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N1RR   SOSB/160 HP   4,0502017-12-30 14:54:11
160M testing - Glad I did it, found a problem and fixed it.
As of 10AM DEC 30 no one is on the band. I may operate more before this one is
over...
-Charlie
 
MM3AWD   SO CW QRP   1,0082017-12-30 15:26:36
Unfortunately didnt have much time to play in this one.
Picked off as much as i could in my allowed time.

Have to now head to the contest QTH to set up for the Stew Perry before it gets
totally dark.

Thanks for the Q's and a very happy New Year to all.. see you all in 2018

73, Scott
MM3AWD
 
KE4KY   M/S HP   48,8002017-12-30 17:15:17
Always a blast! Thanks for the Q's.

Glenn KE4KY
 
N5OE   SOSB/80 QRP   1,9802017-12-30 17:26:11
Ran 5w into shunt fed 48' 25g tower with 40 radials under it.
 
K7AZT   SO CW LP   7,0802017-12-30 22:20:13
No idea of time spent. I worked the contest in short bursts throughout the day
while working on projects in the shop.
 
WØGXA   SOSB/40 HP   10,1002017-12-30 22:30:31
I didn't want to be turning my beam a lot with the cold WX (-5F or worse) lest I
break something before Bouvet. So, I opted for single band 40. Only a few
hours on the radio opening night and late Saturday.
 
K4WW   SOSB/40 HP   15,3362017-12-30 22:41:44
Happy and prosperous New Year to all. Thanks for the contacts.
 
K3PP   SO CW HP   36,8682017-12-30 22:50:50
Fun contest with lots of running! TU to our friends in the Great White North!
HNY!
 
K3IE   M/M HP   113,9242017-12-30 23:01:47
Fun contest - thanks for the Q's!

- Hunter K3IE
 
N4TB   SO CW HP   103,6802017-12-30 23:14:39
Always a fun contest

73 Terry N4TB
 
K4AKK   SO SSB HP   57,5722017-12-31 00:02:09
Decent conditions, seemed like good participation. Work prevented me from
putting the time into it that I wanted to but had a blast !
 
AA3B   M/M HP   245,0582017-12-31 00:04:04
Happy New Year! I used the RBN and did not adhere to the 10 minute rule so I
guess I am a one man multi-multi. I sure wish RAC would include a SOA
category.

Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
1.8 67 498 8 7.4
3.5 228 1226 9 5.4
7 362 1702 11 4.7
14 359 1476 11 4.1
21 43 312 8 7.3
Total 1059 5214 47 4.9
Score: 245,058
1 Mult = 22.5 Q's
 
W5WZ   SO Mixed HP   17,9402017-12-31 00:04:48
Visit https://www.w5wz.com/

Antenna on Tower #1
===================
(2) Force 12 C51XR @ 118′ rotating and 52′ fixed to Europe (2 el LL on 40, 3
el on 20, 4 el on 15, 7 el on 10)

(1) Force 12 C31XR @ 85′ rotating on TIC Ring 1022E (3 el on 20, 4 el on 15, 7
el on 10)

80 meter wire dipole at 75 feet

160 meter wire dipole at 105 feet

160 meter Inverted-L 75′ high 100′ wide with 40 radials.

Shunt fed for 80 meters, 40 buried radials.
 
KL7SB(@KL7RA)   SO Mixed HP   60,9522017-12-31 00:07:03
Missed some of the busiest time, so just dabbled. Good conditions overall.
 
N5AW   SO CW HP   61,3202017-12-31 00:07:30
80CW 35 35 200 5
40CW 78 78 488 6
20CW 229 227 1198 11
15CW 62 61 304 6
__________________________________________________________

Totals 404 401 2190 28

Final Score = 61320 points.
 
KEØEK   SO CW HP   47,4002017-12-31 00:10:06
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 2.0
ARRL-SECTION: KS
CALLSIGN: KE0EK
CLUB: Kaw Valley Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
CONTEST: RAC
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED ALL HIGH CW
CLAIMED-SCORE: 47500
OPERATORS: KE0EK
NAME: David Coultis
ADDRESS: 3214 SW Westwood Drive
ADDRESS: Topeka, KS 66614
ADDRESS: UNITED STATES
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6963.0
END-OF-LOG:
 
N8BJQ   SO CW HP   86,4642017-12-31 00:13:03
Fun contest. Pretty good conditions and a good turnout. 1 minute before the
contest the computer rebooted and trashed N1MM which was open and setup for the
contest. I think it was one of the infamous Win 10 updates. Had to start from
the beginning and enter all the configuration stuff. Got the K3 running right
away and used 1 radio until morning. Dug out the configuration info for the 2nd
radio and amazingly it worked. From then on I could use 2 radios. It helped to
find mults on the non-run rig. Was surprised to hear 15 open for a bit with
some decent signals from VE and Western EU. Tried 10M several times but no
answers.

Happy New Year to all
 
VE3SST   SO Mixed LP   10,4162017-12-31 00:13:16
very limited op time but had fun when on. Surprised to get 4 western RAC
stations on 40m with my poor antenna.
 
N6MU   SO CW LP   41,2382017-12-31 00:13:29
Total S&P, mostly VEs. HNY es 73...

John, N6MU TS-570 & 5BTV
 
KJ6MBW   SOSB/20 LP   14,5802017-12-31 00:13:37
Rig: FT-857D at 100w
Ant: 2ele Tri-bander

Good propagation on 20m and high level of activity.

Many thanks,

Sergey
 
K6SRZ   SO Mixed HP   291,8522017-12-31 00:15:22
...always fun and the Canadian ops are refreshingly courteous. I wish I had
more time.
 
