The NAQCC April Fool's Challenge
Final Official Results:
Station - Calls used: KC2LYQ - 63 - CERTIFICATE WINNER!! Words: All BENEDICK-WB0KWJ,VE3KF,K4BXN,W7GVE,K8DSL,N9KI/8,W8RC,K8NWD COSTARD-VE3DC,WA6VOV,VE3SWA,W8TM,N4QA,N8MR,VA3DF FALSTAFF-K8VFR,WB3AAI/4,K0RWL,K1ESE,VE3UTT,KB8AZS,W2QF,AJ4SF GRUMIO-VE3FGU,N8RN,WA4DOU,KM4VX,W9IXV,W2FO JACQUENETTA-N9JF,K4BAI,K1EIC,KG8ZQ,K2UY,VE3BAH,N9HAL,W3EEK,KA8TRV, K9TM, N4HAY PETRUCIO-AG4IP,VE3RER,N8TC,KR8V,VE3SUR,VA3CCO,K8SIA,WA2CEO POMPEY-N4BP,VA3MO,K8MQP,WQ8RP,K2ERG,N3YWQ THERSITES-KT4LF,VE3HUR,W9WE,NN8R,W4FMS,WI8A,K8AZT,WC8EOC,WA1SKQ Station - Calls Used: K3WWP - 63 (revised) - CERTIFICATE WINNER!! Words: All BENEDICK-WB2KKI,WA8REI,WB8ENE,W2KEZ,K0DXC,KC0ZIX,KD8CGH,N4LK COSTARD-KC2EGL,NO2D,WK8S,TF4M,PJ5NA,WA1AR,KD5KJ FALSTAFF-N4FI,WB4YZA,WB8LZG,K3HPS,TO1C,WA3ZBJ,AF2Z,NF8M GRUMIO-N9GGE,VE3HUR,KC2MHU,K3MSB,W1PID,W1OH JACQUENETTA-NJ1W,KA2KGP,VP5/W5CW,VC2VQ,N1LU,W2JEK,NV9X,N2ESE,KB9BIT, FM/I2GPT,K8ASA PETRUCIO-N5KIP,KE5REJ,CT1ILT,PR7AR,N7UN,CO6WD,N4MIO,W7DO POMPEY-PZ5RA,K2MO,AA4MC,K4PBY,XE83IARU,WY3H THERSITES-W3TS,W4HAY,VE3DJX,KD4AR,S59AA,N9KI,IK3VUT,EA6UN,W2SH Station - Calls Used: K4PBY - 63 - CERTIFICATE WINNER!! Words: All BENEDICK-AK2B,WB8E,WA7LNW,VE3KZ,K3MD,AI4AW,K1CL,K3WWP COSTARD-K0PC,N02D,W0MHS,VE3UTT,WB3AAL,N1RX,W6TMD FALSTAFF-W4FMS,N6GA,WA5RML,WB0SMZ,W5TVW,WB1HGA,VA3DF,K4MF GRUMIO-K1KDG,N0UR,WA0UCDZ,W8TM,W5KID,K4OD JACQUENETTA-KD2JC,VA3NR,N1CIQ,W0GXQ,N7OU,W1GUE,KK5NA,N0EVH,K1JT, K4TX,VE3VA PETRUCIO-K7UP,W5XE,WZ2T,WA1JXR,K0RU,VA3CBE,KC0PCI,N8OC POMPEY-K3PH,W0UFO,KM3D,PJ5NA,VE3MGY,AA1MY THERSITES-KN7T,KN1H,W9MSE,VA3RKM,K4KSR,K9IS,KU7T,WA8REI,W5ESE Station - Calls used: NU7T - 57 Words: All BENEDICK - N4BP AA5EA N0UR VE3MGY K8DDB N9CIQ K8CV K4LNN COSTARD - KC9CS W0UFO W8SH N0TK W0NTA KK4SR WA2TDL FALSTAFF - AD7KF AD4CW W9ILF W8SH KB8TT AB4QL VA3DF AA3DF GRUMIO - K5GQ N1RX N0UR N0AMW K4BAI W0UFO JACQUENETTA - W2JK AA4W W9CC K1QP WA0UDZ KE7LKW KB8TT W3TS N9XAK PETRUCIO - WA0KNP N0EVH K4TX WA5RML W4DU K0PC N5KIP WA4DOU POMPEY - K4KJP WA4DOU W0MHS W0RSP AE4IC K4PBY THERSITES - K4TX KN1H W5XE KB0R WC7S N8IWC N0TK KE0ER KF6MYS Station - Calls used: N8XMS - 47 Words: All BENEDICK-K4BAI,AE4DT,KB3ENU,KE0QM,K7DCG,KI4OSH,K5FC,K2MMO COSTARD-NT9C,W1OH,AA1KS,KB4T,AA4W,AK4RS,KD2MX FALSTAFF-AF2Z,K6BFA,K0LUW,K4EYS,N0TK,N1AFV,KB3FJJ,NF8M GRUMIO-KG1W,W0JFR,N1LU,W3MWR,N3IK,W4OCO JACQUENETTA-N4PJ,KK5NA,W4ONC,N1PQ,W1GUE,WB2HEK,N4LK,K4EYS, AE4DT,KB4T,WA1AR PETRUCIO-N5KIP,K4EYS,AE4DT,W5ZR,WR5U,W4PQC,K4BAI,K2MMO POMPEY-WA2PJF,W4ONC,K2MMO,N1PQ,KE4KY,WB4YZA