Today I was supposed to go for Swift 911 training so that the Luzerne County ARES can make use of that great tool for notification but I got a text from N3VTH and N3FCK that they were going up to the repeater site. The good thing about that was that I could come along and finally reprogram the N3FJA digipeater. N3FJA, Mike Navin, passed away a year and a half ago and the Murgas ARC has been trying to get to the repeater site to change the call. Mike was a great fellow, a dedicated EC for Luzerne County, and loved his APRS and digital communications. It was sad thing to have to remove his call from the digi but it had to be done. Well, this should have been a quick and done job but that digi has been playing on the hill for almost 6 years without any down time. Just sat there happily chugging along and doing its thing. Well, some time during that time its RS-232 port got a little senile. So there I sat on the floor of this great building trying to get the TNC to talk to the computer. Nothing. It was just not talking. Unplug this, plug this in, try a different cable, power cycle, nothing. Check the computer, all is correct. Just nothing. And while I am playing with this I have two guys who were gracious enough to get me access to the site standing there waiting for me. Do you know how it feels when you are holding up two people who really need to get to work? No pleasant. So I called K3TOW, Rick, who is one of those guys who doesn't know it then it doesn't need to be known. Well, he was at a loss too. So it was time to fish or cut bait. I decided that the digi needed to come down out of its long time nest and sit on the bench for a while. So everything was unplugged and the power supply, radio, and tnc. Well, Mike didn't build things that were lightweight. That was one heavy unit and there was no separating it into pieces. I almost had to get a hand cart to get it to the car. We departed the mountain with the snow swirling around us and a solemn promise from the guys to get me back up there when it was fixed. Well, I got the digi home and put it on the bench. Put the laptop in its cradle and plugged in the cable and connected it to the tnc. And now you are probably expecting me to say it worked. Well, it didn't. Still no talkie to the computer. Now, I really didn't want to reset this beast because of all the parameters that Mike had spent considerable time and effort to put into it. But that was not to be. I finally had to resort to a hard reset on the box. Once that was done the TNC found its voice and began talking to the computer. Fortunately K3TOW had a copy of the programming that N3FJA had used in his other digi. I started the laborious process of keying in the changes. Mike did a lot of fancy programming to make his digis special. So there was a lot of effort needed to make sure I recreated that. So now it is sitting here in the shack merrily chirping away. Its call is now K3JML. That call belongs to another Murgas ARC, Karl Kollar, who passed away a long time ago. Karl was another stalwart of the Murgas ARC and it is fitting that his call is back on the air again. Karl's XYL, K3VQR, is our club secretary. I think Karl would be pleased. So when the guys have time in their schedule I'll put the digi back on the hill and hopefully it will chirp happily for a very long time. Now, all of this could have been avoided if, and this is the big IF, we had the remote password for the the digi. If you are the President of an amateur radio club be sure you institute a policy of collecting the passwords for anything that the club owns. Websites, digis, anything. Be sure you have the contact points for accessing your repeaters. Don't let only one person have that information because you never know when that good person might not be able to fulfil his obligation through no fault of his own. So just a word of warning to anyone who might needs those passwords, get them, keep them securely, and hope that you never need them.