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OCARC Documentation

Welcome to the Orchard City Amateur Radio Club's documentation system. Here you will find details about various projects that the club is working on, as well as an archive of documentation for club-owned equipment.

Sites

Projects

Club Resources

Installations

Repeaters

IRLP

  • Orchard Repeater Location - off air- requires repair.

APRS

  • BGWHTE Big White Mountain digipeater
  • RODDHU Roderick Dhu Mountain digipeater (removed)
  • VA7DIG-1 Kelowna Landmark iGate
  • VA7OGO-1 Revelstoke West digipeater
  • VA7OGO-2 Revelstoke East digipeater (not yet installed)
  • VA7OGO-3 Golden North digipeater (not yet installed)
  • VA7OGO-4 Golden Kicking Horse Mountain iGate
  • VA7OGO-5 Field Kicking Horse Pass (not yet installed)
  • VA7OGO-13 Golden City iGate
  • VA7OGO-14 Blue Grouse iGate
  • VA7OGO-15 Revelstoke iGate (not yet installed)
  • VA7YLW-1 Black Knight Mountain digipeater
  • VE7OGO-1 Kelowna Cedar Creek iGate
  • VE7ROC Little White Mountain digipeater

Packet Radio (1200 baud AX.25)

  • VE7ROW Kelowna Cedar Creek 144.930
 A BPQ NET/ROM Compatible Node provides a number of services under different SSIDs
   VE7ROW-0  Packet BBS Messaging (alias KELBBS)
   VE7ROW-6  passthrough to AE5E DX Cluster (alias KELDXC)
   VE7ROW-7  Multiport Network Node (alias KELWNA)
               Port 1: Kelowna Local Users on 144.930
               Port 2: Internet Gateway (tunnel to other Nodes in Vancouver, Castlegar, Ontario, Minnesota)
               Port 3: Link to Vernon TPARC Node VE7TPO-8 on 144.450 (see also http://www.tparc.org) (path sometimes degraded due to multipath)
   VE7RBJ-10 Winlink Remote Mail Server (alias KELRMS)
   VE7ROW-11 passthrough to AE5E Chat Server (alias KELCHT)
  • VE7RBJ Little White Mountain 144.930 (path to VE7ROW node sometimes degraded due to multipath)
 Kantronics Digipeater and Node
   VE7RBJ-2  Digipeater
   VE7RBJ-7  KA Node

TCP/IP

Club Repeaters

This list is no longer up to date. It is kept here to archive information on former and current repeaters. For current repeater information see the main webpage.

http://www.ocarc.ca/frequencies/region


Call Sign Description Band Frequency Offset Tone In/Out Mode Status Elevation Mobile Coverage Sponsor or Info Source Notes Last Update On WebPage
VE7RBJ Okanagan Mtn 6m 53.250 -1.700 88.5/88.5 FM Online 1570m OCARC Parrot Mode (audio stored for delayed retransmit). Not currently using tone access. Suffers from desense due to high power transmitters in vicinity. 20200801
VA7KEL Blue Grouse Mtn 2m 145.090 +0.600 88.5.88.5 FM/C4FM Online 1280m Vernon to Peachland OCARC (WIRES-X node down?) 20200801 Y
VE7HWY Kuipers Peak 2m 145.250 -0.600 88.5/88.5 FM/C4FM Online 660m Kelowna Area OCARC 20200801 Y
VE7RBJ Okanagan Mtn 2m 145.490 -0.600 88.5/88.5 FM/C4FM Online 1570m Armstrong to OK Falls OCARC WIRES-X node 52373 20200801 Y
VE7ROK Orchard 2m 146.620 -0.600 88.5/88.5 FM Online 360m Kelowna Area OCARC Linked to Penticton 147.120. IRLP 1491 (Down). Autopatch (Down) 20200801 Y
VE7HOL Dilworth Mtn 2m 146.680 -0.600 88.5/88.5 FM Online 640m Kelowna Area OCARC Main club repeater for OCARC 20200801 Y
VE7ROC Little White Mtn 2m 146.820 -0.600 none/88.5 FM Online 2170m Oyama to Peachland, Hwy 33 north of Beaverdell OCARC Solar Powered, Tone 88.5 on output only 20200801 Y
VE7RBG Big White Mtn 2m 146.860 -0.600 88.5/88.5 FM Online 2220m Hwy 33 Kelowna to Beaverdell, West Kelowna, parts of Christian Valley OCARC Solar Powered. Possible receive failure when under extended use 20200801 Y
VE7ROW Okanagan Mtn 2m 147.000 +0.600 none FM Online 1570m Armstrong to OK Falls. Accessed with no tone 20200810. OCARC 20200801 Y
VE7KEL Black Knight Mtn 70cm 444.400 +5.000 88.5/88.5 FM/C4FM Online 1280m Oyama to Peachland OCARC (WIRES-X node down?) 20200801 Y
VE7HWY Kuipers Peak 70cm 444.500 +5.000 88.5/88.5 FM/C4FM Online 660m Kelowna Area OCARC WIRES-X node 52375 (analog link, not connected) 20200801 Y
VA7KEL Blue Grouse Mtn 70cm 444.825 +5.000 88.5/88.5 FM Online 1280m Vernon to Peachland OCARC 20200801 Y
VA7OKV Peachland UHF Link 70cm 447.225 -5.000 88.5/88.5 FM Online 490m OCARC Peachland Link for 146.620 Kelowna/147.120 Penticton 20200801 Y
VE7ROW Okanagan Mtn 70cm 449.125 +5.000 88.5/88.5 FM Pending Planned 1570m OCARC Hub Repeater. Not yet active. 20200801
VA7DIG-C Landmark 2 D-Star Repeater 2m 145.030 +0.600 D-STAR Online 400m Kelowna Area OCARC 20200801 Y
VA7DIG-B Landmark 2 D-Star Repeater 70cm 440.950 +5.000 D-STAR Online 400m Kelowna Area OCARC 20200801 Y
VA7DIG-A Landmark 2 D-Star Repeater 23cm 1247.000 +12.000 D-STAR Online 400m Kelowna City OCARC Y
VA7DIG-DD Landmark 2 D-Star Repeater 23cm 1293.150 SIMPLEX D-STAR Data Online 400m Kelowna City OCARC Y