VA7ST   SO CW HP   75,1802017-12-31 00:17:19
Just 9 hours on the air in this one -- fewer than most years. Multipliers were
slim on the low bands but activity was very good on 40M and 20M, and even
managed to find four mults on 15M.

Heading into the Stew for the night (running high power for the first time in
that one so hoping for good things), then New Year's Eve. Hope everyone has
enjoyed a relaxing holiday week. Happy new year to all and thanks for a fun 2017
contest season!

-- Bud VA7ST
http://va7st.ca


QSOs Sec Pts Score
2017: 620 30 2506 75,180 9 hrs HP
2016: 318 25 1302 32,550 HP
2015: 805 42 3348 140,616 10 hrs HP
2014: 532 33 2316 76,428 12 hrs HP
2013: 809 48 3622 173,856 16 hrs HP
2012: 1031 43 4422 190,146 18 hrs HP
2011: 901 44 3920 172,480 15 hrs HP
2010: 759 37 3400 125,800 15 hrs HP
2009: 887 38 3676 139,688 18 hrs HP
2008: 453 29 1912 55,448 9 hrs HP
2007: 500 30 2184 65,520 16 hrs HP
2006: 682 30 3202 96,060 16 hrs HP
2005: 424 32 2202 70,464 11 hrs LP
 
KD6WKY   SO CW HP   23,5842017-12-31 00:21:01
Had more time this year to spend working the RAC Winter Contest. I noticed some
DX this year EU and JA mostly. Three or for different YT stations this year
too.
 
AA8TA   SO CW LP   13,2002017-12-31 00:21:42
Did not have as much time to spend on this as I would have liked. Contacts
seemed to dry up quickly Friday night. Got most of contacts on Saturday.

Conditions on 40 meters pretty good until it died later Friday night. 20 meters
was decent Saturday during the day. Nothing heard on 15 meters. I had trouble
on 80 meters due to a lot of local noise.

Thanks for the contacts.

Kenwood TS-590SG, barefoot
GAP Titan, 16 feet AGL
 
VE6TL   SO CW HP   157,0402017-12-31 00:24:14
This was a grind! The QSB was ferocious and most of the time on most of the
bands, I could copy 2 to 3 characters/numbers before the signal fell out
completely. This explains why I asked for numerous repeats. The last time I
did a single CW High Power operation was 2013 and made over 225,000 points. So
things were well down from then - no surprise. We are virtually at the bottom
of the cycle. Onward and upward!

Jerry VE6TL

FTdx5000MP
FL7000 AMP - Averaging about 300W output
TH6 Tribander at 13m
Inverted Vee for 40m
Shunt-fed tower for 80/160m.
City lot.
 
KN3A   SO Mixed LP   16,2002017-12-31 00:24:25
Gave me a chance to test out my new IC-7300 on Phone with the new Heil mic.

Just a casual effort.

73 Scott
KN3A
 
VE3TW   SO Mixed HP   122,2082017-12-31 00:25:41
Great way to spend a cold winter's day.
Happy New Year all!
 
W6KC   SO Mixed HP   12,2882017-12-31 00:26:49
All my QSOs were with Canadian stations except I worked F5IN for a new one on
80M CW.

HNY and Bonne année!

Jim W6KC
 
WA4JQS   SOSB/80 LP   5,9522017-12-31 00:27:40
Band had very high noise levels in ky this year.. ve5 ve6 ve7 very hard to work
signals very weak . but had a great time. 100 watts and switchable inverted
V's.
thanks again RAC for a great contest . took all year to get a clean sweep on the
RAC 150 CONTEST with VY1RAC taking till 12/30/17 to work.
73 Tony WA4JQS
 
W6SX   M/M HP   97,5802017-12-31 00:27:48
The RACs are always great fun.

K3, ACOM 2000A, wire antenna at 46 feet with Matchboxes and MB-V-A, N1MM+
 
WB6CZG   SO SSB QRP   6602017-12-31 00:30:59
Band conditions were noisy/QSB/fair.Only ran a few hours, runing QRP, but
enjoyed it.
 
N6WM   SO CW HP   6,1922017-12-31 00:31:49
A huge experiment. Testing hardware in my lab for just a few days. Only a
couple of hours with the shiny new Flex 6600M and the Flex PowerGenius XL
amplifier. and WOW!!!! Sorry if I was a bit disoriented at times.. learning
new tools.

I can barely contain myself how excited I am that I was running full bore SO2R
with a single transceiver and amplifier.

Flawless SO2R, including dueling cq as if 2 radios and 2 amps. I am... blown
away.

Folks that ordered this Radio/amp combo are gonna get a treat.

73 and seeya next time

Condx - N6WM test lab
1 X Flex 6600M
1 X Power Genius XL
1 X SteppIR dipole
1 X 5btv vertical in the garden
dunestar/Ice swapped in and out periodically to test the 6600 7th order onboard
filters.


CU in Roundup as I haul these new toys to Oakley as N6WM@N6RO!
Chris
N6WM
 
VE2FK   SO CW HP   23,2922017-12-31 00:31:58
Part time. Many CWops, thanks 73
HNY Claude VE2FK
 
NØAC   SO CW LP   73,3722017-12-31 00:33:37
Cold again this year!

Thanks for your QSO, Bill

Operating conditions at the station of N0AC

Rig #1-Ten Tec Orion II~100w
Rig #2-Elecraft K3~100w

Antenna #1-Butternut vertical 10-80m
Antenna #2-Butternut vertical 40/80m (winter only)
Antenna #3-Butternut vertical 10-80m (winter only)
Antenna #4-KD9SV Reverse Beverage on the Ground~135 ft (winter only)
Logging-N1MM+
 
VE7SCC   M/M HP   554,3682017-12-31 00:36:41
Another great RAC Winter contest. Good conditions except for a missing 10m band.
The level of activity was very good with stations worked from NA, SA, AF, AS and
PAC.

