Local Ham Operator Don Pinson Accused Of Running Internet Scam
By: Ted Turner
March 11, 2013
It seems a Mr. Donald Pinson, aka N7DPP, aka AA7DP, aka W6HFS, is generating a lot of bad press on ham radio forums nationwide.
Pinson, of 21321 194TH AVE E, in Orting, is named on several alleged internet scam alerts over the past year.
"Don Pinson stole my radio gear, all beware he is changing his call frequently.
This is the 3rd time he has changed his call since stealing my equipment.", says KA1CDE. "We were suppose to trade my Icom 706MK2G, an ALS 500 Mobile amp, plus my Hf antenna
for his Brand New Icom 7000 he bought the day after Christmas........Well never got it Don "spaced", didnot want to ship it?, did ship it but must be lost?, doesn't know anything about it? Doesn't want to talk to the post office, Not his problem. (US Post Office told me nothing ever shipped) Ripped OFF by Donald Pinson, Like many others here, he has ripped off me and many others, do not do any business With Donald Pinson W6HFS........."
Mr. Pinson's behavior seems to be a pattern, as noted by another ham operator, KC8UAV. "We agreed on a trade for my new iPad 3 for his Yaesu FT-897, and not ever having a issue trading with a fellow ham, agreed. I shipped my iPad out on Tuesday the 12th of Feb. Insured, tracking number, the usual.....He responded back to me with some tracking number that does not work on the USPS site. Finding this as a concern, I emailed Don and he said " well it can take a few days" for the tracking number to register. I have never once had this issue with the USPS system. So, I tracked MY iPad as it traveled across the country, while I had nothing to reference as to the whereabouts of my incoming rig. And I still have no rig. And he's not responding to about 6-10 emails I've sent to him over the past 30 or so hours. Amazing. "
Some amateur radio forum contributors are hoping Mr. Pinson's ham buddies will help Mr. Pinson to see the errors of his alleged ways. "If I were a person who lost money or equipment to Mr. Pinson, I would write a well thought out, civil letter explaining the situation and providing as much documentation as I could, and spend $27 in postage and mail a copy to every ham in that city asking him/her to assist me in rectifying the situation. ", says W5CPT.