Friday, July 1, 2011


Call: VE8RAC
Operator(s): VE8EV
Station: VE8EV

Class: SOSB/20 HP
QTH: Inuvik, NT
Operating Time (hrs): 20

Band  CW Qs  Ph Qs  CW Mults  Ph Mults
   20:  260    566      12        12
Total:  260    566      12        12 
Total Score = 97,200



292 VE, 7 RAC

For me this turned into two completely different contests.  The first one was Thursday.  All night I had lots of callers and good rate on both modes.  When things slowed down at 0630z I already had 500 QSO's in the log and had bagged all but a few multipliers.  I grabbed three hours sleep and when I got back on things were still pretty slow and just went downhill from there.  Lots of power line noise and very few signals to be heard.  I struggled all day Friday to put 300 contacts in the log over 13 hours.  I spent most of the day on CW as very little was coming through on phone.  There were several zero rate hours around midday and I eventually threw in the towel an hour early, took my toys and went home.  Apologies for all the mangled callsigns and CQing in the faces of callers I couldn't hear.  Better luck next time!

Low points:

- What should have been an easy run of Europeans at midnight turned into a packet frenzy when someone spotted me as a rare IOTA island.  I went split for a while but eventually gave up and retreated to the friendlier waters of the Pacific.

- I'm not a CW guy.  I'm having lots of fun contesting in CW but my 20wpm repertoire pretty much ends after callsigns and 5NN+exchange.  I felt like a deer in the headlights several times when guys felt the need to chit-chat.  All FB, but I'm just not there yet.  Maybe next year...

High points:

+ First contest with the new Flex, all integrated with the touchscreen and N3FJP for CAT, keying and voice.  Sweet!  Not a single hiccup through the whole event and when all the big signals were booming in Thursday night the sharp filter skirts almost brought a tear to my eye.

+ Almost making the dual-mode mult sweep.  I had VY0HL call me on both modes Thursday night and at the end I only needed VY1 on CW and (doh!) NT on phone.

73 and Happy Canada Day!
de VE8EV


VA5LF said...

Hi John,

Glad to work you on 20m phone and CW. I was one of those you stepped on towards the end of the contest... I was pretty ticked for a few minutes, but I needed your mult and quickly realized despite being S9 you didn't hear me at all. Figured it must have been conditions, so no harm done. It was nice to get you in the log after a good few minutes of calling though. :)

Sean - VA5LF

Anonymous said...

Hi John! Tu for operation/ How to get q qsl card? Via VE8EV ? Andy UT5URW

John Boudreau - VE8EV said...

QSL via:
Radio Amateurs of Canada

By the way, VE8RAC (like all the VE*RAC callsigns) is a contest call used two or three times a year by designated "HQ" stations in contests. Since VE8 stations are few and far between I get invited to use it frequently.

I'm not sure why there would be any confusion but the VE8RAC operation from NA-196 Belcher Island was almost 20 years ago!