RRI believes in a holistic approach to public service and emergency communications. Our affiliated programs are designed to integrate several different programs and radio services to better serve local communities in time of emergency.
Four levels of service are envisioned, which are defined by coverage area from the neighborhood level through the national and international level:
Neighborhood Level: In the absence of commercial telecommunications common carrier services, such as the Internet and cellular mobile data networks, the licensed radio amateur can provide basic emergency communications services to his neighborhood through the National SOS Radio Network. For example, during a hurricane or wildfire incident, RRI volunteers monitor Family Radio Service (FRS) channel one for emergency requests from individuals in their immediate area. The RRI volunteer can then access local emergency services via VHF or UHF emergency communications networks typically operated by cooperating programs such as the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), Radio Emergency Associated Citizen Teams (REACT), or the like. The RRI volunteer can also provide basic messaging service to his neighborhood or community by transmitting text messages (called "radiograms) for those in the disaster area via RRI international networks, the Winlink network, or other affiliated, survivable communications systems.
Community Level: As with the National SOS Radio Network, the RRI Neighborhood Radio Watch ("Neighborhood Hamwatch") program is designed to support local volunteer organizations active in disaster response (VOADs). RRI, in cooperation with local amateur radio clubs, trains local VOADs to efficiently use and deploy basic, survivable communications systems built on FRS and GMRS interoperable assets. These basic radio services facilitate internal communications within the organization, while radio amateurs provide a gateway from the FRS/GMRS layer to local emergency services or international networks. This "force multiplier" concept ensures efficient use of local amateur radio volunteer resources, while also providing an organized communications pathway between VOADs and local emergency management agencies or emergency services.
State/Provincial Level: In cooperation with organizations such as the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), RRI supports statewide networks operating under the auspices of the National Traffic System, which is managed in a cooperative arrangement between both organizations. These networks link local emergency operations centers with state agencies, provide access to surrounding municipalities and counties, and enhance overall connectivity between agencies. RRI training classes are provided to Amateur Radio Clubs and emergency communications organizations on a variety of subjects. Standard radiogram and radiogram-ICS213 message formats are used to ensure accountability and appropriate message tracking and the servicing of replies.
National/International Level: RRI operates a system of layered radio networks that facilitate the transfer of messages throughout the United States and Canada as well as locations overseas. Our survivable Digital Traffic Network backbone operates in the high frequency radio spectrum as do our flexible, basic radiotelegraph (CW) and radiotelephone networks. All networks utilize a standard radiogram or radiogram-ICS213 message format.
RRI also sponsors the Boy Scout Radio Watch program, which is designed to introduce scouts to the purposeful use of two-way radio. RRI volunteers provide scouts with training on basic radiotelephone communications procedures, net operations, radiogram format and similar communications techniques. Scouts are also introduced to various Amateur Radio technologies and networks. The Boy Scout Radio Watch program is ideally suited for a partnership between RRI and local radio clubs.
Radio Relay International, in cooperation with partnering organizations including the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs, the American Red Coss, the Winlink Development Team, and the Western Washington State ARRL Section, has developed the "I Am Safe" Program. This program provides not just a methodology for originating welfare message traffic from community message centers deployed in the aftermath of a major disaster, but also the documents and software tools necessary to do so.
RRI also provides the "I Am Safe" documentation and tools in Spanish for use by radio amateurs located in Puerto Rico, and Central and South America. For all of the program details, please see our separate section entitled "I Am Safe Program" at: https://radiorelay.org/i-am-safe-program-1
Files coming soon.
RRI is an association of radio networks. Rather than "members," we maintain a list of volunteer "registered radio operators." By registering as an RRI radio operator (form provided below), you will be placed on our mailing list to receive notices of upcoming training classes, bulletins pertaining to emergency operations, and you will receive the latest issues of the QNI Newsletter, the official publication of Radio Relay International (back issues may be found at www.qni-newsletter.net). By registering with RRI, you agree to uphold the highest standards of operating courtesy and professionalism. RRI does not charge dues, but we do accept donations to maintain our operations.
By registering with RRI, you agree to uphold the highest standards of operating courtesy and professionalism. RRI does not charge dues, but we do accept donations to maintain our operations.
Traffic nets and EmComm (ARES, REACT, AUXCOM, etc.) nets are also encouraged to register and affiliate with Radio Relay International. By affiliating the net agrees to maintain liaison with Radio Relay International nets. All RRI training materials and classes are available free-of-charge to non-profit public service organizations. A net registration form is provided below.
Donations to RRI may be sent to:
Radio Relay International
C/O Emergency Preparedness Services, LLC
PO Box 43
Niles, MI. 49120
Make checks payable to "Radio Relay International."