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, 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.

For QSO confirmation I use eQSL.

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

About the Odds & Ends Tab

As indicated this tab can include just about anything and some of which are small project I have done or my evaluation of other items. When testing the performance of any item I like to qualify the measurements by indicating the test equipment I use, test procedures and listing detailed results. The aim is to provide some confidence in the test results. I find in viewing, for example, YouTube videos most people don't do this and may put into question the test results.

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  1. Revised Odds & Ends page April 26, 2024. A 10 MHz Reference Oscillator (Update). (PDF)
  2. Revised Odds & Ends page February 26, 2024. Current Limiting AC Receptical. (PDF)
  3. Revised Odds & Ends page February 5, 2024. Checking the Output of Uninstalled Power Transformers. (PDF)
  4. Revised Odds & Ends page January 31, 2024. (Update) Ballantine 323 Voltmeter - Battery Substitution. (PDF)
  5. Revised Odds & Ends page January 27, 2024. Legacy Frequency Counters Self-Check Interpretation. (PDF)
  6. Revised Odds & Ends page January 24, 2024. Motorola P7208 Dummy Load. (PDF)
  7. Revised Odds & Ends page December 7, 2023. Gotrax EBE8 E-Bike Review. (PDF)
  8. Revised Odds & Ends page July 15, 2022. FT-8, Audio Frequency Harmonics, IC-7300. (PDF)
  9. Revised Odds & Ends page February 24, 2022. Marathon Atomic Self-setting Clock. (PDF)
  10. Revised Odds & Ends page December 12, 2021. Using WSJT-X with a WEBSDR. (PDF)


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