The NAQCC November 2017 Challenge
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Before the days of " wireless " communications, there was the wired landline system. Interconnected by the familiar telegraph circuit, so iconic of the west and the railroad, stations passed traffic at previously unheard of speeds. The circuit consisted of a sending station, which used a hand key and later perhaps a cootie or bug, a wire link of telegraph lines and a receiving station with a telegraph sounder to click out the message. Dots and dashes were received as a series of clicks from the sounder. A key closure would energize the sounder, producing a click followed by a second click as the key was released and the circuit was de-energized. The spacing between clicks determined a dot or dash. In earlier days, a morse register was used instead of a sounder. The message was written by the register as dots and dashes on a clockwork driven, paper tape and decoded later. The maximum distance between stations was limited by the resistance of the wire link and the attendant attenuation of the signal. This limitation was dealt with by an electromechanical device know as a relay. The relay was a solenoid device, similar to a sounder, but with a more sensitive electromagnet that would respond to a weaker signal. As the name implies, the relay would receive the weak signal and resend a copy of the original message on towards its final destination.
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.")
LANDLINE TELEGRAPH CIRCUIT
The 86 total letters contain these 19 different letters : A B C D E G H I K L M N O P R S T U Y
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.