The NAQCC January 2021 Challenge
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TINY TANKER TRAINING
You are a deck hand on an ocean going cargo ship or a supertanker, and want to become an officer. Perhaps, you are a harbor pilot or a ships officer in charge of a navigational watch and want to hone your skills. The ships you are trying to master handling can be over 900 feet in length and cost many millions of dollars. This is not the kind of vessel someone is going to hand over to you and say “ Take her for a spin and see how you do. ”. A solution to your problem is offered by the Center for Maritime and Professional Training at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Sign up for their Advanced Ship Handling in Manned Models Course and head for Great Herring Pond in Plymouth, MA. There you will board a 37 foot long, 1/25th scale supertanker or an oceangoing cargo ship. They are scale models, from actual ships plans, accurate in every detail that effects how they handle. As a result of the 1/25th scaling, effects on the vessel are either 1/5 or 5 times that experienced by a full size ship … for example a 3 knot wind effects the vessel as if it were blowing at 15 knots. With these scaled effects, the models effectively teach how the full size vessel responds. You can navigate through various real world scenarios and get a painless and inexpensive “ do over “ after a failed attempt. It is a US Coast Guard approved course, attended by harbor pilots and ships officers and required by a number of maritime companies. The program is into its second decade at Mass Maritime and is one of three offered in the US and one of seven world wide.
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.")
MANNED MODELS COURSE
37 FOOT 1 25TH SCALE MODEL
OCEAN GOING CARGO SHIP
GREAT HERRING POND
The 85 total letters contain these 23 different letters and numbers : A C D E F G H I K L M N O P R S T U 1 2 3 5 7
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