Each year on July 1 — the anniversary of Canada’s Confederation — Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sponsors the Canada Day Contest. Amateurs everywhere are welcome to join Canada’s birthday party on the air. The event gets under way at 0000 UTC on Friday, July 1 (Thursday evening in US time zones), and concludes at 2359 UTC. Available bands include 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters, CW and phone. There are nine possible entry categories. You may work any station once on each mode on each of the eight available bands.
Suggested frequencies: CW, 25 kHz up from the band edge; SSB, 1850, 3775, 7075, 7225, 14,175, 21,250, and 28,500 kHz. Check for CW activity on the half-hour. Canadian stations sent signal report and province/territory. VE0s and stations outside Canada send a signal report and serial number.
Contacts with stations in Canada or VE0s are worth 10 points. Contacts with stations outside Canada are worth 2 points. Contacts with RAC official stations are worth 20 points.
The RAC official stations are VA2RAC, VA3RAC, VE1RAC, VE4RAC, VE5RAC, VE6RAC, VE7RAC, VE8RAC, VE9RAC, VO1RAC, VO2RAC, VY0RAC, VY1RAC, and VY2RAC.
For the Canada Day Contest a trophy is awarded for the highest Single Operator (no power classification) Foreign Entrant — the Larry Kayser, VA3LK, Memorial, by Alan Goodacre, VE3HX.