The NAQCC December 2009 Rag Chew Challenge
Call - # Of QSO's KA2KGP - 44 - Certificate WY3H - 24 - Certificate K3WWP - 19 - Certificate KE7LKW - 10 N8XMS - 9 W4DUK - 5 KQ1P - 3 VE3HUR - 2 W2JEK - 1Soapbox:
K3WWP - It is always wonderful to go beyond rig, wx and learn more about the ham you work. Fortunately the bands permitted that in the last half of the month. Most of the 19 came in the second half, and all were very solid 2X copy. Some went well beyond the 20 minute mark. A lot of great info was exchanged. The 19 came from 17 different hams.
N8XMS - I enjoyed some very nice chats with some interesting people.
WY3H - The challenge was fun. It sure beat the ho-hum drum exchange of RST, QTH, Name, Rig, WX. I encountered a few people who allowed me to make the alloted time of 20-25 minutes and there were at least a couple of operators that I thought would never quit. HI HI My longest rag chew was one hour and five minutes. Overall rag chews even though they're only twenty minutes are another interesting and important aspect of amateur radio CW operation. Last night I fell asleep and missed our mW sprint. However, tonight I am looking forward to making a few QSO's for SKN with my old J-38. 73/72 to all. Tom. P.S. We can all try rag chews at any time of year and I hope we do.
W4DUK - This was my first Challenge, and I enjoyed it. I think the operators on the other end also enjoyed "pushing the envelope" of the QSOs beyond the usual exchange of basic information. (Great to have you aboard our NAQCC events. Hope this is only the first of many challenge and sprint submissions from you - K3WWP)
KA2KGP - This was a great challange promoting Rag Chew type QSO's. It sometimes seems that rag chews are becomming a thing of the past in this whirlwind-world of hyper-activity! The ARRL used to have a Rag Chewers Award, but no longer does. Thanks to Tom, WY3H for promoting the good-old rag chew QSO. Although my longest QSO was only 42 minutes, I had fun chatting with hams who took the time to actually have a conversation. This confirms the well known fact that hams can really yak-it-up! 73
VE3HUR - For those lamenting the demise of the ARRL RCC, the "Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio" still has a "Rag Chewers' Club". See their web site here for more information. 73, Don VE3HUR # 977
KQ1P - Nice challenge, just was hard for me to get enough time in the shack.
Make as many 20 minute rag chews as possible during December.
Dec 1, 2009 0000Z through Dec 31, 2009 2400Z
Get on the air and make QSO's lasting 20 minutes or longer. Technically a rag chew is 30 minutes, but to encourage going beyond a routine RST-QTH-NAME-RIG-WX QSO, we're shortening the time to 20 minutes.
You must use QRP and the other station can be using any power.
You may count a maximum of 3 QSO's with the same station toward the award below. This to discourage simply making skeds with one station to run up your totals.
A certificate goes to the three members making the most QSO's.
PARTICIPATION AWARD AND WEB LISTING:
Anyone submitting a report gets a Participation Point and a web listing. You must make and report at least one 20 minute QSO.
For your report, simply tell us how many QSO's you made. You may also include comments about the challenge.
Please preface any comments you want posted 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 December Challenge
John Shannon, K3WWP
478 E. High St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
All entries must be RECEIVED before Jan 10, 2010 at 2400Z.