The NAQCC December 2023 Challenge
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The FOX HOLE RADIO Challenge
Creature comforts for the WW II GI were few and far between. Entertainment was very limited, so any diversion was welcome. Having a radio to listen to would be a great thing, but parts to make a normal radio were just not available. Someone did, however, come up with a simple receiver that could be made with parts that were possible to get in the field. Known as the foxhole radio, it required a coil, headphones, an antenna wire, a razor blade and a safety pin. Wind your coil with 120 turns or so of wire that could be salvaged from old motors or electronic equipment. Tack a razor blade to a piece of wood. Bend the end of a safety pin where it clips together so that it can be mounted on the board with the sharp end touching the razor blade. This is your detector. Wire the coil, detector and phones in series. Tie the coil / razor blade junction to an antenna and the coil / earphone junction to ground and you are done. You will need to move the pin point around on the razor blade to find a spot that exhibits diode action and fiddle with the coil to find your station of choice. Some would wire a pencil lead to the pin point to help with the diode action. Many of these sets were made and they provided the troops with a temporary escape from the war.
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.
WW II GI FOXHOLE RADIO
FIELD AVAILABLE PARTS
SCRAP WOOD CHASSIS
BENT SAFETY PIN
120 TURN COIL
The 87 total letters and numbers contain these 28 different letters and numbers: A B C D E F G H I L N O R S T U V W X Y Z 0 1 2
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.
YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AT LEAST ONE WORD TO RECEIVE A PARTICIPATION POINT!
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 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 as of 12/2/2023:
N4OW: WWIIGIFOXHOLERADIO - WB1ANA WB1ANA W4ID W4ID W3WAG WI5D F5UQE KD9RDO WA1BXY W1HSB KD9RDO KL7NL NN3E KD9RDO KA1NSV KD9RDO WI5D K1ARO FIELDAVAILABLEPARTS - F5UQE N5ILQ NN3E KL7NL KD9RDO KA1NSV KA1NSV WB1ANA N5ILQ KL7NL WB1ANA WB1ANA KL7NL N0EVH KP3U WB1ANA KD9RDO WP4TZ KA1NSV SCRAPWOODCHASSIS - KA1NSV KC4KNN K1ARO WB1ANA KP3U W4ID K1ARO DL7ON KD9RDO KC4KNN W1HSB W3WAG K4SWL K4SWL KC2SIZ W1HSB RAZORBLADE - K1ARO W3WAG WA3NZA DL7ON WB0RLJ WB1ANA K4SWL DK4AC KD9RDO N0EVH BENTSAFETYPIN - WA1BXY W4EMB KA1NSV WP4TZ W1HSB DK4AC K6JF W4EMB M0TTQ WA1BXY WP4TZ KC2SIZ KA1NSV 120TURNCOIL - KA1NSV KC2SIZ N0EVH M0TTQ F5UQE WB0RLJ KC4KNN DK4AC ND2O PG4I K4SWL W3IQ: WWIIGIFOXHOLERADIO - W4EDN W4EDN WI5D WI5D WD0ETG AB1II K9PFA KO4JKV AH6AX KY4UH KO4JKV KL7NL W4EDN NR1D KN4YTA K8DSS AB1II KO4UHE FIELDAVAILABLEPARTS - K9PFA AB1II W4EDN KL7NL K8DSS KN4YTA KE7VE K9PFA AB1II KL7NL K9PFA N1BS KL7NL KE7VE K9PFA AH6AX NR1D KN4YTA K8DSS SCRAPWOODCHASSIS - K8DSS WC1N W0RJW AH6AX K9PFA WC1N KO4UHE W0KOM NR1D WC1N KY4UH AH6AX K8DSS K8DSS AI9IN N1BS RAZORBLADE - W0RJW AH6AX WB9YZU W0KOM N4DR N1BS NJ8L W4KAC NR1D KE7VE BENTSAFETYPIN - WB9YZU KE7VE N1BS KN4YTA N1BS W4KAC WA9FET KE7VE WD0ETG KN4YTA KE8PX AI9IN N1BS 120TURNCOIL - N1BS N2TNN WD0ETG WD0ETG KY4UH N4DR KN4YTA W4KAC KO4OP AI9IN NJ8L W4JL: WWIIGIFOXHOLERADIO - WB1ANA WB1ANA WI5D