The NAQCC October 2011 Challenge
Call of those who made the 20 QSO's K1YAN W9UX AF4LB N8XMS K3WWP W2JEK VE3FUJ VE3HNE K1IEECertificates and participation point go to all the above.
K1YAN - So far a good month for QRPp. Contact totals for challenge - 9 states, 2 provinces, Cuba, Germany, Sweden, England, Denmark and Russia ( thank you propagation gods ! ). Finished with N2A for number 20. A QSO with FG5FR almost made the list but was completed at 2355Z September 30th.
W9UX - Had to build an attenuator using the design from the PA1B web site. Contacts broke down this way: 9 states - MN, FL, MD, NY, NC, OH, PA, NE and IA; DX - Croatia, Germany, European Russia, Romania, Switzerland, Belarus, Ecuador and Finland. It was fun and the propagation this month has been awesome. 72, Terry W9UX NAQCC #0033
N8XMS - I managed to reach the 20 QSO mark about halfway through the month. I'm not sure that we should call this a "challenge" with the recent solar flux numbers that are being reported! Signals from all over Europe have been booming in on 10 and 12 meters during the late morning and early afternoon hours. It didn't take too much effort to work about 8 different countries with 900 mW into my old R7 trap vertical antenna. Honest signal reports received ranged from 449 to 579 with most of the distances working out to be 5000-6000 miles/watt. I also enjoyed several stateside ragchews as well. For the rest of this month I think that I'm going to see what can happen with a full 5 watts - or maybe that's overkill! 73, Paul
K3WWP - With only 5 mW QSOs in the log as of mid-day on the 19th I worked DL5ANT, OE4PWW, and T32C with mW power on my new K2. Then on the 20th I really set out on a mission to get the challenge completed before the evening of that day. I cranked the K2 down again to 900 mW and parked on the 4 high bands of 17, 15, 12, and 10 looking for strong DX signals to work. I wasn't going to be shamed by not mastering the challenge this month after all my mW work. The problem was simply a lack of time. I wasn't going to let that do me in any longer. So thanks to the good ears of HB9CVQ (12), UA4HEJ (12), SM5COP (10), GM7WCO (15), LY775A (10), II5ITA (10), LY775A (15), UA2FR (15), S52F (17), CO6WD (10), T32C (10), and finally F5NBX (15), the challenge was completed. Also a lot of new mW band countries were added to my records. in fact several overall new mW countries as well. Oh, the first T32C QSO mentioned above was made with 800 mW. The rest with 900 mW. Maybe Paul was right - this wasn't much of a challenge if you just put aside some time to do it.
W2JEK - Had a good time using my OHR-500 and WM-2 wattmeter running 950 MW. to wire antennas. Stations worked included 5 N#A NAQCC Anniversary contacts, K6JSS/4 QRPARCI, and 14 dx in Europe. 72 and 73 Don Younger W2JEK #1135
VE3FUJ - I really enjoyed the Oct mW Challenge, I used power levels of 165 - 900mW. One of the Qso netted me a new MPW distance of 23018 MPW 165 mW 12min solid Qso PA3AM in Hattem Holland on 12 mtrs, that was a satisfying experience. Brion
K1IEE - Had a great time with this challenge. Found the first half of the month with better conditions than the last half. Had fun on 15M making solid QSO's with several DX stations. On QRPp challenges I use the little HW-8 @ 800 mW it does not have 10M but that makes it even more of a challenge. 73 Dick
Very simple. Make QSO's using milliwatt power (less than 1 watt) and a simple wire antenna.
The first day of the month 0000Z through the last day of the month 2400Z
Make 20 QSO's using milliwatt power at any time during the month on any band(s). NO contest or sprint QSO's.
All QSO's must be INITIATED and finished with milliwatt power. No starting with higher power, then reducing to milliwatt levels. The entire QSO must be at milliwatt power.
A certificate goes to everyone who makes it to 20 QSO's.
PARTICIPATION AWARD AND WEB LISTING:
To get a Participation Point and to be listed in the results all you need do is participate and send in your results no matter how many fewer than 20 QSO's you made.
For your report, simply tell us you made the required 20 QSO's.
You may also include details about the challenge in your soapbox comments.
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 May Challenge
John Shannon, K3WWP
478 E. High St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
All entries must be RECEIVED before the 10th of the following month at 2400Z.