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||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: July - September 2018
Most Wanted List: April - June 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.
|Jul 27-Sep 3, 2018||292||Azores||CT8||W6PQL as CT8/W6PQL fm Pico I; mainly 20m (14074 and 14246 kHz), some 40 17 15m; FT8 SSB; 400w; ground mounted vertical near ocean|
|Aug 6-14, 2018||268||China||B0||BI8CKU BI8DJW as B0/BI8CKU fm Lhasa, Tibet; 40 20m; FT8; QSL also OK via BI8CKU|
|Aug 6-14, 2018||183||Sri Lanka||4S7DMG||SP9DLM fm Kalkudah (NJ07sw); 40 20 15 10m; 100w; end-fed wire|
|Aug 6-20, 2018||117||Cambodia||XU7AEX||F6CTW; 40 30 20m; CW|
|Aug 7-14, 2018||272||Malta||9H3TG||DO8TIG including Comino I; 40 20m; SSB; QRP|
|Aug 8-17, 2018||105||Tonga||A35RR||ZL1BQD fm Togatapu (IOTA OC-049), possibily also Vava'u (IOTA OC-064); mainly FT8, perhaps SSB CW; spare time operation; QSL also OK via ZL1BQD direct or eQSL|
|Aug 9-27, 2018||214||Greenland||OX||W0GPR as OX/W0GPR fm Jakobshavn; 40-6m; 10w (KX3); evenings; spare time operation; QSL also OK via W0GPR|
|Aug 11-14, 2018||241||Jersey||GJ||SP7VC SQ7OYL as MJ/SP7VC; 160-12m, 6m 4m 2m; SSB FT8 MSK144 JT65A|
|Aug 12-19, 2018||207||Antigua||V26NF||EA4NF; 40 20 15 10m; QRP; endfed wire; QSL OK via Buro or direct|
|Aug 13-27, 2018||281||Madeira||CT9||OH2LZC as CT9/OH2LZC; 80-6m; 300w; wires; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via Club Log and eQSL|
|Aug 15-21, 2018||71||Austral Is||TX5T||W5RF W5MJ VE7KW K5PI W5SJ K4UEE as KH8/W5MJ fm Raivavae I (IOTA OC-114); 40-6m, perhaps 160 80m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; 3 stations|
|Aug 15-Sep 19, 2018||105||Tonga||A35JLL||DL7JLL fm various islands; 40 20 15 10m; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Aug 15-29, 2018||214||Greenland||OX3LX||OZ1DJJ fm Uummannaq Island (IOTA NA-134); SSB FT8 and other digital modes; spare time only, typically around lunch and dinner; QSL also OK via OZ0J and Club Log|
|Aug 16-22, 2018||200||Belize||V31VP||WB0TEV fm Blackman Eddy; 80-10m; SSB RTTY; looking for Asia fm 2200z; QRV for SARTG RTTY and NAQP SSB|
|Aug 17-26, 2018||30||Kosovo||Z68HZ||TA1HZ fm Pristina; SSB FT8; QSL also OK via TA1HZ direct|
|Aug 18-25, 2018||199||St Kitts and Nevis||V47FWX||G0FWX fm St Kitts; holiday style operation|
|Aug 20-26, 2018||30||Kosovo||Z6||IZ5YHD as Z6/IZ5YHD; 80-10m; SSB; 100w; inverted vee; QSL also OK via IZ5YHD (Buro or direct w/ 2 Euros) and Club Log|
|Aug 25-27, 2018||289||Cyprus||C4II||5B4AIE DL8JJ G4PVM MM0NDX fm Agios Georgios I (IOTA AS-120); 80-10m, perhaps 6m; CW SSB FT8|
|Aug 26-29, 2018||106||Easter I||CE0Y||NP4G as CE0y/NP4G; 40-10m; CW FT8; 100w; holiday style operation|
|Aug 27-Sep 2, 2018||227||Curacao||PJ2||NK8O as PJ2/NK8O; 20-10m; QRP; holiday style during daylight hours|
|Aug 31-Sep 3, 2018||134||Palau||T88PB||JA0JHQ fm Koror I (IOTA OC-009); HF; QSL: Nobuaki Hosokawa, 1458-25 Okagami Asao-Ku, Kawasaki, KA, 215-0027, Japan|
|Sep 1-10, 2018||223||Kyrgyzstan||EX0PL||SP9ONC SP9OUV SP9ETE SQ9IWS SP9AMF SQ9OUK SP9NLT SQ9MCI P9SCZ SP9IVD SP9MZH SP9DEM fm MN92ci; HF; QSL OK via Buro or direct, also Club Log|
|Sep 2-15, 2018||274||Iceland||TF||VE2DX as TF/VE2DX; 40 20m, perhaps 80 15 10m; SSB FT8; QSL also OK via VE2DX Buro and eQSL|
|Sep 4-24, 2018||191||Mauritius||3B8||PA3HGT as 3B8/PA3HGT; 40 20 10m; mainly SSB, some CW + digital; QSL OK via PA Buro or direct; holiday style operation|
|Sep 12-Oct 1, 2018||102||East Kiribati||T32AH||DL2AH fm Christmas I (IOTA OC-024); 80-10m; SSB FT8 RTTY; 100w; Windom; holiday style operation|
|Sep 14-23, 2018||121||Maldives||8Q7EC||OE3DEC fm Biyadhoo I (IOTA AS-013); focus on 20m; SSB; holiday style operation; QSL OK via OE Buro or direct or Club Log|
