D.A.R.E.N. News 2012

DAREN of WV News May 13, 2012(.A36)
WA8LLM (304) 679-3470 wa8llm@yahoo.com
P.O. BOX 3328, PARKERSBURG, WV 26103

DAREN News, are articles and information about the Digital Amateur Radio "Emergency" Network of WV, which operates on 145.69 MHz.  Anyone having any information about DAREN, or Amateur Radio in general, and would like to share it with others, may send it to WA8LLM @ PKBGWV on 145.69 MHz, or to my E-Mail: wa8llm@yahoo.com.  A State Wide DAREN NET is operated every Saturday from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and lately, before and after those hours.  The DAREN Net Announcement, showing the MAIN NCS, ALTERNATE NCS, NODEs accessible to both, and the previous week's check-ins, are posted by Thursday on most of the Main county DAREN PBBS'.  The DAREN News can also be found on the wc8ec.org website.

Matt Wright, KD8GWP, and I went to Pocahontas County over the weekend.  The trip was to participate in a Search and Rescue Exercise.  The stars from the TV Series "Dual Survivor", Dave Canterbury, and Cody Lundin were supposed to be the lost victims, but at the last minute they cancelled out.  Pat Schaffner, KC8CSE, and Ken Butler, WA8TOX, gave me information on the search area, which was the Boy Scout Camp.  Ken gave me driving instructions to the camp, and was there waiting when we arrived.  The camp is located near the Greenback Observatory, which is located in the National Quiet Zone, so we knew that communication was going to be a problem.  Our job at the exercise was to make sure the Tyler County Search and Rescue team, lead by Tom Cooper, WV8TOM, had communications.  While we were at the camp we played with a few different forms of communications.  We also got to meet Lee Kramer, N8TMF.  Lee used to check into the State Wide DAREN Net up until the time his station quit working.  Lee wanted to know if there was any dedicated DAREN Nodes in Pocahontas County.  He was told the last on went off the air several years ago.  Lee said that if we could get him a station including Radio, Terminal NODE Controller, power supply, and antenna, he could set up a dedicated DAREN station at his house, and it would have plenty of coverage.  If any one wants to help get the equipment to set up a DAREN station in Pocahontas County, it would be greatly appreciated.  The time at the camp was great, even though it was a little cold in the mornings.  I want to thank Ken, Pat, and Lee for their hospitality while in Pocahontas County.

There were 58 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  There was one new check-in to the net, and that was Chad Lynch from Westerville, Ohio, near Columbus.  I want to welcome Chad to the DAREN system and hope that he can check into the State wide DAREN Net as often as possible.  Chad used the Randy Thomas, K8KHW'S Gateway to get into the net.

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