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  • 14 Feb 2018 8:36 AM
    Reply # 5736720 on 5697767
    ARRL Inter. DX Contest, CW: 0000Z, Feb 17 to 2400Z, Feb 18
    Rules. http://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx


    FOR MORE INFO CONTACT CARA DX CLUB contest coordinator


    Last modified: 15 Feb 2018 6:10 PM | Robert
  • 11 Feb 2018 1:29 PM
    Reply # 5732005 on 5697770

    On 1/23/2018 9:08 AM, VE6CCL wrote:

    Hi Jim

    Wondering what the status is re a 160 meter band antenna for North or South Station.

    The West station vertical loads well but TS2000 seems a bit deaf and is limited to 100 watts
    I have had some CW QSO's using it on 160 but can not work all that we hear

    East station antenna does have a sweet spot on 160 cw around 1840 but lower in band SWR spikes

    Just wondering

    Rob VE6CCL

    There was a contest coming up

    CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW: 2200Z, Jan 26 to 2200Z, Jan 28 Geographic Focus: Worldwide Participation: Worldwide Awards: Worldwide Mode: CW Bands: 160m Only
    • 2200Z is 3 PM Friday  Jan 26
    • contest runs  15:00 MST, Jan 26 to 15:00 MST, Jan 28
    • SUN SET 17:15
    • SUN RISE 8:22
    Find rules at: http://www.cq160.com/rules.htm

    VE6JF VE6CCM VE6IKR AND VE6IXD all jumped into action and helped me at the club station Friday to see what could be done to enhance our 160 capability.   Jack suggested we look at the 43' vertical and see if we can add more radials and put the external tuner outside to allow tuning it more effectively on the low bands. Ian VE6IKR and I looked at the North Tower and determined that more work was needed to get it functioning but we now have a plan to help Jim VE6JF complete the shut feed of the North and South towers for 80 and 160.   By Sundown Saturday we had the tuner ready to go outside and set up the EAST Station for 160   providing a choice of inverted VEE on the AMP of the vertical with 100 watts.

    Operated remotely Friday and Saturday night

                    CQ160CW Summary Sheet

           Start Date : 2018-01-26

        CallSign Used : VE6AO
          Operator(s) : VE6CCL

    Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
    Assisted Category : ASSISTED
                 Band : ALL
                Power : HIGH
                 Mode : CW
     Default Exchange : AB
           Gridsquare : DO31AC

                 Name : Calgary Amateur Radio Association
              Address : PO BOX 30423
       City/State/Zip : Calgary  AB  T2H 2W1
              Country : CANADA

         ARRL Section : AB
            Club/Team : 
             Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.7004.0

            Band     QSOs     Pts  StP  DXC  Pt/Q
             1.8      17      87   11    1   5.1
             1.8       1       0    1    0   0.0
           Total      18      87   12    1   4.8


                Score : 1,131
                  Rig : FT2000

             Antennas : VEE and VERTICAL

              Soapbox :
      LOTS OF HELP WILT SETUP VE6CCM VE6JF VE6IKR


      I have observed all competition rules as well as all regulations
      established for amateur radio in my country. My report is
      correct and true to the best of my knowledge. I agree to be
      bound by the decisions of the Contest Committee.



      Date : 2018-01-31        Signature : VE6CCL

     

    X. LOG INSTRUCTIONS:

    The new deadline for log submissions is 5 days from the end of the contest.

    For CW this is 2200z Feb 2, 2018.

    Did not submit the log (MISSED THE DEAD LINE ) but we now have the DX Engineering 43 foot vertical with tuner at its base back in service on our TS2000 WEST Station doing a bang up job on all HF bands.


  • 06 Feb 2018 9:02 AM
    Reply # 5724059 on 5697767
    NCCC RTTY Sprint:

    0145Z-0215Z, Feb 9

    Geographic Focus: North America Participation: Worldwide Mode: RTTY Bands: (see rules) Classes: (none) Exchange: Serial No. + Name + QTH Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults Submit logs by: February 11, 2018 E-mail logs to: (none) Post log summary at: http://www.3830scores.com/ Mail logs to: (none) Find rules at: http://www.ncccsprint.com/rttyns.html


    CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest:   0000Z, Feb 10 to 2359Z, Feb 11

