Sandoval County Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) has been dedicated to providing emergency communications and related services to our served agencies since 1991.

Served Agencies include:

City of Rio Rancho (and other local municipalities)
Sandoval County
State of New Mexico
Federal Government


New members are always welcome.

For more information, please check-in to the Sandoval County ARES radio Net, held on the SCARES repeater system every Monday evening at 1930 local time (except the THIRD Monday of each month at 1900, which is our regular meeting night).

All SCARES repeaters are linked for the net. Repeater frequencies are:

147.10 MHz, 147.08 MHz, 443.00 MHz, 443.10 MHz
(All SCARES repeaters have a Positive offset with 100 Hz PL tone)
Our monthly meeting is held on the third Monday of each
month at 1900 MST/MDT.

Meeting location:

Rio Rancho
Fire & Rescue Administration

1526 Stephanie Road
Rio Rancho, NM

Note: We enter the building via the side door, behind the locked gate.
       Give a call on the 147.10 MHz Repeater (100 Hz PL) to be let in.

To join SCARES, please fill out the application form
and mail it along with your check for $10 to Sandoval County ARES, P.O. Box 44394, Rio Rancho, NM 87174-4394.

Sandoval County ARES Leadership

- Ben Glick - KD5DCN (District Emergency Coordinator) Email:

- Terry Breitenfeldt - N7EXB (Emergency Coordinator) Email:

- Ron Reder - NM5AA (Emergency Coordinator) Email:

Group News


By Tom W5THS on August 23rd, 2017


SCARES Officers

President - Ben Glick - KD5DCN Email:

Vice President - Chris Behl - K5KKW Email:

Seretary - Alex Fruland - KC7MQZ Email:

Treasurer - Ron Reder - NM5AA Email:

Board - Ben Glick - KD5DCN Email:

Board - Chris Behl - K5KKW Email:

Board - Eric Shockey - KF5DTR Email:

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March 2018
Monday 5th
7:30pm NCS - KF5IHC
Monday 12th
7:30pm NCS - N5IKG
Monday 19th
7pm SCARES - Meeting
Monday 26th
7:30pm NCS - KC5IZR
Wednesday 28th
9am Antenna Work Party
April 2018
Monday 2nd
7:30pm NCS - K5KKW
Saturday 7th
9am Station 43 Antenna Work Party
Monday 9th
7:30pm NCS - AF5LV
Monday 16th
7pm SCARES - Meeting
Saturday 21st
6:30am Cedro Peak Ultra
Monday 23rd
7:30pm NCS - KC7MQZ
Saturday 28th
9am Packet Training
Monday 30th
7:30pm NCS - WB5ORT
May 2018
Sunday 6th
6am Run for the Zoo
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Mostly Cloudy and 78 F at Albuquerque, Albuquerque International Airport, NM

Mostly Cloudy
Winds are Southeast at 8.1 MPH (7 KT). The pressure is 1010.7 mb and the humidity is 13%. Last Updated on Apr 23 2018, 3:52 pm MDT.

some time ago

NM Section News

Thank You Message from Ed KA8JMW

A message from Ed James KA8JMW:

As December 31, 2017 is my final day serving as New Mexico’s ARRL Section Manager, I want to express my gratitude for your support, ideas, and involvement throughout the previous two and a half years.

During this time we have done numerous things together to modernize the New Mexico Section and position the Section to better serve ARRL members and hams across the state, including:

  • Created a Section Facebook page as a forward looking platform be in contact with new demographics and younger people
  • Created a more modern looking monthly/bimonthly Section newsletter which can now include pictures, formatted content, and more
  • Appointed a number of new and proactive Section appointees: Jeff Burmeister W5OMU (Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator-MARS); Bob Longoria N5JH (Section Youth Coordinator); Alden Oyer AG5S (Section Traffic Manager); Jim Lommen KC7QY (Technical Coordinator); Pete Spotts NM5PS (Public Information Coordinator); Ed Poccia KC2LM (Assistant Section Manager for Education Outreach)
  • Appointed Robert Truitt KE5OFK as Assistant Section Manager for Southern New Mexico to improve engagement and service to the ARRL membership and hams in the southern part of our state.  Likewise appointed Bill Boedeker NM5BB as Assistant Section Manager for Northern New Mexico
  • Published a monthly listing of new hams across New Mexico to provide clubs the opportunity for outreach and recruitment
  • Established the annual New Mexico Section Ham of the Year and Club of the Year award program to recognize the hams and clubs who are working for the betterment of ham radio across New Mexico
  • Created fun New Mexico specific awards centered on ARRL’s popular National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event
  • Created an ARRL Field Day photo contest to highlight hams, clubs, and groups who take to the field for one of ham radio’s most popular operating events
  • Engaged Congressman Steve Pearce’s office to help him become an amateur radio operator and help him with technical aspects of combining amateur radio with his passion for flying aircraft.  Steve is one of only two licensed hams in the United States House of Representatives.
  • Recognized High Desert Amateur Radio Club, Santa Fe ARES, and Pecos Valley Amateur Radio Club with special pennants to signify their hard work as New Mexico’s only three clubs who’ve achieved and maintained their status as ARRL Special Service Clubs

None of the above would have been possible without our dedicated Section staff and volunteers, active clubs, and involved ARRL members.  I am stepping down grateful for the opportunity to work with you, and for no other reason than to make room for even newer talent, enthusiasm, and energy to carry our Section and New Mexico’s amateur radio community even further ahead.

As ARRL received no nominations to fill New Mexico’s next Section manager term commencing January 1, nominations for elected Section Manager candidates are being solicited within QST magazine.  I welcome anybody interested in seeking this important and fulfilling leadership role to contact me with their questions or to visit about what the position entails at (505) 265-4015 or

Happy new year and I look forward to working you on the air in 2018.

Ed James KA8JMW

on January 1st
2017 ARRL New Mexico Section Award Recipients

On behalf of the ARRL New Mexico Section, it gives me great pleasure to announce the following award recipients:

  • 2017 New Mexico Section Ham of the Year: David Hassall WA5DJJ of Las Cruces in recognition of his outstanding contributions to amateur radio
  • 2017 New Mexico Section Club of the Year: Mesilla Valley Radio Club of Las Cruces in recognition of its members’ outstanding contributions to amateur radio
  • New Mexico Section Lifetime Contribution Award: Don Grab K5BIS of Albuquerque in recognition of his tireless efforts towards the betterment of amateur radio in and around New Mexico.

In addition to the above awards, the New Mexico Section is recognizing the winners of the New Mexico Section National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) Challenge:

  • Top Individual Activator: Jim Frazier KC5RUO of Albuquerque for activating the most National Park Service sites
  • Top Club Activator: Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club W5PDO, who’s members collectively activated the most National Park Service sites
  • Activated all New Mexico National Park Service Sites: Mike Walsh KE5AKL of Albuquerque for being the first to activate all NPOTA units in New Mexico

These awards were to be presented during the banquet at the recently concluded ARRL New Mexico State Convention / Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest however, with much regret, unexpected weather-related circumstances prevented my attendance during the banquet.  Presentations will be made to each recipient before their peers at an upcoming meeting of their amateur radio club.  Each recipient will receive a plaque to display proudly within their shack or club house.

Please join me in congratulating these individuals and club for their well deserved recognition!

Thank you for being a valuable member of the League.  Your feedback is always welcome.

Ed James, KA8JMW
Section Manager, New Mexico

on August 19th, 2017

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