D.A.R.E.N. News 2016

                      DAREN of WV News September 11, 2016(.C62)
                   WA8LLM (304) 679-3470 wa8llm@yahoo.com
                        www.wc8ec.com or www.wc8ec.org

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 www.wc8ec.com and www.wc8ec.org websites.

Not much to report in the line of Amateur Radio or Packet this week.  Seven members of Wood County Emergency Communications provided safety communications for the Chic-Fil-A High School/Middle School Cross Country foot races yesterday.  There were over 1500 runners from an unknown amount of High Schools and Middle Schools in both West Virginia and Ohio.  There were eight races during the day.  With the hot weather, there were several health issues.  There was only one major incident in the last race.  We haven't found out anything about the runner yet.

From time-to-time I see other areas of the state that are having some kind of activity, but I don't get enough information to make a report on them.  If your club or group is involved in any kind of activity, let me know about it, so others in the state will know what is happening.

I have been asked to come to the Health Department in Charleston on Monday. They would like some suggestions on how to install an HF Antenna, and a 2 Meter antenna on their roof.  They already have an HF Radio and a 2 Meter Radio, and a couple of the people working there have their Amateur Radio license.  They aren't interested in having a Packet station set up yet.

There were only 30 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  Matt Pooler, KD8CWV, from Parkersburg, made his first check-in to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  I reported on him building the TNC from a kit last week.  I'm glad to see that he is getting interested in Packet.  I hope he plays with the DAREN system, and learns how it can be used.  There is still one check-in to the net with the callsign of "NOCALL".  Gary Rosenlieb, KC8YJJ, sent me an E-Mail, and gave me some information about "NOCALL".  The station checked into the net at around 9:52 am yesterday morning.  From what it looks like the station is located in the Eastern part of the state.  I've been trying to look over the records from that area to see who hasn't been checking into the net for awhile.  If anyone can figure out who it might be, you might let them know about their TNC having the wrong callsign.  And, have them get a hold of me so I can get their check-in records caught up.

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