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

DAREN of WV News March 31, 2013(.A82)
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.

The beam antenna that Gene Roy, N8ER, installed on the Tucker County NODE/PBBS of TUCKER/PRSNER must be working great.  I didn't have any trouble getting from TUCKER to the Pendleton County NODE and PBBS of PENDWV and FKLNWV.  If you are trying to get from the Eastern or Central part of the state, and are able to connect to PENDWV, then connect to TUCKER from there, and you should be able to reach into the Western part of the state.  I still need to get down to Roane County and work on the DAREN station there.  We think the power supply may have a problem in it since there is another radio system, using the same power supply and battery.

The event that we helped out on Wednesday at WVU-Parkersburg went great.  There were 303 kids that had registered at the event.  There were eight Amateur Radio operator who provided the safety communications.  The day went very smooth, and none of the kids got hurt or lost.  We usually stay busy during the event, but it was a good quiet day, and the kids had a good time.

There were 48 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  John Johnston, KF8OM, who's been participating in the net since December 3, 1994, has completed 800 check-ins and will be receiving his certificate.  Charlie Dotson, WB8NSL, needs only one more check-in to make 200.  Things have slowed down a little, so this week I'm going to try to get caught up with the certificates that I have fallen behind on.  With any luck those who have been waiting for their certificates should have them in their hands in a few days.

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