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VCARA Clubhouse Location: 302 Rio Communities Blvd, Belen,NM - Located upstairs via covered stairway next door to MyBank. Use West parking lot. Look for the tower and antenna.

Next VCARA Net:

  • VCARA Weekly Net March 4, 2015 8:00 pm

Next Club Meeting:
  • VCARA Monthly Meeting March 24, 2015 7:00 pm


Upcoming Events:   February 26th, 2015

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


Wednesday, March 04, 2015



Saturday, April 11, 2015
8:00am MDT – 8:00pm MDT

Details at: http://www.newmexicoqsoparty.org/

Operators needed: Sign up with Ralph NM5RC


This Just In…   February 26th, 2015

Watch this area for breaking news:




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

Mar 04 – Russ, KD5UJR
Mar 11 – Emil, KF5GCH
Mar 18 – George, K6GTC
Mar 25 – Della, KF5GCG

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.

Feb 28 – Ty, AE5VR (No ARES meeting this month)

Mar 07 – Ralph, NM5RC
Mar 14 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Mar 21 – Ty, AE5VR
Mar 28 – Cliff, KE0CP (ARES Meeting)


Marketplace Ads   February 11th, 2015

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.


TS-520S Xcvr; IC-740 Xcvr; Ten-Tec 580 Delta Xcvr; MC-50 Desk Mic; Heathkit Wattmeter HM-102;
DSP Tunable Filter MFJ-784B; RF Millivoltmeter HP 411A; Simpson Digital Multimeter, Model 464; and
Heath SSB Amplifier, Model HA-14 (inoperable, for parts only).

If interested, contact Charlie NM5CL at: kc5our@arrl.net Sale price is negotiable.


VCARA ARES Group – Updates   January 2nd, 2015

 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 (VC-AEC).

♦ 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