OCARC

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).

ICOM IC-F30 Handheld

Posted on: Sat, 05/14/2022 - 19:10 By: VE7JXC

Notice to holders of the ICOM IC-F30 Handheld. There is a update to the programmed memory banks, see https://www.ocarc.ca/tech-Icom-IC-F30-Program for more details.

We are looking into updating the radios at the next General meeting, so bring you radio and get it updated and attend a General meeting at the same time.

Free Antenna

Posted on: Fri, 04/08/2022 - 19:17 By: VE7JXC

Go to QRZ and look up call sign VE7SLG. He is willing to give all the stuff to anyone who is willing to remove the antenna and mast AND fix the roof.

All the rotating mechanisms are already removed. Antenna is Cushcraft, good for 10, 15, 20, and 40 meters.

He thinks a tree removal company will be required to remove the mast (120 pounds). Antenna can be removed by standing a ladder against the mast. Be careful!

If interested call Laird Stovel VE7SLG 250-860-9107 or Laired.Stovel @ gmail.com

Tech Meeting for April 5 2022

Posted on: Mon, 04/04/2022 - 16:52 By: VE7JXC

It is that time of the month again, We will be having a tech meeting at 1900 hours on Tuesday April 5. This meeting will take place IN PERSON at the Main Firehall on Enterprise Way.

As per City of Kelowna policies we MUST verify vaccination status and only admit those who can satisfy this requirement. Visitors should sanitize on the way into and out of the facility. Masks are currently optional.

If you cannot or do not wish to comply with the above requirements please stay home, Nobody in the club wants to be faced with the task of turning you away.

For those of you who may be new to the club, the address for this location is  2255 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8B8 we enter through the side door (East side). Usually there will be a few people milling around outside. 

The meeting starts at 1900 so please try to arrive a few minutes early.

Some members are discussing meeting at the White Spot 5:00-5:30 for dinner before the meeting.

John VE7JXC

General Meeting March 24 2022

Posted on: Thu, 03/24/2022 - 21:49 By: VE7JXC

It is that time of the month again, We will be having are general meeting at 1930 hours on Thursday Mar 24. This meeting will take place IN PERSON at the Main Firehall on Enterprise Way. I apologize for the short notice, I was anticipated approval from the venue soon but we only received it this morning.

As per City of Kelowna policies we MUST verify vaccination status and only admit those who can satisfy this requirement. Visitors should sanitize on the way into and out of the facility. Masks are currently optional.

For those of you who may be new to the club the address for this location is  2255 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8B8 we enter through the side door. Usually there will be a few people milling around outside. The meeting starts at 1930 so please try to arrive a few minutes early.

Batteries Move

Posted on: Fri, 03/11/2022 - 16:43 By: VE7JXC
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On March 11, the new to us batteries have been moved to a storage location. The next move will be to the assigned repeater locations. Many thanks to Tom Apps VE7ENP, Greg Corbett VE7CD, John Clarke VE7JXC, Dave Conzatti VA7ZAT, and Chris Wlater VE7EQN on the move.

World’s Smallest Moon Lander from Japan will Put Ham Radio Transmitter on the Moon

Posted on: Wed, 12/15/2021 - 00:38 By: VE7JXC

Japan’s OMOTENASHI, the world’s smallest moon lander, will have an X-band and UHF communication system, although it will not carry an amateur band transponder. OMOTENASHI is a 6U CubeSat set for launch via a NASA SLS rocket as early as February 2022. It will have a mission period of from 4 to 5 days. The name is an acronym for Outstanding Moon Exploration Technologies demonstrated by Nano Semi-Hard Impactor. Wataru Torii of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Ham Radio Club, JQ1ZVI, said radio amateurs can play a role in gathering data from the spacecraft.

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OCARC Repeater Coverage

Posted on: Thu, 11/25/2021 - 17:07 By: VE7JXC
repeater coverage

The following map shows the coverage of the  repeaters listed on the OCARC repeater lists. The brighter the green, the more repeater choices you have for coverage. This map would be very usefull when house hunting and repeater coverage is important.

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