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The NAQCC May 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).


Has your soldering iron gone cold? Is your junk box covered with dust? Can't quite recall when your last home-brew project was completed? Do you have a kit or scratch built, rig, antenna, key or station accessory on the shelf that could use some exercise? This is the time to bring it out and make some QSOs.

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

MAKE 15 QSOs WHICH INCLUDE AT LEAST 6 STATES AND 2 DX ENTITIES, ONE OF WHICH CAN BE THE COUNTRY YOU ARE IN, during the time period using a home brew or kit piece of gear for each QRP QSO. This may be a rig, tuner, key, antenna or station accessory. It is not necessary that the station worked be using any home brew gear or be QRP. In the spirit of homebrew, please make it something that you personally built or at least did a significant part of the work. Since we do have to draw a line somewhere to say what qualifies as homebrew gear, modular kits (eg. the KX3) and items such as store bought antennas which only require cutting to length and connecting coax and end insulators, do not qualify as home brew gear for this challenge. Please check out your rig and see what it sounds like on the air. Remember chirps, yoops and drifting around a few kHz during each over are no longer as accepted as they were in the 60s! All General Challenge Rules apply in addition to the QSO and equipment requirements.

A certificate and participation point go to everyone who makes 15 QSOs with home-brew gear, working at least 6 states and 2 DX entities, and sends in their report by the deadline.

A participation point goes to everyone who makes at least 3 QSOs with home-brew gear and sends in their report by 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 tell us that you made the required 15 QSOs and which states and DX entities you worked. If you did not make all 15 contacts or all the states and DX entities, tell us how many you did make. Also tell us what HB gear was part of your station for this challenge. If you think that your HB gear is a bit different ( everybody has seen a K1 or HW- 8 ) and interesting include a digital picture we may post.

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.


All the above get a certificate and participation point.

All below get only a participation point.