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The NAQCC August 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).


It is 1942, the United States and Germany are officially at war and the US is shipping material to Europe to aid the Allies. Germany sees the interruption of the supplies flowing to Europe as a key factor in winning the war. Admiral Karl Donitz, commander of the German U-boat fleet, authors Operation Paukenschlag or Drumbeat to accomplish this objective. He believes that the US is ill prepared to defend against submarine attacks off the US coast and is proved right by the early success of his plan.

Two fleets of U-boats are deployed, one to the waters near Newfoundland and a second to the US coast between Portland, ME and New York. The attacks begin on January 11, 1942 when U-123 sinks the British freighter Cyclops, 300 miles east of Cape Cod. At this time there are virtually no defensive measures in place. Lights along the shore and in lighthouses are lit at night, providing easy targets and navigation. There are no mine fields, regular aerial or nautical patrols and individual ships depart with no naval escorts.

Losses are mounting quickly and no U-boats have been destroyed. The British Admiralty sends an officer to Washington to make a case for the convoy system, which they have found to be a successful tactic against U-boat attack. In April the convoys begin and the first U-boat sinks off the North Carolina coast. The Civil Air Patrol, using small private aircraft begins patrols which deter attacks because U-boats have orders to submerge and hide when sighting aircraft. These patrols are known as the Flying Minutemen and are piloted by civilian men and women. An auxiliary patrol, consisting of private yachts and fishing boats, known as the Hooligan Navy, begins patrols which spot U-boats and rescue sinking survivors. Mines are placed and naval and military air defenses are becoming more effective. The tide has turned and in July Donitz redeploys his fleet, ending Operation Drumbeat.

Operation Drumbeat greatly impacted oil supplies in the Northeast, by intercepting fuel oil deliveries from the south and thus slowing US wartime production. It also resulted in gasoline rationing, a most unpopular wartime restriction.

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.")


The 84 total letters contain these 21 different letters : A C D E F G H I K L M N O P R S T U V Y Z

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:


(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.


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