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RAC Canada Day Contest   2017   Jul 1   Comment Summary

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N6RO   SOSB/80 HP   13,2162017-07-01 04:30:04
80m prop. ok for this time of year, QRN S9. Never heard VE1, but got several
other maritimes. Just made my goal of 100 Qs.
W5FMH(@KJ5Y)   SOAB/CW LP   36,9162017-07-01 10:46:33
only limited time to play in this one.

First outing for the club call of the South Texas Remote DX Club.

Plenty activity but nothing heard from the northern sections during my time

Lots of fun as always.

A Very happy Canada Day to all.

VO1RAC(VO1BQ)   SOAB HP   1762017-07-01 14:47:59
Poor Condx...500-700W and D3 Dipole. Happy enough to had time to get on air
for a few hours operating. Happy Canada Day.

K4AFE   SOAB HP   70,0002017-07-01 15:13:45
Thanks for the RAC QSOs to West Tennessee. Had a great time!!

Come visit our site:

Kenwood TS-990S
MFJ-998 Tuner
Ameritron ALS-600PS
102ft G5RV
520ft 160m Horizontal Loop
Cushcraft R8 Vertical
K9AY Receive Array
VE2FK   SOAB/CW HP   31,8922017-07-01 15:31:31
Too band I did not had 80m antenna...

73, Claude VE2FK
VE9CB   SOAB HP   144,7202017-07-01 15:38:44
A very nice way to spend part of a very rainy Canada Day. I'm not up to a
full-time effort, as I'm recovering from an accident and knee surgery.

My plan was to be as active as I could be. I was very willing to be moved
around the bands, but only one person took me up on it. Kudos to Gabor VE7JH
for taking the initiative to move me from 15cw to 15ssb, and then on to ten
metres, where we made it on both modes. If you don't try, you won't succeed.
To make a good multiplier total in this contest, you have to beg, wheedle and
whine to get people to change bands and modes.

There seemed to be lots of activity during the times when I was on, but
conditions were pretty rotten.

I worked most of the RAC HQ stations, and I understand they were all active.
NA6O   M/S HP   51,8002017-07-01 15:52:18
(Spotting -> M/S)
TS-590s, KPA500, verticals (TX), dipoles at 15 ft (RX), N1MM+

Always a fun contest with our Northern neighbors. My pea-shooter stn did pretty
well. Most of my score came in the first 6 hours of the contest. Got up well
before dawn but that wasn't very productive. Later Saturday morning had the CME
action so we caught some of the 10 and 15 openings. 6m was raging but I only
have my useless vertical there. 20 seemed marginal thru the rest of the
contest. Saw spots for but could not work NT, NU and PE. Lots of activity
pretty much everywhere else. See y'all next RAC event.
W2VM   SOAB/CW LP   3,3882017-07-01 16:09:59
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
7 22 146 3 6.6
14 32 138 6 4.3
21 2 12 1 6.0
28 2 12 1 6.0
Total 58 308 11 5.3
Score: 3,388
1 Mult = 5.3 Q's
K2NV/VE3   SOAB/CW LP   13,7922017-07-01 16:21:23
Operating from our sailboat docked at Port Dalhousie, Ontario
K7AZT   SOAB/CW LP   6,5282017-07-01 16:27:32
Always an enjoyable contest. No idea how N1MM computes score for this one.
Worked a mix of VE, RACs, US, one JA, and some non-RAC DX during slow periods.
VA3PC   SOAB/Ph LP   6,2722017-07-01 16:45:50
Operating between the thunderboomers.. Happy Canada Day !
K6LA   SOAB HP   145,6062017-07-01 16:56:52
Lots of action on 20 & 40 meters the first few hours. Lots of VE stations.
Then 80 was very noisy. Saturday morning propagation was way down from Friday
evening on 20m. I got bored so I took a number of breaks.

It is more fun as VY2TT. I can work Europe all night for 2 points a pop.

73, Ken, K6LA / VY2TT
NG7Z   SOAB LP   2,5622017-07-01 16:57:32
I worked a lot of atmospheric noise.
WB8JUI   SOAB/CW LP   30,8162017-07-01 17:02:11
Happy Canada Day 150!

73 - Rick WB8JUI
NN5O   SOAB/CW LP   24,2402017-07-01 17:07:07
Fun playing radio with our Canadian friends. Very casual effort here.

--Dr. Larry S. Anderson, NN5O #1327
Tupelo, MS (birthplace of Elvis)
Rig: Ten-Tec Orion 565AT ~100w into 400 foot horizontal loop up 40 feet
NJ8J   SOAB/CW LP   5,7202017-07-01 17:11:51
Alinco DX-77T
LDG AT-11MP Automatic Antenna tuner

110 ft OCF Dipole fed with ladder-line

Logger: N1MM+

Got in a few hours Friday and Saturday evenings. It's been a while since I
last worked Canada Day, so I didn't realize at first that I could work
VY2RAC(VY2LI)   SOAB HP   75,5462017-07-01 17:12:26
Tried to fly the RAC flag from PEI as much as possible between 150 celebrations
and family time. was nice to work several fellow Islanders. Happy 150 everyone!
W5/WP3C   SOSB/20 HP   8,3522017-07-01 17:13:01

I just were on air a couple of hours and had a lot of fun. I used KJ5Y station
by remote. Only wire for 20M and Amp.

Thanks everyone.

