This Just In…   April 16th, 2014

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VCARA April Meeting
Tuesday, April 22, 1900 MDT

Presentation by Brian Mileshosky N5ZGT and Ed James KA8JMW
“Wireless Mesh Networking”


 April 26th, 2014:  Spring Tailgate sponsored by Amateur Radio Caravan
Club.  TransCore parking lot, 8600 Jefferson St NE, Albuquerque.



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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.

Apr 16 – Paul, N5PR
Apr 23 – Della, KE5GCG
Apr 30 – Charlie, NM5CL

May 07 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
May 14 – Russ, KD5UJR
May 21 – Emil, KF5CGH
May 28 – George, K6GTC

View Net Protocol 
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.

Apr 19 – Charlie, NM5CL
Apr 26 – George, K6GTC (ARES Meeting)

May 03 – Ralph, NM5RC
May 10 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
May 17 – Charlie, NM5CL
May 24 – George, K6GTC (ARES Meeting)
May 31 – Ralph, NM5RC

Upcoming Events:   April 12th, 2014

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

Good Friday Tome Procession Event
Friday, April 18

VCARES will provide EmComm for this event

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:


Marketplace Ads   March 29th, 2013

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:  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.


The VCARA has donated communications items, all of which are for sale at a reasonable price.  This equipment is on display in the annex room at the clubhouse, and may be seen on any Saturday from 0900 to 1200 hours, or on the 4th Tuesday of the month before or after the club meeting.

Are you looking for an antenna or tower?

1)  SteppIr 2E Antenna with 40-30m Dipole, complete with SDA Controller.   It is in factory condition approximately two years old with all documentation.  It has been fully adjusted and tested before removal from tower.  Buyer must transport.
Asking $1,900.  Willing to negotiate with serious buyer.

2)  30′ aluminum tilt-over tower, Universal Model 9-30, complete with Yaesu Rotator, G-450A Controller, thrust bearing and mast.    $900.00

These items may be seen by appointment – contact Charlie, NM5CL.