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.
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 event of a tie in the "Most Wanted" category, the winner will be the first station to work the most wanted DXCC entity chronologically. In the rare event of 2 winning entries with the same DXCC entity specifying the same QSO time and date, 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|
North Cook Islands
North Cook Islands
Republic Of The Congo
North Cook Islands
North Cook Islands
North Cook Islands
North Cook Islands
Most Wanted List: July - September 2017
Most Wanted List: April - June 2017
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 2-Oct 10, 2017||So Shetland Is||HF0ARC||SQ1SGB fm King George I (IOTA AN-010, GC07su); 40m (22-23z) 20m (21-22z); SSB JT65 JT9; 100w; delta loop|
|Sep 6-Oct 1, 2017||161||French Polynesia||FO||DF1YP as FO/DF1YP fm Moorea I (IOTA OC-046, BH52cm, WWFF FFF-0178); 20-15m; SSB + digital; holiday style operation|
|Sep 9-29, 2017||140||Zimbabwe||Z21NRT||G4NRT fm Borrowdale; 80-6m; SSB CW PSK JT65/9 FT8; 100w; wires; QSL also OK via G4NRT direct, Club Log, eQSL|
|Sep 12-28, 2017||82||Cocos and Keeling||VK9CGJ||W7GJ; 6m; mainly EME, some SSB CW; exact dates uncertain|
|Sep 14-25, 2017||108||Niue||E6AG||VK5GR; 40-6m, perhaps 80m; mainly digital, some SSB; 500w; vertical folded dipole; QSL also OK via M0OXO OQRS, Club Log, eQSL, VK5GR Buro|
|Sep 15-25, 2017||128||Botswana||A25||RM0F as A25BI, R2AD as A25SP, RC5A as A25BE fm Kasane; 160-6m; CW SSB; QSL OK via Buro or direct; A25BI and A25BE will use LotW|
|Sep 16-28, 2017||143||Mauritania||5T5OK||OK1BOA OK1CRM OK6DJ OK1GK OK2ZA OK2ZI 5T2AI fm Nouakchott; 160-6m; SSB CW RTTY; 100w; yagis, verticals; QSL also OK via OK6DJ|
|Sep 18-24, 2017||259||Guernsey||MU||NB-DX Team as MU/ON4ANN fm IOTA EU-114; focus on 80 60 40 30m; QSL also OK via the M0URX OQRS|
|Sep 18-Oct 26, 2017||143||Mauritania||5T5OK||OK1BOA OK1CRM OK6DJ OK1GK OK2ZI 5T2AI fm IK18xc;160-6m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via OK6DJ and Club Log|
|Sep 20-26, 2017||142||Palau||T88XA||JA3KIO fm Koror Island (IOTA OC-009); 160-10m; CW SSB; yagi + dipoles; QSL also OK via JA3KIO (Buro or direct)|
|Sep 20-28, 2017||240||Greenland||OX3LX||OZ1DJJ fm Ilulissat City (GP49kf); spare time operation|
|Sep 22-27, 2017||132||Fernando de Noronha||PY0F||PP1CZ as PY0F/PP1CZ; 80-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Sep 22-30, 2017||189||Reunion||FR||F8FUA as FR/F8FUA; CW SSB + digital; Buddipole; holiday style operation|
|Sep 23-25, 2017||273||Crete||SV9||DM1OS fm IOTA EU-187); IOTA frequencies; SSB|
|Sep 25-Oct 9, 2017||251||Malta||9H||SP9MRO as 9H3I and SP9PX as 9H3QQ fm Gozo I; 40-12m; CW SSB RTTY; 100w; dipoles, groundplane; QSL also OK via SP9SX|
|Sep 27-Oct 2, 2017||115||Micronesia||V63||JR1FKR as V63FKR and JH1MLO as V63MLO fm Pohnpei I (IOTA OC-010, QJ96cx); HF; SSB RTTY; QSL OK via JARL Buro or direct|
|Sep 28-Oct 30, 2017||157||Burkina Faso||XT2AW||DF2WO; 40-10m; CW SSB + digital; hex beam, dipole|
