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).

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter RFI Problems

Posted on: Mon, 08/17/2020 - 04:20 By: VE7JXC

Being new to Amateur Radio like most people, we start with VHF and UHF and then move to HF. Enjoying the VHF and UHF bands I decided to try HF and FT8. I got a HF radio, installed a 40 meter loop antenna in the attic and started to make contacts.

My neighbour called shortly after I started with FT8, he was wondering if I had an idea why one of their house circuits would trip, this was an arc fault circuit breaker. We discussed some ideas to try, but didn't solve the problem. 

After being away for a week I'm back on FT8 and he texts me, are you on your radio? Yes. What band are you on? 20 meters. I then get a phone call.

Short story, when ever I broadcast on 20 meters his circuit breaker trips.

Doing some Google searches I find many articles including https://www.dxengineering.com/techarticles/lightningandrfiinfo/arc-fault-circuit-interrupter-rfi-problems. It seams Eaton AFCI breakers were found to be particularly sensitive on 20m, 17m, 15m, and 12m bands for tripping Arc Fault circuit breakers.

I have the same breaker in our house and only one breaker is tripping in his house.

There are stories of Eaton replacing the faulty circuit breakers for free, for the time being I'm not broadcasting on 20m.



Field Day 2020

Posted on: Mon, 06/22/2020 - 23:31 By: VE7JXC

Field Day is scheduled from 18:00 UTC Saturday to 20:59 UTC Sunday June 27 & 28.  (local time: 11:00 am Saturday to 1:59 pm Sunday).  We plan to start at 18:00 UTC (11:00am)  on Saturday and  go as long as is practical.  It is not likely that we will  be able to operate for the entire time as we will not have the ability to camp overnight at the station.  None the less, we feel the Club members will gain from participating in the event.

So we can gauge participation please let us know if  you are planning to come out by emailing us at ocarcmail@gmail.com.  In the email, let us know when and approximately what hours you would like to attend and whether you would like to operate the club station and or log contacts using our computer system.

Annual General Meeting 2020

Posted on: Mon, 06/15/2020 - 15:32 By: VE7JXC

At the Membership meeting held May 28,2020 a resolution was made that, in accordance with guidance provided by the provincial government as a result of the Covid 19 epidemic, the Annual General Meeting of OCARC Club Meeting previously announced for June 25 at 19:30 will be conducted using our Virtual Meeting platform Jitsi with a back channel on the Dilworth Repeater 146.680.

Watch your email for details.

Dilworth Mountain VHF Repeater

Posted on: Thu, 06/04/2020 - 16:17 By: VE7JXC

The Dilworth Mountain VHF Repeater will require 88.5 Hz tone for transmit and receive for future use. 

General Meeting May 28 2020

Posted on: Thu, 05/28/2020 - 05:19 By: VE7JXC

The next general meeting which will take place ONLINE using the clubs Jitsi conferencing system. (Similar to zoom but privately hosted on our servers).

Jitsi is quite simple to use. You do NOT require a video camera and you can turn yours off if you are shy.

We will be standing by in the conference starting at 18:30 to give members time to work out any kinks they may have in there setup before we call the meeting to order at 19:30.

We will also be broadcasting this conference live on YouTube for members that may not be able to use jitsi, You can find the live stream at https://www.ocarc.ca/live (You may see us testing today with some repeater audio if you are lucky).

This is ultimately a trial run for the AGM that will take place next month so it is important that we try to have as many in attendance as possible.

If you have discussion topics that you would like on the agenda please email them to secretary@ocarc.ca ahead of time.

RAC is considering offering more online Amateur Radio courses

Posted on: Fri, 05/22/2020 - 00:24 By: VE7JXC

Survey being conducted to determine demand: Ends June 21

In response to the current global pandemic, Radio Amateurs of Canada organized an online Advanced Amateur Radio Certification Course in March 2020 so that individuals could upgrade their qualifications while continuing to practice social/physical distancing.

The new course was offered to RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members – both current and future – as described in the course requirements/survey.

if there is interest on the part of at least 7 individuals to acquire the Advanced Manual, or a combination of Advanced and Basic Manuals the club could order them at a cost to individual of $50.00 each. (To order individually from the publisher (Coax Publishing) they cost $65.00 plus with shipping and taxes)

Tech Meeting

Posted on: Tue, 04/07/2020 - 23:26 By: VE7JXC

In lieu of tonight's (2020-04-07) tech meeting Tom Apps has stepped up to hold an on the air get together tonight at 1900 hours on the Dilworth repeater 146.680

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