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

                      DAREN of WV News January 17, 2021(E89)
                      (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 E-Mails from Gene Roy, N8ER, and Mo Kittle, AB8T, about the Randolph County NODE/PBBS of RANDWV/ELKNWV.  Both of them said that Zane Hammack, WV8ZH, was able to make another trip to the mountain and worked on and repaired the station.  I want to thank Zane for all of the work that he has done on the station.  With the Randolph County station down the DAREN system suffered a lot of stations were restricted to the system.  Now is the time to try to get other Amateurs interested in Packet Radio and find additional locations to install new stations.

We installed an Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) HSMM (High Speed MultiMedia) testing node, with batteries and solar panels, at the water tanks that overlook the north side of Parkersburg.  The stations seems to cover the area we were hoping for.  I need to write up a letter to get permission to make the station permanent and deliver it the mayor on Wednesday when I make a trip to town.  With any luck we will get permission to install nodes at all the city of Parkersburg water tanks.

With the Randolph County NODE/PBBS down, there were only 30 check-ins to the Statewide DAREN Net this week.  Sammy Mercer, N8SVX, who has been checking into the net since October 14, 1995, has completed 650 check-ins and will be receiving his certificate.  But, with that station back up we may have more check-ins to this coming week net.

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