Richmond Amateur
Telecommunications Society

W4RAT · Richmond, Virginia

Celebrating 50 Years · 1972 - 2022 



Next Meeting

  • Third Friday of each month at 7:30 PM, via Zoom.

Upcoming Events

  • RATS Weekly Club Net: Wednesdays at 7 PM on the 146.88 repeater

RATS Members:  Update Your Information

To be sure you don't miss out on important club communications, please keep your contact information up-to-date.  You can easily do this through our web site.  Log in to your account and click the "Edit Profile" button.  This will allow you to immediately update your preferred name, e-mail address, phone number, mailing address, and ARRL membership status.

The ARRL membership status is a new field in the online profile so please take a moment to ensure it is set correctly.  You do not need to be an ARRL member to be a member of RATS, but ARRL membership is encouraged.  We track your ARRL membership status because it helps maintain our status as an ARRL-affiliated club.

Not yet a RATS member?  Click here to apply for membership.

Posted 7:42p 2022-09-17 by KG4PEQ

Solid Copy Newsletter Archive

The club used to publish a member newsletter called Solid Copy.  We've rounded up digital copies of a bunch of old editions, and you can find them under Member Services > Solid Copy.

Posted 9:14p 2022-09-30 by KG4PEQ

RATS Net to QSY back to 146.88

The club's weekly net will transition back to the W4RAT 146.88 MHz repeater effective Wednesday, October 5.  We appreciate the use of the Metropolitan Repeater Association's KG4MRA 145.43 MHz repeater while the club's radio systems were unavailable.

The RATS net is called each Wednesday night at 7:00 PM.

Posted 9:18p 2022-09-28 by KG4PEQ

W4RAT Repeater Information

As of 11:30 am Wednesday, September 28, the W4RAT 146.88 and 442.55 MHz repeaters are back in service.  We appreciate the continued patience and support of our members and community during the past few months.  There may be some brief intermittent downtime on these repeaters over the next few weeks for maintenance.  The Repeater Status page is once again being maintained and will be updated with any outage information.

Posted 11:26a 2022-09-28 by KG4PEQ
Updated 3:00p 2022-09-28 by KG4PEQ

Monthly VE Testing Sessions Offered by CATS

Our friends over at CATS are offering license test sessions on the first Saturday of each month.  Walk-ins are welcome at the Gospel Light Baptist Church, 2109 Anderson Highway in Powhatan.  These ARRL-VEC sessions run from 10 AM to 12 PM and a fee applies.  For additional information please follow this link

Posted 3:29p 2022-09-08 by KG4PEQ
Updated 4:10p 2022-09-28 by KG4PEQ - corrected time

Meetings are Currently Online Only

At the present time, all RATS membership meetings are being conducted via Zoom. 

Club meeting information

Our club meetings are usually the third Friday of each month at 7:30 PM.  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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