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

                      DAREN of WV News September 27, 2020(E73)
                      (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.

It doesn't look like the Parkersburg/Wood County Hamfest will be held this year.  I have only received about 25 E-Mails from Amateurs who said they would like to attend the Hamfest, if it's held.  The deadline for the E-Mails will be this coming Wednesday, September 30th.  We decided at our last WCEC Business Meeting there should be a least 100 E-Mails to wa8llm@yahoo.com before we hold the Hamfest.

The Wood County Amateurs will be providing the safety and runner communications this coming Tuesday, September 29th, for the Middle School Cross Country races. There will only be two races this time, so it won't be an all day event like the one on September 12th.  I will need to start getting all of the equipment back together for the races.

Sammy Mercer, N8SVX, and I have been building all kinds of antennas that we were hoping to use on the 2.4 GHz HSMM (High Speed MultiMode) Mesh system.  We haven't been having much luck getting any of them to work as good as we wanted. We have ordered some commercial antennas that may do what we want.  The antennas are supposed to be here by tomorrow or Tuesday.  If they work as well as they say, we may try to reverse engineer them, and get some ideas on how to make our homemade antennas work better.  We are trying to get the main system nodes up and running before the leaves fall off the trees, but it may be getting a little late.  We're sure we could make the node paths work in the winter, but what will happen when spring and summer get here and the leaves are back on the trees.  This has been a summer long project, and we have learned a lot.

There were only 27 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.


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