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).

Amateur Radio Course Study Guides

Posted on: Mon, 01/04/2021 - 18:31 By: VE7JXC

Radio Amateurs of Canada offers the study guides to help you learn everything you need need to pass your exam and have fun with Amateur Radio.

We have the Basic and Advance guides in stock, save on shipping and get your guides locally, courses@ocarc.ca

We also have some good news for those folks who have been wanting to take their Amateur Radio Certificate exams, but are not sure of what to do under the Covid restrictions. Our local examiner has conducted exams remotely using Skype.

Little White Mountain VHF Repeater

Posted on: Mon, 01/04/2021 - 18:26 By: VE7JXC

We have three pictures of the Little White repeater, view the repeater details to see all three photos.

Little White repeater

CNIB Amateur Radio Program

Posted on: Mon, 12/21/2020 - 22:11 By: VE7JXC

CNIB is requesting a donation from our club. We are not in a place to respond directly to the request but we have in the past undertook to receive and forward donations from the membership. Without in person meetings the logistics of this are difficult.

If club members would like to donate to CNIB please visit their website and click on the Donate button in the upper right corner of their webpage.


Their Amateur Radio program provides:

  • assistance in obtaining equipment
  • helps to train new operators 
  • helps prepare operators to pass the required Radio License exams

OCARC Wires-X Club Members Nodes

Posted on: Fri, 12/04/2020 - 16:41 By: VE7JXC

OCARC Wires-X Club Members Nodes as of December 2020, many thanks goes to Fred VA7UN for providing the diagram.

Wires-X Club Members

OCARC Wires-X Club Nodes

Posted on: Fri, 12/04/2020 - 16:39 By: VE7JXC

OCARC Wires-X Club Nodes as of December 2020, many thanks goes to Fred VA7UN for providing the diagram.

Wires-X Club

Okanagan Mountain Repeater Block Diagram

Posted on: Fri, 12/04/2020 - 04:58 By: VE7JXC

Okanagan Mountain Repeater Block Diagram as of December 2020. The Okanagan Mountain Repeater site is used by OCARC, COSAR, and CASARA.

Many thanks goes to Fred VA7UN for providing the diagram and all the work he has done with bringing this repeater site to reality.

Okanagan Mountain Repeater Block Diagram

Tech Meeting for Tuesday December 1

Posted on: Tue, 12/01/2020 - 05:42 By: VE7JXC

We are organizing another virtual Tech meeting for Tuesday December 1 at 7:00 pm.

We will be using the Jitsi Platform. Jitsi works with the following browsers: Firefox Chrome Safari(Apple) and the new Windows Edge.

Please review the email sent out with agenda items.



General Meeting November 26, 2020

Posted on: Wed, 11/25/2020 - 16:49 By: VE7JXC

It is that time again. The next General Meeting will take place Thursday November 26, 2020 at 19:30 hours. Due to ongoing world events this meeting will again be held virtually using the clubs Jitisi system.

Same instructions for Jitisi as before, or check you email for instructions.

Use of Electronic Devices while Driving

Posted on: Tue, 11/17/2020 - 18:06 By: VE7JXC

With distracted driving ticket hitting the news outlets again, here's some information for British Columbia Radio Amateurs:

Castanet.net article Ticketed for doing our jobs

BC Motor Vehicle Act Use of Electronic Devices while Driving

BC Motor Vehicle Act Use of Electronic Devices While Driving Regulation

British Columbia, the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) defines British Columbia road laws and delegates authority to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles to regulate driver behaviour. Since January 1, 2010, amendments to the MVA have prohibited the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving. PDF file which many members carry in their vehicle.

RAC Distracted Driving Regulations in Canada

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