Looking forward to next years contest.
 
NG7Z   SO CW LP   15,0602017-12-31 00:47:15
Thanks for the Q's. See you next week in the RTTY Roundup. 73 Paul NG7Z
 
VE7JH   SO Mixed LP   98,7242017-12-31 00:55:21
I only had antennas for 40m and 20m using my Icom-706.
20m was quite good, it was nice to make the 13 mult sweep on 20m SSB.
It was great to see some old and new friends come out for this contest.
HNY!
Gabor, VE7JH
 
W3EP   SO Mixed HP   142,6922017-12-31 01:06:36
Will enter as SO CW HP.

Low-key contest, but still quite lively. 80 and 40m QRN seemed low.
 
NA6O   M/S HP   31,2662017-12-31 01:11:33
TS-590s, KPA500, verticals, dipoles at 15 ft, N1MM+

M/S due to assistance. Always enjoyable for the pea-shooter stations. Good
conditions, even worked a couple of EU on 20 in the morning. Decent opening on
15 too.
 
N8FYL   SO CW LP   17,0802017-12-31 01:19:04
Rig: Icom IC-7610
Antenna: G5RV/ZS6BKW at 55 ft
Great fun working my first contest with the IC-7610! Lots to master between the
radio and N1MM+ spectrum window support. The radio does a FB job on CW
reception.
 
AE1T   M/S HP   33,1242017-12-31 01:22:42
Great to hear stations on 15M for a change! 73 de Peter, AE1T
 
N6XI   SOSB/20 HP   2,2402017-12-31 01:26:35
Field testing KPA1500 amp
 
VA3LR   SO SSB HP   11,1162017-12-31 01:42:03
Could not devote a full time effort this year, but wanted to log at least 100
QSOs. Still learning CW so it was an all Phone contest this year. Hope all had
fun. Happy New Year everyone.
 
AA4NP   SOSB/40 LP   2,9762017-12-31 01:44:51
Fun contest. Happy New Year!!
 
VO1KVT   SO SSB HP   87,5222017-12-31 01:47:59
Nice to work all the RAC stations today, overall the bands were pretty good.
Happy New Year

Ken, VO1KVT
 
KC4TEO   SO Mixed LP   18,8602017-12-31 01:49:35
Always fun to work this contest. Poor conditions on 40M Friday night, however.
 
W7WHY   SO CW HP   1,6742017-12-31 01:54:29
Notmuch time to operate, but did want to get on and say howdy to our neighbors
to the north.

Happy New Year and thanks for the Q's and 73
Tom W7WHY
 
VE7JKZ   SO CW HP   53,5922017-12-31 02:11:43
Pretty good condx on 40 and 20. Even 80 was good for me in a high noise suburban
environment(worked ZL). 15 and 10 awful..
 
NF4J   SO CW LP   6,2662017-12-31 02:13:22
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CREATED-BY: N3FJP's RAC Contest Log 3.1
CONTEST: RAC CANADA WINTER
CALLSIGN: NF4J
LOCATION: ALABAMA
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: CW
CATEGORY-TIME: 6-HOURS
CLUB: Alabama Contest Group
CLAIMED-SCORE: 6266
OPERATORS: NF4J
NAME: Daniel Bush
ADDRESS: 6340 Swedetown Road N
ADDRESS-CITY: Theodore
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: AL
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: 36582
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: USA
EMAIL: NF4J@mail.com
END-OF-LOG:
 
VE3RCN   SO Mixed LP   67,1582017-12-31 02:24:45
Some very good ears out there that can hear a G5RV mounted horizontally a few
inches above a snow covered roof. Stuffy head meant a lot of cw and some nasally
QSOs.
 
VE9AA   SOSB/20 HP   25,8122017-12-31 02:30:43
Single band 20m. Limited time, so was an hour here, 30mins there.
Sat only, daylight operation, 95% run, with no big objective to get all the
mults, so I did miss some relatively easy ones and never asked for any QSY's to
the other mode.

My 20m 4-Square is in hard shape. Was wondering why I didn't seem to have much
in the way of directivity and the SWR was super high in 2 directions (NW &
SE thankfully) and pretty high to the NE and SW (but tolerable @ 2.5:1).
Realized the ice and whatnot got it a week ago. The NW-most element was leaning
@ 45* towards the center of the array and from what I could tell I am missing
parts(?) of two raised radials. (I only have 8 in all), so what a mess.

CU (all of sudden) in the next one!

dit dit

-Mike VE9AA in NB
 
N8XX   SO CW QRP   2,5282017-12-31 02:46:23
Got a late start, but it was fun chasing RAC stations.
 
W4C(KM4SII)   SOSB/20 LP   2,8962017-12-31 03:07:17
Just a limited time, sporadic, SSB only operation with my special event call.

It was a pleasant surprise to be called by V5/ZS1AO late in the contest. I am a
general, so I can not work below 14.225 which means there were a lot of VE and
RAC stations I did not get to work... (Extra coming soon I hope!)

10m was also VERY open and two contest station called me in addition to the
other non-contest stations, so I logged them despite only doing a 20m single
band effort.

Fun, casual contest with some good runs! Great job by all the RAC and VE
stations!

