The NAQCC August 2017 Challenge
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In the 1940s, the Japanese were mapping out air currents by launching balloons with measuring instruments from the western side of Japan and picking them up on the eastern side. The researchers noticed that a strong air current traveled across the Pacific toward North America. Following this discovery, the Japanese military made what many experts consider the first intercontinental weapon system, the Fu-Go balloon. An explosive device was suspended about 50 feet below a 32 foot diameter paper balloon and rode the air currents to North America. An altitude sensing system maintained the desired altitude during flight by either dropping sand bag ballast bags or venting the hydrogen gas that filled the balloon. The first balloon was launched on November 3, 1944. Between then and April 1945, experts estimate about 1,000 balloons reached North America. Records, uncovered after the war, indicate that about 9,000 in total were launched. The American government kept this weapon a secret so that no news of successful landings would reach Japan. After no news of success, the program was finally abandoned. However, lack of knowledge cut both ways. In May of 1945 the only WW II, enemy-inflicted casualties on American soil, occurred in the Oregon woods when five children and local pastor's pregnant wife were killed as they played with the large paper balloon they'd spotted during a Sunday outing. Click here to read more about the Fu-Go balloon.
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.")
FU GO BALLOONS
INTERCONTINENTAL WEAPON SYSTEM
The 87 total letters contain these 25 different letters and numbers : A B C D E F G I J L M N O P R S T U V W X Y 1 9 4
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.
All the above get a certificate and participation point.
All below get only a participation point.