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 June 28, 2022 7:00 pm
  • VCARA Monthly Meeting July 26, 2022 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Events:

  • VCARA Monthly Meeting June 28, 2022 7:00 pm
  • Koffee Klatch June 29, 2022 2:00 pm
  • VCARA Weekly Net June 29, 2022 8:00 pm
  • Tri-County ARES Net June 30, 2022 7:30 pm
  • VCARA Weekly Net July 6, 2022 8:00 pm
  • Tri-County ARES Net July 7, 2022 7:30 pm

VE Testing   January 1st, 2022

VE testing is conducted monthly
on the 2nd Saturday  
at the VCARA Clubhouse.
Next test date:
July 09, 2022
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**
Walk-ins are accepted by NLT 10:00 AM.

Please contact Chris W5CSG
or email:
for more information.

We are ADA compliant.
Please advise in advance if you have special needs.

Note: VCARA W5YI team is available to conduct
a special test session at any time during the month
by prior arrangement with the VEC.

Upcoming Events:   January 1st, 2022


VCARA Monthly General Meeting
Tuesday, Jul 26, 2022

Meeting begins at 7:00pm

Clubhouse doors open at 6:00pm
Come early to enjoy fellowship before the meeting.
No meeting in June due to Field Day

Next bi-weekly date: Jun 29
Denny’s Restaurant in Los Lunas
We begin seating around 1:30pm
This event is open to all Hams and their guests, come one, come all.

And actually, you don’t have to be a ham to attend.


News Items   January 1st, 2022

VCARA Membership Dues Increase
Effective for FY 2022/2023
Individual – $20.00/year
Family – $30.00/year
Associate – $10.00
This increase in dues was voted on and approved
at the Annual Meeting on May 24, 2022.
2023 Dues payments already received by the Treasurer
will be grandfathered
at the old rate.


The following were duly elected at the
VCARA annual General Meeting
May 24, 2022
took office at noon on
June 25, 2022 at Field Day QTH.

President – Earl Cox, KB5UEW
Vice President – John Schaaf, K8JWS
Secretary – John Eldridge, KB5ENN
Treasurer – Charlie Lyon, NM5CL

VCARA is registered with AmazonSmile.
Click on this link to get started:

Valencia County Amateur Radio Association, Inc
as your charity.


Click on this link:

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.

Jun 01 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Jun 08 – Chris, KF5EMP (Sub needed)
Jun 15 – John, K8JWS
Jun 22 – Earl, KB5UEW
Jun 29 – Charlie, NM5CL

Jul 06 – Ralph, NM5RC
Jul 13 – Greg, KG5OCW
Jul 20 – Al, W5ACW
Jul 27 – Gene, KI5BZI

Aug 03 – John, K8JWS
Aug 10 – Earl, KB5UEW
Aug 17 – Charlie, NM5CL
Aug 24 – Nick, KI5MFF
Aug 31 – Ralph, NM5RC

Sep 07 – Greg, KG5OCW
Sep 14 – Al, W5ACW
Sep 21 – Gene, KI5BZI
Sep 28 – John, K8SWS

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   January 1st, 2022

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 fellowship each Saturday morning. BYOB

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

Marketplace Ads   January 1st, 2022

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.


No postings at this time


VCARA ARES Group – Updates   January 1st, 2022

 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

 Training and Field Exercises: 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 classroom training and field exercises.
Note: This activity is on hold until further notice.

  Find FEMA courses required for ARES membership here:  http://www.training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp