About Us

About our Group

Our group was formed in 1980 by a team of Radio Amateurs who wanted to provide their skills and services to the community.  The group’s membership currently stands at around 30+ members, and due to our expending role we are looking to increase that number.

Since then we have worked very closely with the Civil Protection Team at Gloucestershire County Council, this included ‘manning the bunker’ during the Cold War and more recently providing emergency communications between all the District Council Offices and Shire Hall, as well as providing backup communications for the County’s Rest Centres in times of mass evacuation.  Our group also provide the emergency communication for the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford each year.

More recently the group has become a full member of the Gloucestershire Local Resilience Forum (LRF) where we are members of the Search and Rescue Group.  This group ensures that there are effective multi agency plans in place to support major incidents, such as the 2007 Floods in Gloucestershire.  As a member of this group we operate and train together with many agencies including:-

  • Gloucestershire Police
  • Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue
  • Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA)
  • Gloucestershire Cave Rescue
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Maritime and Coast Guard Agency
  • Maritime Volunteer Service
  • And many more

History of Raynet

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 hundreds of events each year.

Affiliations and Partners

Gloucestershire County Raynet is affiliated with, or has working partnerships with:-

  • Gloucestershire Local Resilience Forum (LRF)
  • Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue
  • Gloucestershire Civil Protection Team (CPT) Gloucestershire County Council

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Club member at an event

What Do We Do?

When there is an emergency, or a planned operation that requires our capabilities we are tasked by one of our partners.  We will then:- Call out our members using the SMS Responder system that sends text messages to the members of our team that are required. We either pull out a previously developed contingency plan …