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|
|6th||VK2AU||REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO||51||20210327||071912|
|1st||VK3IK||45.96|| JAN MAYEN|
UNITED NATIONS HQ
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN
|2nd||VK3BDX||47.78|| JAN MAYEN|
REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
|3rd||VK3MH||52.55|| JAN MAYEN|
UNITED NATIONS HQ
|4th||VK3KTT||55.40|| JAN MAYEN|
|5th||VK6WX||58.08|| JAN MAYEN|
|9th||VK2AU||106.79|| REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO|
COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND
COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND
|13th||VK3OM||206.13|| SEYCHELLES ISLANDS|
|14th||VK2PR||321.90|| NEW CALEDONIA|
|15th||VK2ND||322.79|| FIJI ISLANDS|
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Most Wanted List: April - June 2021
Most Wanted List: January - March 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.
|Apr 25-Jun 25, 2021||70||Somalia||6O1OO||EP3CQ fm Mogadishu; HF; mainly FT8; spare time operation; QSL: Ali Solhjoo, Freienwalderstr. 35, 13359 Berlin, Germany|
|May 10-Jun 27, 2021||31||Niger||5UAIHM||F4IHM fm Niamey; CW; 40 20m; wire antenna|
|May 20-Jun 20, 2021||109||Nigeria||5N7MSF||F5MAW; focus on 20 15m; 100w; quad; spare time operation to continue until Sep 15|
|May 29-Jun 21, 2021||241||Crete||SV9||DL3DRN as SV9/DL3DRN; all bands; CW SSB RTTY; QSL via DL3DRN (B/d)|
|May 31-Jun 21, 2021||258||Vietnam||XV9RH||JH4RHF fm Hanoi; 20-10m; CW FT8; 100w|
|Jun 8-30, 2021||163||Kenya||5Z4||AK0SK as 5Z4/AK0SK fm Nairobi; 40-10m; FT8; end date uncertain|
|Jun 8-Jul 10, 2021||116||Greenland||OX3LX||OZ1DJJ fm IOTA NA-018, NA-220, NA151; HF + 6 4m; spare time operation; QSL also OK via OZ0J and Club Log OQRS|
|Jun 12-20, 2021||271||Balearic Is||EA6||DK5ON as EA6/DK5ON; 40-6m; SSB CW FT8 FT4; QRP; QSL via DK5ON(d/B), ClubLog OQRS|
|Jun 12-21, 2021||97||Market Reef||OJ0C||OH3JR OH2TA OH2GEK OH5BM OH2BH KO8SCA; focus on 6m FT8 and higher bands|
|Jun 12-Jul 5, 2021||209||Guadeloupe||TO11A||F6GWV F6HMQ; focus on 6m; holiday style operation|
|Jun 13-Jul 5, 2021||61||Burkina Faso||XT2AW||DF2WO fm Ouagadougou (IK92fh); 160-6m; CW SSB FT8 + satellite; 100w; hex beam, vertical, dipole; QSL via M0OXO OQRS|
|Jun 17-Jul 31, 2021||82||Djibouti||J20EE||F8FKJ; HF; QSL via eQSL (no paper QSLs)|
|Jun 17-30, 2021||126||Turks and Caicos||VP5MA||I2HBW fm Providenciales I (IOTA NA-002); HF; SSB FT8; operation to continue until end of Oct|
|Jun 21-Jul 31, 2021||74||St Helena||ZD7||G3WIP; HF; operation to continue until Sep 30|
|Jun 26-Jul 2, 2021||126||Turks and Caicos||VP5||W3QP as VP5/W3QP; HF; end-fed antenna; QSL via eQSL|
|Jun 27-Jul 4, 2021||97||Market Reef||OJ0||OH3JR as OJ0JR and OG2M as OJ0MR; 6m; FT8 CW SSB; QSL OJ0MR via LoTW and OJ0JR via OH3JR (B/d)|
|Jun 30-Jul 3, 2021||295||Alaska||KL7RRC||N7QT W8HC NL8F N3QQ fm Adak I (IOTA NA-039); 40-6m; CW SSB FT8 (f/h)|
|Jun 30-Jul 4, 2021||213||Liechtenstein||HB0||HB9HBY as HB0/HB9HBY fm Steg; FT8 CW SSB; 160-10m; G5RV|
|Jul 4-17, 2021||British Virgin Is||VP2V||K3TRM as VP2V/K3TRM fm Tortola; 40-6m; SSB RTTY FT8 + satellite|
