Richmond Amateur
Telecommunications Society

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

Upcoming Events

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

Next Meeting

  • Third Friday of each month at 7:30 PM, via Zoom.
  • 7 Oct 2023 11:36 PM | Nathaniel Wooley (Administrator)
    The RATS Board of Directors has approved the creation of an Elmer's Program. Nathaniel W1OLE will be the administrator getting the program off the ground. If you would like to become an Elmer, please email Nathaniel at Please include the following information:
    • Name
    • Call Sign
    • License Class
    • Areas of Expertise (specialties)
    • Email Address
    • Phone Number

    Also indicate if you would like to be considered to chair the program, as Nathaniel will be the Administrator/Organizer, but not the chair.

    If you are a newer operator and would like to be paired with an Elmer, please email with the following information:

    • Name
    • Call Sign
    • License Class
    • Areas of interest
    • Email Address
    • Phone Number

    Please allow a couple months to get you paired with an Elmer as we are just now organizing this program and need some time to get our ducks in a row.

  • 2 Oct 2023 9:15 PM | Steven Crow (Administrator)

    The monthly meeting of the RATS Board of Directors will be held this Wednesday, October 4 at 6:30 PM via Zoom.  RATS members are invited to attend.

  • 26 Sep 2023 9:58 PM | Steven Crow (Administrator)

    We are observing an abnormally high rate of delivery failures for e-mails sent to members with addresses.  These issues appear to be with the ARRL e-mail service, and thus are beyond our control.  RATS members with e-mails are encouraged to log in to their account on this web site and update their member profile to a non-ARRL e-mail.  This will ensure continued delivery of important club news and other communications.

  • 21 Sep 2023 8:00 AM | Steven Crow (Administrator)

    RATS members, join us at Rockwood Park in Chesterfield County this weekend for POTA chasing, perhaps a fox hunt, and other ham radio activities.  We'll meet at 11 AM Saturday morning.  Call us on the W4RAT 146.88 repeater for directions and meet-up location.

    Update:  This event has been rescheduled for 11 AM Saturday, September 30.

  • 15 Sep 2023 7:30 AM | Steven Crow (Administrator)
    Our monthly Membership Meeting is tonight, Friday 9/15 at 7:30 PM via Zoom.  We will be welcoming back Axel Fisser (K8AXX).  Axel will be following up on his battery building presentation from a couple months ago with a lithium charging presentation.

    Additionally, our newly elected directors, secretary, and re-elected treasurer will officially take office during the meeting.

    And we'll be seeking a bunch of volunteers to serve on the Frostfest Committee, which is due to meet sometime in the next month or thereabouts, to evaluate the prospects for having a 2025 show.

    RATS meetings are currently open to the public -- at this time you do not need to be a RATS member to attend.

  • 15 Sep 2023 7:00 AM | Steven Crow (Administrator)

    Time is running out!  If you need to renew your membership, or if you're thinking of joining RATS, submit your renewal/application and payment through this web site before midnight September 30 to take advantage of the old 2019 pricing.  Dues are $25 Individual, $40 Family through the end of the day 9/30.

    Just after midnight the morning of October 1, we'll push the button to raise dues to $35 Individual, $55 Family.

    Help support our club and repeater systems, maintain your right to vote on club affairs, take advantage of member discount pricing on future group activities and workshops, and preserve your right to participate in club meetings and activities:  join or renew today!

  • 13 Sep 2023 8:25 AM | Nathaniel Wooley (Administrator)

    This Friday September 15th, we will be welcoming back Axel Fisser (K8AXX). Axel will be following up on his battery building presentation from a couple months ago with a lithium charging presentation. Join us on zoom this Friday at 7:30pm eastern time.

  • 8 Sep 2023 6:43 AM | Nathaniel Wooley (Administrator)

    The Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society is looking for more people to do presentations for our club meetings. If you have a presentation, or have someone in mind to do a presentation, please email and our program committee will get back with you to coordinate a schedule and discuss your topics.

  • 8 Sep 2023 6:00 AM | Steven Crow (Administrator)

    At its September 6 meeting, the RATS Board established a Program Committee.  According to our by-laws, the Program Committee "shall be responsible for the coordination and procurement of speakers and/or programs for each meeting."  This will alleviate a burden traditionally taken on almost entirely by the Board of Directors and it should help bring compelling content and new presenters to the monthly membership meetings.

    If you would like to give a presentation at a RATS meeting, or if you are interested in serving on the committee (up to four seats are available) contact

  • 22 Aug 2023 7:00 PM | Steven Crow (Administrator)

    The current RATS membership year ends September 30.  Members are encouraged to renew now to avoid a lapse in membership.  Dues will increase on October 1.  Renew before the end of day September 30 to enjoy the current 2019 rate ($25 individual, $40 family) for one more year.

    Memberships not renewed will lapse on October 1, resulting in a loss of voting rights and other membership privileges.  Lapsed memberships may be immediately reinstated at the new pricing by paying online no later than December 30, after which a new application must be submitted for approval by the membership.  Don't delay, renew today.

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