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 June 26, 2018 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Net:

  • VCARA Weekly Net June 20, 2018 8:00 pm
  • Tri-County ARES Net June 21, 2018 7:30 pm

Upcoming Events:   June 12th, 2018


1330 – 1500
Wednesday,  Jun 20, 2018



Saturday, June 16, 2018
Dawn until 1030 a.m.
American Legion Post 49
11007 Central Ave NE
This is the inaugural tailgate event – more info at:

Jun 23 – 24
Location:  Bosque Farms Community Center
Saturday Schedule:
Antenna/radio setup begins at 0800
Lunch is served 1130-1300
Radio operations begin 1200
Sunday Schedule
Breakfast for operators and early-birds – 0730
Tear down begins 1100
Radio operations QRT – 1200
Available personnel help return all club owned
equipment and supplies to clubhouse.


September 14-16, 2018
Host: Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, NM


ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention

September 21-23, 2018
Isleta Resort and Casino
Preregistration now open


This Just In…   June 12th, 2018

Watch this area for breaking news:


W5YI VEC Report
June 09, 2018

Brian Spencer, of Farmington, sat for
Technician Class and passed with flying colors.

Congratulations, Brian


VCARA is on Facebook
Follow this link:

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.

Jun 13 –  Greg, KG5OCW
Jun 20 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Jun 27 – Russ, KD5UJR
Jun 27 – Charlie, NM5CL (70cm Net)

Jul 04 – Holiday, no net
Jul 11 – Ralph, NM5RC
Jul 18 – Charlie, NM5CL
Jul 25 – Greg, KG5OCW
Jul 25 – Charlie, NM5CL (70cm Net)

Aug 01 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Aug 08 – Russ, KD5UJR
Aug 15 – Ralph, NM5RC
Aug 22 – Charlie, NM5CL
Aug 29 – Greg, KG5OCW
Aug 29 – Charlie, NM5CL (70cm 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.

Jun 16 – Ty, K5WY
Jun 23 – Club closed for Field Day
Jun 30 – Charlie, NM5CL (ARES Meeting)

Jul 07 – Ralph, NM5RC
Jul 14 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Jul 21 – Ty, K5WY
Jul 28 – Charlie, NM5CL (ARES Meeting)

Aug 04 – Ralph, NM5RC
Aug 11 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Aug 18 – Ty, K5WY
Aug 25 – Charlie, NM5CL (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.



Tokyo HF All Band KW Antenna Coupler
Model HC-2000
Excellent condition
Contact NM5CL for details and price.



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 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