It’s a long story, but I would not recommend the purchase this particular version. If you want to read the details, they can be found in their groups.io
I read full thread and did not find reason why not buy this particular version.
Also Manuel (DL2MAN) says:
my 2 Cents:
I was in private contact with all the parties involved, which was pro-actively initiated by “csqwdy”.
Even though he has no HAM License, he´s interested in Electronics, and obviously was able to re-design the 8-Band Schematic into something that fits in the housing.
Nice Job, by the way (with a few exeptions in the RF Section)
He has been nothing but honest to me all the time as far as I can tell from this side of earth.
And yes, he offered compensation from the very beginning, but we (Guido and me) refused, as he is no commercial Party and had no commercial interest.
And after all: What to compensate for ? There has not been done any damage by him. He just took my published Schematics, and made his own PCB from it.
I don´t know as well, why he works with a pseudonym, but I asked him for his name and I got it. So he´s not trying to hide anything.
He has been nothing but honest and pro-active all the time.
The seller on ebay and aliexpress is a totally different story. After contacting him, he took offline the offers, but they soon re-appeared under different name.
This is the kind of guy I´m having problems with.
The seller doesn´t care about the project or the customer who will be having problems. For him it´s just easy money…
However “csqwdy” is NOT the seller, he actually contributed to the project by creating his own version of it.
I would suggest, instead of stopping:
continue your work on it, and make it accessible to the public, as we all did. Then you´re officially contributor to this project