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: April - June 2019
Most Wanted List: January - March 2019
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.
|Mar 18-Apr 25, 2019||90||Niue||E6AF||SP9FIH fm IOTA OC-040 (AH50bx); 160-15m; FT8 (f/h); RTTY; SSB|
|Mar 21-Apr 22, 2019||223||French Guiana||TO2BC||DL7BC fm GJ43vu; 40-10m; mainly SSB, some RTTY PSK, CW on request; QSL also OK via DL7BC and Club Log|
|Apr 1-22, 2019||200||St Kitts and Nevis||V47JA||W5JON fm Calypso Bay, St Kitts; 160-6m, incl 60m; SSB FT8; yagi on 6m, verticals, dipole; QSL also OK via W5JON direct|
|Apr 7-26, 2019||142||Burkina Faso||XT2AW||DF2WO fm Ouagadougou; focus on 160 80 60m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; hexbeam, verticals; QSL also OK via DF2WO direct|
|Apr 7-27, 2019||113||Uganda||5X7W||SM0HPL fm Kampala; 20-10m, perhaps 30m; FT8 JT65 CW; QSL also OK via Club Log or SM0HPL; spare time operation|
|Apr 11-27, 2019||244||Algeria||7X2TT||M0NPT fm Algiers; HF; digital modes, QRS CW + satellites|
|Apr 13-May 7, 2019||161||Ghana||9G5GS||IZ4YGS fm IJ84sx; 160-20m; FT8 (mainly f/h); EU include 2USD w/ QSL request, others 3USD (no IRCs); QSL also OK via eQSL|
|Apr 14-22, 2019||275||Iceland||TF||EB3GCP as TF/EB3GCP; HF; mainly FT8; QSL also OK via EB3GCP and eQSL|
|Apr 16-22, 2019||75||American Samoa||KH8||OZ0J as KH8/OZ0J and OZ1RH as KH8/OZ1RH fm Tutuila (IOTA OC-045, AH45op); 80-15m; CW SSB FT8 (f/h), perhaps RTTY; QSL also OK via Club Log and eQSL|
|Apr 16-23, 2019||101||East Kiribati||T32AZ||KH6QJ fm Kiritimati I (IOTA OC-024); 80 40 20 15 10m|
|Apr 17-25, 2019||142||Burkina Faso||XT2MAX||DK1MAX; HF; CW FT8; QSL also OK via eQSL; Club Log uploads; no paper QSLs|
|Apr 18-22, 2019||206||Albania||ZA||DF8AN as ZA/DF8AN; HF + 6m; FT8 CW|
|Apr 18-22, 2019||58||Kosovo||Z66Z||OZ1AA OZ7AM; 80-10m; CW SSB FT8; 2 stns, 1 500w the other barefoot; QSL also OK via OZ1ACB (Buro or direct) or Club Log (preferred)|
|Apr 19-23, 2019||249||Aland Is||OH0||OH2YL as OG0YL (QSL via OH2YL) and OH2LGW as OH0/OH2LGW (QSL via OH2LGW) fm JP90sf; 80-6m, incl 60m; CW SSB FT8|
|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||165||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|
|Apr 25-May 1, 2019||276||Crete||SV9||OH1VR as SV9/OH1VRl 80-10; mainly CW, some SSB|
|Apr 27-May 1, 2019||253||Isle of Man||GD||JR1NHD as MD0IUX, JF1OSL as MD0HWX, JH0CJH as MD0ITP; 40-10m; CW + digital|
|Apr 27-May 2, 2019||170||Market Reef||OJ3W||OH3WS; CW SSB; 60 30m CW included; spare time operation; wx permitting|
|Apr 27-May 4, 2019||173||Vietnam||XV9XX||JL8AQH fm Hue; 40-17m, focus on 30m; CW; 100w; vertical array pointed at NA/EU; QSL also OK via Club Log or JL8AQH direct (no Buro cards)|
|Apr 27-May 8, 2019||215||Reunion||TO19A||9A2AA 9A7Y 9A2NA 9A8RA 9A3EME 9A3CJW 9A3MR; focus on low bands|
|Apr 28-May 4, 2019||109||Ogasawara||JD1BMH||JG7PSJ fm Chichijima I (IOTA AS-031); 40-10m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via JG7PSJ direct|
|Apr 30-May 5, 2019||243||Jersey||GJ6EFW||ON6EF ON4JW ON6VJ ON3DMR ON4AFW ON7VM ON8WR ON1BN; SSB CW + digital; 100w; QSL OK via ON Buro or direct|
