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Several applications of high-temperature super-conducting wire require high currents at intermediate magnetic fields B and over a range of orientations; however, such conditions are at present achievable only at low temperatures (∼30 K). The goal of this study is to determine the feasibility of higher operating temperatures for these applications by investigating temperature dependent, low- and high-field pinning properties of YBCO coated conductor samples. The YBCO films were grown on RABiTS templates by a PVD ex situ BaF2 process. Variations in pinning properties were induced by introducing excess yttrium (Y) in the precursor and controllably increasing the growth rate. The main result is a more uniform dependence of Jc over all orientations of B, along with high irreversibility field Birr and high critical current densities Jc. Results also show that for films with various pinning properties and processed under different conditions the self-field Jc at 77 K is an effective indicator of performance in the temperatures and fields of interest.