‎Club member operated Repeater information

This list is no longer up to date. It is kept here to archive information on former and current repeaters. For current repeater information see the main webpage.

http://www.ocarc.ca/frequencies/region


Call Sign Description Band Frequency Offset Tone Access Mode Status Elevation Mobile Coverage Sponsor or Info Source Notes Last Update On WebPage
VE7SFX Rutland 2m 146.780 -0.600 88.5 FM/C4FM Online On 410m Kelowna Area Chris Walter VE7EQN 20200801 Y
VE7KTV Blue Grouse Mtn. 2m 147.300 +0.600 88.5 FM Online On 1280m Kelowna Fred Schrod VA7UN Hub Repeater/ATV 20200801 Y
VE7EQN Rutland 70cm 444.175 +5.000 88.5 Multi-Mode DVM Online On 410m Kelowna Area Chris Walter VE7EQN DMR/C4FM-Fusion(YSF)/P25/D-Star/NXDN. Analog possible in the future. 20200801 Y
VA7NBC Kuipers Peak 70cm 444.800 +0.600 88.5 Multi-Mode DVM Online On 660m Kelowna Fred Schrod VA7UN DMR/C4FM-Fusion(YSF)/P25/D-Star/NXDN. Analog possible in the future. 20201108
VA7VTV Turtle Mtn 70cm 449.600 -0.600 88.5 Multi-Mode DVM Online On 810m Vernon Fred Schrod VA7UN DMR/C4FM-Fusion(YSF)/P25/D-Star/NXDN. Analog possible in the future. 20201108
VA7CNN Black Mtn 2m 146.840 -0.600 88.5 FM Down Off 1280m Kelowna Fred Schrod VA7UN Allstar Win-System Affiliate Repeater 20200801 Y
VA7JPL Okanagan Mtn DMR 2m 146.700 -0.600 88.5 FM Down Off Kelowna Fred Schrod VA7UN DMR. MMDVM in future. Currently testing at temporary low elevation location. 20200801 Y
VE7EJP Kault Hill 2m 146.720 -0.600 88.5 FM Pending Planned Salmon Arm Fred Schrod VA7UN Linked to VE7KTV via Enderby
VE7OJP Mt Kobau 2m 147.180 +0.600 88.5 FM Pending Planned Osoyoos Fred Schrod VA7UN Linked to VE7KTV
VA7NBC Kuipers Peak 2m 147.100 +0.600 88.5 FM Pending Planned Kelowna Fred Schrod VA7UN MMDVM Multi-Mode U/V Digital Rpt
VE7RJP Mt Begbie 2m 147.200 +0.600 88.5 FM Pending Planned Revelstoke Fred Schrod VA7UN Linked to VE7KTV
VA7UN Allstar Link Rptr 2m 147.260 +0.600 88.5 FM Pending Planned Kelowna Fred Schrod VA7UN
VE7VTV Turtle Mtn 2M 147.300 +0.600 88.5 FM Pending Planned Vernon Fred Schrod VA7UN Linked to VE7KTV
VA7JPL Enderby Cliff 70cm 449.900 +5.000 88.5 FM Pending Planned Enderby Fred Schrod VA7UN UHF Hub/Relay

Neighbouring Repeater information

This list is primarily a work in progress to track repeaters which have not yet been confirmed as still active, or repeaters with uncertain information on location or tone.