73 de KM4SII (W4C) - Mason (15 years old)
 
N4PN   SO Mixed HP   383,1162017-12-31 03:07:17
Condx Friday night made it a struggle...gave up at 1:15 this morning and
hit the sack....didn't get up as early as I had hoped.
Much better today and lots more fun...
worked all 13 mults on 20 SSB.....nice having NU call me Sunday afternoon.
Thanks to the Canadians who really did a great job..
73, Paul

FTdx5000 - AL1200 - 1kw
TH-5 @ 70'
Alpha-Delta 40/80 dipole
Inverted Vee for 160m
Small wires around neighborhood for receiving - thanks to some great neighbors.
 
W1AJT(VE3UTT)   SO Mixed HP   131,3282017-12-31 03:12:23
k3 / Hexbeam @ 8m / 43' Vertical / 80m inv "V" / 160m "L"

Missed Friday first QSO was @ 10:57 UTC.

Worked only 26 non-Canadian stations and was surprised to get VE8 and VY0.

Great hearing many of the CCO. Hope all had fun. HNY to all!
 
WB6JJJ   SO CW HP   2,8822017-12-31 03:37:48
Fun contest...
I was only able to play radio Friday night. I was also testing my new IC-7610
radio and all of the computer, antenna, rotor and amp interfacing. It seemed to
work... Now to read the manual.
Bill
 
VE3GFN   SO Mixed LP   59,1842017-12-31 03:52:40
Despite fewer Qs, and less time in the chair, I beat last year's score by 1K!

Must have been those 2 extra multipliers I found ...

A great pleasure to work Summer, VE5SDH, on SSB for the first time, and chat
with her briefly
 
N6RO   SOSB/160 HP   5,3282017-12-31 03:58:07
Lucked out on Maritime mults on cw (missed PEI), normally difficult from here.
Got YT, but no VE4. Noise canceler helped; power line noise source scheduled for
repair next week - after four years of searching and complaining!
 
K8MR   SO CW LP   13,4522017-12-31 04:03:32
Kept poking around, adding a few qsos here and there. The interesting statistic
was that four of my 15 multipliers were folks answering my CQs, though I later
also found some additional Qsos in that province.

Still glad to be doing this from pleasantly warm and sunny Florida, even if only
with hidden antennas in a condo.

Happy New Year to all!

73 - Jim K8MR
 
VE3VY   SO Mixed LP   124,9602017-12-31 04:15:47
Rig : Knwd TS2000 & HamGadgets MasterKeyer MK 1

Antennas : 270' OCFD (N-S); 135'OCFD (E-W); 40M HSq-SLoop (N)
all supported from 40' up.

Soapbox : Conditions poor Friday evening and into night -
Saturday was much better. Nice mix of Cdn & US stations.
See you in 2018 - best wishes for the New Year!
 
WDØT   SO CW LP   99,1902017-12-31 04:17:04
Well, that certainly was fun, especially the back and forth competition with
Bill, N0AC, on the scoreboard, that really kept me in the chair. I planned
only a little operating, but ended up putting in over 12 hours.

20/40/80/160 were good, 15m had very spotty openings, and nothing at all heard
on 10m..

Great turn out of our VE neighbors, super fun contest, lots of HNY wishes! 73
God Bless! Todd WD0T

Rigs: TS940S and TS450S, 100 watts each.
Ants: 2 fan dipoles 80/40/20
N1MM logger
 
WQ6X(@NX6T)   SO CW HP   61,7602017-12-31 05:55:49
This was another last-minute ad-HOC remote operation
GiG from NX6T in Fallbrook ("Nash-Ville").
To keep the shack heat down, I ran the K3 into the ACOM 2000 at
only 550 watts. It didn't seem that anyone had trouble hearing me
until CQ'ers showed up on top of me (ignoring the F-11 Key: QRL/QSY).

Internet latency BELCHES plagued me throughout the weekend,so if
I seemed slow to respond or out of synch, that is why.
The AMAZING thing was to receive a call from G3XKQ on 7031.31 @ 23:34z
(mid afternoon in W6-land) - I was his 1st QSO.
This was followed by EA5YU @23:46 - HuH? wOw! Hey - whatever works.

I have never heard so many VE stations as I did this weekend.
If we could "recruit" just 10% of those stations to operate in the
Sweepstakes, NAQP & WPX GiGs, I would be overjoyed.

Look for this contest to be written up at: WQ6X.Blogspot.Com.
 
VE3NNT   M/S HP   24,6722017-12-31 06:00:10
I operated my station remote from FR5 (Reunion Island). The 2 second delay made
things challenging. Many times, I ended up responding at the same time as
stations would repeat their call. Of course, I have no paddle either, which was
also challenging, just the N1MM programmed function keys for sending. I accessed
my Flex 6500 computer using TeamViewer. I was on less than 4 hours since I was
using my cell phone local data package by tethering my laptop, which was costing
me 15 Euros per 2 GB.

Thanks for all the QSOs and HNY everyone.
 
KØVBU   SO CW LP   14,4162017-12-31 06:18:01
K3-100 P3; TH6DXX @ 50\'; 80/40 Trap dipole @ 30\'; 160 INV L @ 30\'(winter
only)

Fun. Limited time. One-handed (broken wrist). Nice to hear strong JA's on 20
along gray line.
HNY to all!

73
Bill K0VBU
 
VE3KTB   SO SSB HP   24,8042017-12-31 07:48:36
It was a fun contest. Conditions seemed good as was the level of activity.
 
VE1OP   M/M HP   301,2662017-12-31 09:34:44
Single op + Telnet + moving for multiple band-mults within one 10 minute period
puts me in the M/M category I guess. (?)

Good fun.

Happy New Year

Scott VE1OP
 
NA4K   SO CW LP   2,5562017-12-31 12:14:24
Not much time for this one.

Still have wires down for tree removal.

Steve NA4K




.
 
