The NAQCC January 2016 Challenge
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The results on this page are the responsibility of Hap K7HAP. Email him with any questions in that regard at .
New Years is certainly known for its parties, but in all the celebrating, let us not forget that another grand party is just around the corner. Next month it is Mardi Gras and the folks in the Big Easy will be R E A D Y ! Traditions abound as Fat Tuesday partying hits its stride. King cakes, with their hidden baby, are eaten by the hundreds. The lucky one to find the baby in their slice is the king or queen for the evening and is responsible for buying next years cake or for throwing the next Mardi Gras party. Parades wind through the streets and the "krewes" who are responsible for them ride their floats tossing "throws" to the crowd. Beads, doubloons, candy, small toys and the prized Zulu Coconuts are typical throws. Masquerade balls and their elaborate costumes are of course a part of the carnival scene, as well as a "few" beers and the infamous Hurricane cocktail. The formal end of the festivities comes with the "Meeting of the Courts" where the king and queen of the carnival meet with their courts. As a new year begins, NAQCC wishes you and yours a happy, healthy 2016 and, as they say in New Orleans, "Laissez les bons temps rouler" ( let the good times roll ) !
The first day of the month 0000Z through the last day of the month 2400Z
Just make ALL these words from calls of stations you work subject to the General Challenge Rules. (Any spaces in the phrases should be ignored. For example the challenge phrase "INVERTED V ANTENNA" should be treated as if it is the single word "INVERTEDVANTENNA.")
LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER
The 84 total letters contain these 21 different letters : A B C D E F G I K L M N O P Q R S T U W Z
You can use each letter in a call TWICE. For example you could use K3WWP for 2 K's, 4 W's, and 2 P's.
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 use his call for 8 of the letters in the words.
See General Rule #5 for more details on what callsign letters can be used.
See the Alphabet Tutorial page for an excellent way to track any and all of our alphabet type challenges.
A certificate and Participation Point go to everyone making all the words and submitting their report before the deadline.
A Participation Point goes to everyone making at least 1, but not all the words and submitting their report before the deadline.
