D.A.R.E.N. News 2017

                      DAREN of WV News January 29, 2017 (.C82)
                   WA8LLM (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.

Not much happening around here, and I haven't heard from anyone else around the state.  I have talked to a couple of local people that are wanting to know more about Packet Radio.  One of them bought a radio that has a built-in TNC, and wants to try it out.  He wanted to know when I was going to teach another Packet Class.  The last class I taught was in November, 2015.  Maybe on Thursday, we will know if we are going to have six more weeks of winter.  I'm not much of a believer in the ground hog, but I guess we all have to believe in something.  I still need to get to work on some more Packet stations and get about four of them back in good operation.  I've been cleaning up my radio shop so I can work on them, but every time I get one area cleaned up, I mess up another area.  To clean up, I needed to get my drawer organizers so I would know what is in them.  I've been putting a letter/number combination on each of them and writing down what is in them.  Over the years I have acquired several organizers, and now I don't know what is in them.  When I start looking through the drawers, I find things that I was going to use on other projects, or that I needed and didn't know where they were, so I just went out and bought new ones. So while the weather doesn't allow me to work outside, I thought I'd just make a catalog of all the parts, and what drawer they are in.  It's kind of like opening presents on Christmas Day.

The Ritchie County 147.300 MHz voice repeater has been off the air for a couple of weeks.  They sent the duplexers of to get checked out, cleaned up, and re- tuned.  They are hoping to have the repeater back on the air this week.  They hold their weekly net on Thursday evening at 9:00 pm.  The PL Tone on the repeater is 107.2 Hz.  If you get a chance this Thursday, give it a try.

There were 36 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.

That's it for this week.  If you are doing anything in your neck of the woods, let me know.

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