Monthly Archives: July 2014

Planet Telecom Announces Expanded Coverage from Volcan Baru

I received a request to post the following:

DAVID, Chiriqui, Panama: July 26, 2014: Planet Telecom is pleased to announce the commissioning of our new internet broadcast site on the peak of Volcan Baru.

This new site will help us provide enhanced coverage to many areas where signal was previously weak or unavailable.
As Panama’s highest peak, Volcan Baru is an ideal site for internet transmission, it has the few obstructions, allowing us to provide clients with fast, reliable service.
The areas that will benefit most from this enhanced coverage include: Boquete, Caldera, Palmira, Poterillos, Cuesta de Piedra, Volcan, Cerro Punta, Boca Chica, and Puerto Armuelles.
By adding this site to our network of tower sites across Chiriqui, we will be able to serve more clients in “hard to reach” areas.

About Planet Telecom: Since 2009 Planet Telecom has been providing reliable, high quality, high speed internet service in the province of Chiriqui, Panama. In addition, Planet Telecom provides networking services, security and video surveillance systems as well as cell phone signal boosters.

For additional information, please check out our website:, email at or call us at 777-9200

Having Fun With Grandchildren

At my age, having fun is an important part of my life. Living in Panama prevents me from having many memorable fun experiences with my grandchildren. I would like to think that when I am gone that there will be a few, “I will never forget what my grandpa did when he…” moments.

I have tried to create one of these experiences for one of my grandsons today. After setting up the situation, and writing him an email, I decided to share it with you.

It has been one of the lighter moments of this week.

My email to my grandson Noah follows: Continue reading Having Fun With Grandchildren

At a Crossroad

In all of our lives there are crossroads and only those traveling on their own paths decide which way to go. The decision process is an individual one and others can’t make the decisions for us. Others can advise, feel empathy for the decision process, remorse for bad decisions, but it is the individual that ultimately decides.

For the last a month and a half, I have been involved in the case I have previously written about of the US Citizen who had a stroke. This has been and continues to be a very stressful case.

My personal goal was to stabilize the situation and provide the individual the time to understand what he was up against, without the stress of worrying about the small details.

I feel that we have made progress, but there is much to be done. Most of the “to be done” falls to the individual and the healing process.

Tom McCormack provided the hospital bed and a very good wheelchair. I repaired the bed’s electric plug, and it is functioning as it should. The patient can raise and lower the bed. This is huge compared to his condition in his old bed.

The landlady has been fully reimbursed for her payment of the hospital bill and wheelchair rental. Medicine has been purchased, rent paid and phone and electric bills have been paid.

Therapy has been obtained at a reasonable price and personal care is being provided on a 24 hour basis. At the present time, this is as good a situation as I could hope for.

Yesterday, I received a major setback. I have been working with the stroke victim’s bank to obtain the ability for me to withdraw funds from his account so that his bills could be paid. A POA had been drawn up and his authorization had been notarized. Continue reading At a Crossroad

It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.

It takes a day to find a friend, a moment to lose them but a lifetime to forget them.

Enthusiasm can be like a fire that needs an occasional poke with a stick.

Fools learn from experience. Wise men learn from the experience of others.

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.


Smiles are contagious; just smile at someone and see their reaction.