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. These lists are based on Most Wanted from VK/ZL.
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 event of a tie in the "Most Wanted" category, the winner will be the first station to work the DXCC entity chronologically. In the rare event of 2 entries working the same entity and 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 entries working the same highest ranking DXCC entity and 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 entries working the same top 5 entities and 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||VK3HJ||22.56|| MOUNT ATHOS|
REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
|4th||VK3MH||65.49|| VATICAN CITY|
REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
|5th||VK3IK||70.57|| VATICAN CITY|
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN
|6th||VK2KDP||77.84|| VATICAN CITY|
|7th||VK3MB||77.96|| VATICAN CITY|
US VIRGIN ISLANDS
Most Wanted List: October - December 2021
Most Wanted List: July - September 2021
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.
|Nov 1-30, 2021||175||Maldives||8Q7RM||HB9SHD fm Kandolhu I; 40-6m, perhaps 80m; mainly FT8, some SSB, slow CW; spare time operation, especially nights for NA and SA|
|Nov 6-Dec 18, 2021||289||India||VU2ABE||AB1F fm Meghalaya state; 40 20 15 10m; QSL via AB1F (B/d)|
|Nov 8-Dec 6, 2021||137||Tanzania||5H3WX||OK2WX fm Zanzibar I (IOTA AF-032); HF; CW SSB|
|Nov 18-Dec 8, 2021||80||Mali||TZ1CE||DK1CE fm Bamako; 160-10m CW SSB FT8; log periodic, yagi, dipoles, inverted-V|
|Nov 22-Dec 1, 2021||237||Mauritius||3B8||KX7M and M0SDV as 3B8/KX7M; HF; QSL via F5CWU OQRS|
|Nov 24-Dec 1, 2021||97||Rwanda||9X4X||4Z4KX 4X6YA 4Z5FI 4Z5LA 4Z1DZ 4X1VF; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; QRV for CQWW DX CW|
|Nov 25-Dec 7, 2021||149||Bahamas||C6AQQ||N3IQ fm Nassau (IOTA NA-001); CW FT8/FT4|
|Dec 1-14, 2021||241||Dominican Republic||HI||DL2SBY as HI7/DL2SBY fm IOTA NA-096; perhaps 1 day during 2d week fm Saona I (IOTA NA-122) using HI2/DL2SBY; HF; CW FT8, some SSB|
|Dec 1-10, 2021||120||St Martin||TO9W||K9NU W9MK VE2BWL FS4WBS K9EL; focus on 160 80 40m, some 60m; CW,SS, FT8 FT4; QSL via Club Log OQRS|
|Dec 2-16, 2021||180||Kenya||5Z4||HB9DSP as 5Z4/HB9DSP fm Malindi; 20 15 10m; SSB, some FT8; 100w; Spiderbeam Quad; QSL via HB9DSP (B/d)|
|Dec 3-20, 2021||66||Burkina Faso||XT2AW||DF2WO fm Ouagadougou; 160-6m; FT8 CW SSB; 100w; QSL via M0OXO|
|Dec 4-14, 2021||241||Dominican Republic||HI7||YT1AD YT3M as HI7/YT1AD; HF|
|Dec 8-31, 2021||152||Honduras||HR5||F2JD as HR5/F2JD fm Copan Ruinas; HF; CW SSB + digital; operation to continue until 5 Apr 2022|
|Dec 16-22, 2021||142||Bangladesh||S21DX||S21RC S21AM S21D fm Manpura I (IOTA AS-140); 40 20 15 10m; SSB; 100w; yagi, verts, inv vee; 2 stations; QSL via EB7DX|
|Dec 25, 2021-Jan 25, 2022||1||Bouvet I||3Y0I||3Z9DX + team; 160-6m; CW SSB FT4/FT8 RTTY; dates tentative|
|Jan 15-31, 2022||72||Comoros||D6||12 op international team fm IOTA AF-007; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8/FT4; 5 stns; tentative dates|
|Jan 20-Feb 1, 2022||212||Guadeloupe||TO6S||F6BCW F1MNQ F1TCV F5LRL VE7KW fm Terre de Haut I (IOTA NA-114, FK95eu87, WLOTA-3998); HF; CW SSB RTTY FT8; 2 stations; 24/24; QSL OK via REF Buro w/ about 9 month delay; see Web for QSL instructons|
|Jan 23-Feb 1, 2022||202||Aruba||P4||DL4MM as P4/DL4MM; HF w/ focus on low bands and WARC; CW FT8 SSB; QRV for CQ 160m CW using P40AA (also on FT8)|
|Feb 3-20, 2022||103||Zimbabwe||Z2||DL7BO as Z22O and dDJ6TF as Z21A; 160-10m; CW SSB FT8 FT4|
|Feb 8-Mar 1, 2022||139||St Kitts and Nevis||V4||KG9N as V4/KG9N fm St Kitts (IOTA NA-104); @V47JA; HF; QSL via KG9N|
|Feb 24-Mar 8, 2022||96||St Vincent||J88PI||GW4DVB fm Palm I (IOTA NA-025, FK92ho); 40-6m; SSB FT8|
|Mar 2-11, 2022||147||Galapagos||HD8M||WB2REM VO1IDX KH6M KE2D fm Santa Cruz I (IOTA SA-004); 160-10m; FT8 (f/h) SSB CW; QSL via WB2REM direct|
|Apr 1-15, 2022||53||Central African Rep||TL8AA||7 op team; 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY FT8 (TL8ZZ on FT8; 4 stations|
|Jun 16-Jul 1, 2022||139||St Kitts and Nevis||V47JA||W5JON fm Calypso Bay; 160-6m, incl 60m; SSB FT8; yagi, verticals; QSL also OK via W5JON direct|
|Jul 2-9, 2022||70||St Eustatius||PJ5||W5JON as PJ5/W5JON; 40-6m SSB FT8; QSL also OK via W5JON direct|
|Nov 1-29, 2022||1||Bouvet I||3Y0J||LA7GIA LA7THA LB1QI + team; 160-10m; CW SSB FT4/FT8 RTTY; QSL: M0OXO; dates tentative|
|Dec 15-31, 2022||Crozet||FT8/c||F6CUK as TBA; dates tentative; operation to continue until Mar 2023; details to follow|