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RAYNET Amateur Radio Emergency Communications in the United Kingdom. Paul Gaskell, G4MWO, RCVS National Coordinator Radio Society of Great Britain
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Amateur Radio Emergency Communications in the United Kingdom
Paul Gaskell, G4MWO, RCVS National Coordinator Radio Society of Great Britain
David Smith, G8IDL, Emergency Planning Team, The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network
RAYNET is the UK’s National Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Organisation
Its name is made up from
The RA(Y)dio Amateurs’ Emergency NETworkRAYNET
Amateur Radio in the UK is now regulated by
OFCOMThe Office of Communications
(this includes the previous RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS AGENCY)
The UK Licence permits us to pass third-party traffic for the following organisations –
these are called ‘THE USER SERVICES’
Any United Kingdom POLICE force, FIRE, AMBULANCE service or HEALTH Authority
CHIEF EMERGENCY PLANNING OFFICERS(Local & Regional Levels)
HM COASTGUARD, ANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT
BRITISH RED CROSSSOCIETY, ST JOHN AMBULANCE, ST ANDREW’SAMBULANCE(Voluntary Ambulance Services)
WOMEN’S ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE, the SALVATION ARMY
UTILITY SERVICES(Gas, Water, Electricity etc)
The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network
David Smith G8IDL, CEng FIEE
Emergency Planning Team
RAYNET was formed following the East Coast Floods in 1953, when radio amateurs first provided emergency communications.
The United Kingdom is split into a number of areas – called ZONES – and each has its own Zonal Co-ordinator.
RAYNET has provided additional communications at major incidents, including:
Major telecommunications disruption
We also provide safety communications forlarge-scale community events, such as:
Flora London Marathon 2005
Womens 10km run , Glasgow
Mildenhall Air Fete
RAYNET personnel provide additional safety communications for local fun runs, marathons, car rallies and a wide variety of events, whereby message passing, engineering skills and operational procedures can be tried and tested.
Aerial rigging for RAYNET Control
RAYNET Training weekend, EP College, Easingwold
Message handling on an event
In times of major civil emergency, existing communications can become rapidly overloaded.
RAYNET can offer:
To deliver the country’s needs now and in the future
The Radio Society of Great Britain
THE USER SERVICES
RAYNET – The Radio Amateurs Emergency Network
The RSGB’s Emergency Communications Webpages