The 2019 Oceania DX Contest has been and gone for another year. And this year I found band conditions really difficult.
The Oceania DX Contest is one of the longest-running contests in the amateur radio calendar. It is an annual competition between radio amateurs to make contacts on the HF (shortwave) bands, specifically DX (long distance) contacts with stations in Oceania.
The contest ran for 24 hours from 0800 UTC Sat 5th – 0800 UTC Sun 6th October 2019.
Fighting off some bronchitis after my overseas trip, I had a very early night on Saturday night and as a result, I missed out on a lot of contacts.
I still haven’t done anything about a dedicated 80m antenna at home, so my handful of 80m contacts were made on my 40m dipole.
In the end, I made a total of 112 contacts on 15, 20, 40 & 80m SSB. This was way down on my efforts in previous years:-
- 2018 – 279 QSOs
- 2017 – 497 QSOs
- 2016 – 273 QSOs
- 2015 – 400 QSOs
I worked the following DX entities:-
- Asiatic Russia
- European Russia
- Hong Kong
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Tokelau Islands
- United States of America
The map below shows my contacts around the world during the contest.
The vast majority of my contacts were around Australia on the 40m band.
I worked very little in the way of Europe during the contest other than European Russia and Ukraine. Those contacts were made during the early evening on 20m on the shortpath and on 15m short path. I did not hear any opening to Europe on 20m long path.
Indonesian stations were very well represented during the contest. I heard numerous Indonesian stations on 40m during Saturday evening, but my 100 watts and wire antenna just weren’t cutting it with most of those stations.
Sadly there was no major opening to Japan on 15m, with just a handful of Japanese stations worked on that band.
The highlight for me this year was working A35JT on Tonga and ZK3A on Tokelau Islands, both on the 40m band.