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)
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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.