Sharing radio communications with the next generation. Perth, Western Australia, 21 February 2017 - In May 2016 Barrett Communications supplied the Rainbow Radio League, a not for profit organisation in St Vincent and the Grenadines, with high frequency (HF) and very high frequency (VHF) radio communications equipment. Since this time they have been working to install the donated equipment at key locations among the country’s islands.


Students chatting with peers using the manpack 2090 with rapid deployment dipole.
A unique project has recently developed with the aim to engage with the local high school students teaching them about the use of HF radio in an emergency and also as a hobby.

Two schools, the JP Eustace Memorial Secondary School, (formerly Emmanuel High School – Kingstown) and Emmanuel High School - Mespo took part in this historic event. Mr Donald De Riggs, Director of Rainbow Radio League commented; “This was the first time that secondary schools here were involved in a wireless radio link up facilitated by the Rainbow Radio League Inc.”

At both schools Rainbow Radio League volunteers outlined the role of amateur radio as a service during times of national emergency. Mr Philip Greaves, Principal at Emmanuel High School - Mespo was involved with an actual demonstration using the Barrett 2090 manpack chatting with staff at JP Eustace Memorial Secondary School- Kingstown on the Barrett 2050 base station. Students were also involved with erecting the rapid deployment antenna as well as participating in the wireless ‘link-up’ between the two schools.

The Rainbow Radio League Inc., is a non-profit, community service organisation with a special emphasis on emergency communications. The RRL Inc. operates VHF and HF wireless communications network in St Vincent and the Grenadines. For an island country that is within the identified “Hurricane belt” and lies on an active subduction zone, it is vital that this organisation and its volunteering members maintain the skills and interest in amateur radio. Mr De Riggs went on to say “It is anticipated that this will be an annual event, to eventually include all secondary schools.

Ham radio promotes goodwill and friendship among people, irrespective of nationality or race worldwide. In times of national emergency amateur radio is the main and, in most cases, the only means to communicate from the affected areas.”











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Principal of Emmanuel High School - Mespo Philip Greaves chatting with counterpart in Kingstown.


Remedial reading Teacher Karyn Constance - J88NKC chatting wireless with staff and students across the island.

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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