DAREN of WV News October 6 2013(.B09)
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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: email@example.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 wc8ec.org website.
I got a telephone call last week from Bob Tuckerman, W3RUA. He told me the Pendleton County NODE/PBBS of PENDWV/FKLNWV, was back in operation. Bob said the station is only using a magnetic mount antenna on the roof of the building where the station is housed. The magnetic mount antenna had been used on Bob's RV when he had it. Until they can get a good antenna, and get it mounted on the tower, the station will have limited coverage. He says the station does have a good path to the Mineral County NODE/PBBS of MINEWV/KEYSWV. Bob says the wants to thank the two people who helped him the most getting the station back in operation and they were Gene Roy, N8ER, who made a couple trips to and from Pendleton County to pick up the station, and repair it, and Bruce Minor, KA8ZKL, who is the Emergency Services director of Pendleton County. Bruce took Bob to the tower site several times getting the station back on the air. Bob and Gene, also want to thank Tom White, W3JTW, for offering the use of a transceiver, if they hadn't got the other one repaired.
On Thursday Tom Cooper, WV8TOM, who is the Emergency Services Director for Tyler County, asked me to come up to their LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) meeting. My wife Dot, KC8HAI, and I attended the meeting, and had a good breakfast. While we were there we talked about getting the groups 2 Meter Voice Repeater back on the air, as well as their DAREN Packet station. After we left the meeting we made a ten mile trip up to the Wetzel County NODE/PBBS of WETZWV/NMARWV. When we got there every thing looked good except for the frequency of the transceiver. The transceiver frequency was on 145.00 MHz. That was the same problem the Jackson County station had when I got it back on the air. I don't know if the transceivers got something off the air, some kind of power surge, or a near by lightening strike that caused the transceivers to go back to the factory default frequency. In any case I was happy to see that all I had to do was put the radio back on the right frequency.
Today my wife Dot, KC8HAI, and I made a trip to the Ritchie County NODE/PBBS of RITCWV/HRVLWV where the DAREN Chat Room NODE of CHATRM is located. Since the CHATRM NODE is using the same transceiver as RITCWV/HRVLWV, I knew the trouble was going to be with the TNC. When I looked at the TNC there was a couple of lights that were lit that shouldn't have been. The only thing I knew to do, was turn the TNC off and back on. When that was done, the Chat Room TNC seemed to have went back into operation. That takes care of all the DAREN station except for the Wirt County NODE/PBBS of WIRTWV/ELIZWV. That station has a bad hum on it. After the Parkerburg/Wood County Hamfest this coming Saturday, I will put together another station and take it to Wirt County. That should have all of the stations that I can work on operational going into winter. With any luck all of the station will stay on the air until next spring and summer when the lightening storms start again
There were 44 check-ins to the State Wide DAREN Net again this week. I don't know how I did it, but last week I didn't recognize that Madison Sweitzer, KB3URT, needed one more check-in to make 150. Sorry about that Madison. This week Madison, who has been participating in the net since October 2, 2010, completed 150 check-ins and will be receiving her certificate. Gene Roy, N8ER, needs one more check-in to make 1050. Anna Hendershot, KC8JWW, needs one more check-in to make 800. Krista Mills, KC8VLJ, needs one more check-in to make 500. And, Ashley Shiflett, KD8QOQ, needs one check-in to make 100.
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