Upcoming Events:   February 3rd, 2016


Communications Exercise 12 Feb 16

The Department of Defense has scheduled a Communications Exercise (COMEX) for Friday February 12, 2016. The exercise will take place between the hours of 05:00 am to 05:00 pm MST. The exercise will test the availability of communications without the use of telephones or the internet.

All U.S. Amateur Radio Operators are encouraged to participate. You do not need to be a member of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, American Radio Relay League, or any other amateur radio organization. any and all amateur operators are requested to participate.

Army and Air Force MARS, using regular ham radio call signs, will before forwarding DoD requests for information about your local operating conditions and public infrastructure in your county. Report local conditions as they exist when you respond – no fabricated information, please!

New Mexico hams can contact Army and Air Force MARS stations via 2 meters on MegaLink, 40 meters 7236.5 MHz, and 80 meters 3.939 MHz.


All NM ARES\EMCOM HF data modes will use 7,103.5 KHz, USB MT-63-1K Long, with an offset of 500 hz. I know that MARS Stations use MT-63-1K Long with an offset of 1500 hz. Let’s stick with the NM ARES\EMCOM 500 hz offset for the Ham bands to avoid confusion.
Jay Miller


Wednesday, Feb 17 , 2016



TUESDAY, FEB 23 – 7:00pm


Bill Mader, K8TE is a retired broadcast engineer and USAF veteran of 26 years among other careers in electronics and information technology.  His hobbies include ham radio (56 years) and sports cars club racing.  In ham radio, he is focused on DXing, contesting, and station improvements and is a former ARES county emergency coordinator.



 New Mexico Techfest
February 27, 2016


Valencia County ARES Members

A joint Tri-County Fire Exercise is scheduled for:
Saturday, April 02, 2016
0900-1300 hrs Local

The Tri-County ARES Net will be activated on 146.96 and 146.68
for this exercise.

More information to follow




This Just In…   February 3rd, 2016

Watch this area for breaking news:


The ARRL Board of Directors has elected Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT to the position of ARRL Second Vice-President.  Rick Roderick K5UR and Greg Widin K0GW, both outstanding hams and leaders, were elected as ARRL President and First Vice President, respectively.  Their terms, two years in length, commence at the conclusion of this weekend’s meeting in Newington, CT.

Vice-Director Dwayne Allen WY7FD will assume the role of Rocky Mountain Division Director at the conclusion of this weekend’s meeting.

KC5OUR 2m Repeater

The new YAESU DR-1X 146.700 repeater
was turned up for service on Sunday, Jan 17.

Please note any problems, such as static crashes, poor reception, etc.
and send reports to NM5CL.






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

Feb 10 – Emil, KF5GCH
Feb 17 – George, K5GTC
Feb 24 – Della, KF5GCG

View Net Protocol 
Net Control Operators: if your plans change please contact Charlie at nm5cl@att.net

The following is the schedule for the Saturdays (9:00 am to Noon) the clubhouse will be open and which club officer will be on hand to open the facility.

Feb 06 – Charlie, NM5CL
Feb 13 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Feb 20 – Ralph, NM5RC
Feb 27 – Ty, AE5VR (ARES Meeting)

The above schedule is subject to change.


Marketplace Ads   February 3rd, 2016

Note: The following listings are for ham equipment owned by Club members. The VCARA has no financial interest in these items unless specifically noted in the Ad. To place an ad include description of equipment you personally own, asking price, name & call sign and how to contact you and email to: kc5our@arrl.net  Listings will be posted with the posting date appended. Ads will remain in the listings for 30 days unless you indicate you wish it to continue for another 30 days.






VCARA ARES Group – Updates   February 3rd, 2016

 ARES Group:
VC DEC/Committee Chairman: Chris Gillespie, W5CSG
VC AEC -  Special Projects: Ralph Clark, NM5RC
VC AEC -  Net Manager: Charlie Lyon, NM5RC
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:  http://www.training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp