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

                      DAREN of WV News November 26, 2017(.D25)
                      (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.

It looks like we lost two more Amateurs last week.  Bill Hunter, K8BS from Charleston, passed away last Wednesday.  Bill used to be active on Packet Radio in the 90's and played around with the DAREN system for awhile.  Joe Rice, KD8YVB, who was a member of Wood County Emergency Communications, passed away Thursday while in the hospital.  Joe said that he wasn't feeling very well while he was at the Hamfest back in October.  The day after the Hamfest he was taken to the hospital for what they thought was a Heart Attack.  They found out that it was his blood sugar that was messed up.  Things kept getting worse when his kidneys starting shutting down.  Joe and son Brent, KD8DLX, have been checking into the State Wide DAREN Net on a regular basis.

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday and was safe out in the woods. I didn't hear very many gun shots this year while I was outside working.

I'm still getting my DAREN information put back together after the hard drive in my main packet computer crapped out.  Sammy Mercer, N8SVX, had some records that has helped me a lot.  I've been taking advantage of the warm weather to get the Wood County Emergency Communications metal folding chairs repaired, reinforced, and painted.  I'd like to get them completed before next spring, when we need them for our summer activities.  I work on the DAREN records when it's cold or raining outside, and work on the chairs when it warm and sunny. While going through my DAREN records, and DAREN News, I've spotted a bunch of mistakes and found a lot of information that I had forgot about.  It's kind of interesting to read the old DAREN News, and remember a lot of those who used to participate with the State Wide DAREN Net.  A lot of them have either lost interest in Packet Radio, or have passed away.  It's funny since I wrote most of the DAREN News and I don't remember having done a lot of the things I wrote about.

There were 33 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  It shouldn't be too long, and I will be able to report on any stations that have a multiple of 50 check-ins.

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