April 21, 2017
Illowa claims 3 top finishes in the Special NAQCC Sprint

Wow! The Illowa chapter showed up in a big way in the recent special 150th NAQCC sprint. In the Straight Key category, Dave KD9VT took top spot with a whopping 6760 points. Way to go Dave! In the Keyer/Keyboard category, our own Bob W9PZ took first place with 2254 points-- good work Bob! And in the Gain Antenna Keyer/Keyboard category, Peter NN9K took first place by nearly doubling the nearest competitor with his 3844 points. Good job guys!

 April 9, 2017
Special NAQCC Sprint This Tuesday Nite

See the announcement below on this page, dated March 21st. From the original notice, here are the pertinent details: 
Tuesday evening, April 11 (4/12 UTC), we will have our landmark 150th regular monthly sprint.  

Hope to work all of you! And here's hoping conditions improve a little in the next 48 hours.

NN9K:   Class: Gain/Keyer--65 Qs--32 Mults--Bonus--x1--TOTAL POINTS: 4,096
KD9VT: Class: SWA/Straight Key--65 Qs--26 Mults--Bonus--x2--TOTAL POINTS: 6,760
W9PZ:   Class: SWA/Keyer--50 Qs--23 Mults--Bonus--x1--TOTAL POINTS: 2,254

March 30, 2017
K3WWP's Columns on QRP
John, K3WWP, is a legend in the world of QRP (and NAQCC member #2-- one of our founders). And though he no longer writes them, he has written a number of columns for the FISTS newsletter, and copies can be found on his personal website. In those columns, John shares lots of good information about QRP equipment and operation-- definitely worth reading. In fact, his entire website is a treasure trove for those interested in QRP and CW. Happy reading!

March 27, 2017
The Power of QRP
This is a map of my [K0NIA] QRP signal being picked up on the Reverse Beacon Network during a recent sprint. I was using 5 watts of power. Each green dot represents a beacon that picked up my signal. I was using a jr G5RV @ 35' during this sprint. Click on the map for a closer look.

March 21, 2017
Special NAQCC Sprint Announced

The following announcement was sent by email today:
Three weeks from today, on Tuesday evening, April 11 (4/12 UTC), we will have our landmark 150th regular monthly sprint.  We want to celebrate this event by giving away a prize worth $150 to one member-participant!  But there is a catch, we will only have a prize drawing if we get at least 150 submitted logs.  You don’t have to be an experienced contester or a high speed CW operator to participate.  Just get on the air, make at least 1 sprint QSO, and submit your log, and you will be eligible for the prize drawing.  (Actually, like the old potato chip commercial used to say, “bet you can’t eat just one!”)  So mark your calendar and get ready because our 150th monthly sprint will be here before you know it.


Paul - N8XMS
NAQCC President
NAQCC #0675

Hope to work all of you in this next sprint!

March 20, 2017
Four members of Illowa Chapter place in March Sprint

Four members of the Illowa chapter participated in the March 2017 NAQCC sprint. In the Keyer/Keyboard category, Peter NN9k placed 1st and Bob W9PZ placed 3rd in the W9 division.  In the Straight Key category, Dave KD9VT won the W9 division and Mark K0NIA placed 1st in the W0 division.

March 20, 2017
Sasquatch Stomp coming, March 31

Get your numbers soon-- several Illowa members intend to operate in next week's Sasquatch Stomp QRP/CW event. Be sure to email the organizers to get your participation number. More information can be found on their website

The Illowa chapter of t
he North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC) is located in the Quad Cities, along the Illinois/Iowa border and the Mississippi River. The purpose of our group is to promote amateur radio using QRP (low power) and CW. 

Pictured above, Dave KD9VT and Peter NN9K enjoy sunshine and CW in Crow Creek Park, in Bettendorf, IA.