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  • Free ham radio testing
  • Free Ham radio test and class
  • Free ham radio testing classes
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100% pass rate for HAMS testing 

All attended the clubs free study courses

Thanks to Bob Wien, director, for his work to set up this event!





FIELD DAY 2022 sponsored by

High Desert Amateur radio club

Was held at Domingo Baca Park  on Saturday June 25th.  A fantastic event with 10 TEN stations set up by members from all local clubs,

Caravan Amateur radio club, ADXA,

BCARES, SCARES, Upper Rio FM society, and Bosque Amateur radio club.    All had a great time!! pictures to follow

We Offer
F  R  E  E

click HERE to register
Free License (VE) Testing  on the 3rd Sat of the month at 11:30 after the monthly meeting at 10am.

North Domingo Baca Center
7521 Carmel Ave N.E.
classroom #1click for map

Albuquerque NM 87113

You can email us at
or call 505 355-6329








Something interesting....

John Cunningham and his son Brandon, offer the extra training course for free as long as you are at least a General and a VE. We can always add you to the Laurel group, and get it gratis.  Here is the info:


HamTestOnline™ - Free Extra Course for Active Volunteer Examiners


HamTestOnline™ - Free Extra Course for Active Volunteer Examiners

Free Extra course for active volunteer examiners!


Pretty sweet....

Examinees are required by the FCC to submit your FRN with your license application form.
 New license applicants must create an FCC user account and register their Social Security Number (SSN) in the FCC Commission Registration System (CORES) before attending exam sessions.  Registrants will be assigned an FRN which will be used in all license transactions with the FCC. For instructions on how to register your SSN and receive an FRN from the FCC, visit the CORES Registration page and the FCC's Registration instructions page.
Per FCC rules, a valid email address is also mandatory on the application form.

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WE Meet 10am the third SATURDAY at Domingo Baca, map below

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NEW member and recent NEW HAM, JIM welcomed by the President David HAM

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POTA VHF Simplex Event - SPECIAL Thanks to Ed Poccia, KC2LM  for organizing this event.


Rob Summerhill activated Rio Grande Nature



Ed Poccia and grandson activated Petroglyph

Yul Bratcher making contacts at Petroglyph

Parks on The Air (POTA) activity was a great success.  There are only three parks officially registered in the Albuquerque area:

(1.) Petroglyphs National Monument,

  (2.) Rio Grande Nature Center, and

    (3.) Cibola National Forest (Sandia Mountains). After registering yourself on the POTA website, you can become an Activator at any of these “parks” or be a Hunter seeking those Activators. Activators must make contact with at least 10 hunters to be consider an activation…and follow very specific steps, shown on its website, in reporting your contacts. Hunters need not submit anything. 

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Schedule for Hamming Around New Mexico


July 9th, Saturday  Los Alamos  - .    90 minute drive to Los Alamos.

 Visit the Bradbury Science Museum – No entrance fee

Lunch at a local restaurant,  Set up for Ham Radio Activation at the local park.

We will meet at the Denny’s parking lot off the I-25 and Hwy 550 at 8 am


August 13th, Saturday Madrid   50 Minute drive from the Denny’s Parking lot near I-25 and Hwy 550.

Visit the Mining Museum  $5 entrance fee   Lunch at a local restaurant

Drive to Cerrillos State Park  7 miles north on State Highway 14 for Ham Radio Activation at the park.

Sept 10th, Saturday  Ice Cave, Grants, NM  90 minute drive from the Route 66 Casino off ramp to Ice Caves.   Visit Ice Caves and Bandera Volcano.  Entrance Fee is $12 for adults,  $6 for ages 6 to 12,   Under 6 are free.  This will be a bring your lunch site.  Ham Radio Activation will be in the parking lot of the Ice Caves.


Possible future trips

Red River Camping weekend

Lake Cochiti Campsite Weekend

Conchas Lake – Boy Scout Camp north of Tucumari

Aztec Ruins near Farmington,

Elephant Butte Camping


Congratulation JACK on your NEW GENERAL class license 

This year the Club decided to let Kid’s Day be run by kids.

High Desert ARC of NM President David, N6SIK with General Class operators Jack, KI5FGJ and Hailey KI5KAF at the North Domingo Baca Community Center for ARRL’s Kid’s Day. 

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IF you are in or heading to Roswell NM, Please check out the Pecos Valley ARC, here is their website.

Another dozen New and Upgrades CONGRATULATIONS!!

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May 14th, 2016, David Ham, N6SIK, operating as W1AW/0 at the 2016 ARRL Rocky Mountian Division Convention, the HamCon in Keystone Colorado.

Photo courtesy of HDARC director,  Ryan KG5MFZ

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Important Information:

Club Repeaters:
Sandia Crest 442.75 (+) PL 162.2
Mega-Link for Saturday Program
145.29 (-) PL 100 Hz

Club Mailing Address:
5052 Mira Vista Drive NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144


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4" stickers to show your membership for motorhomes, trailers, cars, trucks.  Contact Club at above phone or email

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$4.00    each

4 for $12.00

20 or more $2.50 each


If anyone's interested I can do mugs with a person's call sign,  $15.00 each  15 oz mugs.  The mug design is the box BELOW. 




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It is hoped that this web page will serve as a useful resource for the amateur radio community.

Listen to HF radio on line, list of Global sites 

The High Desert Amateur Radio Club of New Mexico Inc.™ is recognized as an active and talented group of amateurs who have been involved in:
* two ARISS school contacts,

* Hamming Around New Mexico™

* demonstrations at the Balloon Fiesta

* S.T.E.M. education in the schools,

* the sponsoring of local contests

Sample Contest Announcement

Outback New Mexico: performing ham radio outdoors at some of the most scenic sites in the State. 

Check out the Photo Albums

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The FIRST RSA, 3-26-22 Remote Site Activation by David, N6SIK. Contact from Ojito wilderness on 146.52 (national calling frequency) to Bill, K8TE in Rio Rancho, NM.

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The Radio Amateur is:

CONSIDERATE...He/[She] never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL...He/[She] offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, the IARU Radio Society in his/[her] country, through which Amateur Radio in his/[her] country is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE...He/[She] keeps his/[her] station up to date.  It is well-built and efficient.  His/[Her] operating practice is above reproach.

FRIENDLY...He/[She] operates slowly and patiently when requested; offers friendly advice and counsel to beginners; kind assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the marks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED...Radio is a hobby, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC...His/[Her] station and skills are always ready for service to country and community.

- adapted from the original Amateur's Code, written by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA, in 1928

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STEAM day at the Nclear Museum HDARC
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CLICK. THE badge above to order yours!

Our club president David Ham, N6SIK


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Popping into the Mic is caused by close talking and p's and s's.  Humorous demonstration.


Talk into the TOP or BACK of the Mic.  do not worry. we will still hear you fine.

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Get your club gear, hats, shirts etc


Rio Rancho T-Shirts
1207 Golf Course Rd SE Ste F, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Speak with Wayne or Penny at: (505) 891-1521

Rio Rancho T-Shirts has produced a beautiful embroidery patch of our club logo.  They have the artwork in their computer and can scale the image to almost any size your heart desires.  You can take an item of clothing or bags or hats or whatever by the shop for a custom application of the club logo.  You can also take advantage of the wide variety of hats, shirts and jackets they have available.

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