|May 1-1, 2019||211||Belize||V31D||Medical Amateur Radio Council ops; 20 17m; CW SSB FT8; 16-21z; QSL also OK via AA4FL|
|May 2-2, 2019||195||Honduras||HQ9D||Medical Amateur Radio Council ops; 20 17m; CW SSB FT8; 16-19z; QSL also OK via AA4FL|
|May 2-5, 2019||137||Fiji||3D2AS||G0VJG; 40-10m; SSB FT8; 300w; Hexbeam|
|May 3-3, 2019||229||Cayman Is||ZF2D||Medical Amateur Radio Council ops; 20 17m; CW SSB FT8; 17-21z; QSL also OK via AA4FL|
|May 5-11, 2019||226||Peru||OA||AC0PR as OA3/AC0PR; 40-15m; CW; QRP; limited spare time operation|
|May 6-15, 2019||158||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 7-10, 2019||123||Maldives||8Q7NH||JA0JHQ as 8Q7NH and JA7XBG as 8Q7XB fm Embudu I (IOTA AS-013); 160-6m; CW FT8; QSL also OK via home_call direct|
|May 7-14, 2019||158||St Vincent||J88PI||GW4DVB fm Palm I (IOTA NA-025, FK92ho); 40-6m; SSB FT8 SSTV|
|May 7-15, 2019||189||Dominica||J7||SM0CXU as J79U and SM0T as J79TA; 160-10m, focus on low bands; mainly CW|
|May 8-22, 2019||74||Wallis and Futuna||FW||G0VJG as FW/G0VJG fm Wallis I (IOTA OC-054); 40-6m; SSB FT8 (f/h); 300w; Hexbeam|
|May 10-12, 2019||292||Luxembourg||LX8SAR||F/DL/PA/LX team; HF; SSB CW FT8|
|May 11-16, 2019||137||Fiji||3D2||KD7WPJ as TBD fm Viti Levu I (IOTA OC-016); 40-12m; SSB CW; 100w; dipoles|
|May 13-19, 2019||173||Vietnam||XV9BO||DL7BO fm Mui Ne; 160-10m; SSB CW RTTY FT8; 500w; QSL also OK via DL7BO|
|May 15-Jun 5, 2019||215||Reunion||FR||F4HPX as FR/F4HPX; 40 20 15m; mainly SSB FT8, perhaps CW; 100w; wires; holiday style operation; dates approximate|
|May 20-22, 2019||137||Fiji||3D2AS||G0VJG; 40-10m; SSB FT8; 300w; Hexbeam|
|May 20-Jun 19, 2019||221||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 22-29, 2019||141||Seychelles||S79HA||HA7JTR fm Anse Kerlan, Praslin I; HF, focus on low bands; CW, some SSB; 200w; inverted-L; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via HA7JTR direct and eQSL|
|May 23-28, 2019||193||East Malaysia||9M6NA||JE1JKL fm Labuan I (IOTA OC-133); focus on 6m FT8 on 50.313 and 50.323, also f/h mode on 50.318; QRV for CQ WPX CW; QSL also OK via Club Log|
|May 24-Jun 13, 2019||221||Guatemala||TG9BBV||VE7BV fm Antigua, Sacatepequez; 80 40 20 17 15 12m; mainly CW, some SSB FT8; QSL als OK via VE7BV (Buro or direct)|
|May 25-Jun 2, 2019||256||Georgia||4L9S||JH4RHF; HF; mainly CW; spare time operation|
|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|
|May 25-Jun 14, 2019||252||Dodecanese||SV5||DL3DRN as SV5/DL3DRN fm Kolymbia, Rhodes; HF; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via DL3DRN (DARC Buro or direct)|
|Jun 1-10, 2019||140||Samoa||5W||CX2AM CX3AN CX8FB fm Upolu (IOTA OC-097) as TBA; 80-6m; mainly CW SSB|
|Jun 1-15, 2019||173||Vietnam||XV9DXB||HB9DXB; 80 40 20 10m; CW SSB; QSL also OK via HB9DXB direct; end date not specified|
|Jun 6-18, 2019||121||Sao Tome and Principe||S9A||EA1ACP EA1DVY EA5BJ EA5EL EA7FTR S92HP EB7DX fm IOTA AF-023; HF; CW SSB FT8|
|Jun 13-15, 2019||144||Sint Maarten||PJ8SK||JI1DFO; 40-17m; FT8; 300w; QSL also OK via JI1DFO or Club Log|
|Jun 16-18, 2019||164||St Martin||FS||JI1DFO as FS/AG5CR; 40-17m; FT8; 300w; QSL also OK via JI1DFO or Club Log|
