A reminder that the HF bands will be alive with Oceania CW signals this coming weekend (11/12 October) in the 2014 Oceania DX CW contest.
The conditions and activity in the PHONE section last weekend were fantastic - the best that we have seen for a long time. Hopefully we will see more of the same in the CW section. We are expecting a good turn out from VK, ZL and YB stations - as well as stations from rarer Pacific entities including YJ0X (Vanuatu), A35RT (Tonga), and ZK3Q or ZK3E (Tokelau).
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Special note for PHONE QRP entrants: Our email robot was incorrectly categorising QRP logs until around 18:00 UTC on 5 October.
Here is an abbreviated summary of the rules for the 2014 contest:
The aim of the contest is to promote HF contacts with stations in the Oceania region. Oceania stations can work other Oceania and non-Oceania stations. Non-Oceania stations can only work Oceania stations.
PHONE: 08:00 UTC Saturday 4 October to 08:00 UTC Sunday 5 October
CW: 08:00 UTC Saturday 11 October to 08:00 UTC Sunday 12 October
Bands: 160M to 10M (excluding WARC bands).
Exchange: RS(T) + serial number.
QSO points: 20 points per QSO on 160M; 10 points on 80M; 5 points on 40M; 1 point on 20M; 2 points on 15M; and 3 points on 10M.
Final Score: The sum of the QSO points multiplied by the number of prefixes worked (the same prefix can be counted once on each band).
Single Operator All Band QRP (max 5W)
Single Operator All Band Low Power (max 100W) Single Operator All Band High Power Single Operator Single Band QRP (max 5W) Single Operator Single Band Low Power (max 100W) Single Operator Single Band High Power
M1 - Multiple Operators and Single Transmitter (only one transmitted signal at any time)
M2 - Multiple Operators and Two Transmitters (no more than two transmitted signals at any time and on different bands) MM - Multiple Operators and Multiple Transmitters (no more than one transmitted signal at any time on each band) Shortwave Listener (receive only) All Band
Certificates will be awarded to the winning stations in each of the categories above - for each continent and country. A participation certificate will also be awarded to every station that makes at least one valid QSO.
73 and we look forward to seeing you in the CW pileups over the weekend.
Oceania DX Contest Committee
VK3MI/ZL1AZE, ZL3GA, VK2HN, VK3TZ, VK6DXI, VK7GN