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).

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).

OCARC AGM and General Meeting June 23 2022 1930 hours

Posted on: Wed, 06/22/2022 - 00:22 By: VE7JXC

General Meeting and AGM

Thursday, June 23 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Google Meet joining info, see the email sent out.

For the AGM we will be electing directors, quorum  is required.

As of this time no new members have put their name forward for the executive and as a result the follow have agreed to run again:

Brian Porter VE7BWP

Bob Meldrum VA7RGM

John Clarke VE7JXC

There are no minutes for the May meeting as a quorum was not present.

 

 

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.

Tech Meeting for June 7 2022

Posted on: Wed, 06/01/2022 - 16:27 By: VE7JXC

It is that time of the month again, We will be having a tech meeting at 1900 hours on Tuesday June 7. This meeting will take place IN PERSON at the Main Firehall on Enterprise Way.

As per City of Kelowna policies we MUST verify vaccination status and only admit those who can satisfy this requirement. Visitors should sanitize on the way into and out of the facility. Masks are currently optional.

If you cannot or do not wish to comply with the above requirements please stay home, Nobody in the club wants to be faced with the task of turning you away.

For those of you who may be new to the club, the address for this location is  2255 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8B8 we enter through the side door (East side). Usually there will be a few people milling around outside. 

The meeting starts at 7:00 PM so please try to arrive a few minutes early.

Some members are meeting at the White Spot 5:00-5:30 PM for dinner before the meeting.

Notice to holders of the ICOM IC-F30 Handheld. There is a update to the programmed memory banks, see https://www.ocarc.ca/tech-Icom-IC-F30-Program for more details.

We are looking into updating the radios at the next Tech meeting, so bring you radio and get it updated and attend a Tech meeting at the same time.

John VE7JXC

Tech Committee Battery Update

Posted on: Wed, 06/01/2022 - 16:06 By: VE7JXC

Most of the batteries have been installed. The following locations have received their replacement batteries:

  • Cedar Creek
  • Dilworth Mtn.
  • Kuipers Mtn.
  • Orchard

Still to be done is Okanagan Mtn.

Any guesses on the oldest battery replaced? How many pounds of batteries were recycled? Bring your guesses to the next Tech committee meeting.

Many thanks to Tom Apps VE7ENP, John Clarke VE7JXC, Gord Hawkey VE7GFH, Chris Walter VE7EQN, and Doug Wirsz VE7VZ with the battery replacements.

ICOM IC-F30 Handheld

Posted on: Sat, 05/14/2022 - 19:10 By: VE7JXC

Notice to holders of the ICOM IC-F30 Handheld. There is a update to the programmed memory banks, see https://www.ocarc.ca/tech-Icom-IC-F30-Program for more details.

We are looking into updating the radios at the next General meeting, so bring you radio and get it updated and attend a General meeting at the same time.

Free Antenna

Posted on: Fri, 04/08/2022 - 19:17 By: VE7JXC

Go to QRZ and look up call sign VE7SLG. He is willing to give all the stuff to anyone who is willing to remove the antenna and mast AND fix the roof.

All the rotating mechanisms are already removed. Antenna is Cushcraft, good for 10, 15, 20, and 40 meters.

He thinks a tree removal company will be required to remove the mast (120 pounds). Antenna can be removed by standing a ladder against the mast. Be careful!

If interested call Laird Stovel VE7SLG 250-860-9107 or Laired.Stovel @ gmail.com

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