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Become an Amateur Radio Operator - 12 week course

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Location: Kelowna Fire Department Station #1
Address: 2255 Enterprise Way
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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1969-12-31 19:00:00 1969-12-31 21:30:00 America/Vancouver Become an Amateur Radio Operator - 12 week course Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Course - 12 week Basic Course Starting: January 17 Kelowna Fire Department Station #1 events@kelownanow.com

Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Course - 12 week Basic Course

Starting: January 17, 2018 - April 4th, 2018
When: Wednesday evenings 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Kelowna Fire Department Station #1 at 2255 Enterprise Way, Kelowna BC
Contact: courses@ocarc.ca

Become an Amateur Radio Operator
Amateur Radio operators are people from all walks of life – no matter what age, gender or physical ability. There are around 68,000 in Canada & about 3,000,000 around the world in almost every country. About one person in 600 of the Canadian population is a HAM.

With an amateur radio licence & your own transmitting station, you can talk to people around town, around the country, or around the world. You can also talk to astronauts on the International Space Station. You can become involved with communications for local Emergency Social Services  & or Search & Rescues communications as well as providing communications for local community events

Some examples of how Amateur radio has helped in a time of emergency are the Kelowna fire of 2003 and West Kelowna fire of 2009 and Kelowna’s Cherry Blossom and Apple Triathlons.

Amateur Radio is a great stepping stone into a career in electronics, communications or other technologies. There are many satellite systems and digital communications systems that you can experiment with or just enjoy the hobby. Amateur Radio Equipment is not difficult to obtain & setting up a radio station need not be expensive. There is plenty of good used equipment available & it would be easily possible to get on the air with an investment of $100. It is equally possible to build a “Superstation” costing much more!

In Canada, the licences are issued by Industry Canada. They open the world to you! Your licence gives your station a unique CALLSIGN beginning with VE7 or VA7 in British Columbia.

You can enjoy using small 2-metre hand-held radios to stay in touch with other amateurs in your area or you may operate FM voice, digital packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes to talk around the world. You can even make international radio contacts via amateur radio satellites, using relatively simple equipment or Kelowna’s local work.

Orchard City Amateur Radio Club is a group of everyday people that enjoy this hobby. You will find that we and other groups in the Okanagan Valley will be very helpful in answering your questions and assisting you to get “On the air”

To get started, sign up for the Orchard City Amateur Radio Club’s Basic Radio Course, commencing January 17, 2018, in Kelowna. Go to our club’s website http://ocarc.ca/ for course information.

To earn a licence, you’ll need to pass a written examination. This is a computer-generated test made up of questions taken from a public-domain question-bank.  The examination is 100 multiple-choice questions and is administered by volunteer club member appointed by Industry Canada. Your result is given to you on the spot following the conclusion of the test. The Basic Qualification  (70-79%) will get you on the VHF/UHF bands right away, covering such topics as radio operating practices, basic electrical theory, and the Radiocommunication regulations that apply to amateur radio. A mark of 80% or more gives the candidate the additional privileges of Basic Qualification with honours as well as amateur radio privileges to operate in all the allocated amateur radio bands. Morse Code is not a requirement.




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