Richmond Amateur
Telecommunications Society

W4RAT · Richmond, Virginia

Celebrating 50 Years · 1972 - 2022 

Steven Crow



Member profile details

Membership level
Life Membership
First name
Last name
Board Role
Tech Committee Roles
  • AREDN Team
  • Control Operator
  • IT Specialist
  • Tech Committee Chairman
  • W4RAT Trustee
Profile details
I have been a ham since 2001 and a member of RATS since around 2008. I've been on and off the RATS Board a few times over the years, and currently serve as Secretary and Chairman of the club's Technical Committee.

Outside of RATS, I've been involved in various public service events for about 15 years. I was Medical Communications Coordinator and later Net Control for the Virginia Special Olympics Summer Games for several years, and I've supported Bike MS, Cap 2 Cap, Heart of Virginia, and a number of other events in the central Virginia area.

In 2008, I was selected to establish and lead the Wakefield SKYWARN Amateur Radio Support Team as Amateur Radio Coordinator for the National Weather Service in Wakefield. This effort consolidated about a half-dozen smaller club-operated SKYWARN nets in two states into one unified program operating under the direction of NWS Wakefield. I am proud to have worked with an excellent team of over 100 net controls and over a dozen Area Managers. We built an outstanding program recognized as one of the best and duplicated in other parts of the country. I "retired" from SKYWARN in late 2016 but continue to support the IT back-end for the organization.

I've also been a member of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management's Amateur Radio Communications Auxiliary (ARCA) and served on its leadership team for a while.

My primary interests in amateur radio are portable QRP operations and ham radio data applications such as packet, APRS, NPR70, and AREDN.

You can usually find me on the 146.88 repeater or monitoring Virginia Statewide on DMR.

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