|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||133||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||212||Jamaica||6Y3Y||JJ2RCJ; @6Y5WJ; 80-10m; focus on FT8; QSL also OK via Club Log and JJ2RCJ direct (no IRCs)|
|Jul 5-20, 2019||89||Solomon Is||H44MS||DL2GAC fm Malaita Island (IOTA OC-047); 80-10m, perhaps 6m; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct; operation to continue until Sep 24 or 25|
|Aug 3-17, 2019||179||Madagascar||5R8PX||5R8PX fm Nosy Be I; HF; SSB + digital; QSL also OK via IK2DUW/HE9ERA (Buro or direct|
|Aug 31-Sep 17, 2019||78||Burundi||9U3TMM||IV3TMM fm Bujumbura; 60-6m; FT8 SSB RTTY; 1st 60m activation fm Burundi; holiday style operation|
|Sep 2-9, 2019||137||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 15-30, 2019||130||eSwatini||3DA0AO||HA5AO; 80-10m; CW RTTY FT8|
|Sep 16-21, 2019||106||Tonga||A35JY||DD0VR; HF; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Sep 20-Oct 3, 2019||276||Crete||SV9||PH2M as SV9/PH2M; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via PH2M (Buro or direct)|
|Sep 23-27, 2019||137||Fiji||3D2||DD0VR as TBD; HF; SSB; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct|
|Sep 24-Oct 6, 2019||106||Tonga||A35JT||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||129||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|
|Sep 28-Oct 11, 2019||119||Liberia||A82X||Italian Dxpedition Team ops; 160-10m; CW SSB + digital (A82Z on digital)|
|Oct 1-15, 2019||100||Lesotho||7P8AO||HA5AO; 80-10m; CW RTTY FT8|
|Oct 1-15, 2019||42||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 10-28, 2019||63||North Cook Is||E51GC||LZ1GC LZ3NY; fm Manihiki Atoll (IOTA OC-014); 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via LZ1GC and Club Log|
|Oct 18-Nov 1, 2019||67||Pitcairn I||VP6R||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|
|Oct 19-Nov 3, 2019||54||Lakshadweep Is||VU7RI||M0KRI + team fm IOTA AS-011; focus on 40 30 20 15m; QSL: Shabu Ramakrishnan, 125 Falconwood Rd, Surrey, CR0 9BF, England|
|Oct 30-Nov 15, 2019||69||West Kiribati||T30GC||LZ1GC LZ3NY; fm Tarawa (IOTA OC-017); 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via LZ1GC and Club Log|
|Nov 4-7, 2019||87||Vanuatu||YJ0RRC||RZ3FW R4WAA fm Gaua I (IOTA OC-104); 160-17m; CW SSB RTTY FT8|
|Nov 6-19, 2019||62||Marquesas||TX||F6BCW K4UEE K5PI W5MJ W5SJ W5RF VA7DX VE7KW as TBA fm Hiva Oa I; 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY FT8|
|Nov 8-13, 2019||87||Vanuatu||YJ0RRC||RZ3FW R4WAA fm Tongoa I (IOTA OC-111); 160-17m; CW SSB RTTY FT8:|
|Nov 12-29, 2019||71||Cocos Keeling||VK9CZ||GM3WOJ GM4YXI fm IOTA OC-003; 160-10m, focus on low bands; CW SSB FT8; QSL also OK via Club Log and N3SL; QRV for CQWW DX CW|
|Nov 14-20, 2019||87||Vanuatu||YJ0FWA||RZ3FW R4WAA fm Efate I (IOTA OC-035); 160-17m; CW SSB RTTY FT8:|
|Nov 17-30, 2019||173||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|
|Feb 21-Mar 5, 2020||16||South Orkney Is||VP8||K3EL W2LK W1SRD PY2PT K5GS W7XU DJ9RR HA0NAR WA6O UT6UD N6XG N7QT as TBA fm Signy I (AN-008); 160-10m; SSB CW RTTY FT8; see Web for for QSL details; dates tentative|