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ABOUT THE NAQCC...

Amateur radio has something for everyone.  SSB, FM, AM, the digital modes, and QRO power levels all have their place in this great hobby and we certainly recognize the importance of these modes as well as the enjoyment that they give to many.  But for a growing number of hams the challenge of “doing the most with the least” makes QRP (and QRPp) CW operating the greatest thrill available in amateur radio, and the North American QRP CW Club exists to promote this exciting facet of the hobby.  As part of our focus we also encourage, but do not limit operators to, the use of simple wire antennas.

The NAQCC provides numerous opportunities for hams to enjoy QRP/CW operating.  For contester types we have a popular monthly 2-hour sprint that runs at relatively low CW speeds and at a fairly relaxed pace.  Three special sprints also take place during the year for 160-meter and QRPp operators.  For a month-long activity we offer our members a Monthly Challenge that can be anything from forming a list of words from the calls of stations worked, to making a prescribed number of contacts using home-brew gear.  There is also an extensive awards program to recognize the significant QRP/CW accomplishments of our members.

We also serve as a resource for people who are just getting started in QRP and/or CW.  Our slow-speed CW nets are a great place for beginners to practice Morse code under real on-air conditions.  Beginners will also find a wealth of helpful information on our club website and we are more than willing to try to answer any questions about QRP and CW that you might have.  An extensive monthly newsletter is filled with useful projects and news from fellow QRPers.

A number of local NAQCC Chapters offer opportunities to get together for in person socializing and QRP/CW activities.  Portable operations are especially popular with the local chapters.

Whether you are a veteran ham radio operator who is looking for a new challenge in the hobby, or a beginner who is intrigued by the possibilities of QRP/CW communication, we cordially invite you to join us.  Membership is free and the benefits and fun are significant.

You can learn more about the NAQCC in this Youtube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPRPJEgpw9w

Our club web site is:  http://naqcc.info/

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SOME CLUB HISTORY...

The NAQCC was founded in 2004 by Tom, WY3H, and John, K3WWP.  At the time Tom had a lapsed ham ticket and was working as a staff writer for a local newspaper.  He heard about a dedicated QRPer (K3WWP) who had a string of about 3500 consecutive days of successfully making a QRP contact, and he thought that could possibly be a good human interest story for the newspaper.  Tom’s interview of John for the story led to a friendship, a renewal of Tom’s interest in ham radio, and shortly thereafter the founding of the NAQCC.  (By the way, K3WWP’s streak continues to this day with more than 21 years of QRP CW QSOs without missing a single day!  More information about K3WWP and his QRP streak can be found on his website.) 

Today the NAQCC has over 9000 members located in all 50 US states, 9 Canadian provinces, and 102 different DX entities.  

A more complete history of the early years of the club can be found in the newsletter archives on the club website.

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OPERATIONS...

- Details about operations prior to 2016 are not available but QSL cards can still be requested.

- On Feb 20, 2016 the West Virginia Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC from the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington, WV.

- On June 5, 2016 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC from the Breeseshooters Hamfest.  

- On June 19, 2016 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC and NY3EC from the USS Requin submarine museum.

- On June 25-26, 2016 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC for their ARRL Field Day operation.

- On July 17, 2016 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC wil operate N3AQC from a ham club picnic near Butler, PA from approximately 1630-1900 UTC.  Standard QRP frequencies on 40, 30, and possibly 20 meters.

- On July 31, 2016 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC for the Flight of the Bumblebees.

- On August 21, 2016 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC for the Skeeter Hunt.

- On August 28, 2016 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC from the Skyview Swap and Shop.

- On September 11, 2016 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC from the Butler BCARA Swapfest (tentative).

- From October 10 - 16, 2016 we will celebrate the club's 12th anniversary with special event stations located all over the country. The callsigns will be N1A, N2A, N3A, N4A, N5A, N6A, N7A, N8A, N9A, and N0A.  QSL requests for this special event should not be sent to AG1T.  Additional information can be found on the club website.

- On November 23, 2016 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC and NY3EC from the USS Requin submarine museum.

- On May 21, 2017 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC on a parkpedition from Kittanning, PA.

- On June 4, 2017 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC from the Butler Hamfest in Butler, PA.

- On June 18, 2017 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC and NY3EC from the USS Requin submarine museum.

- On June 24-25, 2017 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC for the ARRL Field Day from Kittanning, PA.

- On July 3, 2017 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC on a parkpedition from Moraine State Park, PA.

- On July 18, 2017 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC on a parkpedition from Kittanning Community Park.

- On July 30, 2017 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC for the Flight of the Bumblebees from Kittanning, PA.

- On August 20, 2017 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC for the Skeeter Hunt from Kittanning, PA.

- On September 10, 2017 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC from the Unionville Hamfest in Unionville, PA.

- From October 9-15, 2017 we will celebrate the club's 13th anniversary with special event stations located all over the country. The callsigns will be N1A, N2A, N3A, N4A, N5A, N6A, N7A, N8A, N9A, and N0A.  QSL requests for this special event should not be sent to AG1T.  Additional information can be found on the club website.

- On November 22, 2017 the Western PA Chapter of the NAQCC will operate N3AQC from the submarine USS Requin in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

 

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