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Wed Jul 26, 2017

⌂ Home 👤Richard ⚙ Help Press ? for keyboard shortcuts. Close Ad Mail Contacts Calendar Notepad Messenger News Feed [RAC-Bulletin] Update on Canada C3 Expedition Award: July 25

An Epic Journey to Celebrate Canada and Connect Canadians

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The Polar Prince has been making its way northward along the Labrador Coast visiting communities and places of interest. It is interesting to access the live camera feed to observe the coastline:

While daytime propagation at this time is limited, the CG3EXP beacon receptions are being uploaded by the receiving stations at a rate of up to 800 in a 12-hour period. Some of these stations have requested QSL cards and TCA columnist Robert Mazur, VA3ROM, has volunteered to be the CG3EXP eQSL Manager. Robert has designed an attractive eQSL card which is available via the online eQSL service or on request via direct email sent to: For more information please see the text provided by Robert below.

To join the stations that are using WSPR to track the Canada C3 Expedition in the remaining 95 days of the voyage, you only need a standard SSB HF receiver, an inexpensive ($10) USB sound adapter and a PC running the WSPR 2.0 software. You can download the software from

We particularly need more northern stations to join the project.

Chip Chapman, VA3KGB, has volunteered to refine the CG3EXP Award logging spreadsheet and we will be posting an updated version soon on the Canada C3 Expedition Award webpage at Thanks Chip!

eQSL Instructions by Robert Mazur, VA3ROM:

Robert Mazur, VA3ROM, has volunteered to be the CG3EXP eQSL Manager. He has designed an attractive e-QSL which is available via the online eQSL service or on request via direct email sent to:

Robert has provided the following simple instructions:

A) If you have an account, please send your report to CG3EXP as per the usual method ( users know how to do this). eQSL accounts are free for the basic version which is sufficient for most casual users.

B) If you don't have an account (most non-Amateurs do not), please send your report via email to I will accept either a screen capture of the WSPR or WJST-X decoding programs showing the CG3EXP decoded beacon (attached to the email) or a regular text report with the beacon details listed from either of those two programs. The subject line can be “CG3EXP QSL Request”, but I'm not particular since the account is only used for CG3EXP QSLs and I'll go through all received emails to see what they are requesting.

C) You can also submit the same report using both methods since the direct email QSL has the complete front (which I personalized) and back of the QSL card with the CG3EXP WSPR C3 Expedition details. CG3EXP has "AG" (authenticity guaranteed) so eQSL users can count those towards the various eQSL eAwards.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 26-07-17 | [0] comments (1 views) | 

Mon Jul 24, 2017

RSGB IOTA Contest 2017....

The RSGB IOTA Contest is the most popular contest in the RSGB HF Contests calendar, attracting entries from around the world.

Changes for 2017:
Removal of band change restrictions for Multi-ops.
Reduced log submission time.
Note - the HF Contest Committee are considering shortening the exchange for Island stations in the longer term.

IOTA refers to the RSGB "Islands on the Air" awards. A newcomers' guide to the system of IOTA references and to the IOTA Contest can be found at the IOTA Contest Information web page.

A beginners' guide to operating in the contest is here.

If you have any questions about these rules, please email

1. Objective To promote contacts between stations in IOTA island groups and the rest of the world, and to encourage expeditions to IOTA islands.
2. Date & Time 29th - 30th July 2017
12:00 - 12:00 UTC
3. Frequencies and Modes 3.5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 MHz
CW and/or SSB
4(a) Entrants
The contest is open to all stations world-wide.

The term "UK&CD" means the United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies, which are DXCC entities of England (G), Isle of Man (GD), Northern Ireland (GI), Jersey (GJ), Scotland (GM), Guernsey & Dependencies (GU) and Wales (GW).

Stations operating from a qualifying island are "Island Stations". They must make sure beforehand that the QTH from which they are operating is a valid island for IOTA purposes. This can be checked and Island References can be obtained here.

Stations not operating from a qualifying island are "World Stations".
Special Contest Callsigns or Club Callsigns may be used.

Remote operation is allowed only for World Stations where the remote station is in the same DX entity, and only after advance authorisation by the HFCC Chair.

4(b) Categories

(i) "Island Station -- Fixed", a station operating from a qualifying IOTA island, explained in Rule 4(a).

