The Covid-19 pandemic has been a part of our daily lives for several weeks now and will most likely continue to be for some time. The pandemic is of particular concern for Radio Amateurs because ours is a hobby that can be practiced by people of all ages from elementary schoolchildren to senior citizens. More info...
KENWOOD Amateur Radio System to be installed on the International Space Station (ISS). More info...
For a more detailed list, see the RAC bandplan: https://www.rac.ca/proposed-two-metre-2m-band-plan/
or the BCARCC bandplan: https://bcarcc.org/2m%20Plan%20A%202014.pdf
|International 10m FM Simplex||29.600||FM||Can offer worldwide communications under favourable propagation conditions.|
|6m SSB Calling||50.125||USB||Users should move up if the band is open beyond normal line of sight.|
|National 6m FM Calling||52.525||FM||Calling and general use.|
|2m SSB Calling||144.200||USB||Users should move up if the band is open beyond normal line of sight. Okanagan 2m SSB Net can be found on this frequency, Tuesday at 7:30 PM local time.|
|National 2m FM Simplex||146.520||FM||Calling Frequency, also used when traveling in areas with few or no local repeaters.|
|National 1.25m FM Simplex||223.500||FM||Calling and general use.|
|70cm SSB Calling||432.200||USB||Users should move up if the band is open beyond normal line of sight.|
|National 70cm FM Simplex||446.000||FM||Calling and general use. Unfortunately some tourists (or their children) with FRS radios (legal in Europe) are occasionally heard on this frequency. These radios are NOT legal in Canada.|
FM simplex operation is allowed on a wide range of frequencies not otherwise allocated for repeaters or special use. Channel spacing per the BCARCC (BC Amateur Radio Coordination Council).
Tired of being cooped up on repeaters? Try some fresh air(waves) on simplex!
|2m FM Simplex||146.415 - 146.595||FM||(15 kHz spacing)|
|2m FM Simplex (internet links)||147.420 - 147.585||FM||(15 kHz spacing) EchoLink, IRLP, Hotspots, etc|
|1.25m FM Simplex||223.490 - 223.590||FM||(20 kHz spacing)|
|70cm FM Simplex||446.000 - 446.975||FM||(25 kHz spacing)|
Special Interest Frequencies
|Amateur TV Audio||144.340||FM||Talkback and coordination. May also be used for temporary APRS operations local to the Okanagan.|
|ARISS||145.800||FM||Hams in space - Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). FM Voice downlink frequency for Space to Ground Voice Comms. Also used for SSTV transmissions from the ISS.|
|Hang Gliding||146.415||FM||Hams in the air (unfortunately a few unlicensed pirates heard). Most active in the Lumby area.|
|4X4||146.460||FM||Hams in the backcountry (unfortunately a few unlicensed pirates heard) Much activity in the Okanagan area.|
Other Specialty Frequencies
Theses frequencies are used for specialized communications modes. Please refrain from operating FM Voice on these frequencies.
|Digital||50.235||Q65-120E||Tropo/Rain/Back scatter (100W or less)|
|Digital||50.275||Q65-30A||Tropo/Rain/Back scatter (100W or more)|
|Digital||50.313||FT8||(within North America)|
|Digital||50.318||FT4||(within North America)|
|Digital||50.323||FT8||(DX outside North America)|
|Digital||144.120 - 144.140||various||Moonbounce (EME)|
|APRS||144.390||FM Packet||North America wide APRS|
|ARISS||144.490||FM||Is there anybody out there? - Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). Voice uplink for open International Space Station contacts. (Please read https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html before asking 👽)|
|Packet Networks||144.910 - 144.970||FM Packet||North America wide (20 kHz spacing)|
|APRS low power||144.990||FM Packet||Alternate APRS for local operations|
|ARISS||145.825||FM Packet||Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). 1200 baud AX.25 Digipeater on the ISS.|
|Satellite||145.800 - 146.000||various||Multiple modes (FM, SSB, CW, Digital) for satellite work (uplinks and downlinks)|
A education day on March 7, 2020 11:00 am at Cedar Creek is scheduled. If you haven't been to the Cedar Creek ham shack make plans on visiting and learning what is available for club members.
In light of the recent decision by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to make permanent the exemption for handheld two-way radios for commercial drivers and Amateur Radio operators, we have reviewed the regulations in Canada. More info...
The Little White Mountain repeater is powered by solar, during winter there are times when the solar panels may not fully charge the batteries.
As the batteries are currently not getting fully charged, we ask members to use other club repeaters until further notice.
The Wednesday Net until further notice will use the Okanagan Mountain repeater for the Net at 19:30 hrs (7:30 p.m.) and the Dilworth Mountain repeater at 20:00 hrs (8:00 p.m.) for those who can not reach the Okanagan Mountain repeater.
The repeater is still working but we are trying to reduce the unnecessary usage of power so it will remain available for emergency, search and rescue use.
A friendly reminder that kerchunking (transmitting a carrier without identifying, for the purposes of bringing up a repeater) is not only against the radio regulations, but is wasteful of the limited power available on solar powered repeaters.
Link to current battery status.
Red Cross video about the Cariboo repeater system
Pacific Northwest Hamfairs & Events. Check out what is happening in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. See more...
The repeater pages now have coverage maps for 50 kms and 150 kms. Big White also has a 5 km for handhelds. Dilworth has a 25 km for handhelds.
Most of the club repeaters are done, we are still working on the rest of the list.
Dilworth Handheld 10 kms
A summary of logs received for the 2019 RAC Canada Winter Contest is now available on the RAC Contesting Rules and Results webpage