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

DAREN of WV News November 18, 2012(.A63)
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.

Last week I said that Rod Godfrey, W8RKG, was going to try to find where the Calhoun County NODE/PBBS of CALHWV/GRNTWV was located.  This past week he did find the station, and is now trying to find a location to install it that will be a lot higher.  He has been in contact with some officials of the Calhoun County 911, and there's a possibility the station may be installed on one of the 911 towers.  Rod has also been working with some of the other Amateurs in the county, and trying to get some Packet Radio activity going there.

Since we have been getting things ready for the hospital exercise on December 6th, I've been thinking about re-installing a DAREN Packet station in Wirt County.  I need to go to Elizabeth to teach a Communications Class to the Wirt County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) on Tuesday.  I think I will put together a station, leave early Tuesday afternoon, stop by the tower site, and install it.  If all goes well I should have the Wirt County NODE/PBBS of WIRTWV/ELIZWV in operation before I teach the class.

This coming Saturday I will be holding a Packet Radio class in Parkersburg.  If anyone is interested in taking the class it will start at about 9:00 am.  The class will be held at the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, 211 6th Street. If you need any additional information I can be reached at (304) 679-3470, or on E-Mail at: wa8llm@yahoo.com

Last week while I was posting the DAREN News and Net Announcement, I noticed the Mineral County NODE/PBBS of MINEWV/KEYSWV was off the air.  If anyone knows who is taking care of the station, they might contact them and let them know.

There were 46 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  Roy Humes, N8RH, who's been participating in the net since April 2, 1994, has completed 800 check-ins, and will be receiving his certificate.  There was a new check-in to the net this week and that is Rod Godfrey, W8RKG, who lives in Grantsville, and has been working with the Calhoun County DAREN NODE/PBBS.  I think Rod will be checking into the net on a regular basis, and working on the DAREN system.

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