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 November 28, 2017 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Net:

  • Tri-County ARES Net November 23, 2017 7:30 pm
  • VCARA Weekly Net November 29, 2017 8:00 pm

Upcoming Events:   November 5th, 2017


Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017



Saturday, December 09, 2017
Henrietta’s Restaurant in Los Lunas
Reservations not required, order off the menu.

There will be door prizes and the raffle drawing for a mobile 2m/70cm transceiver.
(You must be present to win)


2nd annual waffle breakfast held to kick off the
VCARA “Christmas In Bethlehem” Special Event Station
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Come early, enjoy a warm breakfast, then get on the HF radio
and help the club make 100’s of contacts across the nation
in celebration of the 2017 Christmas Season.


Wednesday, Dec. 27 thru Friday, Dec. 29
with testing on Saturday, Dec. 30.

This three day class covers all subjects required for Technician class license.
Seats for this class are filling quickly, so don’t hesitate if you wish to register.
Information and registration: email to KC5OUR@ARRL.NET


This Just In…   November 5th, 2017

Watch this area for breaking news:


Results of the W5YI Test session conducted on Nov 11:

Jeffrey Inman, Albuquerque – Technician
Christopher Taylor, Santa Fe – Technician

Congratulations to both gentlemen.



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

Nov 22 – Greg, KG5OCW
Nov 29 – Charlie, NM5CL

Dec 06 – Ralph, NM5RC
Dec 13 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Dec 20 – Russ, KD5UJR
Dec 29 – Emil, K5GCH

Jan 03 – George, K6GTC
Jan 10 – Greg, KG5OCW
Jan 17 –  Charlie, NM5CL
Jan 24 – Ralph, NM5RC
Jan 31 – Elvira, KD5UJQ

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.

Nov 25 – Charlie, NM5CL (ARES Meeting)

Dec 02 – Ralph, NM5RC
Dec 09 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Dec 16 – Ty, K5WY
Dec 23 – Charlie, NM5CL (ARES Meeting)
Dec 30 – Ralph, NM5RC

Jan 06 – Ty, K5WY
Jan 13 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Jan 20 – Charlie, NM5CL
Jan 27 – Ralph, NM5RC (ARES Meeting)

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


Marketplace Ads   November 5th, 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   November 5th, 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