D.A.R.E.N. News 2021

                      DAREN of WV News July 18, 2021(F15)
                      (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.

I'm going to be a little low on news this week.  There hasn't been much activity lately and I'm trying to get things ready for the Parkersburg Homecoming BINGO, and the Parkersburg/Wood County Hamfest.  I've applied on line on the ARRL website to have the Hamfest posted, but no luck.  I will apply again tomorrow to see if they will post it.  Anyway the Hamfest will be held on October 9th at the 4-H Camp grounds on Butcher Bend Road in Mineral Wells.  Admission to the Hamfest will be $5.00, and the flea market tables are free.  The talk-in frequency will be the 147.255 MHz Repeater with a PL Tone of 131.8 Hz.  If I don't get a confirmation back from the ARRL, I'll apply every couple days until the call to tell me to stop.

My plans are to stop by Network Associates, a computer business here in the county, and talk about installing an Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) HSMM (High Speed MultiMedia) system node on their tower.  The owner of the business, before he passed away, was an Amateur Radio operator, and the person who oversees the business now is very much interested in getting his Amateur Radio license.  A couple weeks ago I dropped off a copy of the Technician Class Question Pool for him to study.  At that time he said we would be able to install the node on the tower, so we just need to plan on a date to do it.  The tower overlooks the south side of the Parkersburg area, so it may help on some of the dead spots in that area.

I'm still hoping to get caught up enough to start printing State Wide DAREN Net Check-in certificates, which I'm way behind on.

There were 31 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.

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