The NAQCC February 2021 Challenge
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NERF Football Challenge
It is a rainy day but the game goes on. The snap … the QB falls back … the receiver cuts around the chair … past the couch and makes the catch. Nerf football at its finest. Thank Fred Cox, former Minnesota Vikings kicker, for the game ball. The idea of a foam ball started when, John Mattox, a football fan, floated the idea of a set of plastic goal posts to Cox, so that kids could practice kicking in their backyard, . Mattox suggested a heavy ball that would not travel far and stay in the yard. Cox countered with the idea that the ball should be something light, like foam, to prevent leg injuries. Idea in hand, the duo went to the Parker Brothers company. The goal post idea didn’t spark their interest but Parker Brothers found the ball to be a winner and introduced the Nerf ball in 1969. A winner it was, with sales peaking at 8 million units in 1979. It became “the official football of the NFL” … the Nerf Football League. Parker Brothers was acquired by Hasbro and they still make the Nerf ball. There are a couple ideas about where the odd sounding name Nerf originated. One is that it is taken from the slang for foam padding used in off-road racing and another that it is an acronym for Non Expanding Recreational Foam
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.")
Just make these words from calls of stations you work, subject to the General Challenge Rules.
KICKER FRED COX
FAN JOHN MATTOX
NERF FOOTBALL LEAGUE
NON EXPANDING RECREATIONAL FOAM
TThe 86 total letters contain these 21 different letters and numbers : A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U X
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