Oceania DX Contests begin this weekend
Held every October are the Oceania DX Contests – first this weekend is the Phone Contest, and on the following weekend CW. The latest reports of sunspot numbers indicate that suitable propagation should exist this weekend.
Jim Linton - VK3PC
The Oceania DX Contests are co-sponsored by the Wireless Institute of Australia and the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters – and managed by a committee of VK and ZL contesters. It has been around since the mid-1930s, was previously called as the VK/ZL Contest, and the VK/ZL/O Contest. At one stage, reflecting then on poor participation, the VK/ZL/O was to end. That proposal was discussed, put the vote, and the WIA Federal Council soundly rejected its demise.
After further promotion, it was renamed 15 years ago to increase participation and focus on the entire Oceania Region. One avid contester describes the Oceania DX Contest as a time when the whole world points their beam antennas and listens to Oceania for 24 hours.
The Phone Contest starts on Saturday October 3, and the CW Contest is Saturday October 10, with all logs due by October 31. As always, please study the rules and requirements, available on the WIA website.
(Jim Linton VK3PC)
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