Welcome to VCARA

VCARA Location

386 Rio Communities Blvd (NM47), Suite 302, Belen,NM 
Located at the South end of Valley Community Plaza, upstairs next door to MyBank.
Look for the 50 foot tower with the 3 element beam antenna.
Use the West parking lot behind the bank and the outside stairs to Suite 302. (Upstairs above Suite 386, VIA office.)

Next Club Meeting:

  • VCARA Monthly Meeting October 23, 2018 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Net:

  • VCARA Weekly Net October 24, 2018 8:00 pm

Upcoming Events:   October 11th, 2018


1330 – 1500
Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018



Saturday, October 20, 2018

0800 – 1400 local time


This Just In…   October 11th, 2018

Watch this area for breaking news:

W5YI VE Test Session
Oct 13, 2018

Ellis Fish, Los Lunas – Technician
Scott Rankin, Fence Lake – Technician
Scott Welton WA1FTI, Albuquerque – upgrade to Amateur  Extra

Congratulations gentlemen!


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VCARA net starts at 8:00 pm (local time) on 146.700MHz, negative offset, 100Hz tone
The 70 cm (442.700) net opens immediately following the 2m net on the last Wednesday of the month.

Oct 24 – Ralph, NM5RC
Oct 31 – Charlie, NM5CL
Oct 31 – Charlie, NM5CL (70 cm Net)

Nov 07 – Greg, KG5OCW
Nov 14 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Nov 21 – Russ, KD5UJR
Nov 28 – Ralph, NM5RC
Nov 28 – Charlie, NM5CL (70 cm Net)

Dec 05 – Charlie,NM5CL
Dec 12 – Greg, KG5OCW
Dec 19 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Dec 26 – Russ, KD5UJR
Dec 26 – Charlie, NM5CL (70 cm Net)

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 with exception of holidays & other events.
The following is the schedule of officers for opening/closing the clubhouse on the date indicated.

Oct 13 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Oct 20 – Ty, K5WY
Oct 27 – Charlie, NM5CL (ARES Meeting)

Nov 03 – Ralph, NM5RC
Nov 10 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Nov 17 – Ty, K5WY
Nov 24 – Charlie, NM5CL (ARES Meeting)

Dec 01 – Ralph, NM5RC
Dec 08 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Dec 15 – Ty, K5WY
Dec 22 – Charlie, NM5CL (ARES Meeting)
Dec 29 – Ralph, NM5RC

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

Marketplace Ads   October 11th, 2018

Note:  To place an ad, email a description of the item(s) you want to advertise along with your asking price, name & call sign and how to contact you to: kc5our@arrl.net . Only Ham related ads will be accepted.
Ads will remain in the listings for 30 days unless you indicate you wish it to continue for another 30 days.



All items are in excellent working condition with low mileage and
only driven on Sundays by a little old lady.
(I believe she is from Pasadena.)

IC-7000: Comes with manual and original box:  Make offer
IC-706 MK II  with IC-PS-55 power supply & manuals: SOLD
IC-W32A dual band HT with accessories: SOLD
IC-W32A dual band HT with accessories:  Make offer SOLD

email to kc5our@arrl.net for info or to put it
on hold for you.
These items can be seen at Socorro HF, Oct 20



VCARA ARES Group – Updates   October 11th, 2018

 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 URFMS system, and begins at 1930 hrs.  All licensed operators are invited to check in to the net. (In Valencia county, try the 146.960 Capilla repeater.)

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