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About the KARC

The Kamloops Amateur Radio Club is a non-profit organization incorporated under the Society Act and has been in operation since 1971.

For many years our organization has built and maintains a network of Amateur Radio mountain top repeaters which enable voice and digital communications between a number of interior communities.

A major factor in the establishment of our system has been to have in place a wide ranging Amateur Radio Repeater and Data system in the event of a provincial or national emergency. Our system is open for use by any visiting licensed amateur operators to our area and is also utilized when our members assist the public for various reasons, i.e.: stranded motorists, finding lost hikers, vehicle accidents, etc. We also work with the Provincial Emergency Program during actual and training exercises.

To date we have repeaters in place on Greenstone Mountain and Mt. Lolo serving Kamloops, Logan Lake, Merritt, Ashcroft and the Trans-Canada Highway #1 as far south as Lytton and the Yellowhead Highway #5 as far north as Barriere. These repeaters are linked allowing communications throughout a province-wide system. For the most part, the cost of establishing and maintaining this system has been born by the donations of time and equipment from individual Amateur Radio Operators and the club.

Over the years, our members have volunteered many hours assisting various groups. As is frequently the case, the organization being helped by our club was operating in an area or terrain which precluded the use of normal communication channels. We continue to help many other organizations in our community to safely conduct their events.

The club meets on the first Thursday of every month (except July and August) at the St. George's church at the intersection of Royal Ave. and Knox St. in North Kamloops at 7:30pm. Any and all guests are more than welcome.

Club memberships are currently $30 per year and may be arranged with the club treasurer, Bill VE7WWW at bill.foster@shaw.ca

Contact us at karc@karc.ca.