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Welcome to the Website of the Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club. We usually meet the second Friday of every month at CD-1, 4017 Arkansas St., Los Alamos, NM 87544. Members begin arriving at 7:00 PM. The meeting begins at 8:00 PM. The next meeting will be Friday, June 12, which will be the final Field Day Planning Meeting.

Membership: LAARC dues are $20 per year made payable to Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club and may be mailed to Secretary/Treasurer LAARC, P.O. Box 787, Los Alamos, NM 87544. Be sure to include your Call Sign (if you have one), your name, and mailing address. Telephone numbers and email address are appreciated.

Club Nets: We sponsor two weekly nets. One is a Two Meter FM Net that meets on Sunday at 2000 local time on the W5PDO repeater at 146.88 MHz. The other is a Ten Meter USB Net that meets later on Sunday at 2100 local time on 28.440 MHz.

Photo Courtesy of Trish Mylet, 20 February 2010.

NEW: Capabilities Overview of the LAARC Emergency Communications Trailer

The Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club is proud to be an agency funded by the
Northern New Mexico / Los Alamos
United Way.

Thank you very much!




The Los Alamos and Santa Fe Amateur Radio Clubs will join together from noon Saturday, June 27, through noon Sunday, June 28 to practice emergency communications skills by participating in Field Day 2015. We will operate W5PDO at the North Mesa Picnic Grounds and Playlot on North Mesa in Los Alamos. Activities will begin with a work party Friday evening, June 26, to round up all the antennas, feed lines, chairs, tables, generators, tarps, lights and whatever else we will need for Field Day. Please meet at CD-1, 4017 Arkansas Street, on Friday evening at 5 PM and help us organize the gear and transport it all to the North Mesa Picnic ground. Pickup trucks and at least one vehicle with a receiver hitch to haul the generator trailer will be needed.

Field Day is a way for hams to get outdoors and have fun under some difficult conditions, but it is also a chance to fine-tune emergency communications skills. We use emergency power and set up antennas in the field. The idea is to put together a self-sufficient, working station quickly and start making contacts. We will use different communications modes (CW, FM, SSB and digital) and make as many contacts as possible with other stations in the US and Canada. For Further information on Field Day, click here.

The public is invited to attend and possibly participate in the exercise. Stop by, even if it's only a few minutes.

Social events include a pot-luck dinner Saturday evening about 6 PM. AG5S will serve a hearty breakfast of ham, eggs, and sourdough pancakes to get us restarted on Sunday about 7 to 9 AM. We will provide paper plates, napkins, cups and eating utensils by for the pot-luck and breakfast. BYOA (Bring Your Own Appitite)

Directions: In Los Alamos, take Diamond Drive past the Golf Course. At the roundabout, go straight through. The Field Day site is at the top of the road, adjacent to the water tower pictured at right. If you get to the horse stables, you've gone too far. We will monitor the 145.19 and 146.88 repeaters to provide directions and information.

GPS Coordinates: Latitude N 35° 53' 46.5" Longitude W 106° 17' 34.5". Look for W5PDO on APRS. (Click here for a map.)

IMPORTANT: Any last minute changes will be posted here. Check this web site or enquire on the repeater frequencies listed above.



Cerro Grande Fire

Here is one club member's chronicle of the amateur radio support for the Cerro Grande Fire in May, 2000. Bob Cowan, K5QIN (SK), submitted this article to QST where it was edited and published as the lead of the Public Service column in the February 2001 QST (pp 96-97). This is the submitted version complete with pictures. Click here

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Last updated Monday, May 25, 2015