This Just In…   August 16th, 2014

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VCARA was born in 1994
and continues as an active ARRL affiliated ham club.


Saturday, August 16

We had good turnout for the antenna raising at the club.  We now have a working 3-band (10, 15 & 20m) vertical on the roof thanks to the efforts of Ralph NM5RC, Ray KU4UW, George K6GTC and Charlie NM5CL.  Supervisor duties and testing were handled by Paul N5PR and Ty AE5VR.

Many thanks to Ralph for the donuts and special thanks to Ray for his antenna expertise.


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VCARA net starts at 8:00 pm (local time) on 146.700MHz, negative offset, 100Hz tone
All licensed amateurs are welcome to participate.
Note: this schedule may change depending on net control operator availability.

Aug  20 – Ralph, NM5RC
Aug 27 – Elvira, KD5UJQ

Sep 03 – Russ, KD5UJR
Sep 10 – Emil – KE5GCH
Sep 17 – George, KE6GTC
Sep 24 – Della, KE5GCG

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

The following is the schedule for the Saturdays (9:00 am to Noon) the clubhouse will be open and what Board of Directors member will be on hand to open the facility. Click here for explanation of Saturday events.

Aug 23 – Randy, KE5SAW (ARES Meeting)
Aug 30 – Charlie, NM5CL

Sep 06 – Ralph, NM5RC
Sep 13 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Sep 20 – Russ, KD5UJR
Sep 27 – Randy, KE5SAW (ARES Meeting)

VCARA ARES Group – Updates   October 29th, 2013

 ARES Group: Chris Gillespie, W5CSG, is the chair of the VCARA ARES Committee. He has also the Valencia County District Emergency Coordinator (VC-DEC). Charlie Lyon, NM5CL, is the VCARA-ARES Net Control Operator.

♦ 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. Charlie, NM5CL is net control operator. 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: ARES meeting. Chris, our DEC, would like all ARES members to attend these meetings to receive training, participate in exercises, etc. If you are interested in ARES but not a member yet you are also invited to attend.

  Find FEMA courses required for ARES membership here: