D.A.R.E.N. News 2019

                      DAREN of WV News March 10, 2019 (D92)
                      (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.

Well, it's that time again to change your clocks.  While you're changing your clocks, don't forget to change the batteries in your Smoke Detectors and CO Detectors.  After you have got all those things completed, it's also time to set the clocks in your Packet Radio Terminal NODE Controllers (TNC), both your home station and any remote, hilltop, or mountaintop stations, both DAREN, and all other regular Packet stations.  When changing the time in the Packet stations, it's a good time to give them a "RESET", which may help them operate better.  The information given here is for most of the Kantronics TNCs, KPC-2, KPC-3, KPC-4, KPC-9612, KAM, KAM Plus, KAM-XL, KAM-98, etc.  Here's how to change the time in your TNCs, if they are made by Kantronics.  If you're at the TNC just type the command "DA", <space>, followed by the two-number year, month, day, hour, minute, and second.  For example: the command to set the date of March 10, 2019, at 2:00 am would be; type DA 190310020000, and then press <enter>.  If you're connecting to a remote station over the air, you must connect to your Remote Access callsign or ALIAS and give your passcode.  When you get the (prompt:) command, then do the "DA" command.  I'm sure that you didn't get up at 2:00 am to set your clocks or TNC, so be sure to adjust the above procedure for the time that you do make the changes.  While you're into your remote station, and if you haven't done so already, now would be a good time to change the "MYA" to "DAREN".  By changing the "MYA" to "DAREN" will allow any necessary, or EMERGENCY BEACONs, cover the DAREN system a lot better. After you finish setting the time, and the MYA, and have the (prompt:) command back, do a "RESET" command.  Doing the "RESET" command may clear out some minor problems that have been building up for the past few months, or the last time you did a RESET.  When messages are posted in your Mailboxes or PBBSs they use the time that is set in the TNC.  That way you can tell when the messages are posted and how old they are, and it also helps to see the last time your station heard other stations.

There were 34 check-ins to the State-Wide DAREN Net again this week.  Morris (Mo) Kittle, AD8T, who's been participating in the net since May 17, 2003, 2008, has completed 150 check-ins and will be receiving his certificate.


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