Hunting for new ones on 40 meters; riding the grayline
A special THANK YOU to all past, present, and future members of our Armed Forces, for protecting the freedom of the USA!
I've been licensed since 1979 (formerly KAØGFF, AAØBW and AJØWX). My father is Dave Woelm, formerly KAØGGQ, now WØELM. Our last name is his call sign; how cool is that?
I have written a handful of articles on DXing (all of these are linked);
I try to include an educational angle to these, versus a "look how great I am!" approach.
I wrote an article on mobile HF as well; Small Town Surprise.
I primarily run an Icom 756PROIII, but I also have an old Ten Tec Omni-C, which I also enjoy. I operate 10 bands; 160m through 6m.
I also have an Icom 706MKIIG, which is at my bedside. I also use that radio mobile; with 40, 20 and 15 meter Hamsticks.
I have 5 antennas on my property. My primary antenna is a roof-mounted Mosley TA-33-JR/WARC. It sits on top of my garage (just 24 feet/7.3 meters high). It does well considering its low height.
I also have a ground-mounted DX Engineering MBVE-2 with 58 radials (6 radials - 55 feet long, 12 radials - 50 feet long, 22 radials - 32 feet long, and 18 radials - 30 feet long). It is tuned by a Palstar AT1500DT.
This antenna handles a wide range of frequencies, and is a good radiator, but it's not a good receiver. Thus, your "5 x 3" report after you give me "5 x 9"; sorry! The monopole verticals (both DXE and ZeroFive) are well made but over-hyped.
Pictured below is my home-brew 80 meter "ware" vertical (pronounced "whar", which is NASCAR for "wire"— sometimes we race fans talk funny). The design was suggested to me by Kirk Pengelly, NØKK. It is 60 feet long and is hung from a tree. It has 6 ground radials; each 60 feet long, which are attached to a scrap aluminum plate I got from work. The insulators were made from scrap PVC. I use an LDG 200 watt balun at the base (which I got free when I bought an auto-tuner from them). It is all rather crude, but it works! Despite being just a few feet from the tree trunk, in direct A/B comparison tests, my "ware" clearly out-performed my aluminum verticals on 80 meters. I have worked every continent on 80 meters with just 100 watts. Considering it's my first ever "home-brew" antenna, I am just happy my "ware" works at all! Since the ground radials are just laying there, this is a seasonal antenna, so I take it down in the Spring (to avoid conflicts with my lawn mower).
[In the background of my "ware" is the home and station of George Scott, WAØFSE. You can see his antennas; he especially enjoys the "110db over S9" reports. George and I chair the Fridley DX Association, but most members ignore us!]
Not pictured is a DX Engineering 80 meter dipole I tossed up in the trees in October of 2010. The apex is about 45 feet high. It was a chore getting the support lines up there, but the antenna was a dream to assemble. It works very well and even landed me a KH6 and T32 on 160m!
Also not pictured is a ground-mounted Hustler 6BTV with 10 ground radials (used with the Omni-C and the 706MKIIG). A very good antenna for the money.
I run SSB, CW and RTTY on most bands. I am not running a keyboard with RTTY; just the memory macros from the PROIII. With this unorthodox method, I reached RTTY ("Digital") DXCC and have all 50 states confirmed; I am not making that up! However, if you want a RTTY ragchew, we'll have to switch to another mode!
If you need a paper QSL to verify our QSO, just ask! No S.A.S.E. required for U.S. stations; just send me a card and I'll send one back. I enjoy getting MN confirmed for people who need it.
Minnesota is quite easy to get for the Worked All States award, but if you are missing it, email me, and we will set up a sked.
THANK YOU to those who send a QSL to me when I ask!
ARRL LOTW INFO: Every HF QSO in the history of this station is on the ARRL's Logbook Of The World. This is a GREAT program that works really well. Plus, it's FREE, until you apply the QSO's for credit to an ARRL DXCC or WAS award (by the way, there is also a fee for any paper QSL's applied to DX awards). If you're chasing awards, the LOTW is a great help. I usually upload my QSO's right away. If your WXØV LOTW QSL is missing, email me and I'll get that taken care of right away.
eQSL INFO: I tried eQSL, and it just did not work for me, so I am no longer participating there. I suggest getting on LOTW, and using that instead.
Shameless web site plug: a chunk of my photography can be found at:
73 to all!
Scott Woelm - WXØV
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