Archive for the ‘training’ Category

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.

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.

Dunmore East Exercise

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

On the evening of December 9th last, AREN members participated in an exercise with Dunmore East Coast Guard. AREN was able to provide communications into what was otherwise a communications black-spot and had members available for logistical support throughout the county, region and country.  10 Members participated in the exercise and all members enjoyed it and learned something.

Many thanks to those who participated, have a good Christmas, and we look forward to meeting everyone early in 2010.

Coast Guard Exercise

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Dunmore East Coast Guard have indicated that they could be having a night exercise at some stage in the next few weeks. The location is in an area where they traditionally experience difficult communications.  Hopefully we will be able to assist.

Global Simulated Emergency Test, 14th November 2009

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

The next Global Simulated Emergency Test ( GlobalSET ) is scheduled for the 14th of November between 1800 and 2200 hours UTC. The time of each exercise changes to allow more stations to participate from around the world as well as recognising that emergencies can happen at any time.

This is an exercise between stations interested in emergency communications and is not a contest. Activity will be concentrated around the IARU Emergency Centre of Activity frequencies which are now incorporated in bandplans around the world.

The details of the exercise will be published on the IARU Region 1 website ( under the Emergency Communications Working Group section of the site.

For more information on GlobalSET, look here.

Sean Kelly Tour

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

The Sean Kelly Tour took place last Sunday August 30th, and from all unofficial accounts it was quite successful with roughly 2700 hardy cyclists taking to the roads.

Saturday evening, AREN was requested to assist Waterford County Civil Defence in maintaining an accurate location of as many of the three different sub-events (50k, 100k and 160k) as possible. The intention was to allow Civil Defence them to more efficiently deploy their own medical resources around the course and to keep the event organisers more informed. Extensive use was made of the APRS protocol and of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group’s APRS digital repeater network. It definitely proved it’s usefulness on the day as it allowed AREN members in Net Control to keep both the the Civil Defence and event organisers updated as to the locations of various vehicles almost in real-time through out the day

Many thanks to EI2KA, EI8FDB, EI5GOB, EI2GN, EI3IQ, EI2JP, EI7IG, EI8EPB and EI8JA for their assistance on the day.

Bernard, EI8FDB diligently logging at Net Control:

Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival ’09 took place in Tipperary’s Galtee Mountains on the weekend of 29 May to 1 June 2009. AREN was again asked to provide communications on the Saturday and Sunday, with an ‘A’ walk for very experienced walkers, a ‘B’ walk for the experienced and two ‘C’ walks for regular walkers on both days. Monday’s walks were low level walks which didn’t require AREN’s services.

The weather over the weekend was almost perfect—cool in the morning rising to about 25°C in the early afternoon with mostly cloudless skies. This no doubt contributed to the large turnout of walkers—281 on Saturday and 210 on Sunday. AREN’s Mobile Command Post trailer arrived with John EI7IG Saturday morning about 8.30am at the Festival’s base at Moroney’s Pub in Lisvernane. In short order, John EI2JB, John EI2GN, Eddie EI3FBB and Tim EI5GPB met at the MCP to get it ready for operation. After getting the trailer level (not so easy given the 15% grade of Lisvernane’s main street), the team set about to get two antennas erected for 2m (144.525MHz) and the PMR frequency in use by the walk leaders. This was accomplished using two drive-on antenna bases and telescoping poles. Mains power was supplied by Moroney’s Pub to the MCP’s new 12V power distribution panel which can also use battery and/or solar panel to power permanently-mounted rigs.


By 9am, 65 ‘A’ walkers began to arrive for registration, and an hour later another 132 arrived for the ‘B’ walk. John EI7IG gave PMR radios to walk leaders and sweepers as they arrived, instructed them on their use and did radio checks. Around 9.30am, John, EI2GN left for position at Curraghturk peak near Ballylanders, 10km southwest of the MCP. Shortly thereafter, John, EI2JB left for position at Christ the King on the ridge just north of Newtown, 5km ENE of the MCP. To cover the portion of the ‘B’ walk to the south of the Galtees, Paul EI3ENB was in position at the Vee, 30km southeast of the MCP at a high point near Clogheen. With the MCP located north of the Galtees, John EI2GN located to the west, John EI2JB to the northeast and Paul EI3ENB to the southeast, at least one station would be able to work any PMR radio from each of the walks and relay messages as needed to the MCP for further communication to festival base. Eddie EI3FBB served as shadow to festival leader Helen Morrissey, and Tim EI5GPB served as net control backed by John EI7IG.

Aside from clearing up the inevitable mismatch of registered numbers communicated from festival base with the numbers actually counted upon arrival at the start point, there was little activity at the start of both days. Radio checks were made among AREN members and with the walk leaders before the walks started. Walk leaders were contacted at least every hour to get a position update and these were plotted roughly on charts in the MCP. As the walks neared their destinations and in some cases with walkers spread out for a considerable distance, radio contact enabled scheduling buses to collect them with minimal delay. Remote stations were stood down as walks were completed and net control at the MCP shut down at 5.35pm.

Glen Aherlow Map 30May09

On Sunday, the same routine of re-erecting antennas, etc in the morning went more quickly. The ‘A’ walk was starting from well to the east side of the Galtees, so cover to the south was needed. Tommy EI2IT was unable to man the Vee due to a family illness, so John EI2JB took up position there and Tommy 2IT relayed messages from his home QTH when required. John EI2GN was in position at Christ the King, and Eddie 3FBB, Tim 5GPB and John EI7IG were at base. At one point in the early afternoon, an asthma sufferer on ‘B’ walk was unable to locate medication, but a suitable replacement was quickly located. Also that afternoon, both ‘A’ walk and ‘B’ walk (in two very different locations) split into two groups with fast walkers in each group going ahead of the others. This made for some initial confusion as to the numbers in each group, and of course there was no longer the usual leader at the front and sweeper at the end as each walk had only two radios. However, all were accounted for in the end. Remote stations were stood down in order and, with all walkers accounted for, net control closed at 5.21pm.

Glen Aherlow Map 31May09

It was a good event, and the festival organisers were (we think) very appreciative of AREN’s contribution. We were able to test the MCP for only the second time and found the 12V power panel a great improvement from before. Despite the fact that we’ve done this even a number of times before, it was and will continue to be a learning process and a great event for training new operators.

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.