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

                      DAREN of WV News December 12, 2021(F36)
(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.

Before Don Williams, N8NUS, and I worked at the Willamstown tower site to get the DAREN NODE/PBBS of WASHOH/MRTAOH and the remote receiver for the 147.255 voice repeater back on the air, there were contractors working on the cellular tower.  Even though we had permission several years ago to have the antennas on the tower, which the cell company installed for us, the contractors removed the antennas to make room for some new equipment.  When the weather gets better and the other work is completed on the tower, we're going to reinstall antennas back on the tower.  Right now a couple of antennas are mounted on two 20 foot pieces of mast pipe lashed to surrounding fence pipes.  At least the DAREN antenna worked for National Weather Service Special Event Station last weekend.

About a week ago I received a message from Matt Gregg, WV8MAT, in Mason county, telling about the American Legion Nelson County Post 42 WinLink Net.  He said that everyone is invited to join the net.  Since the message is lengthy, I'll break it into three weekly sections of DAREN News of WV articles.

The American Legion net is open 6 days a week to ALL licensed Radio Amateurs; you do NOT need to be a member of the American Legion to join in.  Send your check-ins to: KB4KY@winlink.org   You can also join the AMLEGPost42WinlinkNet group at: https://groups.io/g/AMLEGPost42WinlinkNet to receive periodic information and Net Reports for the net.  Here are the particulars of the net. When: Send your Winlink Messages via your selected Mode(s) anytime from: 0001 ET Tuesday (0401 UTC Tuesday) to, 2359 ET Sunday (0359 UTC Monday).

Messages received outside these hours will be discarded.
What to send:  Send the Preferred Template of the Week.
Net Participants will receive two (2) Points for each check-in using the Preferred Template of the Week.

Week Containing the:             Preferred Template Name is:
1st Tuesday of Month             Winlink Check-in Form
2nd Tuesday of Month             Current Weather Report
3rd Tuesday of Month             Severe Weather Report
4th Tuesday of Month             ICS-213
5th Tuesday, if Applicable,      Plain Text Message (or any Template you wish)
(automatic 2 point credit)

Send To:  KB4KY@winlink.org (or alternate NCS when specified)
Subject Line: AMLEG Post 42 WinLink Check-In (or the subject line generated by
the Form)

(to be continued in next weeks DAREN News of WV)

There were 31 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  While monitoring my backup Packet station I saw one operator trying to connect to the call of "W8W" instead of "NET".  He still got credit for his State Wide check-in.

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