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  • Handouts:
    AREN Handbook

    Talks:
    45 Minutes talk on Voice Procedures
    Introduction to repeater systems
    Introduction to battery care

    Practical:
    Voice procedure Simplex (Repeater?)
    One to one radio check
    Message exchange
  • Taken from ARRL Emcomm handbook Learning Unit 6
  • Write up messages to one another, exchange signal reports, use pro-words etc etc.
  • Written EXAM!

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  • 1. Amateur Radio Emergency Network AREN 2010 Meeting John Ronan, EI7IG National Co-ordinator Clonmel, 6th February 2010
  • 2. Agenda • 10:00 - 10:30 Review of 2008/2009 • 10:30 - 11:00 MEM Process • 11:00 - 11:15 Feedback • 11:30 - 13:00 Radio Procedure Workshop • 14:00 - 15:00 Intro to Map Reading • 15:00 - 15:45 Intro to APRS • 15:45 - 16:30 Digimode Workshop • 16:30 - 17:00 Discussion
  • 3. Agenda • 10:00 - 10:30 Review of 2008/2009 • 10:30 - 11:00 MEM Process • 11:00 - 11:15 Feedback • 11:30 - 13:00 Radio Procedure Workshop • 14:00 - 15:00 Intro to Map Reading • 15:00 - 15:45 Intro to APRS • 15:45 - 16:30 Digimode Workshop • 16:30 - 17:00 Discussion
  • 4. AREN Organisaton National Co-Ordinator John Ronan, EI7IG Information & Communictions Co- Technical Co-Ordinator Financial Co-Ordinator Operations Co-Ordinator Secretary Ordinator Vacancy Timothy McKnight, EI5GPB Conor O'Neill, EI4JN John Ketch, EI2GN Laurent Schoumacker Training & Recruitment Webmaster Bernard Tyers, EI8FDB Officer *Vacancy *EI5GPB and EI2GN acting as training and recruitment officers until we find someone to fill the post
  • 5. National Co-ordinator • Reports to IRTS • Expert on National Emergency Plan • Sets strategy for organisation • Set goals for assistants and follows them up • Liaise with counterparts Internationally • Recognisable to all Voluntary and Professional Emergency services
  • 6. Operations Co-ordinator • Report to National Co-ordinator • Expert on National Emergency Plan • Define AREN callout system • Maintain equipment bank • Facilitate/organise/appoint Event Co-ordinators • Define contents of Go-kit, Input to SOPs • Appoint and manage Training and Recruitment Officer • Manage Area Co-ordinators
  • 7. Technical Co-ordinator • Report to National Co-ordinator • Evaluate technologies and define standards for AREN • Liaise with repeater groups • Maintain current list of repeater keepers and repeater details • Work with Training and Recruitment Officer • Define and use standard document template. • Maintain document repository • Respond to technical queries from members
  • 8. Financial Co-ordinator • Report to National Co-ordinator • Insurance • Bank Account • Fund Raising, Lotto, InterReg etc. • Mailing documents to members • Organise meetings and venues (doodle.ch) • Maintain Calendar of events
  • 9. Marketing/Public Relations Co-ordinator • Report to National Co-ordinator • Press releases, press liaison • Needs to be comfortable/good speaker • Prepare press packs for all members • Receive updates systematically from events • Updates to AREN web site, feed IRTS news • Works with IRTS PRO • Build event reports and photo history
  • 10. Training and Recruitment Officer • Report to Operations Co-ordinator • ID Cards, Credentials, Training History • Presence and stand at Radio Rallies • Work with team to develop SOPs • Maintain Membership database • Take enquiries from interested licensees • Send packs to new members • Arrange training activities
