The NAQCC March 2014 Challenge
All challenge info such as rules are now in the hands of Gary K1YAN. Email him with any questions in that regard at .
The results on this page are the responsibility of Hap K7HAP. Email him with any questions in that regard at .
K9OSCAll the above get a certificate and participation point.
All below get only a participation point.
K1IEE N8XMS AB9YC WY3H K3WWP SM5MEK VE3FUJ AF4LB K1YANSoapbox:
K1IEE: I started this challenge with a plan as I go approach. Listened a lot around the QRP freq's and found my first 2 contacts on 10M both DX/EU. Was pleased to work Jen SM5MEK. Had some great rag chews and enlighten a few members about the block party challenge. 73 to all Dick
N8XMS: This was a tough one! Finding NAQCC members to work for the Block Party was harder than finding rare DX! Even with spotting myself numerous times on the spotter page I only managed to work 4 other NAQCC members during the month, and my insane schedule the last couple of weeks didn't help either. I'll be glad to be back to an alphabet challenge in April. - 73, Paul
AB9YC: This one was tough for me. All the winter snow removal resulted in elbow tenderness that hampered my CW efforts. I managed a contact, but it was a bit uncomfortable, and made me sloppy, and I needed an ice pack. I couldn't find any by searching, and the one I did log I found on the NAQCC spotter list - use the spotter list, it works. I spotted myself and called until my elbow began to complain. I look forward to the alphabet challenge, and hopefully, a less tender elbow.
WY3H: I'm just sorry I didn't put forth more effort. Tom
K3WWP: Too much time spent having fun chasing DX in March with the great conditions. I even got a new overall country (entity) -#219 overall in TX6G plus some new band-countries as well. Also busy chasing the W1AW portable operations to cover all 50 states this year. So far 28 have been activated and I've gotten all 28. So that left little of my meager operating time to work on the block party challenge. Looking forward to getting back to an alphabet challenge in April. That way I can chase DX and work on the challenge simultaneously.
SM5MEK: I had not so many contacts with members but was realy pleased to get K1IEE on a very nice chat at 10m. I also find out that W7SW #898 Was a member. So this two was them I got, a really hard month.
VE3FUJ: I enjoyed the challenge but I have small problem. My problem is I keep forgetting to ask for membership numbers, make myself a note and forgetting to look at the note. Brion 3011
NAQCC is having an on the air block party this month and you are invited! Stop by and chat with your fellow members to earn a participation point.
This is not a contest and rag chews are definitely encouraged. No points, sections or multipliers, just QSOs with fellow QRPers. Block party QSOs are good toward all NAQCC awards. Helpful hint : Wouldn't a club spotter be useful to find party goers? We have that. See the main page of the web site for the spotter links.
The first day of the month 0000Z through the last day of the month 2400Z
Contact 10 unique members also participating in the block party. Each member counts only once regardless of how many different times or different bands they are worked on. Use "CQ BP" to look for QSOs and exchange member numbers. As this is not a contest, the WARC bands may be used. The "standard" QRP frequencies are suggested, but not mandatory.
A certificate and Participation Point go to everyone making 10 BP QSOs and submitting their report before the deadline.
A Participation Point goes to everyone making at least 1, but not all 10 BP QSOs and submitting their report before the deadline.
Some challenges involve a prize. Check the Prize page in the main section of the web site for more info.
For your report, just tell us you either made the required 10 BP QSOs or if you didn't make 10, then tell us how many you did make.
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 February Challenge
Hap - K7HAP
8532 Canterbury Dr.
Annandale, VA 22003
All entries must be RECEIVED before the 10th of the following month at 2400Z.