The May RATS membership meeting will be held on May 16 at 7:30 PM in the Richmond Volunteer Rescue Squad building.
The following items will be discussed:
- There will be an update on the upcoming Special Olympics public service event.
- RATS Nominations – We need a nominating committee of two or three members to gather nominations for this year’s election. The offices up for reelection are Secretary, Treasurer, and three directors. The current office holders are Secretary- Oliver Kanervikkoaho (KF4HVX), Treasurer – Buck Vaughn (KR4NL), and Directors Tray Murphy (N4PAT), Peter Martin (K2VIZ), and Rob Marshall (KI4MCW). If you are interested in serving on the nominating committee or running for office, please come to the meeting or email the board.
- For our main presentation Dr. Joe Palsa, K3WRY, will give a talk about antenna analyzers.
The ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day will be held on June 28 and 29 this year. Four Richmond area clubs are teaming up to put on Field Day this year. RATS, RARC, CVCC, and DDXG are all participating. We are still in the planning stages, but here’s what we have so far:
- We will operate 3A, with three HF operating positions and on VHF station
- We will be operating off of generator power
- The location is the Laurel Park Recreation area in Henrico county located at 10301 Hungary Spring Road
- Set up will begin around 11:00 AM and operating begins at 2:00 PM
- VE testing will be available Saturday afternoon. Allan, WA3J is heading up the testing session.
We look forward to another great Field Day Event and hope to see you there.
Upcoming public service events for 2014. Please consider helping out. These events not only present a good public image of what ham radio operators can do, they are also opportunities to have a good time with fellow hams and other members of the local community.
Special Olympics – The Special Olympics will be held June 6 and 7 this year. Please see K4MTK’s website to learn more and to sign up.
MS Society Bike Ride – Contact Mike Hackett (AC5PT) to volunteer or for more information.
If you have information about an upcoming event, email us and we will add it.
RATS has added a new repeater to the W4RAT stable. A new 900MHz Motorola Quantar repeater, built by Fred Towers, WB4KXS (a RATS Founding Member) and Dave Meier, N4MW, is on the air at our repeater site.
From Fred WB4KXS:
The second 900MHz Richmond repeater is on the air from southside right now. It is on 927.0250/902.0250MHz. It is a mixed mode repeater, that is, it can work in analog mode using 100Hz PL, or it will work in P25 digital mode using NAC $293.The repeater output (after the duplexer) is 60 watts. The antenna is fed by about 500 feet of 7/8 inch hardline. The antenna is one that was already mounted on the WCVE tower. However, it is NOT a 900MHz antenna. In fact we do not really know what the antenna is, but we suspect that it is a UHF (450MHz) antenna. We have a 900MHz Super StationMaster antenna ready to go, but are trying to find a way to cover the cost of having a commercial tower crew (required by WCVE) put the 900MHz antenna on the tower. When the Super StationMaster antenna is in place, this repeater’s range should improve greatly. Then again, even with the current antenna, it works surprisingly well.If you have one of the Kenwood TK-981 radios that N4MW and I have set up and distributed in Virginia, mainly in the Richmond metro area, this repeater is just two channels down from the downtown Richmond repeater you have been using.
If you have one of the P25 EFJ 5100 handheld radios that were recently available on eBay, you are ready to go on analog. You will need to get the very latest version of the software configuration for it to work on P25. Any 5100 programmed at the last Tailgate Fest (or since then) is programmed for P25 on this repeater. If you need a 5100 update, let me know and we can fix you up with the newest configuration.
Thanks to N4MW for the engineering, metalwork, duplexer, time, and sweat to put together this repeater, a Motorola Quantar. Thanks to K3WRY for the Bird wattmeter panel we are using in this repeater. Thanks to RATS for getting permission to put this repeater at the WCVE site, and thanks to WCVE for giving that permission.