Upcoming Events:   October 31st, 2014

 Note: Keep an eye here for events that might be of interest to Club members.


VCARA 20th Anniversary Special Event Station
Saturday, November 01, 2014

Will be on air, HF SSB/CW and VHF (146.700) from 0600 until 1800 local time.

Operators for the club station are needed for the last two hours of the day.
Walk-ins will be welcomed.

Follow this link to see what times are available,
then sign up with Ralph NM5RC or Charlie NM5CL.

Special Event Op Schedule(final)



This Just In…   October 31st, 2014

Watch this area for breaking news:


passed from this life on October 06, 2014.

Bill was a member of VCARA and volunteered his services each field day for many years.


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






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

Nov 05 – Emil KE5GCH
Nov 12 – Charlie, NM5CL
Nov 19 – Della, KE5GCG
Nov 26 – David, KF5VTJ

Dec 03 – Charlie, NM5CL
Dec 10 – Ralph, NM5RC
Dec 17 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Dec 24 – Christmas Eve, No net
Dec 31 – New Years Eve – No net

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 what Board of Directors member will be on hand to open the facility. Click here for explanation of Saturday events.

Nov 01 – Charlie, NM5CL (Open at 0600 for SES)
Nov 08 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Nov 15 – Ralph, NM5RC
Nov 22 – Randy, KE5SAW (ARES Meeting)
Nov 29 – Charlie, NM5CL

Dec 06 – Ralph, NM5RC
Dec 13 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Dec 20 – Randy, KE5SAW
Dec 27 – Cliff, KE0CP (ARES Meeting)

VCARA ARES Group – Updates   October 14th, 2014

 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:  http://www.training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp


Marketplace Ads   October 14th, 2014

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.


1. SteppIr Antenna, 2 Element with 40-30 Add-On.  Less than 3 years old.  Excellent condition.
2. Universal Model 9-30 Tilt-Over aluminum tower. includes Yaesu G-450 Rotator & Thrust bearing.

These items from SK estate, no reasonable offer refused.
Contact Charlie, nm5cl@att.net