Emergency communications

The provision of emergency communications is one of the fastest growing areas of amateur radio around the world.

Amateur radio is so useful to emergency communications because it does not depend on any infrastructure.

That means amateur radio does not rely on the electrical power grid or any cabled network.

Although mobile phones and the internet have wireless capability, they are still dependent on fixed masts and cabling which can be severely disrupted by a natural or man-made disaster; so while very useful in an emergency, mobiles and the internet cannot be relied upon completely.

When the phone lines are down and the electricity is off, it is still possible to communicate worldwide with amateur radio using only battery power.

This versatility has saved many lives over decades of amateur radio emergency service.

Amateur radio still gets through when everything else has failed.

RAYNET Reunification

Frequently Asked Questions on the re-unification of RAYNET.

RAYNET was formed in 1953 following the East Coast floods, when radio amateurs provided emergency communications, and was administered by the RSGB.
In the early 90s for various reasons a split occurred in RAYNET with some groups remaining with the RSGB, some forming a new organisation, the Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network, known as the Network or RAEN, and some operating independently.

Attempts have been made in the past to bring all the groups back into one organisation.  Since 2013 the RSGB’s Emergency Communications Committee has been working towards bringing the Raynet groups back under one organisation.  After a long period of consultation a memorandum of agreement between the RSGB and the RAYNET-UK, the re-unified Raynet, was signed.  This sets out their new, complimentary roles and co-operative relationship.  This can be viewed here RSGB RAYNET-UK Agreement 2016.

In essence, the new unified organisation will become an affiliated Special Interest Group of the Society.  In turn, only the unified RAYNET will have the task of providing the special support which groups need, such as specific insurance and photo ID.  Only groups in the unified organisation will be able to use the title RAYNET.

RSGB groups will be invited to transfer to the unified Raynet during 2017.  It’s important to note that the unified RAYNET will be a membership organisation.  So not only will the group transfer, its members will become members of RAYNET-UK.

For more information please see the FAQ:  Frequently Asked Questions on the re-unification of RAYNET

How to join RAYNET-UK

The process for joining RAYNET-UK is described here: Registration procedures V5
The forms are below:
(please read the registration procedures above before completing these forms)
REG-01 – batch summary sheet
REG-02 – member’s details
REG-06 – Individual member’s agreement for members over 18
REG-06J – Individual member’s agreement for junior members

BPSS forms (optional):
bpss-briefing-v7-dec-2016
bpss-check-list-v4-dec-2016
bpss-id-verification-check-list-v2-dec-2016
bpss-annex-a-v4-dec-2016
bpss-annex-b-v4-dec-2016

If you have any problems please contact the committee member for your area: Committee Members

Last edit to this page:  03 Jan 2017