Meet the RATS Board of Directors
Tim Farrell - KJ4NPB
In July of 2011 Tim resigned as VP of W4CA, relocating to the Richmond area. Tim became a member of the RARC club and in May or June of 2012 he became a member of W4RAT. Tim helped with local ARRL testing and volunteering for Frostfest, was appointed to the RATS Board of Directors and Frostfest committee in 2014. Tim became the Frostfest Chairmen in 2015 after a sudden loss of N4PAT (SK) . He is a member of the local SKYWARN team along with other special events in and around the Richmond area. In 2018 Tim stepped down as Chairmen of Frostfest for an appointment to club President. Tim has enjoyed working club events like Special Olympics, Bike MS, Powhatan Bike ride and helping with VE testing at Frostfest.
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Peter Martin - K2VIZ
Over the past decade, Frostfest has been converted from a manual-sales system to 100% online-sales with credit-card processing with software I created. The system was retired in 2020 and will be re-written for the next Frostfest. Rob Marshall KI4MCW was instrumental in the complimenting table-assignment module.
Following the goal of 'constant improvement', based on suggestions from the 2020 audit, additional verification-controls will be implemented for our next Frostfest.
While not working on APRS, ARDEN Mesh or towers, I can be found working on various electronics, welding & CNC-fabrication projects.
Charles John - KI4WCK
I've been "involved" in Amateur Radio since I was a kid. My Dad had the radio on quite a bit and let me spin the knob often. Life often gets in the way of many things but I took the plunge and got my ticket KI4WCK in 2007. I upgraded to General about a year later.
I moved to the Richmond area in late 1996 to continue my career working in IT for Circuit City. I spent a total of 18 years with them until they filed for bankruptcy. I then joined Northrop Grumman performing IT systems support for the Commonwealth of Virginia. After 10 years there, Virginia decided to shift how it gets IT services, and I made the switch from the private sector to the public sector in 2019 and now work directly for the Commonwealth as a IT Senior Systems Engineer.
As you can probably guess, with an IT background I tend to use a lot of digital modes when I operate. I find the challenge of using lower power to communicate long distances over HF very interesting.
I've been an active member of RATS since 2007, and then became a Director in 2008. I've been Secretary since late 2019. I've enjoyed not just the activities of the club and being on the Board but have developed good friendships with many of the club's members.
David Elkins - KN4LQN
I am a Winlink gateway sysop and regular Winlink Wednesday net participant on VHF and HF, and the ARES Emergency Coordinator for Chesterfield County. My radio interests include all things packet and the sending and receiving of SSTV images.
Darren Faulkner - KG4INW
Professionally, I am a Land Mobile Radio (LMR) technician where I maintain public safety two-way radio voice and data systems, public utility SCADA systems, and public school radios. I am a Certified Electronics Technician and get to play radio for a living!
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Robert Marshall - KI4MCW
Jason Pye - KD4LEM
I enlisted in the ARMY for a short time, got married, and started to work for Goodyear Tire & Rubber, where I have been for 25+ years here in Richmond. In those years off, I upgraded to General after the license restructuring, then upgraded to Extra in 2015 at Dayton Hamvention.
I rejoined RATS by 2016 and since have been more involved in the club. I am currently a member of the Board as a director. I am also the Field Day coordinator, as well as the Frostfest sales coordinator. I am looking forward to be a longtime member of the club. I am also the Assistant Emergency Coordinator for the Hanover/Henrico County ARES team.