|Sep 29-Oct 8, 2017||89||Bhutan||A5A||JH1AJT VR2KF E21EIC; 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via JH1AJT: PO Box 8, Oiso, Naka-gun, Kanagawa 259-0111, Japan|
|Sep 29-Oct 10, 2017||189||Reunion||FR||ON6KE as FR/ON6KE; 80-10m; CW JT65 FT8; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via Club Log and eQSL|
|Sep 30-Oct 20, 2017||42||Temotu||H40GC||LZ1GC; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY PSK; QSL also OK via LZ1GC or Club Log|
|Oct 2-10, 2017||81||Christmas I||VK9XI||VK3FY VK3GK VK3TZ KO8SCA; 160-10m, fcous on low bands; SSB CW RTTY; 2 stations; QRV for Oceania SSB Contest|
|Oct 2-19, 2017||81||Christmas I||VK9XGJ||W7GJ; 6m; mainly EME, some SSB CW; exact dates uncertain|
|Oct 3-13, 2017||241||Dodecanese||SV5||DK7TX as SV5/DK7TX fm Kos, Kalymnos, Nisyros, Telendos Is (IOTA EU-001); QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Oct 3-17, 2017||290||Madeira||CT9||DL8JS as CT9/DL8JS, DF6QP and DJ8VC likewise; all bands; all modes|
|Oct 5-10, 2017||144||East Kiribati||T32AZ||KH6QJ fm Kirimati I (IOTA OC-024); focus on 40m; QRV for Oceania DX Phone; QSL OK via Buro or direct|
|Oct 6-9, 2017||156||Guantanamo||KG4HH||W2DZO; 160-10m, SSB/CW; spare time operation; include SASE w/ QSL request|
|Oct 6-13, 2017||156||Guantanamo||KG4LA||KQ4LA; 160-10m, SSB/CW; spare time operation; QSL also OK via KQ4LA|
|Oct 6-20, 2017||156||Guantanamo||KG4HF||W6HGF; 160-10m, SSB/CW; spare time operation; QSL also OK via W6HGF|
|Oct 7-15, 2017||122||Maldives||8Q7BI||MM0VEG fm South Ari Atoll, Machchafushi; 20m; SSB, perhaps PSK; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Oct 10-17, 2017||82||Cocos Keeling I||VK9CI||VK3FY VK3GK VK3TZ KO8SCA; 160-10m, focus on low bands; SSB CW RTTY; 2 stations; QRV for Oceania CW Contest|
|Oct 11-17, 2017||142||Palau||T8||JH7IPR as T88UR and JQ6FQI as T88WM fm Koror I (IOTA OC-009); 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via JH7IPR and JQ6FQI|
|Oct 12-19, 2017||89||Bhutan||A52SJ||N6SJ; 160m; CW; 500w; Inverted L, Beveridge; focus on NA west coast; QSL also OK via Club Log and TBD|
|Oct 12-21, 2017||150||Sao Tome and Principe||S9CQ||EA5IDQ; 80-6m; SSB RTTY; 500w; Hexbeam + dipoles; QSL also OK via EA5IDQ|
|Oct 12-24, 2017||111||Laos||XW4XR||3W3B; 60-6m; CW, and emphasison FT8; QSL also OK via E21EIC|
|Oct 14-21, 2017||117||St Helena||ZD7VDE||G0VDE; 80-10m; SSB, RTTY PSK31, perhaps FT8, CW; amplifier; vertical, wires; QSL also OK via Club Log; dates tentative|
|Oct 15-18, 2017||55||Bangladesh||S2||G3KHZ SM6CVX DL6KVA G4EDG S21ED S21TV as TBA fm Bhola I (IOTA AS-140); 40-15m; CW SSB; vertical dipoles; dates approximate|
|Oct 15-Nov 7, 2017||228||St Kitts and Nevis||V47JA||W5JON fm Calypso Bay, St Kitts; 160-6m, incl 60m; SSB; yagi on 6m, verticals, dipole; QRV for CQWW DX SSB; QSL also OK via W5JON direct|
|Oct 15-Dec 15, 2017||22||Minami Torishima||JD1||JG8NQJ as JG8NQJ/JD1 fm Marcus I (IOTA OC-073, QL64xg); 80-6m; CW RTTY|
|Oct 16-23, 2017||181||Mauritius||3B8||IW2NEF as 3B8/IW2NEF fm Flic en Flac (IOTA AF-049); HF; wire vertical|
