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Thank you to RAC Canada Day Contest 2019 sponsors and participants

RAC Contest Managers
Bart Ritchie, VE5CPU and Sam Ferris, VE5SF

March 2020 update:

After the initial results of the RAC Canada Day Contest 2019 were published in the January-February 2020 TCA, there were a few corrections reported. Our apologies for the errors.

The following corrections have been made:

1) W8UM was originally reported as SOABLP when in fact they were MOSTLP. With them being moved into this category, they become the certificate winner for US Call Area 8. This impacted K8ZT as they were originally identified as the category winner for US Call Area 8.

2) VA6AN was reported as being in Alberta when in fact he was portable in Yukon (VY1). His entry as been changed to VA6AN/VY1 and he also wins the Yukon certificate for high score in the Single Op All Bands (SSB only).

Updated Contest Report:

With Canada Day falling on a Monday in 2019, it provided Canadians with a nice long weekend that allowed contesters to wrap up that part of their holiday celebrations with a little “ham radio” time providing opportunities for even casual contesters to spend some time exchanging QSOs with folks in Canada and around the world. While not being a holiday outside of Canada we thank those that took the time to join us in the celebration and exchanging greetings.

With over 600 participants it was one of the best ever turnouts in recent years despite the poor propagation conditions. Propagation was an even bigger challenge outside of North America, although comments from various regions in North America indicated challenges from many areas on continent.

Despite challenging conditions with propagation, it shows that being on the air consistently can yield results as we have two new records set in the Canada Day Contest. Victor Androsov, VA2WA, sets a new Canada Day record in the SOABCW category with a score of 346,104 and Gordon Kosmenko, VE6SV, and the team, operating as VE6RAC in the MOSTHP set a new record in this category. Excellent job by both groups!Don’t let solar conditions deter you, perseverance can pay dividends and set records sometimes. With that bit of introduction, on with the detailed results!

A Few Statistics:
Logs submitted: 601
Canada: 233
US: 265
Other countries: 90
Total QSOs: 97,324
 
Single Op All Bands High Power

Todd Bendtsen, VE5MX, wins the SOABHP plaque sponsored by Radioworld with a score of 715,108. Victor Petcherkin, N8OO, takes second with a score of 605,816 and once again takes the Larry Kayser, VA3LK Memorial Plaque sponsored by Alan Goodacre, VE3HX, for the Top Scoring Single Operator’s Foreign Entry – any authorized power. Tom Haavisto, VE3CX, takes third place with a score of 581,328.

Single Op All Bands Low Power

Bob Hawkin, VE3WG, piloted his station to a first place finish this year in the SOABLP category and takes the plaque sponsored by Contest Club Ontario with a score of 177,320. Art Boyars, K3KU, takes second place this year with a score of 167,232.

Third place goes to Dariusz Tatarski, VE3BR, with a score of 167,040.

SINGLE OP – QRP

For the sixth year in a row – an extraordinary rare run in our contest – Thomas J. Warren, K3TW, takes the first place plaque in the SOABQRP category, sponsored by Radioworld, with a score of 82,800. Great job Thomas! Second place goes to Dick Van Zandt, K9OM, with a score of 44,428. Third place goes to David Stephenson, VE3PYG, with a score of 33,066 points.

Single Op All Band Phone

Bud Governale, W3LL, takes first place with a score of 157,046 capturing the SOABPH plaque sponsored by the Maritime Contest Club. Second place goes to Victor Paul, WB0TEV, with a score of 156,180. Ron Koenig, WV4P, rounds out third place with a score of 75,000.

Single Op All Band CW

Victor Androsov, VA2WA, takes first place and sets a new Canada Day record in this category with a score of 346,104 capturing the SOABCW plaque sponsored by the Gary Bartlett VE1RGB Memorial courtesy of the Maritime Contest Club. Second place goes to the Californian Alligators Contest Club, N6TQ, piloted by Marko Myllymaki, N5ZO, with a score of 169,400 with Stefan Bejusca, VA3AR, rounding out third place with a score of 166,050.

