BCQP 2019: AGN TWO BLOCKS over Saturday/Sunday February 2, local time, 8am to 8pm AND February 3, 8am to 4pmThat’s UTC 1600z Feb 2 to 0359z Feb 3 and 1600z to 2359z Feb 3
Band conditions, at least from the perspective of operators in the Pacific Northwest, have been incredibly challenging of late. But as tough as conditions may be, this doesn’t necessarily mean QSOs are impossible. It just means that different strategies are required. 
Key Details
Date/Time:   1600z Feb 2 to 0359z Feb 3 AND 1600z to 2359z Feb 3 (Saturday, Feb 2, 8am to 8pm AND Sunday Feb 3 from 8am to 4pm, local time in BC)Objectives:   BC stations contact anyone anywhere. (BC stations can contact other BC stations, stations in the U.S., stations in other provinces/territories of Canada, and stations in other countries.)
 Stations outside BC have to contact VE7/VA7s.
Exchange:    BC stations give three-letter code representing the federal electoral district in BC + RS(T)   *Confirm district at elections.ca/home.aspx and use the multiplier list (see URL below) to determine the   corresponding three-letter code for BCQP.   tations outside BC give province/state/”DX” *In BCQP, Hawaii and Alaska are not considered DX. Stations in KH6 and KL7 will give “HI” and “AK”,  spectively. Stations outside the U.S. and Canada will give “DX”.
There is NO OTHER EVENT like BCQP for BC operators. The potential for a tangible award is super high for BC stations. 
Top scores in every class of entry receive a one-of-a-kind certificate showcasing beautiful BC — different photo every year taken especially for this event. In addition, top scores in each federal electoral district — the multipliers in BCQP — are awarded one-of-a-kind certificates, too. Very few contests hand out photo-based certificates and NO OTHER REGULAR ON-AIR EVENT uses a different photo each year. Definitely shack-worthy.
BCQP is quite probably the only annual on-air event that puts BC in a spotlight. VE7/VA7s can contact anyone anywhere. We can QSO with other BC stations, with stations in other parts of Canada, with U.S. stations, with stations in Asia and Europe and South America and Africa and Australia, with DXpeditions, with anyone. Anywhere. Consequently, the potential for fairly constant activity, regardless of band conditions, is tremendously high for BC operators who get on the air, stay in the chair and call “CQ BCQP”. If the pool of BC operators is deep, stations outside BC will have an easier time in their hunt for VE7/VA7s, and the number of participants from outside BC will grow. The activity fuels more activity. This is the snowball effect. Let’s get it rolling. Let’s keep it rolling!
ResourcesRules, tools, helpful hints, in-depth event analysis/reports and scores from past years, examples of the lovely photo-based certificates and plaques… all available for viewing from links on the BCQP page of the Orca DXCC website. Go to http://www.orcadxcc.org/bcqp.html I strongly recommend looking at post-contest reports for previous years as well as the FAQ page. 
Logging SoftwareBCQP is fully supported by N1MM Logger+ software as well as CQ/X GPS-enabled software for mobile contesting and QSO party software by N3FJP. Other programs have generic QSO party options, but all software really needs computer and radio to be interfaced to work as intended. If computer and radio are not interfaced, you can still use logging software, but be aware that you’ll have to enter frequencies manually, and your score may not compute correctly. Paper logs are OK if the QSO count is under 50. No one should worry about logging software — or lack of it. Each operator can use whatever logging method works for him/her, and the BCQP Committee will help solve issues. But, and this is a big but, logs MUST show the required information. See the rules for details. 
Be PreparedBCQP has the potential to be tremendously fun, even when band conditions are frustratingly bad. But operators must be prepared, not only from a hardware/software point of view but from a simple administrative point of view. 1. Read the rules.2. Have your multiplier lists handy — both the BCQP federal electoral districts AND the U.S. states — to facilitate logging.3. Know your own district!!!!4. Know how to execute a trade (see Helpful Hints) to maximize QSO potential.5. Be aware of the suggested frequencies, especially alternate suggested frequencies for CW during overlap with NA Sprint.
OpportunitiesNot only does BCQP present a fabulous opportunity to test hardware and software for other purposes, such as bigger contests and DX-hunting, it also offers newcomers to the hobby a chance to acquire skills and old-timers a chance to refine techniques and strategies at a slower, more relaxed pace than in high-stress, gotta-beat-the-world weekend marathons or emergency situations. 
Tangible Rewards 1 — CertificatesBCQP relies on stations in BC to get on the air and stay in the chair. The party just doesn’t happen without us. And because this is a home-grown event with the spotlight on BC, BC stations have more chances than in any other on-air event to capture tangible rewards.
  • Certificates: Top scores in each class of entry receive a beautiful photo-based certificate highlighting something scenic or special about BC.
  • Special Recognition: If submitted logs are particularly numerous in any given category or results are particularly noteworthy, additional certificates are awarded, as appropriate. The more logs submitted, the more chances there are to capture a certificate!
  • Top District* Awards: BC’s federal electoral map has 42 districts. To encourage operators all over BC to get on the air, we offer special certificates for top scores in each federal electoral district. Only 10 QSOs are needed to qualify.
*Note: If you are not sure of your electoral district, go to http://www.elections.ca/home.aspx , scroll down a bit and plug your postal code into the space provided. Compare against the BCQP multiplier list to find the appropriate three-letter code.
Tangible Rewards 2 — Plaque ProgramThrough the plaque program, supported by radio-related clubs, businesses and individuals, we are going into BCQP 2019 with plaques in 10 categories: Top BC Score (Single-Op), Top BC Score (Multi-Op), Top DX, Top Mixed Mode, Top CW, Top Club Score, Top YL, Top Score Canada Outside BC, Top US, and Most Electoral Districts Contacted. Some categories are limited in scope: the YL plaque, for example, will only go to a YL, and the top U.S. score will only go to a station in the U.S. 
To see the kind of certificates and plaques offered in past years, go to http://www.orcadxcc.org/bcqp_awards.html
BCQP is a fabulous opportunity on so many levels. But ultimately, whether amateur radio is used for emergency purposes, for ragchewing or for radiosport, it won’t survive if we don’t practice our skills and share our knowledge.   
BCQP is on contest calendars and personal calendars, from BC to Japan to EU. Make the most of this excellent opportunity to QSO near and far. As contest coordinator for BCQP, I’m here to help. If anyone has questions, I’m just an email away. va7bec [at] rac {dot] ca

