Canada Winter Contest - 31 Dec 1995

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Wed Dec 13 03:09:28 EST 1995


In December each year, the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sponsors the 
Canada Winter Contest.  Amateurs all over the world are invited to 

Contest Period: 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC 31 December 1995.

Bands and Modes: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 6 and 2 metres, CW and 'Phone (SSB, 
FM, AM, etc.) Suggested frequencies: on CW - 25 kHz up from the band edge; 
on SSB - 1850, 3775, 7075, 7225, 14175, 21250, 28500kHz.  Check for CW 
activity on the half-hour.

Exchange: Stations in Canada send RS(T) and province or territory.  VE0s 
and stations outside Canada send RS(T) and a serial number.  

QSOs: Contacts with stations in Canada or VE0s 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: 
VO1RAC, VO2RAC, 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, 'Phone contacts in 
the conventional CW sub-bands, or to make or solicit contest QSOs through 
a repeater during the contest period.  

Multipliers: are Canada's ten provinces and two territories, and 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, CY9, CY0); Quebec [QC, QU or PQ] (VE2, VA2); Ontario [ON] (VE3, 
VA3); Manitoba [MB] (VE4); Saskatchewan [SK] (VE5); Alberta [AB] (VE6); 
British Columbia [BC] (VE7); Northwest Territories [NT] (VE8); 
New Brunswick [NB] (VE9); Newfoundland and Labrador[NF] (VO1, VO2); 
Yukon [YU or YT]; and Prince Edward Island [PE] (VY2).

Final Score: Total your QSO points from all bands, and multiply by the 
total multiplier points from all bands.  

þ Single Operator All Bands;
þ Single Operator Low Power (max. 100w output);
þ Single Operator Single Band;
þ Multi-operator.
Single operators who receive assistance from a DX Spotting system or 
PacketCluster network during the contest must classify themselves as 
Multi-ops.  There are no single-mode categories.  Multi-opertor stations 
may operate on several bands simultaneously.  

Awards: Plaques will be awarded to the top scoring entrants in each category.  
Thanks to the following for their sponsorship: 
þ Single Operator All Bands   -    Atlantic Ham Radio
þ Single Operator Low Power - Durham Radio Sales and Service
þ Single Operator Single Band - H.C. MacFarlane Electronics
þ Multi-operator.      - Norham Radio Inc.
As well, the top-scoring foreign entrant will win the Jorge Bozzo LU8DQ 
memorial plaque sponsored by Alan Goodacre VE3HX/VE2AEJ.  Certificates 
will be awarded to the top-scoring entrant in each category in each 
province, territory, USA call area, and DXCC country.

Results: will be published in the November issue of "The Canadian Amateur", 
and will be sent to certificate winners.

Entries: Send entries to: RAC, 614 Norris Court - Unit 6, Kingston ON  
K7P 2R9 CANADA by 31 January.  Entries must contain a summary sheet 
showing score calculation, a dupe sheet listing calls worked on each mode 
on each band, a multiplier checksheet and loghsheets.  Logs sheets must 
show time, band, mode, call of station worked, exchnages sent and received 
and points claimed for each QSO.  New multipliers must be clearly marked 
in the log.  

>From Jones Stephen <101332.2512 at>  Tue Dec 12 22:46:50 1995
From: Jones Stephen <101332.2512 at> (Jones Stephen)
Date: 12 Dec 95 17:46:50 EST
Subject: arrl 10 contest 9/10 12 95.
Message-ID: <951212224649_101332.2512_GHW90-1 at CompuServe.COM>

Hi All,
I'm new to the internet and the contest reflector. Hope the following is of
interest to some of you
I usually have a play in the 10m Arrl test as 10m and 6m are my main bands. This
year I will be putting in an entry, and here is my provisional result:
Score SSB Single Op : 80 QSOs and 21 countries = 3360 Points.
My amp developed a fault whilst I was trying to change to 811as days before test
so working condx were 85w
from TS430s to Create 5 ele mono yagi @ 10m. Approx 300ft asl in centre of Isle
of Anglesey EU124.
Good mixture of tropo, es, ms, and tep? on Saturday to southern Europe and South
African countries. 68Qsos
Sunday poorer but mopped up on gw and gd multiplyers and 9j2fr. Pleased with
7q7xx, a25/zs6zs, es 1A0KM. 
Overall enjoyed my first real attempt at 10m test, having spent abt 30 hours
Best 73 de Steve GW0GEI 
101332.2512 at

>From hb at (Howard Brainen)  Wed Dec 13 01:23:43 1995
From: hb at (Howard Brainen) (Howard Brainen)
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 17:23:43 -0800
Subject: CQ Contest Magazine
Message-ID: <199512130123.RAA27922 at>

To Bob Cox and everyone working on the new magazine..Congratulations
and thanks for doing it.  It's great.  I've read most of the articles

One suggestion.  How about more information on the cover photo?  Same
problem with CQ Magazine; great cover shot and some funky one line
caption inside that doesn't tell me what I'm looking at.  How tall
are VE3EJ's towers?  What antennas does he use?  Radios?

The photograph is a real teaser, but there is no followup inside.  Most
magazines use the cover photo as a lead-in to their main story.

