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Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society
W4RAT ยท Richmond, Virginia

An ARRL Affiliated Club Serving Central Virginia Since 1972



Upcoming events

    • 3 Apr 2024
    • 25 Dec 2024
    • 39 sessions

    The weekly RATS net meets every Wednesday at 7:00 PM on the W4RAT 146.88 MHz repeater.  All properly licensed amateurs are welcome to participate.  Learn about local ham radio activities, meet your fellow operators, and ask questions during this weekly forum.  Limited ham radio-related buy/sell/trade activity is also permitted.  Have an announcement?  Check in "with traffic."  Have an announcement but can't make it to the net?  Send it to info@rats.net and we will pass it along to the net controls.

    • 1 Jun 2024
    • 2 Jun 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Richmond and Williamsburg, VA

    The RATS 146.88 repeater has been reserved for the Bike MS: Colonial Crossroads 2024 bike ride between Richmond and Williamsburg, June 1-2.  Amateurs available to volunteer for this event are asked to contact Arthur White N4TRQ via email.  Amateurs not providing communications for this event are asked to use a different repeater while the bike ride is in progress.

    • 5 Jun 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Register

    The monthly meeting of the RATS Board of Directors will occur Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 PM via Zoom.  All club members are welcome to attend.


    Zoom Meeting Link
    Click here to Join
    Meeting ID
    89187358334
    Password
    916860
    Join by phone
    +1 301 715-8592

    RSVP/registration not required, but encouraged.  Registration will cause a reminder email to be sent two days before the meeting.  We will also send an email to registered participants regarding any last minute changes to the program, Zoom access information, or other details.

    • 7 Jun 2024
    • 8 Jun 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Richmond, Virginia

    A large number of volunteers are needed for the Virginia Special Olympics Summer Games, Friday and Saturday June 7 and 8 at the University of Richmond.

    The only equipment needed should be an analog UHF HT, a battery in good shape (and perhaps a spare), and an external audio accessory that allows you to hear and be heard in a high noise environment.

    Please note that most positions will be outside or potentially strenuous.

    If you're available for a few hours either day, or if you have any questions, please contact Darren Faulkner KG4INW via email.

    • 21 Jun 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Register

    The monthly RATS membership meeting will be held Friday, June 21 at 7:30 PM via Zoom.  All are invited to attend.


    Zoom Meeting Link
    Click here to Join
    Meeting ID
    89999564174
    Password
    849942
    Join by phone
    +1 301 715-8592

    RSVP/registration not required, but encouraged.  Registration will cause a reminder email to be sent two days before the meeting.  We will also send an email to registered participants regarding any last minute changes to the program, Zoom access information, or other details

    • 22 Jun 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Laurel Park, Henrico, VA
    Register

    We need help with the setup of the Summer Field Day site at Laurel Park on Saturday, June 22.  This involves transporting equipment from our storage unit near Chesterfield Town Center, hanging antennas from the lights over the athletic field, setting up radios and radios, and other general site prep.

    Equipment pickup at the storage unit is around 8:30 AM, with setup at Laurel Park starting between 10 and 11 AM.  The main event starts at 2 PM Saturday.

    If you are available to assist, please RSVP here.

    • 22 Jun 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • 23 Jun 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Laurel Park, Henrico, VA
    Register

    Summer Field Day 2024 will be held at Laurel Park in Henrico County the fourth full weekend in June.  Additional details will be shared soon.


    If you are planning to come to this event, please RSVP to this event.  This will help us plan for enough radios, food, drinks, VE testing capacity, etc.

    We need your help!  If you can help with setup (Saturday morning) and/or tear-down (Sunday noon-ish) please RSVP here:  Set-Up, and Tear-Down

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    For general information about ARRL Field Day and a map to the RATS Field Day shelter at Laurel Park, go to rats.net/fd


    • 23 Jun 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Laurel Park, Henrico, VA
    Register

    We need help with the tear-down of the Summer Field Day site at Laurel Park on Sunday, June 23.  This involves taking down antennas, dismantling the club radios, packing everything into storage boxes, site clean-up, and the transport of club equipment back to our storage unit near Chesterfield Town Center.

    Tear-down activities will start around 11 AM and should wrap up by 2 PM.

    If you are available to assist, please RSVP here.

    • 3 Jul 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Register

    The monthly meeting of the RATS Board of Directors will occur Wednesday, July 3 at 6:30 PM via Zoom.  All club members are welcome to attend.


    Zoom Meeting Link
    Click here to Join
    Meeting ID
    89187358334
    Password
    916860
    Join by phone
    +1 301 715-8592

    RSVP/registration not required, but encouraged.  Registration will cause a reminder email to be sent two days before the meeting.  We will also send an email to registered participants regarding any last minute changes to the program, Zoom access information, or other details.

