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The NAQCC April 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).


KEYER ON A CHIP

PREMISE:
Every technology seems to have an icon or two who play a significant role in its development. In cw keyer technology, the name Curtis has been famous for many years. The “ keyer on a chip “ began with the introduction of the 8043 chip in 1973. It provided features such as contact debouncing, weighting circuitry and a sidetone. Although it packed a great deal of functionality, it was soon replaced, in 1975, by the improved 8044 which added dot and dash memory for more reliable element insertion. The 8044M, with analog speed metering, followed in 1980. A few years later two schools of squeeze keying, Mode A and Mode B, had developed. The original 8044, a Mode A only device, prompted the introduction of the 8044B which performed in Mode B. The final version of the product line, the 8044ABM, was released in 1986. It brought all of the previous features onto one chip … selectable Mode A or B, analog speed metering and both positive and negative weighting adjustment. These devices were quite popular and a number of manufacturers chose to use them in their keyer packages. The 8044 line went out of production around 1992. A tip of the hat from the CW gang to John Curtis and his company, Curtis Electro Devices.


TIME FRAME:
The first day of the month 0000Z through the last day of the month 2400Z


RULES:
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.")

CURTIS ELECTRO DEVICES
MODE A
MODE B
8044
CONTACT DEBOUNCING CIRCUIT
SIDETONE OSCILLATOR
IAMBIC KEYING

The 88 total letters contain these 20 different letters and numbers : A B C D E G I K L M N O R S T U Y 0 4 8

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.


AWARDS:
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.


PRIZES:
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.


LOGS:
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: 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.


Results:

 
All the above get a certificate and participation point.

All below get only a participation point.

 
Soapbox: