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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 April 29, 2015 8:00 pm

Next Club Meeting:
  • VCARA Monthly Meeting April 28, 2015 7:00 pm


Upcoming Events:   April 20th, 2015

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


Wednesday, April 29, 2015



Thursday, May 07, 2015
1:30PM and again at 6:30PM

Socorro County Annex Building
198 Neel Ave.
Socorro, NM 87801



This Just In…   April 20th, 2015

Watch this area for breaking news:




Passed his General Class exam on April 11, 2015


The April Newsletter is now posted



Posted in VCARA News | Comments Closed

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

Apr 29 – Russ, KD5UJR

May 06 – Emil, KE5GCH
May 13 – George, K6GTC
May 20 – Della, KE5GCG
May 27 – David, KF5VTJ

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.

May 02 -  Ty, AE5VR
May 09 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
May 16 – Cliff, KE0CP
May 23 – Charlie, NM5CL  (ARES Meeting)
May 30 – Ralph, NM5RC


Marketplace Ads   April 20th, 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.



746 PRO Transceiver w/hand mic, original box
ICOM PS125 Power Supply
ICOM 706 MKIIG, w/hand mic, Op Manual, original box
Kenwood TMV7A Dual Band
High Sierra Sidekick 10-80m Screwdriver antenna
Outbacker Perth 10-80m antenna

If interested, contact Richard:

posted 04/01/2015



Universal Model 9-30 Free Standing Aluminum Tower (30 ft)
Includes G-450A Light duty rotator, controller, mast & thrust bearing.

SteppIr 6-20M 2 Element Yagi with 30/40M Loop Dipole Addr
Complete with SDA 100 Transceiver interface, Icom cable and junction box.

For information and pricing, email to: kc5our@arrl.net

Posted 4/6/2015


VCARA ARES Group – Updates   March 8th, 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