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

DAREN of WV News October 10, 2010 (.952]
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 news this week.  Things have pretty quiet as far as Amateur Radio.  Gene Roy, N8ER, sent me an E-Mail telling me that Tom DiBacco has changed his callsign from KA8JTH to AC8HQ.  I want to thank Gene for that information.  I might not have caught the callsign change and shown Tom's new call as a new participant to the DAREN system and the State Wide DAREN Net.

I want to thank all of the Amateurs who attended the Parkersburg/Wood County Hamfest yesterday.  This is only the second Hamfest for our group, and we think that it went pretty well.  We have used the good things from other Hamfests that we have attended in the past several years, and added a few of our own. If you attended the Hamfest yesterday, and have any ideas of how to make it better, let me know.  We will be discussing the Hamfest at the next Wood County Emergency Communications business meeting, and deciding if we are going to continue holding it.

Don't forget about holding an SET (Simulated Emergency Test).  Some groups may have held one on the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd, and other may have held one before that.  If you are planning on holding an SET, be sure that you do it before the last of November, and get your report sent to the ARRL as soon as possible after that.

If you have anything that you would like to pass on to other Amateurs, send me a message via Packet to PKBGWV, or an E-Mail to wa8llm@yahoo.com

There were 58 check-ins to this week's State Wide DAREN Net.  My wife Dot Harris, KC8HAI, needs only one more check-in to make 700.  Dick Wilt, K8TPH, needs only one check-in to make 50.  Now that things are starting to slow down, I'm going to start getting the certificates printed up and mailed out to those who have been waiting for theirs.  It's hard for me to keep caught up in the Summer time with all of the activities that I get in involved in.

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