August 24, 2020

As announced in The Canadian Amateur magazine, the RAC Band Planning Committee has completed the new proposed 2m band plan.

Radio Amateurs of Canada band planning committees coordinate the development of National Band Plans to provide guidance for the usage of the Canadian Amateur bands. These committees are made up of representatives from all regions of Canada.

The committees prepare interim band plans after consulting with Amateurs across the country. These plans not only take into account the wishes of Canadian Amateurs, but are also coordinated with band usage in other countries through membership in the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

The RAC Board of Directors extends thanks to the members of the RAC Band Planning Committee for undertaking the task of reviewing and updating the VHF and UHF band plans over the next year.

A draft of the band plans is provided on the RAC website at the link provided below for final input before it is submitted to the RAC Board of Directors for approval. 

Draft plan:

If you have any comments or suggestions please send them to Serge, Bertuzzo, VA3SB, RAC International Affairs Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


RAC Band Planning Committee

Chair: Al Penney, VO1NO


  • Bill Elliott, VE1MR
  • Don Falle, VE2DFO
  • Stuart Truba, VE2XX
  • Dana Shtun, VE3DS
  • Derek Hay, VE4HAY
  • Ken Oelke, VE6AFO
  • Skip MacAulay, VE6BGT
  • Ernest Clintberg, VE6EC
  • Don Moman, VE6JY
  • Mitchell Goodjohn, VE6SM
  • Grant Furnald, VE6TA
  • Ed Frazer, VE7EF
  • George Merchant, VE7GM
  • Dave Miller, VE7HR


Serge, Bertuzzo, VA3SB
RAC International Affairs Officer

The amateur radio VHF FM repeater VE7RBG needed to be replaced as it was becoming "deaf" at times.

Chris VE7EQN and John VE7JWS drove to the top of the Gem Lake chairlift at the Big White Mountain Resort above Kelowna B.C. to do the swap.

You can check out their trip here:

The repeater is owned by the Orchard City Amateur Radio Club.

This repeater is used heavily in support of the Big White Winter Rally performance rally event held in December of each year. NORAC and OCARC members, plus other HAMs from the surrounding provinces and states, often volunteer their skills for this event. The rally is unfortunately cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 precautions, but we hope to put this repeater to task again in December of 2021. In the meantime, give it a good test: 146.860- 88.5Hz.

FYI and 73,




NORAC members, with sadness I report a new silent key in our local group. Helmut Wolf, VE7DLZ a long time member of NORAC passed away last Friday.

NORAC Silent Keys


July 24, 2020 - Merritt, BC

On Friday, July 24, Lee VE7FET Woldanski and Myles VE7FSR Bruns spent the better part of 20 hours getting the "new" VE7IRN installed and on the air, and linked to the internet through BCWARN, TPARC, and VE7CHW.

The existing antenna at VE7IRN was checked, and found to not really be an antenna in the ham band... so a temporary one was installed.

The duplexer still needs some work, but it is on the air, putting out about 20W after the duplexer.

The controller is part of the AllStarLink network, and is Node 435454.

Remote connectivity from Android/IOS/PC is available, for BCFMCA members only.

Still a bunch of tweaking to do, but at least it is alive! You should be able to work it from Larsen Hill to Helmer on the Coquihalla, and from Merritt to Penask Summit on the 97C.

Also note that VE7IRN is now on Broadcastify, hear the live stream here

You can also check the AllStarLink page for the current Node Status.

For more updates as they come, please visit


NORAC members would like to express big thanks to Lee, Myles and the members of BCFMCA for injecting new life into this the key repeater for the Merritt area. This repeater is normally used lightly by locals and then one weekend a year, it is depended upon (read: worked hard) for radio support for the Pacific Forest Rally. A properly-functioning repeater is a critical element in the rally's safety strategy.

Here's a lovely HAM-related article recently posted to Expedition Portal:

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