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

DAREN of WV News August 14, 2011(.996)
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.

It's hard to believe that this is issue number 996 of the State Wide DAREN News.  The first issue of the News was dated July 19, 1992, that's over 19 years ago.  When the News first started there were only five NODE/PBBSs on the DAREN system.  As time went on there were as many as 34 counties that had a main NODE/PBBS in them.  It's kind of interesting to look back over the old issues of the News and see what all has happened.  Most of the original issues of the DAREN News were about the system itself, but as the system slowed down its growth, the News started publishing information that pertained to Amateur Radio in general.  At one time I thought about not putting out the DAREN News, but then I would get messages, E-Mails, and telephone calls talking about articles in the News, and I realized that people are reading it.  I haven't checked lately, but I think all of the old issues of the DAREN News is posted on the Wood County Emergency Communications website: www.wc8ec.org.  When I first started putting out the DAREN News, all I had was old DOS computers.  As I get the time, I've been converting the old News over to Windows based programs.  At one time when someone wanted copies of old DAREN News, I would make a 3 1/2 inch floppy disk and send it to them.  Most computers today don't have a 3 1/2 inch floppy drive, so it wouldn't help to do that any more.  When I get all of the News converted from DOS to Windows, I'll be able to send out a CD with all of the past DAREN News on it.  To some people, it may not be of any interest, but for those who started out working with Racket Radio in the early 90's, you may find something of interest.  Well, that's all I have for this week.  If there's something you want to pass on, or tell others, send it to me and I'll put it in the News.

There were 55 check-ins to this week's State Wide DAREN Net.  John Western, KC8ODI, needs only one more check-in to make 350.  There was one new participate to the net this week, and that was Ashley Shiflett, KD8QOQ, from Mill Creek.  I want to welcome Ashley to the DAREN system and hope she participates in the State Wide DAREN Net as often as possible.

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