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Training and Development weekend

Sunday, January 14th, 2018

On the 3rd and 4th of February, AREN will hold a national training and development weekend in Dromineer, County Tipperary. Accommodation is available at the  Lough Derg House & The Lake Cafe, booking is required, please contact EI4JN at QTHR.

Previous weekends have included Message Handling exercises, Winlink & Winmor demonstrations and training, NBEMS demonstrations and training, Robust packet demonstrations, PV systems demonstrations and presentations on NVIS and its usefulness for public service communications.




Volunteers – Thank you.

Sunday, December 4th, 2016
The Amateur Radio Emergency Network is our national organisation for harnessing the capability of Ham Radio to help our emergency services and communities during major emergencies.  In order to do that members prepare and test equipment, learn and practice appropriate skills and volunteer in a coordinated way to deliver on the promise.  We build relationships with our local communities and emergency services through providing communications cover at sporting events and through participation in multi-agency exercises.
One of the most important events on the calendar is the national training and development weekend held in Dromineer County Tipperary on the shore of Lough Derg. It is where members from all regions can get together to share knowledge and experience, demonstrate kit, develop skills, get to know each other better and collectively steer the direction the organisation is going.
This years event took place on the 19th and 20th of November and was well attended. AREN would like to thank Declan and Fiona of Lough Derg House for accommodation, The Whiskey Still pub for meals and refreshments and Lough Derg Yacht Club for the training room. Finally a big ‘Thank you’ to all the members who attended and contributed over this weekend.

Training and Development weekend.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

The 5th National annual training and development weekend will be held at the usual venue of Lough Derg House, Dromineer County Tipperary on 19th and 20th of November. New members welcome. Inquiries to Conor EI4JN, John EI7IG.

On October 7th and 8th AREN will take part in an multi-agency exercise on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry run by Inter Agency Emergency Management Office. Contact Conor, EI4JN for further information.

Recently, five AREN members from four different counties assisted at this years Sean Kelly Tour. AREN assisted in setting up the control center, provided asset tracking and live weather reporting from the mountains.

A prototype Internet-of-things based tracking device developed by John, EI7IG was tested on the event. John subsequently presented a paper on project at the ARRL/TAPR conference in Florida last month.

AREN Meeting

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

On the weekend of the 18th and 19th of April the Amateur Radio Emergency Network held a training and development event in Dromineer County Tipperary. Members enjoyed a mix of indoor and outdoor activities with Winlink, Fldigi (NBEMS), message handling, navigation skills and go-kit demonstrations to whet the appetite.


EI5DD Presenting.

Steve, EI5DD, presenting on his use of 80 meter ground wave


EI4JNs stack.

EI4JN showing his mobile/portable HF ‘stack’


AREN would like thank Declan EI2GE of the Lough Derg House & Lake Cafe for accommodation, Denis Dillon of Shannon Sailing for the training facilities and especially the members for giving of their time and making the trip to Dromineer.

Training weekend

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

It is planned to have a training weekend over the 13th and 14th of November on the shores of Lough Derg. This central picturesque location has been popular with other Voluntary Emergency Services for training and social activities.

Attendees can arrive on Friday night or Saturday morning.

Saturdays activities will include practical training and a taste of GlobalSET. It will wind down with a tour of the local RNLI station followed by dinner before moving on to the Whisky Still bar for ‘craic agus ceoil’ with local trad’ musicians.

An afternoon finish on Sunday will ensure you are home early that evening. Our host, Declan EI2GE, has kindly arranged generous rates for accommodation and meals. Full details will be circulated to members in due course.

AREN Meeting

Monday, February 8th, 2010

The AREN Annual meeting took place last weekend in Clonmel County Tipperary. The agenda included:

The AREN Mobile Command Post (MCP) was in attendance for everyone to inspect. and a a wide ranging discussion on various aspects of Emergency Communications was had. Many thanks to all who participated and I look forward to working with everyone during 2010.

John Ronan, EI7IG

AREN Meeting.

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

All AREN members are requested to attend the meeting in the Clonmel Park Hotel, poppyfield retail park, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The meeting will be commencing at 10am Saturday the 6th of February, and is scheduled to finish at 5pm.

Any non members are welcome to attend, though please contact John, EI7IG (contact details) beforehand to let us know, as we have to indicate numbers to the hotel in advance.

New York City ARECS

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

On a recent trip to New York, John, EI7IG, met with Charles J. Hargrove, N2NOV. New York City ARECS/RACES Citywide Radio Officer/Skywarn Co-ordinator, and his wife Karen, N2ZYF, to discuss various aspects of Emergency Communications.

Charles was involved in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 where the Office of Emergency Management requested that their organisation provided communications for the Red Cross. The wide ranging discussion covered all aspects of emergency communications. Charles, gave great insight into how their Emcomm Group operates from an organisational, training and operational perspective. John, EI7IG related how AREN as developed over recent years, and has engaged in demonstrations, exercises, and indeed some joint events with other organisations.

Discussions included the APRS and voice repeater networks, their use in AREN events, the recent donation of the trailer and the ongoing work to convert it for use as a Mobile Command Post. It is planned to keep the communications links open for further exchange of information in relation to Emergency Communications.

Interestingly Charles and his partner have roots in the Waterford and New Ross area and were in Ireland earlier this year.

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.

AREN Committee Meeting

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

The AREN committee met in Cork on Sunday the 14th of September. Items for discussion included activities since April, new members, the appointment of Assistant Co-ordinators, November SET, winter training nets, information gleaned from the recent SEVESO Seminar and Training Day and planning for next years AREN meeting.