Bernalillo County ARES

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

    1. Bernalillo County ARES

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Bernalillo County Amateur Radio Service (BCARES) is dedicated to providing auxiliary emergency communications service to the Bernalillo County Department of Emergency Management.

In The News

CLICK HERE for a document from Jim Frazier, KC5RUO describing in detail, Bob Foster K5CQH's new Packet Digipeater and Node located about 20 miles SE of Albuquerque at an elevation of 7,730 feet.

CLICK HERE for a Slide Show on "How to Use a RMS Express Form to Check In to the Thursday night BCARES Net".
Amateur Radio's Public Service Events Calendar - 2021
Volunteers are urgently needed to help with communication demands during the following worthwhile local fund raising efforts.

August 21, Bike MS (MS 150) - this is fundraiser to fight multiple sclerosis and will be a one-day, 75 mile route from Albuquerque to Belen and back. Organizers count on ham radio operators for essential medical, safety and logistics communication support during the event.

September 26 - Tour of the Rio Grande Valley - a long standing, popular bike ride of 39, 29, 78, and 100 miles that hams have supported for many years. There is a need for hams to provide communication along the route. This event also follows a round-trip route in the Albuquerque-Belen corridor.
This event is coordinated by Bob Longoria, N5JH.

October 10, - Santa Fe Century (Details Forthcoming)

October 16 - Cedro Peak Trail Run
Saturday, October 16th, 2021 at 7:00am - 6:00 pm Location: Oak Flat Campground, 34° 59.902'N 106° 19.333'W
This year there will be 50K (0700 start), 1/2 Marathon (0800 start), and 10K (0830 start) races. The last runner is expected to finish by 1700.
As before the Start/Finish will be at Oak Flat Campground off of NM Rt 337, south of Tijeras. There will be four aid stations to man with communicators. Total number of Amateur Operators to fully staff the course, function as NCS and ANCS is TBD but there will be 2 shifts (morning and afternoon) at the Start/Finish (NCS/ANCS) and the first Aid Station, for sure. Our role is to provide safety, logistics, and first/last runner communications from the Aid Stations to the Start/Finish. We will use 2 Meter repeaters and simplex on the course. HTs will work for most situations, but higher power and gain antennas will be more reliable and will be required should one or both of the repeaters fail.
You can obtain more information about the event at
October 17, - Duke City Marathon (Details Forthcoming)

Those wishing to help out should contact Ed Ricco N2LI. (505) 247-4866 (h) or (505) 768-7314 (w)
EmComm Practice Sessions Announced
Greetings BCARES Team Members

  1. 1. Starting on March 18, 2021, there will be one or two practice EMCOM messages transmitted during the BCARES Net. Messages will initially be directed to the Net Control Station for the few several weeks and then eventually directed to a specific net member. All net members are encouraged to copy the message. If a net member needs a re-transmission they’ll request it by contacting net control. Either net control or the message originator will re-transmit the message.

  1. 2. The purpose of the practice EMCOM messages is to expose the BCARES Team to realistic EXERCISE/INCIDENT verbal messages and develop proficiency in using efficient message transmission procedures over a directed resource/tactical net.

  1. 3. Jim Frazier, KC5RUO, will solicit net members to transmit each week’s practice EMCOM message. You do not have to be a BCARES member to participate. That week's message script will be emailed to the net member. The net member will transmit the message during the frequent check-in roll call. When net control calls you and asks if you have any traffic you’ll transmit your message.
Looking forward to integrating some training opportunities into our weekly net.

4. In the event that a repeater does go down during the Net, it is advised that BCARES members move to 145.13 SIMPLEX to reestablish the Net.
Jim Frazier, KC5RUO

BCARES Meeting
Thursday, August 5 at 6:30PM
We have been authorized to resume our monthly BCARES Team in-person meetings..
IMPORTANT NOTE:  THIS IS A THURSDAY EVENING.  The BCARES Team meetings will now be on the first Thursday of every month and NOT the first Wednesday.  There will be NO VHF/UHF net aired on the first Thursday of each month. Hence, the BCARES meeting replaces the BCARES Net on the first Thursday of every month. 
The location is, 6840 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, in the Atrium Building.  The meeting is held in the  Bernalillo County Department of Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Enter via the BC OEM sign on the east side of the building.  

he SCEST Digipeater W5SCA-11 is back on the air and can connect to Capilla Peak Digipeater Node.