Alfredo Velez WP3C/NP4DX
VA3WU   SOAB/Ph LP   14,8962017-07-01 17:16:26
VA3WU's Contest Summary Report for RAC
Created by N3FJP's RAC Contest Log
Version 3.0

Total Contacts = 112
Total Points = 14,896

Operating Period: 2017/07/01 12:31 - 2017/07/01 23:58

Total op time (breaks > 30 min deducted): 2:55:18
Total op time (breaks > 60 min deducted): 3:51:19

Avg Qs/Hr (breaks > 30 min deducted): 38.3

Total Contacts by Band and Mode:

Band CW Phone Dig Total %
---- -- ----- --- ----- ---
80 0 29 0 29 26
40 0 45 0 45 40
20 0 37 0 37 33
2 0 1 0 1 1
-- ----- --- ----- ---
Total 0 112 0 112 100

Total Contacts by State \ Prov:

State Total %
----- ----- ---
52 46
ON 27 24
AB 7 6
QC 7 6
MB 6 5
NS 4 4
BC 3 3
NB 2 2
NL 2 2
PE 1 1
SK 1 1

Total = 10

Total Contacts by Country:

Country Total %
------- ----- ---
Canada 60 54
USA 51 46
US Virgin Is. 1 1

Total = 3

Total DX Miles (QSOs in Canada not counted) = 14,157
Average miles per DX QSO = 272

Average bearing to the entities worked in each continent.
QSOs in Canada not counted.

NA = 151

Total Contacts by CQ Zone:

CQ Zone Total %
------- ----- ---
04 59 53
05 47 42
03 3 3
02 2 2
08 1 1

Total = 5
K3IE   SOAB/CW LP   58,6442017-07-01 17:17:04
I like the Friday - Saturday night format.

Thanks for the Q's - Hunter K3IE
KØXQ   SOAB/CW LP   7,2242017-07-01 17:17:54
59 Qs = 516 QSO points x 14 =7224
VE3SST   SOAB/Ph LP   17,2502017-07-01 17:23:36
On for short times as family events going on. Had fun and did better than I
expected. Never heard NT, NU, YT on the air but did hear a W station work
Over-all a great way to spend Canada 150!
VE4CDX(VE1RM)   SOAB HP   167,6962017-07-01 17:24:17
Though I cannot be in Canada for Canada Day, the next best thing is to operate
remote! VY1AAA/XO1X was in a state of flux so could not be on from there.
Cary, VE4EA, offered me his station. Located in a city lot in Winnipeg, with a
50-foot tower, a KT-34XA and a trapped dipole for 80/40, with 500W from the K3 +
KPA500. I was very impressed! 40 meters especially! Conditions were
generally terrible, but 40 meters Friday night pushed the rate meter in excess
of 200 at times.

Great activity from all the RAC stations -- I believe I worked them all, except
for VY1RAC (caught VY1KX for the mult, though). Very surprised to work VO2AC on
80 CW!

Thanks for the many QSOs and happy Canada Day!


Gerry, VE4CDX/VE1RM (aka W1VE)
CF7FC(VA7FC)   SOAB HP   112,1042017-07-01 17:26:01
too much fun 73s to all that called me !!
cheers n beers Perry
W6SFK   SOAB HP   20,2722017-07-01 17:28:09
Fun contest, 3 one hour stints:
S&P all VE's + 1 KBer...

Band Mode QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 CW 5 70 4 14.0
7 CW 19 220 5 11.6
7 LSB 8 102 5 12.8
14 CW 17 170 6 10.0
14 USB 11 162 8 14.7
Total Both 60 724 28 12.1

FT5K, VL1K, DB42
NWØM   SOAB LP   36,0222017-07-01 17:30:39
Always fun to work a few hours in the RAC.

K3/P3 100 watts, K-POD, Mosley CL-33 at 35 ft, OCF dipole at 45 ft, N1MM+.

73, Mitch
W7KAM   SOAB LP   3,1682017-07-01 17:39:16
Passed out a few S&P q's mostly to the Canadian stations. Good activity on

40 and 20. 15 and 10 pretty well dead. 100 watts into a full size G5RV
up 20 foot. Conditions were not that great on any band, lots of noise and
some static.
K7JQ   SOAB/CW LP   11,9702017-07-01 17:41:43
Conditions were generally poor...noisy and heavy QSB. Limited time due to work
obligations, but still fun on a very hot Arizona weekend. Thanks for the Q's!
Icom IC-7300; Screwdriver antenna mounted on a steel fence counterpoise.

73, Bob K7JQ
K6SRZ   SOAB HP   339,7642017-07-01 17:45:30
Nunavut came through with 12 minutes to spare!
N8BJQ   SOAB/CW LP   34,5922017-07-01 17:48:49
Thanks for the Q's
N3QE   M/S HP   221,4302017-07-01 17:58:49
Ten-Tec Eagle, AL-1500, 130-foot doublet.

Canada fell on a weekend for me so made a decent effort including time on
phone. Helped that I had much fewer driving duties for a weekend too.

Happy Canada Day!
VE2IR   SOAB/CW LP   5,0202017-07-01 17:59:59
Band Mode QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
7 CW 38 224 4 5,9
14 CW 59 274 6 4,6
21 CW 2 4 0 2,0
Total Both 99 502 10 5,1
Score: 5 020
1 Mult = 9,9 Q's
K8MR   SOAB/CW LP   3,5622017-07-01 18:01:46
Limited time, nearby storms on Friday night, in the skip zone to the GTA area on
40, etc. Only worked a few W's, even though the rules allow for W-W QSOs, it
feels like Ohio working Ohio in the California QSO Party.

