Moving Sale:

I received a request to post the following

Garrett Ace 350 Metal Detector – $450.00 (Used 3 times and did find some gold and a lot of beer tabs). 8.5”X11” PROformance Double-D submersible seachoil; Garrett ClearSound Easy Stow Headphones w/in-line volume control; ACE Environmental Cover-up for rain and dust; 8.5”x11” Double-D Coil Cover (already mounted on coil); Edge Digger; ACE 350 Manual and warranty card; belt carrying pouch for accessories; Enhanced Iron resolution; Powerful new Double-D Searchoil for greater depth detection; higher frequency; electronic pinpointing; accept/reject discrimination; five search modes; continuous coin depth indicator; battery condition indicator; interchangeable ACE series seachoils; one touch operation; 3 piece travel/storage and adjustable arm cuff.

Hyundai Generator – $200.00 (Model 1CC45, 2 HP, used one time and has original gas in tank).

15 Gallon Gas Tanks – $20.00 (w/o nozzle) and $25.00 (w/nozzle)

Quest Family Dome Tent – $100.00 (14′x7′x6′, never used, extra heavy w/rain guard flap)

Steel Frame Folding Recliner – $50.00

Orion Flare Gun w/shells – $90.00 (never used)

Heavy Duty 25′ Strap w/Rachet Handle – $25.00

Rule Pump Switch #25A – $45.00

Air Mattresses (3, new still in package) – $20/ea

Roller Rod, Yellow with Ocean Master OML25, 400 yards (new line) – $70.00

Downrigger Cable (200 foot on roll) – 2 packages – $30.00/pk

Downrigger Release – 2 packages – $15.00/pk

Rapella Lures (Rattle) for Snook – 5 new – $45.00
Note: Have a ton of tackle and reels for sale – must see

Garmin Car GPS (NUVI 2555LM) with Panama Chip – like new – $200.00

Boca Quantum Rods (2) – medium weight, cast or troll, like new – $125.00
(does not include reels)

Channel Lock 19.2V Drill – Complete, New $50.00 – $40.00

HP Desjet 3545 Printer, Scanner, Photo Copier – like new in box – $65.00
new black cartridges – $20.00

Grease Gun with grease – $30.00

Linksys E900 Wireless Router with box – $25.00

Sony 32 inch TV – never hooked to cable, like new (Price Smart – $249.00) – $230.00

Igloo Marine Cooler – New $60.00 – $40.00

Oscillating Fan on a stand – New $60.00 – $40.00

Steam Iron with box – $15.00

Small Folding Table – $25.00

Downrigger Cable – 2 packages – $30.00/ea

AFW Leader – 90 lb. – $15.00

AFW Leader – 125 lb. – $20.00

NTR Metals – Pure Silver Bars .999 – 10 oz – spot + $3.00 – Call First for information and product is not onsite so will have to retrieve.

2009 Silver Toyota Yaris – 79,000 kilometers, auto, new brakes, good tires, everything works perfect, missing knob on radio only – $9700.00

2009 Nissan Navara LE – 80,000 kilometers, 6 speed, 4X4 Turbo Diesel – all fluids just changed, small dent in bumper, tow bar, tires in fair condition. Everything works perfect and 6 speed allows great mileage – Asking $17,500.00

27 foot Boat with 2 – 75 HP Yamaha Engines (used 3 months), trailer, etc. (need to call for more information and price).

Please contact Pat or Tom Crelly at or or cell phone 6428-1170 or 6382-1711.

Situation at Cable & Wireless

I received the following email which may be of interest to C&W users.

Just want to inform you of a situation I recently had with Cable & Wireless – don’t know if it will be something you want to share on Chiriqui Chatter.

Last year I received a call offering to upgrade my internet speed from the current plan of 2 megas to 5 megas. This was an offer from the Call Center. I agreed to upgrade and the order was processed September 2013 and I’ve been paying for that service since then. Just last week, I called to inform C&W that I was just receiving (on a good day) 2 megas. I was informed that just 2 megas was all that was available in my area. They said I would have to go into the office and speak to a representative.

Once in the office, I asked how it was possible that I was offered a service that is NOT available in my area. The C&W rep said their records show the upgrade in service was not done in the C&W office but handled by the Call Center. I told her they represented C&W so I didn’t see the difference.

OK, what about the amount I’d been paying since September. They said they could immediately credit three months but would have to put in a claim for investigation of the balance. I was notified within a couple of days that they would issue full credit for the difference which ended up being $61.26!

I guess my point in telling you this story is to have C&W customers check their bills and be sure that what they are paying for they are actually receiving. Better yet do not accept offers from the Call Center. It’s better to go into the office and find out what’s available in your area.

Earlier in the year I also got received another offer from the Call Center for tv digital which is NOT offered in my area. I told the C&W representative that I felt they had some responsibility for the calls being made on their behalf but she didn’t see it that way. I also stated that I expected I was NOT the only one with this problem.

My situation was resolved favorably but want to put out the info for others that might be in the same situation.


Dropped My VPN for UNLOCATOR

Yesterday I canceled my WITopia VPN renewal in favor of UNLOCATOR. Today, I received an email from WITopia providing me the reasons for continuing my VPN service.

Here is the content of that email.


I just wanted you to know that your account will not be charged again when your service expires on August 19th.

There are many reasons to use a VPN. I believe just about anyone who uses the Internet can benefit from a VPN.

You may want to use a VPN if:

1.You want to protect your data over the internet
2. You wish to encrypt VOIP traffic (internet voice calls)
3. You use the Internet on public networks, where other users on the same network can tap into your connection.
4. You don’t want search engines such as Google, Bing, etc. storing your every Internet search – forever
5. You wish you navigate the Internet anonymously and privately.
6. You don’t want your ISP monitoring and logging your internet activity – including every webpage you visit.
7. You wish to protect yourself from identity theft.

Just a few things to consider before discontinuing use of the VPN entirely.

Thanks for trying us out.


First let me say that my service with WITopia was stellar and their reasons are worth considering. My primary reason for using WITopia and UNLOCATOR is to be able to utilize NetFlix and other US services that are blocked in Panama. UNLOCATOR satisfies those needs with less speed degradation than a VPN.

Still the issues listed in in WITopia’s email are worth talking about. Continue reading

Chiriquí Chatter Host Outage

Over the last several days, CC has suffered several periods of down time. As soon as I realize that the site is not up, I submit a trouble ticket. I also post a notification o the CC Status Site to indicate that I am aware of an outage and am working on fixing it.

This morning, when I got up CC was down and my monitor site showed that it had been down for 4 hours at the time I submitted a trouble ticket.

The CC Status site is designed to show the last 24 hours of operation and also acknowledge that the site is down if I am aware of it.

The total outage for July 19 was about 19 hours.


As can be seen from the lack of posts, I continue to stay busy.

Most of my time has been related to the stroke victim. I have made multiple trips to his apartment during his therapy sessions. I have had to make multiple trips to purchase medical supplies, food and cleaning items.

I talked to Banco Banistmo several times this week and the latest was this morning. I believe they now have all the documentation they have asked for in addition to the POA that was provided to allow me to pay the victim’s bills with his money. I was told that I should receive an answer next week.

Of course I was told that last week and then was asked to provide more documents this week. The big hurdle is that to withdraw moment from an account, you have to have your signature on the account. The normal procedure is for the owner of the account and the additional person must go to the bank at the same time to provide signatures.

Obviously this is not possible in this case since the victim is confined to bed and his signature hand is the one affected by the stroke. This was the reason the POA was provided with a fingerprint as opposed to a signature.

I will see what next week brings. Continue reading