A little more on the RAC Winter Contest

So far things are looking good… Our Facebook Event Page for the Contest is growing on a daily basis.

We have heard from many amateurs who are setting up in EOCs, Museums, club stations and even one group who are going to snowshoe to a remote cabin and operate QRP with battery power and a woodstove for heat.  This year could be the best RAC Canada Winter Contest ever.  Look for RAC Official stations across the country giving out contacts and having fun talking to Canadians.  RAC President Geoff Ve4BAW will be operating VA4RAC in Winnipeg.  Give a listen for him…

Who knows who you might hear in the contest this year!!!

The success of the event will be determined by you the Amateur Radio Community.  Without your participation there is no contest.  We need people to get out there and talk it up and be out there and make contacts in the contest.

Back in 2006 some members of the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club activated Bate Island for the Canadian Islands on the Air (CISA) during the Canada Winter Contest using the Callsign CF3RCS (Canadians Freezing  3 Real Cold Spot) we had a lot of fun but it was cold on the Island in the Winter… Thanks for Propane heaters… and coffee…

Picture Courtesy Larry Wilcox VE3WEH <sk>

This was our operating location for the contest before we set up the walls

Picture courtesy Larry Wilcox VE3WEH <sk>

The shelter after the walls (blue tarp construction)

Left to right VA3SIE, VE1SBC,VA3UMP & VA3QV

Photo courtesy Larry Wilcox VE3WEH <sk>

Ken Halcrow VE3SRS/VE8RCS making CW contacts during the contest.

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<—Our Coffee machine

Our Heating Plant —>

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Pictures courtesy Larry Wilcox Ve3WEH <sk>

I know we went through 2 20 pound propane tanks in the 24 hours just to keep the temps above freezing.  But we did have fun even when the weather took a turn for the worst overnight…  Heres what Saturday morning looked like for us…

Pictures courtesy Larry Wilcox Ve3WEH <sk>

But the bottom line is that we had fun… We operated the Contest and we made a successfull activation of the Island for the CISA Program.  No frostbite (almost) and everyone had a great time…

Pictures courtesy Larry Wilcox Ve3WEH <sk>

Hope to work you in the contest this year…

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

73 from Ottawa… Bob

The reason behind this posting is to show you that you don’t have to go somewere rare for a DXPediton.  You can have fun in your own backyard.  Bate island is approximately 6km West of Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  It is an island in the Ottawa River and accessable via a bridge.  No backpacking… we drove there…

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But we did have fun… so get active and get on the air…

73bob

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