  • 11. 2008 Events • 4 x VES Meetings • 2 South (EI2GN, EI4JN) • 2 South East (EI7IG & EI2JB) • 1 x AREN Committee Meeting (4) • 1 x SVESO Training Seminar (1) • 1 x AREN Meeting (11) • 1 x SSB Field Day (5) • 1 x 2m Counties Contest (8)
  • 12. 2008 Exercises • May GlobalSET (5) • STVES Exercise Clogheen (5) • Galtee Walking Festival (6) (6) • Imaal Walk (2) • Sean Kelly Tour (7) • November GlobalSET (6) • Voice and Data Nets
  • 13. 2008 Review • 19 Activities in Total • Approx. 113 hours duration • Approx. 561 volunteer hours • 25 Active Members • SEMRA, CD, SARDA, St Johns Ambulance, Red Cross, Order of Malta
  • 14. • November 2008 • Donation from East Cork Contest Group
  • 15. • November 2008 • Donation from East Cork Contest Group
  • 16. 2009 Events • 1 x Severe Weather Net (7) • 1 x AREN Committee Meeting (3) • Meetings/Recce for Walking Club Marathon (3) • 9 x VES Subgroup Meetings • 2 x IRTS Committee Meetings • IRTS AGM Weekend (12) • Pre Meeting/Comeragh Challenge (8)
  • 17. 2009 Events • Galtee Walking Festival (7) • CW Field Day (28) • 80m Counties Contest (7) • VHF/UHF Field Day (3) • Sean Kelly Tour (9) • 2m Counties Contest (5) • SSB Field Day (4)
  • 18. 2009 Exercises • 80m Counties Contest (17) • 10 x Voice Nets • Peak 15, normally 7-10 • 1 x 160m Net (5) • 1 x Severe Weather Net (9) • 6 x Data Nets • Peak 9, normally 3-4 • Youghal Coast Guard Exercise (2 obs)
  • 19. 2009 Exercises • Galtee Marathon (11) • Maamturk Walk (2) • April GlobalSET (3) • Dublin Mini Marathon (George Adjaye) • Recce/Dunmore East Coast Guard Ex (17) • Donegal MRT Assistance (2)
  • 20. 2009 Review • 62 Activities in Total • 27 Exercises • 34 Events • Approx. 471 hours duration • Approx. 2388 volunteer hours • 38 Active Members
  • 21. 2009 Review • Insurance • Identification Cards • Financials...
  • 22. Amateur Radio Emergency Network Statement of Financial Activities for the Year ended 31 December in € Note 2009 2008 Income 1 Gifts and Donations 2 Cash 2,130.60 425.12 Non-cash 765.00 2,560.63 Membership Fees 3 450.00 0.00 Total Income 3,345.60 2,985.75 Expense 1 Equipment and Supplies 2, 4 2,613.96 2,500.00 Insurance 3 286.00 0.00 Account Maintenance Fees 35.50 4.80 Indentification Cards 3 202.60 0.00 Website Expense 0.00 113.75 Hire of Facilities 0.00 25.00 Total Expense 3,138.06 2,643.55 Net Surplus/(Deficit) of Funds 207.54 342.20 Cash Balance at Beginning of Year 5 342.20 0.00 Cash Balance at End of Year 5 549.74 342.20
  • 23. Agenda • 10:00 - 10:30 Review of 2008/2009 • 10:30 - 11:00 MEM Process • 11:00 - 11:15 Feedback • 11:30 - 13:00 Radio Procedure Workshop • 14:00 - 15:00 Intro to Map Reading • 15:00 - 15:45 Intro to APRS • 15:45 - 16:30 Digimode Workshop • 16:30 - 17:00 Discussion
  • 24. What is AREN? • Public Service Voluntary Radio Emergency Network (PSVRN) • Sanctioned following Ireland’s adoption of Resolution 640 (1979) of the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunications Union • Allows for the utilisation of Amateur Radio communications in emergency situations
  • 25. What is a PSVRN? • A group of licensed radio operators who voluntarily make their equipment and time available to the community, nationally, internationally and in their local area to assist professional and community groups by passing third party traffic in emergency situations.