(ii) "Island Station -- DXpedition", a station also operating from a qualifying IOTA island. In addition, the island can only be reached by boat or air. Islands which can be accessed by bridge or causeway, man-made or natural, are not eligible. The majority of operators must also be non-resident on the island. And the operators must take all radio equipment and antennas with them, and must not rely on a resident or on any masts or towers already installed for any part of the station.

(iii) A "World Station" is any station which is not an Island Station.

(i) Single Operator Unassisted.

(ii) Single Operator Assisted

The Category Overlay - NEWCOMER is available to Single Operator entrants, where the operator was first licensed less than 3 years before the date of the contest.

In Single Operator categories, only one signal may be transmitted at any one time.

(iii) Island Multi-1. Island Stations only, 24-hour Mixed Mode only, High Power or Low Power only, Assisted only.

Island Multi-1 stations are restricted to a maximum of two transmitters, where the first station is the RUN station, labelled "0" in the Cabrillo log. The second is the MULTIPLIER station, labelled "1" in the Cabrillo log. The MULTIPLIER station is used to find and call other stations, but only if the station is a new multiplier. The MULTIPLIER station must not be used to solicit other contacts, e.g. by calling "CQ" or "QRZ?". Any non-multiplier QSOs made accidentally on the MULTIPLIER station must be logged, but will be scored as zero points.

(iv) Island Multi-2. Island Stations only, 24-hour Mixed-mode only, High Power or Low Power only, Assisted only.

Island Multi-2 stations may have a maximum of two transmitted signals at any one time, where the first station is labelled "0" in the Cabrillo log and the second is labelled "1". Both stations may be used to solicit contacts and to search for multipliers.

Island Multi-1 and Island Multi-2 entrants must include a full list of operators with their entry in the Cabrillo OPERATORS section.

There are no World Station Multi-Operator categories.


Mixed-Mode. Multi-Operator entries must be Mixed-Mode.


24 hours. Multi-Operator entries must be 24 hours.
12 hours. In the 12-hour category, operation need not be for one continuous 12-hour period, but once operation has commenced in the contest, off periods must be a minimum of 60 minutes.


High Power -- maximum licensed power, but no more than 1500W output. Multi-Operator entries are considered High Power.
Low Power -- maximum 100W output.
QRP -- maximum 5W output.

Any station not indicating transmitter power will be classified as High Power.

5. Exchange
World Stations send RS(T) and serial number starting from 1, for example:
599 254

Island Stations send RS(T) and serial number starting from 1, plus their IOTA Reference, for example:
59 378 EU115

If you are not sent a serial number, log a zero.

Mixed-Mode entrants may contact stations on both CW and SSB on each band. Do not use separate numbering systems for CW and SSB.

Multi-Operator entrants may find it convenient to allocate separate blocks of serial numbers for each station, but do ensure if possible that there is no duplication of serial numbers.

Island stations should announce their IOTA Reference during CQ calls so that other stations can check for Dupes before replying.

6. Scoring
Island Stations contacting
World Stations: 5 points.
Island Stations having the same IOTA reference : 5 points.
other Island Stations: 15 points.

World Stations contacting
World Stations: 2 points.
Island Stations: 15 points.

Multiplier. The multiplier is the total of different IOTA references contacted on each band on CW, plus the total of different IOTA references contacted on each band on SSB. Island Multi-Op stations may not contact members of their own group for multiplier credit.

The Total Score is the total of QSO points on all bands added together, multiplied by the total of multipliers on all bands added together.

7. Log Submission
and Adjudication Submit in Cabrillo format here within 5 days of the end of the contest. View the correct Cabrillo format for this contest.
If the robot finds format errors, it will reject the log and ask for resubmission of a corrected logfile.
Adjudicated results will be online and will include online logfiles for all entrants.
Errors will incur penalties as outlined in the RSGB HF Adjudication Principles. This penalty will be the loss of an additional 5 QSO points.
The use of CAT Control to log the correct frequency and mode is highly recommended - you will lose QSO points for frequency and mode errors.
8. Results and Awards A comprehensive Awards Web Page will be online in due course.
9. Supplementary Rules Any infringement considered to be outside the spirit of the contest may result in an entry being reclassified as a Checklog or disqualified.
Self-spotting or asking to be spotted is not permitted.
Call signs logged must be the same as those exchanged over the air by the entrants during the QSO. Correction of logged call signs and exchanges after the contest, by use of any database, recordings, email or other methods, is not allowed.
All requests for contacts, responses to calls, and copying of call signs and contest exchanges must be accomplished during the contest period using the mode and frequencies of the contest.
You must send your callsign at least every 3rd QSO and no less often than once a minute.
Proof of contact e.g. an MP3 audio recording, may be used as part of the adjudication process.
10. Declaration By entering any RSGB HF Contest you declare that :
Your station was operated strictly in accordance with the rules and spirit of the contest, within the conditions of your licence, and that the power output from your transmitter was no greater than that permitted in the section of the contest that you are entering.
You agree that decisions of the RSGB HF Contest Committee will be final in cases of dispute.
By submitting a log entry, entrants give the RSGB permission to score, amend, publish, republish, print, and otherwise distribute that entry by any means.

Posted by: VY2RU - Ken on 24-07-17 | [0] comments (51 views) | 

[RAC-Bulletin] Volunteers needed to Activate RAC call signs for RAC Canada 150 Award

Guidelines and Procedure for the RAC Canada 150 Award

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The RAC Canada 150 Award is a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday since Confederation in 1867. The Award is issued for contacting the 14 RAC stations areas – VA2RAC, VA3RAC, VE1RAC, VE4RAC, VE5RAC, VE6RAC, VE7RAC, VE8RAC, VE9RAC, VO1RAC, VO2RAC, VY0RAC, VY1RAC and VY2RAC – between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

In addition to the RAC Canada Contest, the RAC Canada Winter Contest and the IARU HF Championship Contest, the RAC stations will be activated by volunteers at other times as described below.

Note: For more information on becoming a volunteer please see the Guidelines and Procedures below. For more information on RAC Operating Awards including the Canada C3 Expedition Award visit:

We have lined up a few stations so far and Gabor Horvath, VE7JH, is planning to use his experience with the VE100VIMY portable operations to line up some more. All of the RAC call signs are going to be activated as much as possible between now and the end of the year, depending on our ability to find volunteers to activate them. The intent is to get all of them activated for whatever times we are able to arrange.

We will publicize some of these activations in advance on the RAC Canada 150 Award webpage ( and via RAC bulletins and social media so please be sure to subscribe to the RAC mailing list to receive notifications ( For example, there will be a team operating VE1RAC from Cape Breton Island in October and there may be another VY0RAC operation in October from Eureka similar to the activation in July.

Other activations of a more routine or ongoing nature may not have special bulletins dedicated to them. For example, Jean-Paul Leblanc, VE9BK and Marcel Leblanc, VE9ML, will be activating VE9RAC for the rest of the year. The best way to keep tabs on the activations will probably be by watching the DX Cluster (e.g.,

We are hoping to get all of the RAC stations on the air for the RAC Canada Winter Contest on December 30. We had all but one call sign on the air in the RAC Canada Day Contest.

We have prepared a few Guidelines and Procedures to assist you to make contacts with RAC stations and to provide more information on how to volunteer.

Guidelines and Procedures for the RAC Canada 150 Award

1) Individuals volunteering to operate RAC call signs must be RAC members; clubs must be RAC Affiliated clubs.

2) Requests are to be made to the RAC Regional Director or his designate. In British Columbia, RAC Director Allan Munnik, VA7MP/VE7RMP, has delegated the authority to Fred Orsetti, VE7IO, during the RAC 150 Award period. If there are other such delegations made we will include the information on the RAC Canada 150 Award webpage.

3) RAC Directors or their designates will email about operations in advance. As described above, operations from rare or unusual locations will be publicized; ongoing operations from routine locations may not be specially publicized.

4) Individuals using the RAC call signs may use any bands or modes, keeping in mind that the goal is to allow as many Amateurs as possible to contact them.

5) Individuals using the RAC call signs must not operate in a manner that would bring discredit to RAC or damage RAC’s reputation.

6) Individuals using the RAC call signs must keep a log (call sign, date, time, band, mode – all the usual information).

7) Logs from the RAC call sign station operations are to be submitted to or Logs should be in an acceptable format: ADIF or Cabrillo is fine; for other formats contact

8) For a short-duration operation, the log is to be submitted as soon as possible after the end of the operation. For ongoing operations, logs should be submitted every few days.

