Announcing the 21st Annual Ontario QSO Party 2018

The Ontario QSO Party is always held on the third full weekend of April. The first part is 1800Z April 21 to 0500Z April 22, this means 2pm Saturday April 21 to 1am Sunday April 22 and second part is 1200Z to 1800Z April 22 which means 8am to 2pm on Sunday April 22, 2018. The Ontario QSO Party is coming up next month in April. Please clear your calendars for the weekend of April 21/22. We will be running VE3DC this year. Last year we used the special event call VC3C2C for Canada’s 150th Birthday as well as our 85th Anniversary of the Hamilton Amateur Radio Club but are glad to be back to using the regular Club callsign again.

The snow is all gone and the mobiles and rovers will be in full operation, enjoying the Springtime conditions we usually have this time of year. We always like working the mobiles and rovers especially from our Multi-op Multi-radio setup. Also on the air will be the three bonus-point stations VE3ODX, VA3RAC and VA3CCO as usual which make this an interesting contest. Let me know if you are interested in running a station or plan on coming out to operate VE3DC. We plan on having as many stations on the air as possible. The new to ham radio people are more than welcome to come and see how we do it. The fellows who usually go up North to TIM county, will be going for the OQP weekend so look for them on HF from home and give them a contact.

This event is held annually on the third full weekend of April, beginning in 1998 under the thoughtful guidance of Bob Chandler VE3SRE and it quickly became a popular event. Our group using VE3DC, has been involved since the beginning and have many plaques and certificates from this event. In 2006 the organization of the party was turned over to Contest Club Ontario (CCO) who now manages the event. Our own club sponsors a plaque for top Single Operator Low Power, yet to be won by someone in our Club. There is a new class for youth which started in 2017 (check the CCO Website at:    http://www.va3cco.com/oqp/index.htm     and this year a new trophy below.

For 2018, Igor VE3ZF (a previous winner of the Plaque we sponsor), will be providing an Inukshuk Trophy to the best DX station in the Ontario QSO Party.

The contest will be here soon so let me know if you want to be a part of this great Canadian event this year.  You don’t have to be a great Contester to come and help out. We have fun on this one and get to talk to many Canadians. We find out the weather in Eastern, Western and all parts of Canada and we even get some sleep on the Saturday night as per the times that are in effect now, making it safer for the Rovers and Mobiles. Many of our American friends come to give us a contact on our Ontario QSO Party.In the contest, stations outside Ontario make as many contacts with Ontario amateur radio stations as possible. Ontario stations contact as many amateur radio stations as possible both in Ontario and world-wide.  Please check the rules at http://www.va3cco.com/oqp/rules.htm for the contest exchange, frequencies, modes and categories.

Lots of fun.  CU there. 73  Rick VE3BK

Sherry operating her station on previous OQP