Making the most of vhf and uhf handheld communications

1 day FREE workshop held locally 

If you are an individual or a member of an organisation that already uses radios but wants to get more out of them, or you are simply thinking of investing in radio communications, then this hands-on workshop is for you.

Participants will have the chance to explore how RAYNET, Business Radio, and Amateur Radio infrastructure such as MEARL – our Shared Repeater Scheme – can enhance your existing communications equipment capabilities.

Activities on the day will also be of interest to licenced Radio Amateurs or anyone interested in taking up Amateur Radio as a hobby, as a range of Amateur Radio Equipment will be available for hands-on activities.

This is an introductory level workshop, and no prior technical knowledge is required – but at the same time, the activities are designed for all levels of knowledge and expertise.

The workshop will also enable you to get to know RAYNET members and our activities and hopefully be the catalyst for future rapport.


(If you have no idea what any of this is about, don’t worry that’s why we are running this workshop)

  • Different types of Licence and related issues
  • Limitations of VHF and UHF handheld communications
  • Increasing the effective use of VHF and UHF handhelds
  • Repeaters / talk-through / vehicle extenders
  • PBR licenced frequencies CCTSS and other users
  1. What it is
  2. How to include it on your equipment
  • An introduction to the RAYNET Merseyside Mobile Control Vehicle
  • What licenced Radio Amateurs can offer, including inter County, inter UK, and worldwide communications
  • APRS – real-time position location and incident mapping on computer maps using mobile phones or specialist AR equipment


Short presentations, discussions, videos, computer models/simulations, hands-on practical operating using PBR and Amateur Radio equipment.

Target audience:

Organisations, and individuals, wishing to get the most out of their existing VHF/UHF equipment (or individuals/organisations thinking of investing in handheld equipment).

Radio Amateurs wanting to find out more about PBR equipment, licence conditions, and RAYNET infrastructure and activities on Merseyside, such as the SHARED REPEATER SYSTEM – MEARL (Merseyside Emergency Area Radio Link)

Workshops are organised to meet demand and are delivered to small groups of up to 10 participants.

If you wish to be added to our list for the next workshop, please Contact us