K2ZR/4   SO CW LP   15,7922017-12-31 12:22:24
Rig: K2 @ 90W 40M Windom & EF Wire/Gutter Log: N1MM Logger+
73, Dick, K2ZR/4
 
N2CU   SO Mixed HP   50,1842017-12-31 13:08:46
Thanks for the QSOs.

73 es HNY, Tom N2CU
 
VO1HP   SO Mixed HP   43,9922017-12-31 13:14:04
Missed VY1RAC - absolutely no signal...tnx VE8RAC for calling me.
 
VE3SMA   SO Mixed LP   31,3102017-12-31 13:22:38
Just poking around for a few hours. I was surprised to get a nice little run
going on 80 CW in the last half hour, despite my low antenna and a high noise
level, which dropped by about 30 dB by Sunday morning!

73,
Steve
 
TM2O(@F5KDK)   M/S HP   4,5722017-12-31 13:54:55
Very weak opening on higher bands to USA and Canada. 40 and 80 in a bit better
shape. Thanks for all QSO's HNY !
 
VE3SV   SOSB/40 LP   1,5002017-12-31 13:57:30
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CREATED-BY: N3FJP's RAC Contest Log 3.0
CONTEST: RAC CANADA WINTER
CALLSIGN: VE3SV
LOCATION: ON
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: GREG GAY
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: 40M
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-TIME: 24-HOURS
CLAIMED-SCORE: 1500
OPERATORS: VE3SV
NAME: Greg Gay
ADDRESS: 373 Park Avenue
ADDRESS-CITY: Midland
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: ON
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: L4R5C7
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: Canada
EMAIL: va3kug@rogers.com
END-OF-LOG:
 
VA3DF   SO Mixed LP   257,4182017-12-31 14:02:23
Thanks for the qsos and all the best to everyone in 2018. Good job nothing
broke, as the outside temperature was - 24 degrees C. this AM. Not conducive to
bounding outside to fix anything!

As usual, it's a jungle out there...

73,

Doug
VA3DF
 
K2QB   SO CW LP   1,0442017-12-31 14:23:20
Not sure what happened but Winkeyer blew up!. So ended my contest.
 
VA3EC   SO CW LP   11,5802017-12-31 14:28:38
Happy New Year! Thanks for the Q's
 
NJ4F   SO CW HP   9,7802017-12-31 14:32:13
ICOM 7800, Alpha 9500, Palstar AT1500DT, SteppIR DB-18, 160/80M dipoles, Shared
Apex Loop array for RX, N1MM+
S&P only
 
WQ5OO(N8OO)   SO Mixed HP   767,0642017-12-31 14:38:37
Great contest,thanks for call me all time .....some time have real pileup
may because call sign include one Quebec and two Ontario hi
Happy New Year!!!
Vic N8OO
 
VE1ZA   SO Mixed LP   87,3602017-12-31 15:00:25
Highlight,

JA8ISU sticking with me and making the QSO on 80m!

Cheers all and Happy New Year
 
N1UR   SO Mixed HP   124,1342017-12-31 15:06:13
Fun - but interesting. The best runs were with EU stations on CW and SSB
all giving #1 as the Serial number. There was a lot of VE - SSB activity on
20M - and 80 CW. But other than that - very little from here.

Would be great to see more casual VE activity.

The RAC stations were quite active and provided almost half the band/mode
mults.

73

Ed N1UR
 
VE4RAC(VE4EAR)   SO Mixed HP   574,9842017-12-31 15:32:15
Horrible conditions Friday night. At the start 20m was closed and 40m was
already long. My normal 40m antenna was out of service so forced to use a ground
mounted vertical in an electrical noisy suburban location. On 80/160 I was still
plagued with a s9+10 noise level so low bands are always a challenge. QSB was
ferocious with signals there then gone.

Conditions improved Saturday when 20m opened. Had a good run of European
stations just at sunrise for about 30 minutes. Surprised that 15 showed any
signs of life but was able to work some of the western stations on back scatter.
The Ontario stations worked sounded like sporadic E propagation.

To those chasing the RAC stations for the RAC Canada 150 award, I hope you were
able to complete the challenge during this event.

Happy new year to all!

Ed VE4EAR
 
W1IE   SOSB/20 QRP   1,6482017-12-31 16:10:06
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 2.0
ARRL-SECTION: VA
CALLSIGN: W1IE
CLUB: Potomac Valley Radio Club
CONTEST: RAC
CATEGORY: SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED 20M QRP CW
CLAIMED-SCORE: 1648
OPERATORS: W1IE
NAME: GERALD KNOWLTON
ADDRESS: 1113 PINECREST AVE
ADDRESS: BEDFORD, VA 24523
ADDRESS: UNITED STATES
CREATED-BY: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6927.0
END-OF-LOG:
 
VA7RN   SO CW LP   9962017-12-31 16:28:01
A lot of problems with Windows COM ports contributed to this poor showing.
Hopefully I now have this sorted out.
 
K4BAI   SO CW HP   54,7402017-12-31 16:46:37
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX, dipole, zepp, inverted vee. Always fin in RAC
contests. Thanks all QSOs. Happy New Year to all. 73, John, K4BAI.
 
WB8WKQ   SO CW HP   117,2162017-12-31 16:49:51
Very fun contest. This was my first "real" effort on RAC. Should
have read the rules better, didn't realize that CW only was power
"independent", hence didn't turn on the burner until Saturday morning.
My bad. Nice to see 15 meters open too. Didn't hear anything on 10. Will learn
and do better next year. Great contest for a frigid winter weekend!
 
VE9CB   SO Mixed HP   81,8562017-12-31 16:56:28
Conditions and activity both sounded good in the six hours I was on. HNY!
 
