The “RST” stations will take to the airwaves in February and March from several locations in Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, with members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) at the helm. All call signs will have “RST” suffixes: KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, and VY0RST. The idea is to further promote Amateur Radio in that part of the world. The joint KL7, VY1, VE8, and VY0 is a first.
The event gets under way on February 15 at 0001 UTC, and it continues through March 27 at 2359 UTC. Exchange signal report and state/province. (The NCDXA RST stations will send town or city).
All modes on 160 through 6 meters will be used, and SWLs are welcome to participate. The object is to work or log (SWL) as many NCDXA “RST” stations as you can from their different locations. Work/log each “RST” station only once per QTH/band and mode. Cross-band, cross-mode, or remote operating is permitted.
As wildcards, portable “RST” stations will also participate and are worth 3 points each/mode and band, but they must be one of the four “RST” stations. The portable stations must be outside their own prefix area to count — for example, KL7RST/VY1, but not KL7RST/KL7.
Plans call for having stations on the air from Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Rankin Inlet, a Canadian research station near the North Pole on Ellesmere Island, a diamond mine in Northwest Territories, an Alaskan bush school and many other communities, possibly including an Alaskan glacier or two.
QSL manager is K7ICE. KL7YK is LotW administrator for Alaska, VY0CF for Nunavut, VY1MB for Yukon, and VE8MN for the Northwest Territories. Optional full color certificates are available via e-mail for working/hearing any of the “RST” stations.
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