NAQCC ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
2014 TENTH ANNIVERSARY
Will it be ten years this October since the NAQCC was born way back in 2004? Yes it will, and we have a big celebration in mind set for the week of October 13-19. As we have done for the past several years now, we reserved the ten special event calls of N1A, N2A, N3A.....N9A, N0A for use that week by our members. All you need to do to reserve operating time with the call for your particular area (N2A for NY, NJ - N3A for PA MD DE - and so on) is to notify club manager Paul N8XMS at and let him know. Then when the time comes you coordinate operating times with other operators in your area. A good way to do this is via our NAQCC spotter here on the web site. We'll also need ONE of our operators from each area to put their N#A call in our sprint that week. Let Paul know if you can be that one. First come, first served. All who've operated a N#A call in one of our sprints have enjoyed the experience tremendously. We'll keep a list of those who sign up here on this page as well as updates in our newsletters. Remember in case of conflict, the earliest one to sign up has first choice of time and frequency. So sign up NOW. You can always back out later if other things interfere with your plans.
Now here is that list. Those in red below signed up to do the sprint for that call area.
N1A - K1IX W1OH N2A - W2LJ WA2NYY WK2T K2YGM N3A - K3WWP KC2EGL AB3RU W3TTT WA3HIC N4A - KI4EBD WY3H KU4GW N5A - WB5UDA N6A - K6MGO N7A - WU7F AB7MP WB7BTR N8A - N8XMS AC8JW AD7TN N9A - AB9YC K9NRW K9EYT N0A - K0CW KD0V W0EJ
As we did with our 100th sprint in February of 2013 and our 9th anniversary sprint in October 2013, we'll also be giving away a nice collection of prizes in conjunction with our 10th anniversary sprint this October. Unlike the previous two giveaways, this one will be a little different. As in previous years those who enter our sprint and submit a report will form the base for the prize drawing. However to encourage participation in more events than just the sprint, to be eligible for the top three prizes, an October sprint participant must also have participated in FOUR other sprints from February 2014 through September 2014 AND in THREE monthly challenges from March 2014 through September 2014. Participated in means just that - you don't have to win anything in the sprints or complete any of the challenges. For a sprint, participating means making at least one QSO and submitting a report. For a challenge, see the rules for that particular month to find out what participating means. For an alphabet challenge, it means making one of the words and submitting a report. Other types of challenges are a bit different as shown in the rules.
More info here including QSL and certificate instructions as it becomes available and/or the time draws closer.
Meanwhile scan the soapbox comments from previous years below to find out what you'll be missing if you don't participate in our anniversary celebration this year.
2013 NINTH ANNIVERSARY OPERATION WRAP-UP
Sadly our operation is now over for another year. It was our most successful anniversary operation ever thanks in part, I'm sure, to our spotter/scheduler here on the web site which brought all the schedule info together into one place rather than scattering it all over the Internet as in previous years. Our team of 42 operators made 1,318 QSOs in 48 states (no HI nor ND), 29 DX countries, 6 VE provinces, and 28 N#A to N#A QSOs. Our previous QSO record was 948 last year.
Now if you project that out to a full 31 day month, that's 5,837 QSOs. That compares well with other clubs' similar events...and we do it with CW and QRP. Maybe it's comparing apples and oranges, but that projected figure shatters our own record of around 1,600 QSOs when our event was a full month in 2007 and 2008. That's a great tribute to our wonderful members, and we appreciate it very much.
QSL/CERTIFICATE INFOIf you would like a handsome certificate or QSL, just follow these instructions from our Awards Manager John KK1X. "For certificates, let me know which stations you worked (e.g. N0A, N4A and N7A), and when. I'll email back an image for you to print. For anyone who works all 10 calls, we'll send a certificate on special paper via regular mail at the expense of the club. For QSL cards, please send me a card and a SASE for up to four cards. If it's more than four cards, please include a dollar, and more than seven, please include two dollars. Contact me at : John Griswold / 34 Cambridge St / Ayer MA 01432 / Awards@kk1x.net"
Now here is our team of operators. Those in red below signed up to do the sprint for that call area.
