Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society

Upcoming events

June Membership Meeting

Join us on Friday, June 21 at 7:30pm at the Richmond Volunteer Rescue Squad building for our next membership meeting! We will be hearing from Rob Marshall KI4MCW about using cheap computers and SDR radios for locating transmitters, just as described by Stefan Scholl DC9ST in the May/June 2019 issue of QEX Magazine. We look forward to seeing you!

Next Club Meetings

Upcoming club meeting dates:

  • Friday, July 19 - 7:30p
  • Friday, August 16 - 7:30p
  • Friday, September 20 - 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:

  • Friday, June 21st - 6:30pm at the RVRS facility, prior to the membership meeting.

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.

Repeater Service Alert Active

A Service Alert is active for intermittent degraded reception on the analog VHF repeater.  Our UHF analog and DMR repeaters are not impacted.  For more information please visit the Repeater Status page.  Inquiries may be directed to the repeater trustee or to the Technical Committee via e-mail.

Work is underway to overhaul much of the RATS equipment located on the WCVE tower, including replacement of antennas, jumpers, combiner, mounting hardware, and other parts.  The RATS Board has approved the expenditure and the Technical Committee continues to work with our RF service vendor to identify components for replacement.  Hardware orders are being placed.  Tower work will require one or two days and will result in an extended service outage on the VHF analog, UHF analog, and UHF DMR repeaters, along with the W4RAT-1 digipeater.  Dates and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

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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