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).

General Meeting October 22, 2020

Posted on: Thu, 10/22/2020 - 17:22 By: VE7JXC

It is that time of the month again. The next General Meeting will take place today 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.

Tech Meeting for Tuesday October 6

Posted on: Mon, 10/05/2020 - 18:55 By: VE7JXC

We are organizing another virtual Tech meeting for Tuesday October 6 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.
Jitsi does not support the old Windows Explorer or the older version of Windows Edge. 

If you are not using one of the supported browsers or if you are having trouble setting up Jitsi in your browser you can still use Jitsi by downloading and installing this Jitsi app on your PC.


You will get a warning from Windows before it allows you to install. Click "More Info" on the warning screen then select "Install Anyway".

Once you have installed it you will have to set it up with your name, call sign, and email address along with our server name:


To participate with the app all you have to do is log in any time after 6:45 pm and enter the conference name:

If you are using Chrome Firefox or Safari all you have to do to join is log in any time after 6:45 pm using this link:

John Clarke VE7JXC will be the moderator.

As always there is no agenda.   

Jitsi is a visual medium. Show and tell is encouraged. If you have acquired, built or modified or something and wish to share please do.


Canadian Basic Amateur Radio Course (Online)

Posted on: Mon, 10/05/2020 - 04:38 By: VE7JXC

Registration is now open for the course (10 online sessions) to prepare for the Canadian Basic Amateur Radio exam starting NOVEMBER 1, 2020!


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. 

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