Posts Tagged ‘training’

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.

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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

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.

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.

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:
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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.

Training Nets

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Winter training net’s continue on the 7th and 21st of the Month at 19:30 hours. All members are requested to participate. It is intended to have alternate voice/digital nets. The nets will alternate between voice and digital modes on the 7th and 21st of the month, over the next few months.

AREN Net 2nd November

Friday, October 31st, 2008

There will be an 80m AREN net on Sunday the 2nd of November at 19:30 hours, and all AREN members are requested to participate if possible.  The net will be a preparation excercise for the GlobalSET which is scheduled to take place on 8 November.

New Handbook published.

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Members should keep an eye on the postbox over the next 2 weeks or so, as the new Handbook should be arriving. If it has not arrived by the end of the month, please contact John, EI7IG.

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.