The Ontario QSO Party is always held on the third full weekend of April. The first part is 1800Z April 20 to 0500Z April 21, this means 2pm Saturday April 20 to 1am Sunday April 21 and second part is 1200Z to 1800Z April 21 which means 8am to 2pm on Sunday April 21, 2018. The Ontario QSO Party is coming up again on the 3rd weekend of April. Please clear your calendars for the weekend of April 20/21. We will be running VE3DC.
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 it is done, or get on your own radio, give us a contact and have some fun from your own QTH.
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
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