D.A.R.E.N. News 2015

                      DAREN of WV News March 29. 2015 (.B86)
                   WA8LLM (304) 679-3470 wa8llm@yahoo.com

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.com website.

I got an E-Mail from Gene Roy, N8ER.  Gene said he has put together a low profile station in Tucker County with the NODE/PBBS Alias of TUCKWV/PRSNWV.  He said that he would try keep the station operational until a better station can be placed on the air.

Tom White, W3JTW, thinks the low check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net for the last few weeks may be band conditions.  He has seen that I have been having problems connecting to the Mineral County NODE/PBBS of MINEWV/KEYSWV.  Tom has also been having problems connecting through the system.  Don't let any band condition keep you from trying to connect through the system, and to the weekly State Wide DAREN Net NCS.  In a real emergency or disaster we may have to find other paths to get connected to the stations that we need to communicate with.

There were 38 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  I need to start to work on Net Check-in Certificates for those who is waiting for them.  I've been busy for the last couple of months.  I'm building large clocks that will be used for the many road races that our group helps with.  Most of the time the time keepers at each of the Mile Markers have to yell out the time as the runners approach their location.  With the race clocks the runner will be able to see the time as they approach the Mile Markers.  I'm hoping to have six of the clocks completed before the first road race that will be held in Vienna on April 18th.

If your group has any activities, such as the road races, let me know about them.  On April 12th the Amateurs in this area will be going into the woods to provide the Safety Communications for the Challenge at Mountwood, Mountain Bike race.  Also don't forget to report those activities to the ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator or Section Manager.

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