Most repeaters previously on this list have been moved to the main repeater list on the OCARC website. http://ocarc.ca/frequencies/region/

Non-verified Repeaters (Okanagan Valley)

These repeaters either have coverage in parts of the Okanagan Valley, or coverage in areas no more than an hours drive away.

Many repeaters previously on this list have been moved to the main repeater list on the OCARC website. Only repeaters with uncertain information or status are shown here.

Call Sign Description Band Frequency Offset Tone Access Mode Status Elevation Mobile Coverage Sponsor or Info Source Notes Last Update On WebPage
VE7OSY Osoyoos 2m 145.270 -0.600 107.2 FM Pending Unconfirmed ???m Osoyoos Not heard while in area on 20200823. Still has BCARCC coord.
VE7AZG Revelstoke City 2m 146.720 -0.600 88.5 FM Online On 490m Revelstoke VA7AZG Only intermittently on. Has noise problem. 20201008
VE7STA Osoyoos 2m 146.940 -0.600 FM Pending Unconfirmed ???m Osoyoos Not heard while in area on 20200823. Still has BCARCC coord.
VE7KEG Kamloops 2m 147.180 +0.600 FM Down Decommissioned 745m Kamloops KARC 2m Repeater Decommissioned. C4FM UHF now on site

Non-verified Repeaters (Outside the Okanagan Valley)

Many repeaters previously on this list have been moved to the main repeater list on the OCARC website. Only repeaters with uncertain information or status are shown here.

Call Sign Description Band Frequency Offset Tone Access Mode Status Elevation Mobile Coverage Sponsor or Info Source Notes Last Update on WebPage
VE7??? Barriere 2m 147.380 +0.600 FM Online On ???m (North and South of Barriere) WGARC Testing in Clearwater at VE7EIN 20200801
VE7KNP N. Kootenay Nat. Park 2m 146.700 -0.600 131.8 FM Online On ???m North Kootenay Nat. Park Not heard 2020-06-06 in park. Heard this ID in Cranbrook area 2021-07-06, so no longer in the park. New location unknown.
VE7WHR Whistler 2m 147.060 +0.600 100.0 FM/C4FM Pending Unconfirmed ???m Whistler

IRLP Simplex Nodes

This is a limited list of simplex IRLP nodes. For a complete list of active IRLP nodes in Canada, see: http://status.irlp.net/?PSTART=5&country=1

Call Sign Description Band Frequency Offset Tone Access Mode Status Elevation Mobile Coverage Sponsor or Info Source Notes Last Update On WebPage
VE7RBH Smithers IRLP 2m 147.330 0.000 100.0 FM Pending Unconfirmed 500m Smithers/Telkwa BVARS IRLP 1126 (prefix IRLP code with 0)
VE7FFU Terrace IRLP 2m 147.330 0.000 100.0 FM Pending Unconfirmed ???m Terrace BVARS IRLP 1560
VE7SNO Kitimat IRLP 2m 146.580 0.000 FM Pending Unconfirmed 90m Kitimat VA7TF IRLP 1303
VE7JER Genelle IRLP 2m 147.440 0.000 FM Pending Unconfirmed 475m Castlegar/Trail VE7JER IRLP 1144
VE7KNL Salmo IRLP 2m 147.550 0.000 100.0 FM Pending Unconfirmed 685m Salmo VE7KNL IRLP 1634
VE7AT Princeton IRLP 70cm 446.875 0.000 100.0 FM Pending Unconfirmed 640m Princeton VE7AT IRLP 1864
VE7WYO Creston IRLP 2m 147.570 0.000 FM Pending Unconfirmed 760m Creston VE7WYO IRLP 1418
VE7PGK Prince George IRLP 2m 145.600 0.000 FM Pending Unconfirmed 760m Prince George VE7PGK IRLP 1488

All of these IRLP nodes showed as active on status.irlp.net on Oct 14, 2021.

Simplex Frequencies of interest

This list may be deleted in the future. A more up to date list is on the main webpage.