Single Op Single Band

Given where we are in a sunspot cycle,20 metres continues to be the main band for those in the SOSB category and again produced the top three scores in this category.

Tom Berson, ND2T, takes first place, winning the SOSB plaque, sponsored by Radioworld, with a score of 39,120.

Noel Poulin, VE2FWW, takes second place with a score of 29,520, and Bj. Madsen, VE5FX, moved to third place this year with a score of 24,528.

The complete listing provided on page 42 shows the band by band breakdown and power levels for those who like to keep track of that element of SOSB even though it is not an official part of the contest format.

Multi-Operator Single-Transmitter High Power

Gordon Kosmenko, VE6SV, and the team, operating as VE6RAC, takes first place in the MOSTHP category. They capture the Alfa Radio sponsored plague with a score of 765,280. For the second year running they set a new record in this category. Great effort by the team! Who says you need lots of sunspots to set records!

Tim Shoppa, W4KFC, and his team takes second place with a score of 380,664. Guy Lemieux, VE2BWL and the team using the VA2RAC call takes third place this year with a score of 303,200.

It should be noted that some entries in this class are a single operator who is using one of the methods that make them assisted and hence fall into the multi-operator category.

Multi-Operator Single-Transmitter Low Power

Igor Slakva, VE3ZF, and his team, using the VA3RAC call sign, takes first place again this year with a score of 355,524 capturing the MOSTLP Tony Allsop VE3FTA Memorial Plaque.

Marcel LeBlanc, VE9ML and the team using the VE9RAC call takes second place again this year with a score of 328,500. Great effort by these teams to repeat their placements from last year.

Third place this year goes to Al Niittymaa, VE3VY and team with a score of 132,272. It should be noted that some entries in this class are a single operator who is using one of the methods that make them assisted and hence fall into the multi operator category.

Multi-Operator Multi-Transmitter

Ken Keeler, N6RO and the team again takes first place this year in the MOMT category, taking the plaque sponsored by Radioworld, with a score of 880,566. The Mississauga Amateur Radio Club VE3MIS takes second place with a score of 427,176. Our third place finish goes to the George Wagner, K4KG and his team with a score of 417,338.

Top Scoring Single Operator – Foreign Entry

As noted in the SOABHP results, Victor Petcherkin, N8OO wins the Larry Kayser, VA3LK Memorial plaque sponsored by Alan Goodacre VE3HX for the Top Scoring Single Operator’s Foreign Entry – any authorized power. This is the third year in a row that Victor has captured this award. Great effort once again Victor!

RAC Canada Day Contest 2020

The RAC Contest Managers look forward to the contest and hope to see increased participation during the 2020 running of the RAC Canada Day Contest, which is scheduled for July 1, 2020, a Wednesday (UTC) this year. Please join us as it is a great way to spend part of the Canada Day holiday!

A Cabrillo-formatted electronic log submission really helps to manage the work to compile the contest results. Although we encourage electronic logs, we will continue to accept paper logs for small entries (less than 100 contacts).

If you are not submitting a Cabrillo log, we ask that those entrants include a summary sheet providing the required information and, where possible, a breakdown of VE, RAC and DX contacts as well as the multiplier total. This will make compiling and checking of logs a bit easier and aids to a quicker turnaround of the results.

As a reminder, when submitting email entries, please make the subject line meaningful. Our preference is Call – Category – RAC Canada Day. For example: VE5CPU – SOABHP –RAC Canada Day.

The RAC website at http://wp.rac.ca/contesting-results/ has all the contest rules and entry forms and the Soapbox is provided on the PDF file below.

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To those who participated in 2019, THANKS and we hope you enjoyed the event! Good luck in the 2020 RAC contests.

– 73, Bart, VE5CPU and Sam, VE3SF