A choice of an item made by master woodworker Gregg WB8LZG as shown on our prizes page here goes to someone selected via a random drawing from all who participate and submit a report for this month's challenge. A person can only win once, then they become ineligible for future drawings.
For your report, list the words you made and the station used for each letter in the word. The number of stations listed must be the same as the number of letters in each word, even though you use the same station for more than one letter as in:
WORD - K3WWP, N2OD, WA8REI, N2OD
NEXT - NF8M, W8REI, N8XMS, K9EYT
(Note how N2OD is listed for both the O and D.)
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 as text in the horizontal format shown above to:
E-mail: (You must type that address into your email program.)
Subject must read: (your call) NAQCC (month) Challenge
For example: K3WWP NAQCC February Challenge
All entries must be RECEIVED before the 10th of the following month at 2400Z.
N5PHT: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - LU7YN K4BAI F5IN S58N S58N EG2CWO CO8ZZ LU7YN EG2CWO KB1EFS K4BAI EG2CWO N5DY WA4STO W2VT K6LEN K2MRK KD7WPJ KB1EFS K2MRK WA4STO NW7US N4VDL K6LEN K2MRK KINGCAKE - K6LEN K4BAI N5DY EG2CWO EG2CWO K4BAI K4BAI EA8CN KREWES - K6LEN VE3CRG K6ELQ WA4STO VE3CRG N4KS BEADS - KB1EFS KB1EFS K6HKA N4VDL N4KS DOUBLOONS - KD7WPJ CO8ZZ KK4UOE KB1EFS K6ELQ W0NEO W0NEO NW7US NW7US ZULUCOCONUT - CO8ZZ KK4UOE N4VDL LU7YN CO8ZZ CO8ZZ EA8CN WA4STO W0NEO LU7YN W2VT MASQUERADEBALL - K2MRK EA8CN WA4STO K6ELQ NW7US EA8CN VE3CRG EA8CN N4VDL K6ELQ K4BAI F6HKA K6LEN K6LEN FLOATS - F5IN KA3LOC KA3LOC KA3LOC K0TPP K4MPS N9SE: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - ZL4PW C6ANM K0IVK NN0SS NN0SS XE2HOE ZL4PW ZL4PW XE2HOE NN0SS K3MSB XE2HOE KN7T NN0SS KN7T XE2HOE HK1MW ZL4PW W2SFD N8ER XE2HOE N2ULY EA8TL XE2HOE N8ER KINGCAKE - KN7T K0IVK KN7T K4ZGB KG6MC C6ANM K0IVK N8ER KREWES - KN7T W9RNY N8ER ZL4PW EA8TL W2SFD BEADS - K3MSB EA8TL F6HKA XE3DX S58N DOUBLOONS - XE3DX NO3M N2ULY K4ZGB N2ULY NO3M WA6OEF NN0SS K3MSB ZULUCOCONUT - ZL4PW WB7EUX N2ULY WB7EUX KG6MC WA6OEF AC9EZ KB1OIQ W9RNY WU3H KN7T MASQUERADEBALL - HK1MW F6HKA K3MSB N4QR WU3H WB7EUX W9RNY EA8TL W2SFD WB7EUX K4ZGB EA8TL K6ELQ K6ELQ FLOATS - W2SFD NE5DL KB1OIQ AD4XX EA8TL S58N AA4NN: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPTSROULER - DL7SI 9A3BHN GI4DOH N2ESE N2ESE W2BEE KT4ZM DL7SI W2BEE DL7SI W2BEE GI4DOH N2ESE EI5DS KT4ZM W2BEE KT4ZM SP7VZ N5PHT EI5DS EA2CFR GI4DOH N4UM LZ1QI W2BEE EA2CFR KINGCAKE - KT4ZM GI4DOH N2ESE GI4DOH F4HCZ 9A3BHN KT4ZM WB4EDB KREWES - WB4DKF VE9CRM WB4EDB W2BEE EI5DS DL7SI BEADS - W2BEE EI5DS EA2CFR WB4EDB SP7VE DOUBLOONS - WD4EDB WA5OBV