21/365 Broken Radio / RAYNET

The picture is nothing to do with the title. The radio appears to be broken, the aerial appears to be OK. I know this because I swapped radios. The other, a Leixen VV898 works fine. However, last night I mentioned an organisation RAYNET, tonight here’s a potted history;

During the 1950’s control of the activities of radio amateurs was much more rigidly applied than is the case today.

Anyhow, on the night of 31 January, 1953 the North Sea experienced an unprecedented swell, causing major floods in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. There were more than 230 deaths. On the night, and in the immediate aftermath, radio amateurs got together and assisted the emergency services. As a reward some of the restrictions were relaxed, and the Radio Amateurs Emergency Network, which later became RAYNET.

Today, RAYNET continues as a charity. Most counties has at least one group (I’m not aware of any that have none). Some, like Hampshire has four. We become involved in activities with the public for example next week I shall be on a point for the Clarendon walk, and the week after the New Forest Marathon. It’s an opportunity for us to use our radios helping the public, and I get to go to places that I normally wouldn’t such as the depths of the new forest, or the top of Butser Hill – absolutely lovely.

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

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