Did I say crummy conditions? At least we got lucky on Field Day.

73 - Jim K8MR
NØAC(@NØAC/Ø)   SOAB/CW LP   18,9622017-07-01 18:03:00
I only operated a few hours.

Bill, N0AC
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, 7100\'

Rig 1-FT1000MP~100w
Antenna 1-HyGain HyTower Jr.
Antenna 2-2 Element 20m vertical array

Rig 2-Ten Tec Omni VI~100w
Antenna 1-40m Dipole
Antenna 2-15m 2 Element vertical dipole array

WØPAN   SOAB LP   2802017-07-01 18:10:10
AD8J/4   SOAB LP   4,6502017-07-01 18:13:55
Got on for a short time to help out the VE stations.
K9NW   SOAB/CW LP   16,2002017-07-01 18:28:21
Checked the bands when I had a chance. Happy 150th Canada!

Tnx QSOs!

73, Mike K9NW
VE3BW   SOAB HP   137,3902017-07-01 18:32:52
Start Date : 2017-07-01

CallSign Used : VE3BW
Operator(s) : VE3BW

Operator Category : SINGLE-OP-ASSISTED
Band : ALL
Power : HIGH
Mode : MIXED
Default Exchange : ON
Gridsquare : FN02KX

Address : 6541 WILLOW ROAD
Country : CANADA

ARRL Section : ONS
Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6465.0

Band Mode QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
1.8 CW 13 126 3 9.7
3.5 CW 28 166 3 5.9
3.5 LSB 8 92 2 11.5
7 CW 54 258 6 4.8
7 LSB 40 188 6 4.7
14 CW 85 492 8 5.8
14 USB 78 594 10 7.6
21 CW 31 246 6 7.9
21 USB 17 134 4 7.9
28 CW 12 124 3 10.3
28 USB 7 46 2 6.6
50 CW 2 20 1 10.0
50 USB 1 10 1 10.0
144 USB 1 2 0 2.0
Total Both 377 2498 55 6.6

Score : 137,390
K3WA   SOAB/CW HP   32,2002017-07-01 18:43:57
A few hours playing and working VEs only.

Rig: Flex 6700, SPE 1.3K-FA
Antennas: SteppIR DB-18E at 80 ft, SteppIR 3 El at 42 ft, Inverted L for 80
and 160M, Shared Apex Loop SAL-30 for low band receive
NM5M   SOAB/CW LP   11,7602017-07-01 18:46:57
K3-100 - R6000 Vertical, center loaded 40m vertical and a wire laying on the
roof for 80. Good Times!
VO1MP   SOAB/CW HP   28,7282017-07-01 18:49:25
Elecraft K3/Kat500/KPA500
Dipoles 40/80
KLM tribander
Played a bit to help with VO MULT, mainly S&P with a few CQing spurts
propagation was very erratic with deep QSB most of the time ..lots of Canadian
Stations still antenna challenged and hope to get all sorted out before
contest season.. thanks for all the Q's lots of very familiar calls always
nice to hear 'em and then again nice to be heard also.
C'Y'All Next one
N4PN   SOAB HP   401,2442017-07-01 18:50:14
Lots of activity....expecting a new grandson to be born sometime over the
weekend...but, it's Sunday night and he's still hiding...
Lots of fun and plenty of stations to work...
73, Paul, N4PN
VE7FO   M/S HP   89,6802017-07-01 18:53:07
First serious solo effort in a contest for a long time. It wasn't supposed to
be that way (solo, that is). I started (90 mins late) and I was expecting my
buddy to take over at 1 am. Well, 1 am arrived and no buddy. I hung in 'til 2
am, CQing into mostly dead bands. Turns out that he was on an island and wasn't
scheduled to operate until IARU, a schedule that was clearly laid out in a
number of e-mails between us. Sigh!

During this time there was a very disturbing event. The shack is in the
basement. I could hear people talking in the kitchen. This was rather
disturbing, given that I'm on my own now. Didn't know whether I should head
out the basement door and call the cops or go upstairs. I elected to go
upstairs. Turns out that the 160m Inv L put so much RF into the phone system
that it dcided to play back all the messages stored in it. Spooky.

Anyway, got up at 9 am and back on the air at 10 am until the end.

Conditions weren't entirely horrible. Even 10m was open but, as usual,not
many knew. I was getting spotted all over the continent when CQing but not
many replies. Still, I was grateful for the Qs and mult.

In general, signals were either very weak or quite strong, with lots of fill
generating QSB. My apologies to those who got asked for many, many fills. QSB
would routinely kill half a character, making it really tough. It was possible
to run but really weird running S0 signals.

I now have a lot more time for ham radio and am in the process (still) of
upgrading the station to a M/2. You can expect to see VE7FO in your logs a lot
more in the future (and with a better sig than I used to have). Hope I can
shake off some of the rust and get a little crisper.

Next contests are IARU and NAQP RTTY. See you then.

73, Jim VE7FO
KM4SII(@KJ5Y)   SOSB/20 HP   8,1362017-07-01 18:57:53
Just a short four or five hour operation from the KJ5Y remote alternating with
W5/WP3C. I ran 20m only and almost all SSB. Friday night was excellent, but
Saturday afternoon was slow after the CME hit in the morning. I had to go QRT
about 3 hours before the end of the contest...

