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|
|1st||VK5PAS||PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS||16||20170829||055938||DOWNLOAD|
|4th||VK3SIM||NORTH COOK ISLANDS||66||20170820||025800|
|5th||VK3LDB||NORTH COOK ISLANDS||66||20170905||023345|
|1st||VK5PAS||46.66|| PRINCE EDWARD & MARION ISLANDS|
|2nd||VK3MEG||70.41|| WAKE ISLAND|
|3rd||VK7CW||71.20|| TEMOTU PROVINCE|
|4th||VK3SIM||77.70|| NORTH COOK ISLANDS|
|5th||VK3LDB||78.73|| NORTH COOK ISLANDS|
|9th||VK6WX||92.34|| MARQUESAS ISLANDS|
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
|10th||VK5GR||92.46|| MARQUESAS ISLANDS|
|11th||VK2AKB||102.54|| MARQUESAS ISLANDS|
|15th||VK2KDP||212.70|| EASTERN KIRIBATI|
SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
|16th||VK2DEK||224.62|| SRI LANKA|
|17th||VK2ND||233.06|| FIJI ISLANDS|
Most Wanted List: January - March 2018
Most Wanted List: October - December 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.
|Dec 30, 2017-Jan 18, 2018||163||Burkina Faso||XT2AW||DF2WO; CW SSB FT8; hexbeam, dipoles; start date tentative; QSL also OK via M0OXO|
|Jan 1-31, 2018||130||So Shetland Is||RI50ANO||UA1OJL fm Belligshausen Station; HF; QSL also OK via RN1ON and Club Log; operation to continue until Mar 31|
|Jan 3-16, 2018||54||Somalia||6O6O||LA7GIA KO8SCA; 160-10m; mainly CW; 2 stations; amps; extensive selection of antennas; QSL also OK via M0OXO and Club Log|
|Jan 8-22, 2018||163||Burkina Faso||XT2AW||DF2WO; HF; CW SSB + digital|
|Jan 9-23, 2018||115||Laos||XW4FB||KB4FB; holiday style operation|
|Jan 10-24, 2018||217||Panama||HP||AA4NC as HP/AA4NC fm several different HP call areas; 160-6m; CW SSB FT8; 100w; wires; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via AA4NC direct (w/ SASE)|
|Jan 11-22, 2018||191||Jamaica||6Y6J||JA3HJI JA3UJR JH3LSS JI3DNN JA3AVO; 160-6m; CW SSB + digital; QSL also OK via JA3AVO (JARL Buro or direct), Club Log|
|Jan 11-17, 2018||213||Qatar||A71DLH||DK2DO DL1BDF DF4HR; Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club; HF; CW SSB + digital|
|Jan 13-21, 2018||247||Cayman Is||ZF2PG||K8PGJ fm Grand Cayman I (IOTA NA-016); 160-10m; SSB; QSL also OK via K8PGJ direct|
|Jan 14-20, 2018||244||Guadeloupe||FG||DF3BW DD0VR as FG/DD0VR; 40 20 15 10m; SSB|
|Jan 14-21, 2018||83||Vanuatu||YJ0CA||VK2YUS fm Efate (IOTA OC-035); 40 20m; SSB|
|Jan 14-23, 2018||67||Eritrea||E31A||JH1AJT DJ9ZB RA9USU RZ3FW E21EIC fm Asmara; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; JH1AHT also QRV fm Dahlak I (IOTA AF-038) using E39DI; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Jan 16-Feb 8, 2018||226||Curacao||PJ2||PA0VDV as PJ2/PA0VDV fm IOTA SA-009; focus on 80m; CW; QSL OK via Buro or direct|
|Jan 20-Feb 10, 2018||242||Ecuador||HC1MD||NE8Z fm Tumbaco; 40-6m; CW SSB; Carolina Windom, 2 ele Moxon on 6m; also HC1MD/2 from Punta Blanca and HC1MD/7 fm Papallacta Volcano; QSL also OK via K8LJG direct|
|Jan 21-27, 2018||160||St Vincent||J88PI||GW4DVB fm Palm I (IOTA NA-025, FK92ho); 40-6m; mainly SSB|
|Jan 23-30, 2018||253||Thailand||HS0ZEG||KB4FB; holiday style operation|
|Jan 24-30, 2018||273||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 24-31, 2018||161||Cyprus SBA||ZC4A||5B4AGN + team; 160-10m; focus on CW, some SSB + digital; 2 or 3 stations; your QSL not required|
|Jan 24-Feb 19, 2018||215||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|
|Jan 27-31, 2018||144||Palau||T88PB||JA0JHQ fm Koror I (IOTA OC-009); HF; QRV for CQ WW 160-Meter CW|
|Jan 27-Feb 1, 2018||128||Fernando de Noronha||PY0||PY2NDX as PY0F/PY2NDX; HF|