For a more detailed list, see the RAC bandplan: https://www.rac.ca/proposed-two-metre-2m-band-plan/

or the BCARCC bandplan: https://bcarcc.org/2m%20Plan%20A%202014.pdf


Call Sign Description Band Frequency Tone Access Mode Notes
FM Simplex 10m 29.600 FM
USB calling 6m 50.125 USB Users should move up if the band is open beyond normal line of sight
Q65-120E (QRP) 6m 50.235 Digital Tropo/Rain/Back scatter
MSK144 6m 50.260 Digital Meteor scatter
Q65-30A 6m 50.275 Digital Tropo/Rain/Back scatter
FT8 6m 50.313 Digital (within North America)
FT4 6m 50.318 Digital (within North America)
FT8 6m 50.323 Digital (DX outside North America)
FM Simplex calling 6m 52.525 FM
CW calling 2m 144.100 CW
Moonbounce (various modes) 2m 144.120-144.140 Digital EME
MSK144 2m 144.150 Digital Meteor scatter
FT8 2m 144.174 Digital
USB calling 2m 144.200 USB Some net use. Users should move up if the band is open beyond normal line of sight
Amateur TV audio 2m 144.340 FM talkback and coordination
APRS 2m 144.390 FM North America wide APRS
Satellite (ISS) 2m 144.490 FM Voice uplink for open International Space Station contacts
Packet 2m 144.910-144.970 FM 1200 baud AX.25 packet (20 kHz spacing)
APRS low power 2m 144.990 FM Alternate APRS for local operations
Satellite 2m 145.800-146.000 FM, SSB, CW, Digital Multiple modes for satellite work
Satellite (ISS) 2m 145.800 FM Downlink for International Space Station (SSTV and occasional voice)
Satellite (ISS) 2m 145.825 FM 1200 baud AX.25 Digipeater on the International Space Station
FM Simplex 2m 146.415-146.580 FM (15 kHz spacing)
Hang Gliding 2m 146.415 FM Hams in the air (unfortunately a few unlicensed pirates heard) Most active in the Lumby area
4X4 2m 146.460 FM Hams in the backcountry (unfortunately a few unlicensed pirates heard) Much activity in the Okanagan area
FM Simplex calling 2m 146.520 FM Used when travelling out of range of repeaters or anywhere where only short range communications required
FM Simplex (Internet Links) 2m 147.420-147.585 FM (15 kHz spacing) EchoLink,IRLP,Hotspots,etc
FM Simplex 1.25m 223.490-223.590 FM
FM Simplex calling 1.25m 223.500 FM
USB calling 70cm 432.200 FM
FM Simplex calling 70cm 446.000 FM
FM Simplex 70cm 446.025-448.975 FM (25 kHz spacing)

International Space Station Info: https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html

Selected Nets (receivable in the Okanagan Valley)

This list may be deleted in the future. A more up to date list is on the main webpage.

This is a selected list of nets of interest to those living in the Okanagan Valley area. Only nets which regularly take check-ins from the Okanagan Valley are listed.

All local days and times are for the Pacific Time Zone. Access information for repeaters (tones, links, etc) can be found on the main website (ocarc.ca) or club wiki (wiki.ocarc.ca).

This is a rough worksheet. Information marked with a "?" has not been fully validated.

Description Band Frequency Local Time Local Day Notes UTC Sort Seasonal Time Shift? Last Update
Grand Forks Net VHF 147.280- Bald Knob (Phoenix) Grand Forks PM 07:00 Monday Tu 0200 keeps local time 20210607
Trans Canada IRLP Net VHF TBD (IRLP Reflector 9013) AM 08:00 Wednesday We 1500 keeps local time ?
International DStar Net VHF-D (DStar Reflector REF091C) PM 05:00 Sunday Mo 0000 20211024
Oliver Net VHF 147.160+ Mt Baldy Oliver (roll call, lasts about 10 min ) PM 07:30 Tuesday We 0230 keeps local time 20211026
British Columbia DMR Net UHF (BC1, on BC-TRBO TG3027 and Brandmeister TG30271) PM 08:00 Friday Sa 0300 keeps local time 20211026

Site and System Block Diagrams

Club member operated APRS

  • VE7RJP-1 Revelstoke digipeater Sponsor VE7EQN
  • VE7OJP-1 Osoyoos digipeater Sponsor VE7EQN


(ATV) Amateur Television Repeater System information

  • VE7KTV Kelowna ATV 439.25 MHz TX / 2.410 GHz RX & 1.289 GHz (VE7VTV-Vernon) RX Sponsor VA7UN
  • VE7VTV Vernon ATV 1.289 GHz FM ATV TX / 1.246 GHz RX & 439.25 MHz (VE7KTV-Kelowna) RX Sponsor VA7VW