First time operating this contest and worked a lot of stations who gave me
"001." Thanks to ON8KW for the call late the first night -- booming

The contest was lots of fun despite rough conditions and limited operating
time. Hope to hear some of you all in the IARU contest!

73 de KM4SII -- Mason (14 years old)
W1AJT(VE3UTT)   M/S HP   109,5642017-07-01 18:57:59
K3 / HexBeam / 43' Vertical / 80M inv "V"

First QSO was 1106 UTC missed Friday night. Lightening crashes throughout.

Hope all had fun.

Happy Canada Day!!!!
KØTT   SOAB HP   133,4962017-07-01 18:59:48
Operated Saturday afternoon, and most productive band was 20m. Picked up new
multipliers on 40 and 15, but not much response to my CQ's. Deep QSB and strong
short skip common on 20m. Worked 16 Manitoba stations on 20m; 400+ miles to the

VE4RAC(VE4EAR)   M/S HP   645,7322017-07-01 19:10:02
Work has kep me pretty much off the radio since the end of March so a little
rusty getting started. Reasonable conditions Friday night, not great, but they
could have been far worse. A few static crashes with nearby lightning made
things tough on 80m.

Wasn't planning on using assistance but found myself looking at the VHF
spotting maps hoping for a 6m opening. What they did reveal was that there was
a chance for some 10m sporadic e's and sure enough, it was open. If more people
had checked 10m they may have been surprised. So the use of the maps put me in
the assisted category I guess.

Saturday mid day conditions dipped significantly and rates really slowed.

Thanks to all our US friends for getting on and being active!

Happy summer everyone!

73 Ed VE4EAR
N8UM   SOAB/CW HP   120,4602017-07-01 19:12:46
10 and 15 were open Friday evening but no activity.
VE3BR   SOAB LP   159,5002017-07-01 19:35:46
Radio: Ten-Tec Orion
Antenna: DX-Eng 80/40 Thunderbolt 55ft Dual Band Vertical
Software: N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6465.0

Enjoyed the contest. Thanks for the Qs. Happy Canada Day!
W1FJ   SOAB/CW QRP   26,0642017-07-01 20:20:02
Thanks to all the good ears people for the Q's and mults
K7XE   SOAB/Ph LP   7,4622017-07-01 20:43:36
K7RL   SOAB HP   384,0602017-07-01 20:46:28
Always a fun contest sponsored by our friends up north. I like the format and
enjoy working all of the provinces. I think this might even be the first time I
worked Nanavut! Thank you VY0RAC!

After performing some badly needed station maintenance, this contest was a
great opportunity to test everything.

Congratulations to VA3RAC and VA2RAC for big signals on 160m. Also fun to work
VE3 and VE2 stations on 40m at 2:00 PM, 5 hours before sunset.

Thanks to all for the Qs!

73, Mitch, K7RL
WO9S   SOSB/20 LP   11,4802017-07-01 20:50:02
High point was working VY1KX
VE7JH   SOAB LP   345,1502017-07-01 21:23:51
Operated from our club's repeater site on a 4000' mountain on Vancouver Island.
The site is 100% solar powered but I used a generator.
Rig is Icom-706MKIIG for HF and an FT-736R for VHF.
All the antennas had to be strung up Friday morning:
160m: Nothing tuned up, was probably putting out 5W.
80m: Inv. Vee apex at 50'
40m: another Inv vee at 49'.
20 and 10m: old 3el KLM(?) tribander.
15m: since the tribander wasn't happy there and I couldn't tune the 80 or 40
dipole, I folded back my 20m SOTA dipole till the SWR was good and then hung it
at 20'. Amazingly it gave me over 100 QSOs and 17 mults.
6m: 5el at 15', 2m: 11el at 17'.
You can add another 500' to those numbers as the repeater sits on a ledge with
an almost vertical dropoff in the direction of the rest of North America
(remember, I'm in the top left corner of your map).
Had a nice double hop Es opening on 6m that I had to quit in favour of working
10 pointers on 20m on Friday evening.
After all that work setting up I was too tired to run the full 24 hours so
slept from local 1AM to 5AM. No need for an alarm as at dawn the resident mouse
decided to start chewing on something right by my head as I was sleeping on the
Bands were all right, I either had a poor antenna on 80m on or it wasn't quite
up to snuff.
Not having internet access made me jump all over the bands and I caught some
nice 15m and 10m openings and were able to move some stations for mults. Thanks
to all who obliged!
Great to see the continued superb VE activity in this contest and the large
number of our cousins to the South.
Thanks to all who called/heard me and kudos to the RAC volunteers keeping this
great thing going!
Gabor, VE7JH
K3WJV   M/S HP   72,2162017-07-01 22:25:30
Since I started the contest with Telnet and the RBN with the FD filter still in
I was compelled to enter as M/S but gained quick access to the Canadian calls.
I checked the rules sometime in the first hour and found out about using
clusters but it was fun in the long run

The advantage us 3's have to EU in dx contests is somewhat dented with the
closeness of VE3, especially for me being 5 miles from the NY border in central
PA, hi. Couldn't work those weak close in stns. This was the biggest effort I
have had in RAC summer or winter.

