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 Repeater Link

Posted on: Thu, 01/13/2022 - 21:11 By: VE7JXC

The link between Big White repeater to Okanagan Mountain repeater is back up.

World’s Smallest Moon Lander from Japan will Put Ham Radio Transmitter on the Moon

Posted on: Wed, 12/15/2021 - 00:38 By: VE7JXC

Japan’s OMOTENASHI, the world’s smallest moon lander, will have an X-band and UHF communication system, although it will not carry an amateur band transponder. OMOTENASHI is a 6U CubeSat set for launch via a NASA SLS rocket as early as February 2022. It will have a mission period of from 4 to 5 days. The name is an acronym for Outstanding Moon Exploration Technologies demonstrated by Nano Semi-Hard Impactor. Wataru Torii of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Ham Radio Club, JQ1ZVI, said radio amateurs can play a role in gathering data from the spacecraft.

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West Kelowna IRLP Simplex Node 1919

Posted on: Tue, 12/14/2021 - 06:22 By: VE7JXC

WKirlpThe West Kelowna IRLP Simplex Node is now online.

IRLP Node 1919, covers most of West Kelowna, except Westside Road and Campbell Road. Some coverage of Downtown Kelowna.

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.


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 Sold
12-Drake Drake Headphones   Sold
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"   Sold
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. 



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. 


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.

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