Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Activations:

Can I activate two Parks Canada administrated units at the same time?

Yes, we believe there are over 40 locations where this is physically possible.  We call these “dual-activations”.

At the time of activation you must be in a location that allows you to be physically present on the property of both claimed Parks Canada units at the same time as outlined in the Rules section. Your over-the-air exchange must include both Parks Canada administrated unit identifiers.

As an activator, you will have an opportunity to enter both unit identifiers in the form used to upload your log file.

Chasers will not have to do anything special to get credit for both your reported units. Once their contact with you is confirmed they will receive credit for both units!

What about activating three units at the same time?

There may be several physical locations where this will be possible.  These will be challenging and will be allowed for full credit.

At the time of activation you must be in a location that allows you to be physically present on the property of all three claimed Parks Canada units at the same time as outlined in the Rules section. Your over-the-air exchange must include all three Parks Canada administrated unit identifiers.

As an activator, you will have to upload the same log file twice.  The first time you upload the log file, treat it as a normal dual-activation and include the first two Parks Canada administered unit identifiers.  Then, upload the same log file again and provide just the third unit identifier.

Chasers will not have to do anything special to get credit for your three reported units. Once their contact with you is confirmed they will receive credit for all three units!

… The fabled TRIPLE ACTIVATION.

Contacts:

My QSO did not get confirmed. What happened?

Some possibilities:

  • The other party has not uploaded their log yet,
  • You did not report the date/time correctly in UTC,
  • You reported the wrong call sign or your call sign was reported incorrectly by the other party,
  • The band or mode you reported, did not agree with the other party.

What if the times reported by both operators is different?

All times must be in UTC.
QSOs will only be confirmed if the reported times are within 70-minutes of each other.

I’m activating a Park. What happens if I make a contact with someone activating a different park?

First off, congratulations! We’re excited to see radio amateurs adventuring out to enjoy the magnificent diversity of Canada’s parks and historic sites!

You should just record the contact like any other. The log checking software (robot) will take care of everything to insure both activators get proper credit.

I’m using a prefix.  Should it be added to the beginning or the end of my home call sign?

The log checking software (robot) will attempt to remove any prefixes and portable designators from your call sign to determine your home call sign for use in comparisons with other QSOs. 

Prefixes and other designators must be separated from your home call sign with a slash character.  Whether the prefix is added to the beginning or end of your home call depends on the requirements of the specific licensing authorities.  Anyone operating under the authority of CEPT T/R 61-01 is required to place the prefix before their home call. In the case of the Canada-United States reciprocal operating agreement, the regulations in both countries require the prefix to follow the home call sign.

The CNPOTA log checking software (robot) will accept call signs with two slashes only when the second slash is a /A, /M, /P or /AM or /MM at the end of the call sign.  For example: VE1GPY/VE7 or VE1GPY/VE7/P.

Self signing with text such as /QRP, /PARK etc. is discouraged.

Log Files:

Will my logging program work with your CNPOTA site?

Probably! We don’t require a lot from your file and will ignore anything we don’t need.  Your file will have to be in a valid ADIF or Cabrillo format.

For ADIF files, you may provide the Parks Canada unit identifiers as QSO fields but they will be ignored. For Cabrillo files, there are two possible formats:  one with just RST; and the other with RST and Parks Canada unit identifiers.  See the Cabrillo Template.

For both ADIF and Cabrillo files, we’ll identify the correct Parks Canada unit identifier(s) when we match/confirm your QSO with a QSO reported by the activator.

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