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

                      DAREN of WV News August 1, 2021(F17)
                      (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.

The footer and floor for a 6 foot by 6 foot inside block building at the Hendershot Tower site has been started.  When the block building is completed it will house several radios, and systems, and also be used for back-up radio systems in the area.  The tower site will be powered completely by wind and solar.  Some of the radios at the site will be used for back-up transmitters of repeater systems.  The receivers for any back-up repeaters will be located at a tower site about a mile away, on Communications Drive.  The two tower sites will be connected together via a 1.544 MHz T1 carrier system that will be on the AREDN 2.4 GHz system.  There will be a couple HF transceivers that will be used to cross the DAREN system over to 20 and 40 Meters.  At the present time there is an AREDN node on the tower which has been in operation for about a year, and is powered by solar and batteries.

I've got to get the paperwork and a covered dish ready for the WCEC (Wood County Emergency Communications) Business Meeting, which will also be the Annual Covered Dish Picnic.  The meeting/picnic is this coming Tuesday.  The best thing I can make is mash potatoes and deviled eggs.  Maybe some day I'll get brave and find something else that I can make.  The  WCEC Christmas Party will be coming up the first Tuesday in December, maybe by that time I well have learned to make something else.

I'm putting together, and programming, an AREDN node that I'm hoping to install this coming Saturday.  The node will be placed at about 50 feet on the tower behind the Network Associate building on Rt 47.

While I was at a SIRN (State Interoperability Radio Network) meeting, in Ripley, a couple days ago I talked to Larry Cook, KC8ZRE, about the Jackson County Amateur Radio Club voice repeater on 146.67 MHz.  Larry said they have installed a new 4 Bay antenna and 1/2 inch Helax transmission line on the repeater.  It has improved the signal coverage a lot.  He said that I should be able to use the repeater from my house now.  I'll try it out tomorrow night when they hold their weekly net.

There were 31 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net this week.  Keith Dobbins, N8KLD, who has been participating in the net since May 3, 2008, has completed 350 check-ins and will be receiving his certificate.

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