Welcome to the VE6KQ Website

Have been licensed since 1963 and more or less active ever since. Interest has varied over the years from weak signal work mainly on 2 meters, early satellite work, keeping vintage equipment on the air and lately some digital operations.

I collect test equipment and with it have managed to keep the old radio equipment operational. This equipment includes the Drake twins, R4B, T4XB with the MS4 speaker, two Yaesu FT-101Es, a Kenwood TS820 that I bought new. Other equipment includes an EICO 720 transmitter with 730 plate modulator, Heathkit DX 60B with various VFOs and lots of other miscellaneous items.

More modern equipment includes an ICOM 7300 and an SDRPLAY RSP1A SDR receiver. The equipment set up now in the HAM shack are the Drake twins, one of the FT101Es with a Realistic AX-190 receiver that I sometimes use for split operation. The ICOM 7300 is set up with various monitors and is used mainly for FT-8. HF antennas include a Mosley tri-band beam and a 40 meter inverted V.

Amateur radio station VE6KQ is located in southeast Calgary Alberta Canada. The VE6KQ 444.750 + 5 MHz FM repeater is also located here. Leave a 110.9 PL tone enabled on your transmitter although it is normally not required for repeater operation. Do not enable your receiver PL (CTCSS). The repeater has been in operation for 34 years. Additional repeater information is available by clicking on the Past Projects buttons. VE6KQ repeater coverage maps are available.

For QSO confirmation I use eQSL.

To see if you have eQSLs waiting, enter your call sign in the box below and click Check.

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  1. Revised Odds & Ends page February 27, 2019, Vintage 2 Meter and HF RTTY Set-up.
  2. Revised Links page February 13, 2019.
  3. Revised Odds & Ends page November 21, 2018, Ballantine 323 Voltmeter - Battery Substitution.
  4. Revised Odds & Ends page September 30, 2018, MFJ-260 Dummy Load.
  5. Revised Odds & Ends page March 29, 2018, Checking isolation of the Heathkit HD-1234 switch.
  6. Revised Odds & Ends page March 14, 2018, Baofeng UV-82.
  7. Revised EchoLink page November 27, 2017.
  8. Revised Odds & Ends page November 14, 2017, Trio 9R59D HF Receiver.
  9. Revised Photos page November 7, 2017, Miscellaneous Photos.


The "Links" button on the left will direct you to some regional Ham organization websites (Alberta) and some regional and national Swap & Shops.


QRZ.com now requires a login for address information. So far, QTH.com does not.

Another call sign look-up resource is QRZCQ.

For Canadian callsign look-ups only, here is a link to the Industry Canada site.

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