Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society

Meet the RATS Board of Directors

President

Tim Farrell - KJ4NPB
Tim was first licensed in 2007 and a member of the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club. He enjoyed helping with Field Day and the club annual auction. He was also a member of the local ARES group in Roanoke and Franklin County. In 2010 Tim upgrade to a General class license and later that year elected to the position of vice-president.

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.

Vice President

 (Open for appointment)
Treasurer

Peter Martin - K2VIZ
Since joining in 1998, I have volunteered on the Frostfest & Technical committees and most recently the position of Treasurer.   Recent accomplishments include re-forming the club as a 501c3 Non-Profit, moving to 100%-digital membership, accounting and financial-document and imaging records along with registering as an Amazon Smiles non-profit beneficiary.  To provide financial-transparency to members, club-records are routinely audited and members have access to annual financial-reports posted to RATS.NET. 

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.  

Secretary 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.

Director 

David Elkins - KN4LQN
I received my General class Amateur Radio license in April 2018, and upgraded to Amateur Extra in November 2018. It has been a lot of fun and I've met many great people through the RATS club. I was elected as Director of the club in 2019.

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.

Professionally I am a systems administrator / computer programmer utilizing the UNIX operating system and Perl programming language. I host monthly meetings of the Richmond Linux Users Group (RVALUG), and live in Chesterfield with my wife and our two children, and one cat.

Director 

Darren Faulkner - KG4INW
I’ve been an amateur radio operator since July 2000, currently hold a General Class license, and have been a member of RATS since February 2010. My biggest interests include VHF/UHF, analog, DMR, P25, and public service events. I really enjoy helping to maintain our repeaters and am the new Special Olympics amateur radio coordinator. Have been a Director since the 2017 elections.

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!

Director  Mike Hackett - AC5PT
Director

Robert Marshall - KI4MCW
Hello everyone, Rob Marshall here, KI4MCW. I was first licensed in 2005, and began attending RATS meetings that same year. I have served the club in many capacities over the years - I am currently a Director, and also serve as the Frostfest Committee chairman. I have previously served as President of RATS (for two terms, 2007-2011), and have performed a number of different functions as a part of the Frostfest team (2006-present). I hold an Extra-class license, and enjoy building antennas and radios, writing ham radio software, and other experimental aspects of the hobby. I am a computer systems consultant by trade, specializing in large corporate financial and logistics systems. I am a long-time resident of Chesterfield County, where I live with my wife, two cats, and (occasionally) our three college-aged children.

Director

Jason Pye - KD4LEM
My name is Jason Pye, KD4LEM. I have been licensed since 1992 here in Richmond, VA. My first exposure to ham radio came at my first Frostfest in that year. I am a local ham, born and bred here in Richmond. I joined RATS shortly after being licensed. I was active for many years on the local repeaters, then life got in the way and Ham Radio took a back seat for a while.

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.


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

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