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.
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: Elecraft K3s twin remote set-up,FTDX-9000D, ACOM 2000a, HB 4-1000a amp.
160m- US Tower HDX-589Mdpl motorized crank-up tower is shunt-fed for 160m.
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.
30m- Force load the 80m Yagi
20-10m + WARC-Optibeam OB9-5
QSL via LOTW
Below: A wintertime screen capture from one of the video cameras at the remote station
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)
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 !
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 !!
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