D.A.R.E.N. News 2020

                      DAREN of WV News May 24, 2020(E55)
                      (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 Statewide 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.

After I received an E-Mail from Gene Roy, N8ER, last week I tried a few times to connect to the Preston County NODE/PBBS station of PRESWV/KINGWV.  I wasn't able to connect to it from anywhere.  Gene sent me another E-Mail the next day that said the station wasn't working very well.  It only has a very short local range.  Maybe the station will get repaired and back on good working order.

Bill Davidson, N8JXO, and I spent a lot of the day Thursday working on some of the HSMM (High Speed Multimedia) system equipment.  We learned a lot more about how the system works.  We mounted the equipment on a 20-foot mast outside his house, hoping to make it work.  The nearest station that will be installed on the system, to Bill's house, will be about two and half miles away at Joe Thomas, N8MEV's house.  Sammy Mercer, N8SVX, will be coming out to my house tomorrow to check the topographical maps for elevations between the two houses. I'll be putting together a portable station together that will be used for testing hilltop locations.  This Wednesday, I'm hoping to test out the systems.

Not much else to report right now.  If you have anything to pass on to others, let me know.

There were 32 check-ins to the Statewide DAREN Net again this week.  My son Kevin, KC8OXY, who has been participating in the net since July 1, 2000, has completed 1000 check-ins will be receiving his certificate.  My Daughter Cathy Wotring, KC8DJJ, needs one more check-in to make 1250.  Well, I didn't get started on printing the certificates for those who have been waiting for them. I'll keep trying to find some time to get them printed up and mailed out.

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