May 2015 challenge


Premise
:

The names of three well-known European Train Trips

The Chocolate Train
The Bernina Express
The Transylvanian Odyssey

Results:

PA0XAW

THE CHOCOLATE TRAIN
SX10TARG, G3YHO, EM70U, EA4FSC/P, G3YHO, AO150N, EA4FSC/P, AO150N, UE110L, AO150N, SX10TARG, EM70U, TM150ITU, R120V, AO150N, TM150ITU, AO150N
THE BERNINA EXPRESS
TM150ITU, HG50IPA, E77AW, M0BDS, E77AW, R120V, AO150N, TM150ITU, LA1ENA/P, SX10TARG, UE110L, SX10TARG, HG150IPA, SX10TARG, UE110L, M0BDS, M0BDS
THE TRANSYLVANIAN ODYSSEY
TM150ITU, HG150IPA, LA1ENA/P, TM150ITU, SX10TARG, SX10TARG, LA1ENA/P, SX10TARG, IY0GMO, UE110L, R120V, E77AW, OH2NOS/P, IY0GME, E77AW, OH2NOS/P, G3YHO, M0BDS, G3YHO, EA4FSC/P, EA4FSC/P, LA1ENA/P, G3YHO

G3XOB

The Chocolate Train
YL2TD, AO150H, DL1EFW, OL750CB, AO150H, AO150H, OL750CB, AO150H, YL2TD, AO150H, YL2TD, DL1EFW, RP70TZ, RP70TZ, AO150H, HA9PI, AO150N
The Bernina Express
RP70TZ, HA9PI, IR2EXPO, OL750CB, IR2EXPO, RP70TZ, AO150N, HA9PI, LX/ON4WRC, UA2FL, EA6/MM0DHY/P, IR2EXPO, RP70TZ, PA2GRU, EA6/MM0DHY/P, 9A/S53BB/P, 9A/S53BB/P
The Transylvanian Odyssey
OT4A, HA9PI, M6KET, OT4A, PA2GRU, UA2FL, LX/ON4WRC, S54X, YL2TD, YL2TD, SQ70VD, PA2GRU, G4FNL, IR2EXPO, PA2GRU, G4FNL, OL750CB, YL2TD, YL2TD, S54X, SQ70VD, M6KET, EA6/MM0DHY/P

F5MNK

THE CHOCOLATE TRAIN
YT90IARU, HF80MZH, GS3PYE/P, GI4CFQ, HF80MZH, OZ/PA2A, GI4CFQ, OZ/PA2A, LZ15FD, YT90IARU, YT90IARU, GS3PYE/P, TM90REF, YT90IARU, YT90IARU, YT90IARU, R120N
THE BERNINA EXPRESS
TM90REF, HF80MZH, EM210QK, DF5JBA, EM210QK, YT90IARU, R120N, YT90IARU, EN0U, 9A2GSV/P, R120E, DR50RRDXA, 9A2GSV/P, DR50RRDXA, R120E, 9A2GSV/P, 9A2GSV/P
THE TRANSYLVANIAN ODISSEY
T77C, HF80MZH, EM70U, T77C, DR50RRDXA, 9A2GSV/P, EN0U, LZ17SOZ, YT90IARU, LZ15FD, 9A2GSV/P, DR50RRDXA, SV5/DL3DRN, GI4CFQ, DR50RRDXA, SV5/DL3DRN, LZ17SOZ, DR50RRDXA, YT90IARU, LZ17SOZ, GS3PYE/P, EM70U, GS3PYE/P

K1IEE

THE CHOCOLATE TRAIN
TM90REF, CT1HMN, TM90REF, CT1HMN, CT1HMN, ON4AHQ, CT1HMN, ON4AHQ, MM0KLR, ES3AX, TM90REF, TM90REF, CT1HMN, TM90REF, ES3AX, I1MMR, CT1HMN
THE BERNINA EXPRESS
CT1HMN, ON4AHQ, ES3AX, G3VBS, ES3AX, TM90REF, CT1HMN, I1MMR, ON4AHQ, ON4AHQ, EM70U, ES3AX, GS3PYE/P, MM0KLR, EM70U, ES3AX, ES3AX
THE TRANSYLVANIAN ODYSSEY
GX4TSW, ON4AHQ, GS3PYE/P, GX4TSW, MM0KLR, ON4AHQ, ON4AHQ, GX4TSW, GS3PYE/P, MM0KLR, G3VBS, AO150O, LZ1NP, AO150I, AO150O, LZ1NP, AO150O, DP7X, GS3PYE/P, GX4TSW, G3VBS, GS3PYE/P, 9A2YM

K3WWP

The Chocolate Train
TM5U, HA8WZ, AO150E, SV2CUI, HA8WZ, AO150E, SV2CUI, AO150E, OM2VL, AO150E, TM5U, AO150E, AO150T, MM0KLR, AO150E, UX7IW, AO150N
The Bernina Express
AO150T, Z37HWX, OM3SEM, LZ102SIB, OM3SEM, MM0KLR, AO150N, UX7IW, RA6AN, 9A50AJ, RK3ER, UX7IW, R120AP, R120K, RK3ER, LZ102SIB, LZ102SIB
The Transylvanian Odyssey
OZ150ITU/15, Z37HWX, EI4II, OZ150ITU/15, R120K, 9A50AJ, RA6AN, S55DX, LY8O, OM2VL, OM2VL, 9A50AJ, EA2NN, LZ102SIB, 9A50AJ, EA2NN, OM2VL, S55DX, LY8O, S55DX, OM3SEM, EI4II, LY5O

RW3AI

The Chocolate Train
HG7T, HG7T, EU6DX, RC7I, HG7T, ON5JT, RC7I, ON5JT, OM6AL, OM6AL, HG7T, EU6DX, ON5JT, RC7I, OM6AL, RC7I, ON5JT
The Bernina Express
ON5JT, HA8TP, E74SL, OK2BME, E74SL, RC7I, ON5JT, RC7I, F5IN, HA8TP, OK2BME, EU6DX, HA8TP, R4AAX, OK2BME, E74SL, E74SL
The Transylvanian Odyssey
HA8TP, HA8TP, IK8TEO, HA8TP, R4AAX, HA8TP, F5IN, SM7RYR, SM7RYR, OM6AL, UA3VFS, R4AAX, UA4PAN, F5IN, R4AAX, UA4PAN, OM6AL, EU6DX, SM7RYR, SM7RYR, YT2ISM, IK8TEO, YT2ISM

VQ95JC / ND9M

The Chocolate Train
J49TSL, IK0MHR, G4EZT, F4FCC, IK0MHR, SQ1OD, F4FCC, SQ1OD, J49TSL, LA5LT, J49TSL, G4EZT, G4EZT, R2DW, LA5LT, IK0MHR, SM3NXS
The Bernina Express
G4EZT, YO6HOY, SP5EPP, RX6B, SP5EPP, R2DW, SM3NXS, IK0MHR, R120N, SM4AIQ, DA2ER, SM3NXS, SP6ZC, IK0MHR, DA2ER, J49TSL, J49TSL
The Transylvanian Odyssey
OH6MTG, YO6HOY, EA7ST, OH6MTG, IK0MHR, HA1KF, R120N, SQ1OD, YO6HOY, J49TSL, F5VV, HA1KF, LZ1ND, SM4AIQ, SM4AIQ, LZ1ND, YO6HOY, R2DW, YO6HOY, SQ1OD, SM3NXS, EA7ST, YO6HOY

