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The NAQCC September 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).


The Maidenhead Locator System was named for a town outside of London England, where it was conceived in 1980, at a meeting of European VHF managers. It uses grids that are 1 degree in latitude by 2 degrees in longitude or about 70 by 100 miles to divide up the surface of the earth. While originally used in the VHF bands, it has spread to HF and is the basis for a number of awards. The four letter grid is in the form of two letters, the field, followed by two numbers, the square, … for example FN41. Numbers range from 00 to 99 and will be the focus of our challenge.

Now, about finding a grid square for a station worked ... If you know the actual grid use it, otherwise the source for grid locators will be, as listed on the details page. For some DX entities may list a grid in the center of the country. This may or may not be exactly right for the actual station location, but, use the grid as listed. If there is no grid square listed on the details page, click on Explore on HamGrid Maps. This will bring up an interactive map. If you can't find the actual location on the map, make a " best guesstimation " , such as near Munich, central Texas or northern Spain. Clicking on the map at this location will display a grid square. Use the four character grid displayed. Keep it simple ... don't split hairs ... I'm sure you will do better than some of the dashboard GPS units.

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

Work a combination of stations whose four letter grid square digits total EITHER 72 OR 73 OR 88.

Example: You work stations in FN41, EM52 and DN10. Your total is 4 + 1 + 5 + 2 + 1 + 0 = 13.

You must use BOTH digits from all of the grids you use to make your total. If your total is 70, for example, you can not use just the 3 in EN36 to make 73.
You may use a station and their grid only once. If you work more than one station with the same grid, you may use that grid once for each station you work with it.

If you use a station in one total you can not use it in the other, even if you work that station more than once during the Challenge period.

Finding the right combination could be a little bit tricky but a little guess-and-check work with a calculator should get the job done.

All General Challenge rules apply.

A certificate and a Participation Point go to everyone who achieves two of the three totals and reports their results before the deadline.

A Participation Point goes to everyone who achieves ONE of the three totals 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 your report, list the grids you used and the total(s) you are reporting.

If you were reporting the grids from the rules section above your list should look like this ... FN41 EM52 DN10 total = 13

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.