Who and what is Western Valleys Raynet?

The New “Western Valleys Raynet” was formed in August of 2014 from what was the old Mid Glamorgan Raynet, that had been dormant for some time. Today Western Valleys Raynet boasts one of the largest group memberships in Wales. We meet on the last Monday of Every month at the Aberkenfig Social and Athletic club, Bridgend Road Aberkenfig in the function room on the first floor.

Western Valleys Raynet is part of the National voluntary communications service provided for the community by licensed radio amateurs. RAEN, Commonly known as 'RAYNET', was formed in 1953 following the East Coast floods, when radio amateurs provided emergency communications.

What could Western Valleys Raynet do for your charity or group?

As part of our training for major civil incidents, Western Valleys Raynet can provide a radio communications service for local community events. Charity events from sponsored walks to bike rides and fun runs and Firework Displays etc.

How can Western Valleys Raynet help?

Western Valleys Raynet members/volunteers use their own equipment to provide radio communications and vehicle/operator tracking. This facility is particularly beneficial in areas of low mobile phone coverage and where other forms of radio are not sufficient

How are we organised?

RAYNET comprises a national network of local groups, who liaise with emergency services, local authorities and other voluntary agencies who could be involved in the integrated management response to major civil emergencies.

RAYNET comprises a national network of local groups, who liaise with emergency services, local authorities and other voluntary agencies who could be involved in the integrated management response to major civil emergencies.

Groups are supported by a County/Regional, Zonal and National structure

All registered members of The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network whilst on duty are covered by "Public Liability" & "Employers Liability" insurance, together with Personal Accident Insurance under policies held nationally by The Network.

How do we train?

Groups work with the emergency services and local authority emergency planning units on both live exercises and table-top simulations. It is, of course, important to have “hands on” experience regularly and throughout the year and to carry out training to nationally agreed standards. RAYNET personnel provide additional safety communications for local fun runs, marathons, car rallies and a wide variety of events, whereby message passing, engineering skills and operational procedures can be tried and tested

Who can Western Valleys Raynet help?

Under the terms of the amateur radio licence, Western Valleys Raynet  may pass messages on behalf of a designated 'User Service'.  A User Service must be in attendance at the event and formally request the help of Western Valleys Raynet to assist them with communications.

Raynet regularly assist the St John Ambulance and The British Red Cross at events for local events when their own radio systems are insufficient and do not provide the required coverage.

Interested?  Then contact us to discuss requirements.