The NAQCC Cartoon Characters Challenge
Station: # diff calls Names - Calls used: NU7T: 75 Mickey Mouse - W5TM K7JIZ KC9HGW K4ZBG K6PZE WD7Y K6MGO K9FO KA9UDA N0ZSN W5EPW Donald Duck - K8DV WO8J N0B K4BAI KB1CL N4CD K9GHD N1LU AC2K K0ZK Popeye - W8PN WI6O N4BP AE6GC W6SIY KE7LKW Tom and Jerry - K8T W0OZJ W2MJN W4FOA NG7Z W8UMD N8BJ VE6JAZ K8MR W8CAR K4PBY Uncle Scrooge - KK7UT NF0N K6CSL K1LT WB4AEG W5IQS K0FCG KB0ROC KO6Z KH6OZ W5GXV N0EVH Chip and Dale - WC7C K3HX W2IW K2NPN AB9CA N8VV K7FD WD9F KA7SPS K0WVL WB8CEH Casper - N8BC AF8C NM5S W6GLP K4REB K0RHK Superman - W8WTS W7NUW KK4IP XE2HUM WB8RTJ KM4DB K0ARS W1NN K4PBY: 72 Mickey Mouse--XE1IM,K4IBZ,K7CS,K8ZZ,VE7CC,K1YAN KM1C,N5DO,K1GU,W9QS,W2JEK Donald Duck--NE9DH,K3OXG,N6NF,N6AA,WB8LZG,KD2MX W8UMD,KB6UF,N7CW,K3TW Popeye--N4PJ,NA4O,KA8MPT,KE3VV,W0YK,KR3E Tom And Jerry--K9FT,NO6X,W5TM K5KA,W5NN,N1VWD K2JT,W9MSE,N9RV,K6NR,W6YI Uncle Scrooge--WB8JUI,N8BJQ,N4CD,K1LT,W0QE W4HSA,AF8C,W8CAR,K3OXG,NA4O,K7BG,KR3E Chip And Dale--N2IC,K2HVN,W0IZ,KE8PX AA9L,NF0N,W3DQT,N8TFD,N6AN,N1LU,WB8ENE Casper--AC6T,N6AW,N8XMS,W9DP,AB7E,K0RF Superman--W8WTS,K4MUT,K5PSH,W8GEJ,K7RL,K8MRM,K4BAI,WN6K N9AKF: 45 Mickey Mouse: KD2MX, KI4XH, N4ACF, N3RIK, VE3WH, WA1BXY, K9FMX, KB3ROI K5JUC, WA1LWS, VE3WH Donald Duck: KD2MX, KB3ROI, N8DUS, K4AXF, N3WIL, K2IDK, AE4DT, W6UT N4ACF, KC2EGL Popeye: WB9LPU, W2TOM, W4ELP, KC2EGL, WA2YBG, KC2EGL Tom And Jerry: W5TVW, W2TOM, W5TM, K8EAC, N4QA, N2JDQ, K5JUC, N4RE KB3ROI, N0GBR, WA1BXY Uncle Scrooge: K0LUW, N4ACF, KC2EGL, KL7GLL, N4RE, WA1LWS, K4CNW, W3RT WA2VMO, WA2VMO, KC2EGL, KE3NE Chip And Dale: KC9HGW, VE3WH, N4FI, WB9LPU, N4ACF, N4ACF, W4HDM, WD1J AB0TX, WA1LWS, KE3NE Casper: KC9HGW, N2ATB, K0S, AB3AP, KE5GXT, W3RT Superman: K0S, KU8T, AB3AP, KE5GXT, N4RE, W5TM, WA1AR, N4FI N1LU: 32 MICKEY MOUSE - W4FMD, AA3I, N9CK, KK4IP, W4ET, F2YT, W4FMD, W04O, K0OU, WA1NSD, W4ET DONALD DUCK - W4FMD, W0FO, W8VLN, AA3I, W8VLN, W4FMD, K4DZR, K0OU, N9CK, KK4IP POPEYE - KK4IP, N9CO, KK4IP, VE1BA, F2YT, VE1BA TOM AND JERRY - W4ET, N9CO, W5TM, AA3I, N9CK, W8VLN, WA9JTU, W4ELP, K4DZR, K4DZR, K4PBY UNCLE SCROOGE - K9MUG, N9CK, N9CO, W8VLN, W4ELP, N1WSD, AA4NC, I1MMR, W9LO, W9LO, K4ZGB, KE0WO CHIP AND DALE - N0CO, K0HB, AA3I, W4ELP, VE1BA, N0AT, K4DZR, K0AD, VE1BA, W4ELP, KE0WO CASPER - AA4NC, N0AT, N1WSD, W4ELP, K8EE, I1MMR SUPERMAN - WA1NSD, K9MUG, K8MP, K8EE, W3MMR, W5TM, N0AT, N0AT K1YAN: 32 MICKEY MOUSE - W5TM, K4BAI, KC0LEK, K8GTQ, KC0LEK, CO8LY,W5TM, K2QO, W9UB, N8XMS, K8EAC DONALD DUCK - W1IDL, K2QO, N8IJG, AA9L, AA9L, VE3DXB,W1IDL, W9UB, KJ4IC, K6XT POPEYE - K3WWP, W3TOS, NT8P, VE3DXB, K4PBY, VE3DXB TOM AND JERRY - K6XT, W3TOS, KA8MPT,AA9L, N8IJG, VE3DXB,K4JJW, VE3ILE, K0ZR, K0ZR, K4PBY UNCLE SCROOGE - EA5YU, N8XMS, CO8LY, AA9L, EA5YU,K4KSR, CO8LY, K4KSR, CO8LY, CO8LY, VA2SG, EA5YU CHIP AND DALE - KC0LEK, WQ9H, W1IDL, K4PBY,VA2SG, N8XMS, KD0V,KD0V, KA8MPT, VE3ILE, KC0LEK CASPER - KJ4IC, VA2SG, N8XMS, K4PBY, VE3ILE, K4KSR SUPERMAN - IS0/I0JX, EA5YU, KA8MPT, K8EAC, I1MMR, N8XMS, KA5KMS, W4CNJ N8XMS: 29 MICKEY MOUSE - OM8A, IR2C, W4FCR, K8DSS, WD8DWE, K4JYS, 0M8A, WA8KOQ, VE3OBU, K8DSS, WD9DWE DONALD DUCK - WD9DWE, WA8KOQ, N2ADE, N2ADE, AA1LL, WD9DWE, KD2MX, VE3OBU, W4FCR, K8DSS POPEYE - WB9PZB, OM8A, WB9PZB, W2EZB, K4JYS, W2EZB TOM AND JERRY - W9STG, OM8A, KD2MX, N2ADE, N2ADE, K8DSS, K4JYS, W2ADE, W4FCR, W4FCR, K4PBY UNCLE SCROOGE - K4UFT, K8LEN, IR2C, AA1LL, N2ADE, K8DSS, IR2C, IR2C, K2QO,W4ONC, W9STG, K8LEN CHIP AND DALE - KJ4IC, K5HQV, W0IS, K3WWP, AA1LL, K8LEN, K8DSS, N2ADE, WA8KOQ, K8DSL, K8LEN CASPER - KJ4IC, WA8KOQ, W9STG, K4PBY, EA5KV, IR2C SUPERMAN - W9STG, K4UFT, K3WWP, EA5KV, NI0R, W5TM, AA1LL, KB8QNZ W2JEK: 25 MICKEY MOUSE - N9RMW, K4BAI, W4ONC, KB3AAG, VE3OBU, K4PBY, N9RMW, W4ONC, VE3OBU, K5PSH, VE3OBU DONALD DUCK - KD0V, W4ONC, W4ONC, WA2AAW, KE8LW, KD0V, YU1DW, VE3OBU, W4ONC, KB3AAG POPEYE - N4BP,K0OU,W4PA,KU8E,W0UY,WI2E TOM AND JERRY - K6XT,K4QO,W5TM,K5KA,N0AT,K8DD,K8JQ,KE4R,K4RO,WW9R,KY4F UNCLE SCROOGE - YU1DW, W4ONC, W8TCM, F5PLC, EA5KV, W2SH, W8TCM,AO7AJR, AO7AJR, AO7AJR, KA2KGP, EA5KV CHIP AND DALE - F5PLC, W2SH, N4FI, K4PBY, KB3AAG, N4BP, EA1DR, EA1DR, K4BAI, KE8LW, N9EU CASPER - F5PLC, K4BAI, N8XMS, K4PBY, EA1DR, K4KSR SUPERMAN - W2SH, YU1DW, K5PSH, N9EU, K4KSR, W5TM, KB3AAG, N4FI KC2EGL: 4 words, 19 DONALD DUCK - W5PPD, KE0WO, N9AKF, K4BAI, W9IL, W5PPD, W0EWD, N9QU, VE7CC, K0LUW POPEYE - KE5PWL, W9OA, KE5PWL, KE5PWL, KE0WO, KE5PWL CASPER - K4CNW, W9OA, K9MMS, W5PPD, W0EWD, K6NR SUPERMAN - K9MMS, KU8E, W5PPD, VE2XAA, K6NR, VE3JM, N0AT, W4NZ KH6OZ: 3 words, 22 Uncle Scrooge W6UT W2MJN AD5VC VE6LI K5EWJ WA1LWS K7DCG W5ZR N4FOA N4FOA K4ZGB KI6FEN Casper N9FC W6AHX KJ7BS K2PAY VE6LI W5ZR Chip and Dale N9FC KI6BHB W7JI K2PAY K6VIA NU7T KL8DX N6DIT K2PAY VE6LI N6EV K3WWP: 75 (voluntarily removed from award certificate consideration) MICKEY MOUSE - K1MK,NS9I,W4OC,K0KP,K0EJ,KT3Y,K8MP,KF2O,K1GU,N1SW,K2LE DONALD DUCK - AD8P,WO4O,N2IC,AA3B,AA9L,DL1A,DR1A,K0RU,AJ9C,K0AD POPEYE - N4BP,K0OU,W4PA,KU8E,W0UY,WI2E TOM AND JERRY - K6XT,K4QO,W5TM,K5KA,N0AT,K8DD,K8JQ,KE4R,K4RO,WW9R,KY4F UNCLE SCROOGE - N3UA,K7NV,K4CZ,N3ZL,KE0WO,TO8S,K9CT,K8MR,K5GO,K9OZ K7BG,K9ES CHIP AND DALE - K3CT,K6ZH,KA9I,N4PJ,N3AM,K9NW,KD0V,K4TD,W0ZA,WQ5L,K8EE CASPER - IR2C,WA1Z,K9SD,K1PT,W9RE,K0RF SUPERMAN - N8SS,K6UW,K0PK,K3IE,K0SR,N0IM,K2AV,N4AFWinner of the drawing for the cartoon book: NU7T
Winner of the drawing for the bug/paddle handles: TBD
Soapbox: N9AKF - I think that the word challenges have become my favorite activity for several reasons. First of all, it's a reason to get on the air and make contacts. Secondly, I just enjoy hunting for the letters. I feel a little excitement every time I find one that I need. Each word that I complete gives me a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. I think that it has also helped me to sharpen my cw skills. I will try to work any station that I hear if the call sign has a letter that I need, even when faced with qsb, qrn, or qrm. Under such conditions, if I didn't have a reason to attempt the contact, I'd probably just move on to easier pickin's. I also work stations that will push my speed limit to some degree. I am seeing a noticeable increase in my ability to copy in the 20 wpm range. And as we all know, not every operator has a smooth, easy to copy fist. But if I hear a letter that I need, I'll try to make the contact. Sometimes de-coding the code can be a bit tricky, but it's a good mental exercises and a worthwhile skill to develop. In an emergency situation, even the best fists might perform below par, and being able to sort things out on the receiving end could be critical. Most of all, word challenges are just a lot of fun. But when you consider how it can improve operating skills, it's really not a Mickey Mouse activity. 72, Bart, nr 1252 (What an excellent synopsis of what our challenges are all about, alphabet and otherwise - K3WWP)
K3WWP - UPDATE: I did it - I went for the one letter per call and made it easily. So easily, I decided to go one step further and go for using only 1X2 or 2X1 calls. Well, I came up one 'E' short that way and had to use a 2X2 call for the final 'E'. So close, and yet so far. Incidentally, I'm eliminating myself from the award certificate, so it will go to NU7T and the next highest total and any ties. ORIGINAL: The NAQP made this much easier than it looked. I finished by working K2LE for my final letter (L) 3 hours and 22 minutes into the NAQP. While I was in the contest, I was thinking it would be interesting to try to master the challenge by using only QSO's from one band. I may look into that. I made 289 QSO's in the NAQP pretty well distributed among 10,15,20, and 40 meters. Or I may try to do what I usually do when I finish a challenge early - go for just getting one letter from each call I work. At any rate, it was (is) yet another very enjoyable challenge.
N8XMS - "Good grief," no Charlie Brown! As usual this was a fun challenge. Good sprint conditions made it easy to finish up my missing letters. (Well, you see, Lucy told me "No blockheads on the list!" - K3WWP)
N1LU - I also got most of mine in the NAQP where I operated from an obervation tower overlooking Lake Winnipesuakee in NH using an FT-817, T1 tuner and random wire antenna to a tree.
W2JEK - used 15 calls from naqcc sprint plus 10 others for total of 25 calls. needed 8 e's after sprint qso's and 8 other letters. good fun getting them. 72 and 73 don younger w2jek #1135
K1YAN - About half and half between Sprint and daily operation QSOs with the last letter acquired on the evening of the 28th. For additional head scratching, how about an award for the least calls used to make all words?? (We do that from time to time with these alphabet challenges - stay tuned - K3WWP)
K4PBY - I used 72 calls so I was 3 short of using a different call for each cartoon character letter. I was short 2 O's and an E. I went through my August log 3 times looking for those letters in calls that I hadn't used! After that, I just about had the log memorized hihi. I was done in by Uncle Scrooge...
KC2EGL - Again we had one of if not my favorite type of challenge. This month I did things a bit different. Instead of keeping track of what I worked during the month I decided to see how many I had worked after the challenge was over. By doing this I found myself not checking to see if I needed any of the letters in the call sign I heard on the air. This way I would attempt to work any call I could tune in. This approach worked very well. If this had been a challenge during the Fall through Spring months I would have completed more characters. Summer is a very busy time for me. Lots of outdoors stuff to do. The best thing about our challenges during the summer is that they make me find time to operate. Thanks to those who's put these challenges up for us to work on. 73 Mike
This is another of our standard alphabet challenges with the difference from other challenges being only the word list and an additional prize. When Paul N8XMS donated a ham radio cartoon book to use as a prize in conjunction with one of our events, we immediately thought it should be given away as an alphabet challenge dealing with cartoon character's names. Obvious, no?
Aug 1, 2008 0000Z through Aug 31, 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 cartoon characters:
TOM AND JERRY
CHIP AND DALE
For reference, especially if you use the worksheet, the following 19 letters are contained somewhere in the words:
A C D E G H I J K L M N O P R S T U Y
You can use a letter in a call TWICE. For example, N3AQC's N could be used in DONALD DUCK and SUPERMAN.
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 CASPER and SUPERMAN). 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 VE5/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.
ADDITIONAL PRIZE THIS MONTH: A book of ham radio cartoons ("N0UJR and His Friends" by Greg Trook) donated by Paul N8XMS. Everyone who earns a participation point goes into a drawing conducted by K3WWP (who thus becomes ineligible). The only exception is the person who wins the bug/paddle handles this month. They become ineligible also since we want as many different people as possible to share in our NAQCC prizes.
PARTICIPATION AWARD AND WEB LISTING:
Anyone making 2 or more of the words and submitting a report gets a Participation Point and a web listing.
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 September 10, 2008 at 2400Z.