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The NAQCC JANUARY 2018 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).


It is now 2018 and you really enjoyed your annual celebration that kicked off the new year. How did you decide when the old year rolled over to the new? Why, I just looked at my calendar of course. As with most things, there is more to that calendar than meets the eye at first glance. Most likely you used the Gregorian calendar which was introduced in the 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. This was done by the church because, with the Julian calendar that was in use, there was an inaccuracy that affected the date of Easter. The Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and is based on the Earths rotation around the sun … a journey which takes about 365.25 days. That quarter day prompts the use of a leap year every four years to make the calendar come out in whole days. Actually, only 397 leap days are needed in every 400 years because that .25 day is really .2422 days. How do we know what 3 potential leap years get passed over? Simple ( sort of ) … every year that is exactly divisible by 4 is a leap year, unless, it is exactly divisible by 100. However, if it is exactly divisible by 100 and 400 it IS a leap year. For example, 1700, 1800 and 1900 ARE NOT leap years, 1600 and 2000 ARE. That 400 is the length of the repeating leap year cycle. Now, why was this new year 2018? Years in the Gregorian calendar are reckoned from the Incarnation of Christ and are designated AD, Anno Domini, Latin for “ in the year of our Lord ” or BC, before Christ. Have you seen an old document that has the date written July 4 in the year of our Lord 1827? Now you know where that comes from. You may also see CE, common era, another way of saying AD and BCE, before common era, another way of saying BC. The new calendar was not an immediate hit with everyone and it was 1923 when the last European country officially adopted it. There you have it. Now, when you look at your calendar, you will know that you are using cutting edge technology from 1582 to arrange your schedule . Happy New Year to all from the NAQCC, in the year of our Lord 2018.

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.")

POPE GREGORY XIII ( Those are 3 of the letter I after the X )
365.2422 DAYS AROUND THE SUN ( You may ignore the decimal point )

The 86 total letters and numbers contain these 23 different letters and numbers: A C D E G H I L M N O P R S T U X Y 2 3 4 5 6

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:


(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.


All the above get a certificate and participation point.

All below get only a participation point.