THERSITES-NT9C,W2SH,W1GUE,WA1AR,WA1LWS,N5KIP,N0TK,KB3ENU,W0S Station - Calls used: N9AKF - 34 Words: All BENEDICK-K4ZGB,KE5PWL,N5URL,KE5PWL,WB4ELD,K1IQI,KA0CSW,KG4URF COSTARD-KA0CSW,W4ONC,W9VES,N4ATN,WA2PJF,WB4GOR,K8JD FALSTAFF-KG4URF,WA1LWS,KE5PWL,W0S,N4ATN,WA1AR,W3XAF,W0JFR GRUMIO-KG4W,KG4URF,KG4URF,KE0QM,N9UUI,W4ONC JACQUENETTA-K8JD,AF2Z,W4CU,KE0QM,N5URL,W9VES,N4LK,W9VES,KB4T, WD8MHT,K4ALE PETRUCIO-WA2PJF,KY4RE,KB4T,N5URL,N5GLU,W4CU,WB2KKI,WB4GOR POMPEY-KE4PWL,WB4GOR,KE0QM,N4PJ,KY4RE,K4JYS THERSITES-N7HTS,N7HTS,KE0QM,N5URL,N7HTS,WB2KKI,N7HTS,KE0QM,KS3S Station - Calls used: W2JEK - 30 Words: All benedick-n4bp,ve3ab,wd5ina,ve3ab,va3df,k4bai,w9cc,k4bai costard-w9cc,wa4dou,w4fms,k2jt,wa2aaw,wa1jxr,va3df falstaff-w4fms,ve3ab,w2lj,w4fms,k2jt,wa2aaw,k0fx,k0fx grumio-wa3gyw,wa1jxr,wa4dou,km3d,k4bai,wa4dou jacquenetta-k2jt,ve3ab,w4onc,wq8rp,ve3utt,k2ekm,wd5ina,k2ekm,ka8mpt,ka8mpt, k4bai petrucio-n4bp,k8meg,k4tx,va3nr,ve3utt,w4onc,wf4i,w4onc pompey-ka8mpt,w4onc,km3d,k3hps,ve3kz,wa4ssy thersites-w0nta,k3hx,ve3kz,va3nr,k9is,k9is,w0nta,ve3utt,k3hps Station - Calls used: W9ILF - 26 Words: All BENEDICK-ZL1BYZ,EA3JJ,N4BP,N4BP,EA3JJ,W7PDZ,K4BAI,VP5/W5CW,K8JD COSTARD-VP5/W5CW,N2CJO,KA7SPS,WD8MHT/4,W5UAR,W5UAR,W7PDZ FALSTAFF-KB3FJJ,W5UAR,N4LK,KA7SPS,WD8MHT/4,EA3JJ,KB3FJJ,W0JFR GRUMIO-KB3AAG,W5UAR,W5UAR,WD8MHT/4,K4BAI,N2CJO JACQUENETTA-EA3JJ,EA3JJ,AD5VC,WQ3T,NU7T,VE3KQN,N4BP,VE3KQN,NU7T, NU7T, K4BAI PETRUCIO-W7PDZ,KE4RUN,WQ3T,W05RF,W5UAR,AD5VC,W9IK,VE1OP POMPEY-W7PDZ,VE1OP,WD8MHT/4,N4BP,KE4RUN,K7ZYV THERSITES-WQ3T,WD8MHT/4,W4EAP,W0JFR,W2SH,W9IK,W9TFC,W4EAP,W2SH Station - Calls used: VE3HUR - 25 Words: All BENEDICK - WB2NWR K2EK NT4XT K2EK K8DD K4PIC KC4KNN KC4KNN COSTARD - KD2JC WA4DOU WA1LWS NT4XT WA4DOU WB2NWR K8DD FALSTAFF - AF4LQ AF4LQ AF4LQ WA1LWS NT4XT AF4LQ AF4LQ K4MF GRUMIO - KG4W WB2NWR WA4DOU KD2MX W4IZT WA4DOU JACQUENETTA - KD2JC WA4DOU KD2JC W4QO KU4A AD4ES NT4XT AD4ES W4IZT W5TA KU4A PETRUCIO - K4PIC WE4S W4IZT N4LR WA4DOU KC4KNN W4IZT W4QO POMPEY - K3WWP W4QO KD2MX K3WWP WE4S KC2LYQ THERSITES - W5TA W2SH N4EK N4LR W2SH K4PIC W0NTA N4EK W2SH Station - Calls used: N1LU - 23 Words: All BENEDICK-OM5BP,KE3N3,N5PHT,KE3N3,HP3DX,AA8MI,VP5/W5CW,KC0MCT COSTARD-VP5/W5CW,OM5BP,F5RRS,N5PHT,WY3A,F5RRS,HP3DX FALSTAFF-F5RRS,WY3A,LZ4RR,N5PHT,AA8MI,F5RRS,K5YFM GRUMIO-NG5W,F5RRS,KC2JKU,OM5BP,AA8MI,OM5BP JACQUENETTA-KC2JKU,WA3ZBT,KC0MCT,WB6SQQ,KC2JKU,W2JEK,N5PHT,W2JEK,WD8MHT, WD8MHT,AA8MI PETRUCIO-OM5BP,K2ERG,KC0MCT,LZ4RR,K0LUW,KC0MCT,K4BAI,W4ONC POMPEY-N5PHT,W4ONC,OM5BP,OM5BP,K2ERG,WY3A