The Orca DXCC holds regular meetings in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver, B.C. area).
All regular club meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, at the RiverHouse Restaurant, 5825 - 60th Ave. in Delta, BC.
Catch up on previous meetings with The Orca Report -- prepared by Rebecca VA7BEC:
Orca Report 94 Sep. 2023 Older Orca Reports...
The first-ever club meeting was held Oct. 15, 2010.
The Orca Report (No. 94) September 2023
September 12, 2023 -- This is going to an everything-bagel report. (You'll understand the catch-all reference if you've read BCQP Report 2023.) Lots of topics to cover.
Did you know? RAC email aliases changed.
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) made changes to the RAC Email Alias / Forwarding System, effective May 15, 2023, whereby the old firstname.lastname@example.org format was replaced by email@example.com. The change was made to address certain security issues. RAC officials and volunteers continue to use their firstname.lastname@example.org addresses, but everyone else is on the new system. It was an automatic change, and RAC members didn't have to do anything to continue to receive emails RAC-forwarded emails.
However, any RAC member using the alias as a safe(r?) option on websites and subscriptions, would have had to update contact details on those sites. So, if you are a RAC member and used your rac.ca alias for QRZ, ClubLog, contesting forums, online groups, club communications, contest log submissions, your QSL cards—yeah, all those places you sort of forget about because you don't access/look at them very often—check your contact details on those sites and update accordingly.
If you are interested in why RAC made the change, visit the Q&A at https://www.rac.ca/cybersecurity/
Orca DXCC Membership Renewal
It's a little early to be thinking of 2024, but please put Orca DXCC membership renewal on your calendar now so you don't forget.
Hosting the PNW DX Convention this year was expensive, even with contributions from attendees, and we need to replenish the coffers.
There are several options: PayPal, cheque/check payable to Orca DX and Contest Club, or Interac email money transfer for anyone in Canada who uses online banking. Go to the membership page of the Orca website for further details.
Just $24. The money goes toward club activities/events, including BCQP, donations to DXpeditions that satisfy specific criteria, communication costs and club initiatives as approved by the executive board and, when necessary, membership.
Contest season is starting!
As you all know, contests come in big and small and, depending your involvement, medium, as well. ;)
With regard to the traveling PNW Challenge Cup, eligible contests are big—as in weekend marathons -- and the first one is CQ WW RTTY, coming up September 23-24. The other CQ WW events follow in October -- SSB, October 28--29 -- and November -- CW, November 25--26. Applicable ARRL contests -- RTTY Roundup, CW and SSB -- take place in January, February and March, respectively, and the WPX outings are in February, March and May, respectively. IARU in July rounds out the PNW Challenge contests.
The Challenge Cup this year went to the Willamette Valley DX Club -- the run-away winner with a commanding total score of 132,400,629 points -- congratulations! The Western Washington DX Club was second with 66,019,459 points, and Orca DX and Contest Club was just behind them with 65,479,797 points. The Spokane DX Association finished the year-long competition with 16,773,915 points.
Contest participation is strong among all four participating clubs -- more than 280 million points were claimed by hundreds of operators in CW, SSB and RTTY events.
Webmaster Bud VA7ST lists a lot of upcoming contest activity, even some smaller and |medium| events, in Contest Corner on the Orca homepage.
Bud is also minder of the spreadsheet of scores by Orca members in the PNW Challenge contests. The best way to have your score count in Orca's total is to post to 3830ContestScores.com.
If you prefer not to post your information to 3830, send Bud an email (bud [at] va7st [dot] ca) with your final claimed score, preferably within a few days after the contest.
When you post to 3830, you can specify your club. That makes Bud's search much easier.
If you are a member of another PNW club as well as Orca, please let Bud know where to allocate your score and in what proportion. This is particularly important if you are part of a multi-op effort. Why? Because PNW Challenge rules state that points can be allocated to any of the PNW clubs that an operator belongs to and in any proportion that person chooses. If you don't let Bud know, he will assume the points go to Orca's tally.
Remember that every point is important. Whether you get on for a few contacts or a full-time, all-weekend effort, please consider submitting your scores so they can be counted in the Orca total. As Bud says, "We may be out there working as single operators, but we're a big team and your participation makes a difference."
PNW DX Convention 2023 in New Westminster, BC -- To boldly go...
The 2023 Pacific Northwest DX Convention, held over the Aug 11--13 weekend, welcomed more than 110 DXers to the Inn at the Quay in New Westminster, BC. Attendees came from near and far, and it was great to see so many people we haven't seen in ages.
The presentations were excellent, with content taking us from technical to touristy. We traveled vicariously from Bouvet to Botswana to Vanuatu and more island destinations, and even into the near (and far) future of artificial intelligence. To boldly go? Indeed, we boldly went. And it was great fun.
A wrap-up of the presentations is not at all like being there in person, where you hear and see and participate -- in so far as an audience can participate -- to content, be that a chuckle or a post-presentation question. So yes, while you can probably watch official videos of the DXpeditions highlighted at this year's PNW DX Convention that will give you an idea of the geographical challenges DXpeditioners faced getting to the QTH, setting up, operating, taking down all that went up, and then getting home again, there's more to a DXpedition than pictures alone reveal. An in-person presentation is an opportunity for behind-the-scenes insights, and I'm sure everyone gained a new perspective on many aspects of DXpeditioning, from antennas to packing.
I just don't have sufficient space to list all those pearls of wisdom here. Suffice to say, DXpeditioners do boldly go, often to places that no one else dares. They are intrepid, determined, brave, knowledgeable, organized and able to improvise when the situation calls for flexibility and some MacGyvering. Think extreme cold and blistering heat, pesky critters, sudden downpours, winds that bend verticals to a 90˚ angle or worse, sheer cliffs and rough seas that hinder transfer of people, provisions and equipment to base camp. Even if the DXpedition is to a relatively civilized QTH, there are issues. Think canceled flights or ferries and missed connections, lost luggage, equipment that some official eyes suspiciously and won't release.
Neil VA7DX provided highlights on some of his many DXpeditions. Keith VE7KW offered his expertise on antennas for DXpeditions. Dave VE7VR showcased his safari-style DXpedition to Botswana. Bill KO7SS recounted the truly intrepid DXpedition to Bouvet Island. Al K7AR and Bob W7YAQ took us to Vanuatu.
Ward N0AX presented a past, present and future look at the YASME Foundation. Adrian VE7NZ helped us understand how QTH factors into DXing. And Guy VA7GI ushered us into the world of artificial intelligence.
As with most events, a tremendous amount of work goes on behind the scenes to plan, prepare and execute a PNW DX Convention. So a big thank you to the planning committee, especially Dave VE7VR, and to everyone who made the weekend a wonderful success.
Photo gallery: pacificnwdxconvention.com
DX activations increasing again
DXpeditioning is back in style. Of course, there was Bouvet 3Y0J and Vanuatu VJ0A, which were showcased at the recent PNW DX Convention, but there were other locations earlier this year, and there will be more coming up. For IOTA hunters, listen for Swains Island W8S and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
FSM will be activated by Cezar VE3LYC, who often goes to remote locations. Check out the IOTA expedition website here: v6iota.weebly.com. Cezar's aim is to re-activate the rather rare OC-155 (Pulap Atoll), and put OC-299 (Satawal Atoll) on the air for the first time. Listen for V62P and V62S from Oct 25 -- Nov 12.
BCQP 2023 Wrap-up
After months of log-checking, spreadsheet-making, report-writing, certificate-creating and lots of emailing, I can close the books on BCQP 2023. Just in time to begin promoting BCQP 2024. LOL
Everyone who submitted a log should have received an email from me with links to the post-party report and line scores. If you didn't get the email -- maybe you were on a team and the log-submitter didn't forward the email to the whole team -- you can access the info using the links below.
After-party report with number-crunching analysis: orcadxcc.org/content/pdf/bcqp/2023_BCQP_report.pdf
Outside BC: orcadxcc.org/content/pdf/bcqp/2023_BCQP_outside_BC_scores.pdf
Note that the outside-BC results section in the report is abridged. With more than 300 outside-BC line scores, the report would turn into an epic saga instead of the short novel that it is, so only the data of certificate and plaque winners is listed in the report. See the full results link for all line scores.
Quick facts from an Orca perspective
It goes without saying -- but I'll say it anyway -- Orca members are truly the life of this party. You kept the profile high, and your fine operating skills drew a considerable number of compliments from participants near and far. Well done everyone!
There was a lunch at The RiverHouse back in... well, it was before the PNW DX Convention. We'll probably have another lunch soon. Stay tuned.
And that's it for now. Stay well. QRT de VA7BEC
va7bec [at] gmail [dot] com