Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society

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Upcoming Events

  • 4 Nov 2020 6:30 PM Zoom =AND= Midlothian Mechanical; 501 Research Rd; N. Chesterfield, VA 23236
  • 20 Nov 2020 7:30 PM Zoom =AND= Midlothian Mechanical; 501 Research Rd; North Chesterfield, VA 23236

Frostfest 2021 Cancelled

In the interests of safety, and facing a number of unknowns and issues that could have affected our ability to produce the quality of show that our attendees and vendors have come to expect, Frostfest has been cancelled for 2021. Please read the entire public announcement on the Frostfest website.

Proposed By-Laws Amendments

At the Special Meeting convened on October 2, 2020, the Bylaws Committee presented a set of recommended changes to the by-laws of RATS. These amendments are up for ratification by the club's membership in November and December, 2020. 

A summary of these recommended changes is as follows:

  • Various grammatical and typographical changes such as: capitalization and comma usage and run -on sentences
  • Consistent reference to directors and officers together where appropriate
  • Change of "chairman" to "chair", etc.
  • Addition of responsibilities of the Treasurer:
  • The treasurer is now also responsible for maintaining the official membership roster
  • The treasurer is now also responsible for maintaining necessary records and submitting filings to maintain the clubs 501(c)3 status
  • Clarification on which members of the board are installed in the election cycle
  • Addition of a new section detailing responsibilities of all directors and officers
  • Continuation and accurate records commensurate with their positions
  • Changes to the methodology must be approved by the board
  • Moved the note on surrendering to their successors all records to this new section
  • Addition of a new section on expenditure limits
  • The board must now annually set pre-approved spending limits for the Technical, Social, and Frostfest committee chairs
  • Removal of reference to repealed sub-sub-section in Frostfest Committee section
  • Addition of sections allowing electronic meetings to be conducted for both the membership and the board.

New Proposed Bylaws - PDF


For those who have not yet paid 2020-2021 dues, the software changed status to LAPSED/INACTIVE on 9/15 instead of the end of the month.  For the purposes of club-business, past-due members are still "current" until the end of the grace-period on 10/31/20

146.880 DMR-Mixed Mode

The 146.880 repeater is moving into Phase-2 of DMR Mixed-Mode testing.  Analog users:  Please use 74.4 Decode to avoid the interruption of digital 'white-noise'.

To make use of DMR functionality, please program your codeplug with the following Info: 
    Frequency:  146.880 MHz
    Talkgroup:  146880
    Color Code:  1
    Timeslot:  1


Ham Radio Classes

Our friends at the Richmond Amateur Radio Club (RARC) will be holding classes this fall, from September through November. They are planning lessons for all license classes - preparation for the entry-level Technician exam, the mid-level General exam, and the top-level Extra exam. All sessions will be held online for everyone's safety. Please see the RARC website for all of the details!

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.

The W4RAT DMR C-Bridge repeater is part of the DMRVA network of 16 repeaters serving Virginia and Washington, D.C.

ARES Connect

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 - - Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, RATS has been holding our membership meetings online. We look forward to seeing everyone face-to-face as soon as we can! Please see our Meetings page on the left-hand menu to see our planning each month, and for any updates to links and procedures as circumstances evolve. All are still welcome to attend our meetings, even online!

Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society, Inc. (RATS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. PO Box 70613, Henrico VA, 23255

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