The 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 Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Operators licensed by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada).

September General Meeting - September 28 @ 7:30 PM

Posted on: Mon, 09/18/2023 - 04:32 By: VE7JXC

Our next general meeting is September 28 at 7:30 PM.

With our current forest fire situation and not knowing if the firehall would be available for the general meeting. (Currently in use as an EOC).

We will be meeting at:

1628 Dickson Avenue (Landmark 4 building) basement boardroom

There are two ways to enter, as shown on the attached image.

(a) If you’re comfortable taking a single flight of stairs down, follow arrow A to enter the building via the basement entrance (the main entrance will be locked)

(b) If you prefer step-free access, follow arrow B and park in the underground parking lot (free) where you can enter the basement door without any stairs

Landmark 4



Equipment For Sale

Posted on: Wed, 09/13/2023 - 18:16 By: VE7JXC

The following equipment are for sale, contact information is at the end.

Collins 75A2 HF Communications Receiver - $150
The Collins 75A-2 HF is a high quality amateur band receiver.
Collins 75A-2 Receiver #1Collins 75A-2 Receiver #2

Collins 75A-2 Receiver #3


Hammarlund SP-600 - $75
HF rCommunications Receiver.
Hammerlund Model SP-600 #1Hammerlund Model SP-600 #2


Heathkit HD-15 - $10
Hybrid Phone Patch
Heathkit HD-15 Hybrid Phone PatchHeathkit HD-15 Hybrid Phone Patch #2


Heathkit IP-2715 Battery Eliminator - $25
Heathkit IP-2715 Battery Eliminator


ICOM IC-R7000 - $150
Communications Receiver HF/VHF/UHF/FM/AM
Icom IC-R7000 Communications RX #1Icom IC-R7000 Communications RX #2


ICOM TV-R7000 TV RX Adapter - $20
ICOM TV-R7000 TV RX Adapter


ITT Mackay Marine Reciver 3031A (needs some repair) - $150
The 3031A is a fully synthesized, dual conversion, maritime and fixed station communications receiver.
ITT Mackay Marine Reciever Type 3031A


Kenwood R2000 HF Communications Reciver - $200
Kenwood R-2000 Communications RX


Kenwood TS-450S HF Transciever - $250
Kenwood TS-450S HF Transceiver


Mast Base - $25
Mast Base


Midland 77-202B CB Radio - $20
Midland 77-202B CB Radio #1Midland 77-202B CB Radio #2


RCAF Type GR-10 HF Communications Reciever - $100
RCAF Type GR-10 Communications RX #1RCAF Type GR-10 Communications RX #2


Realistic TRC-850 CB Base Station - $25
Realistic TRC-850 CB Base Station #1Realistic TRC-850 CB Base Station #2


Trio Model 9R-50 HF Communications Receiver - $30
Trio Model 9R-50 Communications RX #1Trio Model 9R-50 Communications RX #2


Zurich DPS-2512M - $100
8-Amp 120-V 60-Hertz DC Power Supply
Zurieh DSP-2512M


Contact Susan 



Walter Shawlee II

Posted on: Wed, 09/06/2023 - 04:33 By: VE7JXC


Walter Shawlee II passed away in his home on the morning of Monday (Sept 04, 2023). His family is going to have a reception this coming Saturday (Sept. 09) from 1500 to 1800 hrs.

The reception will be held at the family's home at 3394 Sunnyside Rd. West Kelowna, BC . Anyone who would like to pass on their condolences to his family are welcome to attend.

Walter hosted many "Stuff Day" events where he invited the OCARC and any other amateur radio operators to sell their own equipment for free.

He was a student in the last OCARC amateur radio course and was working on getting his basic amateur radio qualifications until his health failed.

He had a vast knowledge of electronics, a large supply of parts, and test equipment. He will be certainly be missed by the many people who knew him.

APRS Radio

Posted on: Wed, 09/06/2023 - 03:43 By: VE7JXC
APRS radio

Complete package removed from service prior to vehicle sale two years ago. 

Package consists of:

  Icom IC 27A c/w mounting bracket, no mic 

  Argent Data Tracker 2, Model OT 2M unit

  PowerWerks Auto Power Off APO3 unit

  Deluco GPS unit 

Asking $150.00

Gord, VE7GFH



Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. (AEM) Tour

Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2023 - 16:11 By: VE7JXC

Some of our members enjoyed a tour of AEM

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. (AEM) is a leader in the design, development, and manufacture of aircraft communication systems, loudspeaker systems, radios, caution/warning panels, illuminated panel products, and airframe crack detection compliance sensors.

AEM offers dedicated troubleshooting, repair, and refurbishment services to complement its product lines. AEM is a Transport Canada approved manufacturer and maintenance organization, holds EASA Part 145 Maintenance approval, is ISO9001/ AS9100D registered and certified under Canada’s Controlled Goods Program.

AEM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Structural Monitoring Systems (SMS) Canada.

Thank you AEM for making the tour available.

AEM Kelowna

HAM Recipe For Beans a simple dish for Field Day

Posted on: Tue, 05/09/2023 - 23:07 By: VE7JXC

Ham Beans

HAM Recipe For Beans

INGREDIENTS: (about 10 servings)

1 pound ground beef

8 slices bacon

One 28 ounce can (cooked) pork (ham) and (Navy or Kidney) beans, (drained)

One 8 ounce can of pork and beans, (not drained)

1 cup chopped onion                                      

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup ketchup

1 teaspoon mustard

1 Tablespoon vinegar


In a frying pan, brown the ground beef, then drain and set aside.

Next, cook the bacon in that frying pan until crispy.  Let cool then crumble or chop into small pieces.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked canned beans, ground beef, bacon, onion bits, white sugar, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard and vinegar.

Cook in an electric slow cooker on high for 1 hour, (stirring occasionally), or on low for 2-3 hours.

Alternatively you could cook in a baking dish in a 350°F (225°c) oven for 1 hour.

How about a HAM CONVERTER project?


Spice up the HAM Recipe For Beans upgrade to a Chili Con Carne?


/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp garlic bits

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp chili pepper

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp dried red pepper bits

Preparation Instructions:

In your blender, add the ingredients listed above, one spice at a time, starting with the larger red pepper bits followed by the next smaller, down to the smallest spice particles.

Mix well, and grind to a fine consistency. Makes about ½ a cup of Cajun style seasoning.

Are you brave? (I dare you)

Add this seasoning to the HAM Recipe For Beans        



Posted on: Thu, 04/13/2023 - 04:46 By: VE7JXC

Congratulations to the 18 new Amateur Radio operators who passed their exam tonight. 

Work Party

Posted on: Thu, 04/06/2023 - 22:57 By: VE7JXC

Greg VE7CD had a work party at his place, moving an antenna and mounting a hamwan dish.

Many thanks to Doug VE7VZ, Bob VA7RGM, Merlyn VE7MZP, Dave VA7MD, and John VE7JXC

Merlyn VE7MZP



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