Certain Hytera Radio Products now Banned in the United States

The long battle between Hytera and Motorola continues with the importation ban of certain Hytera radios and repeaters. To learn the following websites have a lot of information.



RAC-Bulletin- RAC President Attends Annual ARRL Board Meeting: January 18-19

The following information was received from the Radio Amateurs of Canada


The annual Board of Directors meeting of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), is underway in Windsor, Connecticut and will conclude tomorrowSaturday, January 19.
The above photo shows (from left): Jay Bellows, K0QB (ARRL International Affairs Vice-President), Rick Roderick, K5UR (ARRL President), Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA (RAC President) and Rick Niswander, K7GM (ARRL Treasurer).
The ARRL Board Meetings are held twice each year in January and July. This was the fourth January ARRL Board meeting that Glenn has attended as a guest of the ARRL.
The meeting provided an opportunity to renew acquaintances with returning ARRL Directors and officers and to meet the five newly-elected ARRL Directors.
At the opening of the meeting Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, Secretary of the International Amateur Radio Union and past ARRL Chief Executive Officer, brought greetings from the IARU.
RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, extended greetings and best wishes on behalf of RAC and described for the new members the close relationships between Amateurs in Canada and those in the United States. He also spoke about our common interests in the upcoming deliberations at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) which will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 to November 22, 2019.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

[RAC-Bulletin] RAC Scholarship Awarded

The following bulletin has been received from the Radio Amateurs of Canada
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Alex Colpitts, VE9LEX (left) and RAC Atlantic Director Dave Goodwin, VE9CB. Photo courtesy of UNB and Cameron Fitch. It is with great pleasure that RAC Atlantic Director Dave Goodwin, VE9CB and Scholarship Chair Bill Unger, VE3XT, announce the awarding of a $500 scholarship to Alex Colpitts, VE9LEX, on behalf of all Radio Amateurs of Canada members. Alex is a graduate student from Electrical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton. He hopes to finish his graduate research and then begin writing his thesis and prepare to defend it. In addition to working with various embedded systems using ARM/Arduino-based architectures, he is involved with the UNB Judo club. The Amateur Radio club station at UNB is VE9UNB and under the guidance of Brent Peterson, VE9EX, it is turning into a hotbed of activity for young, bright and gifted Electrical Engineers. You may want to do a search for VE9UNB to see what they are up to or visit their website. Every year, through the RAC Foundation, Radio Amateurs of Canada provides grants and scholarships to worthy community programs and to young Canadian Amateurs who are studying at the post-secondary level in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs. It’s gratifying to think that a radio you may be using in the future could be designed by a Canadian Amateur who was helped by your or your club’s donation to the RAC Scholarship and Grants Program today. RAC operates the RAC Foundation in cooperation with the Community Foundation of Ottawa (CFO) which administers and invests the donated funds and disburses the earnings from those invested funds to grant applicants, based upon the advice of the RAC Board. All grant applications should be submitted to the RAC Foundation for processing and recommendation. In addition to the Scholarship and Grants Program RAC also has a Youth Education Program (YEP). For more information visit: https://wp.rac.ca/youth-education-program/ If you wish to donate or require further information about the RAC Scholarships and Grants Program, please visit https://wp.rac.ca/grant-information/ or contact Bill Unger, VE3XT, at ve3xt@rac.ca. On behalf of Alex and all of the previous scholarship recipients, thank you to all the Canadian Amateurs who have generously donated to the scholarship fund. Dave Goodwin, VE9CB RAC Atlantic Director Bill Unger, VE3XT Chair, Scholarship Program Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ Chair, Youth Education Program Alan Griffin RAC MarCom Director

Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association Winter Field Day 2019

The Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association will participate in the 2019 Winter Field Day event. The location will be Maffeo Sutton in Nanaimo. BC


Purpose: To foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian and DX Amateurs. Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house… get out and play some radio!!

When: Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2019, the dates are January 26th and 27th. Station set-up may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on Friday, January 25th. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total. How &amp; when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you.</p>

Bands: All Amateur bands, HF, VHF, &amp; UHF except 12, 17, 30 and 60 meters.
Modes: Any mode… CW, SSB, AM, FM, DStar, C4FM, DMR, Packet, PSK, SSTV, RTTY, Olivia, Satellite, etc…