Oceania DX Contest
Oceania DX Contest
The Oceania DX Contest is managed by the Oceania DX Contest Committee.
Contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oceania DX contest is Oceania's only international style contest where contacts with stations all over the globe are able to participate.
Oceania stations may contact any station for QSO points whilst non-oceania stations are required to contact any station in Oceania for QSO points.
The contest runs over two weekends in October and has SSB, CW and SWL categories. Checkout the rules and find one to enjoy.
Aim Of The Contest
The aim of the contest is for stations within the Oceania Region is to contact as many other amateur radio stations as possible within the 24 hours of the contest on any of the 160/80/40/20/15/10m amateur bands. Each prefix worked on each band is counted as a multiplier.
DX Stations outside Oceania
The aim of the contest for stations outside the Oceania Region is to contact as many amateur radio stations within Oceania as possible within the 24 hours of the contest on any of the 160/80/40/20/15/10m amateur bands. Each prefix worked on each band is counted as a multiplier.
There is a separate contest for both CW and phone, each running for 24 hours. On both weekends there is Single operator and Multi Operator as well as Short Wave Listener (SWL) categories.
This Years Winners
Reports are retained on the Contests website and previous years results can be compared.
Previous Years Winners
A full rundown of previous scores are listed on the Oceania Dx Contest Webpage
The Oceania DX Contest is one of the oldest running DX contests in the amateur radio calender. This contest was previously known as the VK/ZL Contest until the contest was renamed in 2000 to reflect a desire to increase participation and focus on the entire Oceania Region.
As far as can be gathered the first VK DX Contest was held in the mid 1920s and the contest has existed in one form or another since this time. Up until 2000, the VK/ZL contest was managed in alternate years by the WIA and the NZART with some rule changes and log submittal address changes each year. Once management was associated with a single committee made up of both VK and ZL contesters, the rules and structure of the contest have permitted a steady and consistent growth in participation from both international and Oceania contestors alike.
Upcoming Contest Date & Time
PH - The first full weekend in October each year from 0800 UTC Saturday to 0800 UTC Sunday
CW - The second full weekend in October each year from 0800 UTC Saturday to 0800 UTC Sunday
Log deadline for PH and CW logs - 28 days after the end of the CW contest.
Please also refer to the files section at the bottom of the page for the current rules
Contacts on each band are worth different points as follows:
160m - 20 points
80m - 10 points
40m - 5 points
20m - 1 point
15m - 2 points
10m - 3 points
Duplicate contacts on the same band are not allowed. Each prefix worked on each band is a new multiplier. E.g. working VK3 on 80m and then VK3 on 20m is worth 2 multipliers.
The final score is the sum of all points gained from valid QSOs multiplied by the total number of multipliers. If a station worked 100 QSOs with a total of 500 points and the multipliers were 160m - 5, 80m - 10, 40m - 20 and 20m - 15, then the score would be:
500 x (5+10+20+15) = 500 x 50 = 25,000 points.
Submitting Your Log
The Oceania DX Committee requests that all logs that contain more than 50 QSOs are submitted in the Cabrillo format. Most, if not all of the contest software listed supports this format and greatly reduces the administrative effort required by the committee to adjudicate winners. Logs should be sent to:
CW - email@example.com
SSB - firstname.lastname@example.org
Contest results are published in AR each year and also in the NZARTs Break-In magazine. The complete results are published on the Oceania DX contest web site at:
An increasing number of contest software loggers are supporting the Oceania DX Contest, evidence of it's growing importance in the contest world.
VKCL is available for free and supports the OC DX Contest. See:
A brief review of various other packages follows.
SD Logger is a powerful contest logger intended for Single Operator - Unassisted classes in most major contests. The program is written by Paul EI5DI and comes with an excellent manual and user support. SD is now Freeware and has been recently updated to run easily on any Windows PC.
DxKeeper, part of the DxLab freeware suite of programs fully supports the contest.
OH2GI's software Hamsystem has supported Oceania DX Contest for many years.
Win-Test supports the Oceania DX Contest
N1MM Logger now supports the Oceania DX Contest (Freeware)
AALog contest module now supports the Oceania DX Contest
CT is one of the most popular contest logging packages and includes support for all categories in the Oceania DX Contest. CT is now Freeware
Writelog . The Oceania module is now fully operational.
Gen Log Another excellent Freeware logger
TR Log has been updated to include the Oceania Dx Contest. TR is a DOS based programme that also works under Windows and provides great flexibility in it's configuration system to account for different operating styles and equipment.
Cabrillo Tools Bruce WT4I kindly provided the Log Checking/Scoring Tools for the contest committee.
VKCL by Mike VK3AVV support the OC DX Contest and many other Australian Contests.
Quickscore Freeware program by VK4EMM. Converts and scores older CT BIN files in the Oceania format.
The Oceania DX Contest is sponsored by both the WIA and the NZART who both contribute financially, administratively and organisationally to running the contest. Both the WIA and NZART contribute to publish results, provide certificate and results to winners and competitors as well as providing some of the trophies and winning plaques.
Other private, corporate and club groups provide sponsorship for the Oceania DX Contest log checking, Plaques, Web site and other administrative and organisational functions required to ensure a successful and prosperous international DX Contest.
Files For Download
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