This Just In…   July 16th, 2014

Watch this area for breaking news:

The VCARA July Newsletter is now posted.


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



A grassroots effort is underway to encourage radio amateurs to promote co-sponsorship of HR.4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act.

The measure, introduced in the US House with bipartisan support on June 25, calls on the FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas.

The primary point to convey is that the greatest threat to Amateur Radio volunteer emergency and public service communication is restrictions that prohibit the installation of outdoor antenna systems.

An information sheet on HR.4969, a list of “talking points,” and a sample constituent letter to a Member of Congress is available from Charlie NM5CL at

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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.

Jul 23 – David, KF5VTJ
Jul 30 – Della, KE5GCG

Aug 06 – George, K6GTC
Aug 13 – Charlie, NM5CL
Aug  20 – Ralph, NM5RC
Aug 27 – Elvira, KD5UJQ

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.

Jul 26 – TBA (ARES Meeting)

Aug 02 -  TBA
Aug 09 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Aug 16 – Charlie, NM5CL
Aug 23 – TBA (ARES Meeting)
Aug 30 – TBA

Upcoming Events:   July 15th, 2014

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

August 8, 9 & 10, 2014:  The DCHF 2014, Rocky Mountain Division
Convention and NM State Convention will be held at Hotel Albuquerque
“in the heart of Old Town” on August 8, 9 and 10, 2014.  There will
be vendors, tailgating, club tables, special hotel rates, meals in the
restaurant, prizes, forums, activities for families and much, much
more.  Stay tuned for more info on how to make reservations. Plan on
reserving a table for your club or organization.


Alamagordo ARC 30th Annual
August 30, 2014

Details at

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   July 10th, 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.

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