In December each year, Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sponsors the Canada Winter Contest. Amateurs all over the world are invited to participate.
Contest Period: 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC December 19, 2009.
2009 RAC Canada Winter Contest
Bands and Modes: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6 and 2 meters, CW and
phone (SSB, FM, AM, etc.)
Suggested Frequencies: CW – 25 kHz up from the band edge and
for SSB – 1850, 3775, 7075, 7225, 14175, 21250, 28500 kHz. Check
for CW activity on the half-hour.
Exchange: Stations in Canada send RS(T) and province or territory.
VEØ’s and stations outside Canada send RS(T) and a serial number.
QSOs: Contacts with stations in Canada or VEØ’s are worth 10
points. Contacts with stations outside Canada are worth 2 points.
Contacts with RAC official stations are worth 20 points.
RAC official stations are: VA2RAC, VA3RAC, VE1RAC, VE4RAC, VE5RAC, VE6RAC, VE7RAC, VE8RAC, VE9RAC, VO1RAC, VO2RAC, VY0RAC, VY1RAC and VY2RAC.
You may work any station once on each of the two modes, on each of the eight contest bands.
It is prohibited to make CW contacts in the conventional phone
sub-bands and phone contacts in the conventional CW sub-bands.
Contacts or soliciting QSOs through a repeater during the contest
period is not allowed.
Multipliers: Thirteen in total, Canada’s 10 provinces and three
Each multiplier may be counted once on each mode on
each of the eight contest bands.
The multipliers, with their postal abbreviations and prefixes are:
Nova Scotia [NS] (VE1, VA1, CY9, CYØ);
Quebec [QC] (VE2, VA2);
Ontario [ON] (VE3, VA3);
Manitoba [MB] (VE4, VA4);
Saskatchewan [SK] (VE5, VA5);
Alberta [AB] (VE6, VA6);
British Columbia [BC] (VE7, VA7);
Northwest Territories [NT] (VE8);
New Brunswick [NB] (VE9);
Newfoundland and Labrador [NL](VO1, VO2);
Nunavut [NU] (VY0);
Yukon [YT] (VY1);
Prince Edward Island [PE] (VY2).
Certain special Canadian prefixes in use at the time of the contest may also apply; however there may be no more than 13 multipliers on each band/mode. Please use the multiplier abbreviations, in square brackets, noted above.
Final Score: The total QSO points from all bands multiplied by the
total number of multipliers from all bands.
Categories: The following 9 categories are eligible for plaque’s or
certificates as detailed in the Awards section of the rules.
• Single Operator All Bands High Power (>100 watts) – Radioworld
• Single Operator All Bands Low Power (max. 100 watts output)
– Contest Club Ontario
• Single Operator QRP (max. 5 watt output) All Bands & Single
Band** – QRP Canada
• Single Operator All Bands CW only, any authorized power –
Maritime Contest Club
• Single Operator All Bands PH only, any authorized power
– Saskatchewan Contest Club
• Single Operator Single Band, any authorized power***
– Elkel Products
• Multi-Operator Single Transmitter High Power (>100 watts)*
– Alfa Radio
• Multi-Operator Single Transmitter Low Power (max. 100 watts
output)* – Tony Allsop VE3FTA Memorial by the Mississauga ARC
• Multi-Operator Multi-Transmitter, any authorized power – Radioworld
For the Canada Winter Contest a special trophy is awarded for the
highest Single Operator (no power classification) Foreign Entrant –Jorge Bozzo LU8DQ Memorial by Alan Goodacre, VE3HX.
Special thanks to our sponsors for their support of the RAC contests.
In my opinion this Contest and the RAC Canada Day Contest are the best two contests around. They are laid back but still fun. Big Guns and Pop Guns all can have a great time. Listen for VA3QV out there for as much time as I stay awake for.
At the time of writing I will either be operating Single Operator Low Power or Single Operator QRP depending on the band conditons at the start of the contest.
If the band looks good I will take the FT 847 out of line and put the FT 817 in the main operating postition. If the bands look bad then its 100W and the 847.
Yaesu FT817 above left and Yaesu FT 847 above right
I will definately be operating 10,15,20,40,80.160 (SSB voice) along with 2FM, 2SSB, 6FM, 6SSB in a vertical polarized configuration. I don’t think I will have the time to get the Horizontal 2m and 6m antennas up due to family commitments between now and then so…
Hope to hear you and work you during the contest. Even if you know you won’t win (like myself) get out there and talk to Canadians and have a blast…