RAC “Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day” Special Event: Thursday, April 18


On Thursday, April 18, 2024, Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again organizing a special on-air event to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.

Every year on April 18, Radio Amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of Amateur Radio and to commemorate the formation of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) on April 18, 1925.

The IARU has announced that the theme for this year’s World Amateur Radio Day  will be “‘A Century of Connections: Celebrating 100 years of Amateur Radio Innovation, Community and Advocacy”.  

Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again holding a “Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day” special event in which we encourage as many Amateurs as possible to get on the air and contact as many RAC stations as possible.

  • RAC official stations will operate across Canada from 0000Z to 2359Z on April 18. The RAC official station call signs are VA2RAC, VA3RAC, VE1RAC, VE3RAC, VE3RHQ, VE4RAC, VE5RAC, VE6RAC, VE7RAC, VE8RAC, VE9RAC, VO1RAC, VO2RAC, VY0RAC, VY1RAC and VY2RAC.
  • Those contacting one or more of these stations will be eligible for a special commemorative certificate noting their participation in RAC’s Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day Event.
  • Participants simply need to complete one or more contacts, on any band and mode, with RAC official stations to earn their certificates.
  • No logs need to be submitted; simply check back on the RAC website when instructed and enter your call sign to download your certificate.

Thank you for your continuing support. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones, stay safe and have fun while celebrating World Amateur Radio Day.

Phil McBride, VA3QR
President, Radio Amateurs of Canada

Pack your radios and don’t forget your tent! It’s time for the 1st Annual (hopefully) NORAC Backcountry Camping QSO Party. The gathering is to take place 10 May to 12 May 2024 at Grizzly Lake campground. The event will consist of campfires (hopefully), good company, HF QSO’s in a quiet environment, fishing, camping and whatever other camping activities key your rig. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring TImBits for the chipmonks, and enjoy the beautiful B.C. outdoors.
Grizzly Lake is accessed Aberdeen Forest Service Road and is reachable via Lavington and Lake Country. The roads are maintained Forest Service Roads so modified off road vehicles are not required. It is however a FSR road so a vehicle with some off pavement ability is highly recommended. There are outhouses on site but outside that, this is off grid camping. 
Location Coordinates: 50.08264 -119.08481
Time: Whenever you can get there Friday the 10th of May until whenever you want to leave on Sunday the 12th of May or Monday or …...

Contact me for a GPX file of the route from the Vernon side.

If you have further questions, comments, concerns, let me know, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you plan on attending or hope to attend, put it in your calendar and let me know, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Cary (VA7MXY)



Its official! April 19th-21st 2024 at Fintry Provincal Park. Group site #2. 

Many thanks to the folks who committed to make this a reality.

Just as it sounds, there will be camping and QSO's the weekend of 19-21 April 2024 at Fintry Provincial Park Group site #2. If you plan to join in on the camping activities, there is $40/person for the weekend. This covers the site costs. Bring your radio gear, camping supples, food, family and friends. This weekend is also my sons birthday, so if he asks, we all went camping for him. hahaha 2 birds, one stone thing here. hahaha

If you are unable to camp, come join us on the Saturday. Hangout and partake in the antics.

If you have any questions or the like, don't hesitate to call me on air or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hope to see you there!


Every year we celebrate Canada with the RAC Canada Day contest. In this event, hams from all over the globe focus on working Canadian amateur radio operators. If you can get on the air this weekend, prepare to be hunted and let the pile-ups ensue.

Save the date so that you can represent Canada on the air for a good fun bit of radio sport.

ARRL Field Day on the fourth full weekend of June every year is the opportunity for thousands of amateur radio enthusiasts throughout the U.S and Canada to set up temporary communications stations and make contact with like-minded people. Licensed radio operators (often called “Hams”) spend the weekend practicing community outreach, emergency preparedness, and technical skills. It’s basically radio heaven.

A contest is held each year with individuals, clubs, and teams trying to make contact with as many stations as possible over 24 hours. Field Day will take place on June 22 and June 23 with over 35,00 people expected to take part. It begins at 18:00 UTC Saturday and runs through 20:59 UTC Sunday. Pack your camping equipment, throw up some temporary antennas, and spin the dials on your radio, because this not-to-be-missed event is rich in history, tradition and technology.

Save the date in your personal calendar now and come to the February 2024 NORAC club meeting where we will be discussing/planning what to do as a club for this mega event.