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

                      DAREN of WV News December 9, 2018(D79)
                      (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 DAREN PBBS'.  The DAREN News can also be found on the www.wc8ec.com and www.wc8ec.org websites.

For the past few weeks I haven't had much to write about the DAREN system. I've been busy trying to get some of the projects that need to be worked on done.  With the weather too cold to be outside I can't work on my driveway, so I'll just stay in the house and work on some of the things that can be done on the work bench.  I've never had much luck with penetrating oil, but this week I needed to free up a bolt that was too hard to get loose with a wrench and a hammer.  I figured it was rusted inside, but I didn't have any penetrating oil, so I thought I'd try something else.  Since I've been doing a lot of printed circuit board work lately, and I needed to clean up the boards that have oxidized over the years, I use the CLR (Calcium, Lime, Rust) product and then brush them down using fine steel wool to make them shine, and easier to etch. I figured that since the bolt was rusted inside the threads, I'd try the CLR. Since it's not thick, it might squeeze between the thread easier.  I put it on the threads and let it set for a little while.  When I figured it should be ready, I used a wrench and it came right out.  I think I'll use CLR from now on instead of penetrating oil.

Well, that's about it for this week.  If you have something you would like to tell about, send me the information.  Once I get my major project of rebuilding the Wood County Emergency Communications racing clocks completed, I can start getting back on repairing some of my DAREN remote stations and get them back in working order.

There were only 31 check-ins to the State-Wide DAREN Net this week.  John Western, KC8ODI, who has been participating in the net since March 13, 2004, has completed 650 check-ins.  Mark Sweitzer, KD8MIV, who has been participating in the net since September 25, 2010, has completed 300 check-in.  Both of these operators will be receiving their certificates.  And, Lisa Hendershot, KB8UER, needs only one more check-in to make 1250.

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