The NAQCC July 2020 Challenge
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THE CHARCOAL BRIQUET
It is July and that means that backyard BBQ is once again king of the chow line. Roll out the grill and grab that bag of charcoal briquets. Hey, where did the idea for briquets come from … somebody sure came up with a winner. Would you believe me if I said that todays briquet is linked with the model T Ford? Well it is and here is what happened.
In 1919, a Model T used 100 board feet of wood for various parts such as the frame, dashboard, steering wheel and wheels. With this in mind, Henry Ford decided he wanted to obtain his own wood supply. Edward G. Kingsford, whose wife was a cousin of Ford, was also a real estate agent in Michigan. He was asked to find a wood supply for Ford. In the early 1920s, Ford acquired timberland in Iron Mountain, Michigan, and built a sawmill and parts plant in a neighboring area (which became Kingsford, Michigan). The plant generated waste wood in the form of stumps, branches and sawdust. Orin Stafford, a university chemist, had invented a method for making pillow-shaped lumps of fuel. Sawdust and mill waste were combined with tar and bound together with cornstarch. Knowing a great marriage of technologies when he saw one, Ford built a briquet factory, based on a Thomas Edison design, next to his sawmill and hired Kingsford to run it.
At first, the Ford Charcoal Company sold the newly renamed briquet (originally named briquette by Stafford ) only through Ford dealerships. The charcoal was mostly sold to meat and fish smokehouses. Supply soon exceeded the commercial demand. By the mid 1930s, Ford began marketing "Picnic Kits", containing charcoal and portable grills, through Ford dealerships. "Enjoy a modern picnic", the package proclaimed, "Sizzling broiled meats, steaming coffee, toasted sandwiches." Barbecuing really took off after World War II, fueled by suburban migration and the invention of the Weber grill. An investment group bought Ford Charcoal in 1951, renamed it in honor of Kingsford and began operation of Kingsford Charcoal. The plant was later acquired by Clorox in 1973.
So, when you, the pit master without equal, are at your charcoal grill, working your magic, sneak a look at that Ford parked in the driveway and say "Thanks Henry".
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.")
MODEL T FORD
EDWARD G KINGSFORD
SAW DUST AND MILL WASTE
TAR AND CORNSTARCH
The 83 total letters contain these 19 different letters : A C D E F G H I K L M N O P R S T U W
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