OCARC

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 (formerly Industry Canada).

Okanagan SSB Net Brunch and tailgate swap meet

Posted on: Thu, 09/16/2021 - 21:34 By: VE7JXC

Come and meet your ham friends.

Date - September 19th, 2021, Sunday at 10 AM PDT

Location - A&W Restaurant - Peachland BC GPS 49.784277, -119.717458

Event by Orin Beebe and OKANAGAN SSB NETS (Facebook Group)

Okanagan Mountain Work Party

Posted on: Thu, 09/16/2021 - 21:01 By: VE7JXC

A work party is planned on the following dates at the Okanagan Mtn. repeater site:

Thursday September 23 - heavy lifting, require 2 - 3 more persons.

Saturday September 25 - light work, require 2 - 3 more persons, require your own transportation (4x4), great day for site seeing for those who would like to visit the site.

Sunday September 26 - light work, currently fully staffed.

Monday September 27 - light work, currently fully staffed.

Start of day is 8:00AM at the gate, contact Fred 236 795 2700

Kuipers Peak (AllStar) now online

Posted on: Sat, 09/11/2021 - 02:48 By: VE7JXC

The Kuipers Peak (AllStar) is now online. The AllStar Node 45382 has a default connection to the Western Canada Hub. The details are: frequency 147.100 MHz, +600 offset, with 88.5 tone. There is also P25 available, local only with the same settings.

A video on AllStar can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPl5bf4BiWE and the AllStar home page is at https://allstarlink.org/

AllStarLink is a network of Amateur Radio repeaters, remote base stations and hot spots accessible to each other via Voice over Internet Protocol. AllStarLink runs on a dedicated computer (including the Rasperry Pi) that you host at your home, radio site or computer center.

Other AllStar links are: http://stats.allstarlink.org/stats/45381 for statistics, http://stats.allstarlink.org/stats/45381/networkMap for the network map.
 

Lightning, where is it?

Posted on: Thu, 08/05/2021 - 20:25 By: VE7JXC

It is every radio operator’s worst nightmare. Millions of volts suddenly leap out of the sky, striking your home, antenna, or other conductive surfaces. Billions of watts race down transmission lines or through the building’s structure, destroying your transmitter, amplifier, receiver, or other elements of your radio apparatus. Your prized station is now just trash.

Be aware with real time lighning reports maps.

Silent Key

Posted on: Sun, 08/01/2021 - 16:43 By: VE7JXC

Thomas Elsdon Wyatt

May 7, 1925 - July 5, 2021

Sadly, Thomas Elsdon Wyatt (Tom) has passed away. Ever the gentleman. 
Predeceased by Bernice and survived by their children, Maureen Wyatt (Todd Gale) and Stuart (Marie) Wyatt. 
Survived by Bo’s children Ali Steenbergen (Jeri-Lou Barrett), David Steenbergen, Trycle Steenbergen, and Bonnie (Steve) Jansen. 
No flowers or service per Tom’s wishes. Anyone wishing to do so may donate to the charity of their choice. 
Condolences and memories may be sent to tom.wyatt.memories@gmail.com 
Maureen and Stuart wish to thank all of those who helped us so much in the last few weeks of Dad’s life.

160 Meter Loop

Posted on: Thu, 06/10/2021 - 23:22 By: VE7JXC

The replacement of the 160 meter loop antenna at Chute Lake Road club shack has been completed. The loop cable has been replaced and the anchor points have been raised to a higher place in the trees. Features like using a pulley at all anchor points and three different locations where the antenna can be raised or lowered will extend the life of the new antenna and make maintenance a lot easier.

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

 

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.

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