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

                      DAREN of WV News July 15, 2018(.D58)
                      (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 ·: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 finally started to check out my three Yaesu FT-840 transceivers.  All three of them have no transmitted audio, but they will operate on CW.  I also found that one of them is only putting out about 40 Watts on CW, one of them is putting out about 70 Watts, and the third one is putting out about 100 Watts.  I guess there is more than one problem with a couple of them.  I've been checking the Internet to find a service manual.  I have one that I down loaded from the Internet, but it's too small to be able to follow the schematic, and when you increase the size, it gets too blurry to read.  I need to do some more searching to find a real printed copy.  It may take until next Field Day to get the radios ready to go back on the air again.

Not much else to report this week.  I'm going to be busy for the next two or three weeks.  I still need to finish wire brushing and painting the chairs that we use for the BINGO games a the Parkersburg Homecoming in August and the Volcano Days Festival in September.  And, I need to finish trying to make the Racing Clock start by remote control before the Parkersburg Half Marathon which will be held on August 18.

Don't forget the West Virginia ARRL State Convention that will be held at Jackson Mills State Park on the weekend of August 25th.  I'm planning to be there this year since it will be the weekend after the Parkersburg Homecoming.

There were 33 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net again this week.  Joe Peterson, N8DSN, who's been participating in the net since March 26, 1994, has completed 1200 check-ins.  Anna Hendershot, KC8JWW, who's been participating in the net since May 9. 1998, has completed 1050 check-ins.  Both of these operators will be(receiving their certificates.  Brad Carabine, KC8TYU, needs only one more check-in to make 750.

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