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

                      DAREN of WV News March 17, 2019 (D93)
                      (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.

Not much to report this week.  I just need to get started putting the equipment together to make trips to some of my remote locations and start getting my DAREN stations back in operation.  I need to sit down and figure what all I need at each location.  I want to change the antenna system at the Wetzel County site and change the transceiver.  It keeps losing its memory.  The Jackson County site has power, but the transceiver has no frequency display.  I don't have any ideas about the Roane County and Wirt County sites.  I think the TNC at the Ritchie County site may need to be changed out.  It has good audio, but it doesn't want to talk to some of the other sites that are in hearing range.  It has a fair path to the Randolph County RANDWV/ELKNWV, and it can communicate with the Kantronics KPC-2 TNCs, but it doesn't seem to talk to some of the KPC-3 TNCs.  I think I'll change it out with a KPC-3 Plus TNC with Version 9.0 Software, and 512K of memory.  When I do that, I'll set it up so 5 operators can connect into the HRVLWV PBBS at the same time.

Conard Richardson, KE8HLU, says that he and his dad Phil, KE8GCL, have Packet stations that are on 20 and 40 Meters about 100 percent of the time.  The HF stations are connected together via the Internet and are accessible via the WAVEWV station in Wood County.  I haven't had time to learn, and test out their systems, so I can't explain how to access the HF stations from the DAREN system.  A couple weeks ago I did see Andy, RK3KPK, near Moscow connecting into the DAREN system.  I sent him an E-Mail, telling him where he can find additional information.  He sent me an E-Mail back explaining how he was able to get to the DAREN system.  I invited him to check into the State-Wide DAREN Net on the weekends, but so far I haven't seen him.

There were 39 check-ins to the State-Wide DAREN Net this week.  I still need to start printing the Check-In Certificates and get them mailed out to all of those who have been waiting.

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