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The NAQCC February 2019 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).


MAKING A BASEBALL

PREMISE:
Winter will be winding down, spring training starts soon and opening day is almost in sight. The demand for baseballs is about to spike. Hmmm … how do they make all those balls? Well, they are made to strict standards that date back to 1872 and there is still a good bit of hand craftsmanship in the process.

It starts with the “pill”, a cork sphere inside a rubber casing, that is about 1.3” in diameter. The pills are tumbled with latex adhesive in a drum to coat them. This adhesive never completely dries and leaves a sticky pill, which is then wound with layers of yarn. Three layers of wool yarns and a final layer of a finer combination polyester and wool yarn are used. The pill has now become a “center”. The center is tumbled with more adhesive to fill in the gaps and stick the windings together, then air dried for 48 hours. Leather figure eight pieces are stamped for the cover, wrapped in wet towels to make them pliable and then hand stitched onto the center. A roll in a pressing machine smooths the ball out and stamping on labels and logos completes the week long process.

There you have it. Now it is time to PLAY BALL ! Click here for a video of this process.


TIME FRAME:
The first day of the month 0000Z through the last day of the month 2400Z


RULES:
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.")

1872 STANDARDS
PILLS
LATEX ADHESIVE
FOUR LAYERS OF YARN
CENTERS
LEATHER FIGURE EIGHTS
HAND STITCHING

The 86 total letters and numbers contain these 23 different letters and numbers: A C D E F G H I L N O P R S T U V X Y 1 8 7 2

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.


AWARDS:
A certificate and Participation Point go to everyone making all the words 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.


PRIZES:
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.


LOGS:
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: 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.


Results:

 
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

Soapbox: