Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society

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Repeater Service Alert Active

Users are advised of one or more technical issues impacting the W4RAT repeater system, including service interruptions on our VHF and UHF repeaters.  For information, refer to our Repeater Status page.

Tower work and other maintenance is scheduled for Friday, December 6, which will result in downtime on the VHF repeater and other system components.  Additional maintenance will be required in subsequent days.  Please see the Repeater Status page for additional information and up-to-date maintenance schedules.

Completed changes for 12/6/19:
Install (3) AREDN 5ghz sector antennas/radios
Planned changes for 12/12/19:
Replace VHF antenna, replace UHF antenna, move legacy UHF antenna, replace diplexer, replace jumpers

442.550 will soon transition to analog/Fusion mixed mode, if a receive-PL is set, users will not notice any change in service.

Next Club Meetings

Upcoming club meeting dates:

  • Friday, December 20 - 7:30p
  • Friday, January 17 - 7:30p

Our club meetings are usually the third Friday of each month at 7:30 PM.  We meet at the Richmond Volunteer Rescue Squad building at 1802 Chantilly Street.  This is near the Wendy's at the corner of West Broad and Staples Mill.  Park in the lot behind the Wendy's and knock on the rear door of the squad building for entry (this is the building directly behind the gas station).  You do not need to be a club member or a licensed ham to attend a meeting.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is:

  • Wednesday, December 11 - 6:30p - CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS DATE***
  • Wednesday, January 8 - 6:30p

The board typically meets the first Wednesday of each month at Amigos Mexican restaurant near the intersection of Staples Mill and Broad.  Club members are invited to attend.

Membership Dues Increase effective May 1st, 2019

Individual Member dues will increase to $25/year and Family Member dues (covering all licensed amateurs in one household) will increase to $40/year.

Repeater and Digipeater Status Information

We have created status pages for the repeaters and APRS digipeaters which will be updated to reflect any known issues.

Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society, Inc. (RATS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. PO Box 70613, Henrico VA, 23255

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