Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society

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Membership Meetings

NEWS!! - - April membership meeting to be held online

Are you tired of being stuck at home? Yeah, us too! So while it's not safe to gather in person, let's get together online! RATS will be attempting our first online membership meeting on Friday, April 17 at 7:30pm on Zoom. Click here to learn how to join (hint: it's super easy from almost any phone, tablet, or laptop).

Are you new to Zoom? Not sure if the client software is working? Want to check your sound levels? Got a couple of minutes? Then by all means, please join our daily Tech Open House meeting on Zoom, from 5pm to 7pm Monday through Friday. Pop in and say hi - we can give you an easy, no-pressure sound and video check, and who knows, you might bump into some friends from the club! 


Nightly Health & Welfare Net

NEW - 3/25/2020 - Thursday night schedule change, see below

The Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society is operating a nightly net on the W4RAT 146.88 FM repeater. This net is being provided as a both a social outlet for those stuck at home and as a sort of a matchmaking venue for those in need of resources, supplies, or information while we are dealing with COVID-19.

The net is called by various net controls every evening at 7 PM local time. On Thursdays, this net is combined with the Region 1 ARES net, followed by the weekly RATS club net at 8:00 PM.  Please join us!

Registration in ARES Connect is recommended for Thursday Night's combined Region 1 ARES/RATS Health & Welfare Net.

The W4RAT 146.88 FM repeater uses a 74.4 Hz PL and a negative offset. IRLP services are available from 7 AM to 11 PM daily (node 4424).

Friends of Frostfest

On the ARRL/National Links page, you may notice a few new images from some familiar faces: Quicksilver Radio, The Sign Man, and HamWorld. All of these are long time friends, vendors and supporters of Frostfest. Hamfests are a big portion of their business and with COVID-19 shutting down all hamfests for the time being, their business is slowing down. So if you have a need for some equipment to keep your shack going through the crisis, please use the links and shop with those who support Frostfest and RATS.

ARES Connect

The Central Virginia ARES team invites all hams to become active in supporting local EMCOMM operations. Anyone interested in participating and learning more can visit their new online tool, ARES Connect. There is link for them as well on the Local Links page, under the Activities option at the top of this page.

VHF Repeater Codes Updated

Members-only control/autopatch codes for the VHF repeater have been updated for the 2020 membership year and are active as of February 15.  Please click here to access the updated codes.

Club meeting information

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.

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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