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: 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.
|Sep 20-Oct 22, 2018||48||Tristan da Cunha||ZD9CW||G4EDG; 40-15m, perhaps 80m; mainly CW RTTY, some SSB; QSL also OK via LZ1JZ|
|Oct 2-29, 2018||80||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 3-27, 2018||170||Vietnam||XV9WJR||WA7WJR fm Vung Tau, Con Son I (IOTA AS-128) and Phu Quoc I (IOTA AS-128); 40 20 15m; mainly CW, some PSK31 and SSB; QSL also OK via WA7WJR and eQSL|
|Oct 6-21, 2018||234||Cape Verde||D44TWO||DF2WO fm Praia Baixo, Santiago (IOTA AF-005); focus on 160 80m; CW SSB FT8 JT65; multiband dipole, toploaded vertical|
|Oct 7-31, 2018||128||South Shetland Is||DT8A||DS4NMJ fm Korean Antarctic base King Se-Jong on King George I (IOTA AN-010); 40 20 17 15 12m; mainly CW, some SSB FT8; QSL also OK via HL2UVH; operation to continue until the end of Dec|
|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; VK9EV will use LotW|
|Oct 9-27, 2018||214||Reunion||FR||DJ7RJ as FR/DJ7RJ; 160-10m; CW SSB; 600w; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct; also holiday style FR/DL9HAL (QSL via M0OXO)|
|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 12-19, 2018||255||Aruba||P4||NN5E as P4/NN5E and NT5V as P4/NT5V; 80-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8|
|Oct 12-21, 2018||121||Maldives||8Q||9V1YC as 8Q7YC and PE7T as 8Q7PE fm Ukulhas I; 80-10m; mainly CW; QSL 8Q7YC via W5UE, 8Q7PE via PE7T Buro only|
|Oct 12-22, 2018||125||Laos||XW4XR||3W3B; 40-6m; CW RTTY FT8; QSL also OK via E21EIC|
|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 16-22, 2018||267||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 17-25, 2018||200||St Lucia||J68SL||WF2S fm Gros Inlet; FT8; also J6/K1ZZI using CW (also QSL via LotW)|
|Oct 17-29, 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 18-25, 2018||132||Samoa||5W2IQ||WB2IQU fm Apia (IOTA OC-097); 40 20 15 10m|
|Oct 18-Nov 7, 2018||176||Kenya||5Z||WA5A as 5Z/WA5A fm Ruaka; 40 20 17m; fan dipole at 110 ft|
|Oct 20-29, 2018||Ivory Coast||TU5MH||DF3FS; CW SSB; QSL requests via Club Log (your card not needed)|
|Oct 20-30, 2018||225||Bonaire||PJ4||NE9U as PJ4/NE9U; QSL also OK via NE9U (Buro or direct with SASE)|
|Oct 20-Nov 3, 2018||19||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 21-Nov 1, 2018||123||St Barthelemy||FJ||F6CUK as FJ/F6CUK; all bands; SSB CW; wires; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via F6CUK (REF Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|Oct 22-30, 2018||129||Burkina Faso||XT2SZZ||S54W S57L S58Y S59ZZ S50A; HF + 6m; QRV for CQWW DX SSB|
|Oct 24-Nov 28, 2018||167||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 24-29, 2018||103||Ogasawara||JD1BNA||JD1BNA fm Hahajima I (IOTA AS-031); mainly 160-40m; QSL: Nick Seki, 4-731-6 Sakuragi, Omiya-Ku, Saitama-C, Saitama, 330-0854, Japan|
|Oct 26-29, 2018||111||Marshall Is||V73||JA0RQV as TBD fm Majuro (IOTA OC-029); 80-6m; CW SSB; 100w; vertical|
|Oct 26-Nov 2, 2018||252||Martinique||FM||DL7VOG as FM/DL7VOG; HF; CW RTTY FT8, SSB on request; QSL also OK via DL7VOG (DARC Buro or direct)|
|Oct 26-Nov 6, 2018||133||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||132||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||246||Guadeloupe||FG||SM7RYR as FG/SM7RYR fm IOTA NA-102; 20m; CW; 100w; vertical|
|Oct 27-Nov 11, 2018||112||Palestine||E44WE||SP9FIH; 20 17 15m, perhaps 160m; mainly SSB, some RTTY, perhaps FT8; 100w; Spiderbeam, vertical; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|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 3-13, 2018||177||Madagascar||5R8UP||OE7AJH OE7KUT fm IOTA AF-013; 40-10m, perhaps 80m; CW SSB|
|Nov 3-25, 2018||200||St Lucia||J68GU||DL7VOG; HF; CW RTTY FT8, SSB on request; QRV for WAE RTTY and CQWW DX CW; QSL also OK via DL7VOG (DARC Buro or direct)|
|Nov 5-9, 2018||119||Liberia||EL||EL2EF MM0NDX MM0OKG as EL2EL/4 fm Telengbe I (new) (IOTA AF-111); mainly 40-17m, but will check propagation on other bands; mainly SSB, some CW FT8; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Nov 5-30, 2018||177||Madagascar||5R8IC||F6ICX fm Sainte-Marie I (IOTA AF-090); mainly CW, perhaps RTTY BPSK SSB; 100w; Hexbeam, wires; QSL OK via F6ICX direct; holiday style operation to continue until February 2019|
|Nov 6-10, 2018||71||Cocos Keeling||VK9CH||DF8AN; 160-6m; CW + digital (incl FT8); QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct + eQSL (late)|
|Nov 6-20, 2018||241||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 11-25, 2018||246||Guadeloupe||TO40R||Radio Club Guadeloupe (FG4KH) members; HF|
|Nov 15-30, 2018||25||Minami Torishima||JD1||JG8NQJ as JG8NQJ/JD1 fm Marcus I; 20 17m; CW RTTY Satellite; 50w; HB9CV; spare time operation; begin date uncertain; to continue until mid February 2019|
|Nov 16-27, 2018||105||Tonga||A35EU||PA3EWP GM4FDM PA4WM EI5IX; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY, some FT8; focus on EU; high power; VDAs, verticals, inv L; QSL also OK via GM4FDM direct (w/ SAE + $3) or Buro and Club Log|
|Nov 17-23, 2018||120||Iran||EP6RRC||R7AL RA1ZZ RK8A RW5D RZ3K UA3EDQ UA1ZZ EP2LMA fm Shif I (IOTA AS-189); 160-10m; CW SSB FT8; 3 stations; VDAs, GPs, W3DXX, EWE|
|Nov 17-23, 2018||180||Montserrat||VP2MUW||M0VFC M0BLF M0WUT; 80-10m; CW SSB; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Nov 17-Dec 8, 2018||146||Sint Maarten||PJ7AA||AA9A; 80-10m, incl 60; CW SSB + digital; Buddipole; QSL also OK via AA9A|
|Nov 18-Dec 2, 2018||170||Vietnam||XV9D||RM9D; 40-10m, perhaps 80m; QSL also OK via RM2D direct|
|Nov 19-25, 2018||100||Micronesia||V63PSK||JA1FMN fm Weno I (IOTA OC-011); 40-15m; FT8 JT65; after 09z; holiday style operation|
|Nov 19-26, 2018||100||Micronesia||V63DX||JA7HMZ fm Pohnpei (IOTA OC-010); 160-10m; focus on 160m FT8 for Europe; QSL also OK via JA7HMZ direct|
|Nov 19-28, 2018||196||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||202||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 FS/home_call; 160 80m focus; will try to include FT8 in fox/hound mode; high power|
|Nov 30-Dec 10, 2018||180||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 4-18, 2018||165||French Polynesia||TX0A||VE3LYC KO8SCA fm Maria Est Atoll (IOTA OC-113) (activated last 28 years ago) and Morane Atoll (IOTA OC-297P) (new reference)|
|Dec 5-11, 2018||102||East Kiribati||T32NH||JA0JHQ fm Christmas I (IOTA OC-024); 160-6m; CW FT8; QSL also OK via JA0JHQ direct: Nobuaki Hosokawa, 1458-25 Okagami, Asao-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, 215-0027, Japan|
|Dec 7-9, 2018||209||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|
|Feb 16-Mar 5, 2019||T31EU||T31EU||DL2AWG DL6JGN DJ9RR DM2AUJ DK5WL PA3EWP fm Canton I; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY, some 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 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 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||157||St Vincent||J88PI||GW4DVB fm Palm I (IOTA NA-025, FK92ho); 40-6m; SSB FT8 SSTV|
|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 23-27, 2019||131||Fiji||3D2||DD0VR as TBD; HF; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|