|Jan 28-Feb 5, 2018||149||Mozambique||C9||PA5X as C8X and PG5M as C81G fm Ibo I (IOTA AF-061); 80-10m, incl 60m; CW SSB FT8; 1kw; 5 band Hexbeam, verticals|
|Jan 28-Feb 10, 2018||99||Comoros||D68I||IK5BCM IK5CBE IK5CRH; 80-10m fm IOTA AF-007; CW SSB + digital|
|Jan 29-Feb 12, 2018||225||St Kitts and Nevis||V47UR||W3UR fm Calypso Bay (FK87pg); 160-6m; CW SSB FT8; spare time operation; QSL also OK via NR6M OQRS and Club Log|
|Jan 29-Mar 15, 2018||244||Guadeloupe||FG||F6ITD as FG/F6ITD fm la Desirade (IOTA NA-102, LH GUA005, FFF1000); 160-6m; SSB CW + digital; 500w|
|Feb 1-5, 2018||144||Palau||T88XS||JL3WXS; HF|
|Feb 1-7, 2018||108||Papua New Guinea||P29VXG||JA1XGI fm Rabual, New Britain I (IOTA OC-008, QI65dp); 160-30m; CW; focus on 160m for EU and NA; QSL also OK via JA1XGI|
|Feb 1-15, 2018||217||Panama||HP8||W1USN as HP8/W1USN and AA1M as HP8/AA1M; HF; CW SSB + digital; QSL also OK via home_call (Buro or direct)|
|Feb 1-28, 2018||230||Senegal||6W||ON4AVT as 6W/ON4AVT; 20m; PSK SSB; 100w; Buddipole; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Feb 8-12, 2018||222||Belize||V31VP||WB0TEV; 80-10m; mainly SSB RTTY; QRV for CQ WW WPX RTTY contest w/ KK7JS; QSL OK via Buro or direct, also Club Log|
|Feb 8-14, 2018||222||Belize||V31JZ/p||NN7A fm South Water Caye (IOTA NA-180); 160-10m; mainly CW; QSL OK via ARRL Buro or direct, also via Club Log|
|Feb 9-16, 2018||199||Gambia||C5DX||G4DJX M6LPJ M6POG M6MXD M6SQO; HF; CW SSB; 400w; multiband dipole; QSL also OK via G4DJX direct and Club Log|
|Feb 10-24, 2018||229||Bonaire||PJ4||NE9U as PJ4/NE9U; QSL also OK via NE9U (direct w/ SASE or Buro)|
|Feb 13-20, 2018||276||Morocco||CN2||DK1BT DL4WK DL7DF DL7UFR as CN2DF and CN2FR fm Tahazout; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY PSK31; QSL also OK via DL7DF (DARC Buro or direct)|
|Feb 13-21, 2018||144||Palau||T8||AA4NC AA4VK as TBA; World War II Commemorative DXpedition|
|Feb 13-Mar 16, 2018||225||St Kitts and Nevis||V47JA||W5JON fm Calypso Bay, St Kitts; 160-6m, incl 60m; SSB; yagi on 6m, verticals, dipole; QSL also OK via W5JON direct|
|Feb 18-28, 2018||260||Martinique||FM||OH2IS as FM/OH2IS; focus on low bands; CW SSB, perhaps FT8; 1kw; vertical, dipoles; QSL also OK via OH2IS direct and Club Log|
|Feb 20-28, 2018||145||Benin||TY1TT||ON6DX fm Grand Popo; 160-6m, mainly 160-30m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via ON6DX (Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|Feb 21-28, 2018||193||Mariana Is||KH0||AA4NC as KH0/AA4NC and AA4VK as KH0/AA4VK fm Saipan; World War II Commemorative DXpedition|
|Feb 23-Mar 16, 2018||51||Rotuma||3D2EU||3D2AG DJ9RR DK2AMM DL6JGN PA3EWP; 160-10m; CW SSB + digital|
|Mar 1-8, 2018||280||Hawaii||KH6||AA4NC as KH6/AA4NC and AA4VK as KH6/AA4VK; World War II Commemorative DXpedition|
|Mar 1-15, 2018||32||Revilla Gigedo||4B4B||XE1B fm Socorro I (IOTA NA-030, DK48mr); 160-6m; SSB; Spiderbeam, verticals, longwire; 1st activation since 2011; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Mar 2-11, 2018||140||Zimbabwe||Z2LA||LA7THA LA7WCA LA9VPA; 160-10m; SSB CW; Hexbeam, dipoles, inverted L; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Mar 2-15, 2018||104||Easter I||XR0YD||DH8WR DJ9KH DL2AWG DL2RNS DL4SVA DL5CW DL7JOM DM2AUJ DM3BJ DL7VEE; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; 3 stations; 24x7; QSL also OK via DL4SVA (DARC Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|Mar 5-Apr 4, 2018||132||Sint Maarten||PJ7AA||AA9A; 80-10m, incl 60; CW SSB + digital; Buddipole; QSL also OK via AA9A|
