The purpose of the WKARC is to promote and assist in the use of amateur radio communications.

We meet Saturday mornings at 10am in the Cottonwood A&W across from the Ford dealer.The BVARC Net meets every Monday night, at 20:00 local time, on frequency 146.840 -

For more information, contact

the WKAR Club secretary, VA7 CJK aka chris at




The WKARC presents...

Located in Nelson, BC, Canada, the West Kootenay Amateur Radio Club has been serving the Ham Radio community for over 50 years.

If you are interested in becoming licensed to operate an amateur radio, you'll need to take a test with either Lorne Goodwin (VE7 ADZ) in Nelson or VE7 YN aka Rudi Martini, our other accredited examiner in Castlegar. It's best to study for it first.

At present, there are three repeaters in operation.

Located on Slocan Ridge, VE7RCT  146.640 (-) 100kz tone,

at Crawford Bay, VE7BTU    147.060  (-) 100kz tone

and in Nelson, VE7BDY    147.040 (+)

Radio Amateurs of Canada have a wide variety of study aids available for free or not.


Our Annual Club Dinner will be in the back of KC's Restaurant in Nelson on Friday, December 7th at 6pm. A $20 banquet, a $5 gift exchange, door prizes and radios will be offered. Contact Wanda Woikin for details.

There is a new Echolink node in Castlegar ... 147.440 as well as one in Nelson at 146.57 no tone. Node no. 4793

Our Annual Club Banquet Photos are here

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