Next time I might turn off Telnet and go single op cw but it was nice to work
those RAC stns before they might have left the band. Who knows, maybe next
year I'll do phone too, egad. Enjoyed working Summer, VE5SDH, at VE5RAC.
Worked them on 3 bands and am sure at least 2 of those were with her in the

Rural location 1255' ASL
FT1000MP & Alpha 89 (used on 40 mtrs only)
40mtr inv vee @55ft

K3/P3 & Acom 2000A
2el K4KIO 6 band Hexbeam @24ft G-450A rotor & Green Heron
Inv vees for 80m & 40m with trapped 160m @55ft

Palstar HF-AUTO manually re-arranged between stns when necessary
WinKeyer USB & Vibroplex paddle

Rx ants - 200ft NE/SW kd9sv rbogs staggered & spaced @ 66ft - DXE ncc-2

SO2R >> TopTen DxDoubler-Band Aides-relays-W2VJN stubs

N1MM+ contest logger & DxLab master logger
VA7ST   SOAB/CW HP   43,7002017-07-02 00:05:12
Just 7 hours on the air this time. Almost all of that was Friday night -- spend
all of Saturday except the final half hour out in the city helping my son find
a new car (found one at last, but got home with just 30 minutes remaining in

Last year, finished with 50,300 points and by the time I quit at 2 a.m.
Saturday morning this year I have 40,000 point with the same mult count as last
year's total but about 150 fewer Qs. Couldn't make up the lost ground with only
half an hour on Saturday afternoon, so will be happy with what I ended up
putting in the log.

Thanks to all who jumped in even for a few contacts in the Canada Day contest.

-- Bud VA7ST
VA3QV/VY2   SOAB QRP   2,1962017-07-02 01:54:36
VERY CASUAL OPERATING fron a campsite picnic table at Cabot Beach Provincal Park

2dx....4......16 VE...... 4RAC stn

Worked everyone who could hear me but heard way more than I could work....

Thanks go out to the 22 stns who could hear my FT 817 and my end fed antennas
VE3AD   SOAB HP   2,8382017-07-02 03:16:11
W1END   SOAB/CW LP   6,3602017-07-02 03:44:26
Worked about all I heard in the few operating breaks I took from other
activities. Nothing on 15 meters. Went to bed before 80M was active.
I enjoy this contest. Thanks to all.

Eldon - W1END
N3HEE   M/S LP   31,6162017-07-02 04:38:46
Entering as Multi-Single due to using spotting assistance. Had very limited
time but managed to make more Q's than last year. Great conditions on 80 &
40 meters. Fun contest !
VE3CV   SOAB LP   42,0242017-07-02 05:27:48
Mostly Friday night with a couple of hours on Saturday morning before Canada Day
took over. Lots of fun with really good opening to South Pacific on 20m around
midnight (0345-0405Z). Found ZM4T, T32AZ, and A31MM running on SSB. Missed
Yukon and Nunavut. Forgot to check 160m! Oops. Lots of thunderstorm QRN, but
great activity by all the RAC stations. Good work gang! Happy Canada 150 to
Jeff VE3CV
VE3JAQ   SOAB/CW LP   8,2082017-07-02 06:31:44
Just few hours of running in between family activities. Happy Canada Day
VE9AA   SOSB/20 HP   6,9442017-07-02 06:39:53
1hr + 1hr + 38mins in 3 different 'shifts' during daylight hours on Sat.

Condx for the most part were dismal except for close-in skip to W3 where
signals were enormous.

Too many other things pulling me away from the radio to even try other bands
or more time.

Worked VE9DX, Andy as my only other '9', though I am sure VE9OA, VE9HF, VE9CB
and VE9RAC must have been around.

Happy Canada Day 150

20m = Wire + Aluminum 4-square (Comtek)

Rig:IC-7410, N3ZN ZN-9 paddle, Yamaha CM500
headset, N1MM+ logger
CU (all of sudden) in the next one!

dit dit

-Mike VE9AA in NB
NF8M   SOAB LP   44,0962017-07-02 07:00:04
Joyeux 150ieme Fete du Canada, mes amis! / Happy 150th Canada Day, my friends!
K4HQK   SOAB/CW HP   17,0202017-07-02 07:00:17
Operated only for fun to imagine I was on a summer vacation in Canada, and thus
only worked Canadians celebrating their 150th year. Happy birthday, Canada!

Ameritron ALS-600
Cushcraft 20-6m vertical
40/30m dipole pair
80m dipole
WinKeyer USB
VE3MIS   M/M HP   376,4922017-07-02 07:10:44
Lots of fun, thanks for all Qs. Thanks for all the USA participation!! Happy 150
CF3FF(VA3FF)   SOAB/CW LP   73,9202017-07-02 07:20:05
TS-590s 100W, Auto tuner ICOM AH-4, Ant: Vertical and Inverted L
WA1FCN   SOSB/40 LP   9,3242017-07-02 07:44:49
I had originally planed to do a full effort but.......XYL came home from her
trip to Florida two days early ! So this is a semi-serious effort.
This was my first time in this contest. I hope to QSO ya all next
weekend in IARU contest. 73 BoB WA1FCN
K9CW   SOAB/CW LP   7,4162017-07-02 07:47:02
Just worked the last couple hours. Still lots of activity. I should have
started earlier!
NJ4Q   SOAB/CW LP   13,3622017-07-02 08:13:37
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VE1DT   M/S HP   1,3562017-07-02 08:29:38
Wish I could have operated more. This time, Canada Celebrations with friends won
out over ham radio.

