Special Events

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Belen is Spanish for Bethlehem. This community was established along the banks of the Rio Grande in 1737 by a grant from Philip V, King of Spain. This community is a blend of strong Hispanic Heritage and newer Anglo influence; and is a Railroad center for the A.T. & S.F. railroad.  Valencia County is of magnificent beauty – to the East are mountains and to the West are mesas and cliffs.  The Rio Grande cuts through the center portion of the county.

Each Year VCARA operates a special event station during the week before Christmas. Check our web site for announcements or QST Magazine for the specific dates regarding this special event from Bethlehem, New Mexico. Stations contacting KC5OUR will receive a custom QSL Card in exchange for  one of their QSL cards and a SASE. The VCARA Bethlehem QSL card is custom designed each year with that year’s date, therefore never the same making it a collector’s item.  The 2002 Bethlehem QSL card designed by John Cresap is shown below.