D.A.R.E.N. News 2018

                      DAREN of WV News January 7, 2018(.D31)
                      (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.

Well, we made it thorough the New Year, and boy has it been cold.  It's been about two weeks with the temperatures below freezing, and a couple nights below zero.  They say we are supposed to have temperatures above freezing today and as high as 50 degrees by Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and then start snowing and below freezing temperatures this coming weekend.  Maybe all of the snow will go away, and we get to play in mud for a while.

While posting the DAREN News and Net Announcements Thursday I saw a couple more stations down.  The Tucker County NODE/PBBS of TUCKWV/DAVIWV and the Nicholas County NODE/PBBS of NICHWV/RWODWV seem to be down.  When I started the news this morning I saw the Tucker County station was back on the air.  I figure the power may have been off at the tower site due to the extremely cold weather.  I noticed a few weeks ago that I wasn't able to connect to the Nicholas County station.

Not much going on this week.  While I was trying to get all of the DAREN records back together, I was reading over some of the old DAREN News, and found some interesting articles.  I used to have lists of all of the DAREN Nets since it first started, but when the computer crashed a few weeks ago, I'm now missing several of the nets between January 2006 and December 2010.  My nephew Sammy Mercer, N8SVX, and I have been going through as many saved files that we can, trying to put together of the missing nets.  At one time back in 2012, we backed up the computer hard drive, but haven't be able to find the back-up file.  I'm still trying to repair the hard drive so that I can retrieve the information off of it.

There were 33 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.

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