About Suffolk RAYNET
East Suffolk RAYNET is a volunteer organisation with structure, membership and direction aimed at supporting the community. We use two way radio to help communications at planed events, functions and call out by user services such as Search and Rescue, St Johns, Public emergency services and charity organisations.
Why RAYNET Formed?
RAYNET was formed in 1953 following the severe East coast flooding, to provide a way of organising the valuable resource that Amateur Radio is able to provide to the community.
Since then, it has grown into a very active organisation with around 2000 members, providing communication assistance on many hundreds of events each year. Amateur Radio operators have access to a wide range of radio bands, operating modes and equipment which allows RAYNET to offer a unique range of emergency communication services to our user services. Coupled with our members endless resourcefulness, RAYNET is regarded as a professional support organisation by both the statutory and volunteer emergency service organisations.
RAYNET may be called in to provide a link between the police station or incident control center and a volunteer organisation such as SLROC Rescue or Suffolk Lowland Search & Rescue if their own radios can’t reach the incident control room base or mobile phones are out of signal to to land mass or woodlands. Our members may be assigned to a search group handling comm’s or working with The Coast Guard, Ambulance and Fire and Rescue service in times of natural disaster or emergency.
None of our volunteers are paid or receive reward and very often use their own and local equipment. Most RAYNET members are licenced amateur radio enthusiasts although you don’t have to own radio equipment or be an amateur radio licence holder to become a member of RAYNET. You can get your radio licence should you wish to and Ipswich has a club that can help you with this. While we are on call 24hrs a day we are not expected to turn out unless practical and doesn’t affect out own personal lives, ensuring membership of RAYNET is still a fun and worth while commitment to it’s members.
There are many other RAYNET groups all over the UK and the main RAYNET website lists much more information about us. Please keep an eye on what we do on Twitter or Facebook and contact us if you would like to come along to an event and see what we do.
We do have occasional social gatherings and hope you like the thought of putting something in to the community, helping people in times of worry while using radio and your own personal skills to help others. You may have skills in your current employment, previous training and technical knowledge that will help you in your duties with RAYNET and we are looking for new members in 2011 and 2012 so please do contact us.