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).

Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Course

Posted on: Sun, 11/27/2022 - 22:34 By: VE7JXC

Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Course

Are you interested in joining the ranks of Ham Operators around the world? 

OCARC would like to assist you in anyway we can to achieve your goal.

These include:
1. A formal course – OCARC is currently running a Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification course, commencing January 18, 2023.
Let us know if you are interested by contacting us at ocarchamcourse@gmail.com

2. Study materials - We have copies of Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide for sale - this saves you paying the shipping.
 
3. Fellowship - you are always welcome at a Club event. Come to a monthly meeting, at the Main Firehall, fourth Thursday at 7:30 PM.

The cost is $100, this includes books & course materials, pays for part of the room rental and the remainder of the current year's OCARC membership. The exam is free.

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) is the national organization representing Hams across Canada. A great place to start is RAC's website: http://wp.rac.ca/how-to-start/ Here you can find resources for getting your certificate. While there, be sure to download a copy of the
ExHAMiner. This software will create an exam with questions from the actual exam. You can practice taking the exam and be able to determine which
topics you need to study or need assistance with.

How to Sign Up

Please email our Education Coordinator at ocarchamcourse@gmail.com

Christmas Dinner 2022

Posted on: Sun, 11/27/2022 - 03:45 By: VE7JXC

Wayne is organizing an OCARC Christmas dinner at the 88 Grand Buffet on Thursday Dec. 8 at 5:30 PM.

88 Grand Buffet is located at 2339 Hwy. 97 North, Kelowna. Their website

As seating is limited, contact Wayne at bignellwl@shaw.ca to save your seat. No tickets required, just contact Wayne. Open to members and their spouses.

CNIB Amateur Radio Program

Posted on: Fri, 11/25/2022 - 17:41 By: VE7JXC

CNIB is requesting a donation from our club. We are not in a place to respond directly to the request but we have in the past undertook to receive and forward donations from the membership. Without in person meetings the logistics of this are difficult.

If club members would like to donate to CNIB please visit their website and click on the Donate button in the upper right corner of their webpage.

Their Amateur Radio program provides:

  • assistance in obtaining equipment
  • helps to train new operators 
  • helps prepare operators to pass the required Radio License exams  

65th Jamboree On The Air

Posted on: Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:13 By: VE7JXC
Jamboree 2022

The Jamboree on the Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around Canada, and in our own community.

On the weekend, a few of our members were working on the amateur radio session for the Scouts. There were many contacts, with the farthest being southern California. Watching the kids' eyes light up while talking with someone on the radio is always exciting.

Thank you to Paul Meise VE7TKC, Mike Fleming VE7FI, Tom Apps VE7ENP, John Clarke VE7JXC, and Doug Wirsz VE7VZ.

JOTA on the NEWS

 

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