The amateur radio VHF FM repeater VE7RBG needed to be replaced as it was becoming "deaf" at times.

Chris VE7EQN and John VE7JWS drove to the top of the Gem Lake chairlift at the Big White Mountain Resort above Kelowna B.C. to do the swap.

You can check out their trip here:

The repeater is owned by the Orchard City Amateur Radio Club.

This repeater is used heavily in support of the Big White Winter Rally performance rally event held in December of each year. NORAC and OCARC members, plus other HAMs from the surrounding provinces and states, often volunteer their skills for this event. The rally is unfortunately cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 precautions, but we hope to put this repeater to task again in December of 2021. In the meantime, give it a good test: 146.860- 88.5Hz.

FYI and 73,




NORAC members, with sadness I report a new silent key in our local group. Helmut Wolf, VE7DLZ a long time member of NORAC passed away last Friday.

NORAC Silent Keys


Here's a lovely HAM-related article recently posted to Expedition Portal:

Avid User of HAM Radio for Overland Travel

Thursday, July 10, 2020

We have just received word from the OCARC technical team that 360 degrees (3 sectors) of HAMwan have now been installed at Turtle Mountain. There's still some tuning and testing to do, but this is great news for Vernon HAMs.

With this in place, the NORAC technical team will point the Commonage West repeater site to use HAMwan for internet access. This will allow IRLP and PiEGOv2 to return to the site - yay!

For those of you itching to try out HAMwan, now is the time to buy a dish and make a project of setting it up.

Note that HAMwan network use needs to be unencrypted-HAM-project-related network traffic only. It is NOT for surfing the web or use as a wireless ISP to replace your home internet service. ;)

Check back for details on the VE7EGO client setup that will happen in the next few weeks. We'll document the settings used as well as the process to set up the client for Vernon use.

NORAC Vice-President 2017-2010, Technical Committee Lead 2020

July 1, 2020, Island Lake, Aberdeen Plateau, Central Okanagan, BC

Jane VE7WWJ and Mike VE7KPZ were looking for the ideal RF location for a great DX signal to the Eastern part of Canada. A bonus would be to get some kayak action in as one can't play radio all of the time. Island Lake was an obvious choice. A great spot up high on the Aberdeen plateau with no mountains to the East and central access to the Dee Lake chain of lakes for superb kayaking.

Once again, the pair jumped in the Unimog for another roving radio/kayak adventure. However, this time the roads were not that tough. Taking Bluenose Road South from Lavington it's only about 26 km of gravel to get to the lovely Island Lake rec site.