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.
|Feb 3-28, 2019||203||Turks and Caicos||VP5VMA||W4HBW fm Providenciales; 40-10m; mainly SSB; 1.5kw; 3 ele yagi|
|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 8-18, 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 9-21, 2019||217||Greenland||OX||SM3UQK as OX/SE3A fm Ilulissat (GP49kf, west coast); 40 20m; QSL OK via SM Buro or direct|
|Feb 11-18, 2019||252||Martinique||FM||OE3GEA as FM/OE3GEA; 40-10m; CW; 100w; Outbacker and 40m dipole; QSL OK via OE Buro or direct|
|Feb 11-19, 2019||209||Belize||V31MF||DJ8NU fm Maya Hill, Belmopan; HF; CW SSB; 500w; yagi + wire; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|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 12-19, 2019||188||Dominica||J79||KK4WW as J79WW as J79WW and KK4WWW as J79WWW fm Wotten Waven; mainly 20m, perhaps 40m|
|Feb 12-26, 2019||215||Jamaica||6Y||G0RNU as 6Y/G0RNU fm St Mary; @6Y5NZ; 80-6m; spare time operation|
|Feb 13-26, 2019||195||Honduras||HQ9X||W1UE N2WQ; 160 60m; QRV for CQ 160m SSB; QSL also OK via W1UE|
|Feb 15-18, 2019||155||Monaco||3A||EA4NF as 3A/EA4NF; 20m; 5w; end-fed dipole; also satellite|
|Feb 15-20, 2019||136||Palau||T88DT||JH1OLB; 160-6m; SSB CW + digital; QSL also OK via JH1OLB (JARL Buro or direct)|
|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 15-27, 2019||156||San Andres and Providencia||5J0JC||VE2FDJ fm Providenia I (IOTA NA-049); 80 40 20 6m; SSB; QSL OK via VE Buro or direct|
|Feb 16-23, 2019||180||Gambia||C5DX||G4DJX; 40-10m; CW; 100w; OCF dipole; spare time operation during school trip|
|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 16-21, 2019||103||Mayotte||FH||UA4WHX as FH/UA4WHX fm IOTA AF-027; HF; CW SSB + digital; PayPal OK for QSL; end date uncertain|
|Feb 17-22, 2019||234||Cape Verde Is||D44TAQ||HB9HFD fm San Pedro, Sao Vicente I (IOTA AF-086); 40-10m; digital; 10w; Alex loop|
|Feb 17-Mar 5, 2019||27||Central Kiribati||T31EU||DL2AWG DL6JGN DJ9RR DF6FK 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 17-Mar 5, 2019||252||Martinique||FM||DK9PY as FM/DK9PY; HF; CW|
|Feb 17-Mar 15, 2019||158||Ghana||9G5GS||IZ4YGS; 60-20m; mainly FT8 + other digital, perhaps SSB; QSL also OK via eQSL|
|Feb 17-Mar 31, 2019||166||Mauritania||5T5PA||PA5X fm Nouadhibou; 160-10m; SSB RTTY FT8; 200w; Hexbeam, wires; operation to continue for 6 mos; QSL also OK via PA5X (Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|Feb 18-23, 2019||254||Ecuador||HC5MWT||K5YG fm Cuenca; mainly CW, some SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via K5YG direct|
|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 22-27, 2019||79||Tuvalu||T2AR||3D2AG; focus on low bands, incl 160m; QSL w/ PayPal; look for T2AT on FT8 (QSL via LoTW or N7SMI)|
|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 23-Mar 2, 2019||209||Belize||V31GF||W2AIV; 40 20 15 10m; SSB, some slow CW|
|Feb 23-Mar 10, 2019||197||New Caledonia||FK||JG1XMV as FK/JG1XMV fm Grand Terre I (IOTA OC-032), and possibly fm OC-033; 40 20 17 15m; SSB; QSL also OK via JG1XMV (Buro or direct) and eQSL|
|Feb 27-Mar 5, 2019||97||Bhutan||A5A||JH1AJT DJ9ZB E21EIC; 160-10; CW SSB FT8; focus on 160m FT8, 1840 QSX 1908 for JA (FT8 normal mode); QSL: P.O. Box 8, Oiso, Naka-gun, Kanagawa 255-0003, Japan; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|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 1-15, 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 5-12, 2019||180||Gambia||C56DF||G3XTT; 40-10m; low power; wires; CW; QRV for RSGB Commonwealth Contest|
