The weekly Rainier Emergency Radio Net meets on Sunday evenings at 7:30 PM on GMRS channel 18 (462.625 MHz, no sub-audible tones or privacy codes). This short weekly radio net serves the following purposes:
If you were not heard/acknowledged by net control during the weekly net check-in, or if you have any comments or questions about the Rainier Emergency Radio Net, please e-mail the net control using the link below.
Ed Braaten, an amateur radio operator licensed as N7EKB, established the Rainier Emergency Radio Net in September, 2017. The net is an effort to organize and prepare interested neighbors in the Rainier, Washington area to use their own personal GMRS radios to communicate during a natural disaster or other event which disables normal communications (cell phone, internet, etc.).
Ed serves as the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) Amatuer Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Emergency Coordinator (EC) for East Thurston County which includes Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, and the surrounding communities. The East Thurston ARES group is made of FCC-licensed amateur radio operators who train to work with and support both government and private emergency management organizations at the local and state level. The local (0-50 miles) and long-distance (50 miles to worldwide) communications capabilities that amateur radio operators have at their disposal are invaluable in a major disaster. These communications take place on radio channels/frequencies allocated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use only by persons licensed by the FCC to operate in the Amateur Radio Service.