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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.
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This Just In… June 18th, 2013
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♦ The VCARA June 2013 Newsletter is now posted at this link:
VCARA June 2013 Newsletter
♦ Belen 4th of July Parade: VCARA has been invited to participate in the Belen 4th of July Parade. This would be a good PR event for the club, all we need is a truck with antennas and a few volunteers to ride along. Please contact a club officer ASAP if you would like to participate.
♦ Did you get your 2013 Field Day pin? See Paul, N5PR, he has a few left over – $5.00 each, no P&H. Call now and Paul will double your order…
Wednesday Night Net Control Op. Sched. June 16th, 2013
VCARA net starts at 8:00 pm (local time) on 146.700MHz, negative offset, 100Hz tone
All licensed amateurs are welcome to participate.
Note: this schedule may change depending on net control operator availability.
June 19 -Paul, N5PR
June 26 – Ralph, NM5RC
July 3 - Charlie, NM5CL
July 10 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
July 17 – Russ, KD5UJR
Saturday at the Clubhouse – Schedule June 16th, 2013
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.
Jun 22 – Club closed (Field Day)
Jun 29 – George, K6GTC
Jul 6 - Charlie, NM5CL
Jul 13 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Test Session)
Jul 20 – George, K6GTC
Jul 27 – Emil, KE5GCH (ARES meeting)
Marketplace Ads June 16th, 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: email@example.com Listings will be posted with the posting date appended. Ads will remain in the listings for 30 days unless you indicate you with to continue for another 30 days.
♦ Equipment for Sale (4 items): After 55 years of fun and enjoyment as an amateur operator, I have decided to ‘retire’ and live on the many good memories. Bob, KF5DW
♦ KENWOOD TS-940S Unit is in good condition, our local Ham Club made a contact with it to ascertain operating okay. Automatic antenna tuner needs realigning. $350.00, obo.
♦ KENWOOD TS440S I have used this unit very satisfactorily. Recently, it has displayed a fading out of received signals at times. I haven’t been able to locate anyone local to realign it. $150.00 obo.
♦ DRAKE TR4 Transceiveer, with companion Receiver RV4. The combination allows for split-band operation. I have had many years of enjoyment with this rig. It requires some alignment/diagnostic attention. Includes an extra set of finals. $150.00 obo. For any or all - contact: Bob, KF5DW at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-861-0644 (posted 5/29/2013)
Upcoming Events: June 12th, 2013
Note: Keep an eye here for events that may be of interest to Club members.
Jun 28-30 2013 Rocky Mountain Division Convention (Estes Park, CO)
Aug 9-10 Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest (Albuquerque, NM)
Aug 31 Alamogordo Hamfest (Alamogordo, NM)
Oct 26 Socorro Hamfest (Socorro, NM)
Links to websites belonging to the above events are found on the Rocky
Mountain Division site: http://rockymountaindivision.org/
VCARA ARES Group – Updates April 24th, 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.
♦ ARES Net: The net meets every other Wednesday on the same day as the Coffee Klatch. The net is held on the VCARA repeater at 146.700 MHz negative offset, 100Hz tone, beginning at 7:30 pm local time with Charlie Lyon, NM5CL, as net control operator. All licensed operators are welcome to check into the net.
♦ 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