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::.  RULES

RAC Canada Winter Contest
In December each year, the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC)
sponsors the Canada Winter Contest.

Amateurs all over the world are invited to participate.


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 Contest Period:

0000 UTC to 2359 UTC on December 17, 2005

(0000 UTC to 2359 UTC on December 30, 2006)

 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, VYØRAC, 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 QSOs through a repeater during the contest period.

 Multipliers:

Thirteen in total, Canada’s 10 provinces and three 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, CYØ);
  • Quebec [QC] (VE2, VA2);
  • Ontario [ON] (VE3, VA3);
  • Manitoba [MB] (VE4, VA4);
  • Saskatchewan [SK] (VE5, VA5);
  • Alberta [AB] (VE6, VA6);
  • British Columbia [BC] (VE7, VA7);
  • Northwest Territories [NT] (VE8);
  • New Brunswick [NB] (VE9);
  • Newfoundland and Labrador [NL] (VO1, VO2);
  • Nunavut [NU] (VYØ);
  • Yukon [YT] (VY1); and
  • Prince Edward Island [PE] (VY2).

Certain special Canadian prefixes in use at the time of the contest may also apply, however there may be no more than 13 multipliers on each band/mode. Please use the multiplier abbreviations noted above.

 Final Score:

Total your QSO points from all bands, and multiply by the total number of multipliers from all bands.

 Categories:

The following 7 categories are eligible for a certificate or award. Plaques will be awarded to the top-scoring entrants in each category.

Thanks to the following for their sponsorship:

  • Single Operator All Bands High Power
    Radioworld

  • Single Operator All Bands Low Power (Max 100 Watts output)
    Contest Club Ontario

  • Single Operator QRP (all band or single band) *
    - QRP Canada

  • Single Operator Single Band (no power classification) **
    - Elkel Products

  • Multi-Operator Single Transmitter High Power ***
    - Alfa Radio

  • Multi-Operator Single Transmitter Low Power (Max 100 Watts output) ***
    - Tony Allsop VE3FTA Memorial by the Mississauga ARC

  • Multi-Operator Multi Transmitter (no power classification)
    Radioworld

A special trophy is awarded for the highest Single Operator (no power classification) Foreign Entrant - Jorge Bozzo LU8DQ Memorial by Alan Goodacre VE3HX.

Note: where the categories have a power class and the submitted log does not clearly identify the power class entered then the log will be treated as if the highest power class for that category was entered.

There are no single-mode categories. Single operators who receive assistance from a DX spotting system or Packet Cluster network during the contest must classify themselves as Multi-ops. Multi-Multi category stations may operate on several bands simultaneously.

* Although there is only one QRP category, which qualifies for a certificate or award, it is intended that the published results would show All Bands or the Single Band of operation. To facilitate this break out of the listings, your entry should indicate the band class you used.

** Although there is only one Single Operator Single Band category that qualifies for a certificate or award, it is intended that the published results would show High Power or Low Power. To facilitate this break out of the listings, your entry should indicate the power class you used.

*** In the Multi-Single category only one transmitter and one band permitted during the same time period (defined as 10 minutes.) Exception: One, and only one other band may be used during any 10-minute period, if and only if the station worked is a new multiplier. In other words the Multi-Single Transmitter class allows a second station to "hunt" and work multipliers only on a separate band.

Certificates will be awarded to the top-scoring entrant in each category in each province, territory; US call district, and DXCC country. To facilitate the proper allocation of certificates all US stations should indicate their actual US call district if different than indicated by their call prefix. DX stations should indicate the actual country of operation if different than indicated by their call prefix.

 Results:

Will be published in The Canadian Amateur magazine published by the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC).

The results will also be published on the RAC web site at www.rac.ca in the contest section.

 Entries:

All entries, electronic or paper logs, much be post marked or electronically submitted by January 31, 2006 for the 2005 running of the contest.

Send paper entries to:

Mailing address:
Radio Amateurs of Canada
720 Belfast Road, Suite 217
OTTAWA, Ontario
CANADA  K1G ØZ5

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.

Logs sheets must show time, band, mode, call of station worked, exchanges sent and received and points claimed for each QSO. New multipliers must be clearly marked in the log.

Contest entry forms are also available on the RAC web site.

Send e-mail entries to:

E-mail:
canadawinter@rac.ca

Any entry with over 200 contacts should be submitted in digital form, either submitted by e-mail or mailed in via 3.5 MS-DOS/Windows formatted diskette. The preferred format is RAC Cabrillo in plain ASCII/TEXT format. For an interim period of time, while the commercial logging programs are updated, you may submit that logging programs log file for contest submission, but your file must be in ASCII/TEXT format.

The RAC Cabrillo format is described and its detailed layout is shown on the RAC web at http://www.rac.ca/downloads/raccabrillo1.pdf. Please check to make sure your logging software is compliant with this format and layout.

Electronic logs must contain 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 sufficient for logs submitted in that format.

Ensure that you completely fill out the header information in the Cabrillo file. Name your file with your CALLSIGN 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. This is often impossible to extract correctly.

