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||VK3MH||55.18|| TOKELAU ISLANDS|
NORTH COOK ISLANDS
|2nd||VK3HJ||56.36|| TOKELAU ISLANDS|
SAINT PAUL ISLAND
|3rd||VK3BDX||56.71|| TOKELAU ISLANDS|
NORTH COOK ISLANDS
SAINT PAUL ISLAND
|4th||VK3SIM||56.71|| TOKELAU ISLANDS|
NORTH COOK ISLANDS
SAINT PAUL ISLAND
|5th||VK3OHM||56.71|| TOKELAU ISLANDS|
NORTH COOK ISLANDS
SAINT PAUL ISLAND
|6th||VK6WX||56.98|| TOKELAU ISLANDS|
NORTH COOK ISLANDS
|7th||VK7CW||61.03|| TOKELAU ISLANDS|
|8th||VK2KDP||91.78|| WESTERN KIRIBATI|
|9th||VK2ICJ||127.10|| WESTERN KIRIBATI|
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
|11th||VK2PR||160.99|| SOLOMON ISLANDS|
REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Most Wanted List: October - December 2019
Most Wanted List: July - September 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.
|Oct 1-Dec 15, 2019||121||Gabon||TR8CR||F8EN; HF; CW; QSL OK via REF Buro or direct|
|Oct 10, 2019-Oct 22, 2020||165||Cape Verde Is||D44EA||OK7JR fm Sal I (IOTA AF-086); HF|
|Nov 12-Dec 25, 2019||136||Madagascar||5R||JA8VE as 5R8VX and JA8VE as 5R8KU; SSB CW + digital (incl FT8 FT4); 500w; vertical, Hexbeam|
|Nov 12-Dec 31, 2019||304||Thailand||HS0ZME||SM6NT fm Hua Hin (NK92xm); 40-10m; mainly CW; 100w; Force 12, GP, R8, Alpha Delta multi-band; to continue until Apr 2020|
|Nov 24-Dec 31, 2019||247||Tonga||A35JP||JA0RQV fm Tongatapu I (IOTA OC-049); 160-10m; CW SSB FT8; perhaps also fm outer islands; QSL also OK via Club Log OQRS, JA0RQV Buro; to continue until mid-November 2020|
|Nov 26-Dec 28, 2019||56||Ghana||9G5GS||IZ4YGS; 160-20m + satellite; mainly FT8 Fox/Hound, SSB; 100w; QSL also OK via IZ4YGS direct, eQSL|
|Nov 28-Dec 13, 2019||101||Gambia||C56PIS||SA6PIS fm Bakau; HF|
|Dec 1-14, 2019||101||Gambia||C56BR||ON4BR; HF; CW SSB FT8|
|Dec 2-20, 2019||58||Burkina Faso||XT2AW||DF2WO fm Ouagadougou; focus on 160 80 60m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; hexbeam, verticals|
|Dec 2, 2019-Jan 5, 2020||255||Ecuador||HC5AGT||EA5RM fm Loja and possbily fm Guayaquil; 40-10m; SSB + digital|
|Dec 3-24, 2019||58||Burkina Faso||XT2AW||DF2WO fm Ouagadougou; mainly 160 80 60m; FT8, some SSB CW; hexbeam, verticals; spare time operation|
|Dec 4-13, 2019||100||St Martin||TO9W||K9NU K9NU W9ILY N9AOL K9EL FS4WBS; 160-6m, focus on 160 80 40m; mainly CW FT8; regular uploads to Club Log; see Web site for full details|
|Dec 6-21, 2019||138||Turks and Caicos||VP5||WQ7X as VP5/WQ7X fm Providenciales I (IOTA NA-002); 40-10m; CW SSB; QSL also OK via WQ7X direct|
|Dec 6-27, 2019||312||New Caledonia||FK||DB1RUL as FK/DB1RUL fm Grand Terre I 6-9 Dec, Poingam I 13-15 Dec, Ouvea I 18-21 Dec, Ile de Pine 23-27 Dec; HF; FT8; QSL also OK via DB1RUL|
|Dec 10-19, 2019||155||St Kitts and Nevis||V47JA||W5JON fm Calypso Bay; 160-6m; SSB FT8; yagi, verticals; QSL also OK via W5JON direct|
|Dec 10-23, 2019||157||Maldives||8Q7XY||40 30 20 15 10m; mainly FT8 SSB|
|Dec 11-20, 2019||139||Bhutan||A5||JH1AJT DJ9ZB KO8SCA ON5UR E21EIC as A5B, A50BOC, A50BPC; 160-6m; CW SSB FT4 FT8; QSL also OK via JH1AJT: PO Box 8, Oiso, Naka-gun, Kanagawa 255-0003, Japan|
|Dec 12-31, 2019||164||Honduras||HR5||F2JD as HR5/F2JD fm Copan-Ruinas; 160-6m; CW SSB + digital; QSL OK B/d; operation to continue until Apr 4, 2020|
|Dec 13-15, 2019||109||Senegal||6V1A||6W7JX 6W1PZ 6W1KI 6W1QL 6W1PA 6W1SQ 6W1SV 6W1GF 6W1TA fm Goree I (IOTA AF-045); HF; SSB CW; QSL also OK via 6W1QL|
|Dec 13-20, 2019||222||Georgia||4L||TA1HZ as 4L/TA1HZ; @4L6QC; focus on low bands; mainly FT8 FT4; 100w; QSL OK via TA1HZ direct|
|Dec 14, 2019-Jan 8, 2020||304||Thailand||HS0ZNR||VK2BY fm Nam Yuen, Ubon Ratchathani; 80-10m; SSB FT8; 200w; Hex Beam; logs will be uploaded to Club Log|
|Dec 15-21, 2019||255||Ecuador||HC5JLT||W9HT; HF + 6m; SSB CW + digital|
