The NAQCC QSO Points Challenge
Call: Type(point value) - Nr - Pts K4PBY: - 1st Place Certificate 1 - 61 - 61 2 - 154 - 308 4 - 5 - 20 tot - 220 - 389 VE3HUR: - 2nd Place Certificate 1 - 9 - 9 2 - 36 - 72 3 - 5 - 15 4 - 35 - 140 5 - 11 - 55 tot - 96 - 291 N1LU/4: - 3rd Place Certificate 1 - 4 - 4 2 - 49 - 98 3 - 14 - 42 4 - 16 - 64 5 - 4 - 20 tot - 87 - 228 K3WWP: 1 - 8 - 8 2 - 44 - 88 3 - 6 - 18 4 - 17 - 68 5 - 6 - 30 tot - 81 - 212 W9ILF: 1 - 13 - 13 2 - 19 - 38 3 - 12 - 36 4 - 12 - 48 5 - 3 - 15 tot - 59 - 150 KD2MX: 1 - 3 - 3 2 - 57 - 114 3 - 1 - 3 tot - 61 - 120 NU7T: 1 - 12 - 12 2 - 27 - 54 3 - 2 - 6 4 - 4 - 16 5 - 2 - 10 tot - 47 - 98 N8XMS: - Paddle handles drawing winner. 1 - 24 - 24 2 - 19 - 38 3 - 3 - 9 4 - 6 - 24 tot - 52 - 95 W2JEK: 2 - 19 - 38 3 - 17 - 51 tot - 36 - 89 KU4A: 2 - 36 - 72 tot - 36 - 72 KC2EGL: 1 - 4 - 4 2 - 26 - 52 3 - 1 - 3 tot - 31 - 59 N9AKF: 1 - 5 - 5 2 - 3 - 6 4 - 5 - 20 5 - 4 - 20 tot - 17 - 51Soapbox:
K3WWP - This challenge encouraged me to try to stretch out my QSO's by telling a bit more about myself in QSO's or asking the other fellow some additional questions about himself. That's always a good thing in QSO's as so many never go beyond RST-QTH-NAME-RIG-WX. It's nice when you can talk about more than that with someone. With my kidney stone and a lot of other things happening in March, I didn't really have all that much time to operate. That seems to happen a lot lately, and I was glad that this challenge kept me on the air longer than I would have been without it.
KU4A - With March being my worst month of the year for finding operating time, this one had me worried. But, the Oklahoma and Wisconsin QSO Parties bailed me out. Lots of great CW ops in those contests.
N8XMS - 52 total QSOs is probably "small potatoes" for many, but my monthly average is usually around 33 so this was a very good month for me. A highlight was a 450 mW QSO using my Rockmite-30 with W7XU in the little town of Parker, SD (about 1500 miles/watt). I lived in Parker as a young child almost 50 years ago!
VE3HUR - Coincidentally this month I decided to try for the "QSO-A-Day" award. That came to a quick end on March 2. I decided to stick with it anyway and go for 2 QSOs a day for 30 days. I ended up having a lot of nice QRP QSOs this month and just a few minutes ago got my 2 QSOs for the 30th day of the "QSO-A-Day". 73, Don
KC2EGL - When I had time to operate this month I found myself trying to hunt down some DX. Unfortunately I was only able to bag one DX station. It was UU9JX/MM. A Ukrainian cargo ship going about his rounds in the waters of the Atlantic. Other than that I was able to get a sprint and a weekend event in. This was a rough month for me trying to find operating time. I had a second battle with this nasty flu strain that has been going around the Brookville Pa area. On top of that the past 5 days here have been pretty wild. Some of you in Western Pa may already know that there was a double homicide here in Brookville. The 2 that were murdered were my next door neighbors. I have had to deal with the police and what seems like countless news crews asking all sorts of questions. With the media it is very easy. I just say NO! With the police it is different. On top of that I have had to deal with the curious on lookers who just come up and ring my doorbell to ask what happened. I am not only praying for my 2 late neighbors (they were a great old couple, 74 years YOUNG! Yes young. I will miss them very much.) and that April is a much better month in this part of the universe. 73 Mike
N1LU/4 - QRP only for me down here in Florida where I'm snowbirding, so I got a chance to play more than usual. Used my FT-815 and Buddipole when operating from the house, but really liked driving down to the ocean and playing with my KX-1 and OPEK HVT-400 on a mag mount.
KD2MX - A busy month and not much time for casual QSOs. I did get in some weekend contesting and that was enough to get on the board.
N9AKF - Wow, I qualified with one point to spare! This was a fun challenge as I like to rag chew. My most enjoyable qsos were one with a retired cattle rancher in MO, and another with a retired tour bus driver in OH. I worked two new states, AZ and CA (1920 mi). Of my 4 point qsos, 1 lacked 2 minutes, and another, 3 minutes, of being half an hour. Five qsos (almost 1/3) were 2xqrp. Bart
K4PBY - I've been doing a lot of county hunting lately so the state qso parties appeal to me. Most of my points came from working the Oklahoma and Virginia qso parties and the NAQCC sprint. In December I decided to start on CQ's USA-CA award for working 500 counties and in my case using qrp,cw and simple wire antennas. This project has been keeping me busy and I'm finding it a lot of fun. It's been going good and my county total now stands at 505 worked, 400 confirmed. 73-Chuck (Very nice going Chuck. I've got 1756/1039 here the same way with no CHN counties and very little actual hunting or confirming the past several years - K3WWP)
W2JEK - not much score but had some nice dx qso's on 40 and 80m. also worked to5rz on 15m for a new country. the naqcc sprint had good conditions for a change. lots of good fun. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135
W9ILF - This month's challenge sparked me to be creative in the "other" category. I am very active in CW traffic nets so I worked on not only checking in QRP but finding a opportunity to pass a piece of traffic with my portable PAC-12 antenna on 80M which I did once. I was asked to pass the traffic on net freq. no QSY so I couldn't count it as a "Other" point, but still a very exciting thing for me. Some of the 15-30 points were working mobile which is also an additional challenge but not worth any more. I just had a lot of fun operating this month and going back to see what my results were in the different categories. Ivin
Very simple. Make as many points as you can by making QRP QSO's using a simple wire antenna. Different types of QSO's will be assigned different point values.
Mar 1, 2008 0000Z through Mar 31, 2008 2400Z
You must use QRP and the other station can be using any power. Only QSO's made while you use a simple wire antenna count.
Make as many points as possible counting as follows:
A 30 minute or longer QSO - 5 points
A 15 to 30 minute QSO - 4 points
A DX QSO - 3 points
A contest (or sprint) QSO - 2 points
Any other type of QSO - 1 point
Count only the highest possible point value for a QSO. That is, a DX QSO in a contest counts 3 points, NOT 5 or 2. A 30 minute DX QSO is 5 points, NOT 8 or 3.
Checking into a net counts only 1 point even though you stay checked in more than 15 minutes. If you QSY and pass traffic, that's an additional 1 point for each time you do so.
A certificate goes to the three highest scoring members.
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. 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 making 50 or more points and submitting a report gets a Participation Point and a web listing.
For your report, list the number of each type of QSO and the total poins for that type. Also include an overall total as in this example:
30+ minutes - 17 - 85
15-30 minutes - 10 - 40
DX - 13 - 39
contest - 104 - 208
other - 22 - 22
overall total - 394 points
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 March Challenge
John Shannon, K3WWP
478 E. High St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
All entries for the challenge must be RECEIVED before April 10, 2008 at 2400Z.