It's hard to deny the apparent increase of interest in AX.25 packet radio. Equipment choices, some very inexpensive, seem to be on the rise and there is an overall increase in discussion... or so it seems. Answering this perceived need, several local hams in my area, including myself, are contemplating a roll out of a standalone AX.25 packet radio system. What makes this one potentially different from packet radio's troubled past is avoiding things like linking to other systems and adoption of a single central local/regional BBS system directly wired to a very broad choice of frequency ports (HF, VHF and UHF). We document our efforts here. Our poster of our project at the Manassas ham fest garnered much attention and started many eyeball QSOs. The apparently successful Kentucky Packet Network is the model we are following for our design and planning. Do you all foresee a need for low bandwidth, frequency diverse system of trading simple and short messages between hams using the AX.25 traditions? What are we missing that might attract you to login to a such a system?