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The NAQCC March 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).


The 30 meter band offers some great possibilities for the QRP operator. In these days of declining band conditions, its niche between 40 and 20 meters is a good spot to be when 20 has closed and 40 isn’t quite up to snuff. The domestic power limit of 200 watts levels the playing field a bit for the QRP gang and the lack of contest activity opens up some spectrum during those wall to wall contest weekends. Conditions can vary greatly with both local and DX stations showing up for your operating pleasure. I’m sure, with all this said, you just can’t wait to have a go at this little jewel. Well, that is fortunate because our challenge this month is staged only on 30 meters.

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

All General Challenge rules apply, in addition to the specific requirements listed below.


Make at least 15 QRP and / or QRPp CW contacts, on 30 meters, during the time period that total 5,000 Miles Per Watt or more.
Contacts must include at least 6 different states or 6 different DX entities.
The other station may be running any power. Only you must be QRP or QRPp.

Calculate MPW by dividing the distance of the contact by your power and total the MPW from all contacts to reach the required 5,000. Use one of the MPW calculators available on line for this calculation.

K1QRP works KX3CW a distance of 200 miles using 250 mW ( 0.25 watts ) --> 200 / 0.25 = 800 MPW
K1QRP works K6DIT a distance of 1500 miles using 5 W --> 1500 / 5 = 300 MPW

K1QRP has a total of 1100 MPW.

A certificate and Participation Point go to everyone completing both the MPW total and QSO requirements and submitting their report before the deadline.

A Participation point goes to everyone who either makes only the required minimum 15 QSOs and the state or DX entity requirement OR only makes the 5,000 MPW total and submits 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.

State that you did or did not complete the QSO requirements for states or DX entities.
List call, number of QSOs, number of states or DX entities and MPW total, regardless of whether you completed the whole challenge or just a part of it.


K1QRP, 15 QSOs, 9 states, 5570 mpw (This entry is good for a certificate and a participation point.)

DL3CW, 15 QSOs, 10 DX, 4279 mpw (This entry is good for only a participation point.)

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.