Thank you for participating in the RAC Canada Day Contest 2016 and for sharing your experiences via Twitter @ractweets using #RACCD. We look forward to receiving your entries. For the complete RAC Canada Day Contest Rules please visit our website at https://wp.rac.ca/canada-day-contest-rules/.
Results: Will be published in The Canadian Amateur magazine and will also be published on the RAC website at: https://wp.rac.ca/contesting-results/
Entries: All entries (electronic or paper logs) must be postmarked or electronically submitted by July 31, 2016. Electronic entries will be confirmed by return email.
Send email entries to:
Send paper entries to:
Radio Amateurs of Canada
720 Belfast Road, Suite 217
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1G 0Z5
We will be publishing a list of logs received and the categories entered on the RAC website during and/or after the submission period after the cut-off date to assist in correcting any entry categorizations.
Paper mail entries must contain a summary sheet showing score calculation, a dupe sheet listing calls worked on each mode on each band, a multiplier check sheet and log sheets. Logsheets must show time, band, mode, call of station worked, exchanges sent and received and claimed for each QSO. New multipliers must be clearly marked in the log.
Contest entry forms are also available on the RAC website at: https://wp.rac.ca/contesting-results/
Any entry with 100 or more contacts should be submitted in digital format. The preferred electronic format is the RAC Cabrillo format. The files must be submitted in plain ASCII/Text format.
While the contest committee prefers Cabrillo formatted submissions, we will continue to accept electronic logs from older versions of contest software, but your file must be in ASCII/Text format and have all the required information. However “.adi” files are not acceptable.
Given there are several free programs that support the RAC contests and generate an acceptable Cabrillo entry, we encourage you to seek out one of these programs.
The RAC Cabrillo format is described and its detailed layout is shown on the RAC website at: https://wp.rac.ca/contesting-results/
Electronic logs that do not have a complete Cabrillo header should provide a summary sheet with the same information as shown for the paper log entries. The standard summary sheet provided by the typical logging program is generally acceptable, but you should confirm that it contains the same information as shown for paper log entries.
A properly filled out Cabrillo header section will be a sufficient substitute for a summary sheet for logs submitted in that format. Please ensure that you review the header for accuracy and that it is completely fill out. Name your file with your Call Sign and the file extension.LOG (e.g., yourcall.LOG). If you email your log, please send the file(s) as attachments.
Do not paste the log file into the text of your message as there may be issues with the formatting making it difficult to properly extract the log. Large files may be zipped if necessary.
If you need help with preparing or emailing your log or have any other questions, please contact Bart Ritchie, VE5CPU, .
Bart Ritchie, VE5CPU
RAC Canada Day Contest Manager
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Each year on July 1, the anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, Radio Amateurs of Canada sponsors the Canada Day Contest. Amateurs all over the world are invited to Canada’s Birthday Party on the air.
Contest Period: 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC on Friday, July 1, 2016.
Bands and Modes: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6 and 2 metres, CW and phone (SSB, FM, AM, etc.)
Suggested frequencies: CW – 25 kHz up from the band edge and for SSB – 1850, 3775, 7075, 7225, 14175, 21250, 28500 kHz. Check for CW activity on the half-hour.
Exchange: Stations in Canada send RS(T) and province or territory. VEØs and stations outside Canada send RS(T) and a serial number.
QSOs: Contacts with stations in Canada or VEØs 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: VA2RAC, VA3RAC, VE1RAC, VE4RAC, VE5RAC, VE6RAC, VE7RAC, VE8RAC, VE9RAC, VO1RAC, VO2RAC, VY0RAC, VY1RAC and VY2RAC. You may work any station once on each of the two modes, on each of the eight contest bands.
At present, the following RAC station call signs are planning to be active:
- VA2RAC (VE2EBK)
- VA3RAC (VE3MIS+VA3QR)
- VE4RAC (VE4EAR)
- VE5RAC (VE5FN)
- VE6RAC (VE6SV)
- VE7RAC (VE7IO)
- VE8RAC (VE8NSD)
- VE9RAC (VE9ML+VE9BK)
- VO2RAC (VO2NS)
- VY0RAC (VY0CY)
For the complete Canada Day Contest Rules please visit: https://wp.rac.ca/canada-day-contest-rules/