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South American Lighthouse weekend/Fin de semaine des phares d’Amérique du Sud

South American Lighthouse weekend

From: Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS) <arlhs@inbox.com>

Subject: {Some tags disabled} Notice from Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS)

The South American Lighthouse weekend will run between between 12:00 UTC Friday, February 24 to 22:00 UTC Sunday, February 26, 2012.

CU in the pile-ups!

http://www.grupodxbb.com.ar/faros2012/

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Fin de semaine des phares d'Amérique du Sud

De: Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS) <arlhs@inbox.com>

Suject: Annonce de la Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS)

La fin de semaine des phares d'Amérique du Sud se tiendra entre 12:00 UTC vendredi le 24 février et 22:00 UTC dimanche le 26 février 2012.

Rendez-vous dans les "pile-ups"!

http://www.grupodxbb.com.ar/faros2012/

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

British Columbia QSO Party 2012 (BCQP-2012)

BCQP invitation

British Columbia QSO Party 2012 (BCQP-2012)

2012-01-17

Good Day!

My name is Rebecca, VA7BEC and I'm the contest coordinator for the British Columbia QSO Party.

I'm writing to you for two reasons.

First, it's getting close to the annual running of the BC QSO Party, and I'd like to extend a hearty invitation to everyone to join Orca DX and Contest Club — the new sponsor of the BC QSO Party — and stations in British Columbia in this fun event.

While the sponsor is new, the objective remains the same: BC stations can work anyone anywhere, and stations outside BC have to work VE7/VA7s.

For your own reference, please find the official announcement of the 2012 BCQP on the web page below or the attachment to this e-mail (editor's note – just click on the rules found else where on this page). Feel free to print it out to pass around at your next meeting, or post it on your website for easy access by members of your group.

The most important things to know, I guess, would be the hours of our event — 1600z Feb 4 to 0400z Feb 5, 2012 UTC — and the exchange — federal electoral district for BC stations and province/state for non-BC stations.

Please visit http://orcadxcc.org/bcqp.html for all the necessary details about the BCQP, including rules, exchange and multipliers. Second, according to online calendars, several US states are also holding their annual QSO parties the same weekend, and at your location, participating in one of the other QSO parties may be the more logistically attractive option. But if anyone hears a lonely BC operator calling "CQ, CQ, BCQP" please drop by. We'd be happy to trade a QSO: one for the QP you are in, one for us.

I realize that contesting is not everyone's cup of tea, and that even among contesters, QSO parties are often overlooked as not competitive enough. But when you present this email and/or the announcement to your group, please mention that the casual and friendly atmosphere of the BCQP presents certain advantages that the high-stakes contests cannot.

Namely,

  1. The slower pace allows newcomers to ease into the world of contesting and try out contesting strategies without irritating operators who are only interested in a high score. This is great practice for Field Day or a RAC contest.
  2. It's great for practicing different modes without the pressure of an impatient pileup and for acquiring familiarity with new logging software or remote operations.
  3. It's an excellent opportunity to hone operating and elmering skills.

In addition, the QSO party format is more relaxed, allowing for a bit of chit-chat along with the exchange for people who don't particularly like contests. The BCQP can be a really fun event, and the more participation there is, the more fun it will be.

I ran with the previous sponsor's callsign last year and made 400 Qs in 12 hours — not bad for a QSO party, in contesting terms — plus I had some nice chats with operators in other QSO parties and attracted some surprise DX (South Africa, Brazil and Antarctica!!). The day was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

Please join Orca DXCC in BCQP 2012. We'll have a whale of a good time.

73

Rebecca Kimoto, VA7BEC

Sent via Apple-Mail

Concours UIRA 2011

Concours UIRA 2011

Aux sociétés de l’UIRA région 2:

Le weekend prochain, les 9 et 10 juillet, aura lieu la version 2011 du
championnat HF mondial de l’UIRA.

L’objectif de ce concours BLU et CW est de contacter autant d’autres
radioamateurs que possible, spécialement des stations HQ membres de
sociétés de l’UIRA, partout autour du globe, en utilisant les bandes de
160, 80, 40, 20, 15 et 10 mètres. Il est ouvert à tous les
radioamateurs du monde entier.

Nous invitons toutes les sociétés membres de l’UIRA à y participer
activement avec leurs stations HQ.

