Proposed Amendments to RATS By Laws

The By-laws committee met on May 30th, 2015 and reviewed the current RATS by laws.  The committee came up with several changes.  Many of the changes are for consistency, and fixing typographical errors.  There are a few other changes that make the document more accurately reflect the way the club does business today.

The changes will be discussed at the July membership meeting and voting on the changes will take place at the August meeting.  The following is a link to a PDF of the changes.  The changes are highlighted in red, and there is an explanation for the changes at the end of the document.

20150616-RATS By-laws Proposed changes

June 2015 RATS New – Field Day!

The June 2015 RATS membership meeting will be held on Friday June 19 at 7:30 PM.  Directions are here.

This month’s meeting will be all about Field Day.  We will be going over the equipment that RATS owns and talking a little bit about operations for the day.  The May update has details about the Field Day event.

Also at the June meeting will be a report from the nominating committee about offices up for re-election this year.  A slate will be presented and nominations from the floor will be accepted.  Make sure the nominee is willing to run!

Also, we will have a short report from the By-Laws committee.  The committee met on May 30 for several hours and have come up with some proposed changes.

Anyone interested in Amateur Radio is welcome to attend our meetings.

May 2015 RATS News

It’s May and Amateur Radio Field Day will be here soon!  This year it is June 27-28.  We have confirmed that we will be using the same location as last year.  It has worked well for us, it’s the Laurel Park Recreation Area located at 10301 Hungry Spring Road.  Once again we will be cooperating with other clubs in the area to put on Field Day. The Richmond Amateur Radio Club and DDXG, along with RATS are all participating this year.  If you are interested in Amateur radio or haven’t been on the air in a while, Field Day is a great opportunity to come and watch, learn more, or just get on the air.  Here are some pictures and a write-up of last year’s Field Day event.

  • Setup will begin around 11:00 AM Saturday and on air operations begin at 2:00 PM.
  • Operation will continue overnight and will wrap up around noon on Sunday.
  • VE testing will happen Saturday afternoon, beginning at 2:00 PM.
  • Four HF stations will be on the air, including one with VHF/UHF capability.
  • Club picnic and cookout starting Saturday afternoon around 5 PM.

Coming up at the membership meeting on May 15 we will have a show and tell session.  Several members have agreed to show and discuss things that the have put together at home.  Among the items to be discussed are a mobile bicycle radio setup and a home-brew dummy load.  Feel free to bring along anything that you have made so others can see and learn from your experience.

April 2015 RATS Update

Lots of volunteer opportunities coming up.  Here’s a list of upcoming events.  Please consider helping out if you can.

4/18      Ashland Railroad Run      Jerry Williams   KJ4IT       kj4it.jw@gmail.com
4/26      Powhatan Historic Bike   Mike Hackett    AC5PT    ac5pt@yahoo.com
5/17      March for Babies              Roy Schultz      KI4MCX   ki4mcx@arrl.net
6/6,7     MS Bike                             Mike Hackett   AC5PT     ac5pt@yahoo.com
6/12,13 Special Olympics             Matt Kimball     K4MTK    http://www.hamvaso.net/
Coming up at the meeting this month will be a presentation on dB by W4BNO.  We will also get an update on Frostfest 2015.  The meeting will be held April 17 at 7:30 PM.
The April presentation is now available: What’s a dB
For those of you that missed the March meeting, Bubba was kind enough to allow RATS to put his presentation on the web site, so here it is: GROUND

March 2015 RATS News

Coming up at this month’s membership meeting, Bubba, WW4GW, will be talking about Ground.  Bubba’s presentations are always informative and thought provoking, so come check it out, Friday March 20 at the Richmond Volunteer Rescue Squad Building.

Also this month, on Saturday March 21, the amateur community will be supporting the Instant Classic Marathon.  Contact Brad Price, KI4BWJ, to sign up to volunteer.

Other activities coming soon include:

A nominating committee will be needed soon to select the slate of officers up for re-election this year.

February 2015 RATS News

Frostfest was a big success!  We sold out of tables, administered a lot of tests that resulted in 25 upgrades and 22 new hams.  As soon as we have good attendance numbers, we’ll post them here as well.

Frostfest 2015

The crowd of hams at Frostfest 2015

We would like to give a big thanks to everyone that made this year’s Frostfest the big success that it was, including, but not limited to:

  • All the volunteers.
  • All who participated on the Frostfest committee
  • Outgoing Chairman Tray Murphy, N4PAT, and incoming Chairman Tim Farrell, KJ4NPB.
  • Rob Marshall, KI4MCW, who put together a fantastic forum schedule.
  • All the vendors and patrons.

Frostfest is THE fundraising activity for RATS and it allows us to run all the club repeaters.  Thanks again to everyone for a great show!

Coming up on March 21 is the Instant Classic Marathon at Pocohantas State Park.  This race raises money for the Fisher House.  Amateur radio operators are needed to provide communications for this event.  If you would like to help, please contact Brad Price, KI4BWJ.

Coming up at this month’s meeting, on Friday February 20, we will have Jay Lovelady talking about DMR and he will be available to program radios during the meeting as well.

January 2015 RATS News

Happy New Year!  Frostfest is fast approaching – get ready for the biggest hamfest around on February 7, 2015 at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

This month’s membership meeting will be held Friday January 16 at 7:30 PM.  This month we will have Bruce, W4BRU, talk to us about activities for the 100th anniversary of Ham Radio in the Richmond Area.

We will also be talking about our preparations for Frostfest.  If you haven’t volunteered to help, this would be a great time to sign up.  In addition to helping us put on a great show, you also get free admission and you get entered for a chance to win any of the prizes that are being given away during the show.

December 2014 RATS News

December is here already and that means it’s time for the annual RATS Christmas party.  There will be a short business meeting to vote on new member applications, and then it will be time to eat and socialize.  We will have a selection of finger foods available, similar to what we’ve had the past few years.

Come join us on Friday December 19 at 7:30 PM.

Click here for directions to our meeting place.

November 2014 RATS News

The RATS monthly membership meeting will be held Friday November 21 at the Richmond Volunteer Rescue Squad building.  Details on getting to the meeting are available here.

This month’s main presentation will be on Ballooning and Amateur radio presented by Rob Marshall, KI4MCW.

In other RATS news

  • Frostfest preparation is moving ahead.  The Frostfest web site is up and taking orders, and we have more room than before with the new layout.  We are always looking for volunteers to help out with planning and preparation, as well as staffing for the show itself.
  • We are still in the planning stages for the December meeting social event, but it will also be held at the Richmond Volunteer Rescue Squad building.
  • The By-laws review has been postponed until after Frostfest.  We are still looking for volunteers to serve on this committee.