July 26 Update: We have revised the logging spreadsheet for the Canada C3 Expedition Award. There are now two versions of the logging spreadsheet available: one will hold 150 observations, while the other is good for 10,000 observations should anyone wish to do that many. User's choice. We would prefer that these new versions be used, but any version that works and has the total score at the top of the sheet may be used. Please see the Procedures section below for additional information.
A Canada 150 Signature project, Canada C3 is a 150-day expedition (June 1 to October 28) from Toronto, Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia via the Northwest Passage. It will bring awareness to Canada’s coastline and inspire a deeper understanding of Canada’s coastline our land, our peoples and our country.
The purpose of the award is to track the voyage of the Polar Prince as she travels from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage and to study radio propagation in the Arctic regions of Canada. The Polar Prince has a radio on board which transmits her progress using the WSPR mode. The special event call sign CG3EXP is being used on the 40, 30 and 20 metre bands.
Note: WSPR (pronounced "whisper") stands for "Weak Signal Propagation Reporter". It is a computer program used for weak-signal radio communication between Amateur Radio operators. Additional information is provided below.
Stations will listen for WSPR signals from CG3EXP and record the 6-character Maidenhead Grid Square transmitted and the location of the ship at the time of the reception.
When different observations worth 150 points are recorded and filed with the organizers, a certificate suitable for framing will be awarded. This will be a totally online operation. Applications will only be accepted by email and all certificates will be emailed to the recipients. A list of procedures is provided below. When different observations worth 150 points are recorded and filed with the organizers, a certificate suitable for framing will be awarded. This will be a totally online operation. Applications will only be accepted by email and all certificates will be emailed to the recipients. A list of procedures is provided below.
The standalone version of WSPR can be downloaded free from: https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wspr.html
The program suite, called WSJT-X, can be downloaded free from: http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/index.html
The suite is very popular and it contains several programs which deal with weak signal work. Additional information is provided on the websites listed above.
Procedures to obtain the Canada C3 Expedition Award
The program is open to all Radio Amateurs and Shortwave listeners. It will start at 00:01 UTC July 1, 2017 and will run until the Polar Prince arrives in Victoria – this is expected to be on October 28.
We have revised the logging spreadsheet for the Canada C3 Expedition Award as of July 26. There are now two versions of the logging spreadsheet available: one will hold 150 observations, while the other is good for 10,000 observations should anyone wish to do that many. User's choice. We would prefer that these new versions be used, but any version that works and has the total score at the top of the sheet may be used.
The spreadsheets have been developed for Microsoft Excel, but will also work, with some deficiencies, in Libre Office. We have not tried it in any other versions but believe they should also work with the Mac version of Microsoft Excel with no problems. The new logging spreadsheets were kindly prepared by Chip Chapman, VA3KGB, and we thank him for his hard work in improving the spreadsheet.
- Download and install either WSPR 2.0 or WSJT-X software, if necessary.
- Download the logging spreadsheet:
- Each chance you get, start up your receiver and WSPR. When CG3EXP is heard, log the date, time, dB and Grid Square (6-characters) and, if possible, the physical location of the Polar Prince. The physical location can be a Port of Call or a prominent nearby geographical feature. These can be determined from the map available on the Canada C3 Expedition website at: https://canadac3.ca/en/expedition/expedition-map/
- The Grid Square may be map referenced from a website such as http://qthlocator.free.fr/index.php and http://www.levinecentral.com/ham/grid_square.php.
- In either version of WSPR the 6-character Grid will appear in the list as: 2305 -12 0.1 10.140186 1 <CG3EXP> XXnnxx
- The Polar Prince is, in fact, doing the double transmit sequence to make the 6-character Grids visible as shown in the examples provided below.
- Each 6-character Grid Square may be logged once and only once.
Each 6-character Grid Square generates one (1) point and each physical location generates five (5) points. A total of 150 points is required for a certificate.
When your application is complete and you have at least 150 points, rename your log spreadsheet to:
<your call>-C3.xls (eg VE1RAC-C3.xls)
Once that has been completed please email your spreadsheet to .
Note: Please do not use this email for any other purpose then for the Canada C3 Expediton Award.
All applications must be received at the email address above not later than 23:59 UTC on November 30, 2017. No submissions will be accepted after that date and time.
Please be certain that your name, call and email address are complete and correct. The committee cannot be responsible for misdirected emails.
Example 1: Screenshot from WSJT-X in WSPR mode
This is a screenshot from WSJT-X in WSPR mode. A decode of CG3EXP is shown. It happened at 1306 UTC June 19.
Example 2: Screenshot with a different Grid Square
Here is another screenshot from WSJT-X in WSPR mode at 0046 UTC with a different Grid Square.
The above examples are shown below as entered into the log sheet.
The entries may be typed into the spreadsheet or can be copied from one page to another to avoid retyping.
Robert Mazur, VA3ROM, has volunteered to be the CG3EXP eQSL Manager. He has designed an attractive e-QSL which is available via the online eQSL service or on request via direct email sent to:
Robert has provided the following simple instructions:
A) If you have an eQSL.cc account, you send your report to CG3EXP as per the usual method (eQSL.cc users know how to do this). eQSL accounts are free for the basic version which is sufficient for most casual users.
B) If you don't have an eQSL.cc account (most non-Amateurs do not), please send your report via email to . I will accept either a screen capture of the WSPR or WJST-X decoding programs showing the CG3EXP decoded beacon (attached to the email) or a regular text report with the beacon details listed from either of those two programs. The subject line can be “CG3EXP QSL Request”, but I'm not particular since the account is only used for CG3EXP QSLs and I'll go through all received emails to see what they are requesting.
C) You can also submit the same report using both methods since the direct email QSL has the complete front (which I personalized) and back of the QSL card with the CG3EXP WSPR C3 Expedition details. CG3EXP has eQSL.cc "AG" (authenticity guaranteed) so eQSL users can count those towards the various eQSL eAwards.
73, Robert Mazur, VA3ROM