> Gerald, VE1DT
VE3XKZ   SOAB/Ph LP   8,1262017-07-02 08:51:03
I am the new the kid on the block. This is first contest for me as SO on phone
I got all prov... getting NL at 1900 Sunday (big thrill for me) but no
territories. I think I got all RAC stations. Several US stations.
Anyway I worked, about 4 hrs Saturday, on 20m between other activities.
Frustrated most other bands were dead. To me anyway.
Saturday afternoon were dupes right across the 20m band but picked up 4 fresh
stations on 80m with 10 minutes to contest ending.
All in all I had fun but darn,I need a bigger antenna.
VA3RAC(@VE3CX)   M/M HP   1,002,2742017-07-02 08:57:42
First multi-op from VE3CX, and we had a great time.

As Brad - MXJ commented - "First multi-op by the 'X' men" - we all
have an 'X' in our calls.

Thanks for the Q's, and Happy Canada Day!

Tom - VE3CX
HP3SS   SOAB HP   18,4322017-07-02 09:00:43
Thanks for the contacts.
Happy Canada Day!
VA2RAC(@VA2EW)   M/M HP   978,6242017-07-02 09:26:41
Our main goal was to give the VA2RAC callsign to as many operators as possible.

Then we decided to enter the multi-multi category with 4 radios and 4
According to the band openings is was not always possible to have the 4 radios
active but we expect to have done our maximum to reach that goal.

Radios : 3xK3 with 3 amplifiers and one Yaesu MK V barefoot.
Antennas : 1 x steppIR DB42@80ft, 1 x 3el steppIR @64ft, 1 spiderbeam @ 40ft
on the spiderbeam aluminum mast (put up for the circumstance), 4sq 20m, 4sq 80m
an 160m vertical T 70ft high, plus beverages RX antennas.

Anyway we had a lot of fun.

Happy Canada Day
W9QL   SOAB LP   60,0602017-07-02 09:31:09
Got a late start on Friday night and had limited time on Saturday, but still had
fun. Lot's of familiar calls and friends in this one, both US and Canada. Had
some good phone runs Friday night despite some QRM from nearby storms. Missed
NT, YT and NU.

FTdx5000MP with a G5RV @35 ft.
W6RLL   SOSB/20 HP   10,9562017-07-02 10:25:12
166 QSOs, 996 Points, 11 Multipliers = 10956
Thanks for the contacts.
73 de Joe, W6RLL
VE7RAC(@VE7IO)   M/M HP   484,2242017-07-02 11:55:23
Good contest, we ran three stations and had a lot of fun. The weather was great
not too hot but an AC in the shack will be a serious consideration for next year
as three amps can generate a lot of heat. We were fortunate that we had the use
of the Surrey ARC's 100' mobile tower with a TH7 this, along with the two towers
at my QTH, was a big help. We had two minor issues, a 90 degree connector
failed and a N connector loosened up, we replaced the 90 degree connector and
tightened the N connector to solve the problems. Radios were an Icom IC7300, an
Icom 756pro and a Flex 6700 all radios did a great job with no interference
issues that caused us to cease operating. We used BPF,s on all radios. A
helpful factor for us is that all three beams are in a north/south line and
pointing east with good spacing. We did have a bit of confusion at the start
with the TH7 being pointed in the wrong direction for the first couple of
hours. We were getting good signals on the TH7 but on Friday evening we were
working JA's more than eastern stations this raised a red flag and on
investigation discovered our error, from then on it worked great. The operators
have been together for this contest for some four years and all work well
together. They have participated in other contests from VE7IO and really enjoy
operating together. Two of the YL ops had been to Paris for the Vimy event so
there were many stories to tell.

Two wrap up the day we had a very nice cake complete with a large Canadian flag
on top and while enjoying the cake we had a chance to go over the contest

A big thanks to all the stations that were there for us to work.

Fred VE7IO
KI6OY   SOAB/CW LP   4,4002017-07-02 12:42:34
100 watts and a wire antenna
KN4Y   SOAB LP   2,4242017-07-02 13:09:53
I have participated in many July 1 Canada days.
This , so far, has been the most fun keep awake contest.
Happy Birthday Canada and the Hamilton ARC 85th
Anniversary. CARRY ON!
N1DC   SOAB LP   9,0242017-07-02 15:54:27
Only available for a short time Friday night. Happy to provide some QSOs.


Rick N1DC
W3TB   SOAB LP   14,0002017-07-02 16:48:39
Bands soft, but it was fun anyway.
W6FA   SOAB HP   14,5202017-07-02 18:07:34
All QSOs were search-and-pounce with Canadian stations
WQ5OO(N8OO)   SOAB HP   602,7002017-07-02 18:32:02
Hundreds times during contest (phone portion of contest) i say HAPPY BIRTHDAY
CANADA !!! Now i want to bring my apology Canadians operators who is don"t
my message ....simply loose my voice (partially).If speak seriously,many
for outstanding activity VE,VA,CG,CF .....and have surprise about number of US

