This Just In…   January 16th, 2017

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The antenna project scheduled for March 18 went off without a hitch.
The weather was excellent for tower work,
and the old antenna was down and the new DB-224 was in place
in less than two hours, thanks to the great crew.

The following were on hand to accomplish the antenna change-out:
(in alphabetical order)
Casey, KC5CRD, Charlie, NM5CL, Chris, W5CSG, Greg, KG5OCW,
Mark, N9YEX, Ralph, NM5RC, Russ, KD5UJR, Steve, AG5HW, & Ty, AE5VR.

The Repeater Chairman thanks all who contributed their time and labor
to the successful completion of this long awaited project.

And special thanks to KC5CRD and AG5HW
for doing the hard work on the tower.


W5YI VEC conducted the monthly test session on March 11.

Kevin Nikolaus, Socorro – Technician
Kevin Calahan, K5KGC, Grants – Amateur Extra

Congratulations to both gentlemen.






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

Mar 22 – George, K6GTC (Sub – Charlie, NM5CL)
Mar 29 – David, KF5VTJ

Apr 05 – Charlie, NM5CL
Apr 12 – Ralph, NM5RC
Apr 19 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Apr 26 – Russ, KD5UJR

May 03 – George, K6GTC
May 10 – David, KF5VTJ
May 17 – Charlie, NM5CL
May 24 – Ralph, NM5RC
May 31 – Elvira, KD5UJQ

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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.

Mar 25 – Charlie, NM5CL (ARES Meeting)

Apr 01 – Ty, AE5VR
Apr 08 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Apr 15 – Charlie, NM5CL
Apr 22 – Ralph, NM5RC (ARES Meeting)
Apr 29 – Ty, AE5VR

May 06 – Charlie, NM5CL
May 13 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
May 20 – Ralph, NM5RC
May 27 – Ty, AE5VR (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: