D.A.R.E.N. News 2014

                      DAREN of WV News August 10, 2014                   (.B53)
                   WA8LLM (304) 679-3470 wa8llm@yahoo.com

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 haven't heard from anyone this week about any activities they are involved in.  I have had a few people asking me when the WCEC group will be holding their next Technician Class radio class.  Since we are going to be busy the rest of August, we are planning to holding a class in September.  Of course in September we will be getting things ready for the Parkersburg/Wood County Hamfest on October 11th.  I love it when Spring and Summer get here, but when it gets here I get too busy to enjoy it.

If anyone has anything to talk about let me know.  I'm still waiting to hear about some of the new DAREN Nodes that are supposed to be coming on line.  If you know of anyone wanting to put a NODE/PBBS on the DAREN system, tell them to go for it.  The more stations we have on the air, the better the system will work in a real emergency.

That's all that I can think of for now, just don't forget about the WV ARRL State Convention coming up on Saturday, August 23rd.  The convention will be at Jacksons Mill State Park, near Weston, WV.

There were 47 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net.  Robert Sellars, KB2FEL, who's been participating in the net since September 9, 2006, has completed 350 check-ins.  Randy Thomas, K8KHW, who's been participating in the net since February 13, 1999, has completed 550 check-ins.  Both of these operators will be receiving their certificates.  Joe Peterson, N8DSN, needs only one more check-in to make 1000.  I'm getting a little bit behind getting the certificates printed up for those who are waiting for them.  I'm going to be busy this coming week getting ready for the Parkersburg Homecoming and Half Marathon, but after this coming week and weekend, I should be able to find some time to get the certificates printed up and mailed out.

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