September 2015 challenge

The theme of this month’s challenge is again the Tour de France. However, the modus operandi of this challenge is completely different from anything we have held previously.

Goal:

The challenge is based around the names of the three distinct most highly-ranked teams in this year’s Tour de France. They were:

  1. Sky,
  2. Movistar,
  3. Astana.

(If you’re interested, the full results – including the names of the riders for each of the above teams – can be found here.)

However, unlike previous challenges the dates on which you work stations matter. To complete this challenge, any callsign you use to construct MOVISTAR must be worked after all the callsigns used to construct SKY. Likewise, any callsign you use to construct ASTANA must be worked after all callsigns used to construct MOVISTAR. The challenge aims to reflect the ordered nature of the race results.

As an example, suppose I have worked all the stations that I need to construct SKY by the 10th of the month. For sake of argument, let’s say these callsigns are SM5VTA, K3ARO, and MI3SNY. Furthermore suppose that I worked MI3SNY last, at 1100 on the 10th of August. (I take the S from SM5VTA, the K from K3ARO and the Y from MI3SNY.) In any other month, I would at this point have completed the challenge (because those three calls actually contain all the letters that I require – recall that I can use each letter twice), and would have 20 days to myself before I can start on the October challenge. However, for this challenge, having worked all the stations I need for SKY, I must now discard all those callsigns before I can start work on MOVISTAR. So I can only use callsigns that I work after 1101 on the 10th of August when constructing MOVISTAR. The dates and times will of course be different for each participant (it should be easy to work all the stations needed for SKY well before the 10th!).

Most of the other challenge rules remain the same. Note in particular that within each team name, you can still use each letter in a callsign twice. So to construct ASTANA, I only need to work two stations with an A in the callsign, but I must work both after the final station used to construct MOVISTAR.

Results (listed in order of receipt of entry):

PA9CW

SKY
EG3SDC (1/9), SP/DL1EKO (1/9), RY3AAA (1/9)
MOVISTAR.
SM5COP (1/9), OE7WRH (5/9), IZ5QVV (5/9), IZ4ZZB (3/9), SM0NTE (3/9), EW1TZ (1/9), YU4SAF (3/9), RM4W (5/9).
ASTANA
HA7WI (5/9), OM0CS (5/9), TK/S59AA (5/9), EA2WX/P (6/9), IQ3NX (5/9), HA8RC (6/9).

PA0XAW

SKY
G4CFS/P (2/9), DL6FBK/P (2/9), LY2PX (1/9).
MOVISTAR.
G4VHM (3/9), OZ90IARU (2/9), IZ0EUS (12/9), TF3JB (13/9).
ASTANA
EA2CW/P (13/9), DJ8SW (17/9), OK1FRT/P (17/9), IQ1NM (15/9), DK0AG (13/9).

SM5ELV

SKY
US3EW (6/9), OZ7KOL/P (6/9), EU1FY (6/9).
MOVISTAR.
SM7WNM (6/9), OZ7J/P (6/9), OE7LVI (14/9), F5IN (14/9), 9A2DS (6/9) UT5MD (14/9), OZ2EDR/P (2/9).
ASTANA
OM2015TITANIC (14/9), SP0DXC (15/9), Z31NA (14/9).

K1IEE

SKY
G4SMN (2/9), DK2SC (2/9), YL3CW (7/9).
MOVISTAR.
DL5YM (7/9), ON4UM (7/9), TF/DL2VFR (16/9), IK1UGX (7/9), EG75SDC (7/9), EA1XT (11/9), 9A8DXG (7/9) CT9/DL1RNT (13/9).
ASTANA
EA8TL (17/9), G3RSP (17/9), HA8LNN (22/9), M0CCA (22/9).

RW3AI

SKY
US5EFU (5/9), UI7K (5/9), RM3Y (5/9).
MOVISTAR.
R3OM (18/9), R3VL (18/9), UR4LIN (18/9), UR5FS (18/9), TA3D (18/9).
ASTANA
SM6NT (19/9) LA6ZFA (19/9).

PA7PYR

SKY
MS0OXE (12/9), OK3EQ (8/9), YU65GMN (12/9).
MOVISTAR
SM7FSK (13/9), OK1FRT (15/9), SV8/LZ1YQ (20/9), II2IAOG (15/9), LA/DL2SWW (14/9).
ASTANA
PA7JWC/P (22/9), LZ129WNLS (21/9), DL6MST/P (22/9), DA0CW/P (27/9).

All the above are awarded a certificate and participation point.

Partial attempts:

K3WWP

SKY (complete)
SP2GWH (2/9), IK2CIO (3/9), F8DGY (3/9).
MOVISTAR (complete).
SM3NXS (30/9), ON4UN (18/9), SV2/RW3AL (6/9), IF9/IT9PPG (4/9),
EG7SDC (3/9).

DH0DK

SKY (complete)
S52ON (12/9), G4OBK (12/9), YO/HA8LLH/P (13/9).
MOVISTAR (complete)
SP9AML (13/9), OK2BDF/p (13/9), HG7WAV (13/9), IK4DRY (13/9), DL6MST
(13/9), DL6WT (13/9), EA2CW/p (13/9), LY1SR (13/9).

All the above are awarded a participation certificate and a participation point.

Soapbox (alphabetical):

K1IEE

Found conditions to EU very unpredictable. Took 7 day’s to hear and work the letter Y. Best operating UTC times for me was in 1100 and 2100 hours. Hardest letters to get were Y and N. Worked G3RSP in the USA mW challenge also. Thanks to all 73 Dick.

K3WWP

Here in PA, September is one of the nicest of months with many
clear days, warm (but not hot) temperatures, kids in school, fish biting, harvesting of garden crops, and so on which leads to a lot of outdoor activity. Because of that, I did not have all that much time on the air at the time of day when Europe was coming through, namely afternoons. It wasn’t very good in the 0000Z hour when I do most of my operating. Hence I didn’t fare well with this month’s challenge. I thought the concept was interesting, kind of like our winter/spring challenge of several years ago when the challenge was split in two parts in March, before and after the vernal equinox. It did make it a bit rough though as it was frustrating to hear letters from the second and third words before the first one was complete. Congrats to all who did complete the challenge, especially those outside of Europe. Hopefully I’ll be back on the completed list for the October challenge, but I’ll have to increase my afternoon on-air time to do so.

PA7PYR

Nice challenge and not so difficult. All the QSOs worked with QRP/P 1 watt or less on 40 and 17 m.
Tnx All
PA7PYR NAQCC 4443 Rien

PA9CW

Another nice challenge. It was not so very difficult, to make the three words. I’m also a cyclist. I ride about 10.000 km a year.
I use a K3 with a UFB 13 antenna. All QSOs made on 30 meter.

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