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This page last updated May 1, 2019 by Steve Crow KG4PEQ

Membership

To become a member of RATS, you may join online or pay in person at a membership meeting.

This web site allows you to check your membership status and renew online.

If you pay your membership dues in-person have have provided us with an e-mail address, you should have an account on this web site.  If you know (and have access to) the e-mail address you gave us, you can retrieve/reset your password here.  If you didn't give us an e-mail address or if you no longer have access to it, please contact Peter Martin K2VIZ.

Club Web Sites, E-mail

Content submissions, updates/corrections, and other feedback about the main RATS web site may be directed to either Peter Martin K2VIZ or Steve Crow KG4PEQ.

The club maintains a private, federated NextCloud instance for use by Board and authorized committee members in the performance of club business.  New members of the Board, Tech Committee, or Frostfest Committee can request an account here.  (Use your call sign for your username.)  Any questions about the NextCloud system should be directed to Steve Crow KG4PEQ.

All other club web sites (including Frostfest), e-mail, and networks:  contact Peter Martin K2VIZ.

Meetings

Upcoming meeting dates and locations are maintained on our front page and on the Meetings page.

If you are interested in presenting at an upcoming meeting, or if you have any suggestions for upcoming meeting presentations or activities, just let anyone on the board know.  Feel free to talk to us at a membership meeting or send a note to the RATS Board.

If you have an upcoming event or activity of interest to the club membership, please send it to the RATS Board for announcement at an upcoming membership meeting.

Buy/Sell/Trade

The weekly RATS net provides a venue for the occasional non-commercial listing of amateur radio-related equipment for sale.  This activity is also permitted on a limited basis at the monthly membership meetings.

RATS sponsors Frostfest, the Mid-Atlantic's largest winter hamfest.  Commercial and flea market tables are available and are great for clearing out the attic.  Visit the Frostfest web site or contact the Frostfest Committee.

RATS does not accept listings of equipment for sale via e-mail.  Solicitations sent to the Board, Tech Committee, Frostfest Committee, or other club mailing lists will be discarded.

Frostfest

Frostfest contact information can be found here.

Repeaters and Club Technology Assets

For permission to use a club repeater for a special event or net, contact the trustee, Steve Crow KG4PEQ.

To report a potential problem with a repeater or digipeater, contact the Technical Committee.

If your organization is interested in entering into a written Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with RATS for the ongoing use of a club radio system or other club resource, contact the RATS Board.

The Technical Committee is generally responsible, to some degree or another, for any piece of technology that belongs to the club.  This includes the repeater system, club radio kits, web sites, and IT infrastructure:  someone in this group either maintains it, inventories it, updates it, operates it, or stores it, so the Tech Committee is a good starting point for questions or comments about these topics.

Weekly Club Net

If you have an announcement about a public service event or other upcoming activity of interest to the local amateur community, please send it to Steve Crow KG4PEQ for possible inclusion in upcoming weekly club nets.

Finances

Any questions regarding club financial affairs, including donations, membership, or reimbursement for authorized club expenses, contact our Treasurer, Peter Martin K2VIZ.

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

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