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The NAQCC February 2023 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 are constructed by Steve WB4OMM; if you see typos, please let him know! Email him at pix_email_wb4omm (1K).
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 CHALLENGE APPLICATION HAS MOVED! THE NEW LOCATION IS: http://naqcc.wb5rvz.org


The Q CODES Challenge

Q Codes (14K)

PREMISE:
What ham doesn’t know about the Q codes? We use them pretty much every time we fire up the station. They originally came from the British government in the early 1900s as a maritime communications aid. As well as being a shorthand for every day messages, they helped to bridge the gap between radiomen who did not share a common language. As time went on, the list of signals grew and changed. The emerging aeronautical services found that they could make good use of the codes and telegraphic services, including radio amateurs, also jumped on the wagon. The need to coordinate and manage the Q codes and their meanings arose as they became more widely used. The management of the codes was divided between the various users. Q codes from QAA to QNZ went to the International Civil Aviation Organization, QOA to QQZ went to the Maritime Mobile Service and QRA to QUZ went to the International Telecommunications Union Radiocommunication Sector. The ARRL developed its own QNA to QNZ signals for use in amateur traffic nets. Our common amateur radio Q codes are a subset of the ITU list. While we can, of course, use the whole ITU list of codes, some do not make sense for amateur radio purposes. If you were to listen in on Miami-Dade police and rescue operations in Florida you might well hear them using some Q codes. The military however, has adopted the Z codes, a set of codes similar to the Q codes but tailored for military communications. In the Q codes a “?” after the code makes it a question while in the Z codes “INT” before the Z code does the same thing.


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

RULES:
Just make these words from calls of stations you work, subject to the General Challenge Rules.

Just make these words from calls of stations you work, subject to the General Challenge Rules.

QAA TO QNZ INT CIVIL AVIATION ORG
QOA TO QQZ MARITIME MOBILE SVC
QRA TO QUZ INT TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION

The 86 total letters and numbers contain these 17 different letters and numbers: A B C E G I L M N O Q R S T U V 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.

AWARDS:
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.
YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AT LEAST ONE WORD TO RECEIVE A PARTICIPATION POINT!

PRIZES:
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.

LOGS:
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 Charlie N1AOK at: charlie.wilber AT gmail.com (You must type that address into your email program.)
Subject must read: (your call) NAQCC (month year) Challenge
For example: K3WWP NAQCC January 2022 Challenge

All entries must be RECEIVED before the 10th of the following month at 2400Z.


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

Soapbox: