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.
W4RAT VHF Repeater Back in Service
The W4RAT 146.88 repeater was placed back in service with a temporary antenna arrangement just before 3 PM Monday, October 14. The duplexer was bypassed and we are now using the upper antenna for receive, and the lower backup antenna for transmit. This arrangement appears to have alleviated the noise issue on the VHF repeater. Users in fringe areas may notice a weaker signal than usual.
Users are invited and encouraged to resume using the repeater. Please keep an eye on this web site for information on a long term fix for the noise issue.
RATS Weekly Club Net on Hiatus, ARES Net Continues
Effective October 10, 2019, the weekly RATS club net, normally held Thursdays at 8:00 PM local time, is suspended due to intermittent, severe signal degradation on the RATS analog repeater system. Please keep an eye on this page. We will make an announcement here when a decision is made to resume the net.
The weekly District 6 ARES net, held Thursdays at 7:00 PM, is making an effort to continue. In the event of repeater issues or at the direction of net control, the net will shift to our 442.55 MHz repeater or the KG4MRA 145.43 repeater. Both of those repeaters use a 74.4 PL.
RATS appreciates everyone's patience and understanding. We're working hard to determine the root cause and are prepared to move swiftly to resolve this noise problem once the cause has been identified.
Next Club Meetings
Upcoming club meeting dates:
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:
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