Packet Radio and Winlink information

Useful configuration documentation for the BPQ32 BBS

Problems sending email to a winlink address? How to Send Email to a Winlink Address

Digital Traffic Network (DTN) Pages

Winlink Live System Information and Maps

BPQ Live Network Map

BPQ32 Documentations and Software by G8BPQ

Winlink Documentation and Software

Packet-Radio.net Resource Page

Amateur Satellite and Space Communications

AMSAT

Amsat Twitter

AMSAT Wiki

AMSAT UK

AMSAT Germany

AMSAT-DL P3E

Es’hail-2 Qatar/AMSAT-DL Geostationary Satellite

AMSAT India

Canadian Amateur Satellite CanX-1 CanX-2

UVIC ECOsat

ECOsat Canadian Amateur Satellite


Gunter's Space Page

DD1US Satellite Page

KA7FVV Satelite Page


Real time Satelite Tracking


ISS Fan Club

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station

Explanation of ARISS


Ham Radio on the ISS

Ham Radio contact with ISS


Live Streaming VA7UN Satellite Gateway Ground Station

VE3VRW Demo of Satellite Gateway on Toronto Repeater Network

C4FM/DMR/P-25/D-Star MMDVM/Digital Voice - information

Brandmeister MMDVM Wiki

Multi Mode Digital MMDVM Demo

TYT MD-2017 Dual Band DMR HT

DMR QSO

Fusion C4FM QSO

System Fusion C4FM info

P25 vs FM 900 MHz

FM vs C4FM

FM vs C4FM marginal path

Radiodiddy GD-77 Dual Band DMR Radio

How DMR works

Android DMR Smart Phone Outphone Rangerphone S15

RangeFinder M1

Sure DMR Smart Phone S8


SDR and WEB-SDR

(UVIC) University of Victoria Web-SDR

University of Twente - The Netherlands

Live Map of SDR Receivers


HF Radio Propagation

SolarHam - Radio propagation forecasts and solar activity reports


Misc technical information

BC Frequency Coordination Council

Saskatchewan Amateur Radio League (Repeaters and Nets)

Maritimes (MARCAN) Frequency Coordination

Western New York Southern Ontario Repeater Council (covers SW Ontario)

Saint Lawrence Valley Repeater Council (covers East and North Ontario)

Western Washington Amateur Relay Association

Inland Amateur Coordination Council (Eastern Washington)

Interesting Amateur Radio Links:

International Space Station

How you can Talk to a Astronaut from Home - All about Ham Radio


People you may have heard of

Famous Ham's

More Famous Ham's

Sam from Space


The Story of Sergei Krikalev U5MIR

Sergio And Sergei - a 2017 fictional movie based on actual events (IMDB summary)

In 1991, the USSR is falling apart and Cuba enters its hardest economic crisis. Sergio, a professor of Marxism who can't provide for his family, and Sergei, a Soviet cosmonaut stranded in the Mir space station, share a common passion: amateur radio. Through this hobby, both men will be able to help each other in facing the dramatic changes of their countries.

Although the movie is fictional, it is based on a real story, where the real Sergei Krikalev depended upon Margaret Iaquinto, in Ballat, Victoria, Australia for over a year to get timely updates from home during the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Margaret Iaquinto VK3CFI, Musa Manarov U2MIR and Sergei Krikalev U5MIR - the real story (Verbatim on ABC Radio Australia)

Another interview with VK3CFI on the same topic (Cosmic Frequency on Paper Radio)

Margaret Iaquinto VK3CFI Biography

Sergei Krikalev U5MIR Birography


Province Wide linked repeater systems in Canada

New Brunswick International Repeater Group

Nova Scotia and PEI Maritime Amateur Voice Communications System


Provincial Repeater Maps and Directories

Maritime Provinces Repeater Map

Newfoundland and Labrador Repeater Directory


Amateur Radio and Public Service

A few miscellaneous links of interest.

Mid Island Radio Association (Vancouver Island) - Introduction to Emergency Communications

http://midislandamateurradioassociation.ca/emergency-communication/

ARRL (US) - Amateur Radio Emergency Communications First Level Training (US focus)

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Instructor%20resources/EmComm/Emcomm%20I%20-%20%20rev%203%201.pdf


Documents for Club Resources:

Using the Club Remote Radio

Tips for Accessing System Fusion Rooms using the Yaesu FT70DR or FTM400XDR