D.A.R.E.N. News 2017

                      DAREN of WV News June 18, 2017(.D02)
                   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 this week.  I'm going to be busy getting the Field Day site ready for next weekend.  Since we are out in the field where there are no shelters of any kind, we have to install a big canopy to operate a couple stations, and also have a place have our kitchen set up.  A lot of groups has a picnic with one feeding time.  We have a couple cooks that are on duty most of the time, while the radio operators are on the air.  If the radio operator gets hungry, they just go to the kitchen and get something to eat, even if it's 2 o'clock in the morning.  I need to pull four trailers to the site and get them set up as operating stations.  Some of the operators will start showing up on Wednesday so they can camp out.  I had to cut up some trees that fell during the winter, so we have the fire wood ready for the camp fires and the big bond fire on Saturday night.  The Wood County Emergency Communications group has a great time and a lot of fun.  There will be several kids under the age of 18 who will be there to operate the radios.  Some of them have their licenses, while the others don't.  With any luck we will get them interested in Amateur Radio.

There were 37 check-ins to the net this week.  Mark Sweitzer, KD8MIV, who has been participating in the since September 25, 2010, has completed 250 check-ins and will be receiving his certificate.

That's it for this week.  I hope everyone has a great time at Field Day, and everyone be safe.

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