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riding the grayline. . . 80 meter CW at dawn . . .



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, with the former callsigns of KAØGFF, AAØBW and AJØWX.

Pictured below is my father, Dave Woelm, WØELM. Our last name is his call sign; how cool is that?  He made the Honor Roll in late 2014; after working Zorro, E30FB.  I am very proud of him.


Me?  I still have a ways to go, but I'm working on it.

I primarily run an Icom IC-7610 and an Icom IC-756PROIII. I operate 10 bands; 160m through 6m (although DXing on 6m is pretty much out of the question for my antennas).

In March of 2016, I finally added an amplifier to my station; an Elecraft KPA500.  At 500 watts, I went from a .22 caliber "Little Pistol" station to a 9mm.

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 6 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.

Since the beam is so close to the roof, I need a tuner to compensate.  I use an LDG AT1000PROII to handle that duty.

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 about 67 feet long and is hung from a tree. It has 8 ground radials; 60 to 70 feet long, which are attached to a scrap aluminum plate I got from work. The insulators were made from scrap PVC.  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!]

The newest radiator is the NEØU EZ-L 160m antenna.  Steve Carr, NEØL designed it, and an article on it can be found in the March/April 2011 edition of the National Contest Journal.  The antenna is pictured below: 

The vertical length (shown in red below) is 53 feet, and the horiztonal/quasi-sloping length is something north of 70 feet long (shown in blue).  The single ground radial/counterpoise (shown in yellow) is 130 foot long.

A video look at this antenna can be found at:


The antenna is grounded with a 4 foot copper rod.  Yes, there are ground losses, but it's WAY better than using my DX Engineering 80m dipole, which is the next antenna I have (not pictured).  I tossed it up in the trees in October of 2010 at an apex of about 45 feet high. It was a chore getting the support lines up there, but the antenna was a dream to assemble.

Also not pictured is a ground-mounted Hustler 6BTV with 10 ground radials (used with the PROIII and the 706MKIIG). A very good antenna for the money.


I run SSB, CW, FT8 and RTTY on most bands. I am not running a keyboard with RTTY; just the memory macros from Icoms (although the 7610 allows for a keybard). 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


In November of 2015, I created a WXØV YouTube channel specifically for Ham Radio videos.  This channel focuses mostly on DX and DX pile-ups.  You can check them out at this link:



Shameless web site plug: a chunk of my photography can be found at:



73 to all!

Scott Woelm - WXØV

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