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 May 28 2020

Posted on: Thu, 05/28/2020 - 05:19 By: VE7JXC

The next general meeting which will take place ONLINE using the clubs Jitsi conferencing system. (Similar to zoom but privately hosted on our servers).

Jitsi is quite simple to use. You do NOT require a video camera and you can turn yours off if you are shy.

We will be standing by in the conference starting at 18:30 to give members time to work out any kinks they may have in there setup before we call the meeting to order at 19:30.

We will also be broadcasting this conference live on YouTube for members that may not be able to use jitsi, You can find the live stream at https://www.ocarc.ca/live (You may see us testing today with some repeater audio if you are lucky).

This is ultimately a trial run for the AGM that will take place next month so it is important that we try to have as many in attendance as possible.

If you have discussion topics that you would like on the agenda please email them to secretary@ocarc.ca ahead of time.

RAC is considering offering more online Amateur Radio courses

Posted on: Fri, 05/22/2020 - 00:24 By: VE7JXC

Survey being conducted to determine demand: Ends June 21

In response to the current global pandemic, Radio Amateurs of Canada organized an online Advanced Amateur Radio Certification Course in March 2020 so that individuals could upgrade their qualifications while continuing to practice social/physical distancing.

The new course was offered to RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members – both current and future – as described in the course requirements/survey.

if there is interest on the part of at least 7 individuals to acquire the Advanced Manual, or a combination of Advanced and Basic Manuals the club could order them at a cost to individual of $50.00 each. (To order individually from the publisher (Coax Publishing) they cost $65.00 plus with shipping and taxes)

General Meeting

Posted on: Thu, 04/23/2020 - 18:06 By: VE7JXC

As a reminder the General Meeting that would normally take place at the Fire Hall Is CANCELLED

We will be holding an informal Net Thursday (April 23) at 1930 on the Dilworth Repeater (146.680 -0.600MHz)

All Amateurs are invited,

Tech Meeting

Posted on: Tue, 04/07/2020 - 23:26 By: VE7JXC

In lieu of tonight's (2020-04-07) tech meeting Tom Apps has stepped up to hold an on the air get together tonight at 1900 hours on the Dilworth repeater 146.680

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...

General Meeting

Posted on: Thu, 03/26/2020 - 15:09 By: VE7JXC

As a reminder the General Meeting that would normally take place at the Fire Hall Thursday March 26 Is CANCELLED.

We will be holding an informal Net (Thursday) at 1930 on the Dilworth Repeater (146.680 -0.600MHz).

All Amateurs are invited,

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