|Oct 17-25, 2017||264||Barbados||8P9||WB2YQH as 8P9RN, WF2S and W2KKZ as 8P9KZ fm Christchurch (IOTA NA-021); 80-10m; CW SSB + digital; QSL also OK via Club Log; 8P9SL will upload to LotW|
|Oct 17-26, 2017||130||St Barthelemy||FJ||AI5P as FJ/AI5P and N0KV W0ZA WD0E as FJ/N0KV fm IOTA NA-146; 80-10m; SSB CW RTTY; 500w; StepIR vertical and Hexbeam; QSL FJ/N0KV via LotW and N0KV, FJ/AI5P via AI5P|
|Oct 18-29, 2017||113||Palestine||E44WE||SP9FIH fm KM71oq; 30 15 12 10m; SSB PSK63, maybe RTTY; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Oct 20-27, 2017||76||Tuvalu||T2||3D2AG as TBD fm Funafuti Atoll; 160-6, incl 60m; CW SSB + digital; spare time operation; dates tentative|
|Oct 20-Nov 1, 2017||153||Seychelles||S79KB||DL2SBY; 80-10m; SSB CW,focus on RTTY; 400w; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Oct 20-Nov 5, 2017||128||Botswana||A25A||NJ0F; QRV for CQWW DX SSB|
|Oct 21-25, 2017||55||Bangladesh||S2||G3KHZ SM6CVX DL6KVA G4EDG S21ED S21TV as TBA fm St Martin's I (IOTA AS-127); 40-15m; CW SSB; vertical dipoles; dates approximate|
|Oct 22-Nov 6, 2017||82||Cocos Keeling||VK9CZ||GM3WOJ GM4YXI; 160-10m; SSB CW; QRV for CQWW DX SSB|
|Oct 26-26, 2017||89||Bhutan||A52SJ||N6SJ; 160m; CW; 500w; Inverted L, Beveridge; focus on NA west coast; QSL also OK via Club Log and TBD|
|Oct 27-31, 2017||160||Cyprus SBA||ZC4MK||G0KOM; 40-10m; vertical; perhaps QRV for CQWW DX SSB; QSL OK via G0KOM (RSGB Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|Oct 31-Nov 4, 2017||112||Liberia||5L3BI||EL2BG EL2DT EI5GM EI9FBB MM0NDX fm Baiyah I (AF-111); CW SSB; verticals; dates tentative; first ever activation of AF-111; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Nov 3-16, 2017||29||Mellish Reef||VK9MA||N7QT SM5AQD DL3DXX LB8DC N9ADG SM1ALH SM5GLC W5XU WJ2O fm IOTA OC-072; 160-10m, w/ focus on 160-20m; CW SSB RTTY; 5 stns planned; QSL also OK via Club Log (preferred), eQSL, N7QT (Buro or direct)|
|Nov 4-10, 2017||264||Barbados||8P9MT||WT4BT fm Upper Carlton (IOTA NA-021); HF; QSL also OK via WT4BT|
|Nov 4-12, 2017||264||Barbados||8P9BT||N7BF fm IOTA NA-021; 40-10m; SSB|
|Nov 5-10, 2017||248||Guadeloupe||FG||K2HVN as FG/K2HVN fm Ste Anne; 40-10m; mainly CW, some SSB; 100w; Buddipole; possibly using TO2E|
|Nov 6-17, 2017||68||Burundi||9U4M||IZ8CCW I2VGW + international team fm Bujumbura; 160-10m; SSB CW RTTY FT8; 5 stations, 24hrs/day; QSL also OK via IK2VUC (Buro or direct)|
|Nov 6-20, 2017||213||Montserrat||VP2MDL||DL7DF DJ6TF DK1BT DL4WK DL7UFR DL7VEE SP3DOI; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY PSK31; QSL also OK via DL7DF (Buro or direct)|
|Nov 7-10, 2017||305||Australia||VK9AR||VK5CE AB5EB AD5A fm Ashmore Reef (IOTA OC-216, 5th rarest IOTA) 4 days during this period; 40-15m; SSB + slow CW; see Web for full QSL details|
|Nov 7-Dec 4, 2017||178||Tanzania||5H3DX||NK8O; 40-6m; mainly CW; QSL also OK via NK8O direct and eQSL|
|Nov 8-15, 2017||228||St Kitts and Nevis||V4||G0FWX as V4/G0FWX fm Calypso Bay, St Kitts; HF; holiday style operation|
|Nov 10-13, 2017||218||Svalbard||JW||DL2JRM as JW/DL2JRM; HF|
