About the OARC

The Ottawa Amateur Radio Club Inc. (OARC) is an association of radio amateurs devoted to the promotion of interest in amateur radio communications in Canada’s National Capital Region and to the advancement and achievement of club members.

The OARC is a not-for-profit corporation registered in the Province of Ontario (OCN 403297).

Field Day 2022

A bit of history

The OARC can trace its origins to the early 1930s when the Ottawa Radio Transmitting Association was spun off from a radio listening club. During the war the club met at Rockliffe Air Base, then during the 1950s it moved to St. Patrick’s College and later to the National Research Council building at 100 Sussex Drive.

The OARC was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation registered in the Province of Ontario (OCN 403297) on February 2nd, 1979. In 1990 it began holding its meetings in what was then the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton (RMOC) Headquarters building, 111 Lisgar St., at Elgin, in downtown Ottawa. The meetings continue in this building, however the building was renamed as the new Ottawa City Hall in 2000.

OARC club call sign, VE3RC

The club holds amateur call sign VE3RC. This call is used at many public service events we help at and on Field Day. If you wish to file a QSL report for any OARC station, including the 10 m beacon, please send it to QSL@oarc.net .

What we do

For a quick summary of some of the many things we do, be sure to look at the highlights and links on the Welcome Page.

RAC affiliation

The OARC is a RAC Affiliated Club. The RAC Affiliated Club Program provides an opportunity for Canadian amateur radio clubs to provide support to their national amateur radio association, Radio Amateurs of Canada. The program provides valuable services and benefits that enhance the amateur radio experience for the club’s members including the RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program. There are great savings on club liability and equipment insurance.