Why not use my mobile phone?
Mobile Phones: You should try being in Scotland on Hogmanay. As soon as the bells are chimed and we're into the new year, several hundred (or thousand) people who are within RF reach of the nearest mobile phone cell use it to full capacity, as they try to call their friends and family. In that event almost everyone will experience a dead mobile phone line and they will continue to experience that until around 2am or so, whilst some very lucky people do get through.
That's a feel-good event!. In a state of emergency, that problem is considerably amplified and will happen over a much longer period of time, probably even as much as several days - and that's assuming that mobile phone communications are still working. It is also assuming that EVERYONE's mobile phones have batteries that are still functional and they can still get to working power supplies to charge them.
Of course, in a real state of emergency, power is likely to be gone as well, meaning that mobile phone cells are highly likely to be down and anyone who does have a mobile phone that can just about make a communication (usually not) is on borrowed time.
Often in states of emergency, the utility and emergency services will be using communication services that will be overstretched and will eventually go off-line for a period, assuming that the services are still working. Of course, if the power is down, those services are gone as well and so any communications can only be done on a local basis and with "back-up" power from batteries or so, which will also have limited time. It is often the case that utility services use the same masts as mobile phones So if one goes, it is likely that the other is down as well.
Quite recently in Cumbria, an Emergency caused by bad weather took out most cabled communications by flooding Indeed, in Workington there were several thousand telephone lines that were about to be washed away because of a bridge that was about to collapse. Fortunately, the telephone lines were re-routed via the only permanent crossing that is still standing, the railway bridge - so on this occasion the lines were saved. If they were washed away, then a whole district of Cumbria would not have been able to use landline services, broadband etc. to communicate to the outside world.
As states of emergency go, Cumbria was miniscule ĖHopefully we will never have to experience or deal with things on the scale of the earthquakes and tsunamis that other parts of the world experience. But emergency situations requiring emergency Communications do arise, and more often than people realise, thatís where RAYNET can be called upon to assist and why it was founded.
RAYNET or AMATEUR RADIO:
Due its simplicity, low transmission powers, forms of communication in challenging environments and on challenging wavebands, means of power when mains power may not be available and so on, this is by far the most reliable form of communication that can be relied upon when all else fails. Thatís why the Military use it on the battle field!