RAC Winter Contest 2017

RAC Winter Contest 2017

This was the first winter contest ran in Whitecourt. It was held out of Alex Code’s home in Whitecourt. Contest started 00:00UTC Dec 30, (17:00 Dec 29, Alberta) and ended 23:59 UTC Dec 30, (17:00 Dec 30, Alberta) 24 hour event.

The evening started off great with two radios, but shortly into the contest, there was a failure with the Ultimax 100 End Feed antenna with a high SWR, restricting the antenna from benign tuned and shutting down the Kenwood TS-50 radio that was set up in the other room. No one was too keen on climbing the roof in -34c weather to troubleshoot, except Vern.ūüėä

We continued with one radio, Yaesu FT-991 on a G7FEK antenna. Propagation was really bad at the start and very few contacts were made, during that time we discussed radio theory, tried to solve problems of the world & Tom brought over his foot pedal & headset.

We all retired around 2 am for the night. But got right back at it around 09:30, Alex climbed the roof and installed a 20-meter diploe, (best for daytime) with Don assisting Alex for the remainder of the contest. Propagation really opened up in the am on the 20-meter band (14.200mhz), and this is where the bulk of our 77 contacts came from. Around 16:00 we switched back to the G7FEK antenna and snagged a few contacts in the last hour on 40 meters (7.200mhz)

Vern & Tom were at home assisting with listening and suggestion some frequencies to make contacts on. During the contest, live results were posted on the website for those that could not make it.

VA6WCT’s Contest Summary Report for RAC CANADA Winter Contest 2017 (Un-offical)
Attended: Alex Code, Don Shaw, Brian Pitt, Tom Harmun, Vern Taylor, Derek Snow

Total Contacts = 77
Total Points = 4,136

Operating Period: 2017/12/30 00:19 – 2017/12/30 23:43

Total Contacts by Band and Mode:
Band  CW   Phone  Total       %

160      0       2             2       3%
80        0      12           12      16%
40        0       9            9        12%
20        0      53           53      69%
17         0        1              1         1%
Total    0      77       0      77     100%

Total Contacts by State \ Prov:
State       Total     %

US             49    64%
AB             14    18%
AK              4     5%
BC              4     5%
ON              3     4%
MB              1     1%
NS               1     1%
SK               1     1%
Total = 7

Total Contacts by Country:
Country                 Total     %

USA                          49    64%
Canada                    24     31%
Alaska                        4      5%
Total = 3

Total Contacts by CQ Zone:
CQ Zone   Total     %

04                 36    47
03                 27    35
05                 10    13
01                   4     5
Total = 4

 

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