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

DAREN of WV News December 19, 2010(.962]
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 want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.  Our communications group, Wood County Emergency Communication, will be operating Free Safety Coffee Breaks over the Christmas and New Year Holidays.  Over the Christmas Holiday the coffee trailer will be set up at the I-77 Mineral Wells Southbound Rest Area. Over the New Year Holiday the coffee trailer will be set up at the I-77 Mineral Wells Northbound Rest Area.  If you are traveling either North or South on I-77 over the holidays, stop at the Rest Areas and say hi to the Amateurs who will be working there.

The DAREN Packet Radio paths have really changes since the weather turned cold. There are some stations that I can no longer connect to because they are either not on the air, or the path to them is no good.  I'm no longer able to get to the Berkeley County NODE/PBBS of BERKWV/MRTNWV.  Gene Roy, N8ER, told me there is a good path between the Tucker County NODE of TUCKWV and the Pendleton County NODE of PENDWV.  I may need to try using that path since it would cut my distance down by a NODE or two going in that direction.  Gene said that since Bill Hole, AC8FD, took over being SYSOP of the Tucker County NODE, it's paths have changed.

That's all I have for this week.  If you have anything that you would like to tell others who may be reading the DAREN News, send it to me, I'm always looking for something to write about.  If you are going to be on the roads visiting this week, just be safe and have a Merry Christmas.

There were 60 check-ins to this week's State Wide DAREN Net.  Jim Stephenson, KE8YB, who has been participating in the net since June 21, 2001, has completed 300 check-ins and will be receiving his certificate.  Gladys Gorrell, KC8GIZ, need only one more check-in to make 700.  Merry Christmas, and my God Bless America.

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