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Western Valleys RAYNET

Welcome to Western Valleys RAYNET

RAYNET is a non-commercial voluntary organisation formed of radio amateurs who give freely of their time, expertise and use of their equipment in providing highly effective and reliable radio links enabling communications for their user services, which include:-

Local Authority Emergency Planning Officers

Third Sector Voluntary Services

About 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 third Thursday 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 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.


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 –Hopefully 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, that’s where RAYNET can be called upon to assist and why it was founded.


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. That’s why the Military use it on the battle field!

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Our Committee

You can contact any of the members of committee below

Mark Stevenson

Controller & Events Coordinator

Telephone 01656 837 450 (option 1)
Email: mark.stevenson@wvr.wales

Gareth Evans

Secretary & Registrations Office

Telephone 01656 837 450 (option 3)
Email: gareth.evans@wvr.wales

Ian Thornton

Deputy Controller & Training Officer

Telephone 01656 837 450 (option 2)
Email ian.thornton@wvr.wales

Brian Jones



Contact us

E-Mail: controller@wvr.wales
Tel: 01656 837 450
In an emergency if you do not get a response from our Number(s) please contact the RAYNET-UK Emergency Number 24/7 on 0303 040 1080.

Designed by Mark Stevenson (2W0YMS)