Barrett radio equipment to support emergency communications in the Hurricane Belt Perth, Western Australia, August 3rd, 2016 - In late May 2016 a shipment of equipment from Barrett Communications was delivered to the island group of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, located in the Caribbean Sea, between Saint Lucia and Grenada. These islands are located within “the hurricane belt” and with the 2016 season soon to commence, the shipment was greatly anticipated.


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The donation shipment was the eventual result of an article written by The Rainbow Radio League's (RRL) Director, Mr Donald De Riggs, in an American radio communications publication. RRL is a non-profit volunteer organization with emergency communications as its specialty. Their requirement in terms of communications was for emergency and disaster preparedness radio equipment that was reliable, inexpensive to run and easy to operate on an ongoing basis. Recognizing that the requirement reflected Barrett's range of equipment and services the company decided to make contact with Mr Riggs with a view to offering some assistance to RRL.

As a result of detailed discussions about their need to strengthen emergency radio communications, an agreement was made and a range of ex demonstration High Frequency (HF) and Very High Frequency (VHF) radio communications equipment was dispatched to RRL. The agreement includes two Barrett 2050 HF transceivers, one in base station and the other in vehicle configuration, two 2090 HF Manpacks, four PRC-2090 HF base stations, three PRC-2080 VHF handheld transceivers and one PRC-2082 VHF base station. To allow for interoperability between the HF and VHF networks a Barrett HF-VHF Cross Gate was also supplied, the VHF will allow for “line of sight” communications during an incident or event and the HF will allow for communications back to the RRL headquarters or another base station in the island chain. The majority of the HF equipment has been earmarked for the Grenadines which has the greatest need for emergency communications equipment.

It was critical that the equipment supplied would be operational directly after a natural disaster with no power or infrastructure in place. Barrett also supplied 14 solar panels that can be used to charge batteries that will power the equipment. Mr De Riggs commented “Within one week of receiving the equipment, some of the portable equipment was used to provide support communications for an outdoor motor sporting event at Mt. William. The Barrett radio equipment improved the service during this event.”

Mr De Riggs went on to say “The results so far from the testing we have done, even at low power, have been very encouraging. The Barrett 2090 HF Manpack has an outstanding receiver which is important, because even if you cannot communicate with base, hearing a life saving announcement or command matters a lot.” Due to the remoteness of the Island country the response time by regional and international response agencies, especially if the event is catastrophic, is critical. The HF systems will replace salt damaged equipment at Clifton Health Center in Union Island, another in Mayreau, Canouan and the other at Paget farm Bequia. In St. Vincent another will be placed at Fancy and the other at RRL HQ in Kingstown. The new equipment will be installed over the next few months. Barrett will provide further updates of RRL's progress in the future as they roll out their emergency radio communications network.

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Donation shipment arriving at Kingstown, Saint Vincent


Some of the Rainbow Radio team with Barrett radio equipment, Saint Vincent.

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Barrett has a long held reputation for the supply and support of HF communications equipment to the aid and humanitarian markets.

Barrett HF equipment provides easily installed, simple and reliable voice and HF based email communications in areas that have either poor communications infrastructure or where previous communications infrastructure has been destroyed.

Our commitment in the form of regular field support trips to assist in mission start ups throughout the world is well known.

Organisations and missions supported include:
. UNDPKO . UNAMA . Red Cross
. UNMET . Red Crescent . UNMOGIP
. UNMIL . UNAMI . UNAMSIL
. UNMID . UNICEF . UNIIC
. WFP

Barrett products suitable for use in these areas include:
Barrett 2050 HF transceiver
Barrett 2019 Automatic tuning mobile antenna
Barrett 2050 Wireless control HF transceiver
Barrett 2060 Automatic telephone interconnect
Barrett 2020 HF email system
Barrett 2062 HF-VHF/UHF crossgate
Barrett HF communications equipment provides vital communications for law enforcement and security organisations internationally.

Security organisations in places such as Iraq, Timor, Kazakhstan, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and a number of African and South American countries have utilised Barrett's communications products where reliable and secure communications are paramount.

These organisations include:
. Police forces
. National Guard
. Customs
. Border Patrol
. Coast Guard
. Drug enforcement agencies
. Private security firms

Barrett products suitable for use in these areas include:
Barrett 2050 HF transceiver
Barrett 2019 Automatic tuning mobile antenna
Barrett 2050 Wireless control HF transceiver
Barrett 2060 Automatic telephone interconnect
Barrett 2020 HF email system
Barrett 2062 HF-VHF/UHF crossgate
Barrett HF communications equipment is ideally suited to provide primary and backup communications for the following

Public sector areas that include:
. Remote health provision . Forestry
. Telecommunications . Post
. Emergency services . Transport
. Agriculture . Fisheries
. Environmental protection . Energy
. Embassies . Consulates

Private sector industries that include:
. Mining . Agriculture
. Construction . Energy
. Transportation . Shipping

We also serve a significant recreational vehicle user market.

Barrett products suitable for use in these areas include:
Barrett 2050 HF transceiver
Barrett 2019 Automatic tuning mobile antenna
Barrett 2050 Wireless control HF transceiver
Barrett 2060 Automatic telephone interconnect
Barrett 2020 HF email system
Barrett 2062 HF-VHF/UHF crossgate
Barrett 2075 300 W to 1 kW HF transmitters
Our turnkey network design team will take your system requirements and produce an initial technical proposal.

On customer approval this initial technical proposal is finalised into a detailed technical document with system manuals and full installation programs.

Barrett turnkey systems have been used in areas that include:
HF systems for Air Traffic Control
Remote sited HF transmitters and receivers linked by landlines or microwave
LAN based control systems for remote sited HF transmitters and receivers
Operator consoles, Custom built interfaces, control systems, operator positions
MIL-STD HF data systems including 5066 stack based systems
Integration of new HF transmitters and receivers into existing systems
Turnkey mission based installations for humanitarian organisations
Vehicle tracking systems
High power transmitters for GMDSS systems
High power HF email and data systems
Military HF networks

All Barrett Communications products can be incorporated into a custom turnkey HF network depending on customer requirements.
Barrett 1 kW high power HF transmitters and remote HF receivers along with our 2076 remote site interface are used in conjunction with TransOceana DSC systems for GMDSS coast stations.

GMDSS coast stations that include Barrett equipment have been installed in various countries including Mauritius, Namibia and Thailand.

Barrett products used in these applications:
Barrett 2075 high power transmitters
Barrett 2050 HF receivers
Barrett 2076 remote site controllers
Barrett 2071 HF Rx multi-coupler
Barrett 912 broadband dipoles
Barrett 902 series masts
Military forces rely on HF and low band VHF radio to provide secure and highly reliable communications in demanding applications and environments.

Barrett HF radio and low band VHF communications equipment are more secure, autonomous and resistant to jamming than other communications mediums.

Barrett HF tactical transceivers provide:
. MIL-STD 188-141B ALE
. Frequency hopping
. AES and DES voice encryption

Barrett low band VHF tactical transceivers provide:
. Voice and data encryption
. Frequency hopping

Barrett products suitable for use in these areas include:
Barrett PRC-2090 tactical HF system
Barrett PRC-2080 tactical VHF system