D.A.R.E.N. News 2012

DAREN of WV News February 12, 2012(.A23)
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.

Well, I didn't go in the hospital like I thought I would, but I'm not complaining.  While posting the DAREN News and State Wide DAREN Net Announcement last week, I was having trouble getting into some of the PBBSs.  I tried different paths, some with good luck, and some without.  I hope the Mineral County NODE/PBBS of MINEWV/KEYSWV comes back on the air soon.  If anyone knows who the System Operator of the station is, you might let him know it's not in operation.  While I was at a Table Top Training Disaster Exercise in Charleston on Wednesday, I ran into Steve Lipscomb, KB8EQC.  Steve is the Summers County Office of Emergency Services & E-911 Director.  Steve says that at one of his county tower sites there is a DAREN NODE/PBBS that's not in operation.  He doesn't know when or where the station came from, but he would like to get it on the air.  He asked me if I knew who the station might belong to before he tries to get it into operation.  He says that he has access to several good tower sites that he can put the station at.  I've been going over the old DAREN News looking for any information about the station, and who the System Operator may have been.  I've come up with some names and call signs for him to contact.  Steve says that if he can't find the owner of the station, he will get some help to work on it, and move it to a location that would help the DAREN system.

If the weather is as good as they say it's going to be, maybe I can get the Wood County APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System) station installed this coming week.  I've had a couple of APRS operators asking me about it.

There were 55 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week. but nothing special to report.  I need to get some more ink for my printer and I'll start printing certificates for those who are waiting for them.

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