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 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|
|1st||VK3GK||UNITED NATIONS HQ||13||20191204||111456||DOWNLOAD|
|2nd||VK5GR||UNITED NATIONS HQ||13||20191204||115116||DOWNLOAD|
|3rd||VK2HV||UNITED NATIONS HQ||13||20191204||115159||DOWNLOAD|
|4th||VK3KTT||UNITED NATIONS HQ||13||20191204||123430|
|5th||VK3BDX||UNITED NATIONS HQ||13||20191204||124922|
|6th||VK3SIM||UNITED NATIONS HQ||13||20191213||112158|
|7th||VK6WX||UNITED NATIONS HQ||13||20191213||123200|
|1st||VK3BDX||25.71|| UNITED NATIONS HQ|
REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
|2nd||VK5GR||27.28|| UNITED NATIONS HQ|
REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
|3rd||VK3KTT||27.51|| UNITED NATIONS HQ|
|4th||VK3SIM||27.56|| UNITED NATIONS HQ|
|5th||VK3GK||32.11|| UNITED NATIONS HQ|
|6th||VK6WX||35.90|| UNITED NATIONS HQ|
SAN ANDRES ISLAND
COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND
|11th||VK2KDP||136.98|| SAINT MARTIN|
|12th||VK2ND||180.35|| TOKELAU ISLANDS|
|13th||VK2PR||198.55|| TOKELAU ISLANDS|
Most Wanted List: January - March 2020
Most Wanted List: October - December 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.
|Jan 3-23, 2020||158||Maldives||8Q7MA||RX3AMY fm Mahibadhoo and Maafushi Is (IOTA AS-013); mainly 40 20m; SSB, perhaps CW; dipoles; holiday style operation|
|Jan 6-24, 2020||292||India||VU2RBQ||DJ9RB; 80-20m; CW|
|Jan 6-Feb 29, 2020||202||Belize||V3||DJ4KW as V31YN and DK9GG as V31GW; 160-10m; CW FT8 SSB; see Web for full QSL and operational details|
|Jan 9-Feb 5, 2020||67||Somalia||6O1OO||EP3CQ fm Mogadishu; 160-6m; SSB CW FT8; 100w; vertical; QSL details @qrz.com|
|Jan 12-31, 2020||265||Norfolk I||VK9NK||SP9FIH; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; operation to continue until Apr 12|
|Jan 14-Feb 4, 2020||258||Costa Rica||TI5||W4GKR; 160-6m; mainly digital, perhaps slow CW; holiday style operation|
|Jan 15-23, 2020||252||Palau||T8||JI3DNN as T88CZ, JH3LSS as T88DK, JA3HJI as T88DN, JA3IVU as T88ED, JA3ARJ as T88EF, JA3AVO as T88MB; 160-10m; all modes|
|Jan 17-Feb 29, 2020||212||Aruba||P4||K3DMG as P4/K3DMG; 160-12m; CW + digital; no paper QSLs|
|Jan 18-Feb 2, 2020||168||Honduras||HR9||WA4DT as HR9/WA4DT fm Roatan I (IOTA NA-057); 40 30m; CW FT8|
|Jan 20-Feb 9, 2020||24||Cocos I||TI9||XE1B HK5OKY fm IOTA NA-012; 160-6m; SSB; 2 stations; 700w; QSL also OK via Club Log OQRS; no Buro cards|
|Jan 26-Feb 2, 2020||136||Montserrat||VP2MCV||W8MV; HF; CW; mainly FM satellite|
|Jan 28-Feb 7, 2020||93||Gambia||C5XW||G5XW; 40-17m; holiday style operation|
|Jan 30-30, 2020||104||Chagos||VQ9RA||WW6RG fm Diego Garcia; 20m; SSB; 0430-0530z, 1000-1130z|
|Jan 30-Feb 13, 2020||140||El Salvador||HU1DL||DH8WR DJ6TF DJ9KH DL1KWK DL2HWA DL2RNS DL4SVA DL7JOM DL7VEE DL9GFB; 160-17m, incl 60m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; 3 stations, each 1kw, QRV 24/7; QSL via Club Log OQRS|
|Feb 1-16, 2020||54||Ghana||9G5GS||IZ4YGS; 160-20m; mainly FT8 SSB, some QO-100 satellite in USB; QSL also OK via IZ4YGS direct and eQSL|
|Feb 2-8, 2020||24||Cocos I||TI9A||TI2JV RA9USU UA3AB SM6LRR fm IOTA NA-012; all bands; all modes; QSL also OK via Club Log OQRS and UA3DX|
|Feb 2-14, 2020||285||South Cook Is||E51DDG||VE7DS fm Rarotonga I; 40-17m; CW; QSL also OK via VE7DS Buro|
|Feb 3-8, 2020||196||Martinique||TO3FM||JJ2RCJ; @FM5BH; 80-10m, perhaps 160m; FT8 (f/h); QSL via Club Log OQRS or JJ2RCJ direct (w/ SASE); no Buro requests|
|Feb 4-4, 2020||241||Marshall Is||V73||WW6RG as V73/WW6RG fm Kwajalein; 20m; SSB; 0400-0530z, 0630-0800z|
|Feb 4-18, 2020||112||Tanzania||5H||I1FQH I1HJT I2PJA I2YSB IK2CIO IK2CKR IK2DIA IK2HKT IW1ARB JA3USA fm Zanzibar I (IOTA AF-032) using 5I5TT on CW SSB RTTY, 5I4ZZ on FT4 FT8; HF|
|Feb 5-8, 2020||200||Nauru||C21||By JH3QFL as C21AA, JR3GWZ as C21GW, JA1PFP as C21PF, JH3VAA as C21VA, JH3AZC as C21MB; 160-6m, 2m EME; HF mainly FT8|
|Feb 4-25, 2020||202||Belize||V31CO||W0YBS fm Caye Caulker (IOTA NA-073); 80-10m; CW FT8 RTTY, maybe SSB; QSL also OK via W0YBS Buro or direct (/w SASE)|
|Feb 5-17, 2020||70||Palestine||E44CC||F4AJQ + team fm Bethlehem; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY PSK FT4 FT8; full QSL details on Web|
|Feb 6-18, 2020||112||Tanzania||5H4WZ||By OK2WM OM5ZW OM5MF OM4AZF SP9LJD fm Pemba I (IOTA AF-063); 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; 3 stations; QRV for ARRL DX CW Contest and CQ WPX RTTY Contest|
|Feb 7-12, 2020||165||Azerbaijan||4K6||TA7AOF as 4K6/TA7AOF fm Baku; SSB FT8 CW; QRV for CQ WPX RTTY; QSL also OK via TA7AOF direct|
|Feb 11-17, 2020||269||French Polynesia||TX4||AA4NC AA4VK as TX4N and TX4VK; 160-10m; CW FT4 FT8 SSB; 100w; holiday style operation; QSL TX4N via EA5GL and TX4VK via AA4VK direct|
|Feb 16-Mar 16, 2020||112||Tanzania||5H3DX||NK8O fm Zinga; 40-10m; CW PSK31 FT8, perhaps SSB; 100w; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via NK8O direct|
|Feb 14-21, 2020||243||Micronesia||V63DX||JA7HMZ fm Pohnpei; 160-6m; focus on 160m for EU; QSL also OK via JA7HMZ direct; logs will uploaded to Club Log|
|Feb 14-23, 2020||191||Cayman Is||ZF2AN||DF8AN fm Grand Cayman I; HF; CW FT8; QSL ok via B/d|
|Feb 16-Mar 27, 2020||100||Senegal||6W7||ON4AVT as 6W7/ON4AVT fm Ourang Mbour (IK14mi); 60 40 20 10m; mainly FT8 FT4, some SSB|
|Feb 19-24, 2020||158||Maldives||8Q7HK||JG1SXP fm North Male Atoll; 80-15m; FT8 CW, some SSB; 200w; vertical; QSL also OK via Club Log OQRS|
|Feb 20-25, 2020||265||Norfolk I||VK9NR||AA4NC AA4VK as TX4N and TX4VK; 160-10m; CW FT4 FT8 SSB; 100w; holiday style operation; QSL TX4N via EA5GL and TX4VK via AA4VK direct|
|Feb 20-Mar 4, 2020||258||Costa Rica||TI5||W1USN as TI5/W1USN and AA1M as TI5/AA1M; 160-10m; SSB CW FT8, perhaps FM satellite; QSL also OK via W1USN and AA1M respectively (Buro or direct)|
|Feb 20-Mar 5, 2020||9||South Orkney Is||VP8PJ||K3EL W2LK W1SRD PY2PT K5GS W7XU DJ9RR HA0NAR WA6O UT6UD N6XG N7QT HB9BXE fm Signy I (AN-008); 160-10m; SSB CW RTTY FT8; see Web for for QSL details; dates tentative|
|Feb 21-23, 2020||282||Puerto Rico||KP3RE||KP4RV KP4RD KP3H WP4U WP4N KP4VP NP3V WP4PBS KP3S NP3OT NP4D fm Culebra I (IOTA NA-249); 80-10m; CW SSB FT8|
|Feb 21-Mar 5, 2020||148||St Kitts and Nevis||V47JA||W5JON fm Calypso Bay; 160-6m, incl 60m; SSB FT8; yagi, verticals; QSL also OK via W5JON direct|
|Feb 23-Mar 1, 2020||141||Bahamas||C6AAN||DF8AN; HF; CW FT8; QSL ok via B/d|
