Welcome to VCARA

VCARA Location

386 Rio Communities Blvd, Suite 302, Belen,NM 
Located at the South end of Valley Community Plaza, next door to MyBank.
Look for the 50 foot tower with the 3 element beam antenna.

Use the West parking lot and the outside stairs to Suite 302 (Upstairs above VIA office in Suite 386)

Next Club Meeting:

  • VCARA Monthly Meeting February 27, 2018 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Net:

  • VCARA Weekly Net February 28, 2018 8:00 pm

Upcoming Events:   November 5th, 2017


1330 – 1500
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018



Saturday, February 24, 2018

The fourth annual New Mexico TechFest, an ARRL-sanctioned operating specialty event
organized by Rocky Mountain Ham Radio – New Mexico, will take place on Saturday,
February 24, 2018.  This unique event will be a day of quality presentations,
demonstrations, and instruction provided by some of New Mexico’s leading technical
hams on a variety of emerging and relevant topics within amateur radio to advance
and expand attendees’ technical knowledge, facilitate collaboration, and discuss ideas with one another.

New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial Event Center
1100 Louisiana Blvd SE

Registration is closed, seating is filled.

New Mexico TechFest


April 14, 2018
0800-2000 L
Operators needed – contact NM5RC



This Just In…   November 5th, 2017

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February 10, 2018


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VCARA net starts at 8:00 pm (local time) on 146.700MHz, negative offset, 100Hz tone
The 70 cm net opens immediately following the 2m net on the last Wednesday of the month.

Feb 21 – Charlie, NM5CL
Feb 28 – Ralph, NM5RC
Feb 28 – 70 cm net, NCS Charlie, NM5CL

Mar 07 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Mar 14 – Russ, KD5UJR
Mar 21 – Ralph, NM5RC
Mar 28 – Charlie, NM5CL
Mar 28 – 70 cm net, NCS Charlie, NM5CL

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

The clubhouse is open each Saturday from 0900 until 1200 local time.
The following is the schedule of officers for opening/closing the clubhouse on the date indicated.

Feb 24 – Ty, K5WY (ARES Meeting)

Mar 03 – Charlie, NM5CL
Mar 10 –  Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Mar 17 –  Ralph, NM5RC
Mar 24 – Ty, K5WQ (ARES Meeting)
Mar 31 –  Charlie, NM5CL

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


Marketplace Ads   November 5th, 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.


ICOM IC-V8000 2 meter mobile, 75watts
in box with mic and manual

TYT 5888UV Dual Band 2m/440 mobile, 50/40w

No reasonable offer refused

Contact: George, KP4QT
(Email KC5OUR@ARRL.NET for phone number)



VCARA ARES Group – Updates   November 5th, 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