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

                      DAREN of WV News August 13, 2017(.D10)
                   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.

I stopped by Mike Farnsworth, KD8VLL's house on Wednesday 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, this coming Saturday, August 19th.  I'm going to miss the convention since I'm going to be busy with the BINGO fund raising event at the Parkersburg Homecoming on Friday and Saturday, and the Parkersburg Half Marathon on Saturday.  I've been busy pulling trailers to the homecoming.  Since we have to set up everything for the BINGO games, we have to have several trailers to carry the equipment.  This year there are seven trailers.  There is one to haul the 24 by 80 foot canopy, one for the chairs, two for the tables, one to haul the concrete overshoes to hold the canopy from blowing away, the BINGO trailer, which was built to store and haul all of the BINGO equipment and be used as a stage for the BINGO caller.  And, we take our Communications Trailer that we use as an office to keep track of the BINGO games and a place to prepare food and drinks for the workers.  I still have three trailers to transport.  It seems to be a lot of work, but it's worth it when we go to the bank.

The Parkersburg Half Marathon is also a lot of work.  We needed to get a couple radio operators assigned to each of the Mile Markers.  Those working at the Mile Markers need to set up and operate the Race Clocks that we provide.  The race officials are real happy there is a Race Clock at each location.  I'll be glad when this weekend is over.

Are there any other groups out there that are involved in these kind of activities?  If so I would like to hear about them.

There were 32 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week. Krista Mills, KC8VLJ, who has been participating in the net since December 28, 2002, has completed 700 check-ins.  Krista's older sister Tricia Magyarosi, KC8VLI, needs only one more check-in to make 700.  Gene Roy, N8ER, needs only one more check- in to make 1250.  There was a new participate on the net this week and that was William Shuster, WD8SAB, from Steubenville, Ohio.  I want to welcome William to the DAREN system, and hope he can participate in the net as often as possible.

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