Posts Tagged ‘national’

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)

AREN Wins IRTS Arup Cup.

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Last Sunday at the IRTS AGM in Dundalk, AREN were presented with the Arup Cup. The certificate that was also presented read:

“This Award is presented to AREN Communications Volunteers in recognition of their continuous training, operations and achievements for the good of the community.”

Accepting the cup on behalf of AREN volunteers John Ronan, EI7IG said “To be honest, I was caught completely by surprise on the day. That said, I think the award is due recognition for the work being done continuously by various groups country wide, whooperate under the AREN banner. This work includes, not only the operating on the day, but also the public relations aspect, which, although secondary, is of no less importance to the hobby as a whole. I’m delighted on behalf of everyone involved in Emergency Communications throughout the country.”

Arup Cup
The Arup family donated this cup to the Society in memory of their son EI3M who died at an early age.  The cup is beautifully crafted in Danish silver and is awarded for exceptional service to the Society or to Amateur Radio.  The cup was first awarded in 1948 to Howard Coombs EI6J.

AREN will be assisting with communications next Saturday the 8th of May when the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland will be bringing their fleet of
boats into Dublin along the Grand Canal. They are looking to recruit some additional operators for the exercise which will give you a flavour of life along the inland waterways as well as an interesting introduction to AREN.

The operation will be from dawn to dusk but even if you can assist for a few hours during the day you will be most welcome. Contact Liam EI3HK 086 2521542 or Paul EI2CA 087 2523908.

Severe Weather

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

AREN went on alert for the duration of the Severe Weather Warning over the 17th-19th of January. Weather observations were co-allated by EI2GN on an 80m net on January the 19th commencing at 09:30, and a report was subsequently submitted to Met Eireann. Many thanks to all operators that responded from all parts of the country.

Cork and Kerry VES Subgroup.

Monday, January 5th, 2009

After the initial meeting, John Ketch, EI2GN is now representing AREN on the Cork/Kerry Area Voluntary Emergency Services Subgroup. It is anticipated that there will be further meetings with a view towards enhanced co-operation held during 2009.

Sean Kelly Tour

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

On the 24th of August AREN members made good use of the APRS Network, in order to keep track of the position of the end of each group of cyclists participating in the Sean Kelly Tour. Good use was also made of the South East Repeater Network for communicating with officials in what would have been communications blackspots (for the mobile phone networks).

In total there were 8 operators involved,

  • Seamus Ryan, EI8EPB
  • John McCarthy, EI8JA
  • Eamonn Kavanagh, EI3FFB
  • Gareth Wilmot, EI7FZB
  • Francis Lenane, EI5GOB
  • John Ronan, EI7IG
  • Conor O’Neill, EI4JN
  • John Ketch, EI2GN

Many thanks to all that participated and to the repeater keepers for permission to use the repeaters.