    Geographic Focus: Worldwide Participation: Worldwide Awards: Worldwide Mode: RTTY Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m Classes: Single Op All Band (QRP/Low/High)(Tribander/Rookie) Single Op Single Band (QRP/Low/High)(Tribander/Rookie) Multi-One (Low/High) Multi-Two Multi-Unlimited Max operating hours: Single Op: 30 hours, offtimes of at least 60 minutes Multi-Op: 48 hours Max power: HP: 1500 watts LP: 100 watts QRP: 5 watts Exchange: RST + Serial No. Work stations: Once per band QSO Points: 1 point per QSO with same country on 20/15/10m 2 points per QSO with same country on 80/40m 2 points per QSO with different countries on same continent on 20/15/10m 4 points per QSO with different countries on same continent on 80/40m 3 points per QSO with different continent on 20/15/10m 6 points per QSO with different continent on 80/40m Multipliers: Each prefix once Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults Submit logs by: 2359Z February 16, 2018 E-mail logs to: rtty[at]cqwpx[dot]com Upload log at: http://www.cqwpx.com/logcheck/ Mail logs to: CQ WPX RTTY Contest P.O. Box 1877 Los Gatos, CA 95031-1877 USA Find rules at: http://www.cqwpxrtty.com/rules.htm

    Last modified: 06 Feb 2018 9:06 AM | Robert
  • 02 Feb 2018 6:28 AM
    Reply # 5714276 on 5697767

    10-10 Int. Winter Contest, SSB: 0001Z, Feb 3 to 2359Z, Feb 4


    Find rules at:
    http://www.ten-ten.org/index.php/activity/2013-07-22-20-26-48/qso-party-rules

    Last modified: 02 Feb 2018 6:33 AM | Robert
  • 23 Jan 2018 2:03 PM
    Reply # 5698821 on 5697767
    On 2018-01-23 12:21 PM, rac-bulletins@eton.ca wrote:

      ​For immediate release:

    Winter Field Day is coming:
    Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28

    http://wp.rac.ca/winter-field-day-2018/

    Winter Field Day is presented by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), “a dedicated group of Amateur Radio operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.”

    The Association's website (https://www.winterfieldday.com/) describes the objective of Winter Field Day as follow:

    "We believe as do those entities of ARRL Organizations like ARES & RACES that maintaining your operational skills should not be limited to fair weather scenarios. The addition of Winter Field Day will enhance those already important skills of those that who generously volunteer their time and equipment to these organizations. This is why WFD is open to all licensed amateur radio operators worldwide.

    Disasters are unpredictable by nature and can strike when you least expect them. WFDA's goal is to help enhance your skills and ready you for all environmental conditions found in the US and Canada during the spring, summer, fall and winter Preparedness is the key to a professional and timely response during any event and this is what local and state authorities are expecting when they reach out to the emergency service groups that offer their services.

     If you are serious about emergency communications as we are; we welcome you to join us for our yearly event. We are sure you will find this event a pleasant change and challenge to that of a normal summer time field day.”

    The following information is courtesy of the WFDA's website but please visit it for complete rules and information.

    Purpose: To foster Amateur camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian and DX Amateurs.

    When: Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2018, the dates are January 27 and 28. Station setup may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on Friday, January 26. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total. How and when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you.

     Bands: All Amateur bands, HF, VHF and UHF except 12, 17, 30 and 60 metres.

     Modes: Any mode: CW, SSB, AM, FM, D-Star, C4FM, DMR, Packet, PSK, SSTV, RTTY, Olivia, Satellite, etc.

    Suggested Frequencies: (to make it easier for entrants to find each other) HF CW – 1810-1820, 3.530-3.550, 7.030-7.050, 14.035-14.055, 21.030-21.050, 28.030-28.040

    HF SSB – lowest 30 kHz of the US General Class Phone bands (160m- 15m), 28.400-28.425MHz (10m) 6m/VHF/UHF – adjacent to, but not on, nationally recognized simplex calling channels.

    For more information please visit: https://www.winterfieldday.com/

    Alan Griffin

    RAC MarCom Director

    wp.rac.ca

    720 Belfast Road, #217
    Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5

    613-244-4367, 1- 877-273-8304

    raccomms@gmail.com

    --------------------
    Send comments to: rachq@rac.ca
    Radio Amateurs of/du Canada
    720 Belfast Road, #217, Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5
    Tel.+1-613-244-4367

    de VE6CCL sent from ACER

    Last modified: 23 Jan 2018 2:08 PM | Robert
  • 23 Jan 2018 7:00 AM
    Reply # 5697770 on 5697767
    CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW: 2200Z, Jan 26 to 2200Z, Jan 28 Geographic Focus: Worldwide Participation: Worldwide Awards: Worldwide Mode: CW Bands: 160m Only
    • 2200Z is 3 PM Friday  Jan 26
    • contest runs  15:00 MST, Jan 26 to 15:00 MST, Jan 28
    • SUN SET 17:15
    • SUN RISE 8:22
    Find rules at: http://www.cq160.com/rules.htm
    Last modified: 25 Jan 2018 7:41 AM | Robert
  • 23 Jan 2018 6:58 AM
    Message # 5697767

    If you would like to operate this contest from the club station VE6AO

    Come give it a try...PHONE CW RTTY and other digital modes available

    ops always wanted

    FOR MORE INFO CONTACT CARA DX CLUB contest coordinator

    Last modified: 23 Jan 2018 7:14 AM | Robert
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