The historic Oceania DX Contest (OCDX, originally the “VK/ZL contest”), one of the world’s oldest amateur radio contests, has been running for about eight decades since the mid-1930s.
The contest is an annual competition to make phone and CW contacts between amateur radio stations in Oceania and DX (the rest of the world). The fun takes place on the first and second full weekends in October every year, with separate 24-hour events for phone (SSB) and CW (Morse code).
Last year’s event was a resounding success, despite the lack of sunspots and disappointing HF conditions. Reduced solar activity and QRN made the 2015 contest 'challenging', shall we say. Nevertheless, participation from Oceania was markedly up on the previous year, with activity from 3D2, 9M6, DU, KH2, KH8, NH0, NH2, P29, TX3, V73 and V85 in addition to the usual stalwarts from VK, YB, KH6 and ZL. Remarkably, more than twenty new continental records were set in 2015.
This year, we know of at least 6 Oceania DXpeditions that coincide with the contest - the latest announcement being a VK9L Lord Howe activation during the phone weekend.
This year’s OCDX contest takes place on:
08:00 UTC Saturday 1st October to 08:00 UTC Sunday 2nd October 2016 (phone)
08:00 UTC Saturday 8th October to 08:00 UTC Sunday 9th October 2016 (CW)
Mark these dates in your diary and read the rules for further information.