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


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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November 2017
Saturday 4th
6am Deadman Peaks UltraMarathon
Monday 6th
7:30pm NCS - AF5LV
Monday 13th
7:30pm NCS - KC7MQZ
Monday 20th
7pm SCARES Meeting
Monday 27th
7:30pm NCS - WB5ORT
December 2017
Monday 4th
7:30pm NCS - W5THS
Monday 11th
7:30pm NCS - N5UKA
Monday 18th
7pm SCARES Meeting
Monday 25th
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Fair and 39 F at Albuquerque, Albuquerque International Airport, NM

Winds are Southeast at 11.5 MPH (10 KT). The pressure is 1018.6 mb and the humidity is 70%. The wind chill is 32. Last Updated on Dec 17 2017, 7:52 pm MST.

some time ago

NM Section News

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
Nominations Being Accepted for NM Section Awards

One of the great qualities of our ARRL New Mexico Section is that it is full of active League members who do great things that positively impact our amateur radio community.  We’re also fortunate to have many ARRL-affiliated ham clubs across the Land of Enchantment that are teeming with activity and similarly benefit our community.  All deserve our gratitude.

Recognize that  member or club by nominating them for the New Mexico Section Ham of the Year award or the New Mexico Section Club of the Year award.

Nominations are being accepted right now, and are due no later than Sunday, July 30th. Recipients will be announced before the Section and awarded a plaque at the upcoming ARRL New Mexico State Convention (Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest, August 11-13).

Complete rules and online nomination forms for each award are available by clicking on the appropriate links in the “Awards” menu of this website.

We all know who the moving and shaking hams and clubs are within the New Mexico Section. Please take a moment to nominate them for recognition today.

on June 23rd

Sandoval County ARES

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