Les règlements pour le concours de cette année peuvent être consultés
ici:

http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship

73

Ramon Santoyo V. XE1KK
Secrétaire – UIRA Région 2

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

IARU HF World Championship 2011

IARU HF World Championship 2011

To IARU Region 2 Member Societies:

The coming weekend, July 9th and 10th, the 2011 version of the IARU HF World Championship will take place.

The objective of this SSB and CW contest is to contact as many other amateurs, especially IARU member society HQ stations, around the world using the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands. It is open to all radio amateurs around the world.

We invite IARU member societies to actively participate with their HQ stations.

The rules for this year’s contest can found here: http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship

73

Ramon Santoyo V. XE1KK
Secretary – IARU Region 2

Upcoming CW Contest

This information comes to us via Glenn VE3GNA

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Coming…The World’s First “CW Open” Events

What? Three separate 4-hour contests, each separately scored and awarded

When? August 20, 2011 from 1200-1600Z and 2000-2400Z and August 21 from
0400-0800Z

Mode? CW

Bands? 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10

Categories? Single operator (QRP <5w; LP >5 but <100 w; HP >100w); Packet,
Skimmer, and Reverse Beacon systems are allowed

Teams? Yes, teams of 10 or less, no geography restrictions

Club competiton? Teams (see above)

Exchange? Serial number + name

Scoring? Each 4-hour contest starts at 0 points, 0 mults; work someone
once per band per event; score 1 point per QSO per band and 1 mult per
call sign once per event

Awards?
*Trophy for 1st place in each time period.
*Plaque for 1st place in each power level in each time period
*Trophy for over all combined score of all three time periods.
*Plaque for 1st place for each power level in the combined score group.
Note: if the same entrant wins multiple awards, they may be combined.
*Certificates for achieving more than 100 QSOs in any or all time periods

Logging software support? N1MM, WriteLog, TR4W, CQ/X, SD, GenLog (more,
check “rules” page -see below)

Log submission? One log per event; Cabrillo format

Deadline for Log submission? By 2400Z on September 5, 2011

Rules? www.cwops.org/cwopen.html

Bulletin de RAC 2011-005F Résultats du IARU HF Worl Championship 2010.

Bulletin de RAC 2011-005F Résultats du IARU HF Worl Championship 2010.
2011-03-04

Les liens pour accéder aux résultats sont à:

http://www.iaru.org/contest.html

Merci à Dave Sumner, K1ZZ pour l’information.

Acheminé par:
Daniel A. Lamoureux, VE2KA
Vice président affaires Internationales,
Radioamateurs du Canada

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RAC Bulletin 2011-005E Results of the 2010 IARU HF World Championship.
2011-03-04

The results links are availlable at:

http://www.iaru.org/contest.html

Thanks to Dave Sumner, K1ZZ for the information.

Forwarded by:
Daniel A. Lamoureux, VE2KA
Vice-President International Affairs,
Radio Amateurs of Canada

RAC Bulletin 2011-005E Results of the 2010 IARU HF World Championship.

2011-03-04

The results links are availlable at:

http://www.iaru.org/contest.html

Thanks to Dave Sumner, K1ZZ for the information.

Forwarded by:
Daniel A. Lamoureux, VE2KA
Vice-President International Affairs,
Radio Amateurs of Canada

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Bulletin de RAC 2011-005F Résultats du IARU HF Worl Championship 2010.

Les liens pour accéder aux résultats sont à:

http://www.iaru.org/contest.html

Merci à Dave Sumner, K1ZZ pour l’information.

Acheminé par:
Daniel A. Lamoureux, VE2KA
Vice président affaires Internationales,
Radioamateurs du Canada

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VE7CVA Field Day 2010

Today’s movie comes to us from our friends in VE7Land who posted an exceptional You Tube Video on Field Day 2010.  Their comments were as follows:
“Here is a video we made at the Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society’s (VE7CVA/VE7RVC) Field Day in 2010. We were set up at a local community hall and had twenty operators present.”

Good Production Technique in the Video and also Nice Toys in the video itself

Thanks to Gabor Horvath, VE7DXG for bringing this to my attention

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob

Some upcoming events

Now that the Christmas Rush is over and you are resting up for New Years I thought I would mention a few upcoming Amateur Radio Events to think about.