SM5ELV

The Chocolate Train
UR7VT, GB1CHF, UA6BFE, GB1CHF, GB1CHF, R120O, GB1CHF, R120O, DL2XL, DL7DAX, UR7VT, UA6BFE, F/HB9DST/P, UR7VT, UA6BVE, 2E1IGI, HB9DNP/P
The Bernina Express
F/HB9DST/P, HB9DNP/P, HA7NE, UA6BFE, HA7NE, UR7VT, HA7NE, 2E1IGI, HA7NE, UA6BFE, 2E1IGI, DL7DAX, M0KRP, R120O, M0IIE, F/HB9DST/P, SM5AKU
The Transylvanian Odessey
UT5EHN, UT5EHN, UT5EHN, UT5EHN, AO150R, AO150R, UT5EHN, SM5AKU, 8S5KY, DL7DAX, UR7VT, AO150R, UT5EHN, M0IIE, SM5AKU, HA7NE, AO150R, DL7DAX, UT5EHN, 8S5KY, 8S5KY, M0IIE, 8S5KY

DH0DK

The Chocolate Train
F6FTB, DK7ZH, DL4ME, DL0MC, DK7ZH, DL4TO, DL0MC, DL4TO, DL4ME, HA8DD, F6FTB, DL4ME, DL4TO, PA0HRM, HA8DD, DK1WI, S55N
The Bernina Express
DL4TO, PA0HRM, DL3MBE, F6FTB, DL3MBE, PA0HRM, S55N, DK1WI, G4SMN, PA0HRM, DL1EFW, DL2XL, PA0HRM, DL7URB, DL1EFW, S55N, S55N
The Transylvanian Odyssey
DL6MST, PA0HRM, DL1DVE, DL6MST, DL7URB, PA0HRM, G4SMN, G4SMN, OK2PYA, DL4ME, DL1DVE, OK2PYA, OE5EIN, DK1IO, OK2PYA, OE5EIN, OK2PYA, HA8DD, OK2PYA, G4SMN, DL6MST, OE5EIN, YP0LB

All the above get a certificate and participation point.

Soapbox:

PA0XAW
In this challenge the difficult letter for me was the letter N; SOTA station OH2NOS/P came to the rescue.
73, Age – pa0xaw

G3XOB
SOAPBOX – Another fun exercise, that last ‘N’ was very elusive! Thanks for organising these events.
73 Dave

F5MNK
First challenge for this year… Hi.. Not easy !
Best 73. Lo. F5MNK.

K1IEE
Another great challenge.
Thanks to all 73 Dick

K3WWP
Like PA0XAW and G3XOB, the ‘N’ was a bit elusive and was my last letter to finish up when I worked EA2NN on May 24. Beautiful weather here this month kept me away from the shack quite a bit, hence it took a good part of the month to finish up vs. a few days most other months. It was nice not having numbers in the list this month as they generally prove to be harder to work than letters, but then that’s why we call them challenges, isn’t it. HI. Lots of fun no matter what. Now I’ll be awaiting the June challenge. Thanks Ton and Matt for these wonderful challenges.

VQ95JC / ND9M
This was definitely a tough challenge for me. There has not been a ham station on this island for several years now, so all of my operating is done portable. I carry everything in a backpack and set up at a park whenever I want to operate. Of course that means I have to break everything down again at the end of my operating time. I had previously measured my FT817ND’s output at “full” power and saw that it was 5.2W so technically out of the allowed power range., so for this challenge, I ran the 817 at 2-1/2 watts (a loss of 3 dB). My antenna was a dipole at 25 feet (8M).
Many ops believe that a somewhat rare DXCC country like mine adds 3 or 6 dB to the signal level. But running QRP to a simple wire antenna close to the ground is a big challenge. Plus my call has a unique prefix (VQ95), which made contacts difficult as well. A lot of ops miscopied the extra number as the letter “H”, and others did not realize there was an extra number at all and did not get my call right. I received many 599 reports (very common in the DXing world), so only I logged only contacts with stations that copied my callsign correctly or identified me as QRP.
The letter “N” was the last one for me, and I needed two stations with that letter for the last three weeks. (I normally work ON stations fairly often, but this month there were none to work!) Thankfully, I made the last needed contact with only one hour left of my final operation during the month, which was very close to not making the challenge because sigs from EU were fading quickly.
But even so, it was all a lot of fun – many tks

DH0DK
Ready for a new game.
Thanks to all 72 Ben DH0DK #7576

 

 

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