Serving our community since 1932
What started as a response to the disastrous Napier earthquake of 1931 has grown over the years into a nationwide organisation. Over the decades, AREC has provided essential communications for thousands of emergency events, from search and rescue missions to natural disasters, civil defence emergencies to community events.
Here are some highlights from our story.
3 February 1931
After the devastating earthquake in Napier, Amateur Radio operators provided essential communications between Napier and Wellington. Comms: Morse code and AM (Amplitude Modulation)
REC was formally constituted. By the end of this month, nine districts had established REC sections
The Post & Telegraph department officially recognised REC and allocated an exclusive frequency band 2.85 to 3.00 MHz
The first official call-out. REC Wellington assisted in the search for a crashed aircraft at Tawa Flat
First major operation with Land Search & Rescue (SAR) at Mt Ruapehu (Kaka)
REC added the word Amateur to its name
AREC starts providing communications advice and assistance to local Civil Defence.
The first AREC communications vehicle was constructed by the Southland AREC.
AREC now has 75 sections covering the whole of NZ.
AREC was awarded the National SAR Award for their long commitment to Search and Rescue in New Zealand, Land SAR, but also for assistance with Marine and Class 3 searches
The NZART AREC Emergency Funds Trust obtained charitable status.
AREC provided comms after the 7.1 magnitude Christchurch earthquake, for 12 days. At its peak the team was managing and controlling over 150 radios in the field.
Development of an all-digital radio network across New Zealand. Wide area linking of the DMR network occurs via direct microwave at 5.8 GHz or via telco-provided internet (cable, fibre, and cellular wireless).