9) RAC station logs will be uploaded to the RAC 150 Award database and to Logbook of the World soon after they are received.

10) Award chasers do not need to submit logs. Award chasers may check on their progress by entering their call sign where indicated in the table provided at the bottom of the RAC Canada 150 Award webpage. Award chasers wanting a paper QSL for a contact with a station using a RAC call sign should QSL via the address listed at It is recommended that award chasers make use of the DX cluster (e.g., and similar means to keep track of current operations at any time.

Special thanks to volunteers Gabor Horvath, VA7JH, Keith Witney, VE7MID, Attila Holop, HA2NA, John Scott, VE1JS, Richard Ferch, VE3KI, Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, Paul Burggraaf, VE3PRB, Mike Hutchison and Alan Griffin for organizing this event.

We hope you enjoy taking part in this celebration!

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 24-07-17 | [0] comments (9 views) | 

Mon Jul 17, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] VY0RAC is on the air from VY0ERC for the RAC 150 award

Pierre Fogal, VE3KTB, is now putting VY0RAC on the air from VY0ERC for the RAC 150 award!

To commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday, Radio Amateurs of Canada, with the assistance of a team of talented and dedicated volunteers, is pleased to present the RAC 150 Award program. Starting with the RAC Canada Day Contest on July 1, the 14 special RAC call signs are now being activated by volunteers throughout the second half of 2017.

RAC holds club call signs in all 14 of Canada's call areas. These are: VA2RAC, VA3RAC, VE1RAC, VE4RAC, VE5RAC, VE6RAC, VE7RAC, VE8RAC, VE9RAC, VO1RAC, VO2RAC, VY0RAC, VY1RAC and VY2RAC. These call signs are used to promote RAC and interest by Amateurs in RAC.

Contacts with stations using RAC call signs count towards certain RAC awards such as the Worked All RAC Award and the RAC Canada 150 Award. In certain contests, such as the RAC Canada Day Contest, the RAC Winter Contest, the IARU HF Championship and the RSGB Commonwealth Contest, RAC call signs designate HQ or bonus stations that may count for extra points under the applicable contest rules.

For the RAC 150 Award, stations making contacts with a number of RAC stations will have the opportunity to download an award corresponding to the number of different stations worked.

Pierre will operate as VY0RAC from VY0ERC until Saturday, July 22.

Background information about VY0ERC

In early 2016, Alexey Tikhomirov, VE1RUS, became the trustee for VY0ERC and with that the Eureka Amateur Radio Club (EARC) was formed with Alex, Pierre Fogal, VE3KTB and John Gilbert, VE3CXL, as the club’s initial members and Executive. The establishment of a radio club at Eureka was inspired by the commemoration of Canada 150 and the 70th anniversary of the Eureka Weather Station.

The Eureka Amateur Radio Club is located in the environs of the Eureka Weather Station which is itself located at 79 degrees 59 minutes N, 85 degrees 56 minutes W on Ellesmere Island (IOTA NA-008). VY0ERC is currently operating out of the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) Ridge Laboratory (RidgeLab) located approximately 11 kilometres as the crow flies from the weather station ( The RidgeLab is set on top of the hill at 80 degrees 3 minutes N and 86 degrees 25 minutes W at 600 m.a.s.l. The separation is significant as Eureka is in grid square EQ79 and the RidgeLab is in grid square ER60, and as the RidgeLab is above 80 degrees N, it is in ITU zone 75 rather than ITU zone 4. Both are located in CQ zone 2. Pierre is a Site Manager at PEARL. For more information visit

The 70th anniversary of the establishment of the original Amateur station at Eureka, VE8MA, was featured in the May-June 2017 and July-August 2017 issues of The Canadian Amateur magazine. In the article Pierre provided the following short bio:

“Pierre was first licensed in 2000, rather later in life than many Amateurs, while living in Colorado. He still holds the Extra class licence KC0IGY. He returned to Canada in late 2004 but it would be 10 years before there was time to pass the Canadian exam to become VE3KTB. His interests include chasing DX, contesting and just about anything else. Science and Amateur Radio have always gone hand-in-hand for him, allowing him to activate NA-008, NA-043 and operate from KC4AAA.”

Please visit the RAC 150 Award webpage at for additional information and for a link to download your award.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 17-07-17 | [0] comments (165 views) | 
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