Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society


Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society operates Virginia's largest APRS network, promoting fellowship, best-practices and support for emergency communications.  To ensure everyone has access to the network, and in keeping with good amateur practices, please follow these guidelines for APRS activity:

  • Beaconing for mobile stations is 2+ minutes and 20-30+ minutes for fixed stations
  • Use the minimum power to reach a digipeater, usually 10 watts in well covered areas, or occasionally 50 watts in remote/poorly covered areas.
  • Keep your path to the minimum to reach an IGATE, "WIDE2-2" for Fixed Stations and "WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1" for Mobile Stations

RATS maintains this network through the support of our members, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management/ARCA and generous support from several commercial tower leasing companies. There is always room for more volunteers, more sites and more radios.  Please consider supporting our efforts if you have the time and the resources.

Richmond's APRS network began almost 20 years ago with a digipeater in a hotel elevator shaft.  In a two-year period from 2006 to 2008 the network expanded to become the largest "single operator" APRS network in the state.

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

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