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The NAQCC March 2021 Challenge

NAQCC Monthly Challenges are originated and information regarding rules, ideas, or suggestions go to Gary K1YAN. Email him at pix_email_k1yan (1K).

Challenge pages and challenge results are constructed and maintained by Steve WB4OMM; if you see typos, please let him know! Also, the Challenge App (the online Challenge tracking and reporting application) is also maintained by Steve WB4OMM. Email him with any questions at pix_email_wb4omm (1K).


Fluffernutter Day (455K)

Sandwich (87K)

If you are not from the Northeastern part of the country, the Fluffernutter may not be familiar. If you are, it may bring back childhood memories of a tasty treat. Marshmallow Fluff, a sweet, sticky blend of corn syrup, dried egg white, sugar and vanilla flavoring is one of the costars of the Fluffernutter. Take two slices of white bread … spread one with peanut butter … spread the other with Marshmallow Fluff. Stack the slices and you are done. Some adventuresome folks may add a banana to the mix or maybe even some bacon, but that is not really traditional and strictly optional.

The idea for marshmallow began in ancient Egypt. The sap of the marsh mallow plant was flavored with honey to make a candy treat. In the 19th century French pharmacists created a medicinal candy, made from marsh mallow sap, sugar and egg whites, to ease throat irritations. It became popular and was consumed as a treat. Confectioners jumped on board later in the 19th century and used gelatin instead of sap to mass produce marshmallows. Frostings and sauces made by melting marshmallows soon followed.

In 1910 Marshmallow Fluff appeared at local ice cream parlors and soda fountains as a topping for ice cream sundaes . Whitman’s, of chocolate sampler box fame, first offered Whitman’s Marshmallow Whip in 1913. The Curtis Marshmallow Factory’s Snowflake Marshmallow Creme followed in 1914. Co-owner Emma Curtis did a lot of marketing, suggesting their product for dozens of uses. One was a peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich, possibly giving birth to the fluffernutter. Archibald Query developed a special formula for marshmallow cream in 1917 and sold it to the Durkee-Mower Co. They named their product Toot Sweet Marshmallow Fluff and were selling it by 1927. Query was from Somerville, MA and in recognition of his contribution, the city began the “What the Fluff“ festival in 2006. For those of you who were wondering, October 8 is now the official “National Fluffernutter Day”.


The first day of the month 0000Z through the last day of the month 2400Z.

Just make 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 and numbers contain these 20 different letters : A B C D E F H I K L M N O Q R S T U W Y

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_wb4omm (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.

Final Results:


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