This article is a new attempt by the NORAC Executive for the upcoming year to briefly document all of our activities as a club. My hope as President is that members will add edits to this page as the year progresses. Please keep the updates short and to the point, no need to create a monster of a page with paragraphs of detail, that level of detail can easily be done in a separate articles linked from this page. 

October 2019

  • Membership drive underway for the new year.
  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) completed - Executive remains mostly the same with Nicolas VA7AZZ joining as new Secretary.
  • RAC Foundation donation in memory of Mel Stratton VE7STR prepared and mailed with a cheque.
  • A new sign for BC Hydro yard trailer was created, then it was installed by Terry VE7TRZ.
  • New PiRLP4 hardware for node 1050 received, unboxed, and being programmed to replace the original node PC.
  • NORAC members volunteer for a total of 10 days of service as radio support for the Pacific Forest Rally in Merritt BC
  • NORAC members volunteer for a total of 4 days of service on-site at the Okanagan Scouts JOTA (Jamboree On The Air) 2019 in Kelowna (Joe Rich) BC
  • NORAC members volunteer for a total of 1 day of service as radio support for the Okanagan Marathon in Kelowna BC
  • IRLP node 1050 radio cabling adjusted to match pin-out for new PiRLP4 node hardware, system tested and moved back to site at VE7EGO on the Commonage.

November 2019

December 2019

January 2020

  • NORAC members snowshoe into the VE7EGO repeater site to get repeaters back on the air after an extended period of extreme cold (cause of the issue: failure in AC power controller).
  • NORAC members test their emergency preparedness by participating in the Winter Field Day event.

February 2020

  • NORAC members represent BC by participating in the BC QSO Party event.
  • NORAC members marshall the 60th annual Vernon Winter Carnival Parade for a total of 60 hours of community service.
  • NORAC Amateur Radio Basic Qualifications Course kicked off with 14 students.

March 2020

  • Aaren VA7AEJ commissions a selection of personalized NORAC baseball caps for members to order.
  • Lindsay VE7LPG starts the weekly 220 MHz Net in Vernon.
  • NORAC members represent BC by participating in the ARRL DX Contest.
  • NORAC Amateur Radio Basic Qualifications Course completes with many students writing the exam and passing with honours.
  • Club meet-ups and official meetings cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19 outbreak and related social distancing requirements. Club members and regional HAMs work their radios more than usual to communicate via RF instead of in person.
  • The daily Vernon 80m Coffee Net is started.

April 2020

  • Personalized NORAC baseball cap order is sent in to the manufacturer. Hats are made and delivered.
  • NORAC members represent BC by participating in the World Amateur Radio Day special event.
  • Mike VE7KPZ puts an APRS RX/TX IGate on the air as VE7KPZ-10.