Napier, July 5, 2016: DXers and contesters around the globe are eagerly anticipating the next Oceania DX Contest, just three months away.
Oceania DX is a unique event on the contest calendar with a powerful reputation among keen DXers, IOTA hunters and contesters alike. "We're looking forward to another bumper entry this year" said Brian, VK3MI, chair of the organising committee. "Being a long way from almost everywhere, Oceania stations are in high demand for DXers around the globe. It's great fun to be the centre of attention with everybody beaming our way!"
The Oceania DX contest takes place on the first two weekends of October. This year's dates are 1-2 October (phone) and 8-9 October (CW). Each part is 24 hours long.
Thanks to ongoing promotional activities across the region, lots of Pacific islanders will be on the air again this year, all eager for DX contacts. Brian told us "Oceania DX is popular with resident hams in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and Rarotonga, some of whom are planning to activate even more exotic Oceania locations this year. Visiting hams often book Pacific holidays during early October specifically to participate in the contest. It helps that the phone and CW events are on adjacent weekends and, although we can't guarantee it, the Spring time weather down-under is usually fabulous!"
The Quake Contest Group, normally ZL3X from Christchurch, New Zealand, will activate Norfolk Island (IOTA OC-005) as VK9NZ for this year’s phone contest (see https://vk9nz.wordpress.com/ for more).
Visit the contest website at www.OceaniaDXcontest.com for more information including the 2016 rules plus results, soapbox comments and records from previous events. There are trophies and plaques on offer for keen competitors, certificates for the winners within each country and continent, and everyone receives a participation certificate. Even modest stations have plenty of opportunities to bag Pacific DX due to high activity levels.
About the contest: originally known as the VK/ZL Contest, the Oceania DX Contest (http://www.OceaniaDXcontest.com) has been running since the 1930s. Participation is strong and growing thanks to promotion by the joint Australia and New Zealand contest committee and increased activity levels both within Oceania and beyond: over 1,100 logs were received for the 2015 event including over 300 entrants from Oceania (3D2, 9M6, DU, KH2, KH6, KH8, NH0, NH2, P29, TX3, V73, V85, VK, YB and ZL). Some 23 new continental records were set in 2015.
Oceania DX Contest news contact: Gary ZL2iFB news@oceaniaDXcontest.com