The First event which starts at 0000hrs (UTC) on Jan 1st 2011 is the ARRL Straight Key Night.If you click on the ARRL Logo (above) you will end up at the ARRL Website where you can read up on the where, what and wherefores of the event but basically its a CW Contest where the participants use the Straight Key rather than paddles, keyers, computers etc.

Although I (with my lousy CW Skills) will not be participating in this event I do recommend that you at least give a listen ( I will be) and if you have the necessary skills or think you do try making a few contacts…  I find it interesting that now that CW is not a requirement that the mode is actually gaining in popularity especially with the QRP Portable types as now everyone who is operating CW actually wants to operate CW…

If your not into CW HF but into CW and SSB VHF Work why not give the ARRL Jan VHF Sweepstakes a try.

Click on the above logo to go to the ARRL Contest site for more info.

Date and Contest Period: The date will be announced annually by the ARRL but will generally be the third or fourth weekend in January. Begins 1900 UTC Saturday, ends 0359 UTC Monday (January 22-24, 2011).

With all the various HF rigs that now offer 2m, 6m and 70cm as well (Such as the TS 2000, FT897, IC 7000 just to name a few) most of you have no excuse to at least listen to the contest and give out a few contacts to those who are actively contesting.

Also remember that they do call 6m the magic band for a reason and if there is any sort of opening you can have a blast operating just with the output of your radio and a simple dipole antenna.  But you can’t make any contacts if your not on the air…

I will be there for this one using a simple 1/4w rotatable dipole for 6m with my FT 847 with the rigs 100w and hope at least to get a couple of grid sq

Last but not least The SPAR Winter Field Day event is at the end of the month…

From their website:

The 2011 Winter Field Day will be held from 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Saturday January 29, 2011 through 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Sunday January 30, 2011. The object of the event is familiar to most Amateur Radio operators: set up emergency-style communications and make as many contacts as possible during the 24 hour period. The rules encourage as many contacts on as many bands and modes as possible, because during a real emergency, the most important factor is the ability to communicate, regardless of band, mode or distance.

If you click on their logo (above) you will be taken to the SPAR Website for more information.

I have participated in this event in the past and am looking forward to doing it again this year.  The plan is to set up in a park close to home and operate QRP/P from the great outdoors till I freeze up or I go through one battery pack with the FT817.  Either way I figure that I am good for about 3 hours or so …  Noon till 3 pm or 4pm would be a fun way to spend an afternoon giving out contacts and getting some fresh air at the same time.

So there you have it…  Three events to start off the New Year with…  Hope to hear you at least in one event…

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob

The Party is over…

Well now that the contest is over and I got a bit of sleep…  How much fun did you have and how good or bad did you do???

Why not drop over to our RAC Facebook Group site and leave us a comment on the Wall there .  Lets make that the soapbox for this event…

Now for this event I was the guest of the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club as one of the Operators of VE3JW.  The VE3JW station is located at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa and is sponsored by the OVMRC

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One of the really great things about having the chance to operate at a better station than I have at home is the fact that I hear so much more…  An 40m/80m trapped dipole that is not folded over the tree a couple of times and a tower with a 7 element triband beam… I was in heaven for this event…

A Flex 3000, a TS 2000 and a TS850 were all at my disposal…  I felt like a kid in a Candy store…

Now lots of other groups were out there for the contest and first off a big thank you to the RAC stations who agreed to cause a pile up for the event.  I think we got most of them in the log…

But I do know as we did not make any contacts in VY0, VE8 and VY1 there were at least 3 that we missed…  We heard stations in the North but unfortunately we were unable to make ourselves heard.

So if you have the time why not drop over to the FACEBOOK RAC Site and make let us know what you thought and how you did…

A fellow blogger AA1J made mention of us in a post on his blog and I thought I would share the link with you.

On a personal side of things this week will be a busy one in the VA3QV household as we finish our preps for the big day on the 25th.  I might be a little slow posting here and on the FACEBOOK accounts this week, but as my smartphone does do Twitter this is a good reason to remind you to follow  RACTWEETS on twitter.

It goes without saying that if there is any NEWS that you need to hear it will be posted immediately here, on RACTWEETS, on FACEBOOK and of course on the RAC Bulletin and on the RAC Website.

We are giving you the means to stay informed and all you have to do is pick how you want to be informed…

See you before the “Big Day”

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob