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.
Parking:
Use the West parking lot behind the bank and the outside stairs to Suite 302. (Upstairs above VIA office in Suite 386)


Next Club Meeting:

  • VCARA Monthly Meeting September 25, 2018 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Net:

  • VCARA Weekly Net September 19, 2018 8:00 pm
  • Tri-County ARES Net September 20, 2018 7:30 pm

Upcoming Events:   June 12th, 2018

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KOFFEE KLATCH SCHEDULE
1330 – 1500
Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018

DENNY’S RESTAURANT – LOS LUNAS

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37th ANNUAL ARRL & TAPR
DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE
September 14-16, 2018
Sheraton Albuquerque Airport
2910 Yale Blvd SE,
Albuquerque
Host: Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, NM
https://www.tapr.org/dcc.html

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DUKE CITY HAMFEST
ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention

September 21-23, 2018
Isleta Resort and Casino
https://www.dukecityhamfest.org/schedule

https://www.dukecityhamfest.org/vendor-maps

Preregistration open until Sep 18.

See this link for the list of prizes:
https://www.dukecityhamfest.org/prize-policy

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2018 ARRL NEW MEXICO STATE CONVENTION
and
SOCORRO HAMFEST
Saturday, October 20, 2018

0800 –  1400 local time
https://www.socorroara.org/socorro-hamfest/

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This Just In…   June 12th, 2018

Watch this area for breaking news:

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W5YI VE Test Session
Sep 08, 2018
Todd Lennon, Albuquerque – Technician
Jeffrey Fischer, Rio Rancho – Technician

Congratulations to both gentlemen!

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VCARA is on Facebook
Follow this link:
https://www.facebook.com/VaCtyARA/

Lots of new items on our page,
please pay a visit – don’t forget to LIKE us
while you are there.

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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.

Sep 19 – Ralph, NM5RC
Sep 26 – Charlie, NM5CL
Sep 26 – Charlie, NM5CL (70 cm Net)

Oct 03 – Greg, KG5OCW
Oct 10 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Oct 17, Russ, KD5UJR
Oct 24, Ralph, NM5RC
Oct 31, Charlie, NM5CL
Oct 31, 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.

Sep 15 – Ty, K5WY
Sep 22 – Club Closed for DCHF
Sep 29 – Charlie, NM5CL

Oct 06 – Ralph, NM5RC
Oct 13 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Oct 20 – Ty, K5WY
Oct 27 – Charlie, NM5lCL (ARES Meeting)

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

Marketplace Ads   June 12th, 2018

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.

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VCARA SURPLUS ITEMS FOR SALE

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:  Asking $800.
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:  Asking $100.

THE ABOVE IS FOR SALE FIRST COME, FIRST SOLD
email to kc5our@arrl.net for info or to put it
on hold for you.
Discount on price for VCARA club members

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VCARA ARES Group – Updates   June 12th, 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