|Sep 15-27, 2018||172||Vietnam||3W9JK||SP5APW fm Cham I (Sep 15-22, 3W9JK/p, IOTA AS-162) and fm Hoi An; 20-6m; SSB; 1kw; Hexbeam; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Sep 16-28, 2018||eSwatini||3DA0AO||HA5AO; 80-10m; CW RTTY FT8, some SSB; vertical; spare time operation; QSL also OK via online OQRS system and HA5AO direct (see Web); formerly Swaziland|
|Sep 17-26, 2018||143||Malawi||7Q7ELA||IW5ELA; mainly CW; 100w; vertical; holiday style operation|
|Sep 19-30, 2018||121||Maldives||8Q7IP||HA3JB fm Huhumale I (IOTA AS-013); 80-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; QRV for CQWW DX RTTY Contest|
|Sep 20-25, 2018||216||Svalbard||JW||DJ2AX fm IOTA EU-026; HF; CW SSB + digital|
|Sep 20-Oct 6, 2018||95||Mayotte||FH||OK1BOA OK1FCJ OK1GK OK2ZA OK2ZC OK2ZI OK6DJ as TBA; HF, focus on low bands; SSB CW RTTY FT8; QSL also OK via OK6DJ|
|Sep 21-Oct 6, 2018||95||Mayotte||TO6OK||OK1BOA OK1FCJ OK1GK OK2ZA OK2ZC OK2ZI OK6DJ fm IOTA AF-027; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; QSL also OK via OK6DJ and Club Log|
|Sep 26-Oct 10, 2018||104||Rwanda||9X0T||I1HJT I2YSB IK2CIO IK2CKR IK2DIA IK2HKT IK2RZP JA3USA; 160-10m; CW SSB, RTTY and FT8 (9X0Y) on 20m only; 3 stations; QSL also OK via online OQRS and I2YSB direct (see Web)|
|Sep 28-Oct 14, 2018||129||Samoa||5W0GC||LZ1GC in Apia (OC-097); 160-6m, focus on 160 80m; CW SSB RTTY; @5W1SA; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Sep 29-Oct 6, 2018||84||Christmas I||VK9XT||A65DC A65DR SM0CXU VE7HDW fm IOTA OC-002; 160-10m; CW SSB + digital (perhaps FT8); QSL also OK via qrz.com logbook and eQSL|
|Sep 30-Oct 12, 2018||58||Nauru||C21GJ||W7GJ fm IOTA OC-031; 6m; mainly EME but some CW SSB, FT8 (50.313 MHz)|
|Oct 1-8, 2018||206||Albania||ZA5V||S59A + OE6V club members fm Lake Shkodra Resort (JN92rd); 80-2m; CW SSB JT65 FT8 MSK144 JT65B for EME; 1.5kw; call sign requested (else ZA5A)|
|Oct 2-29, 2018||79||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 6-16, 2018||89||Niue||E6Y||ZL3PAH ZL3GA ZL3AB ZL4TT fm IOTA OC-040 (AH50bx); HF, incl 60m; Oceania DX contest SSB and CW|
|Oct 9-14, 2018||86||Norfolk I||VK9||JO7GVC as VK9/JO7GVC and JK7LXU as VK9/JK7LXU; 40-10m; CW PSK FT8; holiday style operation|
|Oct 10-15, 2018||216||Svalbard||JW||LA7XK LA9DL LA6VM as JW7XK JW9DL JW6VM (JW5X during SAC Phone) fm IOTA EU-026; CW SSB + digital; QSL also OK via LA7XK|
|Oct 15-24, 2018||129||Samoa||5W0GC||LZ1GC fm Apia, Upolu I (IOTA OC-097, AH46cc); 160-10m. focus on 160 80m; CW SSB RTTY|
|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 15-30, 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 19-29, 2018||160||Haiti||4V7R||EA7FTR EA1DVY EA1ACP HH2MK HH2JR EB7DX; 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY FT8|
|Oct 20-Nov 3, 2018||21||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 22-30, 2018||127||Burkina Faso||XT2SZZ||S54W S57L S58Y S59ZZ S50A; HF + 6m; QRV for CQWW DX SSB|
|Oct 26-Nov 6, 2018||136||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 29-Nov 8, 2018||200||Belize||V31FT||EC5AC fm Maya Hill, Blackman Eddy Village; focus on FT8; QSL also OK via EC5AC|
|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 6-10, 2018||73||Cocos Keeling||VK9CH||DF8AN; 160-6m; CW + digital (incl FT8); QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct + eQSL (late)|
|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 17-Dec 8, 2018||146||Sint Maarten||PJ7AA||AA9A; 80-10m, incl 60; CW SSB + digital; Buddipole; QSL also OK via AA9A|
|Nov 26-Dec 6, 2018||204||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 TBD; 160 80m focus; will try to include FT8 in fox/hound mode; high power|
|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|
|Mar 14-22, 2019||173||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|