N4UM WB4ED LU1YT WA5OBV CO5FR N4UM SP7VZ ZULUCOCONUT - KT5ZM VE2WU LZ1QI VE2WU F4HCZ CO5FR EA2CFR HP3/WJ2O N4UM LU1YT KT4ZM MASQUERADEBALL - KT4ZM EA2CFR S50R LZ2QI LU1YT VE2WU VE9CRM WA5OBV GI4DOH VE2WU WB4EDB WA5OBV PJ4LS LU1YT FLOATS - WB4DKF PJ4LS HP3/WJ2O W5/E72AW N5PHT S50R PA0XAW: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - RA3RLJ PA0EHA F6DIZ DJ8SW DJ8SW PA0EHA DK8ZZ RA3RLJ PA0EHA SM3IZB HB9BAB/P G0AGO SM3NXS SM3IZB PA1AT E74X M6MPC PA0EHA OK2HMS RA3RLJ G0AGO YU1CA UW5EFL E74X RA3RLJ KINGCAKE - DK8ZZ F6DIZ SM3NXS G0AGO M6MPC PA0EHA DK8ZZ YU7EA KREWES - IK7MIY RA3RLJ YU7EA DJ8SW UW5EFL OK2HMS BEADS - HB9BAB/P UW5EFL PA0EHA DK8ZZ PI4SRS DOUBLOONS - DK8ZZ YO4VM YU1CA HB9BAB/P UW5EFL OK2HMS OK2HMS HA7NE PI4SRS ZULUCOCONUT - DK8ZZ YU7EA LY2BNL YU7EA YU1CA YO4VM YU1CA 3Z0WOSP HA7NE PA2GRU PA1AT MASQUERADEBALL - M6MPC PA1AT PI4SRS DL/HB9BQU/P PA2GRU EG2CWO PI4SRS PA1AT DJ8SW EG2CWO HB9BAB/P PA1AT LY2BNL LY2BNL FLOATS - F6DIZ LY2BNL 3Z0WOSP PA0EHA UT2RI PI4SRS NQ2W: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - LZ1012SGM YV8AD M0IKE LZ1012SGM LZ1012SGM M0IKE LZ1012SGM LZ1012SGM M0IKE S53A K7B HP3/WJ2O NP2X SP5GRM FG/UT6UD W8PEN LZ1012SGM NP2X SP5GRM SP5GRM HP3/WJ2O FG/UT6UD CO8LY W8PEN SP5GRM KINGCAKE - M0IKE M0IKE NP2X FG/UT6UD CO8LY YV8AD M0IKE EA6UN KREWES - K5YAA K7JR EA6UN HP3/WJ2O VE5ML S53A BEADS - K7B VE5ML S53A YV8AD S50O DOUBLOONS - YV8AD CO8LY FG/UT6UD WB8DQT CO8LY CO8LY CO2RQ W8PEN S50O ZULUCOCONUT - LZ1012SGM FG/UT6UD LZ1KU FG/UT6UD CO8LY CO2RQ ZP6CW S50O W8PEN LZ1KU FG/UT6UD MASQUERADEBALL - LZ1012SGM S53A S57Z CO2RQ LZ1KU WR2E K7JR K5YAA FG/UT6UD WR2E WB8DQT K5YAA LZ1KU ZF2LC FLOATS - FG/UT6UD ZF2LC S50O K5YAA WB8DQT S57Z K1IEE: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - LK4LS HB0AFVL IZ8AWQ TK4LS SM5CAK F6CEL IZ8AWQ HB0AFVL OE3GCU TK4LS HB0AFVL OE3GCU 3Z16HNY SM5CAK TK4LS F6CEL GM3WUX PA3CNI VE1NSS DL2VWR OE3GCU GM3WUX HB0AFVL OE3GCU DL2VWR KINGCAKE - TK4LS IZ8AWQ 3Z16HNY GM3WUX F6CEL HB0AFVL TK4LS EG2CWO KREWES - SM5CAK SP5GRM EG2CWO GM3WUX EG8CWO VE1NSS BEADS - HB0AFVL VE1NSS SM5CAK DL2VWR VE1NSS DOUBLOONS - DL2VWR EG2CWO GM3WUX HB9FBG TK4LS EG2CWO EG8CWO VE1NSS VE1NSS ZULUCOCONUT - IZ8AWQ OE3GCU F6CEL I8QJU SM5CAK EG8CWO SM5CAK EG5CWO VE1NSS OE3GCU TK4LS MASQUERADEBALL - GM3WUX SM5CAK SM6NT IZ8AWQ I8QJU VE1NSS SP5GRM IZ8AWQ DF4MV EG8CWO HB9FBG IZ8AWQ F6CEL DL2VWR FLOATS - HB0AFVL DL2VWR EG5CWO PA3CNI SM6NT SM6NT KA2PBO: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - YL2BJ PA3CNI PA3CNI OE8SKQ OE8SKQ E77DX ZL4YL YL2BJ E77DX KA9IBS YL2BJ OE8SKQ PA3CNI KA9IBS YT9M OE8SKQ YT9M PA3CNI DJ3AS CO7FR OE8SKQ EU7F