Jim Frazier KC5RUO reported;
We are greatly indebted to Paul Choc, WA5IHL, and his team for repairing the broken antenna and bringing SCREST back online. The SCREST digipeater/node is used to support EMCOM packet radio and Winlink operations in our region and in adjacent counties. For example, if McKinley County EOC is subject to a massive internet outage due to a cut fiber optic cable they can connect through the DEZA Packet Node to SCREST and then into one of our three Radio Message Server (RMS) gateways to send email to outside destinations.  BCARES practices with SCREST as our regional digipeater to establish Winlink peer-to-peer (P2P), i.e., radio-to-radio, email message transactions if our own internet goes down. 
New Mexico HAMWAN RMS Gateway
(NM5HW-10) is operational on Sandia Crest on 145.01 MHz. You use it to send emails just like you use NM5PB-10 and KC5QOC-10, no difference.
You can still use the RMS gateway but you may have to access it via the Sandia Crest digipeater node, SCREST.  Gary encourages us to report to him or Chris Drummond, NM5F, any abnormalities we experience, at

More RMS Gateways, in ABQ

Gateway #1: KC5QOC-10, GRID: DM65QD, Near Edith NE ABQ.

Gateway #2: NM5PB-10, DM65 QC, in Knobhill area, close to I-25 and I-40.

CLICK HERE - Mike, KM5GH's Winlink RMS Training Program.

BCARES Net, Thursday 7PM 145.13, 145.15, and 442.05 MHz
PLEASE JOIN US: for the weekly Thursday evening BCARES Net at 7 PM on the Bernalillo County Amateur Radio Emergency Service repeater system (145.13, 145.15, and 442.05 MHz) with Bill Tucker, K5WRT, as Net Control. However, There is NO Net on the first Thursday of the month as the BCARES meeting will be taking place at 6:30PM.

The Slide Shows below were presentations first developed for the American Red Cross Nov. EmComm Drill. They are being left up because they demonstrate how to send Packet messages.

CLiCK HERE for slide show on "How to Send ARC 213 Messages using Winlink"

CLICK HERE - Mike, KM5GH's Winlink RMS Training. Information here in is based upon Winlink Express version and using a Kantonics KPC 3+ USB Terminal Node Controller

Antenna Installed at the Balloon Park Museum.
BCARES completed the Balloon Museum public safety communications antenna system installation for the Bernalillo County Department of Emergency Management today, 9/17/2020. 

It involved the installation of a permanent 50-ohm coax cable run through the bulkhead wall of the roof hatch and the installation of a VHF antenna on the rooftop railing of the Balloon Museum.

View the latest listing of Coordinated NM Repeaters at:

BCARES EOC Radio Room Packet Operations Updates.
Winlink Express software version and VARA HF are installed on both the Station 1 and Station 2 PCs.
Updated FEMA Courses

I noticed that FEMA released an updated course
IS-800.d on 5/6/2020. So, the current versions of the courses our members need to take are:
IS-100.c (6/25/2018),
IS-200.c (3/11/2019),
IS-700.b (6/25/2018), and
IS-800.d (5/6/2020)

It is important that all of us take the latest versions of these four courses as there have been some significant changes.

Note that there is still no IS-802 course available. After I take the updated IS-800.d course, it may become clear why this is so and whether the ESF-2 COMU concept is still valid within the National Response Framework. I'll fill you in if I come to any conclusions.

Ron Reder, NM5AA
Emergency Coordinator
Sandoval County ARES


There is a relatively new Sandoval County ARES (SCARES) repeater at INTEL, Rio Rancho, you may be interested in programming into your radios.

Receive Frequency: 444.70 MHz
Transmit Frequency: 449.70 MHz
Offset: 5.0 MHz
Offset Direction: PLUS
Tone Mode: Tone
CTCSS: 100 Hz
Comment: Linked to SCARES Repeater Network

Jim Frazier, KC5RUO
BCARES Emergency Coordinator

145.13 MHz Repeater Information as of 5/23/2019
Input Frequency: 144.53 MHz, PL Tone = 100 Hz
Output Frequency: 145.13 MHz
Location: Fire Station 35, along Paseo del Norte, NE Albuquerque, near the intersection of Lowell and Paseo del Norte
11700 Paseo del Norte NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122

145.15 MHz Cedro Peak Repeater Information as of 5/23/2019
Input Frequency: 144.55 MHz, PL Tone = 100 Hz
Output Frequency: 145.15 MHz
Location: Cedro Peak, Tijeras, New Mexico

442.05 MHz Repeater Information as of 5/23/2019
Input Frequency: 447.05 MHz, PL Tone = 100 Hz
Output Frequency: 442.05 MHz
Location: 1120 Coors Blvd SW, Albuquerque


Bernalillo County ARES


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Bernalillo County ARES Net

Thursday, 1900 MST/MDT

145.13 (- 600 KHz, 100 Hz PL Tone)
145.15 (- 600 KHz, 100 HZ PL Tone)
442.050 (+ 5.0 MHz, 100 Hz PL Tone)
* This is a linked repeater network
NM ARES EmComm Net
1st Sunday of month,
5 PM MST or 7:30 PM MDT
HF LSB 3939 KHz

CLICK HERE Learn How to Setup a Mail Pickup Station to send and receive Emails without the Internet at any point.
2nd & 4th Sundays, 6 PM Local Time
146.40 MHz

Our monthly meeting is held on the first Thursday of each month at 18:30 MST/MDT at 6840 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque, NM