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

                      DAREN of WV News May 5, 2019(E00)
                      (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, we just got home from the Jackson County Hamfest.  On Friday I made a trip the Wirt County tower site and worked on the WIRTWV/ELIZWV DAREN station. I found that the TNC had lost it's memory during the wind storm that went through the area a couple months ago.  I already had another TNC upgraded to Version 8.2 with 512K of RAM memory and programed for the station.  On Saturday Conard Richardson, KE8HLU, told me that WIRTWV didn't sound like the audio was high enough, it would take several tries to connect.  He also told me the Wood County NODE/PBBS of WOODWV/PKBGWV was off the air.  I had just been connecting to it from Wirt County on Friday.  After I had left the Wirt County site, a lightning storm went through the area, that may have knocked the Wood County station off the air.  On the way home from the Jackson County Hamfest Sammy Mercer, N8SVX, and I stopped by the Jackson County tower site to see why that NODE/PBBS was off the air.  It's been off the air since last August.  We found the Alinco DR1200 radio had lost its memory and was on 145.00 MHz.  We already had plans to change out the station, so that's what we did.  The Jackson County NODE/PBBS is now using a 100-watt Motorola radio and a TNC with Version 8.2 software and 512K of RAM Memory.  After we left Jackson County, we stopped back at the Wirt County tower site and readjusted the transmit audio. That fixed that problem.  When I got home, I re-programed the old Jackson County DAREN station to put a temporary Wood County NODE/PBBS on the air at my house. I've been wanting to change out the Wood County station, so now's the time to do it.  I need to contact Duane Jones, N8LDM, at the 911 Center, and get access to the Wood County tower site.  If all goes well, I should have the Wood County NODE/PBBS of WOODWV/PKBGWV back on the air with a 100-watt Motorola by next Friday.  In the meantime, the stations of WOODWV-1/PKBGWV-1 and the temporary WOODWV/PKBGWV will be on the air.

We held the One Day Technician Class radio class yesterday at the Marietta Memorial Hospital in Ohio.  We had nine hopefuls in the class, but only seven of them were successful, and will receive their licenses.

There were 32 check-ins to the Statewide DAREN Net this week.  Terry Mills, KC8TUE, needs only one more check-in to make 800.


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