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The Forth DXpedition in 1969
In Februari 1969 Gus is on tour again. This time Peggy is with him. The first spot to show up on the bands is Dakar in Senegal. The first thing Gus does the is getting a licence to use 6W/W4BPD.The layout of the QSLcards from Gus changed again. This time the WRPSA, the World Radio Propagation Study Association is promotor of the trip.How long Peggy stays with Gus is uncertain. In Senegal they rent a car, inclusive a driver who does not speak English at all. The road is not a real road, and dust is all over the car, and in the car. Too late they arrive at the Gambia river and they have to stay all night in the car. The next mornig they can take the ferry to Gambia.Gus finds a hotel with many floors and gets very fast a license (as usual). The antennas are set up on the roof of the hotel. And very soon, the world can work ZD3A from Gambia.The next stop is Nairobi in Kenya. His is guest of some radio friends. Among them is Robby Robson, 5Z4ERR (was VQ4ERR). After his Kenya stay Gus travels again by boat, visiting all kind of strange islands.In spite of the stormy weather Gus land on Rodrigues Island and is QRV with the call VQ8CPR. Back in Mauritius again he uses the call VQ8CP.Later, in May and June, Gus is QRV from several small islands, all belonging to the Seychelles. He is QRV from Desroches (VQ9/D) , Bertaut Reef, (VQ9/BR), Etoile Cay (VQ9/EC) and Boudeuse Cay (VQ9/BC). All these islands are just a small dot on the big map of the Indian Ocean.Boudeuse Cay is the last island. At the end of June 1969, Gus went back home, and starts to tell his adventures on ham-conventions and Local radio Clubs.Gus Browning, The CokeMan
Gus Browning on Tour
Hams - W4BPD - Gus Browning
Rodrigues is a 108-square-kilometre (42 sq mi) autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, about 560 kilometres (350 mi) east of Mauritius. It is part of the Mascarene Islands which include Mauritius and Réunion. It is of volcanic origin and is surrounded by coral reef, and just off its coast lie some tiny uninhabited islands. The island used to be the tenth District of Mauritius; it gained autonomous status on 10 December 2002, and it is governed by the Rodrigues Regional Assembly. The capital of the island is Port Mathurin.