OCARC

Orchard City Amateur Radio Club is incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia in 1971.

OCARC is centered in the city of Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. With over 65 members, our amateur radio club provides volunteer communications for events throughout the region. Club members are active in every facet of the hobby and they maintain several analog, digital, VHF & UHF mountain top repeaters.

We are licensed Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Operators.

Repeater Coverage Maps

Posted on: Mon, 02/17/2020 - 00:26 By: VE7JXC

The repeater pages now have coverage maps for 50 kms and 150 kms. Big White also has a 5 km for handhelds. Dilworth has a 25 km for handhelds.

Most of the club repeaters are done, we are still working on the rest of the list.

Basic License Course - Feb-Apr 2020

Posted on: Thu, 02/13/2020 - 06:15 By: VE7JXC

The OCARC club is not running a course this spring but there is a course being offered by NORAC.

The NORAC Amateur Radio Basic Qualifications Course is intended to provide students with the knowledge and understanding necessary to become certified as Canadian Amateur Radio Operators, in accordance with the regulations of Industry Canada. This program is organized and instructed by volunteers associated with the North Okanagan Radio Amateurs Club, and will run Sunday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, February 26th 2020 through April 5th.

For more course info.

Kelowna Ham Club Theft

Posted on: Sun, 02/09/2020 - 21:24 By: VE7JXC

Orchard City Amateur Radio Club recently had some equipment stolen. Please be on the lookout for;

  • Honda 3000 watt Generator model EU3000i SCA S/N EXGF1153231
  • (x4) Yaesu model FT-7800R Dual-band Amateur radios S/N 7J5690257 / S/N 7J690253 / S/N 7J690251 / S/N 7J690258
  • These radios were taken in blue canvas-type bags with power supplies, antennas, and other accessories.
  • The bags had the club OCARC logo on them.

They were stolen from a club storage facility in late Oct 2019.

  • R.C.M.P file # 2019-66963 Cst. Christopher Richards.
  • Or contact secretary@ocarc.ca or any club member.

This equipment was in storage for use during emergencies such as floods, forest fires, etc.

Wednesday Net Little White Mountain Repeater

Posted on: Tue, 02/04/2020 - 23:05 By: VE7JXC

The Little White Mountain repeater is powered by solar, during winter there are times when the solar panels may not fully charge the batteries.

As the batteries are currently not getting fully charged, we ask members to use other club repeaters until further notice.

The Wednesday Net until further notice will use the Okanagan Mountain repeater for the Net at 19:30 hrs (7:30 p.m.) and the Dilworth Mountain repeater at 20:00 hrs (8:00 p.m.) for those who can not reach the Okanagan Mountain repeater.

The repeater is still working but we are trying to reduce the unnecessary usage of power so it will remain available for emergency, search and rescue use.

A friendly reminder that kerchunking (transmitting a carrier without identifying, for the purposes of bringing up a repeater) is not only against the radio regulations, but is wasteful of the limited power available on solar powered repeaters.

Link to current battery status.

Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act (USA Law)

Posted on: Tue, 02/04/2020 - 05:49 By: VE7JXC

H.R. 583, the “Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act” or the “PIRATE Act,” which authorizes enhanced penalties for pirate radio broadcasters and requires the Federal Communications Commission to increase enforcement activities; and...

Note: This is an USA law not Canadian law.

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