August 2015 challenge

Premise:

Tour de France
Top four of the overall individual time classification: name of the winner and his time and the names of the other riders with their time gap with the winner:

Froome     84 46 14
Quintana Rojas     01 12
Valverde Belmonte     05 25
Nibali     08 36

The total number of ciphers and letters is 59. They are distributed as follows:

0  1  2  3  4  5  6  8  A  B  D  E  F  I  J  L  M  N  O  Q  R  S  T  U  V
3  3  2  1  3  2  2  2  5  2  1  5  1  3  1  3  2  4  4  1  3  1  2  1  2

Logs:

For your report, list the words you made and the station used for each letter in the word. The number of stations listed must be the same as the number of letters in each word, even though you use the same station for more than one letter.

Results:

PA0XAW

FROOME 844614
DF1UQ, DK4RW/P, OE5PGL, OE5PGL, I/DF3MC/P, OE5PGL, LA8IG, DK4RW/P, DK4RW/P, DK65DARC, R2015NE, G4UZE/P
QUINTANA ROJAS 0112
DF1UQ, DF1UQ, DK1WI/P, R2015NE, IW2HTH, LA8IG, R2015NE, LA8IG, R15CWC, OH0VJ, OH0JV, DL2DXA/P, F5SGI/P, R2015NE, DK1WI/P, DK1WI/P, DL2DXA/P
VALVERDE BELMONTE 0525
OH0JV, LA1ENA/P, LA1ENA/P, OH0JV, OE5PGL, DK4RW/P, DK1WI/P, R2015NE, YO/HA8BJ/P, OK1NE, DL2DXA/P, I/DF3MC/P, OH0JV, OK1NE, IW2HTH, OK1NE, OH0JV, OE5PGL, DL2DXA/P, OE5PGL
NIBALI 0836
OK1NE, LA8IG, YO/HA8BJ/P, LA1ENA/P, DL2DXA/P, LA8IG, OH0JV, LA8IG, DL3RAD, DK65DARC

K1IEE

FROOME 84 46 14
F6GHG, RA3DOL, ON6BV, YO9PBX, MM0GYX, EW7EW, S58MU, DK4LX, DL4UNY, F6GHG, IZ1ASM, DL4UNY
QUINTANA ROJAS 01 12
I8QJU, DL7UMK/P, F5IN, ON6BV, TF3JB, EA2CW, DL4UNY, IZ1ASM, HA7RY, S51WO, F2QJ, DL5ANT, S51WO, MM0GYX, IZ1ASM, LZ1MS, EA2CW
VALVERDE BELMONTE 05 25
ON6BV, EA2CW, DL7UKM/P, ON6BV, EW7EW, RA3DOL, DL7UMK/P, EW7EW, ON6BV, EW7EW, DL7UMK/P, MM0GYX, ON6BV, DL4UNY, TF3JB, EA2CW, LZ250MM, S58MU, EA2CW, S58MU
NIBALI 08 36
ON6BV, IZ1ASM, ON6BV, EA2WX, LZ2FU, IZ1ASM, MM0GYX, S58MU, TF3JB, F6GHG

SM5MEK

Froome 84 46 14
LX/DF1XC, OY/DL2JRM, OY/DL2JRM, OY/DL2JRM, OY/DL2JRM, OZ1JVE/P, ON8ON, R164VW, R164VW, R164VW, R164VW, R15CWC/4
Quintana Rojas 01 12
SM5CQR, YO6CUF, TM73IE, ON8ON, E7TESLA, E7/9A9JZ, ON8ON, E7/9A9JZ, OY/DL2JRM, OZ1JYE, OZ1JYE, E7TESLA, SM3TLG/P, MW0BRO, S51CK, S51CK, DL2JRM
Valverde Belmonte 05 25
OZ1JVE/P, E7TESLA, LX/DF1XC, OZ1JVE, OZ1JVE, R164VW, LX/DF1XC, TM73IE, MW0BRO, E7TESLA, E7TESLA, SM3TLG/P, ON8ON, ON8ON, TM73IE, TM73IE, MW0BRO, S51CK, R2015RV, S51CK
Nibali 08 36
ON8ON, TM73IE, MW0BRO, DK65DARC, E7TESLA, HB9AFI/P, R2015RV, ON8ON, SM3TLG/P, YO6CUF

