In an Emergency Contact can be made with RAYNET by telephoning The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network’s 24-hour Emergency Contact number 0303 040 1080
Events such as charity walks, fun runs, marathons, and open-air concerts can benefit from radio communications. RAYNET communications can be useful for several reasons:
The central Control can inform the other volunteers about progress- last runner, returned, etc.
The outstations can inform Control about progress- checkpoint closed, walker retired, etc.
People can be informed about exceptional events- competitor overdue, etc.
Administrative information can be passed, such as lists of walkers who have not passed through a checkpoint and may be lost . Administrative information can be passed, such as the first runners/walk/riders through a checkpoint.
RAYNET can also help you reduce your events carbon footprint by reducing the amount of fuel used by support vehicles
RAYNET normally attaches one or more radio operators to each point where the User wants communications. The users (such as marshals) are not expected to talk on the radio. (under the terms of the Amateur Radio License do not allow it.) RAYNET also has the ability to communicate over greater distance then PMR446 radios, CB and radio equipment that can be hired. RAYNET can also send data to and from checkpoints to finish
What will it Cost?
RAYNET is somewhat unique in the Voluntary Emergency Services Sector in that it survives mainly on the good will of it’s membership and doesn’t generally have any regular income. Current Ofcom licencing terms do not permit RAYNET (or any other group of volunteers who use amateur radio bands such as 4×4 clubs, scouts or RSGB clubs) to ‘invoice’ for the volunteer services it provides to other organisations and user services while using ‘radio amateur’ equipment.
However this doesn’t mean the Keighley RAYNET group, our members or any other voluntary group should be left out of pocket when providing their services for the greater good of the British public. Keighley RAYNET Group will in most cases submit to the relevant event organizing representative who requested our services in the first instance, a outline expected expenses and recommend a suitable level of donation to cover the members expenses. Sometimes it isn’t possible to forecast this before the start of a new event or call out and all event organizers should set a ceiling figure if there is a restrictive or limited budget in place.
RAYNET Engineering Service!
Keighley RAYNET Group’s members may be used for their own personal knowledge as experienced radio equipment operators on your existing business radio network i.e: Staffing of Event or Joint Operational Control Room. Keighley RAYNET Engineering Team can also be used to engineer a radio network for your own volunteers to use. (for this service you will need to book the radio equipment through GBSE Event Technology, Contact – Tel: 01422 822990)
Who is the user service?
Our user services are defined in the Civil Contingencies Act. They are the British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, the St Andrew’s Ambulance Association, the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service, the Salvation Army, any Government Department, any Category 1 responder, and any Category 2 responder as defined in the Civil Contingencies Act (2004).