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The NAQCC December 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).


Definition : QRPp communication ( verb ) - The application of great skill, incredible perseverance, split second timing and extreme good fortune, combined with favorable propagation, to communicate with remote amateur radio stations by using minuscule amounts of RF energy, so small as to be difficult to accurately measure.

Think you can do that? Well, here is your chance to prove it to your NAQCC pals. Check your feed line, clean those key contacts, strap on the cans and crank that RF power down to a single watt or less. You have now entered the QRPp zone and may begin this challenge.

When we added DX entities to the requirement last year, at least one QRPp wizard claimed he still did not have to break a sweat. That said, for those who do not feel adequately challenged and wish to aspire to greater heights, we will accept a QRPp WAC on 160 meters instead of the challenge described below.

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

Accumulate at least 25 QRPp QSO points with TX power output of one watt or less, based on the table below:

QSOs must include at least 5 US states or 5 DX entities.

         TX POWER mW    POINTS for QSO
         ============   ==============
         1000 or less          1
          500 or less          2
          250 or less          4
          100 or less          8

Read the table like this: A 300 mW QSO is worth 2 points because your TX power is less than 500 mW and more than 250 mW. You are on your honor to do your best measuring TX power. It is a bit of black magic to be spot on at these power levels and if you don’t tell us how you did it, we won’t ask...

All contacts must be started, carried on and finished with QRPp power. Starting at higher power and cutting back to QRPp levels is not allowed. The other station may be running any power. Only you must use QRPp power.

General Challenge Rules apply, except as noted above.

A certificate and Participation Point go to everyone who meets the point and QSO requirements, and reports their results before the deadline.

A Participation Point goes to everyone who makes at least 10 QRPp QSOs ( with or without meeting the point and state or DX entity requirements ) , 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 participation point, state that you did meet the QSO requirements for states or DX entities and submit your QSO Points summary as shown in the example below.

Example: K1YAN 36 10/900 mW 11/400 mW 1/175 mW      (In this example the total was 36 points: ten 900 mW Qs for 1 point each , eleven 400 mW Qs for 2 points each and one 175 mW Q for 4 points.)

For only a participation point state that you made at least 10 QRPp QSOs.

Send your results as text in 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