The main purpose of the challenges is to increase CW and QRP activity in Europe, whilst having fun at the same time! We aim to help preserve the use of Morse Code on the bands and show that it is still a very viable, useful, and efficient mode of operation.
The Chapter is very fortunate to have our own dedicated Challenges Manager, Ton PA5LR. All challenge suggestions and organisation are the work of Ton, unless otherwise credited.
Current European challenge: Construct the names of these famous European doctors of medicine and an important year in their career
Upcoming European challenges:
Most Recent European challenge:
To see details of every European chapter challenge since 2012, see the past challenges page.
1. All QSOs submitted for credit in the challenge must be 2x CW.
2. All QSOs submitted for credit in the challenge must be made using 5W or less of output power measured at the transmitter. The station worked in any QSO may be using any power level.
3. Any and all bands may be used.
4. No QSOs that have been made in any contest or sprint may be used in completing a challenge.
5. Only QSOs made with a station who was transmitting from a location within Europe at the time of the QSO may be submitted.
6. You can use each letter and cipher in a call TWICE. For example you could use MW∅MIE for 4 (=2×2) M’s, 2 W’s, 2 ∅’s, 2 I’s and 2 E’s. Subsequent QSOs with the same station may not, however, be used for additional letters.
7. Each challenge runs over the period of an entire month.
8. European and other NAQCC challenges are not mutually exclusive. Members can participate in both in any given month. Indeed the call of each station worked may be submitted for more than one NAQCC challenge.
9. Non-members are very welcome to participate in and submit their entries for NAQCC European challenges, but are not eligible for awards. They will be listed in a separate section in the results.
10. Reports must be received before 2359Z on the tenth of the month following the challenge.