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Training and Development weekend, over for 2018

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

All done for another year. The weekend began Friday evening with members arriving from all over the country into Dromineer, Co. Tipperary. Some initial setting up of the Mobile Command Post was done before adjourning to a local hostelry for dinner and chat.

Saturday was a mixture of high level strategy followed by more practical activities, a great win over France by the Irish Rugby team, and a discussion on the merits of Digital Mobile Radio for Public Service use.

Sunday looked at formal message handling techniques and their role in the context of the Framework for Emergency Management in Ireland.

Look for a longer report in an upcoming Echo Ireland (Journal of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society)

Many thanks to all who offered support and made the weekend happen.

 

Morning Sky

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.

 

 

 

Digital voice usage and activities.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Changes to the 160k and 50k routes have been announced for this years Sean Kelly Tour cycling event. The 50k is using part of the new Greenway between Dungarvan and Waterford and the 160K is heading East from Dungarvan back along the coast before heading North towards Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel. Members will shortly test coverage over the routes and devise a communications plan in support of the medical team on the event.

The Galway VHF Group assisted the Kinvara Rock and Road Marathon on the 4th of March using C4FM. This was the first-all digital operation on an AREN supported event. Future operations locally will be DMR or Yaesu Fusion as a result of this trial as it worked so well.

On 11th March AREN provided communications support and delivered a workshop in Tralee for Kerry Civil Defence who were hosting regional competitions. A portable repeater was used to boost voice communications in a old meat processing factory where stainless steel clad walls provided a challenge for RF. The workshop covered a variety of techniques on overcoming communications challenges including coverage and interoperability.

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Civil Defence Exercise 2017-03-17

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.

Acknowledged

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

This evening, Tim EI2KA, representing AREN was presented with a scroll by Cork County Mayor Alan Coleman at a civic reception held in Cork County Hall. The reception, to acknowledge the skill, dedication and
bravery demonstrated in the service of the community during search and rescue and other emergencies in the region, was attended by more than 250 dignitaries and representatives from across the professional and
volunteer agencies.

Killarney multi-agency exercise.

Monday, May 11th, 2015

On the 9th of May AREN took part in a multi-agency mass casualty exercise hosted by Kerry Mountain rescue in Killarney. Other agencies involved included An Garda Síochána, the HSE, The Irish Coast Guard, The Civil Defence, The Search and Rescue Dog Association, Irish Search Dogs, Killarney Water Rescue and others. The AREN station was set up in the on-site co-ordination centre alongside the Inter-Agency Mobile Command Unit.

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Spot the Aerial!

Net Control was in West Cork with two sub-stations operating in County Waterford. 40m voice and Winlink data was used to get traffic out of the mountains to the outlying substations who forwarded messages to recipients by normal means. Participating members were Eoghan EI5HBB, Martin EI2HIB, Tim EI2KA John EI7IG and Conor EI4JN.

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.

West Coast Wheelers Cycle Race

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The West Coast Wheelers Cycle Race was run on Sunday the 22nd of February and this was our first event of the year. The course was set in the hills around Loughrea which has many tough uphill climbs along with some long protracted downhill sections where considerable speeds may be achieved. The weather conditions were not fantastic with rain throughout the event. Road surfaces were slippery in places.. (continue reading)

Sean Kelly Tour

Monday, September 1st, 2014

On the 24th of August, radio amateurs from the South East assisted at the Sean Kelly Tour Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). Our primary role was to establish communications between some of the Voluntary Emergency Services and the EOC,  tracking, using APRS,  the head and tail of the three events (50k, 100k and 160k), and acting as roving weather observers for the Medical Coordinator.  The total area covered during the day was approximately 1500 square km.

Many thanks to EI2HIB, EI3HLB, EI5GOB, EI5HHB, and EI7IG.

An Rás Mór, 2014

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

EI4JN, EI7IG and EI8JA assisted on three safety boats at An Rás Mór in Cork Harbour earlier today. Good use was made of the EI7FXR repeater up at Farmers Cross for coordination. Once all three vessels were back in simplex range, operations were then conducted on 144.525, this allowed for coordination between ourselves while leaving the Marine channels free for Race Control, and more important safety traffic.

Conditions were ideal for the day, with no major incidents. A enjoyable day on the water.

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Mick, Gary, Matthew, Conor (EI4JN), John (EI7IG), John (EI8JA), Harley