May Membership Meeting
Thank you to everyone for joining us on Zoom again for the May meeting! You can find the PDF for the presentation right here:
Be healthy, be safe!
New DMRVA Talkgroup List Available
Jay at DMRVA has posted an updated talkgroup list for the DMRVA repeater network. This updated list includes the two newer repeaters on the network (South Hill and Charlottesville-Carter Mountain) as well as some new TAC channels and regional talkgroups. These new repeaters and talkgroups are immediately available for use.
April's online Membership Meeting was a smash!
Thank you to everyone who joined us on April 17, 2020 for the first RATS Membership Meeting hosted online! With over 30 separate check-ins to our Zoom conference, the meeting was a big success. Thank you to John KO4BMC for the peek at his setup at home, and to el Presidente, Tim KJ4NPB, for the overview of hurricanes and preparedness.
Since this format worked out so well, we are looking forward to hosting May's Membership Meeting on Zoom too. If you have any suggestions, or would like to call out parts of the April online meeting that worked really well (or even those that didn't!), please give us a shout at the usual email address, "board at rats dot net". Thanks!
Nightly Health & Welfare Net
The Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society is operating a nightly net on the W4RAT 146.88 FM repeater. This net is being provided as a both a social outlet for those stuck at home and as a sort of a matchmaking venue for those in need of resources, supplies, or information while we are dealing with COVID-19.
The net is called by various net controls every evening at 7 PM local time. On Thursdays, this net is combined with the Region 1 ARES net, followed by the weekly RATS club net at 8:00 PM. Please join us!
Registration in ARES Connect is recommended for Thursday Night's combined Region 1 ARES/RATS Health & Welfare Net.
The W4RAT 146.88 FM repeater uses a 74.4 Hz PL and a negative offset. IRLP services are available from 8 AM to 11 PM daily (node 4424).
Friends of Frostfest
On the ARRL/National Links page, you may notice a few new images from some familiar faces: Quicksilver Radio, The Sign Man, and HamWorld. All of these are long time friends, vendors and supporters of Frostfest. Hamfests are a big portion of their business and with COVID-19 shutting down all hamfests for the time being, their business is slowing down. So if you have a need for some equipment to keep your shack going through the crisis, please use the links and shop with those who support Frostfest and RATS.
The Central Virginia ARES team invites all hams to become active in supporting local EMCOMM operations. Anyone interested in participating and learning more can visit their new online tool, ARES Connect. There is link for them as well on the Local Links page, under the Activities option at the top of this page.
Club meeting information
Our club meetings are usually the third Friday of each month at 7:30 PM. We meet at the Richmond Volunteer Rescue Squad building at 1802 Chantilly Street. This is near the Wendy's at the corner of West Broad and Staples Mill. Park in the lot behind the Wendy's and knock on the rear door of the squad building for entry (this is the building directly behind the gas station). You do not need to be a club member or a licensed ham to attend a meeting.
UPDATE - - Due to the ongoing health crisis, RATS meetings have been moved online. Please see our Meetings page on the left-hand menu to learn how to join. All are still welcome to attend.