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VCARA Clubhouse Location: 302 Rio Communities Blvd, Belen, NM Located upstairs (2nd story - outside entry via covered stairway from West side of building) in adjacent building North of MyBank. Look for the tower and antenna.

Next Club Meeting:

  • VCARA Club Meeting September 23, 2014 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Net:
  • VCARA Wed Night Net September 3, 2014 8:00 pm

Next ARES Net:

Next Koffee Klatch:
  • Koffee Klatch September 3, 2014 2:00 pm

This Just In…   August 27th, 2014

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VCARA was born in 1994
and continues as an active ARRL affiliated ham club.



The August edition of Dots-N-Dashes is posted.
Follow the links to read the online edition.

Notify Newsletter Editor, Elvira KD5UJQ if you are not receiving the newsletter in your email.



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VCARA net starts at 8:00 pm (local time) on 146.700MHz, negative offset, 100Hz tone
All licensed amateurs are welcome to participate.

Sep 03 – Russ, KD5UJR
Sep 10 – Emil – KE5GCH
Sep 17 – George, KE6GTC
Sep 24 – Della, KE5GCG

View Net Protocol 
Net Control Operators: if your plans change please contact Charlie at nm5cl@att.net

The following is the schedule for the Saturdays (9:00 am to Noon) the clubhouse will be open and what Board of Directors member will be on hand to open the facility. Click here for explanation of Saturday events.

Aug 30 – Charlie, NM5CL

Sep 06 – Ralph, NM5RC
Sep 13 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Sep 20 – Russ, KD5UJR
Sep 27 – Randy, KE5SAW (ARES Meeting)

Upcoming Events:   August 27th, 2014

 Note: Keep an eye here for events that might be of interest to Club members.


Tour Of the Rio Grande Valley 100 mile Bike Race

Sunday, September 14

Volunteers needed for the Valencia county portion of the TORGV bike ride.  Radio operators needed for rest stops in Los Lunas and Belen, and mobile operators to work as SAG wagons where needed.  (Your mileage will be reimbursed.) Times involved will be approximately 0700-1400 local time.  Please contact Charlie NM5CL if you can participate.


Rio Communities Founder’s Day Parade

Saturday, September 20

Volunteer radio operators are needed for the RC Parade.  Rio Communities is a VCARA served agency, and we have been asked to provide radio communications support on this first major event in their history.  The parade route is from the golf course to Hwy 47, ending at the East parking lot by our clubhouse.

We need to provide five hams with HTs for various locations along the parade route, and will take no more than three hours of our time, 1200-1400 local time.  This is our chance to bond with our home community, for their benefit and ours.

Please contact Charlie NM5CL with your availability to participate.


VCARA Annual Potluck Dinner

Tuesday, September 23

Burgers, Hot Dogs and drinks furnished by the club.
Please bring a side dish or desert .
Suggestions: Enchiladas, chile, casseroles, potato salad, fried chicken, etc.


VCARA 20th Anniversary Special Event Station
Saturday, November 01, 2014

Will be on air, HF SSB/CW and VHF (146.700) from 0600 until 1800 local time.

Operators for the club station are needed

Follow this link to see what times are available,
then sign up with Ralph NM5RC or Charlie NM5CL.
Special Event Op Schedule

VCARA ARES Group – Updates   October 29th, 2013

 ARES Group: Chris Gillespie, W5CSG, is the chair of the VCARA ARES Committee. He has also the Valencia County District Emergency Coordinator (VC-DEC). Charlie Lyon, NM5CL, is the VCARA-ARES Net Control Operator.

♦ Tri-County ARES Net: This net runs every Thursday for coordination of ARES members from Socorro, Torrance and Valencia Counties. The net is held on the Capilla repeater, 146.96 mHz, and begins at 1930 hrs. Charlie, NM5CL is net control operator. All licensed operators are invited to check in to the net.

ARES Membership Form: posted 11/28/2012. Click Here ; Valencia County ARES Manual: posted 11/28/2012. Click Here

Event Scheduled (recurring) 4th Saturday of each month at 9:00 am at Clubhouse: ARES meeting. Chris, our DEC, would like all ARES members to attend these meetings to receive training, participate in exercises, etc. If you are interested in ARES but not a member yet you are also invited to attend.

  Find FEMA courses required for ARES membership here:  http://www.training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp


Marketplace Ads   July 10th, 2013

Note: The following listings are for ham equipment owned by Club members. The VCARA has no financial interest in these items unless specifically noted in the Ad. To place an ad include description of equipment you personally own, asking price, name & call sign and how to contact you and email to: kc5our@arrl.net  Listings will be posted with the posting date appended. Ads will remain in the listings for 30 days unless you indicate you wish it to continue for another 30 days.

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