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

DAREN of WV News August 8, 2010(.943]
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.

I received an E-Mail from Lee Mairs, KM4YY, about the little class that I had on the DAREN News a couple of weeks ago.  From time-to-time I'll try to put a little training in the DAREN News.  One thing that would help other operators know where to leaves messages for you, is to put your Home PBBS, on any messages, or traffic, that you send or post.  Like the beginning of this DAREN News I put my Home PBBS for those wanting to send me a message or any DAREN information.  That way someone wanting to send you a message would know what PBBS to connect to.  I try to do it any time I post a message to someone.  I know I get messages without a Home PBBS, and then I have to figure the best place to post a response.  It's best to try to post a message to someone as close as possible to their location.  I've picked up messages addressed to me on PBBSs that I don't get into but about once a week.  So if it's important I won't see it until I get ready to post the DAREN News and Net Announcement.

I also got an E-Mail from Brent Hathaway, KD8GKR.  Brent is just starting into Packet Radio and likes it a lot.  He said that he's going to be holding a Packet Primer presentation at the club meeting this coming weekend.  He's trying to get more Amateurs interested in Packet Radio.  If you are interested in attending the presentation, you should contact Brent at: kd8gkr@yahoo.com to get additional information.  Brent is also looking for a tower site where he can install a DAREN NODE/PBBS.  If he can get the station installed, the ALIAS for the NODE/PBBS will be TAYLWV/GRAFWV, for Grafton in Taylor County.  At the present time he has a DAREN station on in Barbour County.  The NODE/PBBS is BCNODE/BCMAIL.  Brent said that if anyone is interested in getting an inexpensive computer for use on Packet, IRLP, or any other reason, they should look at the following website: http://www.accurateit.com/details.asp?iid=2117 Brent says that he has dealt with them many times, and has no complaints.

There were 49 check-ins to this week's State Wide DAREN Net.  Charles King, KB8YIT, who's been participating in the net since February 19, 2000, has completed 450 check-ins.  Kenneth Butler, WA8TOX, who been participating in the net since July 12, 2008, has completed 100 check-ins.  Both of these operators will be receiving their certificates as soon as I get back into the certificate program on my computer.  Tom White, W3JTW, needs only one more check-in to make 500.  And, Jim Woodford, KC8MLK, needs only one more check-in to make 300.

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