Richmond Amateur
Telecommunications Society

W4RAT · Richmond, Virginia
Celebrating 50 Years · 1972 - 2022 

Winter Field Day

11 Jan 2023 12:21 PM | Jeff Walton (Administrator)

RATS Winter Field Day 2023

Good evening members 

Please click the event link at the top of the webpage and RSVP 

                RATS Winter Field Day started as an idea after I saw that Powhatan Radio Club didn’t not have a Winter Field Day this year. I asked a few people what do you think of RATS doing a Winter Field Day and I got a few responses of, have we done anything for our members and let’s do this. I started calling around and looking for venues and I remembered that Pocahontas State Park had old rustic cabins with 28 beds and an old lodge with an open fireplace for us to stay warm and dry that you could rent. I spoke with the manager and assistant manager, went there to go look at spots to put up antennas. After several emails and phone calls and dealing with the health department and insurance stuff we have a great location and price break down and schedule of events as follows. I cannot thank the members and board members enough for their help in putting this together in such short notice and this is why I’m asking all Members to please join the, Zoom Meeting 1/12/23 @830pm so we can go over this event, see if any additional ideas and let membership know what their money is being spent on.

Please, if you are able, bring a snack or dish to share with members and non-members, ALL ARE WELCOME

As of Right now I already have Received a 100.00 dollar and a 150.00 donation to use only for this event paid online Thanks to Bill, Judi and David Kleinholz. I, Jeff Walton, will cover cost of firewood, for the 3-day event, for heat est. 50 to 100 dollars. There will be a donation bin for people to donate if they so choose to. Please don’t feel obligated but it is encouraged.

Cost Breakdown:

Lodge and cabins 175x2nights=350.00+tax

S.B.Cox porta jon 170+tax this is mandatory due to health code because of no running water on site

Food hot dogs and cheeseburgers 100.00+tax

Water 20.00+tax due to health code

350+170+100+20=640.00 total minus 250.00 in donations = 390 out of bank account

1/27/23 Friday

Arrive at campground by 4pm, if we can get in earlier, I will update, Set up antennas and radios and test them and get firewood, activate Pocahontas state park and also activate late shift on POTA, Play and test radios till whenever

1/28/23 Saturday

7 am POTA and the use of talk in on RATS repeater

9am till 1130am KC4TS exam testing 15 fee

12pm the start of Winter Field Day, you can use radio for 30 min at a time, we will use a sign-up sheet at the lodge, first come first serve and then we would ask you to allow other people use the radio until it’s your turn again

6pm start cooking Dinner, if members would like to bring addition hot dogs or burgers or their own food to be cooked on grill feel free

1/29/23 Sunday

12pm End of Winter Field Day and time to pack up and clean buildings and dispose of trash.

You are in the park and there will be a big parking lot if you want to stay and do POTA on your own.


Jeff Walton


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