D.A.R.E.N. News 2014

                      DAREN of WV News December 28, 2014 (.B73)
                   WA8LLM (304) 679-3470 wa8llm@yahoo.com

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 wc8ec.org website.

It's been a very quiet week.  I haven't heard from anyone about any activities that may be going on.  And, I haven't heard from anyone else about getting a grant for Packet Radio stations to go on the DAREN system.  A few weeks ago I put a 100 watt transmitter on the air with a CW beacon.  The transmitter is going to be used to transmit CW transmissions for anyone who is interested in learning Morse Code.  I have been getting the programs put together that will be transmitted.  The plans are to start transmitting the code practice session on January 1st.  To start with, the CW Practice sessions will be transmitted from 7:00pm to 9:00pm Monday through Friday.  If there is enough interest, additional time periods may be added.  The transmitter has been sending out information about the station and how to contact me if it is causing any interference.  The transmitter has been operating 24 hours a day on the frequency of 145.63 MHz since November 1st.  The antenna is a 4 bay DB Products on the top of a 90 foot tower.  By having it transmitting on 2 Meters, anyone with a 2 Meter Hand Held radio, in Wood County, would be able to copy the transmissions, and not have to have any special equipment.  For those who are not in Wood County, you may have to use a mobile or base transceiver with an outside antenna.  If you get a chance, monitor the frequency and see if you can hear the transmitter.

There were 41 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net.  I finally got all of the DAREN Check-in Certificates printed for those who have been waiting for them. I just need to address the envelopes and get them mailed.  I'll work on the envelopes this week.  I should have them done so that I can mail them on Friday when I go to town.  With any luck, everyone who has been waiting for a certificate should have it by the first full week in January.

That's all I have for this week, but I do hope that everyone has a very safe an Happy New Year.


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