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

DAREN of WV News October 30, 2011(.A08)
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.

If you looked close at the State Wide Net Announcement this past week you will see a small mistake.  The date on the check-ins was wrong.  It showed the date of October 15, but it should have been October 22.  The calls were right for the 22nd, just the date was wrong.

There was a great SET (Simulated Emergency Test) yesterday.  The Kanawha County ARES group had Amateurs stationed along I77 North and South, along Route 119, along I-79 North, and I-64 West.  They had 12 Amateurs doing a traffic count and reporting them to the Metro-911 center, and then on to my station.  The exercise used the 145.35 MHz voice repeater in Charleston, 40 Meter HF, and the Chat Room on the DAREN system.  They passed seven ARRL RADIOGRAM messages giving the traffic count.  Using the DAREN Chat Room made it easy to receive the traffic.  I saved all of the Packet transmissions into a computer file, and sent it to them for their SET Report.  If any other group wants to operate an SET, let me know, and I'll put it here in the DAREN News.  If you want to use the DAREN Chat Room, it is available 24/7.

Lee Mairs, KM4YY, sent me an E-Mail and said his power is off but the Hampshire County NODE/PBBS of HAMPWV/RMNYWV is running on emergency power.  I assume he lost his power during the snow storm that went up the East Coast yesterday.  I know there were a lot of power outages from the storm.  I hope this storm isn't a sign of how the winter is going to be.

That's all I have for this week.  If you have anything you want others to know, sent it to me.

There were 58 check-ins this week to the State Wide DAREN Net.  Buford Lemon Jr., KB8QLG, needs only one more check-in to make 550.  Krista Mills, KC8VLJ, needs only one check-in to make 400.

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