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RAC Winter Contest

December 31, 2006 @ 13:17 By: gordon Category: Amateur radio

The 2006 RAC Winter Contest ran from 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC December 30, 2006. I headed out to the parking lot at the south end of the Champlain Bridge and “played radio” for several hours.  Most of the time I was there, I was fiddling with my new digital mode interface that allows me to operate RTTY, BPSK and a slew of other digital modes.  Once the battery on my laptop died, I switched to voice and worked 12 stations in just over an hour using my special event callsign, CG3XGD.  These twelve QSOs gave me 500 points for my entry in the single-op, all bands, low power (< =100 W) category.  This is the first time I’ve entered a contest and I have to admit it was a lot of fun.  I heard more Canadian stations in the 70 minutes or so I was contesting than I have since starting on HF after getting back into the hobby last summer.

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