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

                      DAREN of WV News April 21, 2019(D98)
                      (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 hope everyone had a Safe and Happy Easter.

A couple DAREN operators didn't check into the State Wide DAREN Net again this week.  Jim Woodford, KC8MLK, and his wife Donnie, KC8YVR, have missed checking into the net for two weeks in a row.  Then I heard on the West Virginia Fone Net yesterday that Jim had fell and broke his hip.  I think they said that Jim is in the Grafton Hospital.  I hope he is coming along okay and gets to go home shortly.

Well, I got the design completed on the heavy-duty power supplies.  I have been playing with them for awhile.  The power supplies are going to be used on some old Motorola Maratrac 100-Watt radios.  I'm going to use them for some of the DAREN stations that are off the air.  The power supplies need to provide at least 20 Amps of Current, since that's what the Motorola radios draw while transmitting.

On Friday my wife Dot, KC8HAI, and I took a short trip to the Wirt County tower site to survey the antennas for the NODE/PBBS of WIRTWV/ELIZWV station and the Remote Receiver for the 147.255 MHz Wood County voice repeater.  The DAREN station was last heard before the first high wind storm of the season went through the area.  I figured the wind might have damaged one or both of the J- Pole Antennas, but they looked fine.  I checked out the Remote Receiver with a couple Hand Held Radios and it worked okay.  The radio on the NODE/PBBS station is receiving signals but doesn't seem to be transmitting.  I hadn't planned on making a trip to the tower site, so I didn't have a computer with me to check out TNC.  At least it may be easy to get that station back on the air.

There were 34 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  Gary Rosenlieb, KC8YJJ, who has been participating in the net since August 27, 2005, has completed 150 check-ins and will be receiving his certificate.  William Shuster, WD8SAB, need only one more check-in to make 50.  As soon as this coming week is over, I'm planning on getting the certificates caught up that I've fell behind on.

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