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What is RAYNET

What is RAYNET?

Raynet is a generic name for a group of licensed Radio Amateurs who provide their time and expertise voluntarily to provide radio communications for emergencies and disasters etc.

There are approximately 2000 members in 150 groups across the UK.  OFCOM Licensing regulations permit us to assist various organisations (user service bodies) with communications services for emergency and/or safety reasons. The list of user service bodies includes the voluntary first aid organisations, local authorities, the Police, the Armed Forces, and various public utilities.

 Apart from regular training, we are restricted to operating on behalf of one of the stipulated user bodies. The regular training undertaken puts us in a position to respond rapidly in the event of an emergency and in most situations have a radio network up and running within 60 minutes of being called upon.

Apart from , thankfully, rare emergency situations we usually find ourselves operating on safety grounds at events such as Marathons and sponsored walks. Normally this is on behalf of the Red Cross or St John Ambulance. We are finding that the Police are using us increasingly at carnivals and the like. These events give us opportunity to hone our communication skills.


RAYNET was formed on the initiative of the Radio Society of Great Britain" following the spontaneous help provided by Radio Amateurs during the 1953 east coast floods.

The Amateur Radio license required amending to allow the handling of emergency and disaster radio traffic for third parties.

Apart from the 1953 floods the worst disaster assistance we provided was the air crash over Lockerbie, where RAYNET provided communications for the authorities over a number of days.

Locally we have been called upon several times to assist with lost person searches on Exmoor and similar areas.





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