|Nov 13-25, 2017||100||Guinea Bissau||J5T||I1HJT I2YSB IK2CIO IK2CKR IK2DIA IK2HKT IK2RZP JA3USA fm Bubaque I (IOTA AF-020); 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; 4 stations; QSL also OK via I2YSB and OQRS|
|Nov 16-30, 2017||130||St Barthelemy||TO2SP||SP3CYY SP3GEM SP6EQZ SP6IXF SP6JIU K1CC; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; 4 stations; QSL also OK via SP6IXF Buro|
|Nov 18-30, 2017||225||Belize||V34AO||DL7VOA fm Hopkins (EK56uu); 160-10m; mainly CW; 100w; various antennas; holiday style operation; QRV for CQWW DX CW|
|Nov 20-29, 2017||148||Ghana||9G5W||S54W S59A S57UN S57GM S57SU S59ZZ OZ7AM; 160-10m, focus on low bands; CW SSB RTTY; 4 stations; QSL also OK via S59ZZ (LotW after 6 mos)|
|Nov 23-Dec 12, 2017||168||Rodrigues I||3B9HA||G0CKV; focus on low bands; holiday style apart from CQWW DX CW|
|Nov 29-Dec 7, 2017||183||Galapagos||HC8LU||LU8YD LU3YK LU5FF LU7VB LU7YS LU9VEA fm San Cristobal; 160-6m; SSB JT65 FT8 PSK31 + Sat|
|Nov 30-Dec 8, 2017||182||St Martin||FS||K9EL as FS/K9EL, W9ILY and W9MK likewise; 160-10m, focus on 160 80m; CW SSB RTTY, perhaps PSK63; 3 stations; QSL also OK via home_call (Buro or direct)|
|Jan 10-23, 2018||192||Jamaica||6Y6J||JA3HJI JA3UJR JH3LSS JI3DNN JA3AVO; 160-6m; CW SSB + digital; QSL also OK via JA3AVO (JARL Buro or direct), Club Log|
|Jan 21-27, 2018||165||St Vincent||J88PI||GW4DVB fm Palm I (IOTA NA-025, FK92ho); 40-6m; mainly SSB|
|Jan 24-30, 2018||274||Aruba||P4||DL4MM as P4/DL4MM; focus on 160 80m for JA and Asia; QRV using P40AA during CQ 160m CW as SO assisted|
|Jan 24-Feb 19, 2018||214||Guatemala||TG9||VE7BV as TG9/VE7BV; 40 20 17 15 12m; holiday style operation; perhaps some HR5 activity fm Copan Ruinas|
|Jan 25-Mar 14, 2018||2||Bouvet I||3Y0Z||EY8MM HA5AO JR4OZR K0IR K4UEE K9CT LA6VM N4GRN N6HC N9TK NM1Y PA5M SM5AQD VA7DX VE7CT W0GJ W6IZT W8HC WB9Z; 160-10m; tentative dates|
|Mar 1-7, 2018||208||Angola||D2TI||MM0NDX + others fm Tigres I (IOTA AF-108P, 1st ever activation)|
|Mar 5-Apr 4, 2018||133||Sint Maarten||PJ7AA||AA9A; 80-10m, incl 60; CW SSB + digital; Buddipole; QSL also OK via AA9A|
|Mar 10-17, 2018||161||French Polynesia||TX5X||W0ZRJ KH6OO fm Tahiti (IOTA OC-046); HF; mainly CW, perhaps some SSB JT9; 100w; QSL also OK via KH6OO direct|
|Mar 2-19, 2018||88||Vanuatu||YJ0GB||G7VJR fm Epule, Efate I (IOTA OC-035); HF; multiple modes|
|Mar 10-20, 2018||70||Spratly Is||9M0W||YT1AD HL5FUA AD6E K9JM YT3W ZL3WW K6MKF K6SZR N6TQS VK3FY VK3GK DU1UD; HF + 6m; CW SSB + digita; exact dates TBA|
|Apr 10-24, 2018||40||Agalega and St Brandon||3B7||F2DX F4BKV F4FET F4HAU F5CWU F5PTM F5UFX F6AGM fm St Brandon I (IOTA AF-015); 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY; 7 stns|
|Jun 17-23, 2018||Baker I||KH1||N1DG N4XP K6TD + team as TBA; 160-6m; CW SSB + digital; QSL also OK via Club Log (preferred) and K4TSJ direct (w/ SASE or $2 or 2 Euros); dates tentative|
|Aug 1-9, 2018||St Paul I||CY9C||WA4DAN N0TG K4ZLE AA4NC N8AA VA3QR WW2DX W2RE N2IEN N5TG; 160-6m; SSB CW RTTY EME SAT, maybe FT8; QSL also OK via WA4DAN and Club Log|