V25LK OE8SKQ CO7FR KINGCAKE - 6Y4K PA3CNI PA3CNI OG55W PA3CNI PA3CNI 6Y4K EU7F KREWES - V25LK RI1ANR EU7F OG55W D2EB DJ3AS BEADS - YL2BJ D2EB KA9IBS E77DX 9A1JSB DOUBLOONS - E77DX CO7FR EU7F KA9IBS V25LK CO7FR OG55W 8P9NX 9A1JSB ZULUCOCONUT - ZL4YL CU3AA ZL4YL CU3AA PA3CNI OG55W ZF2LC HP3/WJ2O 8P9NX UB7K YT9M MASQUERADEBALL - YT9M KA9IBS ES3AX OE8SKQ UB7K ES3AX RI1ANR DJ3AS DJ3AS ES3AX KA9IBS DJ3AS ZL4YL ZL4YL FLOATS - ZF2LC ZL4YL HP3/WJ2O 9A2N WB9CTP ES3AX WA2FBN: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - TK4LS F6HKA HI3TEJ TK4LS WK2S VE4MR AF2Z VE9BEL K1EDG N2SO AA9GB K7ODX KC9UNL LZ1012SGM W0VTT OE3GCU VE4MR W3NP S58J VE4MR OG55W N2ULY N2ULY K6ELQ K8PRG KINGCAKE - F6HKA HI3TEJ KA8HFN OE3GCU OE3GCU AD5VC TK4LS KE5AL KREWES - K7ODX KX0R W8TQE WK2S W4EON WS0TA BEADS - VE9BEL VE9BEL AF3Z K7ODX KP4SJ DOUBLOONS - AD5VC W4EON WA2USA KB1OIQ KC9UNL KB1OIQ N2SO W3NP N2SO ZULUCOCONUT - AF3Z OE3GCU KE5AL KC9UNL AD5VC N2SO KC9UNL W0NEO W4EON HA3NU TK4LS MASQUERADEBALL - KG6MC AC2C WK2S K6ELQ HA3NU VE9BEL KX0R WS0TA W1DV HI3TEJ HB9CVQ WA2USA VE3FAL VE3FAL FLOATS - F6HKA K6ELQ OE3GCU WA2USA W0VTT WA2USA PA9CW: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - LB2TB EA2IF/P IZ1GAR EA5CSN LZ1012SGM EA2WX/P LZ5GB OG25YL EG2CWO SN90LKK HB9AFI/P G4CWO GB2NNY SV1CQN TM50KD OE5EEP/P OM1ADX/P LY2PX SM1IRS RA3VZ OH5CZ EM90WU IK1PJL EG1CWO DM2BRF KINGCAKE - 4K4K YO4CAI Z31NA OG55W R25ARCK EU6AF ER1KAM F6HEC KREWES - OK1DVM R2MM EA8/IK2PMR EM90WA EB2KA SK70BG BEADS - R2ZAB IW5EFO R7AX G3PDH 9A1700SBD DOUBLOONS - F2DG UA1CIO/P UR7AV F6HBI/P LZ71ZZ GI4DOH F8FEO/P YU1WN LZ60KSB ZULUCOCONUT - IZ1GAR UR6EA LZ1HW/1 IK1UGX R25ARCK/5 OE5FBL II8FC/1 OK1MLP/P LX1NO OK1AUZ IK2JT MASQUERADEBALL - G3MCK R6AF DP65HSC IZ5RAQ UT7IA EA2BD/P RA3WT HA7VP E72MD II0IEM HB9CBR/P HA7MGL LY2AJ HF800L FLOATS - G0VOF/P DL1BUG OK2WA R55IA I5TYQ PH6SKCC N8XMS: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - W2LG AA1JD K4ISW K4JYS LZ1012SGA VE3BPM W5ZRK LZ1012SGA VE3BPM LZ1012SGA WB0QQT OG55W N3RSD KU3S W8TKM KD9EHB W6JM KA9P KU3S W5ZRK OG55W WB4HUC LZ1012SGA KD9EHB W5ZRK KINGCAKE - K4ARD K4ISW ON6UU WB3GCK WB3GCK EA8TL K4ARD W7GVE KREWES - K4ISW K4ARD EA8TL K4ISW EA8TL K4ISW BEADS - WB3GCK W7GVE K4ARD K4ARD N3RSD DOUBLOONS - K4ARD KD3KO 0N6UU WB3GCK KA2MLH WA2OJN WA2OJN WA2OJN N3RSD ZULUCOCONUT - W5ZRK ON6UU EA8TL ON6UU WB3GCK ON6UU KM1CC KD3KO ON6UU ON6UU EA8TL MASQUERADEBALL - W6JM K4ARD K4JYS WB0QQT WB4HUC WOEJ K4ARD KA9P AA1JD W0EJ WB0QQT KA9P KA2MLH W2LG FLOATS - K9FHJ EA8TL ON6UU EA8TL EA8TL K4ISW K3WWP: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - LY1G K6BFA VE3IDS SM1ALH