This contest was developed by the Fisher's Ghost Amateur Radio Club in memory of Ted Powell, who became a silent key on 16 March 2014. Ted's passion was working rare DX and collecting QSL cards. At the time of his passing, Ted had worked 301 entities and confirmed 300 by QSL cards.
There are 2 categories in this contest.
The objective of the "Most Wanted" category is to work the most wanted DXCC entity during an award period. The winner will be the station who works the most wanted DXCC entity based on its ranking in Clublog's Most Wanted list current at the beginning of the award period. There will also be awards for 2nd and 3rd place.
The objective of the "Top 5" category is to work the top 5 most wanted DXCC entities during an award period. A score is calculated for each entry in the Top 5 category and the winner will be the station with the lowest score. There will also be awards for 2nd and 3rd place. You must work at least 5 unique entities during an award period to be eligible to enter this category. The score is calculated using a mathematical formula known as "Harmonic Mean" which favours entries with more higher ranking entities than entries with fewer higher ranking entities. The formula looks like this, where e1, e2, e3, e4 & e5 are the rankings of the top 5 most wanted entities worked.
The Most Wanted lists for the current and previous periods can be found below.
The contest is only open to Australian residents who hold a current VK1 - VK8 licence and who are transmitting from within Australia.
There are 4 award periods per year. Times are UTC.
Any authorised amateur frequency may be used. You may only make QSO's on frequencies permitted to you under your licence class.
Any authorised amateur mode may be used. You may only make QSO's using modes permitted to you under your licence class.
You may use any power on any mode up to the maximum power permitted for that mode, or the maximum power permitted to you under your licence class.
Only contacts with amateur stations count. Contacts through repeaters or satellites do not count, nor do contacts with maritime mobile or aeronautical mobile stations. Echolink and IRLP contacts and WSPR spots do not count. Contacts with stations deemed by Clublog to be invalid for DXCC do not count.
Remote operation is permitted provided the transmitter, receiver, and antenna are all located within Australia.
Entries open at the end of the award period and close 14 days later. Entries may be submitted using one of the following 3 methods.
This is the preferred entry method. You MUST use this entry method to enter the "Top 5" category. (You may also use this entry method if you're not entering the "Top 5" category, but if you use this entry method and you have worked 5 or more unique entities during the award period you will automatically be entered in the "Top 5" category). The "Log Uploader" script will process all your QSO's, generate your "Most Wanted" and "Top 5" entry, calculate your top 5 score and send your entry to the contest manager. You will receive a reply email, (usually within 24 hours) confirming your entry has been received.
Click the following link to go to the "Log Uploader" page where you will find out more about this entry method.
Entries must consist of one (1) QSO only, that being the entity worked with the highest ranking in the Most Wanted list for the award period. Entries in the "Top 5" category will not be accepted using this entry method. All fields are mandatory. You will receive a reply email, (usually within 24 hours) confirming your entry has been received.
Alternatively, single QSO entries may be sent by email to the contest manager using your callsign as the email subject. Entries must consist of one (1) QSO only, that being the entity worked with the highest ranking in the Most Wanted list for the award period. Entries in the "Top 5" category will not be accepted using this entry method.
If you use the email method to submit your entry, for ease of administration it is suggested you copy and paste the details below into an email and type in the QSO details. You will receive a reply email, (usually within 24 hours) confirming your entry has been received.
Entries MUST include all of the following information.
Email address for entry submission:
Results will be finalised within 14 days after the closing date for entries of the award period. The winner will be the station who works the most wanted and top 5 most wanted DXCC entities based on their ranking in Clublog's "Most Wanted" list published below at the beginning of the award period. There will also be awards for 2nd and 3rd place. Results will be published below soon after and winners will be notified by email.
In the rare event of a tie in the "Most Wanted" category, the result will be determined a dead heat.
In the event of a tie in the "Top 5" category, the winner will be the first station to work the highest ranking DXCC entity chronologically. In the event of 2 winning entries with the same highest ranking DXCC entity specifying the same QSO time and date, the winner will be the first station to work the second highest ranking DXCC entity chronologically, and so on up to the fifth highest ranking entity. In the rare event of 2 winning entries with the same top 5 entities specifying the same QSO time and date for all 5 entities, the result will be determined a dead heat.
Awards will be issued as follows.
|Place||Callsign||Entity Worked||Ranking||QSO Date||QSO Time||Certificate|
|1st||VK7CW||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||6||20180627||093142||DOWNLOAD|
|2nd||VK5GR||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||6||20180627||122423||DOWNLOAD|
|3rd||VK3OHM||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||6||20180627||123319||DOWNLOAD|
|4th||VK6WX||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||6||20180628||082945|
|5th||VK3SIM||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||6||20180628||101400|
|6th||VK3AWG||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||6||20180629||032400|
|7th||VK3JLS||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||6||20180629||042408|
|8th||VK2KDP||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||6||20180630||063100|
|9th||VK2PR||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||6||20180630||063600|
|1st||VK5GR||14.50|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
|2nd||VK3AWG||15.71|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
|3rd||VK3SIM||16.00|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
|4th||VK3OHM||16.53|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
LORD HOWE ISLAND
|5th||VK7CW||17.81|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
|6th||VK6WX||18.60|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
FRANZ JOSEF LAND
|7th||VK3JLS||21.87|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
|8th||VK2DEK||139.52|| FIJI ISLANDS|
SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Most Wanted List: July - September 2018
Most Wanted List: April - June 2018
The "Upcoming DX" list is provided by Announced DX Operations. Rank is the ranking of the entity in the current Ted Powell Memorial DX Challenge award period.
|Aug 15-Sep 19, 2018||105||Tonga||A35JLL||DL7JLL fm various islands; 40 20 15 10m; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Sep 4-24, 2018||191||Mauritius||3B8||PA3HGT as 3B8/PA3HGT; 40 20 10m; mainly SSB, some CW + digital; QSL OK via PA Buro or direct; holiday style operation|
|Sep 5-18, 2018||225||French Guiana||FY||DL5FAB as FY/DL5FAB; also fm IOTA SA-020; HF; CW FT8|
|Sep 8-20, 2018||251||Dodecanese||SV5||HB9OAU as SV5/HB9OAU fm IOTA EU-001; 80-10m; SSB FT8; QSL OK also via HB9OAU (Buro or direct), Club Log, eQSL|
|Sep 8-21, 2018||293||Balearic Is||EA6||G8GNI as EA6/G8GNI fm Mallorca; mainly data: FT8, RTTY, PSK, Olivia; spare time operation; QSL also OK via G8GNI, Club Log, eQSL|
|Sep 10-20, 2018||224||Bonaire||PJ4||PA3BWK as PJ4/PA3BWK; 40-10m; CW FT8 RTTY; 100w; Spiderbeam, GP; QSL also OK via PA3BWK|
|Sep 12-18, 2018||176||Mariana Is||KH0||JG7PSJ as KH0/KW2X fm Saipan (IOTA OC-086); 40-10m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via JG7PSJ direct|
|Sep 12-Oct 1, 2018||102||East Kiribati||T32AH||DL2AH fm Christmas I (IOTA OC-024); 80-10m; SSB FT8 RTTY; 100w; Windom; holiday style operation|
|Sep 13-20, 2018||168||Market Reef||OJ0DX||DL3DXX + others; focus on low bands, incl 60m; QRV for SAC CW Contest|
|Sep 14-23, 2018||121||Maldives||8Q7EC||OE3DEC fm Biyadhoo I (IOTA AS-013); focus on 20m; SSB; holiday style operation; QSL OK via OE Buro or direct or Club Log|