N1A - W1OH N1DN N1QLL WB1HGA N1IMW N2A - N2DVD NA2AA WK2T KQ2RP WA2NYY N3A - K3WWP WY3H KC2EGL WA3HIC WB3T AF3Z K2DEP N4A - KI4EBD KU4GW AI4SV K4BAI KB4QQJ ND9M N5A - W5WIL WB5UDA N6A - K6MGO NA6MG N7A - AB7MP N7RCS WU7F N8A - N8XMS N8IUP AD7TN AC8AP W8RTJ N9A - K9EYT AB9YC W9XC AI9IN N0A - KC0PMH W0EJ AA0W
OPERATORS' SOAPBOXN3A (K3WWP) - I was pleased with the wonderful turnout of operators this year and the way they performed. Because of them, we shattered our previous record for number of QSO's. Personally I had a great time all week. I wish I could have put in more hours than I did, but it was a delight to do our N3A parkpedition with Mike on Sunday. Then my stints in the FISTS sprint and PA QSO Party on Saturday to close out the week were also very enjoyable. It was great to get in a FISTS sprint again after being absent for a while because of too much work to get done. FISTS has been right there as a supporter of the NAQCC ever since our get-go in October 2004.
N5A (WB5UDA) - I can only speak for myself but the NAQCC sprints and this last week of anniversary contacts was really something special for me... Really enjoyed it.. Thanks for letting me operate as N5A...
N8A (N8IUP) - ...had lots o fun... TNX, Michael - N8iup
N4A (AI4SV) - In the wee morning hours of Oct 12th, only made one contact in two hours of calling CQ, but very glad to have taken part in some small way in the club's anniversary.
N8A (W8RTJ) - My frist time trying this , great fun wish I had more time and the bands had been better. Look forward to next one. 72 JIM W8RTJ
N3A (K2DEP) - Had fun but wish I could have spent more time on the air.
N3A (WB3T) - What a blast to operate on behalf of the club! Just to do this small part took some doing, I can't imagine all the time NAQCC facilitators put in to organize regular club matters, and then events every month on top of that. It was great to work some of the regulars I usually meet in the Sprint and also some new calls as well, and it was fun to work mostly one frequency all evening with enough passers-by to keep me busy. I was able to get into Colorado (NO2D) with a little extra effort on both parts, a bit beyond what I can usually do from my antenna-restricted neighborhood using QRP so thanks Peter for the great work. At times I scanned through the 40 meter band and was pleasantly surprised to hear "CQ NA" calls every 500 Hz or so from 7030 up well beyond 7040. (I squeezed in at 7039.5 for almost the whole two hours.) You couldn't fit another QSO in that sub-band with a shoehorn! Based on that and member numbers approaching the 7,000's, the club seems to be mushrooming and filling the airwaves with CW QRP. Music to my ears! 73, WB3T
N7A (WU7F) - I had fun operating as N7A at various times during the anniversary week. This was my second year doing so. Thanks so much to every operator who hung in there and was able to make contact with me (George, K3EMS - deserves an award for really sticking with it even though my signal was so weak - I think we had six attempts at exchange/verify to complete the contact!)
I didn't plan ahead as well as I should have. I tried using a logging program's CW interface. I wasn't used to it, and ran into problems where it wouldn't relinquish control to the paddle as expected. The next day, I switched back to my stand-alone keyer, and in middle of contacts, discovered that my batteries needed replacement (I've only had to replace the batteries once before during the three years I have owned that keyer). I am reminded of the advice we have all heard before: "Get familiar with the operation of your station and tools PRIOR to going on-the-air!" Another lesson I learned during the event is rather than spend a full hour (or more) on a single band, it is more productive to only spend 30 minutes, then move to another band.
