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

                      DAREN of WV News October 8, 2017(.D18)
                   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.

After a several weeks of no rain, it sure put it down yesterday and today.  A couple members of the WCEC (Wood County Emergency Communications) group spent all day today taking down the groups canopies, tables, and chairs from a wedding that was held yesterday.  It could have stayed dry for a couple more days, but it didn't, and we got soaked.  Now that the wedding is over, and the equipment has been put away, we can finish getting things ready for the Hamfest this coming Saturday, October 14th.  Terry Mills, KC8TUE, Joe Rice, KD8YVB, and myself will be heading to Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday to pick up some radios and door prizes for the Hamfest.

The WCEC group has been asked to put up one of their 24 foot by 40 foot canopies for a Memorial Service to be held on Sunday after the Hamfest.  They will have several people helping to put up, and take down the canopy.  So it won't be a lot of work.

Officials for the Cross Country High School/Middle School events have asked the Amateurs in the area to provide the safety communications and race clocks for four Regional Cross Country races on Thursday, October 19th.  They said this race event will be the last one for the season.  It's interesting to help with the races because it gives us practice operating as a net, and handling emergency messages when any of the runners has a problem and needs help.

It will be nice to have most of these activities behind us.  I will be able to get caught up on things like getting the State Wide DAREN Net Check-in Certificates, for those who have been waiting, printed up and mailed out, and try to get some of my remote DAREN stations back in proper operation.

There were 33 check-ins to the net this week.  Maybe with Fall here and Winter close behind, everyone will start getting back on packet and start checking out the DAREN system and checking into the State Wide DAREN Net.

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