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VCARA Location

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

Next Club Meeting:

  • VCARA Monthly Meeting June 28, 2016 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Net:

  • VCARA Weekly Net June 29, 2016 8:00 pm

This Just In…   May 27th, 2016

Watch this area for breaking news:


VCARA Elected officers for 2016/17

President: Ralph Clark, NM5RC
Vice President: David Eubank, KF5VTJ
Secretary: Ty Till, AE5VR
Treasurer: Betty Lyon, Associate member

There is no club monthly meeting on June 28
Field Day activity on Jun 25/26 takes precedence.
(Ignore the website calendar, it is wrong.)







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Upcoming Events:   May 27th, 2016



Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016




Location: The old Senator Willie Chavez Park
River Road (west of the river), Belen

Set up begins at 0800 on Saturday, volunteers needed to help erect tower,
antennas and radio operating positions.

Cookout lunch begins at approximately 1200 noon on Saturday.
The club provides burgers, hot dogs and drinks,
members and guests please bring non-perishable side dishes and desserts.
(AC power is available for crock pots)

HF SSB and CW operators are encouraged to operate throughout the two day period.
Mentors will be available to help new hams with making contacts.

Contact NM5RC or NM5CL with questions




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

Jun 22 – Charlie, NM5CL
Jun 29 – Ralph, NM5RC

Jul 06 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Jul 13 – Russ, KD5UJR
Jul 20 – Emil, KE5GCH
Jul 27 – George, K6GTC


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.

Jun 25 – Field Day (Club closed)

Jul 02 – Charlie, NM5CL
Jul 09 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Jul 16 – Ralph, NM5RC
Jul 23 – Ty, AE5VR
Jul 30 – Charlie, NM5CL

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


Marketplace Ads   May 27th, 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   May 27th, 2016

 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