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

DAREN of WV News May 27, 2012(.A38)
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.

I don't have anything to write about this week, things have been real slow.  I know the Wood County Emergency Communications group is going to start getting busy with some more outside activities, one of them is Field Day.  If your group is going to be operating Field Day, I would like to hear about it so we can have something to put in the DAREN News.  If you are operating Field Day don't forget about the extra points that you can get by sending RADIOGRAMs via Packet Radio and the Internet.  As long as the RADIOGRAM is sent via Amateur Radio during Field Day, it can be used for bonus points.  The RADIOGRAMs can be send over the DAREN system to the WinLink 2000 systems of K8KHW-10, accessible through the RITCWV NODE, and the KC8SIG-10, accessible through the TUCKWV NODE. Field Day is a good time to learn other digital modes.  I use Field Day to try different modes, antennas, and solar power.  We don't use Field Day to make the most contacts, we use it to learn as much as possible about emergency set ups, and communications.

There were 53 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  Robert Sellars, KB2FEL, who's been participating in the net since September 9, 2006, has completed 250 check-ins, and will be receiving his certificate.  Sam Mercer, N8SVX, needs only one more check-in to make 100.  And, Melvin Shiflett, KD8OWG, and Kimberly Shiflett, KD8OHG, need only one check-in each to make 50.

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