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The VE6WZ station is a remote setup located 100km north of the home QTH.

RBN skimmer spots are sent via ageggator using CW skimmer server and the QS1R radio connected to a 30m loop and Wellbrook ALA100LN amplifier. The SDR-IQ radio is sometimes used as a single band skimmer on either 630m, 160m, or 80m using the Beverage RX system.

160m Soundfile recordings: 160m Soundfiles

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

A Walking tour: The Beverage RX antennas: Video

A Walking tour: The YCCC 9 circle array: Video

The 160m TX antenna at VE6WZ: Video

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

Homebrew 80m Yagi page: 80m Yagi

More station videos at my YouTube channel: VE6WZ YouTube

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 Hiking in the Blue Mountains of Austrailia

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 is now retired from the Oil and Gas exploration business after 35 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: RemoteRig connection to Elecraft K3s twin set-up and FTDX-9000D. ACOM 2000a, HB 4-1000a amp.

Antennas:

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

(RX)- 9 circle vertical array (3 in-line phased X 8 directions), 800'-1,000' Beverages X 7 (Diversity RX on 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- No antenna. 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

A winter time screen capture from the remote station security camera

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 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 !

VE6WZ DXCC, WAZ, WORKED
TOTALS BY BAND SINCE 1998
BAND DXCC WORKED WAZ WORKED NEEDED ZONE
160 207 36  
80 289 40 -
40 336 40 -
30 196 32  
20 278 40 -
17 179 32  
15 257 40 -
12 120 29  
10 220 39 34
5BWAZ TOTAL   199  

Account Status

DXCC
Award
New LoTW QSLs LoTW QSLs in Process DXCC Credits Awarded Total
(All)
Total
(Current)
Mixed * 1 0 342 343 339
CW 12 0 325 337 333
Phone 142 0 132 274 270
Digital 3 0 0 3 3
160M * 1 0 206 207 205
80M * 1 0 287 288 286
40M * 1 0 335 336 332
30M 97 0 0 97 96
20M 192 0 3 195 193
17M 84 0 2 86 84
15M 155 0 1 156 153
12M 52 0 0 52 51
10M 112 0 1 113 113
Challenge 686 0 827 --- 1513
* = Award has been issued


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
   
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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