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, AM operation, keeping vintage equipment on the air and lately 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-101E's, a Kenwood TS820 that I bought new. Other equipment includes an EICO 720 transmitter with 730 plate modulator, Heathkit DX 60B with various VFO's and lots of other miscellaneous items. Other older receivers are a Trio/Kewood 9R-59D, two Realistic AX-190's, a Hallicrafters SX 122 and a Hammarlund HQ-145A. The SX 122 and the HQ-145A were recently acquired.
The equipment set up now in the ham shack includes an ICOM 7300 and an SDRPLAY RSP1A receiver. Two laptop computers are in the ham shack with one dedicated to FT-8/FT-4 use. Separate monitors are used for these. Other equipment is some of the vintage equipment mentioned above, 2 meter and 70 cm radios, scanner etc.
Antennas include a Mosley tri-band beam, a 40 meter inverted V, a 6 meter dipole and a 440 MHz antenna for a repeater that is at this location.
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 was put in operation in 1985. Additional repeater information is available by clicking on the Past Projects button.
VE6KQ repeater coverage maps are available. NOTE: The repeater is currently not in operation.