The NAQCC June 2016 Field Day 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 .
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 US states or VE Provinces (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:
E-mail: (You must type that address into your email program.)
Subject must read: (your call) NAQCC (month) Challenge
For example: K3WWP NAQCC June Challenge
All entries must be received before the 10th of the following month at 2400Z.
Portable: N3NFL:  CA CO FL GA IA IL IN KS KY MA MD ME MO NC NH NJ NY OH PA SC VA AA4NN:  AK AR AZ CA CO HI IL KS LA MD MI MN MT NE NJ NM OR PA TX UT WA WI WY WB4M:  AL CO FL IA IL KS LA MA MI MO NC NH NJ NY OH OK PA RI TX VT WI N3MLB:  AL AZ CT FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO NC NH NJ NM NY OH OK PA SC TX VA WI AB3RU:  AL AR CO CT FL IA IL IN KS KY MA MN MO MS NC NH NJ NY OH PA RI SC TN TX VA WA WI WY KN1H:  AL CA CO FL GA IA IL KS MA MD ME MI MN MO MS NC NC NH NJ NY OH OK ON PA PR QC SC TX VA WI WV N8ZYA:  MI KY NY PA WV WI FL AL MA CT NH NJ IA LA IL MD VA ME DC ON QC TX SK CO PR GA KY NC TN AR K3WWP:  AL AR CA CO CT DE FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS NB NC ND NE NH NJ NM NY OH OK ON PA QC RI SC TN TX VA VT WI WV N0WKZ:  PA MA MT NY CO MD FL CA OR NM GA WA HI OH UT K4LXY:  AL CT GA IA IL IN KY MA MD MDC MI MS NC NH NJ NY OH ON QC PA TN VA WI WV WA2FBN:  AL AR CO CT FL IA IL KS LA MA MD MI MO NC ND NM NY OH PA TN TX VA WI WV VE3DQN:  AL AZ CA CT FL GA IL KS KY MA MD ME MI MN NC NJ NY OH OK PA RI TX VA WI WV W2JAZ:  AL AR CA CO FL IA IL IN KS KY MA MD DC ME MI MN MS MT NC IN NH NY NJ NM OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VA WI NW2K:  AK AL AR AZ BC CA CO CT DE FL GA HI IA ID IL IN KS KY MA MAR MD ME MI MN MO MS MT NC ND NH NM NJ NY TX OH OK ON OR PA PR QC RI SC SD TN UT VA VI VT WI WV WA WY W2GN:  AB AL AR AZ BC CA CO CT FL GA HI IA ID IL IN KS KY LA MA MAR MD MI MN MO MS MT NC ND NE NH NM NJ NY TX NV OH OK ON OR PA RI SC SD SK TN UT VA VT WI WV WA WY NF1U:  CT GA IL IN KS LA MA MD MI MO NC NY OH PA SC TN TX VA WA WV K7EW:  AB AL AR AZ BC CA CO GA HI IA ID IL IN KS MD MI MO MT NJ NY OK OH OR PA SD SK TN TX UT VT WI WV WY VE6NS:  AK AL AR AZ CA CO FL HI IA ID IL IN KS LA MA MD MI MN MT NC NH NJ NM NY OH OK OR PA TX UT VA VT WA WI KG1GEM:  AL AR AZ CA CO CT FL GA IA IL KS MA MD MI MN MO MS MT NC NJ OH OR PA SC SK TN TX UT VA WA WI KB7LJP:  AK AL AZ CA CO HI IA ID IL LA MA MD MN MO NC NJ NM NY OH OR PA TX UT VA WA WI WV WY Home: K9OSC:  AB AR CA CO CT GA IL IN KS MA MD MT NC NJ NM OH OK PA TN TX VA WA N5GW:  AL AR AZ CA CO CT DE FL GA HI IA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS MT NC ND NE NH NJ NM NY OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VA VT WA WI WV WY KJ4R:  AR AZ CA CO FL IA IN KS KY MA MN MO MS NJ NY OH OK PA RI SD TX VA WI WY KU4A:  AL AR AZ CA CO CT FL IA IL IN KS LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS NC NH NJ NY OH OK PA RI SD TX VA VT WI KC4GIA:  AL AZ CO FL GA IL IN MA MI MN MO MS MT NJ NM NY OK TX WA WI WY VT N8BB:  AL IA MA MD ME MN MO NC NH NJ NY OH PA RI SD TN VA VT WI WV K1YAN:  AL AR AZ CA CO CT FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS NC ND NH NJ NM NY OH OK PA SC SD TN TX UT VA VT WI WV WA2JSG:  AL AR CO FL GA IA IL KS MA ME MI MO MS NC NJ NY OH ON RI SC TN TX VA WI N5ME:  AL AZ CA CT DE FL GA HI IA IL IN KS KY MA NJ MI MN MO MS NC ND NE NH MN NY OH OK PA SC TX VA VT WI NA4O:  AZ CA CO DE FL GA HI IA IL IN KS KY MA MD ME MI MO MS NC NH NJ NM NY OH OK PA RI TN TX VA WI WV W8NNC:  AL AR AZ CA CO CT FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD