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 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


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  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)

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