Large files may be zipped if necessary. If you need help with preparing or emailing your log, please contact Sam Ferris (VE5SF) at ve5sf@rac.ca

Previous contest results are available at the RAC Web site in the contesting sections.

We will also be publishing a list of submitted logs and the categories enter on the RAC web site after the cut off date to assist in correcting any entry categorizations.

For information on other contests, please see the "Contest Calendar" in the current issue of The Canadian Amateur, or check out the excellent Amateur Radio Contesting web page at http://www.contesting.com

Date of info: December 3, 2005 Source: Radio Amateurs of Canada - RAC Web Site
- 2005 RAC Canada Winter Contest rules
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RAC Cabrillo Format

Copied from the official RAC Page in PDF-format at
http://www.rac.ca/downloads/raccabrillo1.pdf

Cabrillo Log Format V2.0: http://www.kkn.net/~trey/cabrillo/


RAC Cabrillo log
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START-OF-LOG:
CREATED-BY:
CALLSIGN:
CONTEST:
CATEGORY:
CLAIMED-SCORE:
CLUB:
NAME:
ADDRESS:
ADDRESS:
ADDRESS:
ADDRESS:
OPERATORS:
SOAPBOX:
                              --------info sent------- -------info rcvd------
QSO:  freq mo   date     time call          rst exch   call          rst exch
00000000011111111112222222222333333333344444444445555555555666666666677777777778
12345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890
QSO: ***** ** yyyy-mm-dd nnnn ************* nnn ****** ************* nnn ******
QSO: 21000 CW 2003-07-01 1044 VE3KZ         599 ON     K4BAI         599 103
QSO: 14000 PH 2003-07-01 1050 VE3KZ         59  ON     VE5RI         59  SK
QSO:    50 PH 2003-07-01 1055 VE3KZ         59  ON     VE3DC         59  ON
END-OF-LOG:

The log format above illustrates the layout of the RAC Cabrillo standard.

There are several "tags" in the header plus QSO: tags in the main part of the log completed by an END-OF-LOG: tag. The five lines shown between SOAPBOX: and the first QSO: tag are there merely to indicate where the various columns of log data occur and what each column represents. They do not appear in an actual Cabrillo log.

 

List of tags used in RAC Cabrillo
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START-OF-LOG: version-number
Must be the first line of the log submission.
The current version-number is 2.0.

END-OF-LOG:
Must be the last line of the log submission.

CALLSIGN: callsign
The call sign used during the contest.

CATEGORY: operator-category band-category power-category
The operator-category must be one of the following:
SINGLE-OP, MULTI-ONE, MULTI-MULTI or CHECKLOG.

The band-category must be one of the following:
ALL, 160M, 80M, 40M, 20M, 15M, 10M, 6M or 2M.

The power-category must be HIGH, LOW or QRP.

CLAIMED-SCORE: n
The claimed-score of the log submission, in integer
form such as 1217315 or 19113 or 12.

CLUB: text
Name of the radio club with which the entrant is a member (optional).

CONTEST: contest-name
The contest-name must be:
RAC, CANADA DAY or CANADA WINTER.

CREATED-BY: text
Name and version of the logging program used to create the Cabrillo file.

NAME: text
ADDRESS: text
Name and address.

OPERATORS: callsign1 [callsign2 callsign3...]
A space-delimited list of operator callsign(s).

You may also list the callsign of the host station
by placing an "@" caracter in front of the callsign
within the operator list, such as OPERATORS: @VE6JY

SOAPBOX: text
Soapbox comments.

QSO: QSO-data
QSO data as specified by the RAC Cabrillo QSO data format.

 

List of Column Abbreviations
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freq:
For HF: Integer frequency in kHz;   [ ex. 28032, 14212 ]
if freq not known then 28000, 21000, 14000, 7000, 3500, 1800
For VHF/UHF; numeric band representations as follows:
50 MHz = 50, 144 MHz = 144

mo:
CW, PH or FM

date:
UTC date in yyyy-mm-dd form   [ ex. 2003-07-01 ]

time:
UTC time in nnnn form   [ ex. 1044 ]

call:
callsign

rst:
RS(T)

exch:
contest exchange
 

 
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This contest is known to be supported by:

AALog
by RZ4AG
 
All In One
by WD8KNC
 
Canaday
by VE3SY
 
CT
by K1EA

GEN LOG
by W3KM
 
N1MM
Logger
 
N3FJP
Software
 
QRP Dupe
by K7RE

RACLOG
by VE3OXX
 
RCKLog
by DL4RCK
 
SD
by EI5DI
 
TR
by N6TR

Win-Test
by F5MZN
 
Wincontest
by I8VKB
 
WriteLog
by W5XD
 
YP-Log
by VE6YP

Go to SM3CER Contest Service Software Page

MORE INFO
Text-only page
RAC Web Site    RAC Cabrillo format (PDF)


Please send corrections/changes/new rules/results to:
Jan-Eric Rehn - SM3CER
sm3cer@contesting.com

URL: http://www.sk3bg.se/contest/canwin.htm
Copyright © 1997-2005 Jan-Eric Rehn - SM3CER
This page was created May 8, 1997
Most recent revision December 3, 2005