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:
MEMBERSHIP LAPSED CORRECTION
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
Color Code: 1
PLEASE LISTEN AND WATCH FOR RF ACTIVITY BEFORE TRANSMITTING, IN ORDER TO AVOID DISRUPTING QSOS ON THE OPPOSITE MODE!
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 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!