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Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society
W4RAT ยท Richmond, Virginia

An ARRL Affiliated Club Serving Central Virginia Since 1972

Welcome to the Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society

RATS is an ARRL Affiliated general-interest ham radio club serving the Richmond Metro area.  We operate the W4RAT 146.88, 442.55, and 443.5875 MHz repeaters.  Our club meets via Zoom on the third Friday of each month.  Meetings are open to everyone -- you do not need to be a member of the club (or even a licensed ham) to join our meetings.  Most of our activities are also open to the public.  Our members participate in Field Day, the Virginia QSO Party, and a number of other activities in the area.  We invite you to join us.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on furthering the art and science of amateur radio by encouraging those interested in electronics and communications to further their knowledge in those fields, promoting the utilization of the higher frequency bands allotted to amateur radio, and offering the use of our communications systems during emergencies and for disaster response.  Learn more about RATS.

Need a license?  See our Get Licensed page.  Our friends at the Catastrophic Amateur Tactical Squad (CATS) offer monthly VE testing in Powhatan County.

Upcoming Events

Next Meetings

Our next big event:  Summer Field Day 2024 - Coming June 23 & 24 at Laurel Park in Henrico County

For more information or to let us know you're coming, RSVP here.

We need your help!  If you can assist with the equipment setup Saturday morning, tear-down Sunday afternoon, or the movement of equipment to and from our storage unit near Chesterfield Town Center, please let us know by RSVP'ing for Setup and/or Tear-Down.

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