Oceania DX Contest 2020

I was asked by Geoff ZL3GA to share this information with XV/3W stations.

Once a year in October the global amateur radio community is presented with the opportunity to partake in one of the world’s oldest radio contests, the Oceania dx contest. First established in 1934 and earlier known as the VK/ZL contest, It is one of the most prestigious on the contesting calendar. Mark the dates in October for both Phone & CW, note the new operating times and join us for an event you will long remember.

PHONE: 06:00 UTC Saturday 3rd Oct to 06:00 UTC Sunday 4th Oct 2020

CW: 06:00 UTC Saturday 10th Oct to 06:00 UTC Sunday 11th Oct 2020

Below is a short summary of the rules.


RS(T) report plus a progressive contact serial number starting at 001 M2 and MM entries are to use a separate serial number for each band. 

Full rules

Full Rules are at www.oceaniadxcontest.com


The aim of the contest is to promote HF contacts with stations in the Oceania region, i.e., 9M6, DU, KH6, VK, ZL, YB, Pacific Islands and all other Oceania entities.


The object is for:

  • Oceania transmitting stations to contact stations both inside and outside  Oceania. 
  • Non-Oceania transmitting stations to contact stations inside Oceania. 
  • Oceania receiving (SWL) stations to copy contest stations inside and outside Oceania.
  • Non-Oceania receiving (SWL) stations to copy contest stations inside the Oceania region.


Each QSO is credited twenty points on 160M; ten points on 80M; five points on 40M; one point on 20M; two points on 15M; and three points on 10M. 


The multiplier is the number of different valid prefixes worked. Note that the same prefix may be counted once on each band for multiplier credit.


The final score is the sum of the Contact Points multiplied by the Multiplier 


Electronic logs are preferred and are mandatory for stations logging more than 50 contacts.

Electronic logs are to be submitted in Cabrillo format. 

Submit your Cabrillo log file using the on-line submission form on the web site at www.oceaniadxcontest.com. 

3W3XX and 3W3DAY DX informations

I had to wait until I had confirmation from the operators, and unfortunately they were busy travelling in Asia.

Alex LZ4AX (https://www NULL.qrz NULL.com/db/LZ4AX) and his fiancée were operating in central Vietnam as 3W3XX and 3W3DAY respectively. Operation was around IARU HF contest dates but it was more a tourist trip with a  radio than a DXpedition. They nonetheless managed to log more than 1300 QSOs.

No QSL information by now, but you can contact him via homecall.

Malcolm VK6LC will be XV2VTC and 3W2HCM in September-October 2015

VK6LC 3W2HCM XV2VTCFrom Mal VK6LC (https://www NULL.qrz NULL.com/db/VK6LC):

DX Vacation Vietnam 2015
Mal. VK6LC will be Celebrating 15 years (2000-2015) service to Amateur Radio Vietnam and operating two special callsigns.
Year 2000, 3W6LC experienced spot frequency operating and setting up the (VARC) Vietnam Amateur Radio Club XV2A
in Ho Chi Minh City, including donating operational radio equipment for the event.
VARC is still operative today and available for use to all overseas visiting licensed operators.

A special reunion will take place linking many of the local Vietnamese Operator friends
and families. A trip down to the famous Mekong Delta, my favourite place is also scheduled.

I will be looking forward to short path conditions, working North and South America for first time Country entry.
My working conditions for both sites are well established DX Stations with multi-band beams.

XV2VTC (Vung Tau City) 24th. – 30th. September 2015.

3W2HCM (Ho Chi Minh City) 16th. – 23rd. October 2015.

Working SSB/CW on 15-17-20m.

Changes in band plan for Radioamateur in Vietnam

This is already old news but it is now official. Following the new national radio band plan published in november 2013 and signed by the president, several changes are noticeable. Band plan table starts on page 27.

Vietnamese HAM operators can now operate between 7100 KHz and 7200 KHz (in addition to 7000-7100 KHz previously) and also have the full 30 meters band allocated for amateur service (10100 KHz to 10150 KHz). 80 meters band is also allocated from 3500 to 3900 KHz (instead of 3800 KHz). More remarkably, the MF are also authorized on 472-479 KHz (600 meters) in addition to 1800-2000 KHz.

Please note that each band must be applied independently when you request your license. 

CLB Vô tuyến điện nghiệp dư – HAM Radio in Viet-Nam – How to obtain a Radio Amateur callsign in Viêt-Nam