THERSITES-KC0MCT,N5PHT,WA3EYL,LZ4RR,WB6SQQ,K4BAI,KA8MPT,WA3EYL,WB6SQQ Station - Calls used: KC2EGL - 32 Words: 6 Benedick: N1BQL NE0RC N8KV NE0RC W4DD KA2FIR KC4FLT KK7YJ Costard: VP4/W5WCW K9QHO W2SH KC4FLT AA4W KR8V KD8GZ Grumio: GJ0KYZ K8RDGJ W6UT KM4VX W4IZT TI8/DL4MO Petrucio: K3WWP IZ5EKV W0NTA W0JFR W6UT NE0RC K4PI TI8/DL4MO Pompey: KK4PQ VA3CCO NM5S K8MQP IZ5EKV KK7YJ Falstaff: NF8M WI8A K4LNN K9MMS KC4FLT N4GWA NF8M N4FI Station - Calls used: KH6OZ - 24 - BUG/PADDLE HANDLES DRAWING WINNER!! Words: 6 BENEDICK-KB4QQJ,N6EV,K1NV,N6EV,AE6DH,KI6BHB,W9TFC,K9SKC COSTARD-KC0NGA,KM6OR,K9MMS,K1TXU,AE6DH,WR5U,AE6DH FALSTAFF-W0JFR,AA4Q,WA6L,WA1LWS,WA4NTM,WA6L,W9TFC,W9TFC GRUMIO-K6GVG,WR5U,K1TXU,K9MMS,KI6BHB,KM6OR JACQUENETTA-KB4QQJ,AE6DH,W9TFC,KB4QQJ,K1TXU,AE6DH,W9DLN,AE6DH, K1TXU,W9TFC,AA4Q THERSITES-AB6TY,AE6DH,K5ENA,W5ZR,K0MDS,N7IR,AB6TY,K5ENA,K0MDS Station - Calls used: N8BB - 21 Words: 5 BENEDICK-W2LB,AE3T,K1YAN,AE3T,NG9D,KI8EK,K9JDC,K1YAN COSTARD-K3CDZ,K2MO,W9STB,W0RT,K1YAN,W0RT,K9JDC FALSTAFF-KC7FYS,AJ1G,W2LB,W9STB,AE3T,K1YAN,KC7FYS,ZF1DX GRUMIO-NG9D,W0RT,K2UY,K2MO,W4VPI,K2MO JACQUENETTA-K9JDC,N2AKG,AA4MC,WQ8RP,KC2QKU,KI8EK,K4BXN, KI8EK,N2ATB,N2ATB,N2ATBSoapbox: W2JEK - used 30 call signs of 55 calls from qrparci spring qso party and naqcc April sprint. all qso's were 2 way qrp 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135
K3WWP - UPDATE - OK, I'm sure you probably knew I would go ahead and do it. It just wasn't enough of a challenge on my first completion. I wanted more of a challenge, so last night (4/25) I went through all my April QSO's to get one call per letter, and came up one 'T' short. So a few minutes ago I worked IK3VUT on 20M for my 63rd and last call to complete the challenge with 63 different calls. ORIGINAL - I think it took longer for me to type in the calls on this page than it did to make the QSO's. HI. So if you report, and don't have something I can just cut and paste, I'll only list your totals and not all the words and calls. I probably won't try to optimize my score any more by replacing letters with new calls as this is just too busy a month for me. I thought it was an interesting coincidence that I got my last letter (T from KB9BIT) on April 12, the 5,000th day of my 'streak'. Thanks Don VE3HUR for another interesting alphabet challenge. I'm happy to see these challenges becoming more popular. We've had double figure number of reports for the last several challenges in a row now, and with 2 reports already by just April 12, I hope we'll do that again this month.
