Many hams enjoy donating their time and communication skills to various public service events through the year such as bike rides, marathons, and other community activities. Listen for announcements and calls for volunteers on our weekly club nets, on this web site, and at our membership meetings.
Here are a few of the events we have supported in recent years:
For most of these activities, all you need is a fully-charged HT and a spare battery or two. First-time volunteers are welcome.
One important aspect of amateur radio is our service during emergencies. Here are a few groups active in our area:
Here are some of the more popular activities our members have been involved with over the past couple of years. You'll often see announcements relating to some of these activities in our club e-mail updates and web site bulletins. Inquire on a net or at one of our meetings and you're sure to connect with someone else who is doing...
ARRL's Field Day (or Summer Field Day) is an annual event that brings amateur radio out into public view, encouraging operations from parks, shopping centers, and other public locations, from home, and from emergency operations centers. Points are awarded for non-repeater/non-Internet contacts made on HF, VHF, and UHF, and using various modes. Bonus points are awarded for operation on emergency power, visits from the media and elected officials, and several other categories. Field Day occurs each year on the last full weekend in June. RATS normally operates from Laurel Park in Henrico County. You can learn more about the RATS Field Day here.
Winter Field Day is a newer concept, quite similar to the Summer Field Day, but a lot colder. For the last few years RATS has operated from Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County. Winter Field Day is the last full weekend each January.
Watch for Field Day announcements on our web site.
Check out our Get Connected page for links to local clubs and online resources.