KØVXU   SO Mixed HP   91,8162017-12-31 17:13:26
K3, TL-922A, TH6DXX, Sloping Vees (40 & 80), N1MM+

Only part time operation. Great fun. Always enjoy this one. Thanks to all who
picked me out of the melee. Happy New Year to all.


73,
Russ - K0VXU
 
VE3DZ   SO Mixed HP   753,2982017-12-31 17:34:04
Didn't plan serious effort, just wanted to support our National Contest, but as
it usually happens, got carried away...
Good half of my station's stuff is still in the boxes after my CQ WW trip to
Zone 2, so only one radio this time. But thanks to Winter RAC, I finally pushed
myself to begin unpacking. :)
The activity was pretty high, my best hour (on a single radio) was 131 Q/hr. at
the start, but in my opinion overall activity of Canadian stations (especially
those from VE3) are on decline.
Anyway, it was a lot of fun, especially moving guys to (what they think were)
"dead" 15 and 10 meters.
Happy New Year to everyone!
 
WO4O   SOSB/20 HP   2,7942017-12-31 17:44:00
Just goofin' 'round while trying to troubleshoot issues during reconstruction of
ARS (after Labor Day lightning strike and hurricane Irma in the same week). Tnx
Qs. 73 es HNY, de ric, wo4o
 
K6WSC   M/S LP   58,5482017-12-31 17:50:34
Multi-Operator Single Transmitter due to assistance.

Happy New Year!

73, Bill K6WSC
 
VE3JAQ   SO CW LP   46,1102017-12-31 18:10:34
Happy new Year to all
 
N9NM   SO CW LP   14,6202017-12-31 18:36:38
Rig is K3 running 100 watts. Vertical antenna.
 
KN4Y   SO CW LP   33,3502017-12-31 19:12:49
I finally done did it. I worked 100 Canada stations on 5 bands. When I logged
100 I got so excited I had to open the radio shack door for ten minutes. I
usually do not have the necessary butt time, but the cold weather favored radio
operating. So next year 125? Who knows what the propagation will be, only the
sun knows. Happy New Year!
 
VE3XKZ/W7   SO SSB LP   3,7622017-12-31 19:22:25
Out here in the Arizona desert with my Transworld antenna and IC7300.
This antenna only good for 20M. The band cleared up a bit in the afternoon and
was able to get the VY1, VYORAC stations.
Not many qso's but had fun anyway.
 
VA3PCJ   SO Mixed QRP   8,2802017-12-31 19:23:05
Rig: ICOM 703+ @ 5W; Ant.: EndFed aire (52 Ft) up a tree with RT-100 (remote).
No decoder and all exchanges manual (with Bencher BY-2).
Managed to contact all Canadian Provinces, 5 EU DX's and 25 US States.
73 de Jose VA3PCJ
 
W9QL   SO Mixed LP   86,9462017-12-31 19:33:06
Had a good time with the annual RAC Winter Contest. Conditions weren't the best,
but I still managed a Sweep on 20. I think this is the first time ever that I
have been able to work Yukon, NW Territories and Nunavut all during the same
event (with 100 watts and a wire)! And, they were all the RAC bonus stations,
which not only helped my score but completed a Sweep of all the RAC stations for
the Canada 150 celebration. Happy New Year to all.

Dave
W9QL
FTdx5000MP with a G5RV @ 35 ft.
 
K9NW(@K9UWA)   SO Mixed HP   331,4702017-12-31 19:40:07
Had fun chasing VE stations across the bands. All S&P and all QSOs were
with Canadian stations. Worked all sections on SSB, missed NT and NU on CW.
Got all the RAC stations.

Tnx QSOs!

HNY!

73, Mike K9NW
 
VE3WG   SO Mixed QRP   74,3602017-12-31 19:40:28
First Contest with the Elecraft KX3. General performance was good . Some buttons
are sticky. The cw filter leaks a bit either side of band centre. CW tuning
indicator subject to band noise on weak signals and doesn't center properly.
Didn't set up macros in N1MM to use radio memory keyers so cw got ragged near
the end. 80M wire was too short in the cold weather. The KX3 tuner saved the CW
band.

QRP operation was much better than expected. Conditions got better as the Friday
evening and Saturday afternoon wore on. It was nice to see the low bands go long
early Saturday morning. 20M went well late Sunday. 15M was occasionally
populated as well. No 6M heard.

Thanks to all the stations who pulled my signal out of the background. I'm still
amazed at the European stations who heard me.

All contacts S&P. Maybe I will get the P3 Panadapter now.

Bob
 
VE3CX   SO CW HP   312,6202017-12-31 19:47:41
Thanks for the Q's. A great way to finish out the year.

Happy New Year!

Tom - VE3CX
 
VE7RAC(@VE7IO)   M/M HP   463,6402017-12-31 19:59:30
This was a special contest for us as we were using VE7RAC and it was the end of
the Canada 150 birthday event.
It was also special as we had an opportunity to use the new Icom 7610 along with
a Flex 6700 and an Icom 7300, all state of the art technology. Needless to say
all radios perfomed extremely well. Thanks to the Surrey ARC who loaned us
their US Towers 100' mobile tower and TH7 we had three towers. A 100' mobile
with the TH7, a 3 element SteppIR at 60' and a TH6 at 65'. We had wire antennas
for 80 and 160 with the SteppIR handling 40.
Our two YL contest ops had a lot of fun with the new radios and were able to
handled the pile-ups very well.
After the contest we relaxed with a Chinese dinner and relived the previous 24
hours while we tried to stay awake. Discussing the performance of the radios the
ops gave them very high marks in being able to pick out calls in the pile-ups.

Thanks to all the stations that are now in our log and hope you all enjoyed the
RAC contest. If you are looking for the Canada 150 award certificate please
check the RAC Website at www.rac.ca. This log will be uploaded shortly.

73
Fred VE7IO
 
K8ZT   SO Mixed QRP   19,7502017-12-31 20:11:48
Band Mode QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
1.8 CW 20 146 2 7.3
3.5 CW 23 178 4 7.7
3.5 LSB 1 20 1 20.0
7 CW 18 164 5 9.1
7 LSB 2 40 2 20.0
14 CW 21 110 4 5.2
14 USB 5 90 5 18.0
21 CW 4 42 2 10.5
Total Both 94 790 25 8.4
Score: 19,750
 
W9RE   SO CW HP   96,2002017-12-31 20:47:17
Very good activity especially on the low bands Friday night. Nice to work the
neighbors to the north that come out in droves for this one.

Thanks for all the Q's.
 
KØOO/3(@W3RFC)   M/S HP   173,8502017-12-31 21:24:48
TRIED HARD TO WORK EACH OF THE MULT AREAS. ALL OF THE AREAS WERE REPRESENTED ON
AT LEAST ONE BAND OR ANOTHER OR ON ONE MODE OR ANOTHER. THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
WAS NU. I HEARD HIM BUT HE DID NOT HEAR ME. SO I MISSED THAT ONE ALL TOGETHER.
I HEARD BC ON 160 METERS BUT HE DID NOT HEAR ME BUT THOSE THAT I HEARD HAD GOOD
SIGNALS. MAYBE NEXT YEAR. I DID CATCH BE LATER THOUGH IN THE STEW PERRY. SO I
DO NOT FEEL ALL THAT BAD.

IT HAPPENS. GREAT COMPETITION.

HAPPY NEW YEAR
SEE YOU IN THE NEXT ONE
73 PAT K0OO AND THE CREW
 
N9NA   SO CW HP   17,9522017-12-31 21:55:45
Flex 6500, Ten Tec Centurion, 80 meter OCF Dipole, Steppir DB-18e.
 
VE4DLA   SO SSB LP   3,3842017-12-31 22:01:00
tough conditions with s7 to s9+ noise floor on 40m and 20m, and s5 to s7 on 80m
 
W2VM   SO CW LP   7,4702017-12-31 23:00:28
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 9 50 2 5.6
7 64 326 7 5.1
14 29 122 6 4.2
Total 102 498 15 4.9
Score: 7,470
1 Mult = 6.8 Q's
 
VE9XX   SO Mixed HP   515,8482017-12-31 23:36:21
Fun contest! Great activity and thanks for the many multiple mode/band
contacts... Surprised to get called by VK7XX out of the blue while running on
40 M and got a follow up email from him saying he was surprised too as it was a
few hours after daylight there. Another XX in the log! Happy New Year!
 
VE7AV   SOSB/20 HP   76,5442018-01-01 00:07:18
Friday evening,about 20 contacts and the band went completely dead about 90
minutes into the contest. Got up several times during the night and it wasn't
till 1400 till signals were being heard.
 
W2OR   SO CW HP   123,5762018-01-01 00:12:48
Fun contest, look'n forward to next December RAC.
The N1MM+ Initial Scan, subject to correction :
5 Bands QSOs Pts Sec
Total 522 3252 38
Score: 123,576
1 Mult = 13.7 Q's
Happy New Year
 
KEØTT   SO CW QRP   5,6162018-01-01 02:26:07
K3/10 at 5 watts to selectable broad-band dipoles up about 45 - 50' fed with
ladder lines and tuners. Thanks for the Q's, and for your copy of my QRP sigs.
HNY to all ! C U next time. 73, Dan ke0tt
 
KF6NCX   SO CW LP   5702018-01-01 04:25:17
Thanks for the Qs. This contest was action-packed and a lot of fun! HNY and GL
in the contests of 2018.
 
WØZP   SO Mixed HP   133,4162018-01-01 04:34:36
Very Good Job everyone ! pretty much activity I thought... not much on 15,
although was not on in the morning. Thanks to all Canadian stations for making
such an effort, and everyone else also, it was fantastic to hear You all. Happy
new year and Health for 2018, 73 Wayne W0ZP
 
KA6BIM   M/S HP   11,3902018-01-01 05:46:42
Family visiting so I only had the last 1.5 hrs to play this year. Tnx for
qso's
I thought this was SOSB40 entry, but telnet connection changes it to MS...
 
WA6URY   SO Mixed HP   16,0542018-01-01 13:06:42
Tnx for the Qs ! 73, Dan - remote in Tokyo
 
AEØEE   SO CW QRP   1,4282018-01-01 15:50:31
5 W (QRPkits PFR-3B), dipole up 8-10 m, AME Porta-paddle 2.

Conditions seemed pretty good, but activity was lower than I would have
expected. Mid-day Saturday the band was in pretty good shape, and I had few
issues or repeat requests despite operating QRP.
 
WB8JUI   SO CW LP   18,8582018-01-01 16:01:09
73 - Rick WB8JUI
 
N2SO   SO CW LP   9,0102018-01-01 16:45:31
K3/P3 to OCF Dipole @ 35\\\' Logging by N1MM
 
AB1J   SOSB/80 LP   5,9362018-01-01 16:46:03
At 0415 UTC on December 30, the solar indices were:

SFI=72 SSN=0 eSSN=-10 90 day SSN=8 K=1

I'm always amused when the effective SSN goes negative.

This was a nice diversion on a very cold night with oil furnace problems which
no one can figure out, so I have to get up in the middle of the night to reboot
it. Having this happen on a long holiday weekend in the middle of a record cold
spell is a bad break for me. It was one degree F here this New Year's Day
morning.

