Next Meeting

Next Meeting 7:30 pm, Wednesday, March 8th in the Colonel By Room at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.

An overview of the many uses of APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) along with it's origin and history, followed by a live demo and show-and-tell of some of the common hardware used in APRS activity by Stephen Smith WA8LMF.

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

OARC Club Project

We had a massive turn-out for the first session of this year's Club Project. Dave Conn/VE3KL is leading the group that is designing antennas using 4nec2 antenna simulator software as a design aid. They are building and then testing a 10m dipole. Group members are also building and testing 50 ...

Posted by Club Project Admin on February 10, 2017

Club Project 2017 photos

2017 project photos

Posted by admin on February 10, 2017

10 m Beacon VE3TEN out of service

VE3TEN is off the air while we troubleshoot a problem with the identifier ... VE3HYS

Posted by Harrie on January 14, 2017

RAC Winter contest photos

RAC Winter Contest photos Thanks to Greg VE3YTZ for the photos!

Posted by admin on January 12, 2017

OARC RAC Winter Contest Claimed Score

Dave Green, OARC RAC Winter Contest Team Captain, compiled our results, here is his summary: Total QSOs: 756 Total points: 3528 Total multipliers: 58 Final Score: 204,624 Compared to last year, there were some obvious differences: While the CW QSO count held steady, the SSB count dropped by 174, Total ...

Posted by executive on December 25, 2016

VE3CWM and the RAC Winter Contest 2016

The RAC Winter Contest is almost upon us. Most of the important preparations are complete and we should be ready to produce lots of RF on Saturday, Dec. 17 from Canada's Cold War Museum, more commonly known as the Diefenbunker. We will be using the VE3CWM call sign and we ...

Posted by VE3YTZ on December 15, 2016

Annual Mini Flea Market and Christmas Party

Come on out on December 14th 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 November 20, 2016

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