73, Howard WZ6Z

>From Stephen Lufcy <km0l at>  Wed Dec 13 03:02:04 1995
From: Stephen Lufcy <km0l at> (Stephen Lufcy)
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 21:02:04 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 10 Meter Contest
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.91.951212204900.27166A-100000 at>

For all that have been anxiously waiting:

call:  KM0L
contest ARRL 10 Meter Contest
catagory: SO High Power CW only, Unass't

32 Q's   128 pts   14 states   1 country  =   1,920 score

rig: FT101ZD, MFJ DSP filter, SB221-> A4 at 65'

Big time effort. 
Didn't operate enough to make any intelligent comments.
Had the packet on but only spots I saw were on 80 and 160 meters- I don't 
consider that any assistance.
See ya'll in the next one (maybe).
                  73 de KM0L

>From kp4xs at (Kenneth Ramirez )  Tue Dec 12 23:40:47 1995
From: kp4xs at (Kenneth Ramirez ) (Kenneth Ramirez )
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 15:40:47 -0800
Subject: New Categories? It's the politically correct thing to do...
Message-ID: <199512122340.PAA04819 at>

      OMs and YLs
   I have been reading all the responses concerning the new Blah,Blah 
,Blah categories in the CQWPX contest and after careful thought I feel 
inclined to add my 3 cents. I have been thinking about the manner in 
which I read the contest results printed in CQ and QST magazines. I 
have come to the conclusion that I usually wind up studying the CQ 
results intently. I do not do the same with the QST contest results. It 
seems to me that all the ARRL contest categories have made the results 
one jumbled mess. Have you ever tried making heads or tails out of the 
box scores for a Sweepstakes  or for the "no Contest" field day? It's 
gotten to the point where the results have become meaningless.Everybody 
is a winner.The CQ magazine contest scores appear more meaningful to 
me. It's pure meat and potatoes! Not a mix of Croissants, hors d' 
ouvres,truffles,tuna fish and corned beef hash.When you look at the CQ 
contest results you know who has worked hard. I'll laugh at the new 
category results just like I laugh at the guys that explain away their 
sorry scores by letting us all know which family members visited,and 
how many hours they slept,and how they had to wash the car during the 
best opening of the contest. Everyone has an excuse.Geez,I think the US 
government has even given us minorities a few in order to get an edge 
over the majority.I think it stinks!   I admire guys like KT3Y who 
kicks ass with only wire arrays from his own QTH.  I am sure there are 
others just like him.
 I always go for the Davids in contesting and love to see them hit the 
giants right square between the eyes. Sooner or later there won't be 
such a thing as an underdog. Poodles will play with poodles and 
dobermans with other dobies. Just like here in the good old USA.
Create many separate classes and coddle each and every one and you 
achieve nothing in the long run. Sound familiar? It must be the 
politically correct thing to do...The goal(increase contesting 
participation) is a great one but I am not sure the methods are. 
  73 Ken KP4XS Gray Court, South Carolina
P.S. Is there a contest with a" Only using a single antenna with a 
single feedline for all bands" category?


>From Bob Patten <z002816b at>  Wed Dec 13 12:32:19 1995
From: Bob Patten <z002816b at> (Bob Patten)
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 07:32:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 10M from N4BP
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9512130714.A25958-0100000 at>

Are my posts making it?  Have not seen the past three that I sent to the 
contest reflector...

Bob Patten
bobpatt at

>From Hans Brakob <71111.260 at>  Tue Dec 12 15:19:15 1995
From: Hans Brakob <71111.260 at> (Hans Brakob)
Date: 12 Dec 95 10:19:15 EST
Subject: WPX Categories
Message-ID: <951212151915_71111.260_EHM106-1 at CompuServe.COM>

Still bearing scars from the old "24Hour" category fight,
I should be smart enough to keep my mouth shut, but.......

Bravo Zulu to the WPX rules guys! These new categories
ARE the right thing, and they WILL entice more people to
stick around for more than 23 contacts.

Would 7,000 people compete in the Boston Marathon if they
were all racing against the 25-year old guys who make the
"top ten" box?  Of course not!  There are categories by
age group, gender, mobility impaired, etc, etc, etc. There
are even shorter distance categories for the kids (can you
say "new blood"?). Meanwhile, I'm sure that the "real
winner" does not feel his accomplishment diminished or
devalued because somebody's Grandma won in the "over 65 
female" category.

73, de Hans, K0HB

>From Bob Patten <z002816b at>  Wed Dec 13 13:28:44 1995
From: Bob Patten <z002816b at> (Bob Patten)
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 08:28:44 -0500 (EST)
Subject: N4BP, 10M Contest, CW, Single Op (Unassisted), High Power
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9512130851.A7096-0100000 at>


Call Used: N4BP
Location: FL
Category: Single Op
Mode: CW
Power: 1500W
Callsign of Operator: N4BP

band	QSOs	points	mults
====	====	======	=====
CW	493	1972	62	49 SECS, 13 COUNTRIES
====	====	======	=====
TOTAL	493	1972	62	SCORE: 122,264

Club or Team Name: Florida Contest Group

Station: TS-430S, AL-1500, TH7-DXX @ 45 feet

Comments: Can't add much to what's already been said...  Shut down 
station at 22:30 Sunday to take XYL to dinner.  Flipped RX back on about 
23:10 for one last listen.  Apologies to XYL followed by best hour of the 
contest.  Listened to W1AW code practice on 28.067 for 15 minutes while 
XYL re-readied herself to go out.
New AL-1500 amp and patched up beam worked perfectly.  TS-430S is getting 
old and tired (like it's operator!), no sensitivity on 10M, but guess I'll 
have to confirm that when the band ever opens...

Bob Patten
bobpatt at

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