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I am currently moving the station 100km north to a rural hilltop location. Internet connection is avaiable for remote operation.

The new station is now QRV. The VE6WZ skimmer is currently active from the new QTH and is sending spots to RBN.

Below are some new links to information about the VE6WZ remote station:

A .pdf file that is a collection of photos of the construction and some HFTA data on the VE6WZ QTH: http://www.qsl.net/ve6wz/Eagle%20Hill2.pdf

A Walking tour: Outside at the VE6WZ remote station: Video

A Walking tour: Inside the VE6WZ remote shack: Video

From the top of the tower: A 360 deg view from the top of the tower: Video

Here is a 3-D panaoramic view of the QTH from Google Earth:   Video

The VE6WZ Calgary city QTH is now QRT.


Name: Steve

Photo above: VE6WZ fishing at his summer home in VE3 (one of his daughters in the background)

Photos below: VE6WZ hiking and skiing in the Rocky Mountains near his home QTH

VE6WZ was first licensed in 1973. His first call was VE3HBX, and he got his Ham license in Ancaster, Ontario at the age of 15. His radio hobby began from an interest in electronics and building countless electronic circuits. The "magic of radio"--listening to DX on home-made sortwave radios--was too much to resist. Getting his Ham License was essential!! Within the first 2 years of being a Ham he had his first DXCC. He graduated from University with a BSc in Geology and has worked in the Oil and Gas exploration business for about 32 yrs. VE6WZ's main interest is building antennas, and working as much DX as possible on the "Lowbands"----40, 80 and 160m. The "magic of radio" is still felt here at VE6WZ!!

STATION: FTDX-9000D, FT-1000d, IC-746PRO,IC-7000, ACOM 2000a, HB 4-1000a amp.

QTH: A 60' X 100' city lot in Calgary AB. See Google Earth view: http://www.qsl.net/ve6wz/QTH_ve6wz.jpg ...Yes..you can work DX from a small city lot!!


View from tower: Some horizon photos taken from the end of 80m Yagi boom at 100': http://www.qsl.net/ve6wz/ve6wz_view_fromyagi.htm

160m- US Tower HDX-589Mdpl motorized crank-up tower is shunt-fed for 160m.

(RX)- Various single and end-fire phased Beverage antennas (winter only) on third party land. Also, the 80m 2-el Yagi elements are phased in the shack using the NCC-1to yield a very effective 160m rotateable RX Yagi at 100'. There are 2 phased end-fire 2 el vertical arrays for EU-OC and SA-JA. See below for photos and more detail, or click here: http://www.qsl.net/ve6wz/ve6wz_160m_rx.htm

80m- 2-el homebrew Yagi at 105' (32m) with 1/2 size (66') elements. The elements are loaded in the middle with Hi-Q coils. If you want to build your own, see construction details of the 80-40m Yagi here: http://www.qsl.net/ve6wz/intro.htm

40m- Sharing the same boom with the 80m Yagi is a 2 el inductor loaded short 40m Yagi.

20-10m-No antennas. Using the rig antenna tuner, force load the 80m Yagi for low-power use.

WARC- No antennas. Using the rig ant. tuner, force load the 40 and 80m Yagis for low-power use.


VE6WZ DXCC & LOTW Status here: http://www.qsl.net/ve6wz/dxcc.htm

Below: RX Antenna layout

VE6WZ RX antenna layout

160m RX System at VE6WZ

The objective is to be able to actively phase the various RX antennas available using the DX-engineering NCC-1 phase box for either noise elimination, or for pattern and RDF development. There are two en-echelon staggered 140m long beverages to EU which can be phased with the NCC-1. The 2 el 80m Yagi at 100' has vacuum relays at each element to switch in CAT-5 feedlines so that each element can be either actively phased with the NCC-1 unit, or passively phased with a homebrew unit. There are 2 short vertical pair arrays (spaced 50') which can also be either actively or passively phased. There is a single 100m JA beverage wire and a single 120m SA beverage wire which can also be routed through the the NCC-1 phase box and phased with another antenna. The switching system also allows for any antenna, or passively phased pair, to be routed to the SUB-rx of the FTdx-9000d while any other antenna can be used on the main RX port to allow for antenna diversity RX. For example, the EU en-echelon beverage pair will be used in the main RX of the radio, while either the passively phased RX Yagi or EU short vertical array will be fed to the sub-rx. For more detail click here: http://www.qsl.net/ve6wz/ve6wz_160m_rx.htm

The photo below shows a close-up of the 160m RX switching console...from bottom up: NCC-1 Active Phasing unit, on top of that, the Switch Box which provides routing options to the NCC-1 unit, and on the very top is the Passive Phase unit which contains a switchable delay-line unit to passively phase the 160m rx yagi and two 50' spaced short rx vertical pairs.