SM1ALH XE1XR N9ZXL LY1G XE1XR S58N K6BFA HC2AO WN2T S58N WN2T XE1HOE SM1ALH KO4OP VE3IDS XE1XR HC2AO N2UU SM1ALH XE1HOE XE1XR KINGCAKE - K6BFA VE3IDS WN2T LY1G HC2AO K6BFA K6BFA XE1HOE KREWES - KO4OP NR8M XE1HOE WN2T VE3IDS VE3IDS BEADS - K6BFA VE3IDS HC2AO WB4FDT N2ESE DOUBLOONS - WB4FDT KO4OP N2UU WB4FDT SM1ALH KO4OP KO4OP N9KKY N2ESE ZULUCOCONUT - N9ZXL N2UU N9HAL N2UU HC2AO KO4OP C6ANM XE1HOE N9KKY YV5IUA WN2T MASQUERADEBALL - SM1ALH SM1ALH VE3SO K3BFQ YV5IUA XE1RK NR8M SM1ALH VE3IDS XE1RK WB4FDT HK1ANP K8LGY K8LGY FLOATS - K6BFA N9HAL XE1HOE HC2AO WB4FDT VE3SO K1YAN: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - N5URL WA1HFF K4IBZ S58N N3SW KK4UOE K4IBZ N5URL KK4UOE N3SW KC3BCX KK4UOE N3WT K8SSS N3WT K7JOE K8MPH K8MPH K8SSS N5URL KK4UOE N5URL WB8BIL K7JOE KF8R KINGCAKE - K3Y/3 K4IBZ N3WT N4PGJ KC3BCX NA3E K3Y/3 NA3E KREWES - K3Y/1 N5URL VE9WW N3WT VE9WW K8SSS BEADS - KC3BCX NA3E NA3E KD1W S58N DOUBLOONS - KD1W W8HOG N5URL K4IBZ WB8BIL W8HOG K7JOE S58N K8SSS ZULUCOCONUT - K4IBZ KK4UOE OH8LQ KK4UOE KC3BCX K7JOE KC3BCX OH8LQ S58N W2XU N3WT MASQUERADEBALL - K8MPH WA1HFF K8SSS OH8LQ W2XU W4EAB KF8R KA4CDN KA4CDN W4EAB K4IBZ AG4RA N9ZXL N9ZXL FLOATS - K8FN OH8LQ OH8LQ KA4CDN K8CIT K8SSS K7TQ: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - K5AKL VE4AKI VE4AKI W6SIY W6SIY VE4AKI KO6Z K5AKL VE4AKI WB5USB WB5USB NO2D NO2D WB5USB K0FTC/7 VE1BA NM5S K6HPX W4SK W0RW NO2D WB5USB KG4RLQ VE1BA W0RW KINGCAKE - VE4AKI VE4AKI NO2D KG4RLQ K0FTC/7 VE4AKI VE4AKI K1ESE KREWES - AK5AKL AA0RQ K1ESE W6SIY K1ESE W4SK BEADS - WB5USB K1ESE AA7FV WB6QND NM5S DOUBLOONS - NO2D KO6Z WB5USB WB5USB KG4LLQ KO6Z WB6OJB NM5S NM5S ZULUCOCONUT - KO6Z N5URL N5URL N5URL K0FTC/7 WB6OJB VA5CW OH6NVC NM5S KA4RUR K0FTC/7 MASQUERADEBALL - NM5S AA7FV WS0TA AA0RQ KA4RUR AA5AE AA0RQ AA7FV NO2D AA5AE WB5USB AA7FV N5URL KG4LLQ FLOATS - AA7FV KG4LLQ OH6NVC K5AKL WS0TA WS0TA W2JEK: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - DL1BUG S53A W3IQ S531 S53A MW0EDX W5ZR WP2L EG8GO VA3SB DL1BUG K5OO W8NIC VA3SB HI3TEJ WE2R K0MD VE2PID K8SSS W5ZR OM2VL DL1BUG WP2L EG8GO WE2R KINGCAKE - K2AY F5IN F5IN KB9GUX KM1CC S53A K1AY WE2R KREWES - KM1CC WE2R HI3TEJ MW0EDX VE2PID K8SSS BEADS - VA3SB MW0EDX K1AY DL1BUG K8SSS DOUBLOONS - K0MD K5OO KB9GUX KB9GUX W5LNI K5OO K5OO PJ2/K8ND K8SSS ZULUCOCONUT - K8ZT K9UIY OM2VL K9UIY KM1CC ED8GO KM1CC OM2VL PP5NY KB9GUX HB9TNW MASQUERADEBALL - VK2KM AK4K K8SSS W3IQ DL1BUG VE2PID W5ZR VA3SB K0MD HI3TEJ DL1BUG K1AY OM2VL DL1BUG FLOATS - F5IN W5LNI ED8GO VA3SB K8ZT K8SSSAll the above get a certificate and participation point.
All below get only a participation point.