|Sep 15-27, 2018||172||Vietnam||3W9JK||SP5APW fm Cham I (Sep 15-22, 3W9JK/p, IOTA AS-162) and fm Hoi An; 20-6m; SSB; 1kw; Hexbeam; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Sep 17-26, 2018||143||Malawi||7Q7ELA||IW5ELA; mainly CW; 100w; vertical; holiday style operation|
|Sep 19-30, 2018||121||Maldives||8Q7IP||HA3JB fm Huhumale I (IOTA AS-013); 80-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; QRV for CQWW DX RTTY Contest|
|Sep 20-25, 2018||121||Maldives||8Q7SD||JF2SDR fm Halaveli I, Alifu Alifu Atoll (IOTA AS-013); 30-10m; CW SSB RTTY; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via eQSL|
|Sep 20-25, 2018||216||Svalbard||JW||DJ2AX fm IOTA EU-026; HF; CW SSB + digital|
|Sep 20-Oct 10, 2018||251||Dodecanese||SV5||DL3DRN as SV5/DL3DRN; HF; CW SSB RTTY; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Sep 20-Oct 22, 2018||Tristan da Cunha||ZD9CW||G4EDG; 40-15m, perhaps 80m; mainly CW RTTY, some SSB; QSL also OK via LZ1JZ|
|Sep 21-26, 2018||134||Palau||T88||JM1LIG as T88GM, JA6UBY as T88RR, JO3LVG as T88MK, JR3QFB as T88JH; 160-6m; SSB JT65 FT8|
|Sep 21-Oct 6, 2018||95||Mayotte||TO6OK||OK1BOA OK1FCJ OK1GK OK2ZA OK2ZC OK2ZI OK6DJ fm IOTA AF-027; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; QSL also OK via OK6DJ and Club Log|
|Sep 23-28, 2018||233||Liechtenstein||HB0||ON4ANN as HB0/ON4ANN; 80-6m, incl 60m; SSB FT8 RTTY; QSL also OK via M0URX|
|Sep 24-Oct 9, 2018||231||Panama||H88X||I0SNY IV3FSG HB9BXE YO8SS OE3FTA fm Playa Farallon, Provincia Cocle; 160-6m (no WARC); CW SSB + digital; 600w; dipoles, verticals; QSL also OK via 9A5URI Buro|
|Sep 26-Oct 10, 2018||104||Rwanda||9X0T||I1HJT I2YSB IK2CIO IK2CKR IK2DIA IK2HKT IK2RZP JA3USA; 160-10m; CW SSB, RTTY and FT8 (9X0Y) on 20m only; 3 stations; QSL also OK via online OQRS and I2YSB direct (see Web)|
|Sep 28-Oct 14, 2018||129||Samoa||5W0GC||LZ1GC in Apia (OC-097); 160-6m, focus on 160 80m; CW SSB RTTY; @5W1SA; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Sep 29-Oct 6, 2018||84||Christmas I||VK9XT||A65DC A65DR SM0CXU VE7HDW fm IOTA OC-002; 160-10m; CW SSB + digital (perhaps FT8); QSL also OK via qrz.com logbook and eQSL|
|Sep 30-Oct 12, 2018||58||Nauru||C21GJ||W7GJ fm IOTA OC-031; 6m; mainly EME but some CW SSB, FT8 (50.313 MHz)|
|Oct 1-12, 2018||206||Albania||ZA5V||S59A + OE6V club members fm Lake Shkodra Resort (JN92rd); 80-2m; CW SSB JT65 FT8 MSK144 JT65B for EME; 1.5kw; call sign requested (else ZA5A)|
|Oct 2-29, 2018||79||American Samoa||KH8||DL2AH as WH8/DL2AH fm Ofu I (IOTA OC-077); 80-10m; SSB FT8 RTTY; QRV for CQWW DX SSB; holiday style operation|
|Oct 4-9, 2018||134||Palau||T88||JH7IPR as T88UW, JA6KYU as T88HS, JA6FQI as T88WM; 160-6m; CW FT8 FSK SSB; yagis, wires; for QSL see qrz.com page|
|Oct 6-16, 2018||89||Niue||E6Y||ZL3PAH ZL3GA ZL3AB ZL4TT fm IOTA OC-040 (AH50bx); 160-10m, perhaps 60m; 500w; Hexbeams, verticals, wires; Oceania DX contest SSB and CW; QSL also OK via Club Log; ZL3PAH (Buro or direct) also OK, but LotW/CL preferred|
|Oct 9-14, 2018||86||Norfolk I||VK9||JO7GVC as VK9/JO7GVC and JK7LXU as VK9/JK7LXU; 40-10m; CW PSK FT8; holiday style operation|
|Oct 9-19, 2018||86||Norfolk I||VK9N||N7BF as VK9BF, ZL2HM as VK9PM, N7QR as VK9QR and W6ABM as VK9EV; 40-6m; SSB FT8; 100w|
|Oct 9-21, 2018||83||Chad||TT8KO||LA7GIA fm N'Djamena; 160-10m; CW, perhaps SSB; QSL also OK via LA7GIA direct|
|Oct 9-27, 2018||215||Reunion||FR||DJ7RJ as FR/DJ7RJ; 160-10m; CW SSB; 600w; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Oct 10-15, 2018||216||Svalbard||JW||LA7XK LA9DL LA6VM as JW7XK JW9DL JW6VM (JW5X during SAC Phone) fm IOTA EU-026; CW SSB + digital; QSL also OK via LA7XK|
|Oct 10-24, 2018||147||Guantanamo||KG4||W4WV as KG4WV and W6HGF as KG4HF; focus on 160 80m; SSB FT8 PSK RTTY, some CW; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Oct 10-Nov 6, 2018||199||St Kitts and Nevis||V47JA||W5JON fm Calypso Bay, St Kitts; 160-6m, incl 60m; SSB FT8; yagi on 6m, verticals, dipole; QSL also OK via W5JON direct|
|Oct 15-Nov 4, 2018||75||Vanuatu||YJ0GC||LZ1GC OM5ZW OK2WM fm Efate I (OC-035); 160-6m, focus on 160 80m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Oct 15-30, 2018||84||Christmas I||VK9XG||G3SVL G3TXF G3WGN G3WPH G2NF; 160-10m; CW SSB FT8 (in DXpedition mode); 4 stations; QSL also OK via G3TXF and Club Log|
|Oct 16-22, 2018||266||Ceuta and Melilla||EA9||JA1XGI as EA9/W1XGI fm Melilla; likely 40-10m; mainly CW FT8; QSL also OK via JA1XGI direct and Club Log|
|Oct 16-22, 2018||87||Chatham I||ZL7X||JH1GNU JH1HRJ JE1SCJ fm IOTA OC-038; 160-10m; CW SSB FT8; focus on low band CW and FT8 on all bands; QSL also OK via JA0VSH (Buro or direct) and eQSL|
|Oct 17-24, 2018||134||Palau||T88SM||JA6EGL fm Koror; 160-6m, focus on 40 30m; mainly CW, some SSB + FM; 1kw; yagis, wires|
|Oct 19-29, 2018||160||Haiti||4V7R||EA7FTR EA1DVY EA1ACP HH2MK HH2JR EB7DX; 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY FT8|
|Oct 20-Nov 3, 2018||21||Ducie I||VP6D||K3EL HA5AO W2LK DJ9RR WA6O ZL3CW N6HC W1SRD N6WM HA0NAR PY2PT N6XG K5GS UT6UD NG2H fm IOTA OC-182; 160-10m; CW SSB + digital (incl FT8); 7 stns; QSL requests via Web OQRS (your card not needed)|
|Oct 22-30, 2018||127||Burkina Faso||XT2SZZ||S54W S57L S58Y S59ZZ S50A; HF + 6m; QRV for CQWW DX SSB|
|Oct 24-Nov 28, 2018||169||Tanzania||5H3MB||IK2GZU fm Ilembula; HF; triband Yagi fixed on EU, vertical, dipole; spare time operation; QSL also OK via IK2GZU (Buro or direct) and eQSL|
|Oct 26-Nov 6, 2018||136||Zimbabwe||Z23MD||IZ8CCW I2VGW IZ2GNQ F5EOT ON4LO YO8WW YO5OED ON7RB; HF; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via IK2VUC (see Web page for details)|
|Oct 27-Nov 3, 2018||129||Samoa||5W||JF1OCQ JJ1TBB as 5W7X and 5W0TB; 160-10m; CW SSB FT8; side trip to Am Samoa using W1VX/KH8 and KH8C; QSL also OK via JF1OCQ (Buro or direct) except KH8C which is LotW only|
|Oct 27-Nov 11, 2018||250||Guadeloupe||FG||SM7RYR as FG/SM7RYR fm IOTA NA-102; 20m; CW; 100w; vertical|
|Oct 29-Nov 6, 2018||95||Mayotte||FH||DJ7RJ as FH/DJ7RJ; 160-10m; CW SSB; 600w; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Oct 31-Nov 14, 2018||189||Bermuda||VP9KF||VP9KF; 160-10m; CW; QSL via W4/VP9KF direct|
|Nov 3-6, 2018||84||Christmas I||VK9XQ||DF8AN; 160-6m; CW + digital (incl FT8); QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct + eQSL (late)|
|Nov 5-9, 2018||119||Liberia||EL||MM0NDX MM0OKG as EL2EL/4 fm Sasstown District in southern Liberia; HF; SSB CW FT8; fuller details to follow|
|Nov 6-10, 2018||73||Cocos Keeling||VK9CH||DF8AN; 160-6m; CW + digital (incl FT8); QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct + eQSL (late)|
|Nov 6-20, 2018||244||Barbados||8P9AE||DK1BT DL4WK DL6SAK DL7KL DL7UFR SP3CYY; CW SSB + digital; verticals, loops, Spiderbeam; QSL also OK via DL7DF (DARC Buro or direct)|
|Nov 7-14, 2018||199||St Kitts and Nevis||V47FWX||G0FWX fm St Kitts; holiday style operation|
|Nov 10-17, 2018||84||Christmas I||VK9XQ||DF8AN; 160-6m; CW + digital (incl FT8); QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct + eQSL (late)|
|Nov 17-Dec 8, 2018||146||Sint Maarten||PJ7AA||AA9A; 80-10m, incl 60; CW SSB + digital; Buddipole; QSL also OK via AA9A|
|Nov 19-28, 2018||193||Anguilla||VP2||KE1B as VP2EAQ and W6NN as VP2EAR; 40-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via KE1B Buro and Club Log|
|Nov 26-Dec 6, 2018||204||Nicaragua||YN||RM0F as H7/RM0F, R4WAA RZ3FW RC5A likewise, also YN4RRC fm Big Corn I (IOTA NA-013); 160-10m; CW SSB|
|Nov 28-Dec 7, 2018||164||St Martin||FS||K9NU W9ILY W9MK FS4WBS K9EL as TBD; 160 80m focus; will try to include FT8 in fox/hound mode; high power|
|Nov 30-Dec 10, 2018||181||Montserrat||VP2M||K7NM WM7Z NS7K AC7ZN as VP2MLB VP2MSA VP2MSK VP2MZN respectively; 160-6m; CW SSB PSK FT8 RTTY; QRV as multiop for ARRL 160m Contest using VP2MSK (LotW and Club Log OK); QSL as per qrz.com; exact begin and end unclear|
|Dec 7-9, 2018||211||Senegal||6V1A||6W7JX 6W1PZ 6W1KI 6W1QL 6W1PA 6W1FJ 6W1SQ 6W1SV 6W1GF 6W1RD fm Goree I (IOTA AF-045); SSB CW; 150w; dipoles, G5RV; Direct QSL via PayPal to email@example.com|
|Dec 18, 2018-Jan 19, 2019||75||Vanuatu||YJ0AFU||VK4AFU fm IOTA OC-035; 160-6m; mainly FT8, some CW SSB; 100w; G5RV, inverted L|
|Jan 12-20, 2019||229||Cayman Is||ZF2PG||K8PGJ fm Grand Cayman I; HF; QSL also OK via K8PGJ|
|Feb 11-26, 2019||92||Macao||XX9D||XX9LT + 14 op DL/OZ team; 160-6m; CW SSB FT8 RTTY; focus on 160-40m for NA|
|Mar 1-10, 2019||107||Lesotho||7P8||LA7THA + team as TBA; details forthcoming; dates tentative|
|Mar 14-22, 2019||173||South Cook Is||E51HMK||DK2HM fm Rarotonga (IOTA OC-013); mainly SSB, some digital; QSL also OK via DK2HM (Buro or direct), Club Log, eQSL|
|Mar 19-Apr 2, 2019||89||Niue||E6ET||5B4ALX; 160-6m, focus on 160 60 30 10m; SSB CW RTTY, some FT8; 1 kw; verticals; QRV for CQ WPX SSB; see Web for full QSL details|
|Apr 21-May 3, 2019||165||French Polynesia||FO||KE1B as FO/KE1B fm Bora Bora I (IOTA OC-067); mainly 20m; FT8; 10w; QSL also OK via KE1B|
|May 7-14, 2019||158||St Vincent||J88PI||GW4DVB fm Palm I (IOTA NA-025, FK92ho); 40-6m; SSB FT8 SSTV|
|Aug 1-31, 2019||74||St Paul||CY9C||12 op team; all bands; all modes; EME; for a period in August to be specified; QSL also OK via WA4DAN direct and Club Log|
|Sep 2-9, 2019||125||Fiji||3D2||DD0VR as TBD; HF; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Sep 9-16, 2019||129||Samoa||5W||DD0VR as TBD; HF; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Sep 16-21, 2019||105||Tonga||A3||DD0VR as TBD; HF; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Sep 23-27, 2019||125||Fiji||3D2||DD0VR as TBD; HF; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|