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October 18th: the contest is over for another year, challenging HF conditions once again dominating the event. Although we have received over 1,000 entries already, long-time entrant Peter HB9IK had a tough time:
“I activated Oceania DX Contest CW section for more than 16 hours but I can’t deliver a Cabrillo log, as I made not one QSO with any Oceania station. It was my worst OC/VK/ZL test ever, even worse than when my 100 W transceiver broke down and I used my 5 W QRP station some years ago. That year I made two QSOs and a dozen points. But this year we had horrible conditions. I heard several Oceania stations, but very very weak and no one came back to me. I run my Orion 100 W rig and three-band vertical. Now and then I checked the rig and vertical were still working - they were: I worked XE and W stations easily but Oceania was out of reach. Even my dear XYL Liselotte was in pity with me. Weeks before the contest I checked the rig for good convenience and exercised Paul O’Kane EI5DI’s contest logger to be prepared and was full of joy. Anyhow I still hope to run the old VK/ZL CW test one or more times with better results, as I had this year my 90th birthday.”
So sorry to hear that Peter. We all suffered this year, even Oceania entrants had a hard time despite everybody beaming our way! Better luck year: the CW event starts at 08:00z on October 12th 2018, phone the weekend before.
October 5th: FlexRadio Systems in conjunction with Futuresystems have jointly sponsored two new plaques for the winners of the NEW ZEALAND PHONE SO ALL HP and INDONESIA CW SO ALL HP categories. Thank you both!
September 11th: KL7SB Steve will be in E51 for the CW leg, possibly operating at E51AND’s QTH as E51RAT (call not yet confirmed).
September 8th: as well as VK9XI, T32AZ Ken will also be QRV from the other Christmas Island during OCDX Phone. QSL via KH6QJ.
OCDX PR 2017-2: Counting down the final few weeks - preparations are well under way for the 2017 contest. We are announcing a new plaque this year in memory of VK3AKK, and activity from Christmas and Cocos-Keeling islands. MORE
OCDX PR 2017-1: Announcing the Oceania DX Contest 2017 - this year’s events take place in two months’ time on the first two full weekends of October. MORE