D.A.R.E.N. News 2013

DAREN of WV News March 24, 2013(.A81)
WA8LLM (304) 679-3470 wa8llm@yahoo.com WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS P.O. BOX 3328, PARKERSBURG, WV 26103 http://www.wc8ec.org

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.

Gene Roy, N8ER, said that he installed a beam antenna on the Tucker County NODE/PBBS of TUCKER/PRSNER.  The beam is pointed toward the Pendleton County NODE/PBBS of PENDWV/FKLNWV, in hopes to make a better path.  He said the beam would hurt some paths from other locations, but he hopes to provide a better path to the Eastern part of the state until the Mineral County NODE/PBBS of MINEWV/KEYSWV can get repaired and back in operation.  I will try out the configuration when I post the DAREN News and Net Announcement on Thursday.

There will be an event this coming Wednesday at West Virginia University and Parkersburg.  The event is called a Very Special Activity sponsored by the Artsbridge of Parkersburg.  The event is about all kinds of activities such as art and music.  This years theme is about Kites.  Max Barker, KC8JHI, is a member of the Parkersburg Kite Club, and will be furnishing most of the kites that will be on display at the event.  Members of the Wood County Emergency Communications and Wood County ARES will be providing the communications at the event.  The Amateurs will just mingle around the event and keep an eye on the kids.  Most of the kids at the event will be challenged in some way, so there needs to be a lot of people keeping an eye on them.  The past events have had 500 to 600 kids.  The officials of the event are hoping for the same amount this year.

That's it for this week.  If you or your group is having some kind of event where Amateur Radio is involved, let me know so I can have something to put here in the news.

There were 47 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  John Johnston, KF8OM, needs only one more check-in to make 800.  Francis Fox, K8ATB, needs only one more check-in to make 200.

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