Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society

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A special meeting has been requested for the purpose of Bylaw's Amendments and 2020 Election business.   

At this meeting, members will be presented with a copy of the proposed changes to the Club Bylaws and to nominate members for the 2020 Election that has been delayed due to COVID19. In person attendance is needed to establish a quorum. Without a quorum of club members,  the proposed changes to the bylaws cannot be presented, nor can we make nominations for elections.

Social-Distancing will be practiced and members may remain outdoors if health concerns are present. For those who for health or other reasons cannot attend a Zoom meeting will be available, however Zoom users are not able to participate in club business functions during this meeting.

Midlothian Mechanical
501 Research Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23236


This is near Chesterfield Towne Center mall, a few blocks south of Midlothian Turnpike. 


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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'.

DMR Info: 
    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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