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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 21 different letters and numbers : A B C D E G I K L M N O R S T U V 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:

 
G3JFS: 
CURTISELECTRODEVICES - IV3ICH IU8HPD II4MAR CT7AEQ DK9IN R20ARRS LZ362ME LZ362ME LZ362ME IV3ICH CT7AEQ II4MAR OK1PL DK9IN EA5BYP IV3ICH DK9IN CT7AEQ EA5BYP R20ARRS 
MODEA - LZ362ME OK1PL DK9IN CT7AEQ EA5BYP 
MODEB - LZ362ME SQ7OXU IU8HPD CT7AEQ EA5BYP 
8044 - IU8HPD R20ARRS II4MAR II4MAR 
CONTACTDEBOUNCINGCIRCUIT - CT7AEQ SQ7OXU DK9IN IT9QAU EA5BYP OV1CDX IT9QAU IU8HPD EA3PP EA5BYP OV1CDX IU8HPD DK9IN OV1CDX IV3ICH IN3KLQ OE100SGU CT8/OK4MM IV3ICH R20ARRS CT8/OK4MM YU1UBM IV3ICH IR0IT 
SIDETONEOSCILLATOR - S51KD IV3ICH S51KD EA3PP IR0IT OV1CDX IN3KLQ ZA1EM OE100SGU S51KD CN8MAA II4MAR LZ362ME OK1PL II4MAR CT8/OK4MM OE100SGU R20ARRS 
IAMBICKEYING - II4MAR II4MAR II4MAR YU1UBM II4MAR CN8MAA DK9IN ZA1EM EA5BYP II4MAR CN8MAA OE100SGU 

N4OW: 
CURTISELECTRODEVICES - KB5ZCR NF1U KB5ZCR TG9AFX K0NIA NN0SS F5UQE KC9UNL F5UQE KB5ZCR TG9AFX KB5ZCR K1OPQ W8BUD N9EEN VE9VIC K0NIA VE9VIC N9EEN NN0SS 
MODEA - W4MCX K1OPQ W8BUD N9EEN KA1FSX 
MODEB - W4MCX K5OO PV8ADI N9EEN KB5ZCR 
8044 - W8BUD NN0SS AC4CA AC4CA 
CONTACTDEBOUNCINGCIRCUIT - VE9VIC K5OO NN0SS NZ0T KA1FSX VK7CW NZ0T PV8ADI VE9VIC KB5ZCR K5OO NF1U NN0SS VK7CW VE9VIC NN0SS N2PGJ AC4CA VE9VIC N5URL AC4CA F5UQE PV8ADI W0ITT 
SIDETONEOSCILLATOR - NN0SS PV8ADI K4DJ VE9VIC W0ITT K5OO NN0SS KA5VZE KA3LOC NN0SS AC4CA W3IQ KC9UNL N5URL TG9AFX W0ITT KA3LOC N5URL 
IAMBICKEYING - W3IQ TG9AFX K4AWM W8BUD W0ITT AC4CA KB5ZCR KA5VZE 6Y5WJ W0ITT NF1U N2PGJ  

K4KBL: 
CURTISELECTRODEVICES - HB9CVQ NF1U K4NGR AB0TO K5BIU KE8EAS KE8EAS K4LXY KE8EAS HB9CVQ AB0TO K4NGR AB0TO NZ4D KE8EAS HB9CVQ K5BIU AC8RG KE8EAS KE8EAS 
MODEA - WB8FMA AB0TO NZ4D N9EEN AB0TO 
MODEB - WB8FMA OS0S W0D N9EEN AB0TO 
8044 - KE8EAS AB0TO NZ4D NZ4D 
CONTACTDEBOUNCINGCIRCUIT - AC8RG OS0S NZ4D W5TMT AB0TO K0CW W5TMT W0D N9EEN AB0TO K1OA NF1U NZ4D K0CW N4IDH K4NGR K4NGR ZF2LC N4IDH AC8RG ZF2LC K5BIU KG5GGI W5TMT 
SIDETONEOSCILLATOR - OS0S KG5GGI K4DAL N9EEN W5TMT K1OA K4NGR K3SEN K5ZOL OS0S CT1BQH N6DIQ K4LXY K4DAL KE8EAS W3BIT K5ZOL AC8RG 
IAMBICKEYING - N6DIQ KE8EAS W5TMT WB8FMA W3BIT CT1BQH K4LXY K3SEN K4LXY W3BIT NF1U K4NGR  

AH6AX: 
CURTISELECTRODEVICES - KK0ECT W8BUD K3DRJ KA5TJS AE5II KA5TJS KK0ECT K4LNN KK0ECT KK0ECT KA5TJS K3DRJ AA9OM W8BUD F5UQE WA9VFD AE5II AC2C F5UQE KA5TJS 
MODEA - AA9OM AA9OM W8BUD AE5II KA5TJS 
MODEB - AA9OM N4OW WA9VFD AE5II W8BUD 
8044 - W8BUD NN0SS K4LNN K4LNN 
CONTACTDEBOUNCINGCIRCUIT - AC2C N4OW K4LNN KK0ECT KA5TJS AC2C KK0ECT WA9VFD VE2WE W8BUD KB3MOW W8BUD K4LNN AC2C AE5II K4LNN N2PGJ K9DAC AE5II AE4RM K9DAC F5UQE WA0CIE N5PHT 
SIDETONEOSCILLATOR - NN0SS WA0CIE K9DAC VE2WE N5PHT KB3MOW K4LNN VE2WE WB9EAO NN0SS WA0CIE K4ISW K4LNN KB2LW AA9OM W5TMT WB9EAO AE4RM 
IAMBICKEYING - K4ISW AA9OM KB3MOW KB2LW K6III WA0CIE K4LNN VE2WE K4UYQ K6III NN0SS N2PGJ  


All the above get a certificate and participation point.

All below get only a participation point.

 
Not eligible for a certificate or participation point for the following reason(s):
@ = Non-member
$ = QRO power

Soapbox:


N4OW: That was FUN ! 

K4KBL: The Elecraft K1 keeps humming along ! Band conditions on 30 and 20 seem to 
be improving. Looking forward to the Sprint !!