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New !!! Elkin to Teach Soldering Skills – The Amateur Radio Caravan Club is privileged to have Larry Elkin, NY5L, and other volunteers from the High Desert ARC who will be teaching soldering skills at its March 10th meeting.  They will come prepared to assist the audience with projects that they bring to the meeting or to teach basic soldering skills to newbies.  For those that would prefer to use their own soldering equipment at the meeting, please bring it.  Since we will be working on the church’s plastic tables we ask that you bring a flat piece of cardboard, a cookie sheet or a stack of newspaper to protect the tables.  Bringing an extension cord is a good idea, too.  All who want to learn to solder or to improve their soldering skills are welcome.

Our meeting will be on Friday, March 10th (7 - 9 pm) at the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy Road NE (corner of Academy & Moon NE).  We start gathering about 6:30 pm to do a little ragchewing and to watch the coffee brew.  We encourage your parking in the rear of the church, entering through the single pedestrian door, walking all the way down the hall and you’ll hear us.  Hope to see you there!


“Way to Represent !!!” – The Amateur Radio Caravan Club received a welcomed email and photo from former club members Don and Sarah Lein.  Don, KE5WTP, is our former club treasurer and Sarah, KF5OBA, a former board member for the Duke City Hamfest, were transferred to Orlando in September  with Don’s job.  They were attending the recent Orlando Hamcation which is touted to be the second largest hamfest in North America with an expected attendance of 17,000 this year.  They sent us a photo of them at the Hamcation wearing their Caravan Club shirtsWay to Represent !!!


Winter Tailgate was Awfully Chilly – Our thanks to the 146.580 Simplex Group for once again sponsoring its annual Winter Tailgate Swapfest.  In keeping with the season they managed to test locals hams with morning temperatures in the low 20’s…but that didn’t stop the diehards from showing up early.  The crowd was reported to be pretty good but the vendors were fewer than in past (warmer) winter tailgates (can you blame them?).  The coffee was hot and breakfast burritos were delicious.  By 10 AM, however, the crowd was gone, the burrito wagon was packing up, and only 4 vendors left…with almost nothing left on their tables to sell.  Our thanks also to the Simplex Group for finding a fine new location that is much more centrally located.  [Note: Due to camera difficulties, we will not have any photos available of this tailgate.  Our apologies.]


Winterfest is a Success – The Amateur Radio Caravan Club held its annual “Winterfest” banquet at The Cooperage on Saturday, January 14th and it was a resounding success.  We had about 30 people attend…all enjoying good food and great fellowship.  It was a golden opportunity to relax and just visit over a delicious meal.  Our sincere THANKS to our hard-working Special Events Coordinator John Tribou, N5UVQ for arranging this very enjoyable evening.


Chuck Palmer Memorial Tailgate a Success – Area hams gathered early on November12th for the annual Chuck Palmer Memorial Tailgate sponsored by the High Desert Amateur Radio Club.  The day started out in the chilly high 40’s but soon developed into a beautiful day.  An estimated 20-25 sellers brought an impressive array of radio equipment to sell.  While a respectable crowd attended the tailgate not too many removed their wallets from their pockets, i.e. lots of looking but not much buying.  Conversely, the burrito wagon, while not offering traditional breakfast burritos, did offer tasty breakfast tacos, corn chip pie and other treats.  Something a little different from our standard fare but mighty delicious. 

A related tale:  To illustrate what great people amateur radio operators are, one of our local hams arrived at the tailgate with a large plastic bin full of equipment to sell - one item of which was an older laptop computer.  A boy, I’d say about age 10-12, spotted the laptop and asked how much it cost.  It was quickly apparent to the gathering crowd that the seller and the boy were equally eager to make a deal.  When the seller asked the boy how much money he had, the boy professed to not having any at the moment as he was waiting for friends to show up.  Both parties were obviously disappointed so a stranger, another ham, pulled a dollar bill out of his wallet and handed it to the boy.  He immediately handed the money to the seller who equally quickly told the boy that he now owned that laptop.  The boy had a very big grin on his face as he proudly left with his new purchase.  The seller also smiled as he watched that future ham walk away.


East Mountain Simplex Net Meets on Saturdays- For hams living on the east side of the Sandia Mountains and experiencing problems in making radio contacts, help has arrived. He or she can now chat with the many other fellow hams living locally.  The East Mountain Simplex Net now meets at 7:00 PM every Saturday evening on146.55 MHz simplex (no offset, no tone).   Some, however, may need to use an external antenna to increase their range.  All hams are welcome to join in.


Getting Started in Ham Radio -  A new page has been added to the Activities section titled Getting Started in Ham Radio.  Thanks to Pete Stine for this write up to help those interested in becoming a licensed Amateur Radio Operator.  (click here)


Click on the play button below to listen to an early SCATNet.  Net Control was performed every weekday by Vern (W5CSY).

