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 .
The results on this page are the responsibility of Hap K7HAP. Email him with any questions in that regard at .
HOME BREW GEAR
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 ? )
PC BOARD VISE
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:
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: (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.
WI5H: SOLDERINGIRON - K5TSK KZ5OM W7/DL6AP W7/DL6AP K6ELQ KB4JR K6III N0NBD NG7IL K6III KB4JR KZ5OM N0NBD MAGNIFYINGLAMP - KZ5OM W7/DL6AP NG7IL N0NBD K6III K0FD W0RLY K6III N0NBD K1PUG W7/DL6AP W7/DL6AP KZ5OM W7/DL6AP CHASSISPUNCH - KC4HCH KC4HCH KA5TJS K5TSK KA5TJS K6III KA5TJS W7/DL6AP K1PUG NG7IL KC4HCH KC4HCH PCBOARDVISE - K1PUG KC4HCH N0NBD NK8O KA5TJS KX0R W7/DL6AP WV0H K6III K8SW K6ELQ ZL1BQD: SOLDERINGIRON - 5W1SA ZL80FOC ZL1FV H40D VK3EO JM1IOR JM1IOR VK4PN RP73DG JM1IOR JM1IOR ZL80FOC VK4PN MAGNIFYINGLAMP - JM1IOR 5W1SA RP73DG F5IN ZL2AIM ZL1FV ZL1BYZ ZL2AIM F5IN ZL1GAM ZL1FV 5W1SA JM1IOR VK4PN CHASSISPUNCH - ZL80FOC H40D ZL3PAH 5W1SA 3D2TS F5IN 3D2TS VK4PN ZL1UJU EA6NB ZL80FOC H40D PCBOARDVISE - ZL3PAH K6FOC ZL1BJH VK3EO ZL3PAH VI50IARU3 H40D ZL1FV F5IN ZL2DS VK3EO KJ4R: SOLDERINGIRON - WW0SS HH7OA W4LTE N0NBD W4LTE HC2GRC KN4ICU KN4ICU HC2GRC KN4ICU HC2GRC HH7OA KN4ICU MAGNIFYINGLAMP - OK1MBZ HH7OA HC2GRC N0NBD HI9/F5PLR HI9/F5PLR KN4YB HI9/F5PLR N0NBD N2EGA W4LTE HH7OA OK1MBZ W6PU CHASSISPUNCH - KN4ICU HC2GRC WA5UUP WW0SS WW0SS VE3AUI WW0SS W6PU KN4ICU N0NBD KN4ICU HC2GRC PCBOARDVISE - HI9/F5PLR HC2GRC N0NBD OK1MBZ WA5UUP HI9/F5PLR N0NBD VE3AUI VE3AUI K4ISW W4LTE KA5PVB: SOLDERINGIRON - WA2USA KA3LOC W0/DL6AP W0/DL6AP N4EX N0UR KI4TN N0UR WG0AT KI4TN N0UR KA3LOC N0UR MAGNIFYINGLAMP - WA6MM W0/DL6AP WG0AT N4EX N4IDH KI4WFJ W0RLY N4IDH N4EX KB3GWQ W0/DL6AP W0/DL6AP WA6MM W0/DL6AP CHASSISPUNCH - WA7RCT N5PHT WA2USA WA2USA W7USA KI4WFJ W7USA W0/DL6AP N0UR N6JZT WA7RCT N5PHT PCBOARDVISE - K9PM AC7P KB3GWQ W5ODS WA2USA KX0R W0/DL6AP NJ7V KI4WFJ KF7WNS N4EX KDOV: SOLDERINGIRON - W0ZWS K5OGX WJ2L K0FD KC0WRE WB8AJR K0IMI N7BHP KA2KGP K0IMI WB8AJR K5OGX N7BHP MAGNIFYINGLAMP - K9CM WB8AJR KA2KGP KK4BNC K4BAI K0FD AK4NY K4BAI KK4BNC W3HGT WJ2L WAAJR K9CM KA2KGP CHASSISPUNCH - K4CRD K2HT KA2KGP W0ZWS N6MRS K0IMI N6MRS KA2KGP WU4B AK4NY KK4BNC K2HT PCBOARDVISE - N7BHP K4CRD WB8AJR K9OSC KA2KGP K4CRD K0FD K5HQV K0IMI K9OCS KC0WRE AK3X: SOLDERINGIRON - OT70TLS OT70TLS OT70TLS KD8NJ OM3SEM F6ARC F5IN F5IN HK7AAG F5IN F6ARC OT70TLS KC1FLN MAGNIFYINGLAMP - HA5MK HA5MK HK7AAG KC1FLN HI3A KC1FLN YT9M HI3A KD8NJ K0FG OT70TLS HA5MK HA5MK PV8ADI CHASSISPUNCH - KX5C HK7AAG HK7AAG OT70TLS VA3SZ PV8ADI VA3SZ PV8ADI NK2U KD8NJ KC1FLN HK7AAG PCBOARDVISE - SP2E KA3LOC N0NBD ON8KD HK7AAG HC2GRC KD8NJ PV8ADI PV8ADI SP9E OM3SEM WB4OMM: SOLDERINGIRON - K3SEN W5ODS W4ALF K9DAC KA5GEX VE3RDE K4NYI K3SEN KA5GEX K4NYI VE3RDE W5ODS K3SEN MAGNIFYINGLAMP - NM3B KA5GEX KA5GEX K4NYI KC9IL W4ALF K4NYI KC9IL K4NYI HG2DX W4ALF KA5GEX NM3B VP2V/K6TOP CHASSISPUNCH - K9DAC WB9HFK K9DAC K3SEN W5ODS PV8ADI W5ODS VP2V/K6TOP KU4A NM3B K9DAC WB9HFK PCBOARDVISE - VP2V/K6TOP KC4RN NM3B VP2V/K6TOP K9DAC KC4RN K9DAC VE3RDE PV8ADI OT7TLS KA5GEX PA0XAW: SOLDERINGIRON - OT70RSX OT70RSX PF2018BOL DL80FOC OZ18ICE OT70RSX IR0UN OT70GNT OT70GNT IR0UN OT70RSX OT70RSX OT70GNT MAGNIFYINGLAMP - DM80FOC OT70AST OT70GNT IR0UN OZ18ICE PF2018BOL YO/HA8LLH/P OZ18ICE IR0UN OT70DIG PF2018BOL OT70AST DM80FOC PF2018BOL CHASSISPUNCH - DL80FOC OT70THN YO/HA8LLH/P OT70TLS OT70TLS OT70DIG OT70RSX PF2018BOL IR0UN OT70THN DL80FOC OT70THN PCBOARDVISE - 5P8ICE OZ18ICE PF2018BOL OT70TLS YO/HA8LLH/P IR0UN DL80FOC OT4V/P OT70DIG OT70AST OZ18ICE KI4IO: SOLDERINGIRON - ES3AX WA5FOC WA8ULB KB1WOD ES3AX W1RFN NA4IE KC4KNN N4PGJ NA4IE W1RFN WA5FOC KC4KNN MAGNIFYINGLAMP - W3MWR ES3AX N4PGJ KC4KNN WI0WA W1RFN KN4Y/M WI0WA KC4KNN K4GM WA8LUB ES3AX W3MWR PJ6/AI5P CHASSISPUNCH - KC4KNN HB9CVQ WA5FOC ES3AX N2SUB PJ6/AI5P N2SUB PJ6/AI5P N2SUB N2SUB WA5FOC HB9CVQ PCBOARDVISE - PJ6/AI5P WA5FOC N2SUB KB1WOD WA5FOC N8RZO KB1WOD WU1V PJ6/AI5P WT0S ES3AX W2JEK: SOLDERINGIRON - KA1FSX OT70TLS OT70TLS W8DEA RA/EI6DX HA8RM F5IN F5IN W3HGT PV8ADI RA/EI6DX OT70TLS N1PVP MAGNIFYINGLAMP - HA8RM PV8ADI W3HGT F5IN RA/EI6DX F5IN LY8FOC PV8ADI VA3PN AA2VG/4 OT70TLS W8DEA HA8RM N1PVP CHASSISPUNCH - K2FOC W3HGT VA3PN K8QBS K8QBS F5IN KA1FSX N1PVP KD8RUQ VA3PN K2FOC HA8RM