All the next day I searched for a "Y" without any luck. So I finally turned on the rig during the CQWW contest and managed to find VE3YAA - which will probably be my one and only contact in the contest! By the way, I think that there should have been one more word in the list ... OVER ATE! (So true. HI. Remind us to add that next November Paul - K3WWP) 73 and Happy Holidays. Paul - N8XMS, #675
KD2MX - I was way behind on this until our sprint. I covered most of the letters then and filled in the rest with some qrp work during the CQ WW.
WY3H: This challenge was a rough one in some ways. The "difficult letters" (I thougtht) "Q" and "Z" came easy. By T-Day, or just before, I had all the letters needed except one "O" and one "I." It wasn't until late on the 26th (and working about a dozen or more stations) that I got the final "O." Now I thought that getting a station with an "I" in the call should be relatively easy. Ha! Little did I know that it would take another 28 QSOs to get the final "I."
Oh yes, I heard stations with "I's" in their calls, about seven or eight, but could never get them to come back to me. I think insult was added to injury when I heard a station (that I would have given an RST of 579 to) in a QSO with a station that had an "I" in it's call. He gave the "I" station a 559. OK, I thought, I'll just tail end the QSO and get my "I" station. But when he turned it over to the "I" station, I heard NOTHING! Not a single beep! Something similar happened twice. Talk about getting frustrated! Finally, at 1734 Z on 11/28 I ended a QSO with KE4FIG to get the final "I." This is one challenge that I'll remember for as long as my pea brain will allow. Hope you all had a nice T-Day. Tom
N9AKF - This was the first time that I've attempted the Thanksgiving word challenge. I've seen this challenge in years past, but always figured it would be difficult to make all of the words. On the 13th of November, I went through my log book up to that date and was surprised to find that I already had completed three words without even trying! For the rest of the month I made an effort to work stations with remaining letters that I needed. I completed Mayflower, Squanto & Venison, all except for the "O". Alas, the combination of poor band conditions (when I had time), too many holiday activities, and lack of more days in the month overtook my hunt for the elusive "O". Well, there's next year. And if this year's experience is any indication, it really won't take a lot of effort to complete the list. I thoroughly enjoy this type of challenge. There is the immidiate gratification for ever new letter that is found and each new word that is completed. Plus the added sense of purpose to turning on the radio and calling cq, or just listening around and trying to work stations with the desired letters. I also like the self-paced and non-competitive nature of this challenge. Next year I'll get my venison! Bart
WY7N - This challenge had me worried. I've been very quietly moving up the ranks in the participation award for the west. I really wanted November to be a three-point month. If no one else is serious about the participation award, that might put me at the top of the standings. I was worried because I thought I had to get all the challenge words for a participation point. Six hours operating November Sweepstakes got me everything but the 'Q'. (P.S. I also worked 38 sections for a total score of 5,472 in that six hours.) With nearly the whole month remaining, I thought I would for sure get the 'Q'. The NAQCC Sprint was a bust out west with 40 dead. I only worked two stations. No 'Q' from there. I wasn't worried--there was still CQWW DX. My first glimmer of worry was when work prohibited my participation that weekend. I only had four more days to go. I wanted to spend some operating time on Monday the 26th, but after a twelve-hour work day, I was simply too tired. I went straight to bed. Finally, I read through the challenge rules again to find out how soon I had to post results. To my surprise I discovered I only had to complete ONE word for a participation point! I didn't need to complete all of them! HURRAY!!! I MADE IT! I achieved my goal of a three-point month! Bruce
VA3RKM - Filled out the matrix without knowing what 'Squanto' was. It's not in our Canadian edition dictionary. Wikipeida gave me the info -- a sad tale in many ways.
(Note from K3WWP - anyone else curious about Squanto see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squanto)
Wow, the NAQCC is old enough now to have a FOURTH running of an annual challenge. This was our second ever challenge back in 2004 although it was called an event back then, not a challenge. We felt that challenge was a more appropriate name for these monthly events and switched names early in 2005.
Those of you familiar with our alphabet type challenges will know the concept. An alphabet challenge involves making words from letters in the calls of stations worked. For example if you work K3WWP, N2OO, WA8REI, and DK5WW, you've made the words "WORD", "PORK" and others I won't list here. We give you a list of words to be made dealing with a topic related to the month. Hence for November it's Thanksgiving words.
If you're looking for an easy way to keep track of an alphabet challenge, here is a tutorial that will make it very simple for you.
Nov 1, 2007 0000Z through Nov 30, 2007 2400Z
You must use QRP and the other station can be using any power. You can use any antenna you want.
Make as many words as you can from this list of Thanksgiving related words. Just to clarify things a bit, Pumpkin Pie is considered one word, not two.
For reference, the following 20 letters are contained somewhere in the words:
A E F G I K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z
You can use a letter in a call TWICE. For example, N3AQC's N could be used in SQUANTO and PUMPKIN PIE.
If a call has two or more of the same letters, only one may be used. For example, only one of the three E's in K3EEE could be used for two E's in the words (for example MAIZE and TURKEY). You can't use the two extra E's for anything.
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 get two K's from his call.
A certificate goes to everyone who makes ALL the words.
A set of beautiful bug or paddle handles. These pieces are wonderfully hand crafted and donated by Gregg, WB8LZG. To see what they look like check them out here.
Everyone who earns a participation point as outlined in the next section is eligible to win the prize. A list of those eligible will be sent to Gregg, WB8LZG who will select a winner in a random drawing. An individual can only win one set of paddles after which they become ineligible for future drawings (WY7N,NU7T,AB0SR so far). At Gregg's request, NAQCC officers at their discretion are also eligible for all his bug/paddle handle prizes. If you do not wish to be entered in the drawing for any reason, let us know when you submit your report. Some folks only use a straight key, for example and would have no use for bug/paddle handles.
PARTICIPATION AWARD AND WEB LISTING:
Anyone submitting a report gets a Participation Point and a web listing, even if you make only 1 word.
For your report, just list the words you made and the stations used for each word as in:
WORD - K3WWP, N2OO, WA8REI, DK5WW
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 in my case: K3WWP NAQCC November Challenge
John Shannon, K3WWP
478 E. High St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
All entries for the challenge must be RECEIVED before December 10, 2007 at 2400Z.