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The NAQCC May 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).


THE PARASET RADIO

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PREMISE:
The Paraset was a miniaturized, low-power, CW only transceiver that was supplied to resistance groups in France, Belgium and the Netherlands during World War II.  The Paraset was one of SOEs ( Britain’s Special Operations Executive ) first successful, compact, portable, radios for conducting espionage and other clandestine activities behind German lines.  The set, known as the Whaddon Mark VII, was developed in the early stages of World War II and was known as the “Paraset” because it was dropped to field agents by parachute. The radio was a crystal controlled, three tube unit with a built in key (the small knob in the bottom right corner in the above picture), two miniature lamps for transmitter tuning (tune for maximum brightness), and an external power supply. Early units were enclosed in a wooden box while later units were built in metal boxes. Receiver frequency was determined by a graph that related tuning dial numbers to actual frequency. For the time. it was a rather remarkable engineering achievement in miniaturization. Some of these sets are still operable today and user groups operate and repair original units and construct new versions of the radio. The Four State QRP Group offers a modernized kit version of this WW II classic, know as the Bayou Jumper.


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.")

PARASET
CLANDESTINE RADIO
SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE
WHADDON MARK VII
THREE TUBE
CRYSTAL CONTROL

The 86 total letters contain these 21 different letters : A B C D E H I K L M N O P R S T U V W X 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.


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

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