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

                      DAREN of WV News July 1, 2018(.D56)
                      (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 o 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 kind of goofed on last weeks State Wide DAPEN Net.  I must not have got rested up from Field Day.  On the Connect Text on the net I forgot to change it from the Local DAREN and District 3 ARES Net that I operate on Sunday evenings.  If you saw a strange Connect Text when you got connected into the State Wide DAREN Net, don't worry, you were still logged into the right net.

I'm still trying to get things put back together from Field Day.  Two years ago I lost transmit audio on one o& Yaesu FT-840 transceivers, but that was no big deal, since I can use it for CW on Field Day.  But, this year I took my main HF station to Field Day and when I hooked it up, I found that I had lost the transmit audio on it.  I thought it might be a microphone problem, but changing the microphone didn't help.  I had just checked into the West Virginia FONE Net the night before with it.  So, I grabbed the other FT-840, and guess what, no transmit audio.  Now I have three FT-840 transceivers with no transmit audio.  I guess I will need to do some repair work.

To help transporting my 12 Volt power supplies, I have been modifying them.  I have been cutting the power cords off and installing computer style power plugs on them.  Since I have several old computer power supplies, I just remove the power plug from the case, use a Dremel tool to cut a hole in the 12 Volt power supply case, and install the plug in it.  Now then I can carry the power supplies. I don't have a power cord dragging the ground.

There were only 29 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  My daughter Cathy Wotring, KC8DJJ, who's been participating in the net since April 27, 1996, has completed 1150 check-ins.  Gregory Day, N8GD, who's been participating in the net since November 14, 2015, has completed 100 check-ins.  Both of these operators will be receiving their certificates as soon as I can start getting them printed up.

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July.

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