|Jul 7-12, 2021||295||Alaska||KL7RRC||N7QT W8HC NL8F N3QQ fm Kiska I (IOTA NA-070); 40-6m; CW SSB FT8 (f/h)|
|Jul 7-14, 2021||206||Aruba||P4||ND7J as P4/ND7J and N4IQ as P4/N4IQ; QRV for IARU Contest|
|Jul 9-13, 2021||295||Alaska||KL7||W1AW/KL7 Team as W1AW/KL7; HF; QRV for IARU HF Championship; QSL via W1AW, Club Log OQRS|
|Jul 14-16, 2021||295||Alaska||KL7RRC||N7QT W8HC NL8F N3QQ fm Adak I (IOTA NA-039); 40-6m; CW SSB FT8 (f/h)|
|Jul 14-21, 2021||142||Bahamas||C6AHA||N4RRR K4KSW N4QBS NN2T fm Bimini I (IOTA NA-048); HF FT8 SSB CW; QSL via Club Log OQRS|
|Jul 23-Aug 3, 2021||96||St Vincent||J88PI||GW4DVB fm Palm I (IOTA NA-025, FK92ho); 40-6m; SSB FT8|
|Jul 21-26, 2021||175||Svalbard||JW0W||LB1QI LB2HG LA7GIA LA7QIA LA8OM fm Prins Karls Forland I (IOTA EU-063); focus on 40 30 20m; focus on NA and Asia; 1kw; VDAs and verticals nr salt water; QSL via M0OXO; QRV for RSGB IOTA|
|Jul 25-Sep 4, 2021||268||Azores||CT8||W6PQL as CT8/W6PQL; FT8 on all bands; 20m SSB|
|Aug 1-30, 2021||238||Dominican Republic||HI9||HB9TUZ as HI9/HB9TUZ fm Las Terransa; 40-10m; SSB|
|Aug 11-16, 2021||134||Bermuda||VP9EE||OZ2I; CW; QRV for WAE CW Contest|
|Sep 5-19, 2021||212||Dodecanese||SV5||DL2AAZ as SV5/DL2AAZ fm Rhodes (IOTA EU-001); 40-10m + QO-100 satellite; SSB CW; 300w; ground planes; holiday style operation|
|Sep 20-30, 2021||135||Tanzania||5H1IP||HA3JB fm Zanzibar (IOTA AF-032); 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; QRV for CQWW DX RTTY; QSL via HA3JB|
|Sep 21-Oct 5, 2021||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 CW RTTY FT8 FT4; see Web for QSL details|
|Sep 29-Oct 13, 2021||168||Maldives||8Q7CQ||G0VJG fm Reethi Faru, Filaidhoo I (IOTA AS-013); 80-10m, incl 60m; SSB + digital,some CW; 300w; vertical, dipole; QSL OK via Club Log OQRS; license pending|
|Oct 1-30, 2021||176||Mellish Reef||VK9HR||7 op VK team; 160-10m; CW SSB FT8; exact dates TBD|
|Oct 2-16, 2021||54||Sao Tome and Principe||S9OK||OK1BOA OK1CRM OK1FCJ OK1GK OK2ZA OK2ZC OK2ZI OK6DJ fm Sao Tome I (IOTA AF-023); 160-6m; CW SSB + digital; QSL via Club Log OQRS or OK6DJ|
|Oct 7-19, 2021||26||Guinea Bissau||J5T||7 op I team fm Bubaque I (IOTA-AF-020; also using J5HKT; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY FT8; 4 stations|
|Oct 9-23, 2021||160||Surinam||PZ5GE||DJ4EL fm Houttyn (Papegaaine I, IOTA SA-023); 40-10m; SSB; QSL via DJ4EL|
|Oct 16-Nov 12, 2021||143||St Kitts and Nevis||V47JA||W5JON fm Calypso Bay; 160-6m, incl 60m; SSB FT8; yagi, verticals; QSL also OK via W5JON direct|
|Oct 25-Nov 1, 2021||73||St Eustatius||PJ5||W5JON as PJ5/W5JON; 40-6m SSB FT8; QRV for CQWW DX SSB; QSL also OK via W5JON direct|
|Nov 3-13, 2021||149||Willis I||VK9W||VK2IR VK3YP VK2RF VK2OK VK2PN VK6CQ + others fm IOTA OC-007; 160-10m, perhaps 6m; CW SSB + digital|
|Dec 1-10, 2021||115||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 16-22, 2021||139||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||8 op team; 160-6m; CW SSB FT4/FT8 RTTY; dates tentative|
|Mar 2-11, 2022||151||Galapagos||HD8M||WB2REM VO1IDX KH6M KE2D fm Santa Cruz I (IOTA SA-004); 160-10m; FT8 (f/h) SSB CW; QSL via WB2REM direct|