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Use RARAN form to register as a volunteer station in the Radio Amateurs of Canada Regional Amateur Radio Alert Network (RARAN) in support of the Ontario AMBER Alert, a programme that swings into action when a child is kidnapped and believed to be in danger of physical harm or death from his/her abductor.

Any mature, licenced Ontario Radio Amateur, equipped with a VHF and/or UHF station and a reliable internet connection, is welcome and encouraged to register to assist in what could be a life or death matter.

Approved volunteer stations will be added to a special RAC internet email reflector, through which they will receive ONLY notices of or pertaining to AMBER Alerts as issued by the Ontario Provincial Police. The OPP administers the programme for all police services in Ontario.

Stations are then referred to an OPP website on which will appear the text of the Alert that volunteers will transmit on their local repeater(s) or any other means at their disposal. The Alert will consist of descriptions of the abducted child or children, the abductor and any vehicle associated with the incident and must be transmitted verbatim, without any additions by the volunteer station operator.

AMBER Alert is seen by police as a valuable investigative tool. Dutiful Radio Amateurs can be an important part of that effort.

Volunteers are not expected to sit by their computers and radios, waiting for an Alert. However, they are expected to transmit these important messages when and if they are in a position to do so. Several stations are required in every area of the province to increase the likelihood that one will be available to transmit a given Alert.

Please complete the form then click the "Submit" button. If a printed copy of the form is desired, click on "Print" before submitting.

Upon submission of this form, registrants will receive further information.

Click here to learn more about the Ontario AMBER Alert.

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