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The NAQCC March 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).


MIL SPEC CHOCOLATE

PREMISE:
Chocolate ... it makes your taste buds dance with joy ... unless you are chowing down on a bar made to military specifications. In 1937 the Quartermaster's Corp approached the Hershey Corporation with a request for a military chocolate bar. It had to withstand temperatures up to 120 F and provide 600 calories per 4 oz. bar. It was intended as a high calorie, compact, emergency ration. The taste was specified to be " littler better than a boiled potato" so that the troops would save them for a real emergency and not eat them as treats. Hershey delivered and the D ration was born. Acquiring the nickname of " Hitler's Secret Weapon " , it did have the benefit of being well tolerated by those ill with dysentery, a somewhat questionable endorsement. In 1943 Hershey was requested to improve the taste and responded with the Tropical Bar, so named for its intended audience in the Pacific theater. The Tropical Bar was discontinued after the Vietnam war. Considering how " survivable " these bars were, you might still find one in an Army surplus store. If you buy one, don't say you weren't warned. We salute the brave men and women of our military who consumed these confectionary creations during their service.


TIME FRAME:
The first day of the month 0000Z through the last day of the month 2400Z


RULES:
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.")

D RATIONS
THE HERSHEY CORPORATION
THE TROPICAL BAR
MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS
BOILED POTATO TASTE
120 F

The 86 total letters contain these 20 different letters and numbers : A B C D E F H I L M N O P R S T Y 1 2 0

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.

If you need some help with your alphabet challenge record keeping take a look at our Alphabet Tutorial page for everything from some great pencil & paper methods to fully computerized tools.


AWARDS:
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.


PRIZES:
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.


LOGS:
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: 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.


Results:

 
All the above get a certificate and participation point.

All below get only a participation point.

 
Soapbox: