Meetings Cancelled

Posted on: Thu, 03/19/2020 - 02:34 By: VE7JXC

In light of recent events the Executive and President have determined that it is necessary to cancel ALL club meetings until further notice. The most immediate of these cancellations is the General Meeting scheduled to take place on March 26.

We will instead be hosting an informal net on the air, Further details to follow. If you have any bulletins or announcements for this net please forward them to

Common Amateur Radio Frequencies

USB simplex 6m SSB calling frequency

USB 6m Digital Mode (MFK144 with WSJT-X) meteor scatter

USB 6m Digital Mode (FT8 with WSJT-X) terrestrial weak signal communications

Okanagan Mountain 6m Repeater -1.700 MHz Tone 88.5 VE7RBJ Elevation 1570m; Parrot Mode; poor receive sensitivity due to desense until Spring 2020

USB simplex 2m Digital Mode (MSK144 with WSJT-X) meteor scatter

USB simplex 2m Digital Mode (FT8 with WSJT-X) terrestrial weak signal communications

USB simplex 2m SSB calling frequency, Okanagan 2m SSB Net can be found on this frequency, Tuesday at 7:30 PM local time.

FM Voice downlink frequency for ARISS Space to Ground Voice Comms, a
lso used for SSTV transmissions from the ISS.

FM downlink frequency for ARISS 1200 baud packet radio.

National 2m FM Simplex Calling Frequency, also used when traveling in areas with few or no local repeaters.

National 1.25m FM Simplex Calling Frequency

National 70cm FM Simplex Calling Frequency


Stuff Day Event

Posted on: Sat, 02/29/2020 - 03:28 By: VE7JXC


The next stuff day event is tentatively set for Saturday May 2nd. This time seems clear for most people, but let me know if there's a problem.

This year we will also have "remote" stuff day, where those from far away can also get items when the initial stuff day event is over, or reserve them in advance.

This may prove handy for those who just can't travel to the wilds of BC. Really large and heavy items will be excluded, however. Lots of nifty HP items in particular this year, plus a beautiful Tek 500Mhz 7934 real time storage scope. Also a huge pile of spare boards for HP and Tek gear, and lots of tubes and CRTs, including Tek and HP CRTs.

The reason for excluding heavy items from shipping is that I broke my right shoulder 6 weeks ago, and still have 3 months of physio to get back in good condition. That just makes shipping large stuff a non-starter for me right now. I will be relying on local volunteers to help move some of the heavy stuff and help with set up and prep. Anybody interested, or amateurs wanting trunk sale space, please let me know.

There will be things for everybody, from exotic tools (air tools to chassis punches and top tier hand tools) and bulk hardware to every possible kind of electronics, as well as microscopes, telescopes, microwave gear, breadboards and interesting free items of all kinds.  And yes, lots of parts.

We may also get some local radio amateurs to joint in a trunk sale alongside stuff day as before, so that will add some diversity, plus we have a bunch of great RF and shortwave gear of our own to add.

Let us know if you need a spot to park your sleeping bag if you are arriving early, guests are welcome.

We are in West Kelowna, BC, about 4 hours drive from Vancouver. We can take Visa/MC and paypal as well, to make things easier.

all the best,
Walter (walter2 -at-

Walter Shawlee 2

Sphere Research Corp. 3394 Sunnyside Road

West Kelowna, BC, V1Z 2V4 CANADA

Phone: +1 250-769-1834 -:-

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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