This month we will be reviewing the club equipment that will be used at Field Day. We will distribute the various equipment cases around and organize the material so that we know what to expect on Field Day.
Field Day 2016
ARRL Field Day will be held on June 25th and 25th this year. RATS and other local clubs will also be involved. This year we will operate under the W4VCU call sign and operating class of 4A. We will have four HF stations on the air. Field Day will be held at the same location we have had it for the last several years, at the Laurel Park Recreation Area at 10301 Hungary Spring Road.
Everyone is invited to come out and participate. There should be plenty of radios available for all willing visitors to get on the air and make contacts.
VE Testing will be provided on Saturday June 25th in the afternoon.
Set up for Field Day will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday. We would like for people to arrive to help by 10:30 AM. We have four HF stations and antennas to set up. On air operating begins at 2:00 PM and runs continuously (yes, overnight too) until around noon on Sunday. We need volunteers to help with set up and take down. Talk in will be on the 146.88 repeater, PL 74.4 Hz.
We had another successful Frostfest event. Thanks to everyone that helped out with the show and also thanks to the vendors and attendees for coming to the show. We look forward to another great show next year!
This month’s meeting will be held Friday February 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM at our usual location. We will have a recap of Frostfest and we also will have Sheila Blackley, K4WNW, give a presentation about the trip that she took with her husband, WD4LBR, to the W4DXCC convention in Tennessee. Sheila is currently President of DDXG.
Also, the Richmond Amateur Radio Club is organizing a special event station commemorating 100 years of Amateur radio in the Richmond Area. They are looking for volunteers to operate this special event station. You will be able to operate from your own home station, using your own operating privileges – but you will be operating as W4ZA for your allotted time. If you are interested, let us know at the meeting this month and we will forward your information to RARC.
Frostfest 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.
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.
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.
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.