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Note: During 2017 VE6AO is operating as a Canada 150 Special Event station using the call CG6AO
and from 11/3/17 to 11/17/17 we will be operating as VE6RAC in RAC's C150 event. 

VE6AO is the call sign of the Calgary Amateur Radio Association's club station.

The club station is available for members and interested individuals to explore operating aspects of amateur radio.

The station is outfitted with an impressive array of antenna and radio equipment including Yaesu FT2000 transceivers, Alpha 9500 amplifiers, twin 100 foot tall towers with stacked Bencher Skyhawk antennas.  HF and VHF contesting and DXing are major activities and the club station gives members the opportunity to practice and develop their skills in a competitive radiosport environment. Our recent logs show 286 DXCC countries worked.

The Club is funded by memberships as well as grants from the Province of Alberta's Gaming and Liquor Commission's (AGLC) Charity Casino Program for the purpose of supporting Amateur Radio as a service to the community.

The station stands ready to be used as a highly capable emergency communications facility.

VE6AO Callsign History - From 1946 to 1970, George Sargenia, a very popular amateur in the Calgary community held the call. George was a very proficient CW operator who served with the RCAF during WW2 in communications. After the war he joined Smalley's Radio and served our club in many roles from Code and Theory Instructor, QSL Manager to President. With George's passing in 1970 the club was honoured to take his call which we continue to use today.


The VE6AO QSL card shows a beautiful full colour image of the Calgary Stampede rodeo.

Direct QSL via mail:
Send us your card and ...
DX Stations : Please include a Self Addressed Envelope and $2 USD.  
US Stations :  Please include a Self Addressed Envelope and $1 USD. Please do not send US stamps.  
Canadian Stations : Please include a Self Addressed and Stamped Envelope

Any cards received with insufficient return postage funds will be sent in the next bureau shipment.

Bureau QSL: All cards received via the bureau with a return QSL request will be returned via the bureau.

Digital QSL : All contacts uploaded to LOTW.



The club sponsors an award for contacting stations located in the city of Calgary.

Outside of Stampede to earn the award you need to be operating from outside of Alberta, and accumulate 10 points:

Points are awarded by logging contacts as follows:
2 Points for CARA club or contest call signs: VE6AO, VX6AO, CK6S or VE6NQ.
2 Points for CARA lifetime member call signs,
1 Point for any other station call sign with an address and operating in Calgary.

Outside of our Stampede event each callsign claimed including the club callsigns may be used once.

During our Stampede Special event, contacts with the club station VE6AO  may be claimed per band per mode.  

The award is a 8.5"x11" certificate.  
To claim send log extract and $3US to our address above, attention Stampede City Award.


VE6AO 2016 Special Stampede Event: 

Our 2016 Stampede Special event ran from July 8th to July 17. We operated at various times, on many bands using SSB, CW, and PSK31.

Rules: During Stampede log 5 unique contacts with our club station to be eligible earn our Stampede City Award.
A unique contact is a contact on a new band or new mode on the same band. The award is a 8.5" x 11" certificate and our Stampede themed QSL card confirming your contacts.

If you did not win the award this year but would like our Stampede QSL card see QSL instrucitons below.

Results: Thanks to all who participated. We had one station earn the award this year, congratulations to K6CR who contacted us using SSB on 20,17,15,12, and 10m during the event. 

5 - K6CR  Congratulations!
4 - W6WAT,N5AX
1 - 795 stations 


>>>>> For more information on our club please visit:  http://cara.memberlodge.com  <<<<<<<


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