Next Meeting

November 9, 19:30 at Makerspace North, Bay 216, 250 City Centre Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1R 6K7 (directions).

The speaker is Ralph Cameron VE3BBM. The title of the talk is "Decommissioning of the Algonquin Solar Array".

Members are reminded that executive meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, and are open to members. Contact the executive for details.

Regular Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, at 19:30L (except July and August).

We meet at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue, on the second floor. It is easiest to come in from the Lisgar street entrance.

Or catch us on Mondays at 20:00L on the Capital City FM Net using the club repeater VE2CRA
(146.940- 100hz CTCSS).

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Latest News

CFRA Transmitter Site Tour

The OARC is having a mini field trip! We are getting a guided tour of the CFRA transmitter site near Manotick. Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 1300H Eastern We are going to meet at the site 5630 Prince of Wales Drive, Kars, ON K0A 2E0 ( There is ...

Posted by VA3DGN on October 14, 2016

November 2016 Meeting Location

We were unable to get any rooms at Ottawa City Hall in November since they were all taken. So, the November 9th OARC meeting location will be held at Makerspace North.

This temporary change of venue was announced at the October meeting and minutes and will ...

Posted by VA3DGN on October 13, 2016

Ontario NVIS Event

Members of the Peel ARC are organizing an NVIS event in South-Eastern Ontario to practice using NVIS techniques for short-to-medium-range HF communications.

This event is set to occur Sunday, October 16th from 1300H to 1600H Eastern. Planning and details for member participation in this event ...

Posted by VA3DGN on October 13, 2016

Slides for VE3KL's Field Day Antennas and EMI

The slides from VE3KL's November OARC presentation about Field Day antennas and EMI "Lessons Learned" and some tricks for operating multiple co-located stations are now available at

Posted by VA3DGN on October 13, 2016

Hamfest and portable station demo photos

2016 Hamfest Portable station demo

Posted by admin on September 20, 2016

Portable Station Demonstration 2016 - is a Go!

If you attended any of the last few OARC meetings you may have heard discussions concerning the planned and ever popular portable station demonstration. Well we’re good to go! Here are all the details: Date: Saturday September 17, 2016 (The Saturday after Hamfest.) Time: set-up 9:00 am; station demonstrations: 10:00 ...

Posted by VE3YTZ on July 13, 2016

2016 Hamfest

OARC 2016 Hamfest Ad for 2016 OARC Hamfest

Posted by admin on June 9, 2016

Field Day 2016

The last full weekend in June always coincides with Field Day. This year it falls on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday June 26. We are back at the Corkery Community Centre, 3447 Old Almonte Rd, Ottawa, Our old site at 175 Main St., is no longer available as it is ...

Posted by executive on June 4, 2016

2016 Annual General Meeting June 8, 2016

The June meeting taking place at the regular meeting time and location on June 8 will include the Annual General meeting.

During the AGM we will review club activities and accomplishments over 2015 - 2016 and make important decisions for 2016 -17 including establishing the budget for 2016-17 and electing ...

Posted by admin on April 28, 2016

Next Meeting March 9, 2016

For the March meeting, Greg (VE3YTZ) will be speaking about extension cords, including the various types, maximum lengths, their care and storage. Rick (VE3IHI) will demonstrate how to properly wind and store an extension cord. The meeting starts at its usual 7:30 pm, in the Colonel By Room of Ottawa ...

Posted by executive on February 29, 2016

OARC club project 2016 first session

Photos from the 2016 Club Project First Build session. Clearly everyone is having a lot of fun.

Posted by admin on February 14, 2016

OARC members operated in the 2015 Winter RAC Contest

OARC members operated from Canada's Cold War Museum, also known as the Diefenbunker, using the call sign VE3CWM. As Dave Green (VE3TLY), Contest Captain explained: "the 2015 activation of VE3CWM is our best yet from the Diefenbunker." A quick summary of the claimed results are:

QSOs 927

Posted by admin on February 14, 2016

Annual Mini Flea Market and Christmas Party

Come on out on December 9th for the Mini Flea Market and Christmas Party. This is a chance to clear out your old gear and make room for the new goodies you’re expecting from Santa! Bring any gear you’d like to sell or give away, and a wallet full of ...

Posted by executive on December 1, 2015

VE2CRA: VHF and UHF repeaters now linked.

We have recently made changes to VE2CRA, the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club's local 2m and 70cm repeaters. These repeaters are now linked so that all voice traffic on one will appear on the other. However note that IRLP traffic is still limited to the VHF repeater. The main reason for ...

Posted by VE3TLY on October 31, 2015

Photos Portable Demo 2015

Posted by VA3DB on September 20, 2015