The NAQCC November 2021 Challenge
NAQCC Monthly Challenges are originated and information regarding rules, ideas, or suggestions go to Gary K1YAN. Challenge pages are constructed by Steve WB4OMM; if you see typos, please let him know! Challenge results and the Challenge App (the online Challenge tracking and reporting application) is administered by Charlie N1AOK. Email him with any questions at charlie.wilber AT gmail.com PLEASE SEND ALL CHALLENGE SUBMISSIONS TO CHARLIE!!! (If you use the online Challenge App, it will automatically send it to him).
The Invasion Stripes Challenge
Ever wonder what the alternating stripes on WW II aircrafts wings and fuselage were for? It was not to identify a particular unit or type of aircraft. There was, however, a lifesaving reason for these markings.
It is July 1943. As part of Operation Husky, 144 US transport planes, carrying some 2000 paratroops, approach the beaches of Sicily. They must pass over Allied troops, already on the ground, who have been facing frequent German air strikes. Suddenly, after several successful drops, an Allied gunner fires on a transport, triggering fire from Allied shore guns and ships. The toll is 23 aircraft down, 37 damaged, 83 killed and 318 injured. This was to become the worst US friendly fire incident of the war.
Planners, preparing for the D-day invasion, fear another such incident. To help prevent this, “invasion stripes“ are painted on Allied aircraft for easier identification by friendly forces. Depending on the particular type of aircraft, alternating, 18” or 24” wide, black and white stripes are painted on the wings and fuselage. For security reasons the order to do the painting and the exact configuration of the stripes is released only a few days in advance. Ground crews earn their pay by completing this massive task in time for the invasion. The stripes are effective and their use continues in the Korean war and the Suez crisis of 1956.
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.
18 OR 24 INCHES WIDE
ALTERNATING BLACK AND WHITE
The 81 total letters contain these 25 different letters & numbers: A B C D E F G H I K L N O P R S T U V W Y 1 2 4 8
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: Charlie N1AOK charlie.wilber AT gmail.com (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