2015 Trans Tasman Results – Almost

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As part of the new open Crowd surfing log checking we need volunteers -

If you want to help please check in at


All we need is callsign and email to access the logs….

You will be able to see all the log entries – and actually CHECK and see if they QSOs are actually legit.

These forms will also be part of the VKCC Sprints that we foolishly thought we could get off the ground in 2015.

But good things come to those who wait , thanks to Bruce WA7BNM for his help with the new format.







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WOW – Some records could be ready to fall in the Oceania Dx Contest this weekend

The suns recent burst of activity will see ten metres pretty good and if the A and K index stays like it is 40M should be awesome -

Two key points to remember with the Oceania DX Contest -

#1  The Prefix multipliers count on every band so you need to be active on as many bands as possible – Single ops this means changing bands often -

#2 Remember the 20M contacts are only worth 1 point each – so while you need to work 20M for the Multipliers the best results are had on 40M where each contact is worth 5 points or 10M where the contacts are worth 3 points

Best strategy ? Run USA whenever possible as there are so many prefix multipliers in USA – If you really want to win a category – keep your back side in the chair and the radio on and definitely use a good contest logger with PC interface.

Good Luck


Oceania DX Contest 2015

Posted by Trent, VK4TS

Dear contesters

The 2015 Oceania DX contest is now only a couple of weeks away, with the
PHONE SSB section on the first weekend in October and the CW section on the
second weekend in October. Read more…

CQ WW Data Analysis

Posted by Trent, VK4TS

From Stan EI6DX ; 

Just for a bit of fun, I have put aggregated CQWW log data into an Excel file and pointed pivot tables to it.

Below are some graphs and insights into CQWW QSO rates from 2007 to 2014 by area, bands and modes.

Total QSOs (CW and SSB): http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/01.png

Note: Some DX zones have been omitted. It was done intentionally so as to not to skew area figures by including once-off DX-peditions.

Total QSOs (breakdown by mode): http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/02.png
Total QSOs (breakdown by band): http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/04.png
Total QSOs compared to 2007: http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/05.png
Total QSOs compared to 2007 (breakdown by mode): http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/06.png
Total QSOs compared to 2007 (breakdown by band): http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/07.png
Total QSOs compared to previous year: http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/08.png
Total QSOs compared to previous year (breakdown by band): http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/09.png
Total QSOs compared to previous year (breakdown by mode): http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/10.png

Breakdowns by area (USA, EU, JA, SA, VK, Balkans, RU).
Total QSOs compared to previous year (breakdown by area): http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/11.png
Total QSOs compared to 2007 (breakdown by area): http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/12.png
Total QSOs compared to 2007 by area - 160 only: http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/13.png
Total QSOs compared to 2007 by area - 80 only: http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/14.png
Total QSOs compared to 2007 by area - 40 only: http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/15.png
Total QSOs compared to 2007 by area - 20 only: http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/16.png
Total QSOs compared to 2007 by area - 15 only: http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/17.png
Total QSOs compared to 2007 by area - 10 only: http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/18.png
Total QSOs compared to previous year by area : http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/19.png
Total QSOs compared to previous year by area by mode : http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/20.png
Total QSOs compared to previous year (2011 onwards) by area by mode : http://www.ei6dx.com/wordpress/galleries/report/2014/21.png

You can get these reports yourself by using the attached Excel file and get an idea how your area/continent has done over the years. Have fun!


GL and see you in test!


VKCL Process to Upload

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Oceania Dx Contest

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Oceania Dx Contest 

The Oceania DX contest has been around since the mid 1930s and was known previously as the VK/ZL Contest. Activity has increased in recent years due to a huge promotional effort by the joint Australian and New Zealand Contest Committee.
Contest Dates/Times:

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 Read more…

Oceania Contest Club Trophy

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Oceania Contest Club Trophy


Mirek VK6DXI was collating the collections for this trophy in the past.

VKCC sponsors the VK Club award which was again won in 2014 by the Geelong Amateur Radio Club

The aim of the award is to give club members a reason to get on and make a few contacts so that there are more VK’s for overseas competitors to work. The members at Geelong are doing a terrific job – how about some more clubs giving them a hurry up! Read more…


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From Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio club we had an enjoyable weekend – VK4ALH VK4LHD VK4VXX VK4PN and VK4TS. 

The new inverted V dipoles made by Robert VK4LHD for 160 80 and 40 worked well – we had a tribander for 20 15 and 10-up about 20m high and tried a triplexer on the rigs -which was pretty neat – being able to run two 100 watt radios through a single antenna and not have major interference. Read more…


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This contest commemorates the Amateurs who died during World War II and is designed to encourage friendly participation and help improve the operating skills of participants. It is held on the weekend closest to the 15th August, the date on which hostilities ceased in the southwest Pacific area. Read more…


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Antarctic joins ANZAC 100 program

The activation of VI 0 ANZAC on Casey Base in the Australian Antarctic Territory is due to start operation, as part of the Wireless Institute of Australia ANZAC 100 program.

Doug VK0DMV is working at Casey Station and has great pleasure in activating the VI0ANZAC callsign.

His role keeps him extremely busy and can only operate when his duties allow.

This will mean that some published operation time may not occur due to operational requirements and the weather conditions.

VI0ANZAC will use the commercial Qmac HF90 transceiver  with an output power of 50 watts into a dipole antenna.


Doug thanks both the WIA and the Australian Antarctic Division for this opportunity in this the 100th Anniversary year of the Gallipoli campaign in WWI. QSL in strictly eQSL.

Fred VK3DAC, the ANZAC 100 coordinator will be on air as a control station.

Potential operating dates are the 8th and 9th of August, start time at 0000UTC which is 10am AEST, (8am at Casey Station) and operate for 2 hours, and then stop. Proposed schedule on both days in UTC are:


0000 to 0200

0400 to 0600

0900 to 1100


The frequencies are:

0000 to 0030 on 7.095MHz

0030 to 0130 on 14.250MHz

0130 to 0200 on 21.250MHz


0400 to 0430 on 7.095MHz

0430 to 0530 on 14.250MHz

0530 to 0600 on 21.250MHz


0900 to 1030 on 14.250MHz

1030 to 1100 on 3.585MHz