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Who's Going to be On!

Last updated: 2017 Apr 15

Here's the latest list as to who's planning to be on from where during this year's Ontario QSO Party.  Help us keep this list up-to-date:

Post your plans on the OQP Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oqp/
OR on ve3_contest OR email oqp@va3cco.com

You can join the Ontario QSO Party e-mail discussion list by navigating to the OQP Yahoo Group above and click Sign Up.

Further below, you'll find some Tips To Increase Your Score!

2017 Announced Operation Chart
OQP Bonus Stations in RED, Youth Stations in BLUE
Multiplier#   Who to Look For !
Mobiles/Rovers

PRU, OTT, SDG, LGR, LAN, FRO, LXA
HAS, PED, NOR

CF3RAC/r - Sat

CF3RAC/r - Sun

DUR, KAW, PET, NOR, TOR, YRK
HAM, BRA, BFD, OXF, WAT

CF3CCO/r - Sat

CF3CCO/r - Sun

NIA, HAM, HAL, BFD, BRA, NFK, SIM
HTN, PEL, TOR, YRK, DUR

VE3WG/r - Sat

VE3WG/r - Sun

U.S.    
   
   
DX  

Algoma District ALG  
City of Brant BRA  
City of Brantford BFD  
Bruce County BRU  
City of Chatham-Kent CHK  
Cochrane District COC  
Dufferin County DUF  
Durham Region DUR
Elgin County ELG  
Essex County ESX VE3SPR
Frontenac County FRO  
Grey County GRY  
Town of Haldimand HAL VC3C2C
Haliburton County HLB VE3AD
Halton Region HTN CG3ODX
VE3KZ
City of Hamilton HAM VE3IBU
Hastings County HAS VA3NGE
Huron County HUR  
City of Kawartha Lakes KAW VE3TPS
Kenora District KEN  
Lambton County LAM  
Lanark County LAN VA3KAI
Leeds-Grenville County LGR  
Lennox-Addington County LXA VE3PJ
Manitoulin District MAN  
Middlesex County MSX VE3LS
Muskoka District MUS  
Niagara Region NIA  
Nipissing District NIP  
Town of Norfolk NFK VA3DF
Northumberland County NOR  
City of Ottawa OTT  
Oxford County OXF  
Parry Sound District PSD VA3OPP
Peel Region PEL VE3MIS
VA3RMU
Perth County PER  
Peterborough County PET  
Prescott-Russell County PRU  
City of Prince Edward PED  
Rainy River District RAI  
Renfrew County REN  
Simcoe County SIM  
Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry United Counties SDG  
City of Sudbury SUD  
Thunder Bay District TBY VE3CX
VE3MXJ
Timiskaming District TIM  
City of Toronto TOR VE3TW
Waterloo Region WAT VE3SWA
Wellington County WEL VE3KTB
York Region YRK  

A few tips to increase your score!

  1. Don't just "search and pounce" on stations calling "CQ", find a good parking spot and call "CQ Ontario QSO Party" yourself. You'll be very surprised at the amount of activity you can generate on a seemingly "dead" band by putting out a "CQ" !
     
  2. Don't forget the "easy" multipliers i.e. folks who are close to you that you can work on the VHF bands or via groundwave on the "higher" HF bands. Don't forget to make a quick call on the VHF frequencies at 15 minutes past the hour.
     
  3. For Ontario stations, multis are also Canadian provinces/territories, U.S. states, and DXCC countries...so there are lots of multiplier points out there for you to collect. Also folks outside Ontario will be working the contest too. If the lower HF bands are "dead" try the higher HF bands and vice-versa.
     
  4. U.S.A. stations close to the border should give a few shouts on VHF. Also try six meters for "E-skip" openings into Ontario.
     
  5. Ontario stations should "listen up" in U.S. phone allocations for U.S. stations calling from time to time.
     
  6. Don't forget to work to work CW. Even if your CW isn't very good most folks will "slow down" or "QRS" to work you.
     
  7. Listen extra hard for weak signals such as mobile and QRP stations.
     
  8. Use a computer to do your log. All of the logging programs that support the Ontario QSO Party (except Write-log and N1MM) run in good old-fashioned MS-DOS so that junky old 386, 486 and in some cases even a 286 can be used. This will make calculating your score and checking for duplicate contacts a whole lot easier. It'll also make the contest manager's life a whole lot easier too!!
     
  9. Other contests will be in progress at the same time as the Ontario QSO Party. Check out WA7BMN's excellent contest calendar to find out who else is going to be on the air!! For example - if you work a MI station during their contest, consider giving both exchanges - "W8xxx 59 Muskoka and number x Ontario".

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