D.A.R.E.N. News 2021

                      DAREN of WV News December 20, 2021(E85)
                      (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.

First, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.  It's hard to believe that it's that time of the year already.

I received an E-Mail from Hank Kenealy, K1DOS, from Springfield, VA.  Hank was wanting know if the DAREN system is still in operation.  I told him that it was still up and running, but we have lost a lot of stations since he last checked into the State Wide DAREN Net on April 29, 2017.  Hank had a DAREN station in Hampshire County that went off the air while he was out of the country.  He said that he has returned to the United States after being in Germany.  Before he returns to Germany he plans to move the NODE/PBBS of HAMPWV/RMNYWV to the top of his property on a new 30 foot tower on Mill Creek Mountain.  Maybe within a few weeks the station will be back on the air.

Last week I said I had put my truck in for repair, well I got it back Thursday and I'm starting to make plans for installing another Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) 2.4 GHz HSMM (High Speed MultiMedia) node.  The weather man says that Wednesday will be the only good day this coming week, so that will be the day to do the tower work.  The new node will be at the same tower site as the first one, but instead of being at 30 feet, it will placed at 80 feet.  The 30 foot node works pretty good, but we figure at 80 feet it should do a lot better, and it's nice to have a back-up station.  One thing that we have learned about working with the AREDN system is nothing works the way you think.  Places that you think should work great, don't, and things that has no hope of working, does.  Microwave is an all new world for me.

There were 30 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week again this week.

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