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

                      DAREN of WV News August 6, 2017(.D09)
                   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.

Since last weeks State Wide DAREN Net was down a lot. I thought it might have been that we lost some of the NODEs.  While posting the DAREN News and Net Announcements this week, everything seemed to be okay, and this week’s net showed the same thing.  I guess I just get worried when the net is low, and I think we may have lost some more of our DAREN stations.  I got an E-Mail from Charles (Chuck) King, KB8YIT, asking about the Wetzel County NODE/PBBS of WETZWV/NMARWV.  I told him I have a new station that needs to be installed as soon as I can get up there.  I'm hoping that I can get the new station installed shortly after the Parkersburg Homecoming and Half Marathon is over. I still need to get to the Ritchie County NODE/PBBS of RITCWV/HRVLWV, and get that station back in good working order.   I'm going to be busy the next two weeks getting ready for the homecoming and half marathon.

Not much else going on right now.  I need to stop by Mike Farnsworth, KD8VLL's house in a couple days.  Mike wants me to drop off some fliers for the Parkersburg/Wood County Hamfest coming up on October 14th.  Mike will be going to the West Virginia ARRL State Convention that will be held at Jacksons Mills, on August 19th.

Don't forget the total Solar Eclipse that will be happening on August 21st.  We won't see a total eclipse in our area, but it will get dark for a while.

The State Wide DAREN Net picked back up this week, but there were still only 34 check-ins.  Krista Mills, KC8VLJ, needs only one more check-in to make 700.  I want to welcome Morris (Mo) Kittle, AD8T, back to the DAREN system.  I got an E-mail from Mo a couple weeks ago asking if the DAREN system and the net were still in operation, and wanted a refresher on some of the Packet Commands.  Mo wanted to get back on Packet Radio again, and it looks like he made it.  Mo has been missing from the net since July 23, 2005.

That's it for this week.  If you have any information that you would like to pass to other Amateurs who read the DAREN News, get it to me, I need something to write about.


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