The FrostFest kickoff meeting scheduled for Saturday August 29 has been postponed until Saturday September 19. The start time will still be 11 AM. We will meet at the Richmond Volunteer Rescue Squad building.
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.
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.
There are several older 2m rigs like Clegg etc.
Big Vintage Collins station with large transmitter, receiver, and power supply.”
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Lots of volunteer opportunities coming up. Here’s a list of upcoming events. Please consider helping out if you can.
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:
- MS Society Bike Ride, June 6-7
- Special Olympics June 11, 12, and 13
- Amateur Radio Field Day, on June 27 and 28
A nominating committee will be needed soon to select the slate of officers up for re-election this year.
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.
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.