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Author Topic: Wilderness SST  (Read 6893 times)

Posts: 94

« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2009, 07:18:23 AM »

> Before you continue to tout PayPal as being so easy
> to use, have you ever had to defend yourself against
> a chargeback from a user who claimed that the item
> never arrived, or wasn't as expected?

What I'm saying is that PayPal (or other online payment systems, like Google Checkout to name another one) is a handy payment method, not that it is without faults. You will admit that many less people would buy stuff on the Web if they could only pay by taking a trip to the bank or to the post office to send real money. Unless a vendor has frequent problems with PayPal, which I do not think is the case, those occasional small losses can be spread over all customers by slightly increasing prices, and I'm sure nobody would complain.

Posts: 1

« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2009, 10:57:14 AM »

many small busines
choose not to take credit cards
because it costs too much

low volume small home busines
credit card processing
can sometimes be as high a
11% of gross credit card sales

high volume sellers
can get a much better rate

if you are doing less that 1 or 2 grand a month
in credit card sales
you often pay top rate

if you are low volume expect to buy
credit card termminal
mine cost a few hundred bucks

there is a world of nut cases/crooks
that will say anything to get out of
paying for something they charged

credit card companys do not cover this
it comes right out of the sellers account

for a small store like mine

even if its not my fault
even if it is worked out after a month or so

a big chargeback at the end of the month
it can be a disaster

many qrp kit business
are part time
done for the love of it
by people that have full time jobs
doing something else

many small busines
chose not to deal with the pain

i would love to throw out
my credit card termminal, telephone, and computer

would get more real work done around here


get off my lawn

Walt Kowalski



Posts: 94

« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2009, 12:39:08 PM »

> many small busines
> choose not to take credit cards
> because it costs too much

I understand that, but we are talking about PayPal here, so you may want to consider my previous suggestion and re-read the thread. Consistently, it turns out that Wilderness Radio does not take credit cards (understandably) but they do take PayPal, and thanks to that they have just won a new overseas customer, which I'm sure will be a happy one. This puts an end to this needlessly bandwidth-consuming discussion, at least on my part.

Happy New Year ...  

Posts: 773

« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2009, 07:45:59 PM »

pay pal also has a nasty policy of holding your money, even if you mark the item shipped, until the buyer goes into ebay and reports the item received, then you email pay pal and complain about them holding your money.

I sold something and the above happened to me.

I dislike it, but its one way to quickly send money to someone.

As far as wilderness radio goes, I called on the phone and got my stuff in 3 days.
I had a long chat with Bob, he seemed very nice.

The Sierra had no missing parts and works great.
A very well made kit.


Posts: 1

« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2009, 01:10:21 AM »

for a retail business
dealing with pay pal can be hell

ive had 1600 dollars in my account
and have them tell me
ive got to wait 30 days before i can
get 1100 dollars of it

they make sure to cover their ass
for every cent

while they collect interest

want a check
note how it takes up to two weeks
and its drawn off some bank
in podunk hollow, nd

pay pal is one more of those
that nickle and dime to death
small business


Posts: 91

« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2009, 11:26:17 AM »

I built the Wilderness Norcal 40A.  QRPBob was always receptive to questions and extremely helpful.  And it's a GREAT little rig.

Posts: 66

« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2009, 04:48:10 PM »

Wilderness Radio, QRP_Bob, and the SST are all first class.  In fact, the SST was my first QRP radio when reactivated in 2005.  Buying one was no big deal, sent Bob a personal check and he sent me the kit. All the parts were there. It's his business, he gets to determine how he runs it.

The kit went together well, worked first time out.  Worked ZL3REX with a wire antenna and one watt shortly after completing the rig, lot of other memorable QSOs as well.

Talked to Bob on the telephone several times about different PA transistors for the rig.  Later bought and built a Norcal 40A with a KC1 from him, and another SST (!?), same quality rigs and quality experience.  Someday I may buy a Sierra.

Anyway, I rate the whole operation and the products 10 of 10.

Curt, KB5JO

Posts: 104

« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2009, 04:08:18 PM »

I can totally confirm the quality products and service from QRPBob at Wilderness Radio.
I bought and built the NorCal 40A several years ago, and of the three QRP kit-rigs---it was the one that worked 'right off the bat'.  The assembly-manual is 'first rate'---with easy-to-understand instructions and printed in clear and legible style!
I'm considering building a Sierra---further down the road!
See my Eham Review.

Posts: 94

« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2009, 06:45:11 AM »

Thanks to those hams who provided their valuable help here on this forum I finally managed to get in touch with Wilderness Radio and get a 20m SST. Most problems were related to the former Wilderness Radio's Internet Service Provider broken e-mail system. Now they have got a new e-mail address elsewhere and communications have gone much smoother ever since. I just want to publicly thank Bob of Wilderness Radio for his kindness and for his prompt replies to my messages. The SST is an amazing little rig and I have just added my own positive review to the many already posted by other happy SST owners: .
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