Each contact was fun and very much appreciated. I'd have to say that the most noteworthy contact was with Taun, KD7GWL. Taun earned his Extra ticket when he was 12 years old (and passed the 5 wpm test that was required at that time); but he had only made a CW contact with his Elmer present. Other interests competed for his attention while growing-up and he hasn't been active in Ham radio for over ten years. Now in his mid-twenties, he is just getting back into it. I was honored to be his first CW contact while flying 'solo' this week when he gave 'N7A' a call on 30 meters (I believe this was also his first 30-meter QSO). I hope we will hear him often on the CW bands!
I encourage others to participate as Special Event stations for NAQCC. There are so many open time slots available, it would be great to have additional coverage. I'm looking forward to signing-up again next year. I'll make sure to have fresh batteries in my keyer before I start (and put a straight-key in-line as a backup!) 72 - Mark, WU7F
N3A (WA3HIC) - Competing full power stations, a multiplicity of full power contest stations, and nasty QRN made our 9th Anniversary Special Event....once again, a challenge. But, all the more worth putting a special personal effort into our event.
N9A (AB9YC) - My operating time was a bit less than I anticipated when I joined the fray, and a few times I operated for more than 45 minutes with no results. So it goes. I did get some contacts and was happy to represent the anniversary operations
N4A (K4BAI) - Great conditions, great activity, much fun with the anniversary calls. Thanks for all QSOs. I am sure that the score is the highest I have ever made in a NAQCC Sprint and it was helped greatly by use of the N4A call. 73, John, K4BAI, NAQCC #644.
N2A (WA2NYY) - Operating N2A was a ton of fun. I had an all time high number of QSOs for the Sprint. John WK2T and I operated our own Parkpedtion on 40m yesterday at a local park here in ENY. We worked the PA QSO Party for an hour or so with a KX3 and 40m inverted vee fed with ladder line. Great day and beautiful weather. Mark C. WA2NYY
N1A (WB1HGA) - I was plagued with antenna issues but finally had it repaired prior to FISTS SPRINT (logged 22 QSO's as N1A with 4 watts. 72 Ron, wb1hga
N7A (N7RCS) - See you next year! Jim N7RCS
2012 EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY OPERATION WRAP-UPHere are some statistics for our operation this year.
Records mentioned are for 2009-2012 when our operation lasted one week. Before that we operated the full month of October.
Total QSOs made by our N#A operators - 948 which is a new record breaking 883 from last year.
There were only 32 two-way N#A QSOs, way below the record of 58 in 2009.
Our ops made QSOs on all bands except 160M. Totals by band (80 - 10): 48, 374, 49, 308, 6, 4, 1, 2.
There were QSOs with 46 states, all but AK, HI, and the Dakotas.
We covered Canada pretty well with QSOs reported with AB, BC, MB, NB, ON, QC, SK.
Not a lot of DX this year with just these countries represented in our N#A logs - CM DL F G I OK XE.
By far the state most often worked was MO which appeared in 27 N#A ops' logs. TX a distant second with 20, and AL and PA tied for third with 18.
All in all a very successful anniversary week thanks to YOU, our wonderful operators and to YOU, our wonderful members who worked the N#A stations. Since it is physically impossible for us to pat you on the back, please everyone pat yourself on the back for a WELL DONE! salute.
And now, let's get to the QSL and Certificate info. I'm sure you want to know how you can still get yours, so here goes:
CERTIFICATE AND QSL INFORMATIONHere's a wrap-up of the QSLs and certificates by our Awards Manager John KK1X:
"It seems that the Anniversary Celebration resulted in another banner year for NAQCC. I know you folks kept me busy down here in the Awards Department. I collected and processed 34 different operator logs for N0A..N9A (I'm pretty sure there were 34 different formats, too, HI!) For the most part the logs were all text, with a few spreadsheets and a PDF.
