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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Terry Breitenfeldt - N7EXB (Emergency Coordinator) Email: email@example.com
Bill Mader, Jr., K8TE, has been selected New Mexico Section Manager for the American Radio Relay League, which announced the appointment today. He formally takes the reins on July 1.
As section manager, Mader, will be responsible for overseeing the League’s field organization in New Mexico, as well as for advising the leadership team overseeing the League’s Rocky Mountain Division.
“I view the section-manager position as one of service to ARRL members, Field Organization volunteers, and all hams throughout New Mexico. I already have a long relationship with the current and former Division Directors and other ARRL officials. I believe in democracy and transparency throughout the ARRL and will serve with members’ interest first in all I do,” Mader said.
“Continuity is an important factor in any organization. I plan to keep all current appointees in place through 2018. They have the corporate memory necessary to keep the Section running smoothly. I look forward to meeting as many as possible at the upcoming Duke City Hamfest/Rocky Mountain Division Convention in September!”
First licensed when he was 14 years old, Mader holds an Extra-class license and brings to the job a wealth of experience. He is an active contester, chases DX and has participated in DXpeditions, is the president of the Albuquerque DX Association and a member of the Board of Directors for the annual Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest, and has been active in emergency communications as emergency coordinator and Section Emergency Coordinator in New Mexico. He also gives talks frequently at hamfests throughout the Southwest, aimed at promoting technical excellence and operating excellence, with a special focus on contests and DXing.
Mader outlined his goals during the next few months and beyond.
“As the New Mexico Section Manager, I will assess the Section’s health, seek inputs from our ARRL members and appointees, and determine how best we can implement ARRL’s Strategic Plan. I will conduct an annual meeting for Section members and another for Section-level staff to develop a Section plan for improving communications with members, increasing ARRL and local club membership, fostering engagement of all Section amateur radio operators in the hobby, and focusing on increasing and improving mentoring (Elmers) throughout the Section.
“I look forward to visiting the many ARRL-affiliated clubs throughout NM to hear your concerns and ideas for the continued growth and awareness of the hobby within and outside ARRL membership. I fully support all efforts to get licensees involved, active, and on-the-air. I especially will seek ways to get school-age children licensed and active via STEM and effective Elmers. I look forward to serving you.”
Mader replaces Ed James, KA8JMW, who stepped down on Dec. 31, at the end of his term. Several ARRL members in the Albuquerque area nominated Mader to fill the vacancy after an initial call for nominations went unanswered. In the absence of additional nominees and a formal Section election, the League appoints the individual nominated.
The US Amateur Radio Service was established in 1934 by the FCC to increase the number of Americans capable of meeting emergency-communications needs; to increase the pool of people with technical skills; and to foster international good will through radio contacts with other amateur operators worldwide. The FCC currently has some 820,000 active amateur-radio licenses on its roster.
The American Radio Relay League is a non-profit organization based in Hartford, CT. It was founded in 1914 to establish and expand a network of amateur stations to relay messages across the US. Today, the League represents amateur-radio interests in Washington and internationally; produces well-respected technical publications; supports emergency communications and STEM education; and with FCC authorization holds classes and administers FCC license exams for new and current operators. The League has 170,000 members.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy new year and I look forward to working you on the air in 2018.