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

Next Club Meeting:

  • VCARA Monthly Meeting February 26, 2019 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Net:

  • VCARA Weekly Net February 20, 2019 8:00 pm

Upcoming Events:   October 11th, 2018


1330 – 1500
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019



2019 New Mexico TechFest
Saturday, February 23, 2019

New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Event Center
1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM 8710
Seating is filled for this event.


April 13, 2019
8:00am – 8:00pm
Sign up with NM5RC for time at the mic…


Cold cut sandwiches & sides at 11:30am
bring the family and enjoy the event.


More info to follow

MARS / Ham Exercise – Feb 15
CRI Exercise – Feb 21
Bataan Memorial Marathon – Mar 17
Good Friday/Tome Pilgrimage – Apr 19
TORGV Bike Rally – Apr 28



This Just In…   October 11th, 2018

Watch this area for breaking news:

W5YI VE Test Session
Feb 09, 2019
Al Watters KI5CUX, Los Lunas – Upgraded to General



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

Feb 13 – Ralph, NM5RC
Feb 20 – Charlie, NM5CL
Feb 27 – Greg, KG5OCW
Feb 27 – Charlie, NM5CL (70 cm net)

Mar 06 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Mar 13 – John, K8JWS
Mar 20 – Russ, KD5UJR
Mar 27 – Ralph, NM5RC
Mar 27 – Charlie, NM5CL (70cm Net)

Apr 03 – Charlie, NM5CL
Apr 10 – Greg, KG5OCW
Apr 17 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Apr 24 – John, K8JWS
Apr 24 – Charlie, NM5CL (70c 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.

Feb 16 – Charlie, NM5CL
Feb 23 –  Earl,KB5UEW (ARES Meeting)

Mar 02 – Ty, K5W
Mar 09 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Mar 16 – Ralph, NM5RC
Mar 23 – Earl, KB5UEW (ARES Meeting)
Mar 30 – Charlie, NM5CL

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

Marketplace Ads   October 11th, 2018

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 – Updates   October 11th, 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