Richmond Amateur Radio Club

Sign-up for the 2017 Special Olympics Summer Games

Tis’ that time of year! We’re taking Sign Ups for the 2017 Summer Games. Which, by the way is just around the corner! Please share with your friends and other Amateurs across the state! Were happy to also put folks up in a hotel if they are coming in from out of town! (Richmond has some premier shopping between the Short Pump Center and the Stoney Point Centers, so, bring your wives and they can shop while you play radio!)

Mark your calendars for June 9 & 10 This is a Friday and Saturday event and we will need operators both days as well as during the opening event and the dance! If you can operate both days, all day, or just a few hours, let us know and we will find you a spot! This is the largest Amateur Radio Event that Richmond sees and we support over 3,500 people that weekend, with staff, family and athletes on the UR grounds!

We are looking to use DMR this year for our communications, so don’t fret if you don’t have a radio! We now have a cache of DMR Radios and we have more than enough for those that don’t have a digital radio and would like to try it out! We think you’ll enjoy the new mode as much as many of us has with the many repeaters going up across the state. If you curious what the coverage area is, you can learn more at and
Sign Up Today!
Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!
Thanks & 73, Matthew Kimball, K4MTK

New DMR repeater on the air in Richmond

New BrandMeister repeater on air in Richmond
Posted on February 11, 2017 by kd4bpz

While not directly connected to the DMRVA repeater network, this new repeater is operated cooperatively by DMRVA staff.

The repeater is located in downtown Richmond with an elevation of approximately 350 feet. The repeater performs nicely to the north, east and south. Coverage to the west is decent too but there is some shadowing due to the buildings.

It operates on 443.5375 MHz, up 5 MHz with CC1. TS 1 is wide open for any talkgroup available on the BM network. TS 2 currently carries Va Statewide (3151), Local 2 (2), Local 9 ( 9, local repeater only) as well as Richmond Local (31511 – tied to the DMRVA repeater local).

MRA 145.43 repeater move completed Dec 28 2016

KG4MRA repeater was moved to the new location on Wednesday 12/28/2016, and is fully operational. The impulse noise on the repeater input frequency is gone, gone! The new location in central Richmond, has moved the center of coverage about 13 miles ENE.

We are collecting signal reports from all stations. Early results are good, very good. Given the impulse noise is gone forever, things have improved significantly. The new antenna is ~730 feet AGL, and the station ERP (Effective Radiated Power) is 100 watts.

We encourage the entire Amateur community to use the repeater frequently and please consider joining the MRA for $15/year.

73 de Brewer Pedin, W4MGA, President, MRA

RARC YouTube channel up and running

Miss a technical presentation? Miss a meeting? Want to revisit a presentation or meeting? the new RARC YouTube channel is for you. You will find a link in the rarc list on the right. Click it and to the channel you shall go.

Event calendar added

Visit our new event calendar. It covers RARC events and nets for the RVA clubs and organizations. Click the link on the right under RARC or the news & events link at the top. Click here to see the live RARC calendar.

Calendar example – dead – click above for the live calendar

MRA 145.43 repeater moves mid-December

MRAlogo2Public information on the new MRA repeater site

Board of the Metropolitan Repeater Association
1 December 2016

In mid-December a shiny new Sinclair SD224 four bay folded dipole antenna goes up on the tower at the new site. The site features a backup power generator, complete climate control, and broadband Internet access. The MRA has purchased a remotely controlled APC power switch, Ethernet router, and Ethernet switch to control the repeater. The antenna is 700+ feet up the tower (AGL), and ~900 feet ASL. The new site is located in the central Richmond area, and continued wide area coverage is expected. The tower climb to install the antenna occurs in mid-December. The antenna pattern has 6 dBi gain omni directional. The antenna will have clear line of sight to the west, to the north, and around to due south, with some “tower shielding” in the southwest quadrant. The sight has been spectrum analyzed for noise on the input frequency. Long term observation has shown no impulse or spurious noise, so we expect the KG4MRA repeater will be “better than ever.”

RARC at RVA Maker Fest results in ham radio video

A clip from the YouTube video showing an RARC meeting

A clip from the YouTube video showing an RARC meeting

As a master’s degree student at the VCU Brand Center, Caitlin Blumer needed a video project. The Richmond Amateur Radio Club (RARC) exhibit at the RVA Maker Fest in September caught her eye. There to greet her was Dan Bryant, W4DOB. Dan reconnected with her after the maker festival. She was taken with DX and contesting. Could she get some stories from hams that did that? Dan arranged it. Her master’s project is done and on YouTube as Ham Radio Contesting + DXing Subculture Documentary. In it CVCC, DDXG and RARC club members tell stories of their experiences and the friendships that have come of it.