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|
|15th||VK5PAS||REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO||42||20181204||131231|
|1st||VK3OHM||24.07|| MACQUARIE ISLAND|
NORTH COOK ISLANDS
|2nd||VK2IO||24.28|| MACQUARIE ISLAND|
NORTH COOK ISLANDS
|3rd||VK6WX||24.82|| MACQUARIE ISLAND|
|4th||VK4HAT||32.70|| MACQUARIE ISLAND|
|5th||VK3BDX||39.36|| DUCIE ISLAND|
REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
NORTH COOK ISLANDS
|6th||VK3KTT||43.19|| DUCIE ISLAND|
REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND
|7th||VK7CW||43.79|| DUCIE ISLAND|
REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
|8th||VK5GR||46.51|| DUCIE ISLAND|
COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN
|9th||VK3SIM||48.18|| DUCIE ISLAND|
|10th||VK3AWG||49.51|| DUCIE ISLAND|
|11th||VK2RSG||53.94|| DUCIE ISLAND|
|12th||VK2KDP||54.74|| DUCIE ISLAND|
|13th||VK2ND||62.61|| DUCIE ISLAND|
SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
|14th||VK5PAS||73.42|| REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO|
|15th||VK3JLS||159.27|| WESTERN KIRIBATI|
Most Wanted List: January - March 2019
Most Wanted List: October - December 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.
|Jan 5-Feb 2, 2019||138||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-Feb 2, 2019||202||St Lucia||J4||G4HSO as J4/G4HSO; HF; mainly CW; 90/10w; end-fed wire; QSL also OK via G4HSO Buro, EA5GL direct, Club Log|
|Jan 12-31, 2019||50||Myanmar||XZ2B||JE2QIZ; 21 MHz and up; CW; 25w; wire; license expires Jun 1, 2019; include 1 IRC or 2USD w/ QSL request; QSL: Dr Akio Taguchi 155-33 Higashi-Matsuyama Seto Aichi 489-0069 Japan|
|Jan 13-25, 2019||160||Galapagos||HC8GET||OE3GEA fm Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristobal Is; 30-10m; 100w; Outbacker, dipole; holiday style operation; QSL OK via Buro or direct|
|Jan 13-31, 2019||231||Panama||H33J||JN1RVS HP3AK HP3SS WA6YJW fm Volcan, Chiriqui (EJ88qs, @HP3AK); 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; focus on 160m FT8, 1.908 MHz simplex FT8 for JA; QSL also OK via JA1HGY 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 15-Feb 4, 2019||243||Barbados||8P9CA||KB8YRX fm Christ Church; HF, mainly 20m; focus on FT8; 1kw; vertical, Buddipole; QSL also OK via KB8YRX|
|Jan 17-29, 2019||88||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 17-Feb 14, 2019||228||Peru||OA||PA3GFE as OA4/PA3GFE; 30-10m; CW + digital; QSL also OK via PA3GFE (Buro or direct)|
|Jan 18-Feb 7, 2019||254||Ecuador||HC1MD||K8LJG; 40-6m; CW SSB FT8; 100w; Windom, 6m Moxon, Outbacker vertical; QSL also OK via K8LJG|
|Jan 18-Feb 14, 2019||126||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 19-31, 2019||138||Seychelles||S70VB||UA4WHX fm La Digue Island (IOTA AF-024); HF; CW SSB + digital; PayPal OK for QSL; end date not specified|
|Jan 21-Feb 6, 2019||60||Somalia||6O1OO||EP3CQ; HF; QSL: Ali Solhjoo, Via Siacci 12, Rome, 00197, Italy|
|Jan 22-29, 2019||328||Canada||VE2||VE3DZ as VE2IM and UT3UA using VE2/UT3UA; CQ Zone 2; focus on 160m for Japan, Far East, and Oceania; inv L, Beverages; QRV for CQ 160m Contest using VE2IM; see Web for more details|
|Jan 22-29, 2019||328||Canada||VO2AC||VE3FU VE9CB VO1HP; fm Point Amour Lighthouse (Labrador, CQ Zone 2); for CQ 160m CW; focus on low bands, esp. 160m outside contest as VO2AC VO2AAA VO1HP, respectively; QSL also OK via VE3FU|
|Jan 22-30, 2019||255||Aruba||P4||DL4MM as P4/DL4MM @P40L; focus on low bands for EU AS JA; CW SSB FT8; QRV as SO in CQ 160m CW Contest using P40AA; QSL also OK via DL4MM (DARC Buro or direct), LotW after 6 months|
|Jan 25-28, 2019||136||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|
|Jan 31-Feb 6, 2019||209||Belize||V31JZ/p||NN7A fm South Water Caye (IOTA NA-180); 80-10m; mainly CW; 100w; wires; QSL OK via Buro or direct, also Club Log|
|Jan 31-Feb 5, 2019||154||Papua New Guinea||P29VCX||G3KHZ, SM6CVX, K5WQG fm Manus I (IOTA OC-025); 40-15m, perhaps 160 80m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via SM6CVX direct|
|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 4-16, 2019||181||Grenada||J3||G4HSO as J3/G4HSO; HF; mainly CW; 90/10w; end-fed wire; QSL also OK via G4HSO Buro, EA5GL direct, Club Log|
|Feb 4-10, 2019||225||Bonaire||PJ4||WW4LL NN9DD as PJ4/WW4LL and PJ4/NN9DD, repspectively; QRV for CQWW WPX RTTY using PJ4Z; QSL also OK via K4BAI, but LotW preferred|
|Feb 4-18, 2019||170||Vietnam||XV9||SP2FUD as XV9FUD and SP2GCJ as XV9ZT; CW SSB + digital; 500w; yagi; QSL also OK via SP2GCJ (Buro or direct)|
|Feb 6-11, 2019||154||Papua New Guinea||P29NI||G3KHZ, SM6CVX, K5WQG fm Daru I (IOTA OC-153); 40-15m, perhaps 160 80m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via SM6CVX direct|
|Feb 7-18, 2019||148||Brunei||V84SAA||K1LZ JT1CO K1ZM KK1ZM PY5EG VK3FY LZ1NK KO8SCA S55M RN5M 9M6KOM RW9USA LZ2HM fm Istana Pantai, Tutong District; focus on low bands; verticals on 160 80m, 4-square on 40m; beachfront location|
|Feb 8-11, 2019||216||Svalbard||JW1QH||LA1QH; 80 20m; SSB; 2m; FM SSB|
|Feb 11-25, 2019||200||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||93||Macao||XX9D||XX9LT + 14 op DL/OZ team; 160-6m; CW SSB FT8 RTTY; focus on 160-40m for NA; QSL also OK via DL4SVA (DARC Buro or direct), see Web for full details|
|Feb 12-26, 2019||215||Jamaica||6Y||G0RNU as 6Y/G0RNU; @6Y5NZ; HF; spare time operation|
|Feb 15-17, 2019||104||Ogasawara||JD1BLY||JI5RPT fm Chichijima I (IOTA AS-031); 630-6m; CW SSB + digital (630m will be JT9); QSL OK via JARL Buro or direct, also eQSL; Twitter updates|
|Feb 15-18, 2019||155||Monaco||3A||EA4NF as 3A/EA4NF; 20m; 5w; end-fed dipole; also satellite|
|Feb 15-25, 2019||77||Burundi||9U4RI||M0KRI (Gustave Dxpedition - Burundi); 40 30 20 17 15 10m; CW SSB PSK31; see link for QSL address|
|Feb 16-23, 2019||180||Gambia||C5DX||G4DJX; 40-10m; CW; 100w; OCF dipole; spare time operation during school trip|
|Feb 16-Mar 5, 2019||27||Central Kiribati||T31EU||DL2AWG DL6JGN DJ9RR DM2AUJ DK5WL PA3EWP fm Canton I; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY, some FT8; QSL also OK via DL2AWG (DARC Buro or direct) or Club Log|
|Feb 16-Mar 18, 2019||170||Vietnam||XV9YM||DL3YM fm Ho Chi Minh City; 40-10m; CW; QSL also OK via DARC Buro and eQSL|
|Feb 19-Mar 6, 2019||170||Vietnam||3W9JF||F6CTF fm Phu Quoc I (IOTA AS-128); mainly 80 40 20 17m; QSL also OK via eQSL|
|Feb 20-Mar 30, 2019||207||Senegal||6W7||ON4AVT as 6W7/ON4AVT fm Warang; 40 20 10m; PSK CW SSB; 100w; holiday style operation|
|Feb 22-24, 2019||294||Puerto Rico||KP3RE||KP4RV KP4VP KP3LR KP4RD fm Culebra I (IOTA NA-249); 80-10m; CW SSB FT8; 100w; delta loops, verticals; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Feb 22-Mar 7, 2019||83||Chad||TT8RR||I1HJT I1FQH IW1ARB I2YSB IK2CIO IK2CKR IK2DIA IK2HKT JA3USA; CW SSB RTTY; TT8XX on FT8|
|Feb 22-Mar 10, 2019||246||Guadeloupe||FG||F6HMQ as FG/F6HMQ and F6GWV as FG/F6GWV fm IOTA NA-102; holiday style operation; QRV for ARRL DX SSB|
|Feb 27-Mar 6, 2019||160||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|
|Feb 28-Mar 8, 2019||203||Turks and Caicos||VP5||AA5UK as VP5/AA5UK fm Providenciales I (IOTA NA-002); 40-10m; SSB + digital and satellites; QSL also OK via AA5UK|
|Mar 1-10, 2019||102||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||145||Sint Maarten||PJ7AA||AA9A fm IOTA NA-105; 80-10m, perhaps 160m; mainly CW FT8, some SSB|
