Archive for the ‘2009’ Category

Italian Earthquake

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Alberto IK1YLO received a phone call from Dipartimento della Protezione
Civile at 20:00 UTC 10 April stating that the use of HF for emergency
communications was being closed down and all activities were being
transferred to L’Aquila. The transfer was to be completed by the morning
of 11 April.

Monitoring the frequency today there do not appear to be any other
emergency groups using the frequency over the last 24 hours so it is
appropriate to return it to normal use and let normal amateur procedures

– Listen before transmitting.

– If you hear any station passing emergency traffic then leave the
frequency clear and avoid causing QRM.

Thanks to all stations for their assistance and support.

Galtee Walking Club Marathon Challenge

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Last Sunday 11 AREN members assisted at the Galtee Walking Club‘s inaugural marathon challenge. Operations commenced at approximately 08:45 where a base of operations (manned by EI7IG and EI2GN) was set up to the left of the ‘start line’ at the entrance to the carpark. This was the first outing for the freshly painted “Mobile Command Post”. Once operational radio checks were completed and EI8FDB headed out with a SEMRA member to follow the walkers on the course. Shortly therafter, EI3FFB, EI2IT and EI3ENB headed out to man the first checkpoint at Moorabbey, at which time EI2JB headed out to begin setting up the second checkpoint. After the walkers completed the half marathon at base and some hardy souls headed off for the second loop. EI8JA and EI9HR accompanied SEMRA to a strategic location on the course, while EI5GPB and EI4GXB followed the walkers on foot as far as EI2JB’s location.

Many thanks to SEMRA and Galtee Walking Club for extending the invitation to participate and their hospitality.

Italian Earthquake

Monday, April 6th, 2009

23:30 6th April, the situation is reported as follows by Alberto IK1YLO;

“The Dipartimento Protezione Civile is only asking specialist volunteers to attend the disaster area. They are involving only 5.000 volunteers from very specialized teams used in similar emergencies.
Practically all the repeaters and cell phone services are running! This is the reason a lot of communications support has not been called for.
There is no official net on HF. However on 40/80m some hams from the Headquarters of Protezione Civile in Rome and Protezione Civile in L’Aquila are making spot contacts.
Thousands of volunteers from several Regions are on standby and some specialist groups are making their way in convoy to the area.

All this information is coming directly from the biggest association in Italy for this type of emergency called Misericordie (60.000 volunteers)

Of course if these frequencies on 40 and 80 meters used for emergency will be free it is better! Especially the frequency around 7040/7045.”

So to permit co-ordination of the arrival of emergency responders to the disaster amateurs are requested to exercise caution around 3640kHz LSB and 7040/7045kHz LSB and avoid causing QRM to those responding to this emergency.

Global Simulated Emergency Test (GlobalSET)

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

This April 18, 2009, is the Amateur Radio International Day, with the theme “Radio Amateur, Your Resource in Disaster and Emergency Communications”.

Also, on this day, IARU Region 1 invites the HQ-Stations of all IARU member societies and stations of Emergency Communications Groups to participate in a Global Simulated Emergency Test (GlobalSET).

The operation will take place on and near the emergency
Centre-of-Activity (CoA) frequencies on 80, 40, 20, 17 and 15 metres (+-
QRM ).

The objectives of the test are;

  1. increase the common interest in emergency communications.
  2. test how usable the CoA frequencies are across ITU regions.
  3. create practices for international emergency communication and
  4. practice the relaying of messages using all modes.

The exercise will build on earlier GlobalSET exercises by starting to pass messages in a format which we may have to use for the agencies we may serve. The message exchange will take longer than in previous exercises and stations will have to be patient to transmit their messages across country and language boundaries.

Please remember that this is not a contest, it is an emergency communications exercise to develop the skills we will need to provide an international emergency network.

Messages may be passed on voice (SSB), Data or CW modes as detailed below.
Voice mode
Each IARU Region will have a HQ station operating on voice as follows:
Region 1 – GB4NRC
Region 2 – TG0AA
Region 3 – TBA

HQ stations will be QRV simultaneously on all CoA frequencies
appropriate to their region +- QRM as shown below.

Region 1

3760, 7060 or 7110, 14300, 18160, 21360
Stations intending to participate are requested to register through
their IARU Regional/National Emergency Communications Co-Ordinators as
Region 1 –

A list of participating stations will also be available at
Participating stations should call ‘CQ GLOBALSET’ giving their callsign
and organisation ( AREN,RAYNET, DARC etc. ).

Trailer Commissioning.

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Last Saturday, the 7th of March, the recently refurbished AREN Mobile Command Post was commissioned. More information on the work and background will be in the upcoming Echo Ireland, the Journal of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society. It is planned to have the MCP at the IRTS AGM the weekend of the 25th/26th of April.

MCP Commissioning 7 Mar 09

Pictured above are Tim, EI5GPB, John EI2GN, Dave EI4BZ, Conor EI4JN, IRTS President Finbarr EI1CS, Laurent EI8JV and John EI7IG.

South Dublin Radio Club

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

On Tuesday the 17th of February, John, EI7IG gave a two presentations to South Dublin Radio Club. One on the Amateur Packet Reporting System (APRS), and one on the Amateur Radio Emergency Network (AREN). The presentations were well attended, lots of questions were asked afterwards and John was made feel most welcome.

AREN Committee Meeting

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

EI2GN, EI5GPB and EI7IG in Cork last weekend. The meeting took approximately 5 hours with a full agenda. Out of that we now have a new Information and Communications Officer, Laurent, EI9JV, along with a host of action items for the committee to work through in order to further the goals of the group through 2009.

Severe Weather

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

AREN went on alert for the duration of the Severe Weather Warning over the 17th-19th of January. Weather observations were co-allated by EI2GN on an 80m net on January the 19th commencing at 09:30, and a report was subsequently submitted to Met Eireann. Many thanks to all operators that responded from all parts of the country.

Training Nets

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

The following operators are designated Net Control
Voice Nets (7th):
Net Control from 1st January through to 31st of March is EI2GN, with EI5GPB as backup.

Data Nets (21st):
Net Control from 1st January through to 31st of March is EI7IG, with EI5GPB as backup.

Training Nets

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Winter training net’s continue on the 7th and 21st of the Month at 19:30 hours. All members are requested to participate. It is intended to have alternate voice/digital nets. The nets will alternate between voice and digital modes on the 7th and 21st of the month, over the next few months.