OE9/G3TXF - Aug 2003
The 2003 WAE-CW contest was operated as OE9/G3TXF from a mountain house on the Tschengla (near Bludenz) at 1,100m above sea level. The mountain-side QTH had a clear take-off to the north-east but was blocked in most other directions. The station was a 100w Kenwood TS50. The antennas were basic and low. On HF the driven element of an A3S beam was used as a single fixed tri-band dipole, mounted just 4m above the ground. For 40m a dipole was strung out of the first floor window at about 5m above ground. An 80m dipole was only put up on Sunday evening. A handful of useful multiplier QSOs were made on 80m in the last few hours of the contest. The 80m dipole was 3m above the ground at the centre point and was only 1m or so above ground at each end. However being on the side of a steep slope the antennas nevertheless had a reasonable take-off to the north-east.

The entire contest was operated S&P. The "100w/low antennas" signal from OE9/G3TXF was never strong enough to be able usefully to call CQ on any band, despite OE being a relatively rare multiplier in WAE-CW.

OE9/G3TXF's signal was extremely weak in most directions. Congratulations to the stations who succeeded in picking up my awkward callsign first time. Thanks to those who persevered and who got the call correct in the end. Only a few just gave up completely trying to decipher OE9/G3TXF from the weak signal!

OE9/G3TXF holds up end of 40m dipole running to flagpole at Berghaus Tschengla, Bludenz. XYL Anneliese looks on in amusement!
QTCs are a fun part of WAE-CW. The sending of QTCs by non-EU's seems to improve each year with fewer and fewer stations sending QTCs incorrectly. This is no doubt due to the successful incorporation of QTC handling into the various contest logging programs.

See the attached table for a breakdown of QSOs worked on each band by call-area.

South and South-West were the worst directions with the slope of the mountainside completely blocking off that direction. Not a single African station was worked (although TU2CI was heard on 40m) and only one South American station made it into the log : PY2EX on 40m. The normally big signals from LU and PY were all really weak at this QTH. The best DX worked was probably JA1JKG on 40m.

The HF antenna was a tri-band 20-15-10m at about 4m above the ground and the 80m antenna was even lower, being a dipole with the centre at abot 3m above the immediate ground level. However being on a steep slope the effective height of the antennas was much greater in some directions (i.e North East!).
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