Saturday, February 8, 2020 - Vernon, BC
Congrats to the entire team that pulled off a fantastic job with marshalling the parade this morning:
  • Jane VE7WWJ and Michael VE7KPZ
  • Aaren VA7AEJ and Molly
  • David VA7SZ
  • Chris VA7YYC
  • Jerome VE7JAR and son (pictured below)
  • Lindsay VE7LPG
  • Bud VE7KBK
  • Terry VE7TRZ and Nicolas VA7AZZ
  • Ted VE7UIH
  • Karen VE7WBZ and the boys
We had fresh newbies and the old familiar faces, everyone jumped into their jobs and did them well.
I heard nothing but positive feedback afterwards and while using a repeater (VE7EGO) might have been challenging for a couple of handheld radios, the benefit is all the hams in the region got to hear us in action.
Special thanks to Bob VE7EZI and Jane for all the organization work in preparation for this successful event. Jane was also on top of everything today allowing Bob to continue his recovery at home.
Again... hats off to everyone who worked today. Maybe it's just me, but it seemed like a perfect amount of people to get the job done as well.
And nobody was complaining about overcast and plus 4 weather, that's perfect for a parade in February.

Aaren VA7AEJ
NORAC President 2017-2020

Ps: With each member volunteering approximately 4 hours of their time, that adds up to around 48 hours of service provided to the community. And then with Bob, Jane and Mike's preparatory time added to that, we're totalling about 60 hours of service.

Pps: check out our Facebook page for more photos.


February 1-2, 2020
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

The first weekend in February is when the Orca DX and Contest Club holds it's BC QSO Party - an event to encourage BC HAMs to get on the air. This contest is unique to BC in that participants attempt to make QSOs with BC stations in all 42 BC federal electoral districts. This makes for a real challenge, and for longer QSOs as a good portion of the time you're trying to figure out in which federal electoral district a BC station's QTH resides.

Earlier in the week, Kevin VE7XY had contacted Mike VE7KPZ and Jane VE7WWJ to see if they would want to work the contest together. This sounded like a good idea so Mike pushed off some work to a colleague and Jane closed up her studio to free the weekend to "play radio".

A couple of options for locations were proposed. The first was at BEAR, but Mike VE7FI could not make the event and so we had to look elsewhere. Next was the OCARC Chute Lake HAM shack, but Kevin really wanted to go camping. So, the decision was to head out of Kelowna towards the actual Chute Lake on the Gillard FSR and see what nice spot we could find.