Thats it ….. done till the RAC Canada Day Contest in the summer….
After looking at my logs it seems that its the best results I have seen in the 18 months that I have been living in Kingston…. I operated for about 14 hours of the 24 hours the contest operated for and in this “Solar Minimum” I managed to make a whopping 75 contacts.
Heres the “Coles Notes” version:
75 contacts/ 10 provinces/NO NORTHERN TERRITORIES HEARD/ 15 RAC Stations worked/ 51 Canadian Stations worked/ 9 non Canadian Stations worked/ Estimaed score of just over 18,800 points.
Contacts were made on all the contest bands with 2m, 6m, !0m and 15m were all groundwave contacts
21- 20m contacts were made
17 -40m contacts were made
28- 80m contacts were made
4- 160m contacts were made
Now considering that my station consisted of my Yaesu FT 450 feeding my SGC 237 auto tuner and the tuner was connected to 45 feet of wire wound around a tree in my back yard with a couple of radials around the perimeter of my back yard fence …. I think the score is respectable for what I had to work with.
Some highlights were:
Making a 40m contact with VA3RAC (Ottawa Amateur Radio Club operating) and after giving my call getting the reply “Hi Bob … how are things in Kingston??? ur 5/9 ON. To which I replied … “Hi Dave …. things are good… ur 5/9 in Kingston ON…. . Later in the contest I made a 2nd contact with VA3RAC… This on on 80m and got almost the same QSO but this time with Glenn VE3XRA at the mic….
Its really nice to make a QSO with a station that is manned by a group you have worked with many time in the past
Another high point was getting a couple of VY2 stations in the log. Normally I have to hunt to find them as there is a small but active ham population on the Island. This time I found my first one early and then next one was later but I got them in the log….
I can remember back in 2017 when I operated the RAC Canada Day contest as VA3QC/VY2 when we spent the month of July on the Island and am still amazed by the pile ups my QRP signal created back then. Not to mention the best location I ever operated from.
The down side for me was that as I run a very poor antenna and the conditons were not the best I was unable to work coast to coast to coast. I was unable to even hear any of the VE8/VY1/VY0 crew. I worked from Atlantic to Pacific but was unable to work the Arctic.
Over the years I have come up with some defining points to decide if it was a good contest or not.
1- Have fun
2- Work all of Canada or at least the lower 10 provinces
3- When the results are posted find my score easier from the top down rather than from the bottom up.
So it was fun…. I did work the lower 10…. and when the results are published later…. I think my results should be around the middle of the list.
All in all I had a great time and am pleased with my time spent. Hope to see you on the air for the RAC Canada Day Contest in 2020 and get you in my log