|Mar 6-9, 2019||97||Bhutan||A52||JH1AJT DJ9ZB E21EIC as A52ZB and A52IC; 160-10; CW SSB FT8; focus on 160m FT8, 1840 QSX 1908 for JA (FT8 normal mode); QSL A52ZB via DJ9ZB and A52IC via E21EIC|
|Mar 6-12, 2019||164||French Polynesia||FO||OK2ZI as FO/OK2ZI fm Tahiti (IOTA OC-046); 40-10m; CW SSB + digital (incl FT8); QSL also OK via OK2ZI and Club Log|
|Mar 6-13, 2019||153||Guantanamo||KG4||N4SIA as KG4AS and KP2L as KG4SC fm the Naval Station club station; HF, incl KG4SC on 5357 kHz; CW SSB FT8|
|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 8-16, 2019||102||Lesotho||7P8LB||LA7THA LB2HG OE5CWO OE7PGI LA7WCA LA7RRA LA3BO LA9KKA LA9VPA fm Molengoane Lodge (KG30vo); HF w/ focus on low bands; focus on FT8, also SSB CW; logsearch on Club Log|
|Mar 9-11, 2019||171||South Cook Is||E51||DL1AUZ as E51AUZ and DM7PQ as E51NPQ fm Rarotonga (IOTA OC-013); holiday style operation|
|Mar 10-16, 2019||170||Vietnam||XV9JK||SP5APW fm Cu Lao Thu, Phu Quy I (IOTA AS-157); mainly 20 17m; SSB; possbily FT8 on 40 30m if conditions are bad; call sign requested; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|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 12-25, 2019||63||North Cook Is||E51||DL1AUZ as E51AUZ and DM7PQ as E51NPQ fm Manihiki (IOTA OC-014); holiday style operation|
|Mar 13-25, 2019||112||Uganda||5X3C||an international team fm KJ0hd; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; 5X3E on FT8|
|Mar 13-Apr 17, 2019||243||Barbados||8P6DR||G3RWL; 80-10m; CW RTTY; QSL also OK via Club Log (preferred), email request, RSGB Buro|
|Mar 14-22, 2019||171||South Cook Is||E51HMK||DK2HM fm Rarotonga (IOTA OC-013); 80-10ml mainly SSB, some digital, incl FT8; 300w; Windom; 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 15-17, 2019||242||Jersey||MJ5Z||M0CFW; QRV for Russian DX Contest; QRV as MJ0CFW before/after the contest; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|Mar 16-Apr 6, 2019||170||Vietnam||3W9JF||F6CTF fm Hoi An; HF; QSL also OK via eQSL|
|Mar 18-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|
|Mar 21-Apr 22, 2019||224||French Guiana||TO2BC||DL7BC fm GJ43vu; 40-10m; mainly SSB, some RTTY PSK, CW on request; QSL also OK via DL7BC and Club Log|
|Mar 27-31, 2019||171||South Cook Is||E51||DL1AUZ as E51AUZ and DM7PQ as E51NPQ fm Aitutaki (IOTA OC-014); holiday style operation|
|Apr 1-14, 2019||84||Norfolk I||VK9N||VK3QB VK3HJ VK2PN VK3BDX as TBA; HF; CW SSB; focus on lowband CW; SOTA activation of Mt Bates and Jacky Jacky|
|Apr 2-11, 2019||171||South Cook Is||E51||DL1AUZ as E51AUZ and DM7PQ as E51NPQ fm Rarotonga (IOTA OC-013); holiday style operation|
|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 14-22, 2019||275||Iceland||TF||EB3GCP as TF/EB3GCP; HF; mainly FT8; QSL also OK via EB3GCP and eQSL|
|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 21-28, 2019||171||South Cook Is||E51DLD||W6HB fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); @E51AND/E51JD; 160-10m; SSB; holiday style operation|
|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 6-15, 2019||159||St Vincent||J88PI||GW4DVB fm Palm I (IOTA NA-025, FK92ho); 40 20 17 15 10m; SSB FT8 SSTV; 100w; QSL: PO Box 20:20, Llanharan, Pontyclun, Wales, UK CF72 9ZA|
|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 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 K9NW 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|