It’s tough to decide whether to laugh or cry. A last-minute bulletin from RAC HQ is pleading for hams in Saskatchewan to step forward and put the VE5RAC call sign on they air this weekend during the RAC Winter Contest.
For those who aren’t contesters, the RAC Winter and Canada Day Contests are popular fun national contests that see national and even international interest.
If you’re on HF and you want to dip your toes into contesting, this is a good place to start. You can run CW or SSB and there are categories for QRP, low and high power plus all-band and single-band.
(For example, if you ran single-band 20 meters or above at any power level you would likely find yourself able to get eight hours of sleep Friday night as propagation declines during the night. Then you’d have all day Saturday to run up some points and have tons of fun. If you run all-band and you want to be serious, this can cut into your beauty sleep.)
But back to this weekend, I do have a concern.
If nobody in Saskatchewan wants to activate the extra-point call sign of VE5RAC how many other Canadian contesters are sitting this one out?
And, if the participation numbers are down, why are they down?
Is this any indication of possible rot from within? Are Canadian contesters casting a negative vote when it comes to RAC or is this just an anomaly that will be quickly resolved?
We’ll know in a couple of months when the results are announced.