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||VK3AWG||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||5||20180701||013344||DOWNLOAD|
|2nd||VK7CW||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||5||20180701||015602||DOWNLOAD|
|3rd||VK2IO||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||5||20180701||065115||DOWNLOAD|
|4th||VK3SIM||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||5||20180701||233003|
|5th||VK6WX||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||5||20180702||072500|
|6th||VK5GR||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||5||20180702||113613|
|7th||VK3BDX||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||5||20180703||005800|
|8th||VK3JLS||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||5||20180703||043351|
|9th||VK2AU||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||5||20180704||062400|
|10th||VK2RSG||BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS||5||20180705||061959|
|1st||VK3BDX||13.39|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
|2nd||VK3AWG||13.82|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
|3rd||VK2IO||14.12|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
|4th||VK3JLS||14.74|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
|5th||VK3SIM||18.97|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
|6th||VK5GR||19.81|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
|7th||VK7CW||20.16|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
|8th||VK6WX||20.28|| BAKER HOWLAND ISLANDS|
Most Wanted List: October - December 2018
Most Wanted List: July - September 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.
|Nov 18-Dec 31, 2018||182||Gambia||C5YK||ON7YK fm Bijilo; 60 40 20 17 15 12 10m; FT8 JT65 JT9 RTTY SSB CW; 1kw; Spiderbeam + dipoles; operation to continue until Mar 9, 2019; see qrz.com for full QSL details|
|Nov 21-Dec 31, 2018||25||Minami Torishima||JD1||JG8NQJ as JG8NQJ/JD1 fm Marcus I; 20 17m; CW RTTY Satellite; 50w; HB9CV; spare time operation; end date may be earlier|
|Nov 23-Dec 31, 2018||182||Gambia||C5YK||ON7YK fm Bijilo; 60-6m; mainly FT8, also CW SSB JT65 JT9 RTTY; QSL also OK via ON7YK direct and eQSL; operation to continue until Mar 9, 2019|
|Nov 30-Dec 19, 2018||215||Greenland||OX||SM3UQK as OX/SM3UQK fm Constable Point (Nerlerit Inaat) (HQ80qr); 40 20m; SSB; 100w; wire; QSL OK via SM Buro or direct|
|Dec 2-27, 2018||255||Aruba||P4||DL6RAI as P4/DL6RAI fm IOTA SA-036; focus on low bands; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Dec 4-19, 2018||263||Dominican Republic||HI||DD1GG as DD1GG/HI fm IOTA NA-096; HF; holiday style operation|
|Dec 8-31, 2018||76||South Sudan||Z81D||YI1DZ fm Juba; 80-10m; SSB + digital; spare time operation; to continue for six months|
|Dec 10-22, 2018||42||Kosovo||Z66DH||DK6SP HA8RT OE3FTA YO3IMD; HF; CW SSB Digital (incl. FT8, mostly F/H - DXpedition Mode); 3 stations; QSL also OK via M0SDV|
|Dec 10-31, 2018||226||Curacao||PJ2||SM4KYN as PJ2/SM4KYN fm IOTA SA-099; 80-6m; to continue until Jan 14, 2019|
|Dec 16-25, 2018||281||Madeira||CT9||NZ1C as CT9/NZ1C fm Santana (IOTA AF-014); 40-10m; focus on CW FT8; QSL also OK via DD5ZZ and eQSL|
|Dec 17, 2018-Jan 2, 2019||103||Ogasawara||JD1BMH||JG7PSJ fm Chichijima I (IOTA AS-031); 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via JG7PSJ direct|
|Dec 18-31, 2018||185||Gabon||TR8CR||F8EN fm Libreville; 40-17m; SSB CW; QSL OK via F6AJA (REF Buro or direct); operation to continue for three months|
|Dec 18-31, 2018||197||New Caledonia||FK||F6OBD as FK/F6OBD fm IOTA OC-032; HF; digital modes; wires; to continue until Feb 20, 2019|
|Dec 25-31, 2018||175||Mariana Is||KH0TG||JL1UTS; 160-20m|
|Dec 25, 2018-Jan 8, 2019||75||Vanuatu||YJ0AFU||VK4AFU fm IOTA OC-035; 160-6m; mainly FT8, some CW SSB; 100w; G5RV, inverted L|
|Dec 26, 2018-Jan 1, 2019||175||Mariana Is||KH0TG||7L3PFH fm Tinian I (IOTA OC-086); 160-20m; CW SSB|
|Jan 5-Feb 2, 2019||141||Seychelles||S79AA||OE6MBG fm Baie Lazare and Anse Boileau; 160 80 40 20 15 10m, perhaps 6m; CW SSB; 400w; wires, verticals, perhaps a yagi for the high bands|
|Jan 8-20, 2019||St. Kitts and Nevis||V47UR||W3UR N3OSH fm Calypso Bay (@V47JA); 160-6m; 100w; verticals; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via Club Log and W3UR (preferably via Buro)|
|Jan 9-21, 2019||96||Sierra Leone||9LY1JM||F4AJQ F1ULQ F2DX DL3GA F4DLM F5TVG ON4QX ON7RN fm Banana I (IOTA AF-037); 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY PSK FT8; 4 stations; QSL also OK via F5GSJ and Club Log|
|Jan 14-31, 2019||246||Guadeloupe||FG||F6ITD as FG/F6ITD fm Desirade I (IOTA NA-102); 80-6m; CW SSB + digital (incl FT8); 400w; dipoles; will use TO7D during contests; operation to continue until Mar 13|
|Jan 17-20, 2019||229||Cayman Is||ZF2PG||K8PGJ fm Grand Cayman I (IOTA NA-016, EK99hh); 160-10m; QRV for NAQP SSB; QSL also OK via K8PGJ direct and eQSL|
|Jan 17-29, 2019||87||Chatham I||ZL7||JA0JHQ as ZL7/JA0JHQ fm IOTA OC-038; focus on 160m CW and 6m FT8; also 40-10m; CW FT8; QSL also OK via JA0JHQ direct|
|Jan 18-Feb 14, 2019||110||Rwanda||9X2AW||DF2WO fm Kigali; focus on 160 80 60m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; hexbeam, verticals; also WJ2O w/ his own call; QSL also OK via N2ZN|
|Jan 25-28, 2019||134||Palau||T88PB||JA0JHQ; focus on 160m CW; QRV for CQ 160m CW Contest; will watch 6m FT8 during daylight offtimes; QSL also via JA0JHQ direct: Nobuaki Hosokawa, 1458-25 Okagami, Asao-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 215-0027, Japan; LotW preferred|
|Feb 2-13, 2019||258||Costa Rica||TI5||AA1M as TI5/AA1M and W1USN as TI5/W1USN; HF; CW SSB, some digital, perhaps FM satellite; QSL also OK via AA1M, W1USN respectively (Buro or direct)|
|Feb 11-25, 2019||199||St Kitts and Nevis||V47KA||K1KA; @V47JA; 160-10m, perhaps 6m; focus on FT8 (not Fox-Hound); vertical; QSL also OK via K1KA direct|
|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|
|Feb 15-22, 2019||El Salavador||YS2||KC0W as YS2/KC0W; 80-6m; CW; 1kw; phased verticals; focus on EU/JA|
|Feb 15-25, 2019||81||Burundi||9U4RI||M0KRI; 40 30 20 17 15 10m; CW SSB PSK31; see link for QSL address|
|Feb 16-Mar 5, 2019||28||Central Kiribati||T31EU||DL2AWG DL6JGN DJ9RR DM2AUJ DK5WL PA3EWP fm Canton I; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY, some FT8|
|Feb 22-24, 2019||294||Puerto Rico||KP3RE||KP4RV KP4VP KP3LR KP4RD fm Culebra I (IOTA NA-249); QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Feb 22-Mar 7, 2019||79||Chad||TT8RR||I1HJT I1FQH IW1ARB I2YSB IK2CIO IK2CKR IK2DIA IK2HKT JA3USA; CW SSB RTTY; TT8XX on FT8|
|Feb 27-Mar 6, 2019||161||Galapagos||HD8M||WB2REM W2WCM HC5DX fm Santa Cruz I (IOTA SA-004); 160-6m; CW SSB + digital; QSL also OK via WB2REM and Club Log|
|Mar 1-10, 2019||104||Lesotho||7P8||LA7THA + team as TBA; details forthcoming; dates tentative|
|Mar 1-15, 2019||229||Cayman Is||ZF2CA||G4CWH fm Grand Cayman I (IOTA NA-016); 160-10m; CW SSB; QRV for BERU Contest; exact dates not clear|
|Mar 3-30, 2019||146||Sint Maarten||PJ7AA||AA9A fm IOTA NA-105; 80-10m; CW SSB RTTY JT65|
|Mar 8-16, 2019||201||Bahamas||C6AKT||M1KTA fm nr Glass Window Bridge, Eleuthera I (IOTA NA-001); 80 40 20 15 10m; CW; QSL also OK via M1KTA and Club Log|
|Mar 14-22, 2019||172||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 14-30, 2019||226||Curacao||PJ2||DK5ON as PJ2/DK5ON; 80-6m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; 5w; QSL also OK via DK5ON (Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|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 17-25, 2019||129||Burkina Faso||XT2MAX||DK1MAX; HF; CW FT8; QSL also OK via eQSL; Club Log uploads; no paper QSLs|
|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||157||St Vincent||J88PI||GW4DVB fm Palm I (IOTA NA-025, FK92ho); 40-6m; SSB FT8 SSTV|
|May 20-Jun 19, 2019||222||Guatemala||TG9BBV||VE7BV fm EK44qk; HF; mainly CW, also SSB FT8; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via VE7BV (VE Buro or direct) and eQSL|
|May 25-Jun 1, 2019||290||Luxembourg||LX||GM4UYE GM0OBX MM0OKG MM0OBT MM0JZB MM0VPY as LX/GM4UYE; 40-6m; SSB CW RTTY FT8; QSL also OK via M0OXO|
|Aug 1-31, 2019||72||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||131||Fiji||3D2||DD0VR as TBD; HF; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Sep 9-16, 2019||132||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 20-Oct 6, 2019||115||Uganda||5X0T||Italian Dxpedition Team; HF; SSB CW RTTY, FT8 using 5X0X|
|Sep 23-27, 2019||131||Fiji||3D2||DD0VR as TBD; HF; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Sep 24-Oct 6, 2019||105||Tonga||A35AG||VK5GR VK5XDX VK5AKH fm IOTA OC-049 (AG28hw); 80-10m; SSB CW FT8 RTTY; QRV for OCDX SSB Contest; QSL also OK via M0OXO and eQSL|
|Sep 24-Oct 8, 2019||135||St Pierre and Miquelon||FP||KV1J as FP/KV1J fm Miquelon I; 160-6m; mainly SSB RTTY FT8; some CW; QSL also OK via KV1J (Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|Oct 1-15, 2019||Tokelau||ZK3X||YT1AD UT5UY UR0MC US0KW UW7LL UT8IO UX0LL UA2FZ RW7K R7KW fm IOTA OC-048; 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY PSK31 FT8; up to six K3 stations planned|
|Oct 15-31, 2019||67||Pitcairn I||VP6||international team as TBA; 8 stations planned, each 1kw; yagis and verticals; dates tentative|