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Hello, my name is Darryll Warford and I have been licensed since 2006. I hold a Basic operators license in my hometown of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. I love all aspects of radio and communications and have been active in one way or another for the past 11 years. I love the hobby and love to speak to stations from all around the world.


I have been involved in the information technology sector for the last 17 years in a professional capacity. Back in 2006 I saw a way to connect my career and hobby together through Voice Over IP communications through Echolink and I was in. Thanks to my buddy, former VO1AAC, Chris I got on the fast road to getting my ticket.


After passing the Basic exam, which was all that's required to operate VOIP modes on 2 Meter and 70CM I quickly got hooked on EchoLink. We had a repeater here in town that had an Echolink RF Connection so I could easily get my fill of international stations, or so I thought. After using EchoLink for several years and making many friends around the planet I heard of something new called D-Star.


After learning of the VO1TZ repeater in St. John's I went and got myself a D-Star radio, the Icom ID-31. I was instantly in love! D-Star took everything I loved about Echolink and solved the things I didn't like about the mode. After doing some research I found a great call reflector 1C. I met a cool group of dudes and we quickly formed a great bond. We settled on another reflector, D-Plus 6A. We talked on there for several months and my love of international communications grew immensely.


I soon found the Canadian D-star net on XRF021B. This net brought the entire country together on a linked system on digital voice that also included stations from literally all over the globe as well. I to this day. 3 years later I still love this net on a Friday night at 9pm EST or 9pm EDT in the summer. About a year and a half ago I was asked if I would be interested in running the net. I quickly accepted and am calling it to this day. So if you are ever around on a Friday night join my on D-Star XRF021B at 9pm.


Throughout my digital phase in the beginning we lost the EchoLink Repeater here in the city. Due to this it was strictly D-Star for me for 3 years. But after that three years I re-discovered the Echolink Android app and re-joined a system that I had loved being a part of a few years back, the DODROPIN Node#355800. I quickly heard some familliar voices from the past and was instantly hooked again. I liked the form factor of being able to use EchoLink on a mobile Phone but longed to be able to use EchoLink on a HT.


I looked into trying to bring Echolink back to the area through a local club. They wanted nothing to do with EchoLink on their repeaters. It was disheartening at first however it would soon prove to be something that worked in my favor. I began to look into getting my own node on the air for a while but soon realized in order to get this going I would need some height, not available where I lived at the time. When an opportunity rose to move back to my home neighbourhood high atop a mountain looking over the entire city I quickly saw my opportunity to put a system of my own on the air.


The VO1UKZ Link was born. I was made an administrator on the DODROPIN system and gradually started helping out on the system in regard to calling nets and performing some system duties. Now that I had St. John's back on the air, I wanted some Newfoundland hams out there on the air so I started to promote the system here locally. As I assumed we would quickly get some stations in the area that were indeed interested in this type of system. Feel free to check out our website at www.dodropin.org



At around the same time a space opened up on the system that I figured I could start a technology net in. After discussing this with the other members of the DODROPIN staff the Tuesday Night Technology Round Table Net was born. I wanted to start a net where we could talk about new and emerging technologies, both ham radio and not. Mostly not though. I found that on the air during regular hours people would often lose interest, with the exception of a few like minded hams. I figured if there are a few people here that love the new tech like I do, there have to be many more out there on other systems as well. So I started advertising the net on other systems both on EchoLink and D-Star and quickly found I was right. This net lives on today at 8pm EST every Tuesday night. This net and the cosponsoring text box is available for download on our website at www.dodropin.org on our main page.


At this point I am calling the Canadian D-Star Net on Friday and the Tuesday Night Technology Round Table Net on Tuesday night. I soon was asked to fill on the KOWABUNGA Net on the system on Monday mornings. I quickly accepted. This net meets every morning Monday to Friday at 7am EST. I also enjoy filling in as NCO on there where needed as well. This one of my favourite nets as I'm an early riser in the morning.


Today I am calling a bunch of nets on the system including the ones I mentioned I am also NCO for the Amateur Radio Newsline Net at 9pm EST on Saturday nights as well. We run the weekly ARNewsline broadcast and then I take check-ins from all over the globe. Join me sometime on a Saturday night, or you can check out the weekly broadcast for yourself at www.arnewsline.org The anchors of newsline even join us from time to time.


I'm also the backup NCO for the Ham Nation after show net on DODROPIN. Back a while ago the founder and regular NCO Dave, N3NTV who had been calling the show since the beginning had a change in work schedule I was asked if I would be interested in covering for Dave for a while until his schedule worked out. As I was already a huge fan of the show, I instantly accepted. Even though Ham Nation itself didn't start live here until 10:30pm and the net not until that ended  close to midnight I still figured it was worth it to be a part of such a fantastic group on Wednesday nights. Dave's schedule got back to normal but I still call the net from time to time. Check out Ham Nation for yourself at live.twit.tv 9pm EST on Wednesdays or www.twit.tv/hn


So, in short, I LOVE TO TALK!!! And calling a variety of nets at different times throughout the week does that for me. So if you ever want to have a rag-chew look me up on Facebook by searching my call sign or you can find me on the DODROPIN on EchoLink Node#355800


73s de VO1UKZ

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