The NAQCC Field Day Challenge
Portable: Call Nr - States KD2MX 18 - AL IA IL IN MA ME MI MN NC NH NY OH PA TN TX VA VT WI WY7N 8 - AZ CA FL GA NH SC TX WA W2JEK 4 - NY CT NJ MD KC2EGL 1 - PA Home: Call Nr - States K3WWP 37 - CT MA ME NH RI VT NJ NY MD PA AL FL GA KY NC TN VA AR LA MS OK TX CA AZ UT WA MI OH WV IL IN WI CO IA KS MN MO VE3HUR 1 - VA Portable Winner: KD2MX Home Winner: K3WWP Paddle handles winner (among eligibles from both June sprints): K1YANSoapbox:
K3WWP - Would you believe I almost forgot about our FD challenge? I thought about it after working Mike KC2EGL on a sked to start FD at 1800Z. Then I decided to do my usual NAQCC challenge method of doing FD. I tried to work one QSO from each state. I got up to 34 QSO's and 34 states, and then it was 0000Z, so I got a repeat state QSO just for my daily streak QSO. 3 more state QSO's came after that, then I gave up for Saturday night. When I started back in around 1500Z Sunday morning, lo and behold, I found 10M having a good opening. So I forgot about states and just had fun on 10M the rest of the contest. I also checked 6 meters, and wound up with my first ever QSO on that band as I worked W0GKP in Minnesota. More about that if you're interesed can be found in the diary on my personal web site at home.windstream.net/johnshan/.
W2JEK - had 6 qso using solar charged battery for natural power bonus on 80m c.w. using call sign k2bar at bergen a.r.a. field day site. rig was ten-tec 1380 at 3 watts to a full wave horizontal loop at 25 ft. used j-38 key. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135
KD2MX - I had a true Field Day and operated battery/portable in the backyard using my KX1 and a short long wire thrown over a low tree branch. I got about 1.5 Watts output so it wasn't that easy making contacts but I was pretty happy with 42 QSOs in 18 states (and 1 province) over the course of a lazy Saturday afternoon and early evening. This was truly a low-tech effort....no computer logging, dupe checking in my head, a logbook and a pen, just like in the old days...Good fun.
KC2EGL - Worked portable from the field day site of K3TTK using my call. I would have worked more QRP for field day but the rest of our site was running 100W so I worked all but 3 QSO's running 100W as well. I will try to work things a bit different next year. Later in the night the bands seemed to quiet down. I may have a better chance to run QRP for a longer period. Working CW the past 2 FD's has been alot of fun. 73 Michael
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 28, 2008 1800Z through Jun 29, 2008 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. Also tell us if you worked from HOME or PORTABLE so we may put you in the correct category.
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, 2008.