Frostfest 2016

Frostfest logo, smallFrostfest 2016 is almost here.  The big day is Saturday February 6.  If you purchased tickets online (Early bird) then the doors open for you at 8:00 AM.  If you get your tickets at the event, ticket sales begin at 8:30 AM.

This year’s Frostfest is shaping up to be another great show.  For the second year in a row, all of our tables have sold out.  Yaesu will be there, as well as Flex Radio, KJI Electronics, Hamworld, Quiksilver, and Grapevive Amateur Radio.

More information is available on the Frostfest web site and Facebook page.

December 2015 RATS News

The monthly RATS meeting will be held on December 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM at our usual location.

There is no program this month.  We will have a short business meeting followed by food and fellowship.  Several people have asked if they need to bring any food.  The answer is NO, you don’t need to.  RATS will be providing party platters with finger foods and assorted “appetizer like” foods and drinks.  However if you would like to bring something, we won’t turn it down.


November 2015 RATS News

The November 2015 RATS membership meeting will be held on Friday November 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM at our usual location.  The presentation this month will be on Remote Operating presented by Jim Bates, K80I.  Jim will demonstrate how to operate a radio over the internet.

If you haven’t renewed your membership, there’s still time.  You can renew online, or renew in person at a membership meeting.


October 2015 RATS News

The October 2015 RATS membership meeting will be on Friday, October 16 at our usual location.  For the presentation this month, Jeff Davis, K4BXX, will give an overview of amateur radio computer programs available for the Linux operating system.

Planning for Frostfest 2016 is well underway and we will have a brief update of what the Frostfest committee has been up to lately.  Also, please consider donating some of your time or expertise for Frostfest – we can always use help.

The RATS Board of Directors has shuffled around a bit.  Peter Martin, who was a Director, has accepted the job of Treasurer.  Steve Crow (KG4PEQ) and Jeff Davis (K4BXX) volunteered to fill the two vacant director slots and they were appointed to those positions at the October Board meeting.


We are saddened to report that the Richmond Amateur community has lost another member this week.  Joseph G. Murphy (known to all of us as Tray), N4PAT, passed away on Wednesday September 2, 2015.

Tray has been a huge contributor to the local amateur community.  He is the main reason Frostfest has been so successful, was an active Board member at RATS, and taught classes for the RARC school.  Tray will be missed greatly.


N4PAT at Frostfest 2015

N4PAT at Frostfest 2015

There will be a memorial for Tray from 2 to 4 PM on Sunday Sept 6th from 2 to 4 PM at Bliley’s Funeral Home at 6900 Hull Street Road Richmond, VA 23224. There will be a remembrance at 3PM for anyone who would like to speak.

Edward “Buck” Vaughn – KR4NL SK

KR4NLIt is with great sadness that we hear that our treasurer, Buck Vaughn, passed away on Friday August 28, 2015.

Buck was an enthusiastic and beloved member of RATS.  His love of the hobby was infectious and he was always willing to help other hams whenever he could.  Not only was Buck an active club member, he was also on the Board of Directors and served as club Treasurer.

73 Buck, we will miss you.

Information about Buck’s service is below.

August 2015 RATS Update

The monthly RATS membership meeting will be held on Friday August 21 at the usual location.  Directions and information are here.

Ballots for the election of Officers have been sent out and should be returned before the meeting.  You can also bring the ballots to the meeting.  Ballots for the election of Officers as well as the proposed By-laws changes will be counted at the meeting.



W4WJJ (SK) Equipment Liquidation

Calling all hams!

Bill Gandel, WA4QPF, a longtime RATS member from Prince George County, has been asked by Everett Worrell’s, W4WJJ (SK), widow to help liquidate his Amateur Radio equipment. Typical ham, there’s a lot of it. Some Collins S-Line, some Heathkit, some Yaesu, Clegg 2M gear, too. Bill says there is too much to inventory. Also, operability is questionable. The Yaesu 757 has no display, but according to Ev’s report before he died, it still works.

Here is Bill’s quick synopsis:
“Several Heathkit units. Appears to be transmitters, receivers, 2 amps  all of unknown operability.
There are several older 2m rigs like Clegg etc.
Big Vintage Collins station with large transmitter, receiver, and power supply.”

There is a .ZIP file of the pictures Bill sent. Please contact him directly to inquire about purchasing any of this equipment. Please, also spread the word, I know there are hams out there who cherish vintage equipment, and would love to acquire this treasure trove of good old radios.
Also, if you are can, would you contact Bill about actually inventorying this station, and maybe assisting with assessing the operability and/or value? If I knew anything about the old stuff, I could help, but I am pretty much clueless. I remember meeting Ev many years ago when I lived in the Prince George area. He was an active ham, and his is a real loss to us!
Bill’s contact info:

WA4QFP Contact

W4WJJ Equipment Pictures (1 MB Zip file)

July 2015 RATS News

This month’s meeting will be held on July 17 at our usual meeting place.  The main presentation will be “Receiver Theory 101” and will cover some basic concepts that are used in modern superheterodyne receivers, including what a “heterodyne” is.

Other items to be discussed at the meeting include:

One of the four HF stations at Field Day 2015

One of the four HF stations at Field Day 2015

  • We will have a brief recap of Field Day
  • Proposed changes to the club’s by-laws have been posted.  Any questions regarding the changes can be discussed.  The vote on the amended by-laws is scheduled for the August meeting.
  • The club has been approached regarding this year’s JOTA event.  This will be a volunteer opportunity in October.  We should have more details before the meeting.