Frank Hine VK2QL shack croppedJPGThe 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).

Vigorous promotion by the joint Australia and New Zealand Contest Committee continues to drive up the popularity of this contest.  As greater numbers of Oceania and DX stations participate, it becomes even more exciting for all involved!

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’s OCDX contest takes place on:

08:00 UTC Saturday 1st October to 08:00 UTC Sunday 2nd October 2016 (phone)

and

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.

If you are planning to operate from one of the rarer Oceania islands in the contest,
let us know and we’ll mention you in the news.

 

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