|Mar 7-16, 2018||222||Belize||V31GX||G4SGX fm Ambergris Caye (IOTA NA-073); CW FT8; QRV for Commonwealth Contest; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Mar 7-18, 2018||145||Benin||TY||F1ULQ F4AZF + team as TBA; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY PSK FT8; further QSL details on Web page|
|Mar 9-17, 2018||68||Macao||XX9B||XX9LT PP1CZ PR7AB PY2MC PY2SEX PY2WAS PY3MM PY4BZ PY5HSD PY5KD PY6RT PY7XC; 80-10m, perhaps 160m; 3 stations, 24 hrs; QSL also OK via Club Log (real time updates)|
|Mar 10-11, 2018||183||Mauritius||3B8XF||G3TXF; QRV for BERU Contest|
|Mar 10-17, 2018||164||French Polynesia||TX5X||W0ZRJ KH6OO fm Tahiti (IOTA OC-046); 20-10m; mainly CW, perhaps some SSB JT9; 100w; QSL also OK via KH6OO direct and Club Log|
|Mar 10-20, 2018||66||Spratly Is||9M0W||YT1AD HL5FUA AD6E K9JM YT3W ZL3WW K6MKF K6SZR N6TQS VK3FY VK3GK DU1UD fm Layang Layang; 160-6m; CW SSB + digital; QSL OK via Buro or direct; exact dates TBA|
|Mar 13-18, 2018||221||Philippines||DU1||SP5APW as DU1/SP5APW fm Palawan I (IOTA OC-129); 40 20 17m; mainly SSB, some RTTY PSK FT8; QSL also OK via SP5APW and Club Log|
|Mar 14-27, 2018||226||Curacao||PJ2||DK5ON as PJ2/DK5ON; 80-6m; CW SSB + digital (RTTY FT8); QSL also OK via DK5ON (Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|Mar 21-Apr 3, 2018||133||Malawi||7Q7EI||14 EI DX Group ops; 160-10m; SSB CW RTTY|
|Apr 5-17, 2018||39||Agalega and St Brandon||3B7A||F5UFX F5CWU F4BKV F4FET F2DX F5PTM F4HAU F8ATM fm St Brandon I (IOTA AF-015); 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY; 7 stns; QSL also OK via F5CWU|
|Apr 13-19, 2018||144||Palau||T88UW||JH7IPR; 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY FT8 JT9 JT65; 500w; yagi, wires|
|Apr 17-25, 2018||144||Palau||T8||JA7WFT as T88FT and JI6IHG as T88IH; 160-6m; CW SSB JT65 JT9|
|Apr 17-29, 2018||83||Vanuatu||YJ0AG||VK5GR fm Efate (IOTA OC-035); 80-10m; SSB RTTY FT8 PSK Olivia; Hexbeam, vertical; call sign requested|
|Apr 24-28, 2018||241||Liechtenstein||HB0||DL1AWD as HB0/DL1AWD and DL6JF as HB0/DL6JF; HF; CW; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via home_call (direct or DARC Buro)|
|Apr 18-27, 2018||126||St Barthelemy||FJ||AI5P N0KV W0ZA WD0E as FJ/AI5P and FJ/N0KV; 80-10m; CW SSB RTTY + satellite; FJ/N0KV OK via LotW|
|Apr 29-May 3, 2018||149||Mozambique||C96RRC||R7AL RA1ZZ RZ3K RK8A fm IOTA AF-088 (LH04ix); 40-10m; CW SSB + digital; QSL also OK via Club Log; dates tentative|
|May 1-15, 2018||43||Temotu||H40||VE3LYC as TBA from Taumako I (IOTA OC-179); 40-10m; CW SSB; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|May 2-15, 2018||149||Mozambique||C8T||ON8KW ON7TQ CS8ABG + team; 160-6m; CW SSB + digital|
|May 5-9, 2018||149||Mozambique||C98RRC||R7AL RA1ZZ RZ3K RK8A fm Inhaca I (IOTA AF-066, KG63lx); 40-10m; CW SSB + digital; QSL also OK via Club Log; dates tentative|
|Jun 1-30, 2018||4||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); for 10 days during Jun|
|Jun 13-25, 2018||236||Turks and Caicos||VP5||W9DR as VP5/W9DR fm FL41aw; 6m (50.115 MHz); CW SSB; 1kw; 5 ele yagi; salt water launch to EU + NA|
|Jun 13-27, 2018||196||Grenada||J3||G0JVG as J3/G0JVG; mainly SSB; 300w on HF,200w on 6m; vertical, 3 ele 6m yagi|
|Aug 1-9, 2018||89||St Paul I||CY9C||WA4DAN N0TG K4ZLE AA4NC N8AA VA3QR WW2DX W2RE N2IEN N5TG K5YY N2TU; 160-6m; SSB CW RTTY EME SAT, maybe FT8; QSL also OK via WA4DAN and Club Log|
|Oct 2-29, 2018||76||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 20-Nov 3, 2018||27||Ducie I||VP6D||K3EL HA5AO W2LK DJ9RR WA6O ZL3CW N6HC W1SRD N6WM HA0NAR PY2PT N6XG K5GS UT6UD fm IOTA OC-182; 160-10m; CW SSB + digital (incl FT8); 7 stns; QSL requests via Web OQRS (your card not needed)|