D.A.R.E.N. News 2018

                      DAREN of WV News January 14, 2018(.D32)
                      (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.

During the posting of the DAREN News and State Wide DAREN Net Announcement on Thursday, I found the Wood County NODE/PBBS of WOODWV/PKBGWV down again.  I tried to connect to it several times over the weekend with no luck.  This morning I tried with no luck.  Then around noon today I was able to connect to it.  I been noticing that it seems to go dead when the temperature is well below freezing.  I don't know if it's the transceiver or the TNC, but it looks like a temperature problem.  I guess I'll just have to live with it for awhile.  In the mean time I will put together another station here at the house with the same NODE name and PBBS name.  When I find the regular station is down, I'll turn on the back-up station.

I also want to thank Mark Sweitzer, KD8MIV, for working on the Tucker County NODE/PBBS of TUCKWV/DAVIWV.  I don't know what he found, but it's back on the air.  I know what it's like going to tower sites in the middle of the winter to get a repeater, relay, and packet stations back on, but sometimes it has to be done.

There were 32 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  Matt Gregg, WV8MAT, who has been participating in the net since September 30, 2014, has completed 50 check-ins and will be receiving his certificate.

That's it for this week.  I will sure be happy when spring and summer gets here.

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