Announcing The 18th Annual Ontario QSO Party 2015

Held on the third full weekend of April: 1st Part is 1800Z April 18 to 0500Z April 19, this means 2pm Saturday April 18 to 1am Sunday and 2nd Part is 1200Z to 1800Z April 19 which means 8am to 2pm on Sunday April 19, 2015.

The Ontario QSO Party is coming up this month! Please clear your calendars for the weekend of April 18/19. The snow should be all gone and the mobiles and rovers will be in full operation, enjoying the Springtime conditions we usually have this time of year. Tom and Tracy will likely be one of the rovers again this year, maybe working 3 counties at once. Tracy wants to earn a new plaque with her new call, VA3XU. We all 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 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.  Regretfully, Dan VA3DJ will likely only make a visit to the Contest site as he did last year, but may do some operating for us as he is looking better. This means that someone will be able to run Dan’s favourite band (75 meters) with help from Dan and whoever else wants to get in there.

This event is held annually on the third full weekend of April. Beginning in 1998 under the thoughtful guidance of Bob Chandler VE3SRE it quickly became a popular event among Ontario hams and beyond. 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.

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.

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 for our Ontario QSO Party.  Lots of fun.  CU there.

73  Rick Danby VE3BK   http://www.hamiltonarc.ca

Contesting Manager for VE3DC

Hamilton Amateur Radio Club

Hamilton, Ontario Canada