RRI operates an international network of survivable, decentralized and dispersed communications networks. These interoperable networks operate without critical infrastructure such as cellular towers, mobile switching offices, terrestrial facilities, distributed nodes, or other infrastructure. The foundation for our networks is the unique, survivable high frequency radio spectrum in which we operate a modified, hybrid mesh network called the "Digital Traffic Network" (DTN) as well as "manual mode" radiotelegraph, radiotelephone, and specialized digital networks.
RRI networks utilize the universal radiogram and radiogram-ICS213 messaging format, both of which provide excellent accountability and the necessary network management data to facilitate the routing of replies and service messages.
In the era of instantaneous personal communications, many ignore the reality that distributed networks such as the Internet and cellular data networks are vulnerable to both natural and technological disaster. RRI seeks to develop cooperative relationships with agencies and volunteer organizations to promote and develop effective programs that ensure basic, survivable connectivity in time of emergency.
RRI was founded to modernize and enhance the National Traffic System, a national messaging layer that operates 24-hours per day, 365 days per year. NTS is exercised daily by volunteer radio amateurs as an open network, which handles routine radiogram messages. During a disaster, the NTS routine configuration is replaced by an emergency configuration designed to expedite the flow of welfare, priority and emergency traffic.
RRI sponsors the National SOS Radio Network, through which networks of local radio amateurs link citizens equipped with common FRS walkie-talkies to local emergency services during disaster situations. This program allows citizens to request assistance from local emergency response organizations when cellular networks or telephone service is unavailable.
RRI also sponsors the Neighborhood Radio Watch (Neighborhood Hamwatch) program, which integrates volunteer organizations active in disaster response (VOADs) into a cohesive, interoperable emergency communications program. Local amateur radio clubs train VOADs in basic radio communications techniques using RRI training materials. These VOADS then establish their own interoperable FRS/GMRS network for internal communications, with volunteer radio amateurs providing connectivity from the VOAD network to both local emergency management and international messaging networks such as RRI and Winlink.
The Boy Scout Radio Watch program introduces scouts to the purposeful use of two-way radio technology. Scout units are trained in basic radiotelephone procedures, the radiogram and radiogram-ICS213 message formats, and the technology of radio communications. Assistance is also provided for scouts interested in obtaining an amateur radio license. Scout units can also be integrated into the local public service and emergency communications organizations.