Along with these logs, I received requests for 31 QSL cards, and requests for 23 certificates. Two of the certificates were issued to members who contacted all ten special event stations: Dave W0CH and Paul KB9ILT.
At this point (right before Thanksgiving as of writing this) the number of requests I get has dropped off quite a bit. I did send out one certificate yesterday, but I think I'm close to done.
If you haven't gotten a chance to submit requests, please let me know. I'm still happy to generate certificates and QSL cards. For certificates, just let me know which stations you worked (e.g. N0A, N4A and N7A), and when. I'll email back an image for you to print. For QSL cards, please send me a card and a SASE for up to four cards. If it's more than four cards, please include a dollar, and more than seven, please include two dollars.
Contact me at : John Griswold / 34 Cambridge St / Ayer MA 01432 / Awards@kk1x.net"
Speaking of Dave W0CH, he had this to say about his certificate which I (K3WWP) printed on special certificate paper obtained by Tom WY3H and mailed to him:
"Hi John: I wish to thank you for the very nice certificate for working all 10 N#A districts. It arrived Saturday in fine shape. That is one of the nicest certificates I have received and it will be displayed prominently on my shack wall. 73, Dave W0CH Seneca, MO"
OPERATOR INFORMATIONBelow is a list of our 43 operators. A couple couldn't participate for various reasons, but those who did came through like the champions they are. We certainly appreciate their efforts in making this a very successful anniversary week. Those calls in red operated the the sprint.
N1A - W1OH W1SVU KB1UOH N2A - NW2K KQ2RP WB2LQF N3A - K3WWP WY3H KC2EGL WA3HIC AF3Z KG3W N4A - AI4SV K3RLL KI4EBD WB4MNK NY4G K2UFT AB9CA N5A - WD5EAE KK5NA W5IQS W5WIL N6A - K6MGO W6NIA WK6L N7A - WC7S WY7N NU7T WA7ITZ WU7F N8A - N8XMS N8IUP AC8AP N9A - KR9Z NN9S K9EYT KA9VHG W9UX KG9HM N0A - KD0V AC0BQ KC0PMHWe had a 'real-time' scheduler this year for the first time, and that made posting schedules a snap right up to the last minute before an operation and helped avoid conflicts in scheduling.
Here are some comments gleaned from the reports that we received from our operators.
K3WWP - Many of you are thanking me for the events of anniversary week. While I appreciate the sentiments, it should be the other way around. I thank all of you for making anniversary week a great success again this year. Personally I had a great time running N3A in the few hours I had to do it. Especially enjoyable were the Parkpedition with Mike KC2EGL and then closing out the week putting N3A in the PA QSO Party.
N8XMS - I had a great time. Your schedule input page really made it easy to coordinate with the other operators on previously unscheduled time slots.
WU7F - It was fun. I thought there would be more stations - I was worried that I would not be able to keep up. Most of time was spent just calling CQ. Had power supply fail, but was able to secure a battery and continue. Thanks for allowing me to participate.
W5WIL - I had a great time; a little nervous but went ok; folks were very nice. I'll plan on working for the whole week next year. I currently only have a 33' OCF up 25' but I plan to put up a 240' dipole this next week and then a pair of 580' reversible 'beverage' antennas which should help receiving QRP. I appreciate you taking the time to add me late and clean up my scheduling errors.
KG9HM - Thank you for the opportunity to be a special event station. I had fun!
K6MGO - It saddens me that there is such little CW activity now days. I know that I am not the loudest signal on the band with my indoor antenna, but I check my propagation with Reverse Beacons Net, and I know for a fact that I am being heard from KH6LC in Keaau, HI to K3MM in Danascus, MD and yet I called CQ for hours on end without a contact. It's really sad.
AC0BQ - It was good QRP fun, even with some tough conditions during the week! Thanks for the opportunity to represent the club and QRP.
KA9VHG - I'm sorry to say that I was unable to get my antenna coupler repaired in time for the 8th anniversary celebration. I've acquired the necessary parts and have started the repairs but don't anticipate being back in operation for another week or so. I'll look forward to next year's event, and hopefully Murphy will smile a bit more favorably on me.
