PACIFIC DXPEDITIONER (KC0W) IMPERILED BY THEFT

Discussion in 'General Announcements' started by W1YW, Sep 28, 2016.

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  1. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Col set up the crowdfunding site as a generous reaction to Tom's situation. He did not, at that time, have the opportunity to ask Tom about it.

    I have passed along Tom's email to Col and we'll see if Tom wants to take it.

    What Col did was exemplary, but let's find out what Tom wants to do.

    If Tom needs the funds, then he will have many additional donors also.

    Personally, I think Tom should take the funds and get his tootsies back stateside ASAP. Your opinion may differ.Tom's opinion may differ.

    73
    Chip W1YW
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2016
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  2. WF7A

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    Good thinking because without a passport and at their mercy, antagonizing or disparaging them could make matters worse; they could keep him there 'til the 'C0W comes home.
     
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  3. W1YW

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    EXACTLY.

    Let's hang tight.
     
  4. MM0NDX

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    Hi all - for clarity, this is what I emailed Tom:

    Chip, W1YW was good enough to pass on your email address after I requested it.

    Basically, I'm Col MM0NDX of DX-World.net website and I firstly want to say how sorry I am to read of your desperate situation in T30. Actually, VERY many people have the same feeling as me, and when I started to read more and more comments of support, it became quite apparent that people wanted to donate cash to help you. At this point, I decided to create a "Crowdfunding" page whereby people could leave a certain amount which eventually can be sent to you.

    The page can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tom-callas

    ...and there's also the sad story here: http://dx-world.net/helping-kc0w/

    You should know that ham spirit is truly alive and well within the hobby because an amazing amount of cash was raised in 24 hours (£1900 GBP). This shows people really do care about your situation.

    Now, I understand and fully respect you have not asked for one single donation, but since the money has been raised to help you out this sticky situation, would you like me to transfer an amount to you? People want you to have the funds...that's exactly why they took the time to donate.

    Ultimately, you will have more pressing matters to attend to currently, and there is no rush to reply, but as intimated above the cash can be sent to you whenever.

    With very best regards,

    73 de Col MM0NDX
    DX-World.net
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2016
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  5. KG0MN

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    Not to sound like a dink, but isn't there some type of insurance out there and DXer could buy to help recover the cost of stolen gear. Lloyds of London will cover just about anything and it is not as expensive as one thinks it would be.
     
  6. W3WN

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    Many suggested it. (A way to get donations to Tom, that is)
    You did the heavy lifting and legwork and got it done.

    You deserve a round of applause and a pat on the back and the other related accolades, sir. Thank you for your efforts.
     
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  7. W3WN

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    Yes, there is such a thing as traveler's insurance. Although a given insurance carrier or broker may use a different term (since there is an insurance conglomerate known as Travelers)

    Like any insurance, cost and coverage can vary.

    I do not know if Tom carries said insurance coverage.
     
  8. MM0NDX

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    Thanks. I just hope Tom takes it the way it's intended and is not offended. Sincerely, the crowdfunding idea was set up to try quickly help him.
    As mentioned above I've dropped him an email and now wait & see what can happen next. Funds are obviously available now.

    73 de Col MM0NDX
     
  9. KA4DPO

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    I can assure you that this kind of thing is not new. I traveled to a fair number of very third world countries in Africa and the Middle R=East in the late 1970's through the early 1980's and that kind of thing was more common than you can imagine. They would clean out someone's house or apartment taking anything and everything of any value including clothing and shoes. In 1978 my driver and I were robbed at gunpoint by a Nigerian army officer on the military road outside of Kaduna. I soon discovered that my driver Mukalah's oldest brother was chief of police in Kaduna State. Later that day they brought the officer in and made him return our money, they then took him into a courtyard and executed him. Our world is not greatly worse now than it has always been.
     
  10. KA4DPO

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    Very true.
     

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