N4IVE: LAISSEZLESBONSTEMPSROULER - KG4LLQ KD0CA KB5PNI VE3SAO VE3SAO VE3SAO W5HZA KG4LLQ VE3SAO K4JYS AA9GB VE3SAO K4NJB K4JYS WD4MRT VE2PID WD4MRT KB5PNI K4OSO WD4MRT VE3SAO KA0ENU KG4LLQ VE2PID WD4MRT KINGCAKE - KD0CA KB5PNI K4NJB AA9GB KD0CA KD0CA KD0CA W9DWE KREWES - K0JV W2NRA W9DWE W8DJ KC7BEY K4OSO ZULUCOCONUT - W5HZA K8UO KO4OL K8UO KD0CA CO3JK KA4CDN KO4OL KA4CDN KA4URC WD4MRT N1JI: KINGCAKE - KN4ZQ N4FSI KN4ZQ VE2GNS WD4LZC OT4A KN4ZQ W2RE KREWES - KA3KYF W2RE W2RE WD4LZC VE3VAW LZ1012SGM BEADS - K9KBE VE3VAW KA3KYF WD4LZC LZ1012SGM VE3FUJ: KREWES - K0KEX K1ARO K0KEX K3WD VE3SO KC9SNC KINGCAKE - K0KEX KK0I KC9SNC K2GTC K2GTC K1ARO K1ARO K0KEX BEADS - KB4PQO VE3SO WA2FHV K3WD VE3SO KI4WFJ: KINGCAKE - K6ELQ VE2PID NS3C KT0G NS3C AD0AB K6ELQ K6ELQ FLOATS - KF4MXF KC9IL KE4OH N9SWA W0VTT N9SWA BEADS - AD0AB K6ELQ AD0AB AD0AB NS3CSoapbox:
N5PHT: This was FUN - don't remember if I tried one before. Finished it sooner than I anticipated. Thanks.
N9SE: Last month I made it a 160M challenge, which turned out to be a little too difficult. There just isn't that much activity on top band on a day-to-day basis to get all the needed letters. My idea for this month's challenge was to make it an all band affair, 160-10M, including 60M. I used at least 8 letters from each band. I finished a lot earlier than I thought I would. Also, I thought I would have trouble with 60M, but it only took two callsigns to get my eight letters thanks to NN0SS.
AA4NN: My first Challenge, easier than I thought it would be. Multi-elements with 5 watts on the east coast is an amazing thing.
PA0XAW: So many letters 'E' and 'S'! Thanks for a real challenge! See you next time, 73, Age
NQ2W: This challenge was a challenge. I was getting a little nervous because the bands haven't been too good and my operating time seemed limited and usually during the same periods of time each day. I ended up getting a little bit of a change in my schedule and took full advantage. Lots of Es, Ls, Os, and Ss. The last letter I got was an E. Relieved that I was able to complete the challenge. Thanks to all the folks who I QSOd to make it happen. Let's see what next month brings! 72, Will
K1IEE: Nice challenge lot of E's and R's. Hard to believe another year gone. HNY and thanks to all 73 Dick
KA2PBO: Happy New Year to All. 72 Rick
WA2FBN: Another fun challenge. Tnx 73 Ken
N8XMS: This was a tough one! I thought that I would never get all of the S's that I needed but I found my last two on the 30th. I put a twist on this challenge by deciding to use vintage keys for all of my QSOs this month. I made a few contacts with my antique strap key but mostly I used my 1967 Vibroplex Original bug and I feel very sorry for the people that had to copy my fist on that! It's back to paddles and straight key next month.
K3WWP: A strange ending to this challenge. I came down to the last 3 days still needing 10 letters: 2 L, 6 U, 2 Z. Then on the 29th while chatting with K8LGY and getting the 2 Ls, I was looking back through my January log and my challenge worksheet. I remembered I had worked N2UU, but never logged the Us. Then I also noted YV5IUA whose Us I also neglected to log for the challenge. So I marked them down, finished chatting with K8LGY, and that left me needing the 2 Zs to finish up. I figured that would be easy with 2+ days left. I heard EW1TZ and a couple other stations with a Z in their call, but couldn't work them. Finally on the last day of the month, I found and worked N9ZXL to finish up. Except for those final Zs, I only took the QSOs as they came via my CQ, or working on my DX streak and my regular streak, never really looking specifically for the letters. Now I'm off to get my challenge worksheet ready for the February animal challenge. Can't wait till the 30th or 31st to finish this month, although we do get the one extra February day this year.
N4IVE: Wow, only missing two S call signs :( I'll have to try harder next month!
K1YAN: Another month of spotty, marginal propagation made this challenge last until the evening of the 29th. Heard four or five stations that would have finished things off just as they faded into the noise. Guess it is supposed to be a challenge so I can't complain.
K7TQ: Had to spend morning of Jan 31 at 5 W hunting for the last six letters. All the others were at 1 W on 20 m.
W2JEK: WAS A LOT OF FUN. LAST LETTERS WERE THE 'U' S. 72 AND 73 DON YOUNGER
KI4WFJ: Missed out on a couple words due just to not having 'Rs' and 'Qs'. lots of fun though.
VE3FUJ: I just could not find time to all the calls I needed other things kept getting in the way. Brion