Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society

Upcoming events

Membership Dues Increase effective May 1st, 2019

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

Repeater and Digipeater Status Information

A Service Alert is active for degraded reception on the VHF repeater.  Our UHF analog and DMR repeaters are not impacted.  Please see the Repeater Status page for information.

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

Next Club Meetings

Upcoming club meeting dates:

  • Friday, May 17 - 7:30p
  • Friday, June 21 - 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, May 1 - 6:30p

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

IRLP Availability Update

Effective January 19, 2019:  IRLP services on the W4RAT 146.88 MHz repeater will be available until midnight.  This is an additional hour of operation each evening.  IRLP is automatically enabled each morning at 7 AM local time.

IRLP -- the Internet Radio Linking Project -- is a voice-over-IP system connecting simplex nodes and repeaters all around the world.  Anyone with an analog radio capable of generating DTMF commands can use the system.

To connect to an IRLP node, first identify ("this is AB1CDE, accessing IRLP") then enter # followed by the 4-digit node number, or reflector and channel number.  To disconnect, enter #73.  Friends elsewhere can reach us by connecting to node 4424.  To learn more about IRLP visit or send an e-mail to the RATS Technical Committee.

Repeater Control Codes Uploaded

The latest W4RAT analog repeater control codes are available to club members.

Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society, Inc. (RATS) is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization. PO Box 70613, Henrico VA, 23255

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