The Pecos Valley Amateur Radio Club has been around for 50
The old story: somebody threw the baby out with the bath
water comes to play here. The earliest
record we can come up with is the ARRL certificate giving the club affiliation
with them in 1953; so we have to assume the Club was formed some time before
that at least. During the time Walker AFB was a commissioned base, many of the
members were from there. When the first permanent AF base was closed, we lost
many members and our faith in the promises of politicians! There are reasons for membership changing. Our
earliest record found that the Club was centered in Artesia, New Mexico until
1979. About that time there was the Roswell Amateur Radio Club, Pecos Valley
Amateur Radio Club, and Capitan Mountain VHF Association. It seems that the
distance to travel to Artesia was wearing on the Roswell and Carlsbad hams and
one by one dropped out of the PVARC. In 1979, the Artesia PVARC Club voted to
disband and offer the name and amenities to the Roswell amateur bunch and they took it. The group at Carlsbad seemed to form a club
at or near that time also. The Pecos Valley Amateur Radio Club became quartered
at Roswell in January 1980. The Capitan Mountain Group eventually disbanded
about the same time. Doing detective work on exactly what happened and where
the Clubs were has been difficult because a huge number of the original members
have passed away or moved or just dropped out of sight.
The club station license K5LWU was obtained in the early
days with George M. (Mert) Sayre as trustee.
At his death, with the permission of his next of kin, and as a memorial
to Mert his call W5ZU was assigned to the club with Hal Denison as trustee.
The PVARC as it now stands participates in Field Day, City
Sports Monitoring and reporting, Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) , a
nightly VHF net (Yucca Net), an active VE exam group, yearly picnics, a yearly
trip to the "famous Mexican restaurant" La FONDA in Artesia, and last
year we had out first Hamfest in some time. Some said " we had a Hamfest
before but nothing in black and white can confirm that. The Club now boasts an
average of about 70 members and publishes a monthly newsletter which sometimes
needs more member input!! There are many more hams in the area than that but as
usual, are not "joiners"
The area is served by several VHF repeaters: 147.18 mHz,
which covers the southeast corner of the state and west Texas adjacent to Lea
County; 146.61 mHz is the mountain climber giving coverage at least to Clines
Corners but can be used even to Santa Fe and Albuquerque if you are in the
right spot. There is a Club sponsored 146.94 mHz repeater at the western edge
of town that is used mostly locally but has good range. Another repeater is
near Ruidoso on Buck Mountain 146.74 mHz and is linked to the Upper Rio FM
Society system and it can take you anywhere in the state.
Packet radio on 145.01 is still alive: Roswell to ABQ and
Roswell to Lubbock and Plainview Texas. We also have an excellent system for HF
Radio at the Clubhouse.
Our Club is active; we are always looking for new members
and ideas and activities and we don't follow the nay Sayers. If it looks like
it will work, try it, modify it and get the participation to make it go.
Come and see us. We meet the first Thursday of every month
and we'll meet you at the bus station if we have to!!