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

                      DAREN of WV News January 10, 2021(E88)
                      (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.

I received and E-Mail from Gene Roy, N8ER, about the Randolph County NODE/PBBS of RANDWV/ELKNWV.  He said that Zane Hammack, WV8ZH, made a trip to the mountain to work on the station.  Zane thought he had the station back on the air, but something went wrong, and the station is still off.  It may be a while before Zane can make another trip to the mountain.

Not much else to report this week.  It has been a quiet week, but I've been busy. I have been building another Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) HSMM (High Speed MultiMedia) station to help cover an area that has some active Amateurs wanting to start applying projects to the system.  Testing will be started on Wednesday when we make a trip to the site, if the weather is good. The station will be located near the water tanks in the northern part of Parkersburg.  If the tests prove the station will do the job, I will need to contact the Parkersburg Water Department to get final approval.  The station will be located in a 20-foot pipe lashed to the chain link fence.  The station will be operated on batteries that should last a couple weeks.  If we get approval, a couple solar panels will be mounted on the top of the chain link fence.  With the solar panels and batteries, that should allow the station to run all the time on solar power.

There were 31 check-ins to the Statewide DAREN Net this week.  Mark Sweitzer, KD8MIV, who has been checking into the net since September 25, 2010 has completed 400 check-ins and will be receiving his certificate.  Sammy Mercer, N8SVX, need only one more check-in to make 650.

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