RAYNET is steeped in history. It all began over 60 years ago with the terrible East Coast floods of 1953 with the need for information to passed quickly and accurately by radio amateurs.
We exist because those first men and women gave up their time and radio skills to help save lives.
Radio will always be a part of our toolkit. It’s hard to not value the simplicity, portability and predictability of a radio link, but it’s not the only useful line of communications when responding to today’s issues.
We also have the talent and equipment to set up impromptu internet access, in the middle of a field, even if the mobile and landline telephones fail. We have successfully transmitted live video to those that need it, saving hours of misunderstandings when time is short. We can even supply real phones and Wi-Fi to village halls, enabling those who are sheltering there to make that all-important “don’t worry, I’m safe” phone call or tweet reassurances to their friends and family.
We are also happy to provide these solutions to community events, helping them to improve their safety and awareness at nominal and affordable fees.
If all this sounds technical, it can be, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s still the basic act of passing information in timely manner to allow decisions to be made quickly. Events and emergencies require a wide variety of skills, many of them not at all technical. If you have an interest, but think that you lack the qualifications, we’d love to help you out with that.
If you don’t have a lot of spare time, it’s worth pointing out that events typically last a few hours, often on a weekend morning. Emergencies are obviously, by nature, a little more spontaneous, but ultimately there are no set hours to commit to.