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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.


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.

2013 Sean Kelly Tour

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

The Sean Kelly Tour is over for another year. AREN was invited by Waterford County Civil Defence, along with the Irish Red Cross and Order of Malta to assist at this years event.

Our principal task this year was to track the sweeper vehicles in each event, on the day we were also tasked with establishing a radio link with Order of Malta.


The APRS units from Byonics worked quite well, giving us information as to the sweepers location, and after discussion with the Officer in charge of Order of Malta, a communciations link was successfully established.

Everything worked as expected on the day and it was great to see the different organisations all operating together.

Training Weekend

Friday, April 5th, 2013

We are delighted to invite you to our third AREN weekend training and social event. We return to the shores of Lough Derg, for a relaxing ,enjoyable, social and educational event.

This years focus is on progressing three tems from our strategy which have been selected by members. There will be a variety of activities both indoor and outdoor to interest everyone.

Our host Declan EI2GE has kindly arranged generous rates for accommodation and meals.

Training Weekend

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Lough Derg House

We look forward to meeting everyone in Lough Derg House, Dromineer, this coming weekend for a training and social event.

Could those attending please confirm with Conor, EI4JN, and we look forward to seeing you there.

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.

Sean Kelly Tour

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Since 2007, the Sean Kelly Tour has taken place on the last weekend of August. This year AREN was asked to assist Waterford County Civil Defence with locating the head and tail of both the 90k and 160k events to allow for efficient and effective ambulance deployment.

EI2GN, EI3ENB, EI7IG, EI5GOB and EI8JA turned up on the morning, and quickly set about the task. As the mobile command post was being set up, APRS was deployed into the sweeper vehicle for the 90k event, however the 160k sweeper had already left so a plan was formed to intercept the 160k sweeper later in the day, and EI3ENB, was dispatched to a food station to carry items to a Civil Defence ambulance already deployed to that station.

Below are a series of screen shots (from Xastir) depicting the progress of the event during the day.

Screenshot 1, EI3ENB en-route to Clonmel, and the 90k Sweeper is visible just outside Dungarvan.

Screenshot 2, EI3ENB is in Clonmel, EI8JA is heading to Rathgormack to let us know when the head of the 160k arrives there. 90k sweeper is nearing Bunmahon. Civil Defence Officer is at the Tramore foodstop.

Screenshot 3, 90k sweeper is almost in Tramore, EI8JA is in Rathgormack.

Screenshot 4, CD Officer has moved to Rathgormack, EI8JA has moved to Mahon Falls, EI3ENB has taken up station at the tail-end of the 160k and is acting as a sweeper.

Screenshot 5, EI2GN has gone to relieve EI8JA at Mahon Falls, 90k sweeper has left Tramore.

Screenshot 6, EI3ENB reached Rathgormack, 160k sweeper was located and an APRS tracker was quickly installed in his vehicle. EI3ENB then headed for home. CD Officer has moved to Mahon Falls.

Screenshot 7, 160k Sweeper has passed Mahon Falls, 90k sweeper has almost reached Dungarvan.

Screenshot 8, CD officer has returned to Race HQ and is satisfied that AREN can close down operations, 90k has finished, 160k sweeper is nearly back to main Dungarvan – Waterford Road.
08:00-17:22 - Closedown

All-in-all the day was very successful. Civil Defence were very appreciative of the information being supplied to them by us. Amateur Packet Reporting System (APRS), was used both for status updates/short messages, and, obviously for position reporting during the day. This meant that our own voice channels were kept free for more important traffic, and, in fact, very little voice traffic was passed during the day.

Galtee Walking Festival

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Members of several Amateur Radio Clubs came together to provide public service communications over the weekend of the Galtee Walking Festival June 5th and 6th. Communications were mostly good with the different walks. On Saturday, the weather was fantastic, a small issue with a patch lead was quickly resolved and communications were good for the rest of the day.  On Sunday, one walk was “new” and caused some difficulty at the beginning due to difficult communications, but this was quickly resolved. HF (80meters) was used as a backup in order to ensure communications across the Galtee Mountains. This worked very well and EI2KA checked in from Baltimore to check progress at regular intervals.

APRS worked very well.  This year EI3ENB brought along a Micro-Trak AIO which was given to one of the walk leaders to carry.  It worked quite well and gave excellent, trouble free service over the duration of the weekend. EI8JA and EI2JP both had Yaesu VX-8Rs with them which also worked very well. Extensive use was made of the mobile Kenwood TM-D710s in vehicles to act as digipeaters for the lower powered units.

The first screen-shot is from Saturdays log (cleaned up a bit)

Galtees 2010 Saturday APRS Log

The second from Sunday.

Galtees 2010 Sunday APRS log - RadioMobile

The third is also from Sunday, but this time using the latest OpenStreetMap additions to Xastir


The performance of the Micro-Trak AIO was quite surprising, but allowed us to keep an eye on the A-Walks progress on both the Saturday and Sunday. Amateur Radio operators involved included EI5GOB, EI7IG, EI8JA, EI2JP, EI3FFB and EI2GN, totalling approximately 124 volunteer hours over the weekend.

Galway Head of the River

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

On the 27th of March, Galway VHF Group assisted with the head of the river rowing event. Galway VHF group members were working hand in hand with other services to communicate crew information, times and to alert Civil Defence where crews were in need of assistance.

Galtee Marathon

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

On the 21st of March, AREN members assisted the Galtee walking club with communications for a marathon around Slivenamuck ridge.  All went well on the day, with no major incidents reported.