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The NAQCC October 2020 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).


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It is that month where spooky, dangerous and bizarre creatures roam the land, sowing terror and destruction as they go. You think an ocean cruise, to escape all this mayhem, might be just the thing. Perhaps not your best idea. Over the centuries, the sea has spawned a cast of terrors the equal of any found on land. Hailing from around the world and roaming the seas at will, they are the subject of our challenge. For those of strong heart, their stories are told at the bottom of this page. So, my fine lads, stay alert and be wary, for there are those things at sea that will do a man and his ship great ill.

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 85 total letters contain these 23 different letters : A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q 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



Qalupalik : This evil Inuit mermaid has some human-like qualities, but green skin and grotesque fingernails reveal a non-human origin. Using her humming voice to lure them to the edge of the water, she kidnaps children playing near the shore. Some say she feasts on the young, others say she feeds off their youthful energy to preserve her beauty.

Leviathan : Using its fiery breath to deal death to sailors by creating a boiling patch of ocean this primordial sea serpent is a creature of nightmares.

Finfolk : This gathering of black magic wielding, Celtic sorcerers make their home beneath the sea. Their shapeshifting powers allow them to roam the land and kidnap unsuspecting victims, some of whom are keep as their spouses.

Hydra : Ancient Greeks believed the Hydra to be the massive guardian of the underworld. Using its razor-sharp teeth and poisonous breath it slaughtered unfortunate sailors. It is a difficult beast to kill … if one of its multiple heads is cut off, two will grow back in its place.

Cirein Croin : Immense in size, the Cirein Croin likes to toy with its prey by shrinking down to a fish the size of your palm. When a fisherman catches the non-threatening fish in his net, the Cirein Croin transforms back into its original state, and swallows the fisherman whole. According to legend, the Cirein Croin was so enormous it could feed on several whales for just one meal.

Kraken : The Kraken has taken on many different shapes over the years from a gargantuan octopus to a squid and even a crab. Whatever its form, it's one of the biggest nightmares ever dreamt up, growing to more than a mile in width. The Kraken has no problem devouring an entire ship and all its crew in one fatal blow.

Iku-Turso : Iku-Turso is the ultimate savage. A gigantic creature resembling an octopus, with long tentacles and suckers, it also sprouts dragon-like wings when provoked.  It is said the solitary and ill tempered monster lived in Pohjola, the home of all evil.

Vodyanoy : The Vodyanoy, with its green beard, mud-covered body, and frog-like face, likes to take the form of an attractive, young male and lure women to the water. Believed to be the spirit of an unbaptized man, it likes to hold girls prisoner as its bride or drown them.

Each Uisge : The Each Uisge, a supernatural waterhorse, disguises itself as a horse or pony and uses its charm to entice someone to ride. Once the rider touches it, the Each Uisge’s skin sticks to the victim. and it dives underwater to seal the victim's fate. The victim's body is violently torn apart, leaving only the liver to float to the water's surface.

Umibozu : Japanese sailors plying calm, tranquil, waters are on edge because that’s when the black phantom Umibozu, with pitch-black skin and two large eyes, rises from the deep. It’s pleasure is to hurl innocent sailors overboard and drown them in the sea.

Ningen : With arms, legs, and hands with five fingers, the Japanese Ningen resembles a human being. In fact, Ningen means "human" in Japanese. However, its noseless face, fins, and tail reveal that it is anything but human. It brings death and terror to the unfortunate sailors it encounters.