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 February 28, 2023 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Events:

  • VCARA Weekly Net February 1, 2023 8:00 pm
  • Tri-County ARES Net February 2, 2023 7:30 pm
  • Koffee Klatch February 8, 2023 2:00 pm
  • VCARA Weekly Net February 8, 2023 8:00 pm
  • Tri-County ARES Net February 9, 2023 7:30 pm

VE Testing   January 1st, 2022

VE testing is conducted monthly
on the 2nd Saturday
at the VCARA Clubhouse.
Next test date:
February 11, 2023
W5YI VEC is operating under a new testing
procedure which requires pre-registration.
Click on the link below to register for the upcoming session.

Valencia County ARA Test Session

Please contact Chris W5CSG
or email:
for more information.

To obtain an FRN please click on this link:

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

Upcoming Events:   January 1st, 2022


VCARA Monthly General Meeting
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023

7:00pm for the regular meeting.

Doors open at 6:00pm for those
who wish to come early for fellowship
before the meeting.


Next bi-weekly date: January 25

Denny’s Restaurant in Los Lunas
We begin seating around 1:30pm
This event is open to all, you do not have to be a Ham to attend.


27th Annual Albuquerque Amateur Radio
Winter Tailgate

Saturday January 28, 2023 Daybreak till it’s over
Stoneface Tavern parking lot
8201 San Pedro NE Albuquerque
Talk in 145.330 100 Hz, 444.000 100 Hz
Info: k5tee@arrl.net
(505) 291-8122


January 28 & 29, 2023

  • During the last full weekend in January, ham radio operators worldwide participate in Winter Field Day. Winter Field Day is a communications exercise. WFD can be worked from the comfort of your home or in a remote location.  We encourage you to grab your radio, get outside and join us during this uniquely challenging event.

    The 24-hour operational period starts at 1900 UTC (1200 noon) on Saturday, the 28th and ends at 18:59 UTC on Sunday, the 29th. All stations are limited to a maximum of 100 Watts PEP.


VCARA News   January 1st, 2022


John Quick, KI5QKV
upgraded to General Class
Saturday, Jan 14

Way to go, John.


for monthly NM EmComm Net.

This net meets on 3939 KHz on the 1st Sunday of each month and consumes approximately 30 minutes of your time. We have three NCS at this time and with four operators each NCS would call a net only three times each year.
Hey, call a half hour net only three times a year? What a deal.
Contact Charlie, NM5CL to sign up.
Your 1st net will be at 1930 on Sunday, April 02, 2023.

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

Jan 04 – Ralph, NM5RC
Jan 11 – Greg, KG5OCW
Jan 18 – Al, W5ACW
Jan 25 – Gene, KI5BZI

Feb 01 – Chris, KF5EMP
Feb 08 – John, K8JWS
Feb 15 – Earl, KB5UEW
Feb 22 – Charlie, NM5CL

Mar 01 – Nick, KI5MFF
Mar 08 – Ralph, NM5RC
Mar 15 – Greg KG5OCW
Mar 22 – Al, W5ACW
Mar 29 – Gene, KI5BZI

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-member guests 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.


.530-230 MHz

Like new condition, 6 months old
Owner is downsizing.
$329.95 + shipping on MFJ
Will sacrifice for $235.00

(505) 920-4149



Like new condition,
was used for less than a month
will negotiate price

output cable modified to a 4 pin connector.
will negotiate price

CONTACT  Richard
(701) 361-3875




(Very tiny handheld Vector Network Analyzer)
Frequency: 50k-1.5GHz
Measure S Parameters HF VHF UHF SWR Phase Delay Smith Chart.
Proceeds go to VCARA General Fund
Charlie NM5CL
at club or NM5CL@att.net


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