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.