PCBOARDVISE - KP2TF LY80FOC K8QBS K2FOC HA8RM KD8RUQ RA/EI6DX VA3PN RA/EI6DX OT70TLS W8DEA K1IEE: SOLDERINGIRON - SC80FOC OT70NOL OT70NOL W4DHT N9SE RZ1OA 4X70I W7RN G82FOC 4X70I RZ1OA OT70NOL N9SE MAGNIFYINGLAMP - SM0BRF RZ1OA G82FOC W7RN KE4TWI SM0BRF UY2LA KE4TWI N9SE K8CGE OT70NOL RZ1OA SM0BRF ON8VP CHASSISPUNCH - SC80FOC HS70A DL5ANT SC80FOC SM0BRF F5VIM HS70A HF100ZHP UY2LA DL5ANT W9VC HS70A PCBOARDVISE - HF100ZHP SC80FOC SM0BRF OT70NOL DL5ANT LZ2HR W4DHT W9VC F5VIM HS70A N9SE N8XMS: SOLDERINGIRON - AA4LS W3FOC K8VBL AA1JD VE2JCW K1RAQ KI4IO N2CX N2PGJ KI4IO K1RAQ W3FOC N2CX MAGNIFYINGLAMP - N3HAM W3ATT N2PGJ N4HA WB4IEA W3FOC N4RAY WB4IEA N4HA K1PUG K8VBL W3ATT N3HAM N2PGJ CHASSISPUNCH - N2CX N4HA N4HA K1ESE K1ESE KI4IO N4KS K1PUG KB3VQU N4EX N2CX N4HA PCBOARDVISE - N2PGJ VE2JCW K8VBL KI4IO N4HA N4QR AA1JD VE2JCW KI4IO AA4LS VE2JCW G3JFS: SOLDERINGIRON - S580FOC S580FOC LZ110SAE IT9DKE LZ110SAE IK2RMZ IK2RMZ IR0UN UA1CEG IK2RMZ IK2RMZ S580FOC IR0UN MAGNIFYINGLAMP - IK2RMZ LZ110SAE UA1CEG OT70GNT IR0UN S580FOC YR100U IR0UN OT70GNT OT70GNT LZ110SAE LZ110SAE IK2RMZ SQ60EP CHASSISPUNCH - LY80FOC 9H3JI UA1CEG S580FOC SQ60EP IT9DKI SQ60EP SQ60EP UA1CEG OT60NBT S580FOC 9H3JI PCBOARDVISE - DP80FOC MD0CCE DB250NN 4Z80FOC ZA/DJ8QP RP73O DP80FOC EI100MCV EI100MCV SN2B EI100MCV K1YAN: SOLDERINGIRON - N2ESE WA2CEO K1LKP RA/EI6DX WA2CEO CR140AA WA3I N2ESE K2GTC WA3I CR140AA WA2CEO N2ESE MAGNIFYINGLAMP - W3PNM WA2CEO K2GTC W3PNM W9IK W8GF N3SY/4 W9IK W3PNM W8GF K1LKP WA2CEO W3PNM W3PNM CHASSISPUNCH - K2GTC HK7AAG WA3CKA N2ESE VA3SZ KI4TN VA3SZ W3PNM WA4IUC NR8M K2GTC HK7AAG PCBOARDVISE - KP4TF WA2CEO N3BEV K5FOC WA3CKA NR8M RA/EI6DX N3BEV KI4TN KB3NSK WA2CEO KB1M: SOLDERINGIRON - OE3SEM OE3SEM CE2LR EG8CID CE2LR CE2LR EG8CID I5NSR GS3PYE EG8CID CE2LR OE3SEM I5NSR MAGNIFYINGLAMP - OE3SEM LZ110SAE GS3PYE CT9ABN LZ1QI F6KOP GS3PYE LZ1QI CT9ABN EG8CID CE2LR LZ110SAE OE3SEM HP3SS CHASSISPUNCH - CE2LR HP3SS CR140AA OE3SEM LZ110SAE I5NSR LZ110SAE HP3SS W1UE/HR9 6Y6N CE2LR HP3SS PCBOARDVISE - GS3PYE CR140AA CT9ABN OT70LLV CR140AA K3RLL EG8CID OT70LLV I5NSR HP3SS CE2LRAll the above get a certificate and participation point.
All below get only a participation point.
