RAYNET (Radio Amateur Emergency Network) is a generic name for groups of licensed Radio Amateurs who provide their time and expertise on a voluntary basis to provide radio communications for community events as well as emergencies and disasters.
There are approximately 5000 members in 250 independent groups across the UK. Licensing regulations allow us to assist various organisations (user Services) with communications for emergency or safety reasons. The list of user Services includes the Red Cross, St Johns Ambulance, Scottish Ambulance, HM Coastguard, Salvation Army, The Emergency Planning Officer, the Police, the Armed Forces, and various public utilities.
We use local community events to help us train and keep our operational expertise up to scratch. We also work with other groups within Scotland and throughout the UK. The regular training using these community events 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 rare emergency situations we usually find ourselves operating on safety grounds at events such as Car Rallys, Mountain Biking events, Marathons and sponsored walks.
If you feel your event would benefit from our services please contact us via our contacts page, we are a voluntary organisation and rely on donations to keep our equipment up to parr.