Meet new people and experience new things when you join local clubs and online communities.
Your radio is your best tool for access to the active hams in this area. You'll find them gathered around the repeater or on some popular simplex frequencies for various recurring nets. You'll find a list of some of the most popular nets in our area here.
Looking for more? HamNetList.blogspot.com has net listings for HF and various digital modes.
Of course we'd love to have you as a member here at RATS! If the information on this web site, the content of our meetings, our in-person events, or our repeater systems are of value to you, a membership is an excellent way to show your support.
There are several other excellent clubs in our area that are worthy of your consideration as well. Some are general-interest clubs, some target more specific aspects of the hobby. All of them are welcome to newcomers dropping by to see what's up, so please feel free to attend a meeting or two before you commit.
The two major clubs in the Richmond metro area are RATS and RARC, and there is a lot of overlap in membership. Both clubs have a lot to offer their membership.
A few of the smaller clubs in our area:
The primary online community for hams in our area is the RVAHams Slack server. Several other great online communities exist as well.
Learn about and find an "Elmer" (an experienced ham who mentors people new to the hobby) by checking out our Elmers Homepage.