K3WWP

Froome 84 46 14
S52F, MI0SRR, OG9W, OG9W, MI0SRR, EG2A, F8DGY, IZ4ZZB, IZ4ZZB, EA6UN, CT1AGS, I4EWH
Quintana Rojas 01 12
HB9CVQ, S58MU, IZ4ZZB, EA6UN, CT1AGS, EG2A, EA6UN, EG2A, MI0SRR, IK2CIO, CT1JOP, EA6UN, MI0SRR, MI0SRR, CT1AGS, LZ1GU, EG2A
Valverde Belmonte 05 25
HB9CVQ, EA6UN, GB2GNL, HB9CVQ, EG2A, MI0SRR, HG5DX, EA6UN, IZ4ZZB, EA6UN, GB2GNL, MI0SRR, IK2CIO, GB2GNL, CT1AGS, EA2PA, MI0SRR, HG5DX, EG2A, HG5DX
Nibali 08 36
GB2GNL, IZ4ZZB, IZ4ZZB, EA2PA, LZ1GU, MI0SRR, IK0OZD, F8DGY, OM3SEM, EA6UN

RW3AI

Froome 84 46 14
UA1AFT, RN4AO, RN4AO, RN4AO, F8OML, UA6BED, F8OML, RN4AO, RN4AO, UA6BED, UA1AFT, UA4FHC
Quintana Rojas 01 12
US5ERQ, UA1AFT, UT1IM, RN4AO, UA1AFT, RN4AO, RN4AO, RN4AO, RN4AO, F8OML, UA4CBJ, UA1AFT, UA1ASB, LA0CX, UA1AFT, UA1ASB, OK2BFN
Valverde Belmonte 05 25
US5EVD, UA1AFT, F8OML, US5EVD, UA6BED, US5ERQ, UA6BED, US5ERQ, UA6BED, US5ERQ, F8OML, F8OML, F8OML, OK2BFN, UA1AFT, US5EVD, LA0CX, US5ERQ, OK2BFN, US5ERQ
Nibali 08 36
OK2BFN, UT1IM, UA6BED, UA1AFT, LA0CX, IK0YVV, IK0YVV, F8OML, RA3NC, UA6BED

SM5ELV

Froome 84 46 14
F/DL7UGN, UR7VT, DQ0YOTA, DQ0YOTA, G4SMN, IU1DEI, SC80SM, G4SMN, G4SMN, ON6KZ, IU1DEI, DK4RW/P
QUINTANA ROJAS 01 12
DQ0YOTA, F/DL7UGN, IU1DEI, F/DL7UGN, UR7VT, DQ0YOTA, F/DL7UGN, DQ0YOTA, UR7VT, ON6KZ, IW2JJS, IZ1AWE, G4SMN, DQ0YOTA, IU1DEI, IZ1AWE, IW2JJS
Valverde Belmonte 05 25
UR7VT, IZ1AWE, F/DL7UGN, UR7VT, IU1DEI, DK4RW/P, F/DL7UGN, IZ1AWE, YO4BEX, IZ1AWE, F/DL7UGN, G4SMN, ON6KZ, ON6KZ, UR7VT, YO4BEX, DQ0YOTA, PC15SAIL, IW2JJS, PC15SAIL
NIBALI 08 35
ON6KZ, IU1DEI, YO4BEX, PC15SAIL, PC15SAIL, IU1DEI, SC80SM, SC80SM, UR3VZ, SM5FWW

All the above get a certificate and participation point.

Soapbox:

K1IEE
If band conditions continue to decline it will be very hard to make QRP EU contacts. It will take trying to be in the right place at the right time on the right band. The number 4 was the hardest to find. Took 7 days of listening to finally get the number 4 to finish the challenge. Thanks to all 73 Dick

K3WWP
An interesting ending to this month’s challenge. Despite the generally poor conditions during August, there were good days on which I was able to pick up many characters for the challenge. However the days during the last full week had horrible conditions with almost no European stations being heard, and I still needed a J to finish up. Well, on Sunday the 30th, I and a couple friends went to the Skyview Radio Society Swap and Shop where we were invited to set up a QRP demo. During the demo, I happened to work CT1JOP, and shortly thereafter I realized I had worked a J, but with our NAQCC club call N3AQC. So I quickly tried to work JOP again using my K3WWP call. A couple other hams worked him at first, but then I got my QSO to complete the challenge. Even though they have a big antenna farm at Skyview, I was using their 80/40 dipole on 17 meters so it was still a simple wire antenna and that qualified the QSO in my opinion even though they have a better location than mine in Kittanning. So it is good to complete a challenge again after a couple months. Thanks to those who put together these challenges. They will be becoming more challenging in the coming few years as the sunspot cycle drops to a minimum sometime around 2019 or so.

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