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The NAQCC June 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).


We think of the USA as being far enough from the European World War I theater that no danger of physical confrontation or damage existed in the homeland. While this was true for the most part, there was an incident in New York Harbor that must have brought fear to many Americans. In 1915 the sale of American munitions to any but the Allied powers was forbidden. In response to this order German secret agents were deployed to obstruct the flow of US munitions. Black Tom Island was adjacent to Liberty Island and had been expanded and connected to the mainland for use as a storage depot. On the night of July 30, 1916, some 1000 tons of small arms and artillery ammunition and 50 tons of TNT, awaiting shipment to Russia, were stored on barges and in the depot on the island. After midnight guards discovered a series of small fires on the pier. Some guards fled, some fought the fires and eventually the fire department was called to the scene. At 2:08 a.m. the first and largest explosion occurred. Seven deaths and hundreds of injuries resulted. Fragments from the explosion impacted buildings and the Statue of Liberty. The explosion was the equivalent of a magnitude 5.5 earthquake. It broke thousands of windows, some as far as 25 miles away, and was felt in Philadelphia. Property damage was estimated at $ 20 million ( nearly $500 million in 2018 dollars ) which included $100,000 of damage to the Statue of Liberty. Smaller explosions occurred for hours after the initial blast. Years later, a Slovak immigrant was linked to the incident and stated that two of the guards had been German agents. Today the island has been connected to the mainland by landfill projects and is part of Liberty State Park. A plaque marks the site of the explosion. We salute and thank the many who gave their service and lives during WW I and also those who have served and are now serving in the various branches of the American military.

Well look at this ... here is something new. This month we are going to try a different twist to our challenge. Chuck, KA5PVB, suggested a QRPp challenge with a reduced word list. Here it is with a little addition to the original idea. This month there are two options for our challenge. You may do all the challenge words with QRP or a mix of QRP and QRPp power levels. Nothing new there. Your other option is to use only QRPp power to complete three of the six words. It is your choice of which three you complete. Should you start out with QRPp and have a tough go of it, you can always use those contacts with some QRP ones to do the whole list. Nothing lost. Remember, QRPp at NAQCC is defined as one watt or less.

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

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.")


The 84 total letters contain these 20 different letters: A B C D E F H I K L M N O P R S T U W Y

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 a participation point go to everyone making all the words with QRP or a mix of QRP and QRPp or making three of the words with only QRPp 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.

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 your report, list the words you made and the station used for each letter in the word. To avoid any confusion, in addition to your completed word list, please indicate whether you used QRP or only QRPp.

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