N9SE: SOLDERINGIRON - SC80FOC SC80FOC W5LNI WB4BDO VE3OU W4SRE W5LNI W5LNI K1PUG W5LNI W4SRE SC80FOC W5LNI MAGNIFYINGLAMP - N9MLE KR4AE K1PUG N9MLE KD8IFJ SC80FOC KE4KY KD8IFJ N9MLE KB3GWQ W5LNI KR4AE N9MLE K1PU PA9CW: SOLDERINGIRON - E725SRRS S580FOC LA8HGA HA1DAE E77EA HA8RC IR0UN IR0UN LA8HGA IR0UN HA8RC S580FOC IR0UN WA2FBN: SOLDERINGIRON - WA2USA KA3LOC KA3LOC K4CRD VE2WE NQ7R WA9STI NQ7R K0FG WA9STI NQ7R KA3LOC NQ7RNot eligible for a certificate or participation point for the following reason(s):
@ = Non-member
$ = QRO power
KA5PVB: Maybe it's just me BUT, a lot of my exchange QSO's had me no better than 229 at the other end, while they were "449 and plus" at this end! Band conditions seem to be adding another level of "challenge" to the Challenges! I hope everyone had a much fun this month and I did! Looking forward to our next "homebrew" event. Best 73, and thanks to all who pulled my 3 watts out of the ether this month! Thanks to the organizers for another "fun one"!!!!! Chuck KD0V: BAND CONDITION WERE POOR TO WORSE HERE IN THE UPPER MIDWEST. STATIONS I COULD HEAR COULD NOT HEAR ME. MANY QRP STATION THAT ANSWERED BY CALL I COULD NOT COPY. THE HOME BREW EQUIPMENT INCLUDED A LP-100A DIGITAL WATT METTER/SWR BRIDGE (ALWAYS IN LINE BUILT FROM KIT), ELECRAFT K2 (BUILT FROM KIT), ELECRAFT K3 (ASSEMBLED), AND CENTER FED DOUBLE-DOUBLE ZEPP (BUILD FROM LADDERLINE AND USED PUMP WIRE) @ 30 FEET FOR 20M AND 40M. 30M CONTACTS WERE MADE USING A ROTATABLE DIPOLE AT 50 FEET. 72, MERLIN AK3X: That was fun. I used my 20, 30, and 40 meter versions of the Small Wonder Labs DSW Series QRP monobanders (2 to 3 Watts) that I built from kits nearly 20 years ago. My keyer, wattmeter, antenna tuner, and antenna are all either kit built or homebrew as well. And I just remembered that several of the contacts were made with a homebrew cootie key. I used letters from callsigns from 6 states and 12 DXCC entities. 72 to all, Peter WB4OMM: Whew! Thought I'd never get the "G"! Finally worked a HG2 station! Rest were kinda easy! 72/73 to all! Steve WB4OMM PA0XAW: Set up Heathkit HW-8 and Heathkit electronic keyer. Ant. is end fed wire of 26 meters long. KI4IO: I rather like this mix of gear & word challenge. Maybe an all-straight-key event might be in order! W2JEK: THIS WAS A GOOD CHALLENGE. USED MY OAK HILLS OHR-500 XCVR WITH WM-2 WATTMETER AND DD-1 DIGITAL DISPLAY. ALL WERE KITS THAT I BUILT. 72 AND 73 DON K1IEE: Bands very poor all month. Would leave rig on and check the band activity during the day and evening several times that I could. The letter I was the most difficult to find. Inspired by Bob K9OCS NAQCC News letter article on his Trail Friendly Paddle I built my own version, used it all month and it worked great. Thank you Bob and thanks NAQCC 73 Dick N8XMS: I always look forward to our Home-brew challenge month. I use it as an excuse to pull some of my projects from past years off of the shelf and put them on the air again. I didn't get around to using everything that I have but it was a good representation. Here is my list of HB/Kit gear I used for the different QSOs: Hacksaw blade straight key, AZ Scorpions paddle, Black Widow paddle, Elecraft K2, Elecraft K1, Elecraft KX1, Rockmite 30, Wilderness SST 40, QRP antenna tuner, NorCal keyer, and an Elecraft W1 power meter. This challenge also had a lot of drama with the last two letters that I needed coming literally in the final hour of the final day of the month! HAPPINESS IS A QRP/CW QSO WITH HOME-BREW GEAR! K1YAN: I am glad that it was a shortened word list. Between the awful conditions and family commitments it was tough going. At least ten almost contacts where the other station could not get my whole call and probably another ten lost to QSB without a complete QSO. One contact mentioned he had heard that some of the propagation experts were starting to talk about an extended solar minimum ... 160 or 600 meters anyone? PA9CW: Nice challenge this month may. I used the QCX 30 meter rig. The output is not 5 Watt, but in my case only about 700 mW. Haven't had the time to figure it out. I did not have time for another band with Pixie 40 meter or Rockmite 20 meter kit. So next challenge I will try harder :-) And will complete it. 73, Tonnie