D.A.R.E.N. News 2011

DAREN of WV News March 6, 2011 (.973)
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 don't have much to report or pass on this week.  I've been noticing there's been several stations having problems getting checked into the State Wide DAREN Net lately.  I know some of the problems are because of antenna problems on this end, but most of the stations aren't even able to get connected into the DAREN system from their nearby NODEs.  While trying to post the DAREN News and Net Announcement this past week, I was unable to connect to some of the NODEs and PBBSs that I normally use.  It's possible the storms that have went through the area the last couple of weeks have damaged antennas, or lightening damaging the radios.  It won't be long before the weather will be a lot better and we can get out to assess the damages, and get them repaired before we need the stations.

Don't forget about the Charleston Hamfest coming up on Saturday, March 19th.

If anyone has anything they want to report, or has ideas for news articles, let me know.  I'll see what I can come up with.

That's all I have for this week.

There were 57 check-ins to this week's State Wide DAREN Net.  Delmas Hartley, N8JYS, needs only one more check-in to make 300.  I need to get some more certificates printed up and mailed out.  I'm not as far behind as I was the last time.  I might get started on that shortly.

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