operators who is call me....thanks all guys and girls for make qso with WQ5OO.
Vic N8OO
K4BAI   SOAB HP   197,9602017-07-02 18:48:13
FT1000MP, Alpha 78, 1 KW, TH6DXX, dipole, zepp, inverted vee, tee vertical.
Lots of activity and good coverage of the mults. Conditions were very poor for
DX. 15M was open from GA to Eastern Canada early Sunday afternoon, but it
seemed not many stations knew it. 40M was pretty good during the day, but
couldn't copy the weaker Canadians during most of daylight. Time in the
contest was limited by family weekend activities, but Canada Day was a lot of
fun, as always. Thanks for all QSOs. 73, John, K4BAI.
VA7VF   SOAB/Ph HP   43,8002017-07-02 20:58:07
Ran much more this time than any other contest, so consider I am still improving
my working ability. Conditions obviously not great. Disappointed I was not able
to get a clean sweep of Canadian RAC stations. Just could not hear Nunavut. Did
get one US station on 5 bands and a couple of CDN on 5 as well. Not a single JA!
Furthest station was T32 who was in the RACCAN contest.
Margaret VA7VF
WQ6X(@NX6T)   SOAB/CW LP   13,1582017-07-02 21:25:25
This was another last minute remote operation from NX6T (aka
in Fallbrook. Equipment included an Elecraft K3 running barefoot into
a 3-el Stepp-IR and 2-el for 40, with an inverted Vee for 80 - all 15mh.
Throughout the 24 hours I managed to sneak-in pockets of operation.
Before I knew it WQ6X passed the 100 QSO mark and then 150.
There were CERTAINLY a lot of people playing in the RAC contest;
unfortunately not enough of them were Canadians.
Because I ran a frequency much of the time, it was nice to receive
calls from Ve8, VE9 & VY1. Where were the alleged VY0's?
KA6BIM   M/S HP   405,0002017-07-03 00:03:56
Conditions were very good this weekend with even a decent opening on 10 meters.
We increased Qso’s & Mults on almost every band over last year, but 20
was so good we neglected 40 a bit. 6 meters never opened up here.

This was the first time since they created Nunavut as a section, that I have
been able to get a sweep on multipliers on a single band. Thank you VY0RAC for
the call!
AB1J   M/S LP   7,1282017-07-03 05:51:17
Another mighty Multi-Single operation from Waltham, MA, the Steam Punk City.

My main effort was in the DL-DX RTTY but it is 11 hours out of sync with the
RAC and conditions were horrible for DX, so I spent some time in the RAC to
help celebrate our northern neighbor's birthday. The land of Sgt. Preston and
and his faithful Husky, Yukon King, the "wonder dog."

Also my younger daughter was born on this day, so I celebrated that too in both
contests. Happy birthday, kiddo.

The most interesting thing was my first QSO, with VC3C2C. Had to study that one
a bit to make sure I wasn't hallucinating. The CW skimmers couldn't decode it
either. The best they could do was 3C2C. The call celebrates Canada's 150th
birthday, stretching "from sea to sea."

Thanks for the QSOs. Happy Birthday, Canada!

"Let's go home, King. This case is closed." Sgt. Preston

Ken, AB1J

Saturday 1300z solar data:
SFI = 71
K = 3
eSSN = 16

Flex 6500 (remember them)
Cu wire floating about
LoTW eQSL ClubLog
VA3KAI   SOAB LP   108,3882017-07-03 06:23:13
Rig : Knwd TS2000 & HamGadgets MasterKeyer MK-1

Antennas : 270' OCFD (N-S) - 160M-20M;
135' OCFD (E-W) - 80M-10M;
40M H-SLoop (N) - 20M-10M

Soapbox : Worked most of contest on/off with many breaks
for storms and a so-so night's sleep. Conditions were pretty good;
but, lots of static crashes on lower bands. Nice to hear so many
Canadian stations and special Cdn. prefixes! Many US stations too.

Frustration was several stations running higher-speed CW and by the
time I got my callsign out once (~20wpm), they were already CQing
again! Tried speeding up keyer and they still had "bad ears" -- I
wasn't the only one who finally gave up!!!

Still, lots of fun in one of my favourite contests!
VE7KW   SOAB/CW HP   65,7922017-07-03 07:31:49
VA2RAC was certainly a presence -- Good work!
CF7RR(VA7RR)   SOSB/20 HP   163,4382017-07-03 11:44:43
Thanks to all for the QSOs as we celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this year.

Most of my contest activity is as a guest op, but there are a few domestic
contests, such as SS and the California QSO Party, where I can often be
competitive in operating from my home station. I'm located on a city lot on
the flats in a suburb of Vancouver, BC, where I have a 72 foot tower with a
bunch of short boom Force 12 monobanders on it.

Despite the low sunspot numbers, I thought it would be interesting to try a
20 meter single band entry for the RAC Canada Day contest, especially since the
test would happen on a Friday and Saturday with the possibility of greater
overall activity because July 1st would occur during a weekend day.

All day Friday 20 sounded terrible, with very few signals, many of them
week, and no real DX except for a few South Americans. My guess was that the
band would close a few hours after the start, and that I would spend most of
Saturday in "beg mode" trying to attract attention to myself. Boy
was I wrong, because when the contest started up, it was like somebody flipped
on a light switch, and it turned into the start of some surprisingly superb
conditions over the next 24 hours.

The particulars:

- probably the biggest SSB pileup I've ever experienced here in Canada during
the first 15 minutes of the contest. It was crazy deep.

- an average rate of nearly 93 an hour for the entire 19.4 hours of operating
time. Had 700 on Friday night and another 1100 on Saturday.

- missed VY1 on both modes and VY0 on cw. Number of Europeans worked - zero.

- I had no line noise until the last hour, and it was otherwise really really
quiet. This was critical because, just like in Phone SS last fall, there were
lots of weak signals and rapid QSB, resulting in lots of back and forth to
confirm callsigns and exchanges.

- tons of USA activity. 23% of the QSOs were with Canada, and most all of the
rest were from the US.