Below is the HDX-589mdpl motorized crank-up tower with the 80-40m Yagi at 100' (32m) (Also, these 80m elements are vacuum relay switched into an "RX mode" and phased in the shack to yeild a 160mRX yagi)

80m Yagi at 100'VE6WZ Diplays one of the 80m Yagi Hi-Q coilsView of 80/40m Yagi

Below is a view at 100' looking EAST from the end of the 80m Yagi. In the distance is the "downtown" city core.

A view from the end of the 80m Yagi boom at 100' looking EAST toward Africa


Below are the DXCC and WAZ statistics for VE6WZ.

All of these QSO's are since 1998 and only from the current city QTH at VE6

Low band DX-ing IS possible from a small city lot !

160 200 36  
80 285 40 -
40 335 40 -
30 183 32  
20 243 40 -
17 172 32  
15 238 40 -
12 120 29  
10 214 39 34
5BWAZ TOTAL   199  

Account Status

New LoTW QSLs LoTW QSLs in Process DXCC Credits Awarded Total
Mixed * 0 0 342 342 338
CW 12 0 323 335 331
Phone 134 0 131 265 261
Digital 3 0 0 3 3
160M * 2 0 195 197 195
80M * 1 0 283 284 282
40M * 0 0 335 335 331
30M 87 0 0 87 86
20M 142 0 3 145 143
17M 79 0 2 81 79
15M 126 0 1 127 124
12M 51 0 0 51 50
10M 106 0 1 107 107
Challenge 585 0 812 --- 1397
* = Award has been issued

View Award Credit Matrix



All-time DXCC totals are not the best measure of a stations DX capabilities. Annual DX results more accurately reflect the current station capabilities rather than many years of historical activity, possibly spread over multiple QTH's with different equipment and spanning multiple solar cycles. Collecting annual data is also useful for studying DX success as a function of solar activity. (a seven year statistical study of 80m DX at VE6WZ is summarized here: Click ) A 10yr. 80-160m EU study is here

Each winter DX season at VE6WZ DXCC totals are summarized for 80 and 160m. Beginning on September 1, and ending around March 30, worked DXCC entities are totaled by the logging program. Below is a table showing the past results since 1999. (for some years a link to a table showing the entities worked is included)

There certainly appears to be a correlation with increased Low-Band DXCC entities worked and lower geo-magnetic activity during the low flux years 2008-2010 !!

YEAR 80m-DXCC entities worked 160m-DXCC entities worked 10.7cm Radio Flux Avg. Avg. Ap Index
Ap chart with DXCC worked Ap chart with DXCC worked
2014-2015 92   33   145 12
2013-2014 115   45   136 8
2012-2013 134   62   120 7
2011-2012 126   61   120 8
2010-2011 168   101 Diversity RX, end-fire vert-arrays 80 6
2009-2010 165   113 2el 160m RX array at 32m 73 3
2008-2009 162   113 Phased Beverage Arrays 70 5
2007-2008 156   57   75 7
2006-2007 136   28   80 8
2005-2006 140   42 Single Beverages installed 85 10
2004-2005 111   18   100 14
2003-2004 111   34   115 22
2002-2003 112 80m 2el Yagi @32m 21   140 17
2001-2002 105   33   230 12
2000-2001 97 80m Rotary dipole 31   167 14
1999-2000 65   21   180 15

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - VE6WZ
Latest Contacts for VE6WZ at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
DS2XUM 2010-11-20 80m CW PM47ld South Korea Gwon Chang Woo
VK2BJT 2010-08-28 160m CW QF57ub Australia IAN S MILLER
7Z1CQ 2010-02-25 40m SSB KL91ON Saudi Arabia ABDULHAFIZ
WP3A 2010-02-20 80M CW FK68ub Puerto Rico JAIME VAZQUEZ JIMENEZ
EI6IZ 2010-01-30 160M CW IO53hu Ireland BRENDAN MINISH
EA1DR 2009-12-08 80m CW IN83aj Spain Oscar Luis Fernandez Lanza
EA1DR 2009-12-07 80m CW IN83aj Spain Oscar Luis Fernandez Lanza
7Z1HL 2009-09-25 40M CW LL34jr Saudi Arabia HERIBERT LENNERTZ
7Z1CQ 2009-09-23 40m SSB KL91ON Saudi Arabia ABDULHAFIZ
EA1YO 2007-12-30 80m SSB IN73xi Spain PEDRO FERNANDEZ REY
VE6CPU 2007-10-28 80M SSB DO21vd Canada Stephen Atkins (+)
WA7SRZ 2007-10-27 80M SSB CN87ut United States James A Rockey
W5LE 2007-10-27 80M SSB EM15xt United States LESLIE E LEWIS
IW1QN 2007-02-25 80m CW JN44kk Italy Federico Spinetti
AE6RR 2006-10-29 80M SSB CM99 United States Craig J Bradley

Book Totals: 43 qso's   43 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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