The Milton Keynes Raynet Group is a member of
The Radio Amateurs Emergency Network
, a voluntary organisation that provides communications at times of national and international emergencies.

We aim to prepare ourselves to provide radio communications for such incidents to Category 1 & 2 Responders under the Civil Contingencies Act and the services that support them. In particular we get
involved with the Local Authority Chief Emergency Planning Offices who often provide financial support and fund aerial installations. We practice for emergencies by providing communications for charitable events such as endurance horse rides, Marathons, Scout hikes, cycling events and the like. As well as radios we have our own infrastructure – such as masts, power supplies, batteries, generators, aerials; even a gazebo and a trailer to move it all.

We provide comunications for these organisations at events such as marathons, scout hikes and during endurance horse and sponsored cycle rides as part of our ongoing training.


The Milton Keynes Raynet Group is part of the UK's national voluntary communications service provided for the community by Radio Amateurs.

RAYNET was formed in 1953 following the severe flooding around the east coast of Britain to provide a way of organising the valuable resource that Amateur Radio is able to provide to the community.

The Milton Keynes Raynet Group was formed in the early 1980s to provide a more local service to the rapidly growing area of Milton Keynes. Although we primarily serve the local area, we remain an active member of the Buckinghamshire County Raynet organisation with whom we meet regularly.

Although we are called the Milton Keynes RAYNET Group and were formed in the early 1980s to provide a more local service to the rapidly growing area of Milton Keynes, we remain part of Buckinghampshire RAYNET and also cover the northern part of Buckinghampshire. Bucks Emergency Planning Unit, the District Emergency Planning Units and MK Emergency Planning Unit work closely together in order to be prepared to cope with local emergencies.


In true volunteer fashion RAYNET members come from all walks of life. They are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week, ready to provide a service to the community.

Most, but not all, of our members are licensed Radio Amateurs who normally use their own equipment to provide the RAYNET service (although we do have Group owned equipment). However, you do not need to be a licensed Radio Amateur to join RAYNET. You will still be able to assist us with many tasks. Human Resources, Management, Engineering and Logistics are examples of areas where non licensed members are an asset to the organisation.

Membership is open to persons aged 14 years and over (provided that, if they are under 18 years of age an adult member of their family, a close relation or guardian is also a Group member). There is no upper age limit.

We attempt to use every opportunity to train for the event that we hope will never come - an emergency.

For details of membership of the Group contact the Controller, Don Kirkwood, G3YQO.


1st Oct 2015   Rugby World Cup support (A).
3rd Oct 2015   Rugby World Cup support (B).
4th Oct 2015   Buckingham Triathlon.
6th Oct 2015   Rugby World Cup support (C).
8th Oct 2015   Group AGM
3rd Dec 2015   Group Christmas Dinner.
6th Dec 2015   Bedford Half Marathon.
(Supporting Mid Beds Raynet)
20 Mar 2016   MK Endurance Horse Ride.
07 Apr 2016   Group training.
02 May 2016   Milton Keynes Marathon.
Route : Full  |  Full (MMCP)  |  Full (WSCP)  |  Half
15 May 2016   Grafham Safari (charity walk).
(Supporting Mid Beds Raynet)
09 Jun 2016   Group training.
03 Jul 2016   Stowe Triathlon.
09 Jul 2016   Electric Daisy Carnival.
16 Jul 2016   MK Midnight Moo.
17 Jul 2016   Buckingham Triathlon.
23 Jul 2016   BHS Horse Ride - Stowe.
06 Aug 2016   Keysoe Endurance Horse Ride.
(Supporting Mid Beds Raynet)
11 Aug 2016   Group training.
10&11 Sep 2016   Hanslope Horse Ride.
16 Oct 2016   MK Endurance Horse Ride.
06 Oct 2016   Group AGM
Dec 2016   Bedford Half Marathon.
(Supporting Mid Beds Raynet)
Dec 2016   Group Christmas Dinner.


Emergency Contact

A twenty four hour national emergency telephone line is provided on:

0303 040 1080 and press #

The emergency telephone line is for the use of User Services who are unable to contact the Milton Keynes RAYNET Group directly.

Details of calls made via the emergency telephone line will be passed on to the Group as quickly as possible.

Non-Emergency Contact

Please contact the Group's Controller, Don Kirkwood, G3YQO if you wish to make a non-emergency request for our assistance or require any other information.

Please give us as much notice and information as possible about your proposed event. This will help us to provide the best service to you.


The Radio Amateurs Emergency Network
The Radio Society of Great Britain
MK Resilience Group