A Net Honoring "Dee" Diedrich, KC5JBO (SK) - We now have a net honoring our longtime friend Landis "Dee" Diedrich aka "The Voice of Amateur Radio in Albuquerque".  The JBO.40Net is held each Tuesday from 6:30 to about 7:30 PM on 146.40 MHz Simplex (yes, simplex so there is no offset, no tone).  Come join the fun.  You may need an external antenna in some areas to check in.  For more info go to the website of our very own Mark Goodrum at www.w5mhg.com . 

Caravan Club Shirts (& Hats) - The Amateur Radio Caravan Club has officially adopted a very nice polo-style tan colored shirt.  Each individual shirt will have the club logo (see top of this page) on its left side and our first name and call sign on the right.  Our goal is for club members show club unity by proudly wearing their shirts during public events such as meetings, Field Day, Summer Radio Fun in the Park, Corn Feed, etc.  Our hard-working Special Events Coordinator John Tribou N5UVQ has found a local vendor so no longer needs to order shirts from Wisconsin.   This new vendor, Turbo Threads 1503 Golf Course Rd SE in Rio Rancho, offers the exact same shirt for about $25 plus an optional ball cap with club name and logo in front for about $12 and your name embroidered in back, above the adjuster, for about $3 more.  John is now taking requests for an initial consolidated order for this new vendor so if interested, please contact John.  After that, individual members can order shirts/hats directly from Turbo Threads.   The shirts come in sizes S, M, Lg, XL, XXL plus Regular and Long shirt lengths.  Ladies sizes are also available.  Please contact John at n5uvq@arrl.net for more details. 

Let Us Tell You About The Amateur Radio Caravan Club

The Amateur Radio Caravan Club is one of the oldest amateur radio clubs in New Mexico. It was established in the 1950s by ham radio operators who shared a passion for the challenges of installing huge, tube type, separate receivers and transmitters in vehicles and then enjoying mobile QSOs as they caravaned to various locations as a club. While installing a modern mobile rig  is not quite the challenge, today's Caravan Club members still enjoy QSOs from the road using the Club's repeater on Sandia Crest.

The Amateur Radio Caravan Club meets monthly year around at the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy Road NE (corner of Academy & Moon NE) from 7 to 9 PM.  Actually we start gathering around 6:30 PM to watch the coffee brew and to do a little ragchewing.  We encourage you to park at the rear of the church and enter through the single door in the back, walk down the hallway to our meeting room.  Our meetings offer an interesting program on some facet of amateur radio each month followed by an intermission and then a short business meeting.  We are always finished by 9 PM.

During the summer, we focus on outdoor activities.  From May thru August, the club hosts its Summer Fun in the Park program for one evening per month where hams meet at Sister Cities Park in northeast Albuquerque, set up their rigs and get on the air.  Others are welcome to stop by to observe, ask questions or to just visit.  In June, we co-host our ARRL-sponsored Field Day activity where hams worldwide, limited only to emergency power, try to contact one another.  In July we meet for our "Summerfest" dinner at a local restaurant to share delicious food with old and new friends.  August brings the Duke City Hamfest, New Mexico's largest hamfest, in which the Caravan Club is fully involved.  In September we host our annual Corn Feed, a potluck luncheon in a local park where the club provides freshly-cooked sweet corn.  Yum!

In October we conduct our election of club officers.  In January we also host our annual "Winterfest" dinner at the Cooperage restaurant in lieu of competing with all the Christmas parties held during December.  April is a busy month with the New Mexico QSO Party contest where hams worldwide are trying to contact us hams in New Mexico.  This is followed by the Caravan Club hosting its annual Spring Tailgate at the end of April where hams meet to buy or sell radio equipment and maybe swap a few lies.


Ongoing Caravan Club Services

The ARRL Audio News is broadcast on Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Amateur Radio News Line on Sundays at 8:10 PM on the club's 145.33 and 444.000 repeaters.  Please tune in and listen to what's going on in Amateur Radio.  Our sincere thanks to club member Mark W5MHG for recording and retransmitting these interesting broadcasts for many year now as a public service.  Thanks, Mark !

Don't forget the Caravan Club Net on Sunday nights starting at 9 PM on the club's two repeaters.  Our officers conduct any club business followed by hams checking-in from throughout the western U.S.  This net is hosted by Roy KD5GBY, our long-time net controller.  Thanks, Roy!

Amateur radio clubs are a good support for Hams and we would welcome the opportunity to help you in any way that we can. We invite you to come to a meeting, talk to us on our Sunday night Net, and join the Amateur Radio Caravan Club! 



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Site Last Updated:    28 February 2017