|Dec 17-31, 2019||184||Rotuma||3D2AG/p||3D2AG; focus on 160 80 60m; CW SSB FT8/FT4; see Web for further details; to continue until mid-Jan 2020|
|Dec 21-28, 2019||213||Liechtenstein||HB0||DL2SBY as HB0/DL2SBY fm Masescha; 80-10m; SSB CW + digital; 1kw; inverted vee; QSL also OK via DL2SBY direct; logs will be uploaded to Club Log|
|Dec 22, 2019-Jan 3, 2020||215||Ogasawara||JD1BMH||JG7PSJ fm Chichijima I (IOTA AS-031); 80-10m; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via JG7PSJ direct|
|Dec 31, 2019-Jan 2, 2020||176||Iceland||TF||MM0NDX as TF/OJ0Y and MM0OKG as TF/MM0OKG fm western TF; HF; CW SSB FT8; QSL TF/OJ0Y also via EB7DX|
|Jan 2-7, 2020||96||Cyprus SBA||ZC4UW||G3ZAY M0BLF M0VFC G7VJR M0ZXA G7SOZ M0WUT M0BBB; 160-10m; CW SSB; 400w; verticals; 4 stations; QSL via Club Log OQRS|
|Jan 6-12, 2020||72||Palestine||E44RU||R7AL RA1ZZ RW9JZ R5EC fm nr Jericho (KM71fm); 160-10m; CW SSB FT8 (f/h); QSL also OK via R7AL (B/d)|
|Jan 7-13, 2020||246||Palau||T88AQ||JH6WDG; 160-10m; CW SSB FT8; 1kw; yagis, dipoles; QSL also OK via JH6WDG, logs uploaded to Club Log|
|Jan 9-14, 2020||137||Bermuda||VP9||WB9EAO as WB9EAO/VP9 fm Hamilton; @VP9GE; 160-10m; CW SSB; 100w; QSL also OK via WB9EAO direct|
|Jan 9-15, 2020||144||Montserrat||VP2MDT||WV2B; SSB CW; holiday style operation|
|Jan 11-19, 2020||196||Cayman Is||ZF2PG||K8PGJ; @ZF1A; 160-40m outside NAQP; SSB; 100w; QRV for NAQP SSB; QSL also OK via ZF2PG|
|Jan 12-31, 2020||261||Norfolk I||VK9NK||SP9FIH; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; operation to continue until Apr 12|
|Jan 15-23, 2020||246||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 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 24-26, 2020||151||Bahamas||C6AEI||WB4OMG fm Grand Bahama I; QRV for CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW Contest|
|Jan 28-Feb 7, 2020||101||Gambia||C5XW||G5XW; 40-17m; holiday style operation|
|Jan 30-Feb 13, 2020||150||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 3-8, 2020||205||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 4-18, 2020||116||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 6-18, 2020||116||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 16-Mar 16, 2020||116||Tanzania||5H3DX||NK8O fm Zinga; 40-10m; CW PSK31 FT8, perhaps SSB; 100w; holiday style operation; QSL also OK via NK8O direct|
|Feb 5-17, 2020||72||Palestine||E44CC||F4AJQ + team fm Bethlehem; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY PSK FT4 FT8; full QSL details on Web|
|Feb 14-23, 2020||196||Cayman Is||ZF2AN||DF8AN as VP2V/DF8AN fm Grand Cayman I; HF; CW FT8; QSL ok via B/d|
|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||8||South Orkney Is||VP8||K3EL W2LK W1SRD PY2PT K5GS W7XU DJ9RR HA0NAR WA6O UT6UD N6XG N7QT HB9BXE as VP8/VP8DXU 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 23-Mar 1, 2020||151||Bahamas||C6AAN||DF8AN; HF; CW FT8; QSL ok via B/d|
|Mar 5-15, 2020||118||Zambia||9J2LA||LA3BO LA3MHA LA8OM LA9KKA LA9VPA LB8DC DK6SP OE5CWO OE7PGI; 160-6m; CW SSB FT8, some RTTY|
|Mar 6-13, 2020||130||Antigua||V26FP||IW2NEF fm IOTA NA-100; HF; SSB + digital; QSL also OK via Club Log OQRS and IK2DUW 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||203||Belize||V31GX||G4SGX for BERU Contest; QRV after contest, mainly 160m|
|Mar 18-Apr 3, 2020||201||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 6-14, 2020||98||St Vincent||J88PI||GW4DVB fm Palm I, Grenadines (IOTA NA-025); 40-6m; mainly SSB FT8|
|May 4-12, 2020||157||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|
|Jun 30-Jul 14, 2020||50||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||207||Aruba||P4||ND7J as P4/ND7J and N4IQ as P4/N4IQ; QRV for IARU Contest|
|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|