D.A.R.E.N. News 2019

                      DAREN of WV News April 14, 2019(D97)
                      (304) 679-3470 wa8llm@yahoo.com
Wood County Emergency Communications, 319 Communications Dr, Waverly, WV 26184
                        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.

Not much to report this week.  I'm still working on the new power supplies for the four DAREN stations I'm putting together, and with the weather getting warmer, the grass is starting to grow.  Like everyone else I need to start cleaning up around the property, so it doesn't get away from me.  I just got home from the two-day WV AUXCOMM Course that I and 12 other Amateurs attended. The class was interesting, and a lot of information was shared.  The class talked about how Amateur Radio operators and their systems can assist Public Safety Emergency Managers.  It described how the NIMS (National Incident Management System) works and the SIRN (Statewide Interoperability Radio Network) is operated and how Amateurs can be assists to the system.

Since Spring is here other activities are starting to get scheduled.  The first Road Run in this area will be held on April 27th.  It is the Vienna Road Run, which is five miles long, and will have a walk which is two miles long.  The next race will be the Chic-Fil-A Road Run on June 8th.  The race is six miles long and a two-mile walk.  Amateurs will be stationed at all of the Mile Markers around the race course.  They will let the timers know the start of the race so they can start their stopwatches.  The Amateurs will be reporting any safety issues around the course.  For the past three years the Amateurs have been using homemade race clocks so the runners can also see their time.  Last year was the first year the clocks were started by remote control.  There were a few problems that we hope to have worked out this year.  By helping with the races, the general public can see how Amateur Radio can be used.

On Sunday, April 28th the Athens, Ohio, Hamfest will be held.  On Sunday, May 5th the Jackson County Hamfest will be held at the Ripley Middle School in Ripley.

There were only 29 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  I don't know what happened, but several of the regular participates were missing from the net.  Gary Rosenlieb, KC8YJJ, needs only one more check-in to make 150.

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