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

                      DAREN of WV News March 31, 2019(D95)
                      (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.

I'm sorry to announce that another one of our DAREN operators passed away.  I just found out yesterday that Opie Nutter, KC8ZBQ, passed away on February 24th.  I noticed that he hasn't been checking into either the Packet nets or the Sunday evening voice nets.  Opie told me back in August that due to health problems he wouldn't be able to help with the communications for the Parkersburg Half Marathon like he has for the past several years.  Opie will surely be missed.

Now that I have finished rebuilding the racing clocks, I should be able to work on my DAREN stations that are down.  I'm going to put together complete stations with 100-watt Motorola radios, TNCs with version 8.2 firmware and either 128K or 512K memory, and heavy-duty homemade power supplies.  I'll leave them powered up with antennas, to make sure they are working.  When I go to each of the sites, I'll just disconnect, and take the complete systems to their sites.  Hopefully I will get them put together in the next few weeks.  I still have some activities that will be keeping busy.  Next Sunday, April 7, some of the Amateurs in Wood County will be providing the safety communications for the Challenge at Mountwood Mountain Bike race.  On April 13th and 14th, I'll be attending the AUXCOMM class here in Parkersburg.  On April 27th, we'll be providing the safety communications and the racing clocks for the Vienna River Road Fun Run.  I'm also trying to repair three Yaesu FT-840 HF rigs before Field Day.  I could go on about a bunch of other projects, but I don't want to bore you to death.

If you have any activities that you want to talk about, let me know.  I'm always looking to write about.

There were 42 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.

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