WAPR News - August, 2003

by Andy Nemec, KB9ALN

Hello again everyone. I do hope your summer has been a good one. So far, it's been a strange mix of weather, mostly cool. Let's hope this doesn't translate into a short summer.

There's precious little new happening in the "dog days" of summer. Last time, I reported that the Crivitz backbone node, #446CR was down. It has since been put back on the air. Apparently, a bad power supply was to blame. The only remaining problem on that node stack is the LAN node, WIMAR, which serves Marinette County. Word has it that the radio has given up the ghost and will be need to be replaced.

I also have a correction concerning June's news report. I reported an incorrect SSID for Ken, K9KJM's APRS digipeater in Door County. The correct call-sign and SSID is K9KJM-10. I apologize for the mistake.

Web Site

Unfortunately, I have still not been able to update the WAPR web site. Sometime this month I plan to change to a different ISP and start moving things to a new site with a more friendly URL. Please be patient, work and other pressures have been occupying most of my time lately.

One little note, however. I have received a few messages from hams who have stumbled upon the site, and have been kind enough to send me E-Mail with positive comments. They are appreciated. For those of you who have not checked it out yet, the URL is:


Some Sad News

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Chuck Wheeler, N9IIE, also known as "The Gray Ghost of Packet". He was ill for a long time, and he succummed in mid-July.

Charlie was a local legend here in Green Bay. He gave himself the moniker "The Gray Ghost of Packet" after he took up packet radio himself. He spent time on the local voice repeaters speaking tounge-in-cheek about computers and packet radio. A few folks took him seriously, and were surprised to see his call-sign appear on their heard lists. This attracted a great deal of attention to packet radio, and even got a few people involved in this sub-hobby.

He was even known throughout the state, as he was always anxious to talk to visiting hams. He never turned away a young person, either. Feeling that the future of this hobby depended on our youth, he made a special point of engaging the younger members of our hobby in conversation. He was also famous for regaling us with stories of his own younger days, which everyone found very entertaining and amusing.

We will miss N9IIE dearly here in Green Bay, and I suspect a lot of people will miss "The Gray Ghost of Packet" in other parts of the state as well.

More Help Needed

Another plea for help comes through my fingers in this issue. As I mentioned last time, we are still looking for folks to take up the challenge of leading WAPR into the future. But there are other needs.

One pressing need is for technical help. Do you have experience repairing and modifying commercial two-way radios? Do you have some experience with networking, either in the wired or wireless world? If you don't, would you like to learn?

We have need to help our members who have been doing this for more than a few years and have found themselves short on time. We need to help expand our network and are in need of technical people who can help modify and tune radios for network node use. If you would like to help, please contact me.

That's all I have for this time. Until next time, 73 from Andy.


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