Richmond Amateur Radio Club

Remote Hams presentation of 12 May 2017

As soon as some Internet firewall issues are sorted out, the RARC remotely controllable station will be available for club members to use from their computers (Windows only) or Android phones or tablets.

Click here to see or download the PDF on the RARC station and the RemoteHams software.


DMR radios available for Special Olympics

The June 9-10 Virginia Special Olympics is using DMR digital HTs this year. Don’t have one? Not to worry. The leadership got a stash of them. Special Olympics is always fun and rewarding. If you’ve not used a digital ham radio, you get an added bonus of learning how.

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.