Ribble Valley Raynet are a group of Amateur Radio enthusiasts who are dedicated to offering help, via radio communication, to any User Service, such as Police, Fire, Ambulance, Coast Guard or Government organisation. We also help with local community events including agricultural shows, fell races, Scouts, Cubs, Guides and Brownies events just to name a few. For safety and communication support, from Longridge to Settle, and whatever the need, Ribble Valley Raynet will be there when you need them. As we are all volunteers we give our time freely, there is no charge for our assistance, and yet our commitment is 100%. If you need advice as to whether you may find our services of use to you, please contact us and one of our officers will discuss your requirements and our suitability to help.

Based in Clitheroe, we cover the whole length of the Ribble Valley, and as part of Lancs Raynet Association we also cover County events so no matter where or when the help is needed we can be there to offer a professional and courteous service to our communities. If you feel you could help and wish to become a member then pls contact us, you do NOT have to be a Radio "Ham" to join, just a desire to help when needed.

For a little history on how, when, and why Raynet was set up please read the section below. 

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RAYNET is an acronym for the 'Radio Amateurs' Emergency Network', formed by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) in 1953 following the disastrous UK East Coast Floods, during which Radio Amateurs provided emergency communications because of the severe disruption caused to normal means of  communication, thus contributing to saving lives and property.

Radio Amateurs (or 'Hams') have to pass exams to show they are competent to operate and understand the extensive modes of transmission and wavebands allocated to them and in the UK are licensed by the DTI's OFCOM agency. Normally they can only speak to other Radio Amateurs, but a special section of their licence permits them to pass messages on behalf of various bodies called 'User Services'. These are any United Kingdom Police force, Fire or Ambulance service, Health Authority or Government Department, Chief Emergency Planning Officers and HM Coastguard, the British Red Cross Society, the St John Ambulance Brigade, the St Andrew's Ambulance Association, the Women's Royal Voluntary Service, the Salvation Army and the Utility Services.

There are nearly 200 organised groups of Radio Amateurs in the UK who provide the Core of Amateur Radio Voluntary Emergency & Public Service Communications, usually under the name 'RAYNET'. Is there one near you Click here to see.