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...

Common Amateur Radio Frequencies

Calling Frequencies

International 10m FM Simplex

USB simplex 6m SSB calling frequency.
Users should move up if the band is open beyond normal line of sight.

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

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

USB Simplex 70cm Calling Frequency

National 70cm FM Simplex Calling Frequency


Special Interest Frequencies

Amateur TV audio - talkback and coordination

ARISS - Hams in space (FM Voice downlink frequency for ARISS Space to Ground Voice Comms, a
lso used for SSTV transmissions from the ISS)

Hang Gliding - Hams in the air (unfortunately a few unlicensed pirates heard) Most active in the Lumby area

4X4 - Hams in the backcountry (unfortunately a few unlicensed pirates heard) Much activity in the Okanagan area  


Other Specialty Frequencies

Theses frequencies are used for specialized communications modes. Please refrain from operating FM Voice on these frequencies.

| Digital |    Q65-120E    |    Tropo/Rain/Back scatter (100W or less)

| Digital |    MSK144   |      Meteor scatter

| Digital |    Q65-30A    |    Tropo/Rain/Back scatter (100W or more)

| Digital |    FT8    |    (within North America)

| Digital |    FT4    |    (within North America)

| Digital |    FT8    |    (DX outside North America) 

| CW     |    CW calling    |      

| Digital |    Moonbounce (various modes)    |    EME

| Digital |    MSK144    |    Meteor scatter

| Digital |    Q65-60C   |    Tropo/Rain/Back scatter

| Digital |    FT8    |      

| FM      |    Packet APRS    |    North America wide APRS

| FM      |    Packet    |    1200 baud AX.25 packet (20 kHz spacing)

| FM      |    Packet    |    FM downlink frequency for ARISS 1200 baud packet radio.

| FM      |    Packet APRS low power    |    Alternate APRS for local operations

| FM, SSB, CW, Digital |    Satellite    |    Multiple modes for satellite work

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.

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