Img Fred K3TAZ at Towson ATV repeater

The Chesapeake Amateur television society (CATS)

"Hams should be seen as well as heard!" -- Dave KC3AM

Two Amateur Television (ATV) repeaters are hosted by us in the Greater Baltimore, MD area. A major tenet of Amateur Radio is public service.  We meet each Wednesday evening on the air with both audio and video to maintain our communications "network" of area hams for communications.  We can be called upon to share information and video in support of area emergency and disaster recovery operations. 

 Above, Fred K3TAZ at our Towson W3BAB ATV repeater site.

Latest Notes

  • Thomas Farrell W3RCJ (Silent Key)
  • With deep sadness we report the passing of long-time friend and ATV enthusiast Tom W3RCJ.

    Mr. Thomas E. Farrell, transitioned from this life on March 5, 2023. Mr. Farrell was born on August 2, 1927.
    A viewing for Mr. Farrell, will be held on Friday, March 24, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Vaughn Greene Funeral Services, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD 21133.
    On Saturday, March 25, 2023, a homegoing celebration for Mr. Thomas E. Farrell, will be held at Vaughn Greene Randallstown Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. with services to follow.  Immediately following services, the Interment will be held at the Druid Ridge Cemetery.

    Published by Vaughn Greene Funeral Services - Randallstown on Mar. 9, 2023.

  • What is Amateur Television (ATV)?

    Ocotber, 2022Not familiar with ATV?  ATV is two-way video/audio over amateur radio frequencies.  Not broadcasting, rather, this is hobby and emergency preparedness communications with video.  Watch our weekly nets in almost real-time (a few seconds delay) through streaming from the BATC website.  Go to our NETS/MEET tab for further details.   Feel free to ask questions on what we are doing on 2-meters.  Think that Zoom meetings now adays are innovative and useful?  We have been doing essentially this, over ham radio frequencies, for nearly 50 years.
  • DVB-T Activity continues

    October, 2022Fred K3TAZ and John K0ZAK continue to provide DVB-T signals to the CATS Towson ATV repeater.  Many raves over the quality of their signals  Who will be next with DVB-T signals?  John K0ZAK has written up some implementation notes of his experiences with DVB-T transmitting and reception.  This is includes the Hi-Des UT-100 modulator and other devices. 
  • The Towson ATV repeater continues with signal quality improvements.  DVB-T 2-mhz. digital input is working. 

Annual dues

Remember, one can only vote in the upcoming elections or hold club officer positions if you are up to date on your annual membership.  Send your $25 check to Rich N3MOB (payable to Rich Moellmann).  Find him at QRZ.COM.