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 by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formally Industry Canada).

Radio Amateurs of Canada offers new Online Amateur Radio Courses

Posted on: Tue, 03/31/2020 - 15:46 By: VE7JXC

In response to the current Covid-19 crisis, Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that it is introducing two new online Amateur Radio courses so that individuals can upgrade their qualifications while continuing to practice social/physical distancing.


RAC Online Basic Amateur Radio Qualification Course: The course offers an introduction into the wonderful world of Amateur Radio and prepares students for their Basic Qualification Examination. It will be conducted with the assistance of the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club (AVARC) of Nova Scotia. 


RAC Maple Leaf Operator Online Advanced Qualification Course: The course is an excellent opportunity to upgrade your qualifications so that you will be able to run higher power and to operate your own repeater sites. The course is being offered at no charge to RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members – both current and future – who already have their Basic Amateur Radio

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Amateur Radio during the current Global Pandemic

Posted on: Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:07 By: VE7JXC

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a part of our daily lives for several weeks now and will most likely continue to be for some time. The pandemic is of particular concern for Radio Amateurs because ours is a hobby that can be practiced by people of all ages from elementary schoolchildren to senior citizens. More info...

General Meeting

Posted on: Thu, 03/26/2020 - 15:09 By: VE7JXC

As a reminder the General Meeting that would normally take place at the Fire Hall Thursday March 26 Is CANCELLED.

We will be holding an informal Net (Thursday) at 1930 on the Dilworth Repeater (146.680 -0.600MHz).

All Amateurs are invited,

Meetings Cancelled

Posted on: Thu, 03/19/2020 - 02:34 By: VE7JXC

In light of recent events the Executive and President have determined that it is necessary to cancel ALL club meetings until further notice. The most immediate of these cancellations is the General Meeting scheduled to take place on March 26.

We will instead be hosting an informal net on the air, Further details to follow. If you have any bulletins or announcements for this net please forward them to secretary@ocarc.ca

RAC Head Office has been closed temporarily

Posted on: Tue, 03/17/2020 - 14:55 By: VE7JXC

The rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has now reached Ottawa, where the RAC Head Office is located, and medical officials have requested that all individuals should remain in their homes and limit non-essential travel.

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Common Amateur Radio Frequencies

USB simplex 6m SSB calling frequency

USB 6m Digital Mode (MFK144 with WSJT-X) meteor scatter

USB 6m Digital Mode (FT8 with WSJT-X) terrestrial weak signal communications

Okanagan Mountain 6m Repeater -1.700 MHz Tone 88.5 VE7RBJ Elevation 1570m; Parrot Mode; poor receive sensitivity due to desense until Spring 2020

USB simplex 2m Digital Mode (MSK144 with WSJT-X) meteor scatter

USB simplex 2m Digital Mode (FT8 with WSJT-X) terrestrial weak signal communications

USB simplex 2m SSB calling frequency, Okanagan 2m SSB Net can be found on this frequency, Tuesday at 7:30 PM local time.

FM Voice downlink frequency for ARISS Space to Ground Voice Comms, a
lso used for SSTV transmissions from the ISS.

FM downlink frequency for ARISS 1200 baud packet radio.

National 2m FM Simplex Calling Frequency, also used when traveling in areas with few or no local repeaters.

National 1.25m FM Simplex Calling Frequency

National 70cm FM Simplex Calling Frequency


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