  • 26. Definition from the framework document “A Major Emergency is any event which, usually with little or no warning, causes or threatens death or injury, serious disruption of essential services or damage to property, the environment or infrastructure beyond the normal capabilities of the principle emergency services in the area in which the event occurs, and requires the activation of specific additional procedures and the mobilisation of additional resources to ensure an effective, co-ordinated response.” -- A Framework for Major Emergency Management http://www.mem.ie
  • 27. What is an Emergency? • If one is declared by any of (the PRAs) • An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive, a Local Authority • Others (potential) • Missing Person search that lasts longer than a day • Any situation where the existing resources of the PRAs are unable to cope
  • 28. AREN in the framework document “Consideration should be given to harnessing the capability of the Amateur Radio Emergency Network to quickly erect/ configure communications networks, in the event of loss of normal communications systems” -- A Framework for Major Emergency Management, p69 http://www.mem.ie
  • 29. Current Status • Nationally • Submitted text for “Guide to Working with VES” Guidance document. • South East (EI7IG/EI2JB) • VES Working Group Conclusion. • CD Clonmel, CD Waterford, Dunmore East CG • South (EI2GN) • North West (EI9JV) • Mid West (EI5DD)
  • 30. AREN’s Role Internationally • IRESC Tsunami Relief (2004) - Haiti (2009) • 5MHz • Tampere Accord (Support/Promote) • GAREC (Participate when appropriate) • IARU • Simulated Emergency Test(s) • Public Relations
  • 31. What is AREN’s Role? • Training (What to do during ‘non emergency’ times?) • Both voice and digital modes. • Increasing COMMUNICATIONS proficiency by participation in Public Service Events, Field Days (PR) • Building relationships with other agencies. • If we don’t exercise, how do we expect to be able to do the job when under pressure? • “Auditing and Appraisal” • Public Relations for the Amateur Radio hobby. • Oh, and to assist the Primary Response Agencies and other Voluntaries with COMMUNICATIONS at times of emergency.
  • 32. Other Items • Dual VHF/HF Nets • Net Participation • Gerry’s Visualisation Tool • Auditing and Appraisal • Net Reports • Standardisation/Continual Professional Development • Go-Kits • Be prepared
  • 33. The Future • Training • Exercises • Local Involvement • Building Relationships
  • 34. Agenda • 10:00 - 10:30 Review of 2008/2009 • 10:30 - 11:00 MEM Process • 11:00 - 11:15 Feedback • 11:30 - 13:00 Radio Procedure Workshop • 14:00 - 15:00 Intro to Map Reading • 15:00 - 15:45 Intro to APRS • 15:45 - 16:30 Digimode Workshop • 16:30 - 17:00 Discussion
  • 35. Feedback • Who has never called into a Net and why? • Article for Echo Ireland, what should be addressed in it? • Question to think about for later • Suggestions for meeting next Year. • Should we bring the MCP? • Location? • Decisions for Heroes
  • 36. Agenda • 10:00 - 10:30 Review of 2008/2009 • 10:30 - 11:00 MEM Process • 11:00 - 11:15 Feedback • 11:30 - 13:00 Radio Procedure Workshop • 14:00 - 15:00 Intro to Map Reading • 15:00 - 15:45 Intro to APRS • 15:45 - 16:30 Digimode Workshop • 16:30 - 17:00 Discussion
  • 37. Training • Block 1 - Introduction • Block 2 - Net Operations • Block 3 - Advanced Operations • Block 4 - Net Control
  • 38. Introduction Basic communications skills • Listening • Microphone Techniques • Brevity and Clarity • Plain Language • Phonetics • ITU Alphabet • Pro-Words
  • 39. Voice Procedure • Securely, Accurately, Speedily • All words spoken may be heard by someone ‘unauthorised’ • Interference and weak signals may result in misunderstood messages • The more people operating on the net, the more confused it will get
  • 40. Security • Efficient message passing aids security • Gossip is wasteful • Obscene language gives a bad impression
  • 41. Accuracy • Microphone position • 1-2 inches from mouth • speak across the microphone • Manner - R.S.V.P. • Rhythm - Natural, with sensible phrases • Speed - Slower than normal conversation • Volume - As per Normal conversation (don’t overmodulate) • Pitch - Slightly higher than Normal
  • 42. Aids to Accuracy (see handbook) • Phonetic Alphabet • Pronunciation of Figures • Rules for Spelling • Rules for Figures • Rules for Grid References
  • 43. Aids to economy (speed) • Abbreviations • Under good conditions use as for normal speech • Under bad conditions only use when transmission time would be saved • Under bad conditions may be expanded if operator is 100% sure of the meaning, otherwise spell phonetically. • Pro-Words • Words/phrases with specific meaning.