WA3HIC - For those stations that I had a Qso with, I enjoyed talking to them. For those I missed... See you next year!!
KC0PMH - Thanks for the experience John, I'll be there next year,
W1OH - Didn't have enough time available in the evenings. Tried some hours during daytime, including a couple of fairly unproductive hours using the tri-band yagi at the Falmouth ARA club station (K1AIR) in hopes it would give me a bigger signal and more action - nope! (Solar conditions early in the week didn't help the higher bands either). Evenings were the most productive by far - did have a couple of short runs with the N1A special call. Next year will try to plan more evening time, and also see if I can pull anyone from the local club into the operation :-) Put me on next year's list - it's fun for sure. And I've got some ideas for different tactics next time as well.
KI4EBD - Thanks John for all you hard work running this event. While there was not a lot of traffic it was great fun.
KD0V - To bad we couldn't get more people to be active here in zero land. I tried, but everyone said they were to busy. I had a great time. It was the best N#A event that I have worked so far. (Makes you wonder what people are so busy doing they can't even devote a couple of hours out of a whole week to our operation - K3WWP)
2011 SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY OPERATION WRAP-UPOur 7th anniversary celebration this year (2011) is now history with some record setting participation numbers. First of all thanks to our N#A special event stations operators. Everyone who signed up to operate has our deepest thanks and gratitude even though circumstances beyond their control prevented some from being able to make any QSOs. They are very special folks who have a deep love for and interest in the NAQCC and want to help us out in any way they can. Here is a list of those who volunteered to be ops of our N#A stations. Those who operated N#A in the sprint are in RED.
N1A - N1DN KB1PBA N2A - KQ2RP NW2K N3A - K3WWP WY3H KC2EGL N3ES AF3Z WA3HIC N4A - K2UFT KI4EBD N4EWT KB4QQJ KD4UKW K4NVJ N5A - W5YDM K5JYD N6A - KA6TVX WA6ES N7A - WD8KRV N8A - N8XMS N8IUP KD8HES AC8AP N9A - AB9JT KA9NOO W9UX N0A - KC0PMH N0TU K0HJC KD0V WD0K AA0AA WB0QQTLet's look at some stats from the operation.
We didn't receive reports from a few of our operators, but this is what we have from all those who did report as requested.
Stat: 2011 2010 2009 Total QSOs: 849 840 830 States: All 48 45 Provinces: 6 3 6 DX Entities: 45 13 15 2XN#A QSOs: 24 49 58 Sprint QSOs: 302 254 128 QSOs by band (not tabulated in 2009) 160 0 3 80 21 127 40 301 573 30 105 42 20 268 74 17 5 9 15 33 7 12 11 4 10 40 1 State logged by most different ops: 2011 - GA by 13 of 35 ops 2010 - IN, PA by 15 of 30 ops 2009 - PA by 20 of 27 opsIn our first few celebrations through 2008 we operated the whole month of October. That tended to spread the operation out too thin and we find that condensing it to just one week makes for a more successful and orderly celebration. The stats bear that out as in 2007 we had a total of 1,125 QSOs and in 2008 we had 1,600 QSOs. With just one week in 2009-2011 we had NOT 1/4 as many QSOs as would be expected from 1 week vs. 4 weeks, but we had over 1/2 the number of QSOs.
Also through 2008 we used just N3A/# as our special event call. Then in 2009 we simplified and un-confused things by using 10 separate calls - N1A,N2A....N9A,N0A.
2010 SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OPERATION WRAP-UP
Our 6th Anniversary operation is over now.
We had a rough week what with the PJpedition, lousy conditions (widespread constant QRN), and some RTTY contest the last couple days of the operation. See the soapbox comments below to see how universal the adversity was. Also a couple of ops had to drop out or alter their sked at the last minute due to other matters taking precedence over ham radio. However we still came up with a few more QSO's than in 2009 because of the persistence against adversity shown by our fine operators.
