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

DAREN of WV News April 29, 2019(.A34)
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.

For those who have been waiting a couple or three months, I finally got the certificates mailed out that I've had printed up for a few days.  I went to town one day and forgot to take them with me.  But, I mailed them out on Friday.  For those who don't know the history about the DAREN Net Certificates, here it is.  The State Wide DAREN participation certificate was first mentioned in the February 27, 1994, DAREN News, when Kent Wilson, KB8NCX, asked if there could be any way that Amateurs checking into the DAREN Net could get some kind of recognition.  It was thought that a certificate might be the way.  It was decided that every time a station completed 50 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net they would get a certificate for supporting the DAREN system.  After about a year of going over records, compiling all the check-ins, and getting a certificate designed and printed up, the first certificates started getting mailed out.  Unlike certificates from some organizations the participants of the DAREN Net don't have to request a certificate.  The certificates get printed up and mailed out.  Since I'm the only one who works on the certificates, I sometimes get behind because of all the activities that I'm involved in, but I do get caught up.  I feel that Amateurs who support the DAREN system should be thanked for their participation, and sending them a certificate is one way of doing it.

I got a telephone call from Doug Cutlip, KC8AJH, who said that he thought the Randolph County NODE/PBBS of RANDWV/ELKNWV was off the air.  He was going to check around and see who might be able to get it back in operation.  I got a couple Packet messages from Gene Roy, N8ER, who said that Zane Hammack. WV8ZH, who owns the tower site where the Randolph County station is located may take a trip to the mountain on Monday and see what the problem might be.  Zane must have went to the tower site today and checked out the station.  Gene sent me another Packet message saying that Zane had the station back on the air.  He had to reset the TNC (Terminal Node Controller).  For some reason those things just happen.  I had to do the same thing a few months ago to the Wood County NODE/PBBS of WOODWV/PKBGWV.  I want to thank Doug and Gene for letting me know about the station, and a special thanks to Zane for getting it back on the air.

There were 50 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  Jerry Sturm, KC8SIG, who’s been participating in the net since May 9, 2009, has completed 150 check-in, and will be getting his certificate.

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