    • 19 Jul 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Register

    The monthly RATS membership meeting will be held Friday, July 19 at 7:30 PM via Zoom.  All are invited to attend.


    Zoom Meeting Link
    Click here to Join
    Meeting ID
    89999564174
    Password
    849942
    Join by phone
    +1 301 715-8592

    RSVP/registration not required, but encouraged.  Registration will cause a reminder email to be sent two days before the meeting.  We will also send an email to registered participants regarding any last minute changes to the program, Zoom access information, or other details

    • 3 Aug 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • William Byrd Middle School, Vinton, VA

    The William Byrd Middle School and Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Clubs will host the Roanoke Hamfest on Saturday, April 3, 2024 from 8 AM to 1 PM at William Byrd Middle School in Vinton, Virginia.

    For additional details see the flyer below or visit roanokehamfest.info


    • 4 Aug 2024
    • 6:00 AM
    • Clarke County Fair Grounds, Berryville, VA

    The annual Berryville Hamfest will be at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville starting at 6 AM, Sunday, August 4.

    For additional information see their web site at berryvillehamfest.com

    • 4 Sep 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, Henrico, VA

    The Central Virginia 6m Group and friends will gather for a tailgate April 20 and September 14, 2024 from 8 AM to noon.  Go to the fenced rear parking lot of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Dumbarton Road, Henrico, VA.  This is located on Clarke Street, between Hermitage Road and Wilson Avenue, directly behind the church building.  Please click here for a detailed map.  There is no admission or attendance fee.

    The Central Virginia 6m Group holds a net every day at 8 AM on 50.215 MHz USB.  For more information on this group, visit their web site, 50215.net.

Past events

19 May 2024 Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon
17 May 2024 May 2024 Membership Meeting
1 May 2024 May 2024 Board Meeting
20 Apr 2024 Central VA 6m Group Tailgate
20 Apr 2024 Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K
19 Apr 2024 April 2024 Membership Meeting: Loop Antennas (KI4MCW)
13 Apr 2024 Thawfest II
27 Jan 2023 Winter Field Day 2023
30 Apr 2022 RATS Special Membership Meeting
16 Apr 2022 POTA - Powhatan State Park
19 Mar 2022 VA QSO Party
26 Feb 2022 POTA - Pocahontas Park Feb 26
15 Dec 2021 RATS Christmas Dinner
17 Sep 2021 September Membership Meeting
20 Aug 2021 August Membership Meeting
4 Aug 2021 August Board Meeting
16 Jul 2021 July Membership Meeting
16 Jun 2021 June Membership Meeting
2 Jun 2021 June Board Meeting
21 May 2021 May Membership Meeting
5 May 2021 May Board Meeting
16 Apr 2021 April Membership Meeting
7 Apr 2021 April Board Meeting
20 Mar 2021 Virginia QSO Party 2021
19 Mar 2021 March Membership Meeting
3 Mar 2021 March Board Meeting
19 Feb 2021 February Membership Meeting
3 Feb 2021 February Board Meeting
15 Jan 2021 January Membership Meeting
20 Nov 2020 November Membership Meeting
4 Nov 2020 November Board Meeting
23 Oct 2020 October Membership Meeting **NEW DATE** 10/23/20
17 Oct 2020 BSA Jamboree on the air
2 Oct 2020 Special Meeting -- Bylaws & Nominations
1 Oct 2020 2020 Financial Review
2 Sep 2020 Board Meeting
21 Aug 2020 August Membership Meeting
17 Jul 2020 July Membership Meeting
27 Jun 2020 ARRL Field Day
19 Jun 2020 June Membership Meeting
12 Jun 2020 Virginia Special Olympics - CANCELLED
30 May 2020 Bike MS - CANCELLED
15 May 2020 May Membership Meeting
17 Apr 2020 April Membership Meeting
21 Mar 2020 Virginia QSO Party
20 Mar 2020 WCVE - Special location - Membership Meeting - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
11 Mar 2020 RATS Board Meeting
21 Feb 2020 Membership Meeting
1 Feb 2020 FROSTFEST
17 Jan 2020 Membership Meeting
1 Jul 2019 13 Colonies Special Event
22 Jun 2019 2019 ARRL Field Day
7 Jun 2019 Special Olympics - Summer Games
1 Jun 2019 Bike MS
1 Jun 2019 13 Colonies Special Event
28 Apr 2019 Powhatan Bike Event
17 Apr 2019 Membership Meeting 4/19/19 7:30pm
3 Apr 2019 Board Meeting
15 Mar 2019 March Membership Meeting
21 Sep 2018 Membership Meeting - Special Ballot
4 Sep 2018 RARC Radio School Registration

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