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Author Topic: Kenwood TS-440SAT Stolen by another Ham (KA4VNG)  (Read 2498 times)
N5BZA
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« on: January 23, 2003, 01:51:02 PM »

I'm sorry to say it, but KA4VNG, David Kerley, has apparently stolen a 440 from me.  In April of 2002, I posted a few messages asking for recommendations for someone who could repair the radio (xmtr was sick).  KA4VNG responded and said that he repaired radios from his home in Taylorsville, NC.  He said he had a lot of experience with 440s and that he thought he knew what the problem was and would be glad to take a look at it.  I shipped the radio to him and haven't seen it since.  

He called me to say that he had received it and that he expected to have it repaired within a week.

A month later he finally answered one of my numerous emails asking about the status of the radio.  He said that his mother was dying of cancer and that his repair work had been put on hold for the time being.  I replied to him that, under the circumstances, I could wait as long as a couple of months.  

I think that's the last time I've been able to contact him.  There's no phone listing in his name.  The county sheriff told me who his father was but there's no answer at that number.  I recently sent him a certified letter asking him to return the radio.  He did not pick up the letter.

It looks like the radio is gone.  
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N5BZA
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2003, 11:45:33 AM »

Turns out that I got my radio back from KA4VNG a few days after my original post warning people about him.  Since he had received the radio for repair, his mother passed away, he had 2 heart attacks, and he got a divorce.  In the course of all that, he lost track of the owners of some of the equipment he received for repair.  I guess that's understandable.

I was able to contact a friend of his and the friend sent the radio back.

I no longer consider KA4VNG an untrustworthy person at all--just someone who had an unbelievable string of bad luck.

Orville Wayne Cypret
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N6AJR
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2003, 01:00:28 AM »

That is why when I have a broke rig I take it to HRO and have them do it, or ship it directly to the factory ( after talking to them first for shipping instructions).  I just have heard too many hoorror stories otherwise.  Good luck  tom N6AJR
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