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VCARA Location

302 Rio Communities Blvd, Belen,NM - Located at the South end of Valley Community Plaza, next door to MyBank. Use the West parking lot and the outside stairs to Suite 302,
Look for the 50 foot tower with the 3 element beam antenna.

Next Club Meeting:

  • VCARA Monthly Meeting August 23, 2016 7:00 pm

Next VCARA Net:

  • VCARA Weekly Net July 27, 2016 8:00 pm

This Just In…   July 21st, 2016

Watch this area for breaking news:


The Valencia County ARA W5YI VE Team conducted monthly testing at the clubhouse on Saturday, July 9 with these results:

Kenneth Brennan of Edgewood passed his Technician Class test.
Greg Mershon KG5OCW, Los Lunas, upgraded to General class.
Greg Thompson N3BVD, Rio Rancho, upgraded from Technician to Extra Class.

Congratulations to all three candidates.


2016 New Mexico QSO PARTY

Club Results
VCARA finished in 7th Place out of 13 clubs with aggregate score of 11,481
NM Multioperator Class: VCARA finished 4th (out of 11 clubs)

Follow the link below for complete results










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Upcoming Events:   July 21st, 2016


Wednesday, Aug 03, 2016


VCARA July Meeting
Tuesday, July 26 – 7:00pm

Come early
Clubhouse open at 6:00pm

Come and enjoy the exciting presentation after the business meeting.
What is QRSS?
QRS – Send slower
QRSS – Send very slooowly!

Find out more about this exciting mode at the meeting.



August 12-14, 2016

Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
5151 San Francisco Rd NE

For details and preregistration







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

Jul 27 – Charlie, NM5CL

Aug 03 – David, KF5VTJ
Aug 10 – Charlie, NM5CL
Aug 17 – Ralph, NM5RC
Aug 24 – Elvira, KD5UJQ
Aug 31 – Russ, KD5UJR

Sep 07 – Emil, KE5GCH
Sep 14 – George, K6GTC
Sep 21 – David, KF5VTJ
Sep 28 – Joyce, KD5IAI


View Net Protocol 
Net Control Operators: if your plans change please contact Charlie at nm5cl@att.net

The following is the schedule of officers for opening/closing the clubhouse on the date indicated.

Jul 23 – Ty, AE5VR
Jul 30 – Charlie, NM5CL

Aug 06 – Ralph, NM5RC
Aug 13 – Chris, W5CSG (VE Testing)
Aug 20 – Ty, AE5VR
Aug 27 – Charlie, NM5CL (ARES Meeting)

Sep 03 – Ralph, NM5RC
Sep 10 – Chris (VE Testing)
Sep 17 – Ty, AE5VR
Sep 24 – Charlie (ARES Meeting)

The above schedule is subject to change.
Please notify NM5CL if you are not available on your scheduled date.


Marketplace Ads   July 21st, 2016

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.






VCARA ARES Group – Updates   July 21st, 2016

 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 Capilla repeater, 146.96 mHz, and begins at 1930 hrs.  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: 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