No VE5 in RAC Winter Test

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.

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

2 thoughts on “No VE5 in RAC Winter Test

  1. I’ll be there Peter !!! ….. 40m QRP , SO with the wonderful Flex 1500 and K1EL keyer or Vibroplex Bug….. lots of family stuff Saturday but still lots of fun Saturday nite …. Wish more VEs would go down to CW …. 😦

  2. ‎75 contacts , 6 multipliers for 2748 points …. 40 meter , CW , QRP , single op …. Flex 1500 is INCREDIBLE and the 40 meter monoband ZeroFive vertical was GREAT !!! West Coast of Canada and Europe no problem !!!! LOTS OF FUN !!!!

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