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N#A

This week, from October 13th to the 19th, the North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC) is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its founding.  There will be N#A stations on the air – N1A, N2A, N3A – all the way through N0A.

Yours truly will be on the air as N2A as follows:

October 16th – from 0000 to 0200 UTC on 7.040 MHz  (Wednesday evening EDT)

October 17th – from 0000 to 0200 UTC on 7.040 MHz  (Thursday evening EDT)

October 18th – from 0000 to 0300 UTC on 3.560 MHz  (Friday evening EDT)

Coincidentally, I will be taking a vacation day from work this Friday, October 17th – so after some chores, I will probably get on during the day to try and work some of the higher bands.

As you can see from the table, I was on 20 Meters last night. It was dead – deader than a door nail! So towards the end of my shift, I checked with the Reverse Beacon Network to make sure that there were no N2A stations on 80 Meters and I shifted over there. It was better. Not much, but I did manage to make a few QSOs.

For all the information about the NAQCC’s Anniversary celebration, you can go to http://www.naqcc.info/main_n3a.html.  All the QSL information is there. To see a list of activity that’s already been planned, go to http://www.naqcc.info/spot_schedule.php.  Keep in mind, this is activity that has been pre-scheduled to this point. More will be added as operator’s personal time permits. I know that I probably won’t be able to add my additional Friday or Saturday daytime operating time until relatively close to when it’s actually going to happen. In addition, I’m not sure that I will operate from home or perhaps the local park. So check the schedule often as it will most likely be amended – a lot!

As I mentioned before, another good tool to check for NAQCC Anniversary activity is to simply go over to the Reverse Beacon Network and simply plug in the N#A call for any, or perhaps the particular district your interested in QSOing with. For example, just enter N2A where it says “search spot by callsign” under the map. That will tell you where WA2NYY, WK2T, K2YGM or myself happen to be at any particular moment.

Oh, and if you try to work me as N2A, please be patient! I am trying to make these QSOs just a tad more than “TNX UR 599, 73 DE N2A”. Not ragchews, per se, but definitely more than get-it-done-with-quick.

UPDATE: Thanks to the following, who kept me company during lunch and got in a QSO with N2A (me) in the process – Steve AB0XE, Andy KD4UKW, Anthony KK4VAU,  Van N4ERM – all on 20 Meters – 14.060 MHz. Oh, and Van ….. not sure what you were using as far as rigs go, but your signal almost made my earbuds pop out – 599 +++!  Great signal from North Carolina!

72 de Larry W2LJ

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Posted by Larry Makoski at 12:00 PM

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Thanks to Larry Makowski (W2LJ) for this update on events surrounding the 10th anniversary of the North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC). Operating events will run from 13 October to 19 October.  Larry lists the various frequencies and modes that will be used in the contest-like event.  You can also get more information by visiting http://www.naqcc.info/main_n3a.html.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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