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The NAQCC February 2017 Challenge

All challenge info such as rules are now in the hands of Gary K1YAN. Email him with any questions in that regard at pix_email_k1yan (1K).

The results on this page are the responsibility of Hap K7HAP. Email him with any questions in that regard at pix_email_k7hap (1K).


QRPp : communication with a full RF gallon, or less. Oh, by the way, a full QRPp RF gallon is 1000 milliwatts. In a previous QRPp challenge soapbox, a number of you commented that it wasn't all that hard to make QRPp QSOs. Since we take member feedback seriously, the bar goes up a little to make this monthly challenge a bit more demanding and possibly make you QRPp wizards break a sweat.

The first day of the month 0000Z through the last day of the month 2400Z

Make 15 QRPp QSOs, including at least 2 DX entities other than your own country. All contacts must be started, carried on and finished with QRPp power. Starting at higher power and cutting back to QRPp levels is not allowed. The other station may be running any power. Only you must be QRPp power. General Challenge Rules apply, except as noted above.

A certificate and Participation Point go to everyone who makes the 15 QRPp QSOs, working at least two DX entities other than your own, and reports their results before the deadline.

A Participation Point goes to everyone who makes at least 3 QRPp QSOs, and reports their results 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.

Report the number of QRPp QSOs that you made and your DX entities.

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: pix_email_k7hap (1K) (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.


         QSO     DX
KG4MTN:   18      2
AH6AX:    24      2
K3WWP:    15     10
N5GW:     15      4
N8XMS:    15      6
W2JEK:    15      3
N9SE:     17      6
KJ4R:     15      5
KB5JO:    85     28
All the above get a certificate and participation point.

All below get only a participation point.


KG4MTN: This was a fun challenge. I am always amazed at what can be accomplished with low power and a wire antenna.

K3WWP: I feel a bit ashamed after saying on my web site and a couple other places that I thought this would be a very hard challenge nearing a sunspot minimum. I was wrong. Oh, it was more challenging than it would have been a couple years ago at or just past the sunspot maximum. I particularly thought the requirement for 2 of the QRPp QSOs to be DX was going to be tough. Wrong again. 10 of my 15 QRPp QSOs were DX (if you count 2 VEs as DX, which I normally don't). 10, maybe 11 (not sure of C6ARU yet) were 1,000 MPW QSOs ranging from 1,024 (VO2NS) to 2,876 (PV8ADI) miles. I used 1W or what Gary calls a full QRPp RF gallon for all the QSOs. The QSOs came on 40, 30, and 20 meters. None of the 15 QSOs were all that hard to make, and included a couple fair length rag chews. Gary, I didn't break a sweat. HI I guess what that K3WWP fellow has been saying all these years about QRP (QRPp) and CW working, and working well, is indeed true - even at this point in a sunspot cycle.

N8XMS: This was a lot of fun! Going into this challenge I was pretty confident that I could make the required 15 QRPp contacts but I wasn't too sure about the DX. I figured that my best bet would be Canada and the Caribbean. Well, I'm happy to report that I was very wrong. I not only worked Canada and the Caribbean, but also South America, and Europe. My final DX list was Canada, Hungary, Cayman Islands, France, Lithuania, and Brazil. Everything was worked on 20, 30, and 40 meters (Does anything happen higher than 20 these days?) with 500 to 900 mW out to my trap vertical antenna. My best QSO was on 40-meters with HA8GZ at 500 mW for a total of 9376 mpw! I finished the challenge on the 12th and I think that I'm going to keep the power turned down and see how the rest of the month goes.

W2JEK: Made 15 QRPP QSO using my Oak Hills OHR 500 at 900 MW measured with Oak Hills WM-2 wattmeter and using simple wire antennas. There were three DX contacts in two entities, P4 and C6. They were W3IQ, K9DP, W2KJ/QRP, KC2NYU, WA9YXG, P49X, W5LNI, KW1C, C6AKQ, NK8S, C6AUM, WB0PYF, N4AR/8, W9ZN, AND W4FKM/QRP. SEVEN OF THE STATIONS WORKED ARE NAQCC MEMBERS. THE DX STATIONS AND W5LNI ARE OVER 1000 MILES AWAY. USED 20,30, AND 40M. BAND CONDITIONS NOT GREAT BUT CW GETS THRUOGH JUST THE SAME 72 AND 73 DON YOUNGER

KA5PVB: SHOCKED, to find that my 700 milliwatts and G5RV antenna was able to work both Costa Rica and Turks and Caicos Islands for my DX entities. Both stations had pile ups (I could hear others calling) and I still got though. Many of my USA contacts were made with other QRP-er operators (I think they have their ears tuned for lower level signals). 7 Stations help me qualify for MPW certificates and 1 contact was made 2X QRPp with AK4JA in GA. I had a ball with this challenge and look forward to the next QRPp event! 73 one and all, thanks for hearing me! 73, Chuck

KJ4R: Thought this was going to be really tough this month, but turned out to be not bad at all. I think i could have made more QSO's but work kept me busier than usual this month. All of my QSO's were on 40 meters except for a KP2 on 20 meters and one QSO with a station in AR on 30 meters. DX for me was CO, KP2 (20 and 40), VE, PJ4, and VP5 Almost had one more DX on 40M with an FG, but he couldn't get the "R" in my call. Kept sending KJ4? and after a few tries I got the dreaded "SRI QRZ?" meaning " I'm done trying to dig your signal out of the noise, on to the next caller".........hi hi. This was my first effort with QRPp and found it lots of fun. Used my PFR 3B for 10 contacts and did the other 5 with IC 756 Pro 3. Used a homemade attenuator to get a final output measured by my WM-2 at 900 - 950 mw. Still being amazed at what can be done with so little power.

KB5JO: Used a K1-4 @ 0.8W to either EDZ or 40M FW Loop on 15, 20, and 40M. DX entities were Alaska, Aruba, Bahamas, Balearic Is., Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Is., Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Ecuador, France, Hawaii, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, South Cook Is., Turks & Caicos Is., Uruguay, USA, US Virgin Is.