N1LU - Thanks for another fun alphabet challenge. Took me a long time to get my last letter (U). Widh there was some way to call CQ for specific letters. HI
KC2LYQ - I had a great time completing this challenge. This is my first time working on an NAQCC challenge, and it definitely won't be my last. It got me to be much more active than I usually am, and it was one of the best amateur radio experiences I've had so far in my four years of being licensed.
W9ILF - I always enjoy the word challenges. They seem to keep me busy all month and this one was no different. I enjoy all the QSO's, but was particularly excited last night to find ZL1BYZ calling CQ on 20M and I got a QSO with him in New Zealand. What a great QRP Month!
VE3HUR - It seems that KC2LYQ is the only one among us who bothered to read the rules and use the maximum number of calls to build the words. The rest of us illiterate fools will have to settle for the spoils this month. I'm glad Mike enjoyed this challenge so much. I wish more members would participate and discover for themselves just how worthwhile the challenges can be. Wouldn't it be fun to see what John does if 2000+ members decided to send in entries some month? 72, Don (Or Gregg having to draw from 2000+ members - K3WWP)
K4PBY - For me April was a good month for qrp--pretty good band condx and lots of activity. Another fun challenge and now I know a bit more about Shakespeare trivia too!
N8XMS - There sure were a lot of E's and T's! I used 47 different callsigns out of a total of 51 QSOs made during the month. So not many "leftovers"!
N9AKF - Since this word challenge used all but four letters of the alphabet, it would have been a rare contact that didn't have any letters that could be used. I made 34 contacts for the month and used them all in this challenge. I wonder if anyone worked a station whose call sign was only made up of the letters V, W, X and Z? If so, maybe they should receive a special award. This one was lots of fun. See you all next month. Bart
KC2EGL - I am enjoying the NAQCC challenges more and more each month. They have me sitting at my rig more often, trying to make QSO's. During the month of April I worked 63 QSO's in search of what was needed for the challenge. I was able to complete 6 of the 8 names using 32 unique callsigns. During the latter part of the month I was using my new K2. WOW! What a rig. The filtering pulls out signals that would die in the mud. Thanks to Don VE3HUR for suggesting the April Challenge. I am looking foward to May's mW challenge. 73 Mike
N8BB - Nice challenge, my first but certainly not my last. I am making a concentrated effort to get involved and stay involved. I took this challenge using only my Elecraft KX1 and dipole and almost got all words except I missed two calls with an E in it. Just didn't do a good job counting letters darn it. Keep up the good work and hope to hear/work all you qrp'ers. Werner
This, as was our February challenge, is credited to Don VE3HUR, who apparently is an afficianado of the works of Shakespeare. Don sent a list of 25 'fools' mentioned by Shakespeare. We narrowed that list down a bit for our challenge.
Apr 1, 2008 0000Z through Apr 30, 2008 2400Z
You must use QRP and the other station can be using any power. You can use any antenna you want.
If you're looking for an easy way to keep track of an alphabet challenge, here is a tutorial and suggested worksheet that will make it very simple for you.
Make as many words as you can from this list of Shakespeare's 'fools.'
For reference, especially if you use the worksheet, the following 22 letters are contained somewhere in the words:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U Y
You can use a letter in a call TWICE. For example, N3AQC's N could be used in JACQUENETTA and BENEDICK.
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 POMPEY and PETRUCIO). 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.
All parts of a call can be used except for strict portable or mobile designators like /M, /P, /A, and the like. As an example, it is perfectly OK to use all the letters in VP5/WA3BCD/M or HA3KSB/YV0/P except the M and P.
A certificate goes to the two members using the most different calls to make 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. 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 2 words.
For your report, just list the names you made and the stations used for each word. If you use a call more than once in a name, please list it more than once in the correct positions as in:
PROD - K3WWP, WA8REI, N2OO, DK5WW
WORD - WY3H, AC4O, VE1RGB, D4C
EXAMPLE - VE3AB, KD2MX, VE3AB, KD2MX, K3WWP, N1LU, VE3AB
Be sure to include how many calls you used to make the words to be eligible for the certificates.
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 April Challenge
John Shannon, K3WWP
478 E. High St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
All entries for the challenge must be RECEIVED before May 10, 2008 at 2400Z.