|The 2020 ARRL CW Contest was operated from the OE9XRV club-station near the Lake of Constance, Bregenz, Austria, using the recently issued callsign : OE9TXF.|
|Thanks to the 2el 40m yagi at the OE9XRV club station, 40m was the best band with 61 of a possible 63 Mults worked. The only two missing were the ever elusive Canadian Mults: VE8 (NT) and VY1 (YT).|
|OE9TXF : 40m W/VE Mult table. A full-house in the USA but two Canadians missing.|
|OE9TXF : The best hour (140) was the first hour on 40m. There was some activity during 35 hour-periods of the 48 hour ARRL-CW Contest. The hotel was just a five-minute walk from the shack.||Bregenz OE9 Club members: Arno OE9AMJ, Holger OE9GHV, Tommi OE9PTI, Richard OE9WRI, Norbert OE9NHI, Harald OE9HLH, Günter OE9HGV, Sigi DL4MAR, Carl OE9MON and Johann OE9RJJ (OE9 QSL Manager).|
|The 160m W/VE Mults Table.|
|160m was really the surprise band. Even though there was no antenna for the band, by force-feeding an 80m quarterwave sloper through a KAT-500 tuner (with a massive SWR of about 7:1!) it was possible to work 23 W/VE Mults. It was surprising how many W/VE stations could hear what must have been a pretty weak signal from OE9TXF on Topband!|
|Rainer OE9RIR, Holger OE9GHV, Günter OE9HGV, Harald OE9HLH, Chris OE9ICI and Herbert OE9HRV at the OE9XRV station located at the Mehrerau on the Lake of Constance.|
|Thanks to the members of the OE9XRV club-station, OE9TXF's ARRL-CW Contest operation was from their station at the Mehrerau in Bregenz. During the week prior to the contest, the antennas at OE9XRV had been damaged by Storm Sabine. I am most grateful to the OE9XRV Club Members who fixed the broken antenna just prior to the start of the ARRL-CW Contest.
Even though the OE9XRV Club Station has a well equipped shack, I brought along my Elecraft K3S / KPA-500 amp for the contest. The club's antennas are on a crank-up tower, with a nice clear shot over a flat field towards the Lake of Constance, which conveniently is the direction for the W/VE. Ideal for the ARRL-CW Contest!