download, study and observe
is purely for convenience.
In the event of
conflicts, gaps or doubts,
official rules take precedence.
SPECIAL NOTES FOR OCDX 2020
starts and finishes 2 hours
earlier than usual this year: the OCDX 2020 Phone
and CW contests run from 06:00z
Saturday until 06:00z
the COVID-19 laws,
regulations and guidance that apply in
please note: a given 'station being worked' callsign can only
appear in up to 3 consecutive
QSOs on a single band, so you can’t simply
monitor a single transmitting station, logging everyone he works
for hours on end! Please check rule 7g carefully.
one plaque or trophy will be awarded per entry. For example, a
station winning a continent plaque will not also receive the
country award - it will go to the runner-up instead.
Phone contest: 06:00
UTC Saturday 3 October to 06:00
UTC Sunday 4 October 2020
CW contest: 06:00
UTC Saturday 10 October to 06:00
UTC Sunday 11 October 2020
These are separate contests on successive weekends:
feel free to enter either ... or both!
- OCDX promotes HF
contacts with stations in the
transmitting entrants contact as many stations as possible,
anywhere in the world.
- DX transmitting entrants contact
as many Oceania stations as
SWLs copy and log as many contest stations as possible, anywhere
in the world.
- DX SWLs copy and log as many
contest stations in Oceania
4. BANDS and SCORING
- The Phone and CW contests are
are multipliers (e.g. N8, W8, WD8, HG1, HG19, KC2,
OE2, OE25, LY1000, VK2 ...) on
each band on which you work them.
- For multiplier purposes, prefixes
and callsigns without numbers are notionally assigned a zero
e.g. PA/N8BJQ counts as PA0, and XEFTJW counts as XE0. All
callsigns should however be logged as sent.
- Maritime mobile, mobile, /A, /E,
/J, /P, or interim license class identifiers do not
count as prefixes.
- Special event, commemorative and
other unique prefix stations are welcome.
- The total score is the (sum of the
Contact Points) multiplied by the (sum of the Multipliers).
- QRP (SO QRP) 5
- low power (SO LP) 100 watts
- high power (SO HP) the lesser of license limit
or 1500 watts
- Transmitting Multiple Operators
- Single Transmitter
- Two Transmitters (M2)
- Multiple Transmitters
- Short Wave Listener (SWL)
- DXcluster assistance is permitted
in all categories, with the usual restrictions (see the full rules for details)
6. CQs and EXCHANGES
- Participants typically call “CQ
Oceania” on phone, and “CQ OC” on CW.
- Contest exchanges are signal
reports plus serial numbers.
- Be careful to log callsigns and
reports accurately, especially multipliers, since typos can be
- If someone does not send you a
serial number, pretend they sent you 001.
- To help the adjudicators
cross-check other entrants’ logs, please log
every completed QSO:
- Log zero-point QSOs (e.g. if DX
stations work other DX stations)’
- Log any duplicate QSOs’
- Single band entrants: log your
QSOs made on all bands (the Cabrillo header tells us which band
you are entering)’
- If you participate but choose not
to enter, a checklog would be welcome for the same reason.
7. SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY
- The OCDX contests are adjudicated
electronically, hence we need your electronic logs.
- If possible, use contest logging
software to generate a Cabrillo file, then upload it using the on-line
- Otherwise please use the online form or some other means to
generate a valid plain text column-aligned Cabrillo file, then
- Provided you made less
than 50 contacts, you can mail in a legible paper log
with a summary sheet (see the official rules for details).
your log in before November!
- Every submitted entry will be
checked and given a final score as part of the adjudication
process ... but naturally you are welcome to calculate your
claimed score and hope that’s close!
- A veritable profusion of certificates, trophies and plaques
will be awarded.
- Please email the Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org if
you have any problems entering.
- Good luck!
COMMENTS and SUGGESTIONS
- The OCDX Committee welcomes
your feedback on the contest through email@example.com.
- If you believe the rules should
be changed to improve the competition in some way, please let
- We don’t promise to make changes
but rest assured your suggestions will be taken seriously.
- If you are happy with the way
things are, we’d like to know that too!
- Photos and contest write-ups are
- Additional good-quality content
helps us make the contest reports, website, press releases etc.
more interesting and engaging.
- Please send us good sized (medium
to high resolution) original photos.
- If they are suitable for
publication (e.g. here on the website and/or in the
contest write-up and publicity materials), we will crop,
resize and label them accordingly.
- Please help us by stating
names, callsigns, locations etc.
- Brief soapbox comments can be
included in the Cabrillo log.
- Longer comments, all the way up
to complete articles about your entry, can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- These are welcome at any time
prior to publishing the results, the sooner the better.
- Please indicate explicitly
whether your submissions are solely for internal/private use
by the Committee, otherwise they may be published.
- We don’t promise to publish
your content, but if we do, we reserve the right to make
editorial changes e.g. for length and style, if for
some reason we choose not to quote you verbatim.
- We may email you for
further information about your entry, log, station, comments etc.
dates for your diary