Welcome to VCARA

VCARA clubhouse is in the building at the SW corner of the parking lot

at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 700 Camelot Blvd SW, Los Lunas.

Club repeater: 145.430 MHz 100 Hz PL tone to access.

Club email: kc5our@arrl.net


Next Club Meeting:

  • VCARA Monthly Meeting September 26, 2023 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Events:

  • VCARA Monthly Meeting September 26, 2023 7:00 pm
  • VCARA Weekly Net September 27, 2023 8:00 pm
  • Tri-County ARES Net September 28, 2023 7:30 pm
  • VCARA Weekly Net October 4, 2023 8:00 pm
  • Tri-County ARES Net October 5, 2023 7:30 pm

VE Testing   January 1st, 2022


VE testing is conducted monthly
on the 2nd Saturday
at the VCARA Clubhouse.

Next test date:
October 14, 2023

W5YI VEC is operating under a new testing
procedure which requires pre-registration.
Click on the link below to register for the upcoming session.

Next Valencia County ARA Test Session

VEC Contact:
Chris W5CSG
or email:

To obtain an FRN please click on this link:

We are ADA compliant.
Please advise in advance if you have special needs.

Upcoming Events:   January 1st, 2022


Tuesday, September 26, 2023
(In place of the monthly meeting)
Doors open at 5:30pm
Please bring your contribution by 5:45p
A drawing for a door prize will be held

Socorro 2023 Hamfest
Saturday, October 21

8am to 2pm
QTH: Fire Academy grounds
(just follow the signs)

VCARA News   January 1st, 2022

2023/24 Membership dues increase
as voted on last year:
$25.00 Individual Membership
$35.00 Family Membership
$15.00 Associate Membership

Dues may be paid by PayPal to:
Enter: “Membership Dues Payment”

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VCARA net starts at 8:00 pm (local time) on 145.430MHz (-) 100Hz tone.
All licensed hams are invited to check in, visitors are welcome.

Sep 06 – Ralph, NM5RC
Sep 13 – Greg, KG5OCW
Sep 20 – Al, W5ACW
Sep 27 – Gene, KI5BZI

Oct 04 – John, K8JWS
Oct 11 – Earl, KB5UEW
Oct 18 – Charlie, NM5CL
Oct 25 – Nick, KI5MFF

View Net Protocol 
Net Control Operators: if you cannot call the net on your scheduled date please find a substitute or contact Net Manager at nm5cl@att.net

Grab a breakfast in-a-bag
at your favorite fast-food drive-up,
then tool it on over to the clubhouse.

Club members and visitors are invited to join your fellow hams for informal breakfast and fellowship each Saturday morning. BYOB

Unless otherwise posted, we meet from 0900-1200 at the club.
Non-member guests are always welcome

The Builders Club, hosted by KB5UEW,
meets from 0900-1200 on the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month

Informal electronics theory instruction and
construction/testing various projects is covered.

Marketplace Ads   January 1st, 2022

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.


VCARA ARES Group   January 1st, 2022

 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
VC AEC –  Training and Education: John Carter, KI5MFF

♦ 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 linked repeaters, and begins at 1930 hrs.  All licensed operators are invited to check in to the net. 

ARES Membership Form: posted 09/01/2023: ARES Registration Form
♦ Valencia County ARES Manual:
posted 09/01/2023: Valencia County ARES Operations Manual3 Revision 1 20230716-1

 Training and Field Exercises: 4th Saturday of each month at 10:00 am at clubhouse: All ARES members and non-members are invited to attend these meetings to participate in classroom training and field exercises.

  Find FEMA courses required for ARES membership here:  http://www.training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp