RAC Canada Winter Contest 2019 Results

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

Participation in the 2019 running of the RAC Canada Winter Contest was high again with a total of 905 entries received.

Scores were down this year and for the fourth year in a row no new records were established given the general poor propagation conditions.


Sam Ferris, VE5SF, achieved first place this year in the SOABLP with a score of 400,770. Doug Ferris, VA3DF, captured second place again this year by scoring 289,408.

Greg Foster, VE3PJ, captured third place with a score of 139,454. Boyd Snow, VO1DI, operating as VO1RAC, took fourth place this year scoring 139,046, while Stu Hoar, N7ZZ, took fifth place with a score of 124,000.


John Sluymer, VE3EJ, captured the first place SOABHP with a score of 1,129,240. Second place went to Victor Percherkin, WQ5OO, with a score of 627,396. Tom Haavisto, VE3CX, placed third with a score of 560,160.

Again this year Don Whitty, VE9XX, using the VE9RAC call sign, joined the top scorers in fourth place scoring 498,688. Ed Richardson, VE4EAR, operating at VE4RAC captured fifth place in the category with a score of 422,144.

Within the SOABHP category, Victor Petcherkin, WQ5OO, captured the Russ Coleston, VK4XA Memorial for the highest scoring Single Op Foreign Entrant with a score of 627,396.


Again this year Bob Hawkins, VE3WG, achieved first place in the SOABQRP category with a score of 108,120. Thomas J. Warren, K3TW, took second place in the 2019 contest with a score of 64,158. Dan Lazar, VE6EX, took third place with a score of 21,692.

Mike Skillen, VE3EDX, won fourth place this year with a QRP score of 16,082 ahead of Lawrence Maso, NU4B, in fifth place scoring 12,276.


With a score of 102,948, Gary Caldwell, VA7RR, won the overall SOSB crown this year using the 20 metre band. Again this year Adrian Stimpson, VE7NZ, took second overall SOSB place with a score of 54,440 with his 20m band entry. Third place in the overall SOSB was taken by Sylvain Labre, VA3SY, with 44,612 points on the 40m band.

On a band-by-band breakdown, Victor Androsov, VA2WA, took top band honours on 160 metres this year with a Single Band High Power score of 15,726. Michael Mitchell, W6RW, took the 80m band honours using high power with a score of 10,384. Sylvain Labre, VA3SY won first place in 40m with a high power score of 44,612.

As noted above Gary Caldwell, VA7RR, took first place on 20m with a high power entry scoring 102,948. Eugenio, CV7S, took the honours for the 15m band with a high power score of 5,616. Pierre Jolin, VE2GT, won the 6m band with a high power score of 10 points and Kyo, Matsuura, JJ1HHJ, won the 2m SOSB category with a score of 2 points. In the 2019 contest there were no entrants in the 10m SOSB sub-category.


The SOABCW category was hotly contested this year. Top honours for the Gary Bartlett, VE1RGB Memorial Plaque sponsored by the Maritime Contest Club for the CW only category went to Yuri Onipko, VE3DZ, with a score of 308,832.

Second place is awarded to Vlad Milutinovic, VE3JM, with a score of 303,324. Third place was taken by David Jaffe, WD6T, with a score of 222,768, up one place from last year.

This year fourth place goes to Les Brown, VE3NNT, with a score of 193,986 and fifth place goes to Ralph “Gator” Bowen, N5RZ, with a score of 147,556.


This year, top honours in the SOAB Phone only category goes to Victor Paul, WB0TEV with a score of 189,088.

Ron Koenig, WV4P, took second place with a score of 146,448 and Jeff Hillmann, N4WZ, took third place with a score of 141,185.

Michael Walker, VA3MW, took fourth place with a score of 110,852. Fifth place goes to David Fox, W3FOX, with a score of 99,050.


This year Greg Osmond, VE3GKO, Marcel Leblanc, VE9ML and Jean-Paul Leblanc, VE9BK, took top honours and the Tony Allsop, VE3FTA Memorial in the Multi-Single Low Power category from the VA3GKO station with a score of 198,576.

Rebecca Kimoto, VA7BEC, took second place with a score of 147,648.

Third place was achieved by Mike Goldstein, VE3GFN, with a score of 135,360.


Tony Osman, VE3RZ, won the multi-single high power category for the 2019 running of the Canada Winter Contest with a score of 475,104.

Operators of VE1RAC (VE1FA VA1YL VE1RSM VE1BAB VE1QY) at VE1RSM, took second place with a score of 276,640. Third place goes to Dale Smith, VE3YAA with a score of 248,178.


Once again, this year, operators at VE6SV – Gord Kosmenko, VE6SV and Max Stagg, VE6RST – took top honours in the Multi-Multi category with a score of 884,928.

Operators of the Orca DX and Contest Club – Gabor Horvath, VE7JH, Ralph Parker, VE7XF and Duane Sandmeyer, VE7UF – at VE7UF achieved second place in the category with a score of 638,820.

This year third place goes to members of the Calgary Amateur Radio Association –Francis Meredith, VE6CB, Ross Michael, VE6TC, Anthony Mountjoy, VE6AO, Jack Whiteside, VE6CCM, Shane Jordan, VA6WSJ, Dave Currie, VE3RTL, Robert Wilson, VE6CCL, Grahame Booth, VE6PFL Akin Koksal, VA6ATA and Lawrence Chapple, VE6KC – using the VE6RAC call sign with a score of 432,616.


On behalf of Radio Amateurs of Canada, your Contest Managers would like to thank our sponsor for their ongoing support of both the RAC Canada Day and Canada Winter Contests. Radioworld sponsors four categories, and Alfa Radio Limited, Contest Club Ontario, the Saskatchewan Contest Club, the Mississauga Amateur Radio Club, and the Maritime Contest Club, all sponsor one category each – in both contests.

We sincerely appreciate the increased use of Cabrillo-based log entries. Cabrillo files significantly reduce the workload associated with producing the contest results. Current versions of popular contest programs such as CT, NA, Super Duper and TR produce Cabrillo files that can be readily handled by new scoring software developed by VE5CPU.

As in the past we will continue to accept paper logs and other electronic logging formats so it is easy for everyone to send in an entry. If you are submitting a paper log, we would appreciate, if possible, receiving summary sheets prepared in accordance with the format set out in the official rules and which provide a breakdown of VE, RAC, DX contact and a multiplier total. This will make compiling and checking of logs an easier and quicker process.

Thanks, and congratulations to all for participating in the 2019 RAC Canada Winter Contest. Once again, special thanks go out to the operators of the RAC call signs. Hopefully, sunspots will return soon and we will have some better propagation for the RAC Canada Winter Contest scheduled for December 19, 2020. Operator comments are available on the RAC website at http://wp.rac.ca/contesting-results/.

Operator comments are available on page 10 of the PDF file provided below.

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