The Network AGM and Convention
took place in Cambridge last Saturday and was attended
by over 70 members.
The keynote address was given
by Roy Harold MBE, Chief Fire Officer, Norfolk Fire and
Rescue, whose enthusiastic presentation praised the
valuable work of the voluntary sector, and in particular
RAYNET, and how this should be embraced by the statutory
Greg Mossop G0DUB presented the
interim findings of the Technical Survey, which will now
be opened for RSGB Group Controllers to contribute prior
to the final report being presented in March.
The EGM voted unanimously to
change the name to RAYNET-UK, and all other resolutions
to make various adjustments to the Network constitution
were passed. Members approved the minutes of the 2015
AGM, the Committee of Management's report to the
membership and the Annual Report and financial accounts.
Cathy Clark G1GQJ, Chairman of
the Radio Amateur's Emergency Network and RSGB President
Nick Henwood G3RWF signed the agreement between the two
organisations, for the reunification of RAYNET
operations, from January 1st, 2017. This brought
some 3 years of negotiation and discussion, undertaken
by members of the Network Committee of Management and
the RSGB Emergency Communications Committee, to a
conclusion, with the creation of a single structure for
UK amateur emergency communications.
Cathy Clark G1GQJ referred to
the overwhelming support of all RAYNET members, in
looking to strengthen the public face of RAYNET and
provide a unified representation to the User Services.
Peter Thomson GM1XEA, ECC Chairman said " This has been
a historic day in finally having a unified RAYNET
structure again within the UK" He also thanked the
members of the Emergency Communications Committee, the
Joint Working Group and the Network Committee of
Management for their work to achieve this.
Report courtesy of Raynet News
Service (4th November 2016)