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 October 24, 2017 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Net:

  • VCARA Weekly Net October 18, 2017 8:00 pm
  • Tri-County ARES Net October 19, 2017 7:30 pm

Upcoming Events:   September 17th, 2017



Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017



Saturday, October 21, 2017
0800 – 1400





This Just In…   September 17th, 2017

Watch this area for breaking news:

VCARA W5YI VEC testing on Oct 14 had
two candidates for successful license upgrade:

John Locke, K6KUF to Amateur Extra
Aliana Vehar, KG5VAG to General Class

Congratulations to both
and welcome to VCARA membership.


The VCARA September newsletter is posted,
Click on the Newsletters link to read online.

Elvira KD5UJQ sends the newsletter out to all members monthly.
If you are not receiving it, send your email address to:


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Wednesday Night Net Control Op. Sched.   September 17th, 2017

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

Oct 18 – Ralph, NM5RC
Oct 25 – Elvira, KD5UJQ

Nov 01 – Russ, KD5UJR
Nov 08 – Emil K5GCH (Sub: NM5CL)
Nov 15 – George, K6GTC
Nov 22 – David, KF5VTJ
Nov 29 – Charlie, NM5CL
View Net Protocol 
Net Control Operators: if your plans change please contact Charlie at nm5cl@att.net

Saturday at the Clubhouse – Schedule   September 17th, 2017

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

Oct 21 – Clubhouse closed for Socorro Hamfest
Oct 28 – 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   September 17th, 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   September 17th, 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