MN MO MS NC NE NH NJ NM NY OH OK PA RI SC TN TX UT VA VT WA WI WY KQ3Z:  CA CT KY MA MD ME MI NC NJ NY OH OK ON PA PR RI SC TN VA WA NF8M:  AL AR AZ CA CO CT FL GA IL KY MA MD ME MN MS NC NH NJ NY OR PA PR QC RI SC TN TX UT VA WI WY PR K0FNR:  AR AZ CA CO FL GA IA IL IN KY MI MN MT MO NC NM NJ NY OH OR PA RI TX VA WA WI VA3YT:  AL CA CT FL IL IN KS KY MD MA MI NH NJ NY NC OH ON PA SC TX VT VA WI KB3AAG:  AL CA CO CT GA IL IN KY MD MN MO NC NM NJ NY OH ON RI TX VA KF7WNS:  AK AL AZ CA CO CT FL GA IA IL KS KY LA MA MD MI MO MN MS MT NC NE NH NJ NM NY OH OK PA SC SD TN TX UT WA WI WV WY AB7MP:  AZ CA CO FL KS MT OK OR TX UT WA WIAll the above get a certificate and participation point.
All below get only a participation point.
Portable: W2JEK:  MA NC NY OH PA N7GOA:  AL AR CO KS LA MN NY OH OK PA SC VT KB1M:  AL FL GA IN KS MA MD NC NJ NY OH TN VA WV Home:
K9OSC: Lot of QRN as more storms paraded through Minnesota during the afternoon and evening hours. But, had great time on both 20 and 40 meters. Lots of very good CW operators with excellent ears sure helped. Wanted to set up outdoors but the weather warnings kept me indoors. Only had time to operate on Saturday and that was cut short. Hope everyone did well.
N3NFL: It was fun. I couldn't ask for a nicer day ( it rained last year ). I used my K1 with a 12 volt wheelchair battery, the antenna was a skeleton sleeve dipole ( made from 600 ohm ladder line ) up about 30 ft. Mostly 40 meters - I only made eight 20m contacts. My most distant contact was LAX.
N5GW: I had the KX3 at 5W hooked up to a HB tuner and CFZ up 50 feet. Hunt and pounce was used to prevent the solar charged batteries from running down. I had visions of working all 50 states, but that is hard to achieve. Maybe if I had more batteries and could call CQ FD it could be done. It's amazing how a good 5W xcvr feeding a good SWA in the clear can make you forget you're not running 100W! Good band conditions on 40, 20 and even 15 helped a lot. 72, Gene
AA4NN: K3 @5W. Low doublet with center at 12 ft. 300 ohm TV feed line. Worked okay on 80, 40 & 20. 72,de Joe
KJ4R: Made a few contacts at 2000 and then storm moved in. Got back at the rig at 0100. 20 meters was good. Worked 013 states plus PR. Switched to 40 at around 0300 and picked up 11 more. Used PFR3B @ 5 watts to vertcal. 73/72
WB4M: This was my very first challenge! Lot of fun for those of us who are not affiliated with a club and unable to work the entire contest. I was able to get the 20 state challenge in less than 2 hours, working mostly 20 meters which had some really deep QSB and north-south propagation.
N3MLB: This was an amazing experience for me. This was the first field day I've participated in, although 25 years ago I would watch my father stay up all night with the dits and dahs. I think he would have been proud to see how many stations I worked (87) with QRP CW. Next year I plan on staying up longer and working a full 24 straight hours. Chris
KC4GIA: Thanks for a goal that can be achieved without spending all weekend in a contest. Worked everything with my ATS-3B on 20 and 40 meters. A 6xAA battery pack for it all and juice left over. Average output about 2 watts into a 40M INV VEE.
K1YAN: Bands here were up and down with a lot of QSB. Usually run QRPp for FD but this year went the whole QRP gallon. Did manage 51 sections and 39 states though.
KN1H: Operated PORTABLE, CLASS 1B. FT 817 @5w TO TUNED DOUBLET @ 28' ON 80, 40 AND 20 METERS. POWERED BY 12V BATTERY. WORKED 28 STATES, 2 PROVINCES AND ONE QUALIFYING US POSSESSION.
N8ZYA: I worked my basic 20 states in about three hours this year. In my spare time, I added an extra 10 states between visiting radio clubs at the Charleston Airport and the St Albans City Park. I enjoyed seeing and talking up QRP at both of those locations. It was a very enjoyable weekend.
KQ3Z: 5W, KX3, 135' doublet Vee. My first field day challenge. Used S&P up and down the band looking just for states that I needed. Got my 20 in about 2.5 hours. Took a lot longer than I expected. Still Lots of fun. 72's John
KF7WNS: I worked 20m mostly. Made a few contacts on 40m before the batteries gave out. Used my K1 @ 5W to a long wire @ 45ft. Made 122 contacts - 55 sections - 38 states. My solar charger wasn't keeping up with battery draw, but learned a lot for next year. Had a great time and am getting better at working my 5 watts into those big piles. 72, Gary
K3WWP: Again this year we had a great time activating N3AQC in FD from Chicora, PA. I was assigned 40 meters so all 39 states and 3 provinces were worked on that band. I made 382 QSOs on 40 which other than in 10 meters contests may be a single band record number of QSOs in a contest for me. Thanks to Tom WB3FAE and Mike KC2EGL for sharing the fun. I know they both also worked at least 20 states. I hope they will submit their challenge results. Enjoyed N5GW's soapbox comments about 100W. I agree, 5 watts does act like a lot more power with a good antenna and location - in my case an inverted vee at about 20-25 feet with pretty much a level horizon all around which is better than my attic antennas at home here in the valley. I was working just about everyone with a single call even when I heard competition in the background as I was sending N3AQC. Also although I don't have an exact count, I think around 50 or so QSOs came from my CQs which is unheard of for my QRP in big contests. Wish I had a location like that for my home - SIGH!
NF8M: Did 65 QSOs on 40 and 20 in about 4 hours of S&P from home using QRP (FT817) on battery power into a dipole. Despite some reports, found both bands in pretty good shape, although it's expected with QRP that repeats are often needed (especially with a 1E exchange) and some stations CQing in my face. But it's nice to know that if need be, I can get on the air quite acceptably with minimal gear. Fun and easy challenge.
N0WKZ: Worked portable at one of the Kansas Mined Wildlife area's just a mile or so west of my QTH. Used half wave end fed verticals and SLA batteries for a 6 hour run. It was hot and quite humid. 10 meters gave up nothing and 15 was not as crowded as it was last year. 20 Meters was wall to wall. This is only my second field day and it was a blast and a challenge both.
WA2FBN: Operated portable 1B (battery) NNY section. I used my LNR LD5 at 5w into an endfed antenna and a Te Ne Ke paddle. Great day to be outside playing radio. 72 Ken
W2JEK: Operated portable in Cresskill, NJ with the Bergen ARA, a Class 5A group. Used my Oak Hills OHR-40 xcvr for 7 QSO'S on 40M using a solar charged battery for the FD natural power bonus points. Antenna was a dipole at 50 ft. After that a QRO rig went on the air. The 7 QSO'S were made in the first 16 minutes of Field Day. 72 and 73 Don Younger #1135
VE3DQN: Our Ottawa Valley QRP group operated 2A ONE from a school playground area in the centre of the city. Five operators shared time at the keys or mics or sending messages using Winlink. The camaraderie and experimenting was as much fun as the operating. We had a great FD experience in spite of the heat wave temps (for Ottawa, Canada!). The temps on Sunday even reached 42C (107F) in one of the operating gazebos. At that point we ceased operations! 73/72 Don
W2JAZ: I used my trusty KX3 and a new Carolina Windom at about 40 feet from our vacation cottage in the Pocono Mountains of PA. Conditions here were OK, but not great. After a few Qs I quickly abandoned the American Morse straight key and plugged in my Bencher! Lots of fun despite only fair conditions. I may be motivated to keep working on WAS QRP!
K0FNR: Great fun--spent about 6 hrs between Sat and Sun, all on 20M except one contact on 15M. Good signals and not much QRM here in CO.
KB3AAG: Was not as easy as I expected ! After scratching for nine I realized I was still transmitting at 8/10 of a watt! I had it set for the sprint, turned it up to four watts for the rest. There is no reason to be dumb if you don't ever show it. Frank
KB1M: A few months ago I would not have tried the challenge, defintely more fun than leaving the rig shut off during a contest weekend.
KG1GEM: Worked with my KX3/PX3 combo at 5W running purely solar/battery power from my RV with a buddipole. Was my first field day to participate in and had plenty of fun. I felt like I did pretty well with the setup and band conditions seemed pretty good for me.
KB7LJP: Always enjoy Field Day and am amazed at how many good operators there are and how well they can copy my QRP signal. Thanks to all the stations who worked me!