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

DAREN of WV News September 23, 2012(.A55)
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.

Terry Mills, KC8TUE, said that he and a couple others are going to make a trip to Universal Radio, in Renoldsburg, Ohio, on Wednesday to pick up the main prizes, and some of the door prizes for the Parkersburg/Wood County Hamfest. Terry doesn't know what Universal will be giving as door prizes, but here is a list of the main prizes: an Alinco DX-SR8T HF Transceiver, a Yaesu FT-1900R 2 Meter mobile, and a Wouxun KG-UVD1P/4 dual band handheld.  You don't have to be preset to win the main prizes.  Here is a list of some of the door prizes that have already been collected: 24 Hour Clock, hats, world maps, books, emergency radios, DL-1 Dummy Load kit, multimeters, 12V to 110V Inverters, Signalink soundcard interface, and a whole bunch more.  Door prizes will be given away every five minutes.  Terry wants everyone to pass the word about the Hamfest, which will be held on October 13th at the Wood County 4-H Campgrounds on Butcher Bend Road, in Mineral Wells, just South of Parkersburg.  If all goes well, the Hamfest committee will be picking up an 800 Watt Generator, which will be the main door prize at the Hamfest.  You must be present to win the door prizes.  He said to check out the Wood County Emergency Communications website at: www.wc8ec.org

The Wood County Emergency Communications group will be busy this coming week, and weekend.  On Tuesday evening the group will be providing race course communications for the Middle School Cross Country foot races.  Then on Thursday the group will start setting up the canopy, tables, and chairs for the BINGO games which are being held at the Volcano Days festival that will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Volcano Days is an event that has old gas powered engines that were used in the oil boom days in West Virginia.

There were 50 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  My wife Dot, Harris, KC8HAI, who's been participating in the net since May 3, 1997, has completed 800 check-ins.  My son Kevin Harris, KC8OXY, who's been participating in the net since July 1, 2000, has completed 600 check-ins.  Ron Wilson, K8RWW, who's been participating in the net since May 27, 2004, has completed 350 check-ins.  And, Madison Sweitzer, KB3URT, who's been participating in the net since October 2, 2010, has complted 100 check-ins.  All of these operators will be receiving their certificates.  Lee Mairs, KM4YY, needs only one more check- in to make 200.  I hope after this weekend, most of my activities slows down enough that I can get caught up with the certificates.  I want to thank all of those who have been waiting for me to get caught up.

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