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).

Big White Winter Rally

Posted on: Thu, 11/25/2021 - 17:40 By: VE7JXC

My name is Geoff Hill; I am the volunteer coordinator for the Big White Winter Rally 2021, final round of the Canadian National Rally Championship, to be held on December 11-12, 2021. I would like to tell you more about this event, in the hopes that you or some members of your club would be interested in volunteering as Radio Operators.

Big White Winter Rally is a sanctioned performance driving competition taking place on temporarily closed forestry roads surrounding Big White Winter Resort, 45 minutes East of Kelowna, BC. The event needs amateur radio operators such as yourselves, who are crucial to the safety and success of the weekend as road blockers and control marshals. This is also an amazing opportunity to put your amateur radio skills & equipment in action, and see real cars, on real roads, driving real fast!

I humbly request your assistance to inform members of your amateur radio club of this opportunity, as we need more radio operators to safely run the event. We acknowledge that the recent floods and ongoing Covid-19 situation may impact the ability to volunteer for an event such as BWWR 2021. That being said, Big White Resort is outside of the area heavily affected by flooding, and we are hoping to bring economic activity to local businesses.

What we provide:

To reduce costs to our volunteers as much as possible, we provide free shared accommodation in a condo right at the Big White Ski Resort itself, on the nights of Friday December 10th and Saturday December 11th. The event will finish by 4:00pm Sunday afternoon for you to begin your drive home.

The Volunteer registration page for the event can be found here:

https://bigwhiterally.com/volunteers/sign-form/ 

https://forms.gle/ksArvy4wE8xvYHsK9

For more information:

Introduction to Rally Volunteering (description of the radio operator role in particular can be found on page 6)

Our next meeting is Wednesday November 24th to discuss the impact of recent event; is there any chance of this information making it to your membership by that evening?

Thank you for your time,

 Geoff Hill

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.

Member Resources - Web Cams

Posted on: Sun, 11/14/2021 - 20:54 By: VE7JXC

Did you know that when you sign into your membership account and click on Member Resources there'e a quick link to the HamWAN portal web cams.

Is it sunny or snowy up in the moutains? Today it was snowy.

OkanaganSnow

OCARC Used Equipment Sale 2021 Reduced Price

Posted on: Tue, 11/02/2021 - 04:53 By: VE7JXC

One of our life members, Carl Bertholm VE7CLC has generously donated the following equipment for sale with all proceeds to the Club.

All purchases for these items are subject to the following Terms and Conditions:

  • Purchase can be made by email to auction@ocarc.ca
  • To be valid each purchase must include contact information for the purchaser (Name, Address, Phone Number, & Email Address), the item number.
  • All purchase for the radio transceivers must be accompanied by your call sign.
  • All purchases must be in Canadian Dollars.
  • No deposit is required to purchase an item.
  • In the case of a tie purchase the first email received will win.
  • The winning purchases for each item will be notified by email and or by telephone.
  • All successful purchases will arrange to pick up their purchased items.
  • Any purchases for items not paid and picked up within the reasonable time 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.

Items for Sale

Item Number Description Model Minimum Bid Model Minimum Bid
1-Ram Flex Ram Mount Flex Suction Cup with round mount   $15
2-Ram Ball Ram mount ball end   $5
3-Ram Dbl. Ram Double ball with radio mount   Sold
4-Ram Sqr. Ram Mount Flex Suction Cup with square mount   $15
5-Pyramid Pyramid 12v power supply PS-12k Sold
6-IC-2200h Icom 65W 2 meter mobile IC 2200h Sold
7-IC02AT Icom 2 meter hand held with WSE 2m amp IC 02AT /WP-5200DX Sold
8-ICW31A Icom UHF/VHF hand held IC-W31A $60
9-Kenwood Kenwood Speaker sp40 Sold
10-Asahi Asahai SWR/Power meter 3.5 to 150 mhz MEIIX Sold
11-Johnson E F Johnson Speaker 250-064-001 $10
12-Drake Drake Headphones   $5
13-Larsen Larsen NMO Mag Mount Base with PL259 plug   Sold
14-2m Ant. 2 meter Mag Mount (no brand) Pl259   Sold
15-Vocom 2 meter telescopic antenna 9" to 48"   $5
16-Heath Heath antenna switch 4 positions with ground HD 1234 Sold
17-80 Ant. Homebrew 80 meter dipole   Sold

Item 1-Ram Flex

Item 1-Ram Flex

A Ram style stand with a suction cup base and a Flexible Mount approx. 7 inches tall.  Has a round mount added to the Head.

Item 2-Ram Ball

Item 2-Ram Ball

A Ram ball end that can be attached to a flat surface. 

Item 4-Ram Sqr.

Item 4-Ram Dbl.

A Ram style stand with a suction cup base and a Flexible Mount approx. 7 inches tall. The same as Item 1 except that it does not have the round mount at the head. 

8-ICW31A

8-ICW31A

An Icom IC-W31A dual band hand held with antenna, two BP170 batteries (condition uncertain), speaker mic, cloth case , BC-110A  charger included. Powers on ;transmits and receives. 

 11-Johnson

11-Johnson

An older E F Johnson speaker with a 1/8” plug.  

12-Drake

12-Drake

A pair of older Drake headphones with a ¼” plug. 

15-Vocom

15-Vocom

A Vocom 2 meter telescopic antenna.  9 “ collapsed and 48” fully extended. 

CNIB Amateur Radio Program

Posted on: Fri, 10/29/2021 - 03:20 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  

Remote Radios

Posted on: Fri, 10/15/2021 - 17:19 By: VE7JXC

As a member of OCARC did you know that you can access a remote radio? Log into your account and look for (Menu) Member Resources, then Remote Radios.  

OCARC provides an HF radio station to club members that can be operated entirely remotely. 

Gem Lake Jeep Drive

Posted on: Tue, 10/12/2021 - 05:30 By: VE7JXC

The Orchard City Amateur Radio Club has radio repeater facilities at the top of the Gem Lake Chairlift site. A trip was scheduled to attend to the equipment before the weather turned.

18 minute drive through some ski runs to get to the top of the lift at 7200'.

The Gem Lake drive.

September General Meeting

Posted on: Thu, 09/23/2021 - 19:16 By: VE7JXC

Meeting tonight.

The September general meeting will take place on September 23 2021

For these meetings, we will be changing things up a little bit and using a different online system to ensure that we have the bandwidth and capacity for all of the members who wish to attend the meeting. Google Meet is supported in all major browsers and functions in a very similar way to jitsi. Apps are also available for Android and iOS.

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