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

DAREN of WV News June 12, 2011(.987)
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.

The News is real short again this week.  I haven't heard from anyone, and I was busy all week.  With all the rain this Spring, my garden was late getting in, so I've been trying to get it planted, and I was getting ready to teach another one day General Class Amateur Radio class for yesterday.  I was also getting the Wood County Emergency Communications canopies ready to be used at another fire department fund raising activity yesterday.  Yesterday was a very busy day.  I had to get the canopies set up at 8:00 am, then come back to start the one day class at 12:00 noon.  There were only three people that took the class this month.  All three of them, and a Technician who took the class last month, but failed, passed the General Class test yesterday evening at our VE exam session.  I'm trying to get things caught up since I'm going to be busy Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, this coming week, attending an Emergency Operations Center class at North Bend State Park.  One of the instructors for the class is Larry Allen, KC7ICD.  Larry used to operate Packet Radio when he lived in the state of Washington, but has not been on Packet since he moved back to West Virginia.

There were only 49 check-ins to this week's State Wide DAREN Net.  Daniel Ritchie, KC8ZLK, needs only one more check-in to make 250.  I finally got most of the certificates mailed out on Friday to those who have been waiting for them.  I think there are just two more certificates that need to be printed up and mailed out, and they are the check-ins of the past couple of weeks.  I will hand deliver one of them this coming week to Bill Bayless, KB8HEK.  Bill is supposed to be in the same class that I will be attending.  If you have been waiting for a certificate, and didn't get it, please let me know.  I want to make sure everyone, who deserves a certificate, gets it.  It's my way of saying thanks for participating in the State Wide DAREN Net every week.  The State Wide DAREN has been operating every week, but one, since October 31, 1992. It's hard to believe that it's been almost 19 years.

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