We are the Catastrophic Amateur Tactical Squad (CATS) of Central Virginia, an extra-social club dedicated to exploring amateur radio and furthering camaraderie among Richmond-area ham radio operators.
The Cats meet weekly, monthly, and quarterly to enjoy good company, eat food, play radio and send SSTV images.
You'll hear us on 146.535 voice simplex, 145.500 calling CQ SSTV mode PD290, can find meeting locations on APRS, and as KC4TS on Winlink. We run the KC4TS-10 VHF Winlink gateway on 145.730, and an APRS TX-igate.
The KC4TS Volunteer Examiner Team provides ARRL license exam sessions in the Richmond area on the 1st Saturday of every month.
Currently exams are being given at the Gospel Light Baptist Church at 2109 Anderson Highway in Powhatan, VA.
Check-in is between 10am and 12pm and we stay as long as needed to finish all the exams. Walk-in candidates are welcome! You just need a valid ID, an individual FCC FRN, and the testing fee of $15 which goes directly to the ARRL (cash or check made payable to "ARRL VEC"). We can provide pencils and a very simple calculator or you can bring your own.
Starting in June 2022, the testing fee is $5 for youths under the age of 18, and the ARRL will reimburse the FCC processing fee of $35 for new licenses. For more information, see the ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program. Make sure to bring an ID with proof of age.
Check out the KC4TS Greater Richmond New Ham Kit!
The next exams are:
Need to get your FCC FRN? Click here for a document with instructions on where and how to register as an individual with the FCC.
Ready to sign up for an exam session? Click here for a form to pre-register for an upcoming session.
The members of the Cats: