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 June 25, 2024 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Events:

  • Tri-County ARES Net June 20, 2024 7:30 pm
  • ARRL Field Day June 22, 2024 12:00 pm
  • ARRL Field Day June 23, 2024 N/A
  • VCARA Monthly Meeting June 25, 2024 7:00 pm
  • VCARA Weekly Net June 26, 2024 8:00 pm
  • Tri-County ARES Net June 27, 2024 7:30 pm

VE Testing   January 1st, 2022


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

Next test date:
JuL 13, 2024
W5YI VEC is operating under a new testing
procedure which requires pre-registration.
Click on the link below to register for the upcoming session.

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



JUNE 22-23, 2024
Setup of operating positions and
peripherals will begin at 0900.
Lunch at 11:30 Saturday.


VCARA News   January 1st, 2022

The VCARA club frequency is temporarily operating on 443.425 MHz with a 100 hz tone. All club business, including the Wednesday Night net, will be on this frequency.

443.425 (+) 100

Results for the 2024 NMQSOP
can be seen at the link below.


Dues may be paid by PayPal to:

$30.00 Individual
$40.00 Family
Enter: “Membership Dues Payment”
or by check to:
PO Box 268,
Peralta, NM 87042

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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.

May 01 –  Al, W5ACW
May 08 – Gene, KI5BZI
May 15 – Chris, KF5EMP
May 22 – John, K8JWS
May 29 – Earl, KB5UEW

Jun 05 – Nick, KI5MFF
Jun 12 – Ralph, NM5RC
Jun 19 – Greg, KG5OCW
Jun 26 – Al, W5ACW

View Net Protocol 
Net Control Operators: if you cannot call the net on your scheduled date please find a substitute from this roster.

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.

The club is accepting bids on the following items. They may be seen at the clubhouse Saturdays 0900-1200. No reasonable offer refused.

Yaesu FT DX-1200 Like New condition
LDG YT-1200 Autotuner
Heathkit HM2102 Power Meter
Heathkit SB-200 Linear Amplifier Never used.
Many other misc. items, too many to list.

Treasurer, Charlie NM5CL
or any club officer.

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: Nick 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