This Just In…   January 16th, 2017

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W5YI VE Test Session
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017

Perry Pierce (ex N8NQD), of Los Lunas – Passed Technician Class
Lee Pierce, N8LKE, of Los Lunas – Upgraded to General Class



VCARA has a brand new 2 meter antenna which needs to be mounted on the tower
at the 146.700MHz repeater site in Belen.

What we need is one or two personnel experienced with tower work
and having the necessary climbing gear.

The work involves removing the existing antenna which is at approximately 30 feet
elevation above the top of the Belen water tank,
and then mounting the new antenna at the same height.

Date for the work is scheduled for good weather in March or April, this year.
Volunteers will be compensated.

Contact:  Charlie NM5CL@ATT.NET





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

Jan 25 -  Elvira, KD5UJQ

Feb 01 – Russ, KD5UJR
Feb 08 – George, K6GTC
Feb 15 – David, KF5VTJ
Feb 22 – Charlie, NM5CL

Mar 01 – Ralph, NM5RC
Mar 08 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Mar 15 – Russ, KD5UJR
Mar 22 – George, K6GTC
mar 29 – David, KF5VTJ

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Net Control Operators: if your plans change please contact Charlie at

The following is the schedule of officers for opening/closing the clubhouse on the date indicated.

Jan 21 – Ty, AE5VR
Jan 28 – Charlie, NM5CL (ARES Meeting)

Feb 04 – Ralph, NM5RC
Feb 11 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Feb 18 – Ty, AE5VR
Feb 25 – Charlie, NM5CL (ARES Meeting)

Mar 04 – Ralph, NM5RC
Mar 11 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Mar 18 – Ty, AE5VR
Mar 25 – Charlie, NM5CL (ARES Meeting)

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


VCARA ARES Group – Updates   January 16th, 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: