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 licensed Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Operators by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formally Industry Canada).

General Meeting February 25, 2021

It is that time again. Our second General Meeting for 2021 will take place Thursday February 25, 2021 at 19:30 hours. Due to ongoing world events this meeting will again be held virtually using the clubs Jitisi system.

Same instructions for Jitisi as before, or check you email for instructions.

Event Date(s)
Thursday 25th of February 2021

Become a Ham Radio Operator / Getting Licensed

Ham radio operators are amateur radio operators that run an informal and unofficial radio station for fun. Due to the nature of the work, ham radio operators can work anywhere, such as at home or at an office.

To become an Amateur radio operator in Canada you must get an operators certificate and a station licence. The OCARC provides courses for area Ham enthusiasts wishing to become hams. Due to current COVID-19 situation, the courses are on hold. 

Industry and Science Canada issues the certificates after the applicant has passed a test. OCARC also provides government approved examiners who give the exam for the certificate types.

While the courses are on hold, many people are studying online, and several have taken their exams and are now amateur radio operators.

The following are some links to websites to help you prepare and study for a amateur radio license. 

  • Canadian Amateur radio operator certificates services - website
  • RAC How to Start - website
  • Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Study Resources - website
  • 9th Edition Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide - website, OCARC also has these books available 
  • Hamstudy course books - website
  • View a 20 minute video on Youtube, about what Amateur (HAM) Radio is about - Youtube - Why Amateur Radio
  • Amateur Radio (HAM) Training Information - website
  • RIC-3 - Information on the Amateur Radio Service - website
  • RBR-4 - Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service - website 
  • Canadian Amateur radio exam generator - website
  • Accredited Examiners - website


Repeater Coverage Maps

Posted on: Sun, 02/14/2021 - 23:18 By: VE7JXC

We just added over 40 more coverage maps for the repeater list.

Here's the map for the Kelowna IRLP Simplex.
IRLP Node 1508. Echolink VA7WS-L 556552

Kelowna IRLP

Amateur Radio Course Study Guides

Posted on: Mon, 01/04/2021 - 18:31 By: VE7JXC

Radio Amateurs of Canada offers the study guides to help you learn everything you need need to pass your exam and have fun with Amateur Radio.

We have the Basic and Advance guides in stock, save on shipping and get your guides locally, courses@ocarc.ca

We also have some good news for those folks who have been wanting to take their Amateur Radio Certificate exams, but are not sure of what to do under the Covid restrictions. Our local examiner has conducted exams remotely using Skype.

Little White Mountain VHF Repeater

Posted on: Mon, 01/04/2021 - 18:26 By: VE7JXC

We have three pictures of the Little White repeater, view the repeater details to see all three photos.

Little White repeater

CNIB Amateur Radio Program

Posted on: Mon, 12/21/2020 - 22:11 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

OCARC Wires-X Club Members Nodes

Posted on: Fri, 12/04/2020 - 16:41 By: VE7JXC

OCARC Wires-X Club Members Nodes as of December 2020, many thanks goes to Fred VA7UN for providing the diagram.

Wires-X Club Members

OCARC Wires-X Club Nodes

Posted on: Fri, 12/04/2020 - 16:39 By: VE7JXC

OCARC Wires-X Club Nodes as of December 2020, many thanks goes to Fred VA7UN for providing the diagram.

Wires-X Club

Okanagan Mountain Repeater Block Diagram

Posted on: Fri, 12/04/2020 - 04:58 By: VE7JXC

Okanagan Mountain Repeater Block Diagram as of December 2020. The Okanagan Mountain Repeater site is used by OCARC, COSAR, and CASARA.

Many thanks goes to Fred VA7UN for providing the diagram and all the work he has done with bringing this repeater site to reality.

Okanagan Mountain Repeater Block Diagram

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