The NAQCC June 2012 Field Day Challenge
Portable: Call States Home: Call States K3WWP: AK AL AR AZ CA CO CT FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD MI MN MO MS NC ND NE NH NJ NM NV NY OH OK OR PA RI SC TN TX UT VA VT WA WI WV WY  K1YAN: AL CT DE FL GA IL IN MA MD ME MN MO MS NC NH NJ NY OH PA RI SC TX VA WI WV  W9UX: AL AR AZ CA CO CT DE FL GA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD MI MN MO MS MT NC NH NJ NM NY OH OK OR PA RI SC TN TX UT VA VT WA WI WY  KU4A: AL AR AZ CA CO CT FL GA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS MT NC ND NE NH NJ NM NV NY OH OK PA SC SD TN TX UT VA VT WA WI WY  NU7T: AK AL AZ CA CO FL GA HI IL KS KY LA MA MD MI MS NC NJ NM NV NY OH OR PA RI TN TX VA WA WI WY  K9OSC: AL AR AZ CA CO CT FL GA IL IN KY MD MI MN MO MT NC NH NJ NV NY OH OK OR PA RI TN TX UT VA WA WV  WY7N: AK AL AR AZ CA CO DE FL GA HI IL IN KS KY LA MD MN MO MS MT NC NE NJ NM NV NY NC OH OK OR PA SC TN TX UT VA WA WY  All those listed above get a certificate and Participation Point. All those listed below get a Participation Point. Portable: Call States W2JEK: CT MD NC NH NJ OH VA  KD0V: KS TX VA CO  Home: Call States
K3WWP: The only two purposes I had in mind for FD were making the 20 states for the challenge, and working a Nebraska station with QRPp to finish my NAQCC QRPp WAS, as well as to finish my Elecraft WAS. Nebraska has been very elusive here lately. It seems much easier to work AK and HI than NE for whatever reason. Anyway I achieved both goals when I worked 44 states (all but HI, DE, ID, MT, SD, ME), and worked NI0DX from Nebraska at 0211Z on the 24th. I only made 51 QSOs overall as all I was doing was sitting there listening for new states, and in particular, Nebraska. Conditions were pretty good and I could have made many more QSOs. It was not up to last year though when I made a ton of QSOs on 10 meters and even some on 6 meters. This year I only heard a couple weak signals on 10, and didn't even check 6 meters. It was a lot of fun although it got frustrating near the end when I just couldn't find any of the 6 needed states.
K1YAN: Ran 500 mW to a G5RV jr. at 30 ft. Saturday 40m was the workhorse with 20m very QSB and nothing heard on 15m and 10m. Sunday morning 40m and 20m were both good with 15m and 10m still dead. My contest ended Sunday at 0900 local for a family gathering. Worked 34 sections, including 25 states, 2 provinces and KP4.
W9UX: These 40 states were worked by W9UX, NAQCC #33, while using 2.5 watts and dipole antenna up 25'. My location was my home QTH.
W2JEK: Worked 7 states on 40m with my OHR-40 rig at 4 watts to an inverted v at 50 ft. using a battery charged by solar power for the Field Day natural power bonus at the K2BAR Field Day site. Had 15 qso and still had plenty of power left in the battery.
WY7N: What a weird FD! There was a large swath of the country that was a black hole from UT. I didn't work a single station in the '1' call area. Also no MI, WI or IA!? I've never found any of those to be particularly rare. I'm quick to blame my antenna, it was a 275' long wire @ 40' running to the north (center fed with ladder line). There should be some fairly deep nulls to the west, especially on 20 and 15 meters. I was going to simulate it to see if the nulls coincided with the dead zone, but I saw Steve-NU7T's report. He's my neighbor just to the west. His log was missing many of the same areas. Perhaps it was just weird conditions. Other weirdness, I worked quite a bit of DX, including New Zealand and France. I didn't realize many DX stations turned out for FD. Note: I was operating portable, but set up the antennas early. According to the FD rules that puts me in the HOME station category. Another note: I did simulate the antenna. There was one big null (30db) to the east on 40 meters. On 20 there were three. On 15 there were four, and they seemed to complement the nulls on 20 meters but they were very deep (40-50db). If I use these again I better put up a couple of them in different directions and orient them to the east.
KD0V: I was set up on the Waseca County Court House lawn, using a K2 and Buddistick. I should have put a dipole up in one of the trees. I was operating as a GOTA station for the County Emergency Management, EOC, 2F. 72, Merlin KD0V #2002
The annual FD Challenge is one of our most popular challenges so far according to the number of logs submitted. You work at least the number of required states (VE provinces and DX entities do not count) in field day, either from your home station or out in the field.
As in the ARRL FD Rules.
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 QSOs MADE BY YOU PERSONALLY count.
A certificate and Participation Point go to everyone who works at least 20 states either from home or out in the field and submits their results before the deadline.
A Participation Point goes to everyone who works at least 1, but not all 20 states either from home or out in the field and submits their results before the deadline.
You can get only 1 challenge Participation Point this month even if you participate in both challenges.
If you happen to work all 50 states, we'll send you an NAQCC WAS certificate. However for the WAS certificate, you must have been using only simple wire antennas.
For your report, just tell us the number of states worked and list them 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
Hap - K7HAP
8532 Canterbury Dr.
Annandale, VA 22003
All entries must be postmarked or email dated before the 10th of the following month at 2400Z.