How cannot you be fascinated by a contest where the goal is to work Oceania?
For us Europeans, zones 31 and 32 are located at about the antipodes and this is a good chance to work stations from those areas.Date and time : 08:00 UTC Saturday 6 October to 08:00 UTC Sunday 7 October 2012.
The object is to contact as many stations as possible inside the Oceania region. Each QSO is credited twenty points on 160 meters; ten points on 80 meters; five points on 40 meters; one point on 20 meters; two points on 15 meters; and three points on 10 meters. Several trophies and plaques will be awarded. Complete rules may be found at: http://www.oceaniadxcontest.com/rules.pdf Logs must be emailed NO LATER than 12 November 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regarding DXpedition activity, after the latest Pacific operations, it is now time for Africa with Chad and Niger.
The well known Italian team, composed of I2YSB, I1HJT, IK2CIO, IK2CKR, IK2DIA and IK2HKT is active as TT8TT from N’Djamena, Chad, until October 16th on all bands from 160 to 6 meters. Their web site is www.i2ysb.com/joomla5.
A three person team is active from Niamey, Niger as 5U5U, 5U6E, 5U8NK. They are three well known operators: the first, Christian, had already operated in Niger as 5U5U before moving to the Central African Republic as TL0A. The other operators are F6EXV (5U6E) and DJ8NK (5U8NK). They are active on 160 through 6 meters until October 15th.
A final mention goes to VK9XM, Christmas Island by OH2YY and OH1TV, active on 40 through10 meters on SSB and CW until October 12th.
(This article was written by Alex, IK8YFU)