Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society

Upcoming events

Membership Meetings

Upcoming club meetings

Please check your email for a special message from RATS regarding plans for using Zoom conferencing to hold club meetings while we all do our part in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. If you are a member, and did not get the email, please check your member profile here and update your email address. Our meetings are always open to those interested in Amateur Radio, so we'll also be posting further information here about upcoming meetings and how you can join in.

Nightly Health & Welfare Net

NEW - 3/25/2020 - Thursday night schedule change, see below

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!

The W4RAT 146.88 FM repeater uses a 74.4 Hz PL and a negative offset. IRLP services are available from 7 AM to 11 PM daily (node 4424).

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.

VHF Repeater Codes Updated

Members-only control/autopatch codes for the VHF repeater have been updated for the 2020 membership year and are active as of February 15.  Please click here to access the updated codes.

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.

Repeater and Digipeater Status Information

We have created status pages for the repeaters and APRS digipeaters which will be updated to reflect any known issues.

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

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