The NAQCC March 2017 Challenge
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MIL SPEC CHOCOLATE
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.
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.")
THE HERSHEY CORPORATION
THE TROPICAL BAR
BOILED POTATO TASTE
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.
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.
AH6AX: DRATIONS - KD0DK W2NRA W2NRA KW4UT K4ISW K0RO W2NRA WK2S THEHERSHEYCORPORATION - KW4UT F6HKA NA9E F6HKA NA9E W2NRA WK2S N4IDH KD8DEU WA8YWG NN4NC K0RO K0RO W3NP KZ5OM K0RO W2NRA W8TY K4ISW KZ5OM W2NRA THETROPICALBAR - W8TY N4IDH KD8DEU KF0TC K1ARR K3CKO W3NP K6III NN4NC WA8YWG K4CML WB4DBO WA8YWG K1ARR MILITARYSPECIFICATIONS - KZ5OM K6III K4CML K6III KF0TC K1ARR K1ARR WA8YWG K4ISW K5MP K6ELQ K3CKO K6III F6HKA K6III K3CKO K1ARR KA5TJS K6III K3CKO NN9K K4ISW BOILEDPOTATOTASTE - WB4DBO WB4DBO N4IDH K6ELQ K6ELQ KD0DK K5MP WB4DBO KA5TJS F6HKA WA1OTZ KB1WOD WA1OTZ F6HKA KA5TJS W5TRX WR2E 120F - K1ARR W2NRA K0RO F6HK WV8DH: DRATIONS - WD9DWE K0RO KA1SAW WA1OTZ N4FI KE4COH N3NFL KA1SAW THEHERSHEYCORPORATION - WA1OTZ KE4COH KE4COH KE4COH KE4COH K0RO KA1SAW WB9HFK KE8LF K4NYI KE4COH KE4COH N8KR N5JPX W8WOJ N8KR KA1SAW W5TMT N4FI W8WOJ N3NFL THETROPICALBAR - W5TMT WB9HFK KE8LF W5TMT W1RGA K0RO N5JPX KC9IL KE4COH KA1SAW N3NFL W9EBE KA1SAW W1RGA MILITARYSPECIFICATIONS - KM4FO KC9IL N3NFL K4NYI W5TMT AD0AB KC3RN K4NYI W4LSV K2DEP WD9DWE KC9UNL K4NYI K8KUF AI4UN KC9UNL AD0AB W1TAG AI4UN K0RO N3NFL W4LSV BOILEDPOTATOTASTE - W9EBE WA1OTZ N3CKI KE8LF WD9DWE WD9DWE K2DEP WA1OTZ W1TAG AD0AB N3PDT K3CKO N3PDT AD0AB WB0SND WA9TUT W9EBE 120F - KA1SAW K2DEP K0RO K8KUF NF1U: DRATIONS - W4DNQ K0RO WA7RCT WA7RCT K6III K0RO N2TRJ WK2S THEHERSHEYCORPORATION - WA7RCT F6HKA F5UQE F6HKA F5UQE K0RO WK2S N4IDH F6EJN WA4JYX WA7RCT K0RO WA7RCT W3NP KZ5OM WA7RCT WA7RCT N2TRJ K6III KZ5OM N2TRJ THETROPICALBAR - N2TRJ N4IDH F6EJN KM4LT K4ARQ N4OW W3NP K6III WA7RCT K4ARQ KG4KGL G3VBS K4ARQ K4ARQ MILITARYSPECIFICATIONS - KM4LT K6III KG4KGL K6III KM4LT F6HKA N2TRJ WA4JYX G3VBS KE5PRL I5EFO AC8XU K6III F6HKA AI4BG AC8XU F6HKA KA5TJS AI4BG N4OW W4DNQ G3VBS BOILEDPOTATOTASTE - G3VBS I5EFO I5EFO KM4LT WB7BNE W4DNQ KE5PRL I5EFO KA5TJS WA4JYX KT0G K2OO KT0G WA4JYX KA5TJS W1TAG I5EFO 120F - N1VWD WK2S K0RO F6HKA W3IQ: DRATIONS - KB1WOD KJ1RE N0SA W8JLT W8IQ KB1WOD N0SA N0SA THEHERSHEYCORPORATION - W8JLT KR4TH WB9EGZ KR4TH WB9EGZ KJ1RE N0SA W8HOG KJ1RE K4IHY K0FTC KB1WOD KR4TH VE2PID W8HOG KR4TH N0SA K0FTC W8IQ W8HOG N0SA THETROPICALBAR - K0FTC W8HOG KJ1RE WX4TW KL7/VE7ARN WB4DBO VE2PID VE2PID K0FTC NA9E W8JLT KB1WOD NA9E KL7/VE7ARN MILITARYSPECIFICATIONS - N9TMU VE2PID W8JLT KD2ITZ WX4TW F6HKA N4QR K4IHY WA2SDS W2GPK N1GKE N5CLH KD2ITZ K0FTC K4IHY N5CLH F6HKA KR4TH K4IHY WB4DBO N1GKE WA2SDS BOILEDPOTATOTASTE - KB1WOD K3DOF I5EFO KL7/VE7ARN N1GKE KB1WOD W2GPK K3DOF KR4TH WA2SDS N9TMU KM4FO N9TMU WA2SDS WA2SDS KD2ITZ NA9E 120F - KB1WOD WA2SDS N0SA K0FT AA4NN: DRATIONS - KW7D 1R002 AG4T AG4T HI3/N3SY ON4UN WA8QNN XE2ST THEHERSHEYCORPORATION - AG4T HI3/N3SY XE2ST HI3/N3SY XE2ST 1R002 XE2ST W8HOG EA3EER WA3PTY KC4YDP ON4UN EA3EER WA3PTY W3OKC EA3EER AG4T WA3PTY HI3/N3SY W3OKC WA8QNN THETROPICALBAR - WA3PTY W8HOG EA3EER K2TPZ K1ARR W8HOG WA3PTY K3VIG KC4YDP WA3PTY AC8LJ W9DKB WA3PTY K1ARR MILITARYSPECIFICATIONS - HP2SM K3VIG AC8LJ W9IK K2TPZ WA8QNN K1ARR WA3PTY HI3/N3SY K2TPZ EA3EER W3OKC W9IK AF4YF I5EFO W3OKC WA8QNN XE2ST I5EFO W8HOG WA8QNN HI3/N3SY BOILEDPOTATOTASTE - W9DKB VO2NSK VE2PID DL2DXP EA3EER KW7D K2TPZ VO2NSK XE2ST AC8LJ N5PHT SV2JAO N5PHT AC8LJ W5UXS K3TF EA3EER 120F - 1R002 K2TPZ 1R002 AF4YAll the above get a certificate and participation point.
All below get only a participation point.
AH6AX: Thanks for another fun, word challenge! 72 Larry
WV8DH: As usual a fun challenge. Had fun doing it and look forward to next months. 72/73, Dave
NF1U: Another interesting challenge. I especially enjoy the history of each challenge theme. I was able to complete this one in record time for me, many thanks to the folks on the SKCC frequencies.
K1III: Another great challenge. Thanks to all 73 Dick