|Mar 8-16, 2019||199||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 10-16, 2019||170||Vietnam||XV9JK||SP5APW fm Cù Lao Thu (Phú Quý Islan (IOTA AS-157); mainly 20 17m; SSB; possbily FT8 on 40 30m if conditions are bad; call sign requested|
|Mar 11-27, 2019||68||Juan Fernandez||XR0ZRC||R7AL RA1ZZ RK8A RL5F RW9JZ CE1TBN fm IOTA SA-005 (FF06oi); 160-10m; CW SSB FT8; 3 sttions; QSL also OK via R7AL (Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|Mar 14-22, 2019||171||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 14-26, 2019||114||Togo||5V7EI||13 op EIDX Group team; 160-10m; SSB CW + digital; 5 QRO stations; QSL also OK via M0OXO|
|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 16-Apr 6, 2019||170||Vietnam||3W9JF||F6CTF fm Hoi An; HF; QSL also OK via eQSL|
|Mar 19-Apr 2, 2019||90||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 14-20, 2019||133||Djibouti||J20DX/p||MM0NDX MM0OKG fm Moucha I (IOTA AF-053) and Sept Frere I (AF-059); dates tentative; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Apr 15-22, 2019||82||American Samoa||KH8||OZ0J and OZ1RH as TBA; CW SSB + digital (incl FT8); QSL also OK via Club Log (see Web for full details)|
|Apr 17-25, 2019||137||Burkina Faso||XT2MAX||DK1MAX; HF; CW FT8; QSL also OK via eQSL; Club Log uploads; no paper QSLs|
|Apr 21-May 3, 2019||164||French Polynesia||FO||KE1B as FO/KE1B fm Bora Bora I (IOTA OC-067); mainly 20m; FT8; 10w; QSL also OK via KE1B (Buro or direct), Club Log (preferred), eQSL|
|May 3-5, 2019||134||Fiji||3D2AS||G0VJG; 40-10m; SSB FT8; 300w; Hexbeam|
|May 6-20, 2019||Wallis and Futuna||FW||G0VJG as TBA; 80-10m; SSB FT8; 300w; Hexbeam|
|May 7-14, 2019||159||St Vincent||J88PI||GW4DVB fm Palm I (IOTA NA-025, FK92ho); 40-6m; SSB FT8 SSTV|
|May 20-22, 2019||134||Fiji||3D2AS||G0VJG; 40-10m; SSB FT8; 300w; Hexbeam|
|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||292||Luxembourg||LX||GM4UYE GM0OBX MM0OKG MM0OBT MM0JZB MM0VPY as LX/GM4UYE; 40-6m; SSB CW RTTY FT8; QSL also OK via M0OXO|
|Jun 23-25, 2019||229||Cayman Is||ZF2CJ||JJ2RCJ; @ZF1A; 80-10m; focus on FT8; QSL also OK via Club Log and JJ2RCJ direct (no IRCs)|
|Jun 25-Jul 2, 2019||135||Saba and St Eustatius||PJ5||W9DR as PJ5/W9DR fm Sint Eustatius I (IOTA NA-145, FK87ml); 6m; SSB CW FT8|
|Jun 26-28, 2019||215||Jamaica||6Y3Y||JJ2RCJ; @6Y5WJ; 80-10m; focus on FT8; QSL also OK via Club Log and JJ2RCJ direct (no IRCs)|
|Aug 1-31, 2019||71||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||134||Fiji||3D2||DD0VR as TBD; HF; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Sep 9-16, 2019||140||Samoa||5W||DD0VR as TBD; HF; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Sep 16-21, 2019||109||Tonga||A3||DD0VR as TBD; HF; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Sep 20-Oct 6, 2019||112||Uganda||5X0T||Italian Dxpedition Team; HF; SSB CW RTTY, FT8 using 5X0X|
|Sep 23-27, 2019||134||Fiji||3D2||DD0VR as TBD; HF; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Sep 24-Oct 6, 2019||109||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||131||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 N7QT VE7NY fm IOTA OC-048; 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY PSK31 FT8; up to six K3 stations planned; Full QSL details on Web|
|Oct 15-31, 2019||67||Pitcairn I||VP6||AA7A EY8MM JR4OZR K0IR K0PC K9CT N2TU N4GRN N6HC W0GJ W0VTT W6IZT W8HC WB9Z; all bands; all modes; 8 stations planned each 1kw; yagis and verticals; dates tentative|
|Nov 17-30, 2019||170||Vietnam||XV9D||By RM2D; focus on 160-40m; main goal is to provide ATNOs and new band points on low bands; QRV for CQWW DX CW; QSL also OK via EA5GL direct|