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 December 26, 2017 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Net:

  • VCARA Weekly Net December 20, 2017 8:00 pm

Upcoming Events:   November 5th, 2017


Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017



2nd annual waffle breakfast held to kick off the
VCARA “Christmas From Bethlehem” Special Event Station
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Come early, enjoy a warm breakfast, then get on the HF radio
and help the club make 100’s of contacts across the nation
in celebration of the 2017 Christmas Season.


In spite of what the calendar on the home page says,
There is no club meeting on December 26



Wednesday, Dec. 27 thru Friday, Dec. 29
with testing on Saturday, Dec. 30.

This three day class covers all subjects required for Technician class license.
Seats for this class are filling quickly, so don’t hesitate if you wish to register.
Information and registration: email to KC5OUR@ARRL.NET


23rd Annual Albuquerque Winter Tailgate
January 27, 2018
 Stoneface Tavern North parking Lot

Enter via San Pedro Blvd.
Stoneface Tavern is north of the corner of San Pedro and Paseo del Norte.

This is an Outdoor Tailgate, so Dress Warm and come enjoy the event with us.

This event is FREE and open to all.

Talk in via the Caravan Club Repeaters 145.330 – 100Hz and 444.000 + 100 Hz.


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

Admission: $10 in advance


This Just In…   November 5th, 2017

Watch this area for breaking news:


VCARA now has a Facebook page, courtesy of Greg, KG5OCW.
Follow this link:

Like us?  Please do.

Do you have a munchkin in your home? 
If so, would you like to track Santa’s trek from the North Pole
on his Christmas journey to leave presents
for all the good little boys and girls around the world?

Here is the link to follow on Christmas eve:







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

Dec 20 – Russ, KD5UJR
Dec 29 – Emil, K5GCH

Jan 03 – George, K6GTC
Jan 10 – Greg, KG5OCW
Jan 17 – Charlie, NM5CL
Jan 24 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Jan 31 – Russ, KD5UJR

Feb 07 – Ralph, NM5RC
Feb 14 – Emil, K6GTC
Feb 21 – George, K6GTC
Feb 28 – Greg, KG5OCW

Mar 07 – Charlie, NM5CL
Mar 14 – Ralph, NM5RC
Mar 21 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Mar 28 – Russ, KD5UJR

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.

Dec 16 – Ty, K5WY (Bethelem Event begins)
Dec 23 – Charlie, NM5CL (ARES Meeting)
Dec 30 – Ralph, NM5RC

Jan 06 – Ty, K5WY
Jan 13 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Jan 20 – Charlie, NM5CL
Jan 27 – Ralph, NM5RC (ARES Meeting)

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

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.




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