We had a record breaking performance by our N#A ops in our sprint with some 240 QSO's made by our ten ops who manned our 10 N#A stations for the sprint.
Here's a list of our wonderful ops. Thanks go out to each and every one of them for their efforts in helping us with our celebration. Sprint ops in red.
N1A - W1OH, N1LU, KQ1P N2A - KA2KGP, N2COD N3A - K3WWP, WY3H, KC2EGL, WA3HIC, AF3Z N4A - K3RLL, AJ4SB, AA4W, K2UFT, K0NWT, AD4S, KD4UKW N5A - W5YDM, K5JYD, KC5FM N6A - K6CSL, WA6L N7A - WY7N, WC7S, WA7HDI N8A - WB8LZG, AC8AP, W8RIT N9A - W9DLN, W9BOK, N9QU N0A - KD0VThis was not a contest among our ops to see who could make the most QSO's. It was a team effort by all the fine members listed above. As such we are only listing our team totals, not individual ones. With everyone now checking in, here are those team totals with a few comparison totals from 2009 in square brackets:
Total QSO's: 840 - 
2way N#A QSO's: 49 - 
Sprint QSO's: 254 - 
QSO's by band
160 - 3
80 - 127
40 - 573
30 - 42
20 - 74
17 - 9
15 - 7
12 - 4
10 - 1
States worked: 48 (all but AK and HI) - [45 (all but DE HI MS SD WY)]
VE Provinces: 3 ON QC SK - [6 AB BC NB NS ON QC]
DX entities (excluding W/VE) 12 OK EA EA6 HB9 ON HA F OD PJ7 UR FG VK
States worked by most different N#A ops:
IN PA (15 ops)
FL GA OH TX WI (14)
MI NY (12)
Here are some soapbox comments by our ops:
K3WWP - I didn't get to put in many hours as a N#A op during the week, but it was still very enjoyable. Most of the QSO's I made were in the QRP ARCI Contest the closing weekend where I gave out N3A 88 times. I could have operated our NAQCC sprint as N3A, but I wanted to let one of our other N3A ops (KC2EGL) have the fun instead. I hope our 7th anniversary observance next year turns up less adversity and we can crack the 1,000 QSO barrier then. Thanks to all involved with the operation.
N2COD - One word .... BRUTAL!
WA7HDI - Noise was very bad in the southwest for the whole week.
K3RLL - All contacts made at home with K2 @ 5w to attic dipole or in the park with KX-1 @ 3 w to EFHW. (Thank Elecraft for good memory keyer!) Morning 20 meter shift was pretty sparse, but evening 40 meter shift was a total waste of time with DXpedition, RTTY and other digital effluent. Who picked these times and frequencies,anyhow? (Oh, what? It was me? Okay, then. It was great, of course. :-)
KQ1P - Although conditions were variable, the QSO's made were mostly very solid.
WA3HIC - Conditions down here were poor (at best) and there were several other contests running (not to mention the PJ's). I am now using a Q tip to clean the static out of my ears!!!
N9QU - Thanks for the opportunity to play. I wish I had more contacts to report but couldn't wish for any more fun. Have a great day and Thank You for all your efforts in behalf of CW & QRP. 73 Leo
N1LU - Thanks for all your work John, 73 don (And thanks to you and all members involved. - K3WWP)
2009 FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OPERATION WRAP-UP
Well, sadly the Fifth anniversary celebration is now history. However we plan to do it all over again in 2010 for our Sixth anniversary.
Using separate calls (N1A, N2A....N9A, N0A) for each of the 10 USA call areas proved a big hit among both our operators and those who worked our special event stations. There were no reports of folks being confused by the calls this year as we had when we used N3A/1, N3A/2....N3A/9, N3A/0 in past years.
I also think the shorter time frame this year concentrated the activity more rather than having it spread out over a whole month with the attendant many many empty hours. Although there were still many empty hours this year, most of the 'prime time' slots were pretty well filled.
About the only down thing that prevented us from making a better showing than we could have were the absolute horrible propagation conditions that showed up a few hours after the great start we had at 0000Z on the 12th and persisted through the entire week. It's a tribute to the skills and persistence of our fine N#A ops that we did as well as we did. Just imagine if this had been a sunspot peak year with a quiet ionosphere!
With all but one op reporting in, here are the stats for this year's operation. We made a total of 830 QSO's from 45 states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 16 DX countries. Most activity was limited to 80, 40, and 20 meters as far as I can see so far. If you project 830 QSO's in 7 days to a full 31 day month by multiplying by 4.4 that's 3,652, more than double our anniversary totals of previous years when we did use the full month.
We awarded a handsome prize in conjunction with our anniversary celebration. Check the Prizes page in this section of the web site for details on that. Basically it's a 'CW Lamp' as pictured on the prizes page, and it goes to the one who reports the most different band QSO's with our N#A stations. That person was Don N1LU. Congrats Don.
Here is a list of the ops who helped out with our anniversary operation (Sprint OPS in blue):
N1A - KQ1P, W1OH, K1YAN
N2A - KA2KGP, N2COD
N3A - K3WWP, WY3H, AF3Z, W0EJ, WA3HIC, KC2EGL
N4A - WA3ZBJ, KF4WK
N5A - KD5KJ, W5YDM
N6A - W6AZ
N7A - WY7N, KH6OZ
N8A - N8ZYA, KB8FE
N9A - N9AKF, NV9X, WA9KPZ
N0A - KD0V, WG0AT, AB0TX
NOTE - Rich KG1W signed up but a job situation forced him to withdraw. We thank him anyway and still consider him a part of the team, although inactive for the operation. Also KJ4EXC signed up, but we never heard from him after that.
2008 FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OPERATION WRAP-UP
Our Fourth Anniversary celebration with our special event call N3A which was used during the entire month of October (0000Z on the 1st through 2400Z on the 31st) is now history.
We broke our record of 1,125 QSO's last year by a sizeable margin. With most ops reporting as requested, we are just under 1,600 QSO's this year.
The following is a list of our wonderful operators. We thank each and every one of them for their efforts during the month. Unfortunately some had other situations come up that allowed them to only make a few QSO's or not make any QSO's at all. Those ops get an equal share of our thanks as well for volunteering to help out.
N3A/1 - W1OH (MA), K1YAN (MA)
N3A/2 - N2JNZ (NY), W9VES (NJ), KD2MX (NJ)
N3A/3 - WY3H (PA), K3WWP (PA), AF3Z (PA), AE3J (DE), KC2EGL (PA)
N3A/4 - K4UK (VA), KB4QQJ (NC), AA4W (FL), W4ONC (VA)
N3A/5 - W5TM (OK), AE5BH (TX), WA5TCZ (LA)
N3A/6 - K6BBQ (CA)
N3A/7 - KH6OZ (MT), WY7N (UT)
N3A/8 - WB8LZG (MI), K8KFJ (WV), KB2FEL (WV)
N3A/9 - K9JWI (IN), AI4AW (WI)
N3A/0 - AB0TX (KS)
Where more than one op signed up from a call area, it was up to the ops to decide how they divided their operating time. We could only have one N3A station at a time active from a specific call area. This system worked out exceedingly well, and probably allowed our ops to become better acquainted with their fellow area ops as an additional benefit.
We had all call areas signed up to operate in both our October NAQCC sprint as well as for the FISTS sprint, although as with the overall operation, a couple were unable to honor their committments due to circumstances beyond their control. We also encouraged our ops to participate in the PA QSO Party. Here is a list of those who signed up for each event:
FISTS Sprint (11th/1700-2100Z):
N3A/1 - W1OH
N3A/2 - N2JNZ
N3A/3 - K3WWP
N3A/4 - W4ONC
N3A/5 - WA5TCZ
N3A/6 - K6BBQ
N3A/7 - WY7N
N3A/8 - K8KFJ
N3A/9 - K9JWI
N3A/0 - AB0TX
PA QSO Party (11th/2100-12th/0500 & 12th/1300-2200Z):
N3A/1 - W1OH
N3A/2 - N2JNZ
N3A/3 - K3WWP
N3A/4 - KB4QQJ
N3A/7 - WY7N
N3A/9 - K9JWI
NAQCC Sprint (15th/0030-0230Z):
N3A/1 - K1YAN
N3A/2 - KD2MX
N3A/3 - AF3Z
N3A/4 - KB4QQJ
N3A/5 - WA5TCZ
N3A/6 - K6BBQ
N3A/7 - WY7N
N3A/8 - WB8LZG
N3A/9 - K9JWI
N3A/0 - AB0TX
Scheduled operations including the contests/sprints listed above were found on a new feature this year - a daily calendar.
The NAQCC used its two club numbers - a NAQCC number (1100) and a FISTS number (11900) as follows for our N3A operation:
11900 ONLY in the FISTS Sprint.
1100 ONLY in our NAQCC Sprint and in non-contest, non-sprint QSO's the rest of the month.
2007 THIRD ANNIVERSARY OPERATION WRAP-UP
N3A was operated during the entire month of October 2007 in honor of the 3rd anniversary of the founding of the NAQCC around October 15, 2004. The operation was a complete success with over 1,128 QSO's made by the 16 hams who operated N3A. Here is a summary of our operation preceded by certificate and QSL info.
We can't thank the following 16 ops enough for contributing their skills to the operation of N3A. Some were not able to operate as many hours as others due to various reasons, but we feel that ALL contributed equally to the effort. We had 7 call areas involved for the whole month, and 3 other areas came on board for the October sprint and continued for the rest of the month. Each operator used a portable designation after the call to avoid confusion. Hopefully all 16 ops will be back again next year for the 4th anniversary running of our special event call along with some additional ops as well.
N3A/1 - N1EAV, N1LU*
N3A/2 - KD2MX, AB2WH
N3A/3 - WY3H, K3WWP, K3OQ
N3A/4 - AA4W, N3ZL
N3A/5 - AE5BH
N3A/6 - K6BBQ
N3A/7 - NU7T, WY7N
N3A/8 - WB8LZG*
N3A/9 - W9ILF*
N3A/0 - NO2D*
* - These ops joined the effort at the time of the sprint.
We also thank VA3RJ who was one of the first to volunteer to operate the station as N3A/VE3, but after checking we found that special event calls, unlike regular calls, cannot be operated outside the USA.
We never received a detailed breakdown from a couple of our ops, but here are the partial overall totals we did receive:
QSO's - 1,128
QSO's in contests - 710
Other QSO's - 322
2-way N3A/# QSO's - 38
DX (non-W/VE) QSO's - 23
QSO's by Band:
States worked - (45) ALL but AK, HI, MT, ND, RI
DX entities worked including W/VE - (16) CO DL EI FM GM HA HP J3 KP4 OH0 OM UR VE V3 W ZF
K3WWP - One of the thrills I got from the operation was seeing how hesitatingly some ops volunteered, saying they were afraid they weren't good enough to operate the station. Then those same ops turned in some very good results. I'm delighted these ops learned that they were indeed good enough to be ops of a special event station, and gained confidence in themselves as a result.
NU7T - Being a part of N3A was fun. I tried to email each noncontest contact with club information. Sharing days with Bruce, WY7N, was interesting. Two of my days were wiped out with thunderstorms.
AA4W - I had a ball operating N3A/4. I had many FB QSO's, meet a lot of nice folks and made a couple new friends along the way. I worked a number of members but I had expected to work more. I'm already looking forward to next year.