The NAQCC June 2019 Challenge
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THE MOLASSES FLOOD
World War I has ended and United States Industrial Alcohol has lost their munitions market. Prohibition is on the horizon and a one year grace period for the production of alcohol before the ban looks like a way to ease the loss of revenue. USIA retools their Purity Distilling Company plant in Cambridge, MA to produce grain alcohol from molasses. They plan to supply the plant from a huge waterfront tank on Boston harbor. The site is ideal, allowing convenient offloading of ship loads of molasses into the tank and easy rail shipment to the nearby Cambridge plant. The 58 foot high, 98 foot in diameter tank holds about 2.5 million gallons and is made from riveted steel plates. Proper testing of the newly constructed tank is never done because of the arrival of a ship full of molasses a few days after its completion. The tank soon begins weeping through the riveted joints and becomes a source of free molasses for the neighborhood. On January 15, 1919 the tank fails, releasing a 15 foot high tidal wave killing 21 and injuring 150. Houses are swept away, the waterfront area is leveled and the Boston Elevated Railway suffers damage to their facilities. In current dollars, damage was around $100 million. The cleanup is long and difficult and even uses Boston harbor fireboats, pumping salt water, to wash away the layers of molasses. The incident results in Boston city authorities requiring that construction plans be approved by an engineer or architect and filed with the city. This requirement was later adopted across the country. Some local residents claim, that on a warm summer day, you can still smell molasses.
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.")
MOLASSES TIDAL WAVE
UNITED STATES INDUSTRIAL ALCOHOL
PURITY DISTILLING CO
The 87 total letters contain these 21 different letters : A B C D E G H I K L M N O P R S T U V 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 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.
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. 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: (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