Welcome to VCARA

VCARA Location

302 Rio Communities Blvd, Belen,NM - Located at the South end of Valley Community Plaza, next door to MyBank. Use the outside stairs to Suite 302, and the West parking lot.
Look for the 50 foot tower with the 3 element beam antenna.

Next Club Meeting:

  • VCARA Monthly Meeting May 24, 2016 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Net:

  • VCARA Weekly Net May 11, 2016 8:00 pm

This Just In…   April 16th, 2016

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Upcoming Events:   April 15th, 2016



Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016



Saturday, April 30
Dawn until Noon

Team Technologies
1400 Eubank Blvd, SE



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

Apr 27 – David, KF5VTJ

May 04 – Charlie, NM5CL
May 11 – Ralph, NM5RC
May 18 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
May 25 – Russ, KD5UJR

Jun 01 – Emil, KE5GCH
Jun 08 – George, K6GTC
Jun 15 – David, KF5VTJ
Jun 22 – Charlie, NM5CL
Jun 29 – Ralph, NM5RC


View Net Protocol 
Net Control Operators: if your plans change please contact Charlie at nm5cl@att.net

The following is the schedule of officers for opening/closing the clubhouse on the date indicated.

Apr 30 – Charlie, NM5CL

May 07 – Ralph, NM5RC
May 14 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
May 21 – Ty, AE5VR
May 25 – Charlie, NM5CL  (ARES Meeting)

Jun 04 – Ralph, NM5RC
Jun 11 – Chris (VE Testing)
Jun 18 – Ty, AE5VR
Jun 25 – Field Day (Club closed)

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


Marketplace Ads   April 15th, 2016

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   April 15th, 2016

 ARES Group:
VC DEC/Committee Chairman: Chris Gillespie, W5CSG
VC AEC -  Special Projects: Ralph Clark, NM5RC
VC AEC -  Net Manager: Charlie Lyon, NM5RC
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