- a staggering 472 stations outside of Canada gave me QSO Number 1. 165 more
passed along QSO Number 2.

- the highlight of the contest - with a couple of hours to go a station called
in with his callsign and QTH. I gave him the exchange, and asked him for his
QSO number. He replied that I was his first contact . . . ever and that he had
just got his ham license. That's the sort of "Number 1" that I've
never otherwise encountered in more than 40 years of contest operating.

Thanks again for the QSOs.


Gary VA7RR
VE3RCN   SOAB/CW LP   7,6322017-07-03 12:27:34
I was sick for Field Day. Still sick. Plan was to operate off of HMCS
HAIDA....but that was jagged in a couple of days ahead of time due to this
health issue. Cant will try some CW. I must be in a Black Hole as I
called CQ for quite a while on different freqs with little response. Most of
contacts ended up being S&P. Since I couldnt talk, goal was for 150 Qsos
for Canada's 150th. I ended up with 73....a good HAM radio number. Oh well.
VE4DLA   SOAB/Ph LP   3,3362017-07-03 13:13:29
VE7WJ   SOAB/Ph LP   38,5022017-07-03 14:16:32
Band QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
3.5 36 294 7 8.2
7 49 274 7 5.6
14 122 788 10 6.5
21 5 60 2 12.0
50 1 10 1 10.0
Total 213 1426 27 6.7
Score: 38,502
1 Mult = 7.9 Q's
CG3KTB(VE3KTB)   SOAB/Ph LP   9,1202017-07-03 14:18:25
I had limited time for the radio this weekend. My son graduated from High
School and various activities around that required my presence. Then, when I
finally got on late Friday night, after about an hour of operating I started
causing the CO monitor to alarm. I leave you to imagine the scene. I was the
only one who didn't hear it thanks to the good sound isolation of my Heil
VE4EV(VE4DRK)   SOAB LP   43,1522017-07-03 15:35:20
similar to other years for me on this contest. I was glad to work all provinces
except YT, NU. Did not hear as many locals as I thought I would, but SK was
coming in strong most times. 73, Dan ve4drk
CF3RKM   SOAB LP   50,6102017-07-03 16:56:12
K3, 75w, dipole and verticals. Always a fun contest.
N8II   SOAB LP   178,2922017-07-03 18:40:07
As you can see from the numbers, SSB activity was pretty low. I like to run on
SSB, but had limited success. Compared to 5 years ago or so, activity seems to
be headed in the wrong direction in both RAC contests. About 5 years ago, I can
remember running a bunch of VE7's on 20 and quite a few stations on 75M phone. I
was active until nearly 04Z at the start and not much materialized on 75, also
very few Canadians calling CQ there. I'm sure I could have done better on mults
on 80 CW, if I had S&P'ed more Friday evening. The signals that were there
were pretty strong on 40/80 the first night, but by 0130Z or so most ON
stations were skipping over and basically all ON were skipping over me on 40 by
21Z Saturday. Conditions and activity worsened noticeably the last 4 hours (took
a break to walk dog at 19Z). The highlight of propagation by far was an apparent
double hop Es opening on 15 AND 10M around 1520-1810Z (all 10M Q's between
1553-1615Z). I worked multiple BC stations on 10! The other mults worked were
ON and MB. VA3RAC in ONN was S9+ on 10 and S9+++ on 15. Unfortunately, there
was nary a peep of eastern Canada on either band. There were also W5's, 0's,
7's and 6's on 15 (could have been F2 to AZ/CA). I stayed on 10/15 until they
were worked out with a lunch break thrown in.
I am surprised there are not more big LP scores so far, as my operating is
limited due to helping XYL and house chores, but I also got a decent night's
sleep. Congrats to the guys with huge HP scores. The total amount of Es
openings and area covered was disappointing after the blow out on FD, but the
last days before July 1 and since were similar or worse. With the level of
activity, I am not sure an effort even this big is in my future, but do
appreciate all of the calls and Q's. I did work the RAC calls at least once in
all of the southern tier of call areas including NF and LAB, never heard any
northern tier stations at all.

73, Jeff
W7CAR   SOSB/20 HP   11,8562017-07-03 21:27:09
Lots of fun but very few Canadians heard. Will try again Next Year.
KEØTT   SOAB/CW QRP   16,4402017-07-04 14:08:38
K3/10 at 5 watts to a pair of dipoles up about 40 to 45', fed with ladder lines
and tuners. Always enjoy the RAC contests. Managed 9 Q's with RAC stations.
Was surprised by 15 and 10 M QSO's as the two bands QSB'd in and out. 40 M was
solid. Thanks for the fun, and C U next time. 73, Dan ke0tt
VA3PCJ/VE2   SOAB/CW QRP   7302017-07-05 19:27:52
Rig: KX3 @ 5W & Alexloop from inside a hotel room in Pointe Claire,
Montréal, QC, before check-out time on July 1st 2017
CG4DPR(@VE4DPR)   SOAB LP   4,1762017-07-07 07:10:02
Icom IC-706MKIIG - Homebrew 40-20-10 fan dipole

CW Contacts were PSK31...didn't see a spot for Dig mode

Band Mode QSOs Pts Sec Pt/Q
7 PSK3 1 10 1 10.0
14 PSK3 12 32 1 2.7
14 USB 32 306 10 9.6
Total Both 45 348 12 7.7
Score: 4,176
1 Mult = 3.8 Q's