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|
|13h||VK2PR||ISLE OF MAN||251||20180325||150900|
|3rd||VK5GR||53.15|| TEMOTU PROVINCE|
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS
|5th||VK2MI||65.34|| TEMOTU PROVINCE|
|6th||VK3JLS||66.58|| TEMOTU PROVINCE|
|8th||VK3DAN||112.49|| SPRATLY ISLANDS|
|9th||VK2PWR||163.49|| NORFOLK ISLAND|
|10th||VK2DEK||164.50|| FIJI ISLANDS|
SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
|11th||VK2AZ||178.16|| FIJI ISLANDS|
Most Wanted List: April - June 2018
Most Wanted List: January - March 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.
|Apr 21-May 31, 2018||140||Seychelles||S79LD||VK4EF fm Mahe I and La Digue Is (IOTA AF-024); 80 40 20m, perhaps 10m; SSB JT65 FT8 and QRS CW; 100w; G5RV; spare time operation|
|May 2-Jun 1, 2018||271||Hawaii||KH6||N2HX as KH6/N2HX fm Maui (BL10pw); mainly SSB RTTY|
|May 13-25, 2018||172||South Cook Is||E51||WA6HXM as E51HXM and others with personal calls fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); HF|
|May 17-Jun 6, 2018||62||Somalia||6O0X||DJ6SI fm Hargeisa; 100w; folded dipole|
|May 20-27, 2018||147||Sint Maarten||PJ8||JH1AJT as PJ8Z and JN1RVS as PJ8RV; 40-10m; SSB CW RTTY FT8; also QRV fm FS|
|May 23-24, 2018||111||Chagos||VQ9RA||WW6RG fm Diego Garcia (IOTA AF-006); 14190 and 21280 kHz; SSB; QRP; between 0430 and 1300z; holiday style operation|
|May 24-27, 2018||250||Aland Is||OH0||OH4SS as OH0/OH4SS; 80-30m + 6m, perhaps 60m; mainly FT8; 3 ele yagi, verticals fm high cliff; QSL also OK via OH4SS direct and eQSL|
|May 24-30, 2018||117||Botswana||A25VR||VE7VR; 40 30 20m; holiday style operation|
|May 24-31, 2018||272||Malta||9H3SV||SV2CLJ fm JM75gv; @9H1AE; 80-2m; CW SSB RTTY PSK FT8; holiday style operation|
|May 25-Jun 15, 2018||Reunion I||FR||F4HPX as FR/F4HPX fm IOTA AF-016; 40 20 15m; mainly SSB, perhaps FT8; QSL also OK via F4HPX, Club Log, eQSL|
|May 26-29, 2018||216||Svalbard||JW8DW||LA8DW fm Spitsbergen I; HF; CW SSB|
|Jun 1-9, 2018||127||Sao Tome and Principe||S9ZZ||EB7DX fm Sao Tome I (IOTA AF-023); 40-6m; mainly SSB RTTY FT8, some CW; 100w; holiday style operation|
|Jun 2-6, 2018||250||Aland Is||OG0C||Old House Radio Club ops fm Kokar I; 80-2m; CW SSB FT8; QRV for European Field Day; QSL also OK via OH5CW|
|Jun 5-24, 2018||102||Rwanda||9X2AW||DF2WO fm Kigali; HF + 6m; CW SSB FT8 RTTY; QSL also OK via M0OXO|
|Jun 6-16, 2018||191||Bermuda||VP9||WA4PGM as VP9/WA4PGM fm IOTA NA-005; 160-6m; mainly CW; QRV for ARRL VHF Contest; QSL also OK via WA4PGM direct|
|Jun 7-11, 2018||258||Costa Rica||TE6DX||TI2CDA TI2CC N3KS fm Unita I (IOTA NA-155); 160-6m; CW SSB FT8 RTTY + satellite; QSL also OK via TI2CDA and Club Log|
|Jun 7-17, 2018||163||French Polynesia||FO||HB9XBG as FO/HB9XBG fm Bor Bora I (IOTA OC-067); 20m; SSB|
|Jun 7-18, 2018||112||Marshall Is||V73||KW4WZ as V73/KW4WZ fm Kwajalein; JT65 FT8, some SSB; 100w; spare time operation; begin/end dates uncertain|
|Jun 8-10, 2018||83||American Samoa||KH8||WJ2O as KH8/WJ2O; 40-15m; CW; QSL also OK via N2ZN direct; dates approximate|
|Jun 10-15, 2018||266||Corsica||TK||PE2USA as TK/PE2USA fm nr Sari-Solenzara (JN41qu); 40 20 10m, perhaps 80m evenings; SSB RTTY; 100w; wire|
|Jun 11-13, 2018||130||Samoa||5W||WJ2O as TBD; 40-15m; CW; QSL also OK via N2ZN direct; dates approximate|
|Jun 13-25, 2018||207||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 13-17, 2018||83||American Samoa||KH8||WJ2O as KH8/WJ2O; 40-15m; CW; QSL also OK via N2ZN direct; dates approximate|
|Jun 14-28, 2018||176||Grenada||J3||G0JVG as J3/G0JVG; HF, incl 60m; mainly SSB; 300w on HF, 200w on 6m; vertical, 3 ele 6m yagi|
|Jun 21-27, 2018||87||Solomon Is||H44XG||JA1XGI fm Honiara, Guadalcanal (IOTA OC-047); 40-10m; mainly CW, some FT8; spare time operation; QSL also OK via JA1XGI (Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|Jun 22-Jul 20, 2018||202||St Kitts and Nevis||V47JA||W5JON fm Calypso Bay, St Kitts; 160-6m, incl 60m; SSB; yagi on 6m, verticals, dipole; V47JA/b, 50.053 MHz beacon, mountain top (1100 feet ASL); QRV for IARU Contest (SOAB SSB); QSL also OK via W5JON direct|
|Jun 24-30, 2018||231||Taiwan||BW||DF8DX as BW/DF8DX; HF; mainly CW; QSL also OK via DF8DX|
|Jun 26-Jul 6, 2018||6||Baker and Howland Is||KH1||N1DG N4XP K6TD VA7DX + 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|
|Jun 27-29, 2018||170||Market Reef||OJ0Y||MM0NDX G4PVM DL8JJ fm IOTA EU-053; HF; call sign tentative; possibly short activity on Jun 26 (evening)|
|Jul 1-11, 2018||207||Turks and Caicos||VQ5Z||VE3IKV VE3MMQ; fm IOTA NA-002 (FL31vs); HF + 6m (50.107 CW beacon); CW SSB FT8 MSK144 JT65a; 100w; 8-el yagi 12.1dBd gain|
|Jul 2-9, 2018||275||Iceland||TF||G0POT as TF/G0POT; QRP; SOTA activations; QSL also OK via G0POT (Buro or direct) and eQSL|
|Jul 3-17, 2018||138||St Pierre and Miquelon||FP||KV1J as FP/KV1J fm Miquelon I (IOTA NA-032); 160-6m; mainly SSB RTTY, some CW and FT8; QSL also OK via KV1J direct and Club Log|
|Jul 7-14, 2018||144||Br Virgin Is||VP2V||N9DK as VP2V/N9DK; 80-2m; all modes; offshore contacts not valid for DXCC|
|Jul 13-17, 2018||124||Fiji||3D2||WJ2O as TBD; 40-15m; CW; QSL also OK via N2ZN direct; dates approximate|
|Jul 13-20, 2018||117||Botswana||A25A||NJ0F; 80-10m; SSB CW RTTY FT8; hexbeam, vertical; QSL also OK via NJ0F and Club Log|
|Jul 18-25, 2018||73||Vanuatu||YJ0GA||ZL3GA fm Efate I (IOTA OC-035); 80-6m; QSL also OK via ZL3GA (Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|Jul 19-24, 2018||223||Curacao||PJ2||KM4SII as PJ2/KM4SII; all bands; all modes; focus on digital for AS VK ZL; fm PJ2T station|
|Jul 20-25, 2018||128||Malawi||7Q7JK||WB6OJB; 40-10m; SSB; 500w; Hexbeam|
|Aug 5-12, 2018||206||Albania||ZA||SP7IDX as ZA/SP7IDX fm Vlore (JN90rk); 40-10m; SSB + digital; QSL also OK via SP7IDX|
|Aug 20-26, 2018||15||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|
|Sep 1-10, 2018||224||Kyrgyzstan||EX0PL||SP9ONC SP9OUV SP9ETE SQ9IWS SP9AMF SQ9OUK SP9NLT SQ9MCI P9SCZ SP9IVD SP9MZH SP9DEM; HF; QSL OK via Buro or direct|
|Sep 4-24, 2018||190||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||105||East Kiribati||T32AH||DL2AH fm Christmas I (IOTA OC-024); 80-10m; SSB FT8 RTTY; 100w; Windom; holiday style operation|
|Sep 15-20, 2018||eSwatini||3DA0AO||HA5AO; 80-10m; CW RTTY FT8, some SSB; vertical; formerly Swaziland|
|Sep 20-25, 2018||216||Svalbard||JW||DJ2AX fm IOTA EU-026; HF; CW SSB + digital|
|Sep 27-Oct 12, 2018||102||Rwanda||9X0T||Italian Dxpedition Team; details forthcoming|
|Sep 28-Oct 14, 2018||130||Samoa||5W0GC||LZ1GC in Apia (OC-097); 160-6m, focus on 160 80m; CW SSB RTTY; @5W1SA; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Oct 2-29, 2018||83||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||90||Niue||E6||ZL3PAH ZL3GA ZL3AB ZL4TT; Oceania DX contest SSB and CW; further details to follow|
|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-Nov 4, 2018||73||Vanuatu||YJ0GC||LZ1GC and OM5ZW fm Efate I (OC-035); 160-6m, focus on 160 80m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Oct 16-30, 2018||79||Christmas I||VK9XG||G3SVL G3TXF G3WGN G3WPH G2NF|
|Oct 19-29, 2018||158||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 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||199||Belize||V31FT||EC5AC fm Maya Hill, Blackman Eddy Village; focus on FT8; QSL also OK via EC5AC|
|Nov 3-6, 2018||79||Christmas I||VK9XQ||DF8AN; 160-6m; CW + digital (incl FT8); QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct + eQSL (late)|
|Nov 6-10, 2018||74||Cocos Keeling||VK9CH||DF8AN; 160-6m; CW + digital (incl FT8); QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct + eQSL (late)|
|Nov 10-17, 2018||79||Christmas I||VK9XQ||DF8AN; 160-6m; CW + digital (incl FT8); QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct + eQSL (late)|
|Nov 17-Dec 8, 2018||147||Sint Maarten||PJ7AA||AA9A; 80-10m, incl 60; CW SSB + digital; Buddipole; QSL also OK via AA9A|
|Nov 26-Dec 6, 2018||205||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||168||St Martin||FS||K9NU W9ILY W9MK FS4WBS K9EL as TBD; 160 80m focus; will try to include FT8 in fox/hound mode; high power|
|Jan 12-20, 2019||229||Cayman Is||ZF2PG||K8PGJ fm Grand Cayman I; HF; QSL also OK via K8PGJ|