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Upcoming events

Monthly Club Meetings are located at  the Palm Springs Civic Yard, 425 N. Civic Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

 January Speaker Jim Sanders AG6IF Broadband Hamnet !

What is broadband hamnet & how does it work? How to get started and most importantly, what is needed to set one up? We will be discussing hardware options, antenna options and how to get started using easy to find off the shelf WRT54 wifi routers. The presentation will also cover the future and cover the upcoming hardware platform, Ubiquiti, which is the way forward, as WRT54 end of life has been announced. The following demos will be shown: Working mesh network, complete with a field deployable VOIP phone system, running on the mesh network, complete with voice mail, call waiting, conf. calling, etc. and also a demo of a webcam operating on the mesh network and time permitting, a Q/A, and how to flash / upgrade a WRT54 unit so everyone can see how easy it is to do.

If you cannot make it to the meeting you can see the presentation given at another club here in Southern California at the following web address: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/55803757


Special Announcement

The Desert RATS Club is now offering  a lifetime membership option.  The cost is $150.00.  If you wish to sign up for this option please fill out the form located here and pay via PayPal.  You can also pay at one of our monthly club meetings.


We encourage everyone to listen to the National Traffic System NETS. They are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 PM on the PAPA Repeater system. Repeater is 445.640 Neg offset PL 107.2 If you have D-Star the repeater is 447.140. We will be having a presentation latter in the season on NTS.

Take a look at Los Angeles NTS Section. Read the part on the webpage about NTS Online Training to get started. It will help you understand the presentation latter on in the season.


Monday nights at about 6:25 PM we have the Amateur Radio Newsline and then at 7:00 PM all are welcome to join the weekly NET.  At 7:30 PM we have a friendly informal chat on 10 Meters at 28.454 MHz or we will be doing some 2-meter AM chatting.

We have compiled a list of repeaters that cover the Coachella Valley.  Take a look at this page for a list.  Repeaters that Cover the Coachella Valley.  If you have a repeater that you would like listed on this page please use the feedback form and submit it to us.


Members of the Desert RATS club try our best to live by this code at all times.

The Radio Amateur Is:

* CONSIDERATE…never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

* LOYAL…offers loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

* PROGRESSIVE…with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and knowledge above reproach.

* FRIENDLY…slow and patient operating when requested; friendly
advise and counsel to the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

* BALANCED…radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

* PATRIOTIC…station and skill always ready for service to country
and community.