||No dues or membership fees - open to any licensed radio amateur or shortwave listener (SWL) worldwide with at least some interest in CW/QRP operation. Encouraging use of CW and helping all hams increase CW speed and proficiency is a top club priority. Club activities are dedicated to QRP/QRPp operation, using CW. Some will also place emphasis on using simple wire antennas.|
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CLUB INFO AND STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
by President Tom Mitchell, WY3H:
We realize that QRP and CW operation do not appeal to everyone. We have no "axe to grind" with the QRO (high power) fraternity. We recognize that there are times when QRO operation is invaluable. During disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or terrorist attacks, radio amateurs provide vital, life-saving communications for which QRO operation is often necessary. QRO operators also provide an invaluable public service in health and welfare traffic and routine traffic handling.
Amateur radio has something for everyone, including SSB, other forms of digital communication and AM and FM operation. However, for a small but dedicated group, QRP (and QRPp) CW operation provides the greatest challenge and thrill amateur radio has to offer.
Each month the club will host a different challenge such as the GAW (Get Acquainted Week) or the Turkey challenge (making words relating to Thanksgiving from letters in callsigns of stations worked). Also we will have a 2 hour sprint each month alternating between Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with a bonus multiplier for using a straight key.
In addition to QRP CW operation, the club encourages (but does not limit operators to) the use of simple wire antennas. The club offers free membership to any licensed radio amateur (or shortwave listener) anywhere in the world who is willing to use and promote QRP (or QRPp) CW for at least part of their operating time.
We don't have all the answers, but we are willing to answer questions concerning QRP and CW operation from newcomers to the hobby and veteran amateurs alike. Let's put the thrill back into amateur radio and work together to encourage everyone to just give it a try.
We welcome all who share our view to join us and become part of an elite amateur radio fraternity.
T. Mitchell - WY3H (ex-KB3LFC)
NOTE THE CHANGE: The club depends on the donations from our members to take care of its financial needs. If you would like to help out, mail a donation to the following address in the shape of a money order or check made payable to Paul Huff. You may also send cash at your own risk. At this time we cannot accept Credit Cards, PayPal or any other form of electronic cash transfers.
Livonia, MI 48150
Thanks very much to those members who make generous monetary donations to help keep the NAQCC alive and well. Thanks as well to those who donate items as prizes. That is a big help also.