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

                      DAREN of WV News March 14, 2021(E97)
                      (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.

I've been communicating, via E-Mail, with Harold (Sonny) Jobe, WC8L, who is wanting to know more about the DAREN system, and if there are any DAREN stations in the Tyler or Wetzel County area.  I told him the Tyler County Amateur Radio Club disbanded, and removed their repeater and DAREN station.  I told him the Wetzel County node was off the air, and that I need to get up to Wetzel County and get it back in operation.  Sonny lives in the Northern part of Doddridge County, and is having trouble connecting to any of the DAREN nodes.  Sonny says that with the CWVWA Amateur Radio Club getting more younger Amateurs, that it looks like data and Packet Radio is gaining interest.  Last month he ordered two Kantronics KPC-3 Plus USB Terminal Node Controllers, and two cables for his Yaesu FT-2980 transceivers.  One of the transceivers powered up, but then powered back down.  He thought he may have done something wrong, so he sent it back to Yaesu for repair.  He then ordered another FT-2980 from HRO (Ham Radio Outlet).  He's hoping that with a couple 100 watt solar panels and a controller, and a 20 amp Bioenno battery, he'll have a solar powered DAREN station, at a high location near his home, on the air very shortly.  I've told him about the State Wide DAREN Net, held weekly, which he is going to try to connect into in the near future.

There were 31 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  I got sidetracked on printing the DAREN Check-in Certificates.  I have been getting the material ready to hold a couple One Day Technician Class radio classes, one on March 27th in Parkersburg, and one in Grantsville on April 17th.  I will start printing the certificates again shortly.  I need to get them done before I get any further behind.

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