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.

Field Day 2020

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.

It was incorporated in 1979 and 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.

The club holds Amateur call sign VE3RC. This call is used at many events we help at and on field day.

If you are not a ham, we can get you started towards getting your “ticket” (amateur radio license), either through mentoring or by pointing you towards a course.

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.