|Mar 3-6, 2020||268||Vanuatu||YJ0NC||AA4NC AA4VK as TX4N and TX4VK; 160-10m; CW FT4 FT8 SSB; 100w; holiday style operation; QSL TX4N via EA5GL and TX4VK via AA4VK direct|
|Mar 4-15, 2020||106||Zambia||9J2LA||LA3BO LA3MHA LA8OM LA9KKA LA9VPA LB8DC DK6SP OE5CWO OE7PGI SM6CPY; 160-6m; CW SSB FT8, some RTTY|
|Mar 4-16, 2020||86||Djibouti||J2||DJ6TF DK1BT DL4WK DL6SAK DL7BO DL7DF DL7UFR SP3DOI fm LK11px; 160-10m; CW SSB + digital; 4 stations; QSL also OK via DL7DF (B/d)|
|Mar 6-13, 2020||128||Antigua||V26FP||IW2NEF fm IOTA NA-100; HF; SSB + digital; QSL also OK via Club Log OQRS and IK2DUW direct|
|Mar 7-13, 2020||128||Antigua||V26FP||IW2NEF fm Jolly Harbour (IOTA NA-100); 40-10m; SSB FT8|
|Mar 8-Apr 9, 2020||183||Barbados||8P6DR||By G3RWL; 80-10m; CW; QSL also OK via Club Log OQRS (preferred) or G3RWL direct|
|Mar 9-18, 2020||151||Rodrigues I||3B9||F8AAN as 3B9AN or 3B9/F8AAn; HF; 100w; mainly nighttime; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via F8AAN direct|
|Mar 10-25, 2020||Swains I||W8S||international team fm Swain I (IOTA OC-200); HF; CW SSB FT8 RTTY; 4 stations, 2 camps|
|Mar 14-15, 2020||202||Belize||V31GX||G4SGX for BERU Contest; QRV after contest, mainly 160m|
|Mar 18-Apr 3, 2020||225||West Kiribati||T30ET||5B4ALX fm Tarawa (IOTA OC-017); 160-6m; CW SSB FT8 RTTY; QSL also OK via Club Log OQRS|
|Mar 23-Apr 3, 2020||Ivory Coast||TU2R||ON7TQ ON4EI ON1DX ON6KX fm Abidjan; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT4 FT8; QSL via ON1DX Buro or OQRS via PayPal|
|Apr 1-7, 2020||60||St Barthelemy||FJ||OH2IS as FJ/OH2IS; 160-15m; mainly CW, some FT8 SSB; 500w; seaside location; QSL also OK via OH2IS (B/d)|
|Apr 6-14, 2020||102||St Vincent||J88PI||GW4DVB fm Palm I, Grenadines (IOTA NA-025); 40-6m; mainly SSB FT8|
|Apr 14-May 13, 2020||219||Guatemala||TG9BBV||VE7BV; HF; holiday style operation|
|May 4-12, 2020||158||Maldives||8Q7KB||DL2SBY fm Meedhupparu; 80-6m; SSB CW + digital; inverted vee; QSL also OK via DL2SBY direct; logs will be uploaded to Club Log|
|May 20-27, 2020||102||St Vincent||J8||KD7WPJ as J8/UR5BCP; 40-6m; mainly FT8 FT4, some SSB CW; 100w|
|Jun 1-14, 2020||25||Chad||TT8RR||I2YSB + team fm Ndjamena; HF; CW SSB RTTY (TT8XX on FT8); exact begin/end dates TBA|
|Jun 30-Jul 14, 2020||57||St Pierre and Miquelon||FP||KV1J as FP/KV1J fm Miquelon I (IOTA NA-032, DIFO FP-002, WLOTA 1417); 160-6m; mainly SSB RTTY FT8/4, some CW; QRV for IARU Contest; see Web for QSL details|
|Jul 8-15, 2020||212||Aruba||P4||ND7J as P4/ND7J and N4IQ as P4/N4IQ; QRV for IARU Contest|
|Aug 2-8, 2020||212||Aruba||P4||By NY4P as P4/NY4P fm Noord; 80-20m; SSB; 5w; magnetic loop; QSL also OK via Club Log OQRS|
|Sep 15-23, 2020||92||Faroe Is||OY||DL2AQI as OY/DL2AQI and DL4APJ as OY/DL4APJ; 80-10m; SSB + digital; QSL also OK via DL4APJ (B/d)|
|Oct 1-14, 2020||Midway I||KH4||11 op team as KH6VV/KH4 fm IOTA OC-030 (BL11ck); to include FT8; further details TBA|
|Oct 5-12, 2020||28||Sable I||CY0||WA4DAN N2IEN K5DHY K5YY K4UEE WW2DX AA4NC N8AA N2TU W4DKS as TBA; 160-6m; CW SSB FT8 + EME, satellite; QSL also OK via WA4DAN; exact dates TBD|
|Oct 19-28, 2020||35||Kosovo||Z66DX||DM2AUJ DL2AWG + 4 others; 160-10m (no 60m); CW SSB RTTY FT8; 2 stns, 24/7; 14 days during this period|
|Oct 25-Nov 30, 2020||198||Timor Leste||4W||18 op team; dates uncertain|