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

                      DAREN of WV News July 22, 2018(.D59)
                      (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 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 DARGN PBBS'.  The DAREN News can also be found on the www.wc8ec.com and www.wc8ec.org websites.

I received an0E-Mail from Mike Tyler, WA8YWO.  Mike has a DAREN packet station made up of a Kantronics KPC-3 and a Maxon 4000 series transceiver and switching power supply.  The station will be located in Webster County.  He's wiring the building where the station will be installed.  He's hoping to have it set up in the next week or two.  He will keep us posted when the station gets on the air.

Well, I found a place that says they have a Service Manual for the Yaesu FT-840 radio.  They are supposed to ship it out via USPS tomorrow.  I hope that it's a manufacture manual and not just a copy of a copy.  Maybe I can start working on the three FT-840s before long.

I don't know where I got them, but I have some UNICOM hands free headphone transceivers.  They operate on 49 MHz.  When I got them my plans were to put them on 52.525 MHz.  I can't find any service manuals or schematics for them. They look like a straight forward FM very well built transceivers.  They were designed to be used in mines or areas that may have hazardous materials, and high noise areas.  I've taken a couple of them apart and removed the radios to convert them to regular headphones.  I'm also adding a boom microphone to the headphone.  The audio isn't the best with the original ear pieces, so I'm replacing them with speaker out of old computers.  I measured the resistance of the original ear pieces and they measure about 1000 ohms.  I'm getting the headphones ready for Field Day next year.

There were 32 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  Brad Carabine, KC8TYU, who's been participating in the net since October 19, 2002, has completed 750 check-ins and will be receiving his certificate.  Tricia Magyarosi, KC8VLI, one of Brads sister, needs only one more check-in to make 750.  And, Julie Paugh, KB3URS, needs only one more check-in to make 150.

Not much else to report on.  If you have anything going on in your area, let me know.


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