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).

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. 

Tech Meeting Tuesday June 2

Posted on: Mon, 06/01/2020 - 16:26 By: VE7JXC

The Tech Meeting will be using the Jitsi video meeting software on Tuesday June 2 at 19:00 hrs (7:00 p.m.).

Jitsi works well with the following browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari (Apple)

Jitsi does not support Windows Explorer or Windows Edge

If you are not using Firefox or Chrome on your PC 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 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 p.m. and enter the conference name:

(Conf name sent to club members)

If you are using Chrome Firefox or Safari All you have to do to join is log in any time after 6:45 p.m. using this link:

https://jitsi.if.ocarc.ca/(Conf name sent to club members)

Once you have logged on you will have to allow the system to access your camera and microphone to be seen and heard (if you don't want to use the camera you can log on with audio only).

There is also an option to register a user name (part of the three dot menu at the bottom right corner) if you can do this as well it will help the moderator keep track of who is on.

If you can make it, please show up on Tuesday with your best stories information and other items of interest.


John Clarke


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

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...

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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