Upcoming Events:   October 11th, 2018


1330 – 1500
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019



January 26, 2019
Dawn – 1330 MST
8201 San Pedro NE


2019 New Mexico TechFest
Saturday, February 23, 2019

New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Event Center
1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM 8710
Online preregistration is open,
only 80 seats available and
they go very quickly.




This Just In…   October 11th, 2018

Watch this area for breaking news:

W5YI VE Test Session
Jan 12, 2018
Albert Waters, Los Lunas – Passed Technician Class
Kevin Welander K5ZOO, Bosque Farms – Upgraded to General Class

Congratulations to both gentlemen


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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.

Jan 23 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Jan 30 – John, K8JWS
Jan 30 – Charlie, NM5CL (70 cm net)

Feb 06 – Russ, KD5UJR
Feb 13 – Ralph, NM5RC
Feb 20 – Charlie, NM5CL
Feb 27 – Greg, KG5OCW
Feb 27 – Charlie, NM5CL (70 cm 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.

Jan 19 – Charlie, NM5CL
Jan 26 – Charlie, NM5CL  (ARES Meeting)

Feb 02 – TBA
Feb 09 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Feb 16 – TBA
Feb 23 – TBA (ARES Meeting)

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.


Kenwood TS-450S & accessories
$650.00 price includes:
HS-5 Headset, MC-50 Desk mic,
SW-2100 SWR/Pwr meter
& additional MC-43S hand mic.
Must see to appreciate
Icom IC-706MKIIG & accessories
$750.00 price includes:
Nifty Mini-Manual
WGA TR-2000 Boom headset
LDG Z100 Autotuner with cables
Battery Booster
Carrying case
Mobile mounting brackets with separation cables

Icom IC-2700 VHF/UHF
with hand mic, manual &
mobile mount brackets included

Icom IC-V80 VHF HT
New, in box
This unit has never been used
except to test after purchase

For ALL the above, contact:
Ralph Clark, NM5RC
505 821-7636


Heil Pro-Set Plus
Headset with boom Mic
Used but in excellent condition.
Mic transmit bandwidth is switchable
between Full Range and DX, great for helping
to bust through DX pileups.
AD-1 Adapter cable included.

Sale price negotiable,
no reasonable offer refused.
Charlie, NM5CL@arrl.net




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