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).

Items For Sale

Posted on: Wed, 08/10/2022 - 17:48 By: VE7JXC

The following items were donated to OCARC for the benefit of the Club. These are being offered for sale to club members and others on the following terms and conditions:

Offers can only be made by email to  auction@ocarc.ca

To be valid each offer must include contact information for the purchaser (Name, Address, Phone Number, & Email Address), the item number.

The highest offer for any item will be accepted as long as it equals or exceeds the minimum offer price.  

In the case of multiple acceptable offers of an equal amount the first email received will win.

All purchases must be in Canadian Dollars.

No deposit is required to make an offer for an item.

All offers for the radio transceivers must be accompanied by your call sign.

The winning offeror for each item will be notified by email and or by telephone.

All items must be picked up by the purchaser. No items will be shipped.

All successful purchasers will be able to pay for their items and pick up at the Club Meeting on September 22, 2022 or as arranged. 

Any successful offers for items not paid and picked up by October  5, 2022 will be considered void and the items will be resold at a later date in any manner that the Club executive deems appropriate.

All items are sold on an as is where is basis. There are no guarantees or warranties as to accuracy of description or suitability for purpose. 

All batteries included with packages are assumed to be in need of replacement.

Minimum Offer          Items for sale (all sold as is where is)

$10 Keyboard Keyer      MFJ-452      May not work.


$10 “The Epiphyte” 80m QRP SSB tranceiver (by VE7QK)


$20 Rig Blaster Advantage (West Mountain Radio)

-- with  cables and bag of jumper blocks to match microphone connector wiring schemes


$20 Tuneable DSP Filter  MFJ-784B  - with power wall wart


$10 Maco 13.8V 20A power supply

ammeter display is loose on front panel

$10 Iambic Paddle (possibly Bencher, MFJ, or some other manufacturer. No label on base)

similar to: https://www.eham.net/reviews/view-product?id=43


$10 Grandmaster II Contest Memory Keyer  MFJ-486


$20 Tentec 6m Transverter (No. 1208) (5w 14MHz in, 8W 50 MHz out)- with DC leads


$10 QRP Sprint (Oak Hills Research)  Single band qrp kit. Band unknown,


$10 Soundcard Interface  MFJ-1275M - with 8 pin RJ45 cable to radio


$10 Realistic HTX-202 2m Handheld (Radio Shack)- with battery pack to hold 6 AA batteries

- also with generic battery with 12v charge port on the back (battery state unknown)


$5 Mobile Speaker with bracket for mounting (labelled Radio Shack)

$5 Mobile Speaker with bracket for mounting (labelled Realistic)

$10 Stark II RF Signal Generator RFG-2


$20 Zotac (Nvidia) graphics card. GEFORCE GTX1060 (GTX1060-3GD5)

$20 G.Skill Ripjaws F4-2400C15Q-64GVR  DDR-2400  PC4-19200  package of 4  16 GB.

$5 Zetel Simplex/Duplex Smart Patch (Phone Patch)  J-Com SPP-600

$20 Microsoft Lifecam HD-5000

$40 Samsung Monitor  Model LU28E590DS/ZA

$10 Seagate 500GB Hard Disk Storage  ST500DM002

$10 IOGear USB 3.0 Hub  Model GUH326 - 6 port

$20 250GB SSD Storage Drive (possibly only 120GB, OCZ Technology Vertex 3

$10 2 x4   meg  DD3 memory

$10 per item Heathkit Oscilloscope & other assorted Heathkit  test equipment


Your choice - first come first served

RAC Survey

Posted on: Sun, 08/07/2022 - 00:07 By: VE7JXC

Interesting survey from RAC. It looks like RAC will be approaching ISED with some changes to how callsigns are administered in Canada.  I would recommend that all amateurs, even if you’re not a member of RAC, participate in this survey.


Canadian Amateurs Call Sign Policy Survey

Sondage sur la politique des indicatifs d'appel des amateurs canadiens

For immediate release | August 5, 2022 to September 30, 2022


Phil A. McBride, VA3QR/VA3KPJ
RAC President and Chair

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), the national association for Amateur Radio in Canada, is once again conducting an online survey to enable us to better serve Canadian Amateurs.

RAC is a volunteer-based organization and we rely on the feedback from members and non-members to help us stay informed and up to date on Amateur Radio matters of interest to them.

From time to time, we will be conducting various surveys to help us to achieve these objectives. The current survey was prepared by our Regulatory Affairs Officer Dave Goodwin, VE3KG, to solicit the opinions of Canadian Radio Amateurs on the policy concerning Amateur Radio call signs in Canada:

RIC-9 ­– Call Sign Policy and Special Event Prefixes

The current policy has been in place for almost 20 years and we would like your input to develop proposals for change to present to our regulator – Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada – for their consideration. 

Eligibility: The survey is anonymous and is open to anyone holding a Canadian Certificate and call sign.  

The survey is comprehensive and it covers such questions as:

  • should Canadian Amateurs be required to change their call signs when they move to another region of Canada?
  • should Canadian Amateurs be required to reconfirm their call signs every few years?
  • should call signs with one suffix letter be issued as permanent personal call signs?
  • should call signs with prefixes other than the traditional VA, VE, VO and VY prefixes be issued as permanent personal call signs?

Other topics include:

  • rules on two-letter suffixed call signs
  • rules on the handling of the call signs of deceased Amateurs
  • special prefix authorizations
  • special event call sign authorizations

The survey will run from August 5 to September 30. It will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is available at the following link. Thank you for participating!

Survey : https://forms.office.com/r/QbQ69KjwfM


Equipment For Sale

Posted on: Wed, 08/03/2022 - 17:22 By: VE7JXC

The following equipment is for sale from Phillip Frederick George Holland SK, VE7AKR

List as of 2022-08020

A package sale. Asking $600 for the lot.

Kenwood TS-50S HF Transceiver with Kenwood AT-50 Automatic Antenna Tuner

Includes HF Transceiver, Automatic Antenna Tuner, Low-pass filter, Control Cable, Multi-function microphone.

Prefer to sell as a package but will consider offers.

Price does not include any shipping charges.

Please make a reasonable offer. The units were maybe used once or twice.

Original list

Kenwood HF Receiver – TS-830S $400.00 CDN

Yaesu HF Transceiver – FT 950 (50mhz) – (cannot locate power cord. Includes microphone) - Sold

Yaesu – Ultra Compact Transceiver - FT-817ND - Sold

 contact April Dunn call 250-826-3543


Two New Bands for Canadian Amateurs

Posted on: Fri, 07/29/2022 - 23:31 By: VE7JXC

There are two major new additions to our spectrum:

  • 472 to 479 kHz, also known as 630 metres: on this new band, we are allowed to run a maximum of five watts EIRP, using emissions with a maximum bandwidth of 1 kHz.
  • 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz in the 60 metre band: this is a new worldwide allocation. Canadian Amateurs are allowed to run a maximum of 100 watts ERP, using emissions with a maximum bandwidth of 2.8 kHz.

For more information

Membership Renewal season at OCARC is in full swing  

Posted on: Sun, 07/17/2022 - 16:16 By: VE7JXC

So far approximately half of the membership have renewed.  A BIG THANK YOU  for your continued support of OCARC and its ongoing work to develop and maintain our repeater and digital network in the Okanagan.

For those who have not yet renewed it is not too late.  

Membership dues at OCARC have not increased.

Dues Categories are as follows:

Regular membership  $51.00

Regular membership with the RAC insurance discount  $40.00

Family member/Student membership  $21.00

Family membership with the RAC insurance discount  $10.00

Your options for renewing your membership are as follows:

You can renew online.  

Just follow this link http://www.ocarc.ca/form/registration  and you will be taken to our registration form where you can update your membership information and at the end you will be directed to our Paypal account. In order to get the RAC membership discount make certain that you put your RAC number into the form.

You can renew by mail. Just send your cheque/money order to:


PO Box 21126  Orchard Park

Kelowna BC  V1Y 9N8

You can also renew in person.  During the summer, we are not holding regular club meetings but the breakfast meetings are still going on.  In Kelowna we meet on Tuesday at Smittys at 9:00am and on the Westside we meet at the Cherry Pit on Thursday at 8:00am. 

In person renewals can be paid by cash or cheque and can be given to  Bob Meldrum (VA7RGM), Chris Walter (VE7EQN) or John Clarke (VE7JXC)

Work Party with a Difference

Posted on: Wed, 07/06/2022 - 16:44 By: VE7JXC
ramp to living room

Club member Tom (VE7ENP) needed a ramp built, so after morning breakfast on Thursday members John (VE7JXC), Chris (VE7EQN), and Doug (VE7VZ) visited Tom and built two ramps, one leading to the living room and another from the back deck to the back yard.

OCARC Repeater Site at the top of Okanagan Mountain

Posted on: Tue, 06/28/2022 - 23:27 By: VE7JXC


For those of you that were out with me yesterday driving up to the OCARC repeater site at the top of Okanagan Mountain, I have made a YouTube video of the drive. It starts at the locked gate at the bottom and goes right to the summit.

If you've ever wondered what it would feel like being strapped to the hood of my Jeep as we made the drive to the repeater site, then this video is for you. Your eyeballs would be right about where the camera was mounted. Feel the wind in your hair (if you have any), listen to the crunch of the gravel, hear the engine knock as I lug the motor. I even stalled the engine once. Listen to us bottom out, twice. No tiresome narration. All in HD. There's even a SD version for those of you still on dial-up.

So grab a beverage, or light that hookah and sit back in front of your big screen smart TV for 37 minutes of bumpy road.

Or not;

Okanagan Mountain Park Jeep Ride long version

Okanagan Mountain Park Jeep Ride short version


Thank you for the videos John VE7JWS

Field Day 2022

Posted on: Sat, 06/25/2022 - 14:12 By: VE7JXC

OCARC Field Day event  that  is happening today (June 25) at the Cedar Creek Club Station, 5160 Chute Lake Road,  from 10 - 2 PM.

We will be setting up the club shelters on the lawn and will be serving free coffee and donuts.

Please bring a lawn chair if you want to sit outside. 

The club station will be active for Field Day and those who wish to operate are welcome to do so.

Also, through the efforts of Gord Hawkey VE7GFH and John Clarke VE7JXC we have acquired a large number of rechargeable UPS batteries that were recently taken out of service but are still functional.  These are free to any club member who attends Field Day.

So when you add it all up, we have Great Weather, Free Coffee, Good Friends, Free Batteries and an opportunity to participate in North America's premiere amateur radio event. What could be better. 

Hope to see you there.

P.S.  Bob Meldrum VA7RGM (our treasurer) will be there if you want to renew you membership in person (cash or cheque).

Work Party at Cedar Creek

Posted on: Tue, 06/07/2022 - 05:07 By: VE7JXC
cedar creek work party

Gary Cooper VE7GCP, Mike Dillon VE7ABJ, and Brian Porter VE7BWP work party at Cedar Creek, antenna maintenance.

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