The Vernon Winter Carnival Parade, one of NORAC's premiere community service events, will be taking place Saturday February 3, 2024.

As per tradition, operators will meet up around 7:30 AM at Denny's for a big breakfast, then head over to the WL Seaton Secondary School parking lot for 10 AM. At 10 AM the city closes off the parade assembly area along 27th Street between 39th Avenue and 43rd Avenue. NORAC club members then get to work organizing the assembly area for the parade participants and ensure that they enter the parade route in the planned order.

Have your handheld radio programmed with all of our local repeaters (VE7RSS, VE7EGO and VA7OKN) and common VHF simplex channels (see note 11 of this link). Bring an extra battery for your HT if you have one.

Club safety vests will be provided, but consider purchasing a vest of your own before the end of November 2023.

See you there,


Last year the Shuswap Amateur Radio Club volunteered radio support service for the Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet at the Larch Hills Nordic Society's cross-country ski area.

Read the event report here:

Peter VE7PAE, who is also a NORAC member, was recounting the fun he had participating in that event last year. I thought it might be fun to join him and help out this year.

If you'd like to volunteer, contact Peter though the club directory or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

73 and hope to work the event with you,

Winter Field Day is right around the corner. Start planning for this event now.

Please visit: for full details.

Are you loving participating in NORAC public service events but want your own personal hi-viz vest? If so, you can get your own vest for a very reasonable price if you order soon.

Our favourite personalized clothing supplier is retiring but before they go, they are offering us a chance to get some very high-end surveyor vests personalized at a great price.

Here's what they look like (right-click on each image and open in a new tab to see more detail):

Here are the details:

High-visibility surveyor vest with straps, pockets, buttons, etc.

Patch can be attached with velcro or sewn on permanently. Choose the velcro option if the vest will also be used personally for non-club use.
Patch shown is:
(call sign)
(first name)
The Vest is $50. The patch is $10 (no gst/pst)
Order from the following before end of November (going out of business-retiring):
Contact Janet - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (
phone 250-260-8267
location is 2703-39th Avenue, Vernon, BC (on 39th Avenue, one house from 27th St (driveway into business))
This deal is entirely between you and the supplier. 


The RAC winter contest is coming up on 30 Dec. A neat CW and phone contest for everyone from new amateurs to experienced contesters. Get on the air and have fun!

Rules and info are here:


As far as I can work out if the contest runs from 00h00 UTC to 23h59 UTC on Dec 30, in PST local time that is 16h00 on 29 Dec to 15h59 on 30 Dec.  If I have that wrong please let me know!


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