The first RATS UHF repeater went into operation on 442.55 MHz in 1996. It was originally a Standard LMR3 repeater located in the Villa Park office complex in northern Henrico County, with 60 watts of power at 125 feet. It was replaced with a Motorola MTR2000 and relocated to an antenna at 680 feet on our tower site in southwest Richmond in 2003.
In December 2019, the W4RAT 442.55 MHz repeater was transferred to the care of club member Jamie Stapleton KD4RJN. Jamie immediately replaced the MTR2000 analog repeater with a Yaesu DR-1X digital repeater which operates in both analog and digital modes. RATS continues to host and provide some support for this repeater, which now uses an antenna situated at approximately 470 feet on the tower.
This repeater is not currently connected to the WIRES-X network but work is underway to enable this functionality later in 2020.
Before going on the air, repeater users should be familiar with the particulars of Fusion operation and basic repeater etiquette. If you need help becoming familiar with Fusion or have questions about operating procedures, use of the repeater for nets or special events, or other inquiries about the Fusion repeater, please contact the repeater owner directly.