Welcome to VCARA

VCARA Location

302 Rio Communities Blvd, Belen,NM - Located at the South end of Valley Community Plaza, next door to MyBank. Use the West parking lot and the outside stairs to Suite 302,
Look for the 50 foot tower with the 3 element beam antenna.

Next Club Meeting:

  • VCARA Monthly Meeting May 23, 2017 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Net:

  • VCARA Weekly Net May 3, 2017 8:00 pm

Upcoming Events:   January 16th, 2017



Wednesday, May 10, 2017



SATURDAY, MAY 06, 2017
BEGINNING AT 1600 UTC ( 10:00am MDT )

Please monitor the VCARA repeater (146.700MHz) beginning
10:00am local.  NCS will be asking for check-ins and will
give further instructions for the exercise.


Put this date on your calendar

VCARA will set up at a new location this year
Bosque Farms Community Center
950 N Bosque Farms Loop

All radio operations will be indoors
The noon lunch will also be indoors

Come enjoy the best ever field day activities



This Just In…   January 16th, 2017

Watch this area for breaking news:







Posted in VCARA News | Comments Closed

VCARA net starts at 8:00 pm (local time) on 146.700MHz, negative offset, 100Hz tone

May 03 – George, K6GTC
May 10 – David, KF5VTJ
May 17 – Charlie, NM5CL
May 24 – Ralph, NM5RC
May 31 – Elvira, KD5UJQ

Jun 07 – Russ, KD5UJR
Jun 14 – Emil, KE5GCH (Welcome back)
Jun 21 – George, K6GTC
Jun 28 – David, KF5VTJ

Jul 05 – Charlie, NM5CL
Jul 12 – Ralph, NM5RC
Jul 19 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Jul 26 – Russ, KD5UJR

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

The following is the schedule of officers for opening/closing the clubhouse on the date indicated.

Apr 29 – Ty, AE5VR

May 06 – Charlie, NM5CL
May 13 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
May 20 – Ralph, NM5RC
May 27 – Ty, AE5VR (ARES Meeting)

The above schedule is subject to change.
Please notify NM5CL if you are not available on your scheduled date.


Marketplace Ads   January 16th, 2017

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.



Kenwood MC-60 Desk Mic
Excellent condition
No reasonable offer refused
Will ship outside Albuquerque area

Contact Charlie NM5CL



VCARA ARES Group – Updates   January 16th, 2017

 ARES Group:
VC DEC/Committee Chairman: Chris Gillespie, W5CSG
VC AEC -  Special Projects: Ralph Clark, NM5RC
VC AEC -  Net Manager: Charlie Lyon, NM5CL
VC AEC – Logistics: George Cusack, K6GTC

♦ 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.  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: All ARES members (and non-members) are invited to attend these meetings to participate in training and field exercises, etc.

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