Upcoming Events:   May 27th, 2015

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


Wednesday, May 27, 2015



Wednesday, June 3, 2015,
6:30 PM to 8:30
Bernalillo County Amateur Radio Emergency Services EOC
6840 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107

Communications Disruptions and Hardening Communications Capabilities to Survive EMP

By Dr. William A. Radasky, Ph.D, Professional Engineer, and
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Life Fellow

Presentation content is to include:

- Overview of three (3) types of electromagnetic pulse (EMP), their causes and effects

- Effects of EMP on communications systems and in particular radio frequency bands, including anticipated durations of disruptions inhibiting communications with surviving equipment

- Steps, if any, local governments and individuals might reasonably take to protect communications and related equipment from EMP damage

For more information, contact Stanton at W5CO@ARRL.net


JUNE 27, 2015

AUGUST 07 -09, 2015

OCTOBER 03, 2015




This Just In…   May 27th, 2015

Watch this area for breaking news:


VCARA Officer election was held at the Annual Meeting, May 26, 2015.
The elected officers for Fiscal Year 2015-16:

President: Charlie NM5CL
Vice-President: Russ KD5UJR
Secretary: Ty AE5VR
Treasurer: Ralph NM5RC





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

May 27 – David, KF5VTJ

Jun 03 – Charlie, NM5CL
Jun 10 – Ralph, NM5RC
Jun 17 – Elvira, KD 5URQ
Jun 24 – Russ, KD5UJQ

Jul 01 – Emil, KE5GCH
Jul 08 – George, K6GTC
Jul 15 – Della, KE5GCG
Jul 22 – David, KF5VTJ
Jul 29 – Charlie, NM5CL


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.

May 30 – Ralph, NM5RC

Jun 06 – Ty, AE5VR
Jun 13 – Chris W5CSG (VE Testing)
Jun 20 – Charlie, NM5CL
Jun 27 – Club closed, Field Day

Jul 04 – Club Closed, Holiday
Jul 11 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Jul 18 – To be announced
Jul 25 – To be announced (ARES Meeting)


Marketplace Ads   May 27th, 2015

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.



746 PRO Transceiver w/hand mic, original box
ICOM PS125 Power Supply
ICOM 706 MKIIG, w/hand mic, Op Manual, original box
Kenwood TMV7A Dual Band
High Sierra Sidekick 10-80m Screwdriver antenna
Outbacker Perth 10-80m antenna

If interested, contact Richard:

posted 04/01/2015



VCARA ARES Group – Updates   May 27th, 2015

 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 (VC-AEC).

♦ 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