Amateur Radio during the current Global Pandemic

Posted on: Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:07 By: VE7JXC

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...

Common Amateur Simplex Frequencies

For a more detailed list, see the RAC bandplan:

or the BCARCC bandplan:

Calling Frequencies

Description Frequency Mode Notes
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.


Simplex Frequencies

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!

Description Frequency Mode Notes
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

Description Frequency Mode Notes
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.

Description Frequency Mode Notes
Digital 50.235 Q65-120E Tropo/Rain/Back scatter (100W or less)
Digital 50.260 MSK144 Meteor scatter
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)
CW calling 144.100 CW  
Digital 144.120 - 144.140 various Moonbounce (EME)
Digital 144.150 MSK144 Meteor scatter
Digital 144.170 Q65-60C Tropo/Rain/Back scatter
Digital 144.174 FT8  
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 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)

Education Day at Cedar Creek

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2020 - 00:11 By: VE7JXC

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.

Distracted Driving Regulations in Canada Update (2)

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2020 - 00:08 By: VE7JXC

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...

Wednesday Net Little White Mountain Repeater

Posted on: Mon, 02/24/2020 - 23:05 By: VE7JXC

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.

Repeater Coverage Maps

Posted on: Mon, 02/17/2020 - 00:26 By: VE7JXC

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.

Sample below, 

Dilworth Handheld 10 kms

10 kms

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