Back to the contest: I didn't work enough Canadians and very few RAC stations so
my score suffered, but I did work almost everyone I heard. I ran more than usual
for 47% of my QSOs, a new high for me.

It didn't occur to me until later that I could have worked some SSB too and
squeezed out a few more Qs and mults. Need to put that in my contest notes for
next year. I just don't think phone.

I don't know my time as N1MM+ said I started 4368 hours late, which is 364 days,
but gave the starting date as July 1 for the RAC Canada Day contest, so nothing
makes sense. Maybe I went though a time-space infundibulum. I no longer know
how old I am. My guess is I spent about 7.5 hours on the air, not accounting
for relativistic time dilation.

WQ5OO had an absolutely booming signal here from Louisiana. That was N8OO
incognito, but he needs a beter disguise.

Thanks for the Qs on a very bleak weekend.

73,
Ken, AB1J


Flex 6500
N1MM+
Wire out the window over the back yard and down over a cliff to a sapling tree,
counterpoise inside house
LoTW eQSL ClubLog
 
WN6K   SO Mixed LP   72,9362018-01-01 18:18:43
Lots of fun and a great way to wrap up the Contest Calendar Year of 2017

Bring on the Spots & 2018

WN6K, Paul
 
VE7EME   SO SSB LP   12,9962018-01-01 18:28:58
VE3EJ not only can be heard but can hear!
 
VA7BEC   M/S LP   192,8882018-01-01 18:34:27
Thanks for all the Qs. Great to have so many familiar callsigns in our log.

Hope 2018 is a great year for everyone.

73,
Rebecca VA7BEC and Koji VA7KO
 
N1DC   SO CW LP   6,5282018-01-01 18:50:06
Only had 2 hours available.

Thanks for the QSOs.

73 and Happy New Year !

Rick N1DC
 
VE1RAC(@VE1FA)   M/S HP   429,7322018-01-02 00:11:44
See you all again in the 2018 Radio Amateur Canada (RAC) Canada Winter Contest
(CWC) = RACCWC
 
VA3WU   SO Mixed LP   4,7042018-01-02 01:48:05
[log removed from comments]

START-OF-LOG: 3.0
CREATED-BY: N3FJP's RAC Contest Log 3.0
CONTEST: RAC CANADA DAY
CALLSIGN: VA3WU
LOCATION: ON
CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OP
CATEGORY-STATION: FIXED
CATEGORY-TRANSMITTER: ONE
CATEGORY-POWER: LOW
CATEGORY-ASSISTED: ASSISTED
CATEGORY-BAND: ALL
CATEGORY-MODE: SSB
CATEGORY-TIME: 6-HOURS
CLUB: Contest Club Ontario
CLAIMED-SCORE: 4704
OPERATORS: VA3WU
NAME: Rick Barron
ADDRESS: 8 Swayze crt
ADDRESS-CITY: Thorold
ADDRESS-STATE-PROVINCE: ON
ADDRESS-POSTALCODE: L2V4Y9
ADDRESS-COUNTRY: Canada
EMAIL: va3wu@cogeco.ca
END-OF-LOG:
 
VA7VF   SO SSB HP   24,3542018-01-02 02:31:30
Disappointed in result-127 Qs for 12.5 hours work. Due to snow
conditions,antenna tuner not accurate on previously calibrated settings. Got my
exercise twice on Friday night going outside to get snow off doublet feed line.
Finally found a good purpose for an otherwise useless mop. Also got to practice
a lot with retuning the antenna tuner. OM, VE7XF champing at the bit for RACWIN
to finish so he could get on the air in the Stu Perry. Next year will be
better.
73 and Happy New Year
Margaret
VA7VF
 
KI6OY   SO CW LP   4,2902018-01-02 17:43:50
100 watts and a wire. run: 3 s&p: 71 CQ Total: 125
 
XO1X(@VY1JA)   M/S HP   23,5842018-01-02 21:04:56
Thanks to VY1JA for all his efforts to make the station available and active.
Unfortunately the 20m transmission line failed from arcing (possibly high SWR
due to hoar frost on the antenna). So we cut the operation short at that point.
 
CG3KI(VE3KI)   SO CW HP   5,4342018-01-02 21:13:37
After cutting short the planned operation from XO1X because of equipment
problems, I got on for a while from my own station.
 
VE9RAC(@VE9ML)   M/S LP   493,6962018-01-03 01:09:37
Lots of fun,conditions were good,lot of Canadian stations.
 
NA8V   SO CW HP   64,2602018-01-04 16:35:06
Always great to work my neighbors and the rest of the world. Highlights were
working XO1X on 80 (callsign threw me for a second) and actually hearing
something on 10m (VA2RAC).

greg/na8v
 
VY2RAC(@VY2CRS)   M/M HP   46,3602018-01-05 18:07:06
This log will be submitted as a checklog only. Our VY2RAC operation was designed
to reach as many folks as possible on the last day of the RAC 150 Award. It was
also hoped to get as many hams involved as possible (achieved at CARC). Logging
was a bit of a challenge (different programs);thus, not all info available. I
would like to thank Dave VY2DAC(president of CARC) and Ken VY2RU(SPARC) for
spearheading and promoting participation in the CWC. HNY es best 73, Bill VY2LI

ps. Due to computer trouble, I am using my Hotmail account.
 
VE3JM   SO CW HP   310,1562018-01-07 17:42:57
Sorry for posting the score late. I enjoyed this contest, the activity level was
good. Thanks to those who were willing to QSY.

Congrats to Tom, VE3CX.