WI5D N2VGA WI2X N5FY KO4NLL KE8UEX K0HX KO4NLL WB0RLJ NN3E WB0RLJ WB1ANA WI5D WI2X AC9OT FIELDAVAILABLEPARTS - N5FY N1AIA NN3E WB0RLJ WI5D WB1ANA N2VGA WB1ANA N1AIA K0LAR WB1ANA WB1ANA K0LAR KE8UEX N3ADP N2VGA WB0RLJ WP4TZ W9SSN SCRAPWOODCHASSIS - W9SSN KQ4YC K0LAR N2VGA N3ADP WI5D AC9OT AA7OY KD9VAN KQ4YC K0HX KD9VAN W9SSN W9SSN KG4BIG N1BS RAZORBLADE - K0LAR KD9VAN WP4TZ AA7OY WD5GRW WB1ANA KY4LV N3ADP KD9VAN KE8UEX BENTSAFETYPIN - N1BS KE8UEX WB1ANA WP4TZ N1BS N3ADP WB2FUV KE8UEX KU8T K4NYM WP4TZ KG4BIG WB1ANA 120TURNCOIL - WB1ANA N2VGA WB0RLJ KU8T KE8UEX WD5GRW NN3E WB3GCK N2TO N2PPI KY4LV AH6AX: WWIIGIFOXHOLERADIO - WB0RLJ WB0RLJ KG4BIG KG4BIG KG4BIG W3IQ KC5F N0PBO VE1AHX VE1AHX N0PBO K4CML KA9ERV KA9ERV KA9ERV VA2OJD W3IQ VA2OJD FIELDAVAILABLEPARTS - KC5F AA8PI KA9ERV K4CML VA2OJD KA9ERV KA9ERV VE1AHX AA8PI WB0RLJ VE1AHX WB0RLJ WB0RLJ VE1AHX K1SP VA2OJD KA9ERV KA5TJS K1SP SCRAPWOODCHASSIS - K1SP K4CML WB0RLJ VA2OJD K1SP W4LCW VA2OJD KD2RON KD9VAY K4CML VE1AHX KD9VAY KA5TJS KA5TJS AI9IN K8DSS RAZORBLADE - WB0RLJ KD9VAY WZ3J KD2RON KD2RON WB0RLJ W4LCW KA5TJS KD9VAY VE1AHX BENTSAFETYPIN - N0PBO KE8UEX N0PBO KA5TJS K8DSS KA5TJS KF4GNV KE8UEX W0/G0TRT KD9VAY N0PBO AI9IN N0PBO 120TURNCOIL - K1SP VA2OJD WB0RLJ W0/G0TRT KE8UEX KD2RON KF4GNV KC5F W3BBO AI9IN W4LCW KC5F: WWIIGIFOXHOLERADIO - KG5OWB KG5OWB AB1II AB1II KG5OWB AB1II KF4GNV KG5OWB AH6AX AH6AX KG5OWB KL7NL NN3E K5OGR AH6AX NR1D AB1II N0PBO FIELDAVAILABLEPARTS - KF4GNV AI5LC NN3E KL7NL NR1D AH6AX KF4GNV AH6AX AI5LC KL7NL AH6AX KG5OWB KL7NL KJ7MEB N0PBO WB1ANA K5OGR WP4TZ K3SLH SCRAPWOODCHASSIS - K3SLH K5SJC NR1D WB1ANA N0PBO WB1ANA N0PBO K5OGR KD3D K5SJC AH6AX WB1ANA N1BS N1BS AB0CI K5SJC RAZORBLADE - NR1D WB1ANA WP4TZ K5OGR WB0RLJ KG5OWB K3SLH AB1II KD3D KJ7MEB BENTSAFETYPIN - N0PBO K4TNE N0PBO WP4TZ K5SJC AB1II AF5Z K4TNE KU8T TM23YOTA WP4TZ AB0CI N0PBO 120TURNCOIL - NR1D TM23YOTA N0PBO KU8T KU8T WB0RLJ KF4GNV AI5LC TM23YOTA VA6TI K3SLH KF4GNV: WWIIGIFOXHOLERADIO - WS4Y WS4Y KG4BIG KG4BIG KG5OWB AI9IN KC5F KG5OWB AH6AX AC9HP KG5OWB N5ILQ KD8IE KD9RDO AC9HP KD9RDO AI9IN KD9RDO FIELDAVAILABLEPARTS - KC5F AI9IN KD8IE N5ILQ KD9RDO AC9HP VA2EO/W1 AF5Z AI9IN K3SLH AF5Z KG5OWB K3SLH WD9DWE AC9HP AI9IN KD9RDO N2TNN WS4Y SCRAPWOODCHASSIS - WS4Y AC9HP K4ARD AI9IN AC9HP KG5OWB KD9RDO VA2EO/W1 KD9RDO AC9HP AC9HP AD0YM K3SLH K3SLH N5ILQ K7SHR RAZORBLADE - K4ARD AD0YM AF5Z VA2EO/W1 K7SHR KG5OWB KL7AC AA8PI KD9RDO WD9DWE BENTSAFETYPIN - KG4BIG VA2EO/W1 AI9IN N2TNN K7SHR AA8PI AF5Z VA2EO/W1 KN4YTA WS4Y AA8PI N5ILQ AI9IN 120TURNCOIL - W1BQ N2TNN AD0YM KN4YTA KU8T K7SHR N5ILQ KC5F K8XCO KD8IE KL7AC NQ8T: WWIIGIFOXHOLERADIO - W7ARE W7ARE NI4K NI4K KC3TGU N5ILQ AF5Z K0RO N7TX AH6AX K0RO KA5CRL W7ARE W7ARE AF5Z K8JD N5ILQ K2OO FIELDAVAILABLEPARTS - AF5Z WI0S W7ARE KA5CRL K8JD AF5Z VA2OJD W7ARE WI0S K2LCW W7ARE KB1CL K2LCW W0ABE AA8PI WD4AWD W7ARE KC3TGU WI0S SCRAPWOODCHASSIS - WI0S KA5CRL K0RO WD4AWD AA8PI WD4AWD K2OO K2OO WD4AWD KA5CRL AH6AX KA5CRL KC3SSC KC3SSC AA8PI KC3SSC RAZORBLADE - K0RO KA5CRL AF5Z K2OO KA5CRL KB1CL KB1CL W0ABE WD4AWD W0ABE BENTSAFETYPIN - W0ABE WA9FET NI4K KC3TGU KC3SSC W0ABE WA9FET WA9FET N7TX K4NYM N0DPR AA8PI NI4K 120TURNCOIL - KB1CL K2LCW K0RO N7TX KC3TGU KA5CRL K4NYM K2LCW VA2OJD AI9IN KB1CL 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):