D.A.R.E.N. News 2010

DAREN of WV News February 14, 2010 (.918)
Kenneth Harris 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.

There's not much to report this week.  I've been busy working on my truck to make sure that it's ready for the rest of the winter.  I've also re-scheduled the Packet Radio class that was going to be held on February 6th, before the first major snow storm hit.  The class is going to be held this coming Sunday, February 21st, at the Eastwood Volunteer Station, on Rt 47 East of Parkersburg, if another snow storm doesn't cause it to be postponed again.  It's hard to hold classes in the Summer time because we're always busy with other outside activities such as providing communications for walks, runs, bike rides, road and cross country races, and disaster drills.  Our group has already been contacted to provide the safety communications for road runs in April, May, August, September, a Mountain Bike Race in May, and an Air Show in October. Our group also operates as many as seven Free Coffee Safety Breaks during the year, and BINGO games at three different events which operate from three to five days.  And, now we are in the planning stages of our second annual Hamfest in October.  When winter gets here, and those activities slow down, the weather is so unpredictable such as snow, that it's hard to schedule Amateur Radio and related classes.

That's all I have for this week, so if you have something you want to pass along, let men know.

There were 60 check-ins again to this week's State Wide DAREN Net.  Bob Tuckerman, W3RUA, needs only one more check-in to make 750.

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