Welcome to VCARA

VCARA clubhouse is in the building at the SW corner of the parking lot

at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 700 Camelot Blvd SW, Los Lunas.

Club repeater: 145.430 MHz 100 Hz PL tone to access.

Club email: kc5our@arrl.net


Next Club Meeting:

  • VCARA Monthly Meeting October 26, 2021 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Events:

  • Koffee Klatch October 20, 2021 2:00 pm
  • VCARA Weekly Net October 20, 2021 8:00 pm
  • Tri-County ARES Net October 21, 2021 7:30 pm
  • VCARA Monthly Meeting October 26, 2021 7:00 pm
  • VCARA Weekly Net October 27, 2021 8:00 pm

VE Testing   July 23rd, 2021

VE testing is conducted monthly
on the 2nd Saturday  
at the VCARA Clubhouse.
Next test date:
November 13, 2021
0900 – 1100 local time

Please bring the following:
* Two forms of ID, one must be photo ID
* Copy of current license if applicable
* $14.00 cash, check or money order

**You MUST have an FRN before being tested**

Please contact Chris W5CSG
or email:
for your appointment.
We are ADA compliant
Please advise in advance
if you have special needs.

Upcoming Events:   March 1st, 2019

The next VCARA bi-weekly event will be
at Denny’s in Los Lunas.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Begin seating at 1:30pm

Non-member visitors are welcome to join us

Will be held at the clubhouse.
Tuesday, October 26 – 7:00pm

Those members NOT comfortable
with attending in person
may join the meeting on Zoom.
**Monitor club repeater 145.430 MHz
from 7:45 pm to top of hour for info about tonight’s Zoom**

Follow the link below to join the meeting:
Meeting ID: 971 1535 5215
Passcode: VCARA

Contact Kevin K5ZOO with your questions.

Saturday, October 16, 2021
0800 – 1400 MDT
Same QTH as always

News Items   March 1st, 2019


VCARA is now registered with AmazonSmile.
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New videos and other new items on our page,
please pay a visit & don’t forget to LIKE us
while you are there.
Contact Greg, KG5OCW
if you have something you want posted.



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VCARA net starts at 8:00 pm (local time) on 145.430MHz (-) 100Hz tone.

Sep 01 – Earl, KB5UEW
Sep 08 – Russ, KD5UJR
Sep 15 – Ralph, NM5RC
Sep 22 – Greg, KG5OCW
Sep 29 – Al W5ACW

Oct 06 – Gene, KI5BZI
Oct 13 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Oct 20 – John, K8JWS
Oct 27 – Earl, KB5UEW

Nov 03 – Russ, KD5UJR
Nov 10 – Ralph, NM5RC
Nov 17 – Greg, KG5OCW
Nov 24 – Al, W5ACW

Dec 01 – Gene, KI5BZI
Dec 08 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Dec 15 – John, K8JWS
Dec 22 – Earl, KB5UEW
Dec 29 – Russ, KD5UJR

View Net Protocol 
Net Control Operators: if you cannot call the net on your scheduled date please find a substitute or contact Charlie at nm5cl@att.net

Saturday Breakfast Club   March 1st, 2019

Grab a breakfast in-a-bag
at your favorite fast-food drive-up.
Then tool it on over to the clubhouse

Club members and visitors are invited to join your fellow hams for informal breakfast and conversation each Saturday morning. BYOB

Unless otherwise posted, we meet from 0900-1200 at the club.
Non-members are welcome

Marketplace Ads   March 1st, 2019

Note:  To place an ad, email a description of the item(s) you want to advertise along with your asking price, name & call sign and how to contact you to: kc5our@arrl.net
Only Ham related ads will be accepted.
Ads will remain in the listings for 30 days unless you indicate you wish it to continue for another 30 days.

HF Transceiver
Icom 706 MKIIG
Includes: HM 103 Mic,
Mobile Mount & Separation Kit

Desk Microphone
Astatic D-104, Chrome

CW Key
Vibroplex Single Lever

3 Element HF Beam Antenna
Cushcraft A3
with 40m Add-on Kit

Variable Power Supply
Daiwa RS300, 30A output

Pocket Morse Code Tutor
Model MFJ-418

Contact Paul N5PR
(505) 999-8253


VCARA ARES Group – Updates   March 1st, 2019

 ARES Group:
VC DEC/Committee Chairman: Chris Gillespie, W5CSG
VC AEC –  Special Projects: Ralph Clark, NM5RC
VC AEC –  Net Manager: Charlie Lyon, NM5CL
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 URFMS system, and begins at 1930 hrs.  All licensed operators are invited to check in to the net. (In Valencia county, try the 146.960 Capilla repeater.)

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 10:00 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