  • 44. Useful Information • Common Repeater systems • +1600 • +5000 • -600 • SERN and other Repeater Networks • Battery Care and Maintenance
  • 45. Accuracy
  • 46. Accuracy • Need 3 volunteers
  • 47. Accuracy • Need 3 volunteers • Listen carefully.
  • 48. Accuracy • Need 3 volunteers • Listen carefully. • And again (RSVP)
  • 49. Accuracy • Need 3 volunteers • Listen carefully. • And again (RSVP) • And again!
  • 50. Establishing Communications (in an Ideal World) • Select operator and scribe, who then; • Issue preliminary instructions • Conduct equipment check
  • 51. Preliminary Instructions (in an ideal world) • Net organisation, who is in it, callsigns etc • Frequencies in use, primary and back-up • Time for net opening and estimated net closing
  • 52. Equipment Check • If possible, a radio check should always performed before any operators begin moving into their designated position.
  • 53. Radio Net • Radio Check/Signal Report • Normal Calls/Exchanges • All Stations Calls • Closing the Net • Others • Joining/Leaving the Net • Formal Messages
  • 54. Exercise 1 • Break into groups (6 per group) • Pick Operator/Scribe • Pick Frequency • Decide on order of callsigns • Decide on Net start time • Operators head outside and spread out •Pro-Words: Over, Out, Roger, Wilco. •Remember: Rythm, Speed,Volume, Pitch
  • 55. Exercise 1 Debrief.
  • 56. Exercise 2 • Break into groups (6 per group) • Pick new Operator/Scribe • Pick Frequency • Decide on order of callsigns • Decide on Net start time • Operators head outside and spread out • Pro-Words: Over, Out, Roger, Wilco, Wait, All After, All Before, Figures, Continue • Remember: Rythm, Speed,Volume, Pitch
  • 57. Exercise 2 Debrief.
  • 58. Exercise 3 • Break into groups (6 per group) • Pick new Operator/Scribe • Pick Frequency • Decide on order of callsigns • Decide on Net start time • Operators head outside and spread out • Pro-Words: Over, Out, Roger, Wilco, Wait, All After, All Before, Figures, continue. • Remember: Rythm, Speed,Volume, Pitch
  • 59. Exercise 3 Debrief.
  • 60. Formal Messages • Basic format is agreed across all three IARU Regions • AREN’s message form is the new template for IARU Region 1. • Worked example.
  • 61. Lunchtime!
  • 62. Agenda • 10:00 - 10:30 Review of 2008/2009 • 10:30 - 11:00 MEM Process • 11:00 - 11:15 Feedback • 11:30 - 13:00 Radio Procedure Workshop • 14:00 - 15:00 Intro to Map Reading • 15:00 - 15:45 Intro to APRS • 15:45 - 16:30 Digimode Workshop • 16:30 - 17:00 Discussion
  • 63. Agenda • 10:00 - 10:30 Review of 2008/2009 • 10:30 - 11:00 MEM Process • 11:00 - 11:15 Feedback • 11:30 - 13:00 Radio Procedure Workshop • 14:00 - 15:00 Intro to Map Reading • 15:00 - 15:45 Intro to APRS • 15:45 - 16:30 Digimode Workshop • 16:30 - 17:00 Discussion
  • 64. Agenda • 10:00 - 10:30 Review of 2008/2009 • 10:30 - 11:00 MEM Process • 11:00 - 11:15 Feedback • 11:30 - 13:00 Radio Procedure Workshop • 14:00 - 15:00 Intro to Map Reading • 15:00 - 15:45 Intro to APRS • 15:45 - 16:30 Digimode Workshop • 16:30 - 17:00 Discussion
  • 65. Agenda • 10:00 - 10:30 Review of 2008/2009 • 10:30 - 11:00 MEM Process • 11:00 - 11:15 Feedback • 11:30 - 13:00 Radio Procedure Workshop • 14:00 - 15:00 Intro to Map Reading • 15:00 - 15:45 Intro to APRS • 15:45 - 16:30 Digimode Workshop • 16:30 - 17:00 Discussion
  • 66. Discussion
  • 67. Thank you for your patience! http://www.aren.ie John Ronan, AREN Co-ordinator ei7ig@aren.ie 086 8167310