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The NAQCC May 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).


Do you have a kit or scratch built, rig, antenna, key or station accessory on the shelf that could use some exercise? This is the time to bring it out and complete this monthly challenge. The words are some of the things that you might have used to make that home-brew gear. Be sure to read the additional requirements in the rules section about the QSOs you use.

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

Make the QSOs necessary to complete this alphabet challenge using your home brew or kit gear. All General Challenge Rules apply in addition to the QSO requirements below.

QSOs must be made on at least two different bands and include QSOs from EITHER 6 different states OR 6 different DX entities. Once the US state or DX entity requirement has been met, the remaining QSOs used may be any mix of DX and US stations.
It is not necessary that the station worked be using any home brew gear or be QRP.

Your homebrew gear may be a rig, tuner, key, antenna or station accessory. In the spirit of homebrew, please make it something that you personally built or at least did a significant part of the work. Since we do have to draw a line somewhere on what qualifies as homebrew gear, modular kits (eg. the KX3) and items such as store bought antennas which only require cutting to length and connecting coax and end insulators, do not qualify as home brew gear for this challenge. Please check out your rig and see what it sounds like on the air. Remember chirps, yoops and drifting around a few kHz during each over are no longer as accepted as they were in the 60s !

CHASSIS PUNCH ( Remember when you were using hollow state technology with tube sockets, etc ? )

The 50 total letters contain these 19 different letters and numbers: A B C D E F G H I L M N O P R S U V Y
The challenge word list is a bit shorter this month since not everyone may be able to use all the “ hot “ bands with their home brew gear.

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 who completes the word list, meets the QSO requirements, and reports their results before the deadline.

A Participation Point goes to everyone who completes the word list , without meeting the QSO requirements, OR does not complete the word list, but meets the QSO requirements and makes at least 10 QSOs, and reports their results 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 a certificate and a participation point, submit your complete alphabet challenge as usual and state that you met the QSO requirements for bands and states / DX entities.

For only a participation point, submit your complete alphabet challenge as usual and state that you did not meet the QSO requirements OR submit your partial word list and state that you made at least 10 QSOs and met the QSO requirements.

Please send a soapbox comment and tell us what HB gear was part of your station for this challenge. If you think that your HB gear is a bit different ( everybody has seen a K1 or HW- 8 ) and interesting include a digital picture we may post.

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.

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