OCARC

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 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

73, save driving

MMDVM - Repeater in Kelowna VE7NBC built by Chris – VE7EQN

Posted on: Sun, 11/08/2020 - 17:33 By: VE7JXC

Here is some more info on the MMDVM - Repeaters built by Chris – VE7EQN:

(DMR/C4FM-Fusion/P25/D-Star/NXDN and Analog possible in the future)

VA7NBC - Repeater in Kelowna

VA7NBC – Roy – VE7IS is working it from Penticton !!!!

http://44.135.161.139/

https://brandmeister.network/?page=repeater&id=302711

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Next year VA7PTV at Okanagan on the Multi Digital Okanagan Mini Network

The Computer model does not factor in the excellent coverage bouncing along the Lake to Penticton!

Big shout-out to Chris VE7EQN for building these two Amazing Repeaters and to Stephen VA7STV for making it all possible on the HAMWAN Network

VE7EQN/VA7STV/VA7UN  

Okanagan Digital Group

MMDVM - Repeater in Vernon VA7VTV built by Chris – VE7EQN

Posted on: Sun, 11/08/2020 - 17:30 By: VE7JXC

Here is some more info on the MMDVM - Repeaters built by Chris – VE7EQN:

(DMR/C4FM-Fusion/P25/D-Star/NXDN and Analog possible in the future)

VA7VTV - New Repeater in Vernon:

http://44.135.164.11/

https://brandmeister.network/?page=repeater&id=302712

VA7VTV Vernon – Works from my HT at my house at YLW J

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va7vtv-2

 

va7vtv-3

Big shout-out to Chris VE7EQN for building these two Amazing Repeaters and to Stephen VA7STV for making it all possible on the HAMWAN Network

VE7EQN/VA7STV/VA7UN  

Okanagan Digital Group

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!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RevelstokeAmateurRadioCourses

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.

John

VE7JXC

Update:

They took awhile to arrive and then some more time to install. Today, I've been transmitting on 20m for over 5 minutes and neither breaker has tripped. Looks like the breakers from Eaton (free) has solved the problem, now I can start working 20m again.

John

VE7JXC

 

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.

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