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Copied from different sites on the web. redesigned by PA0ABM Elected in the Hall of Fame The first DXer elected to the DX Hall of Fame was Gus M. Browning, one of the greatest of the DXpedition operators, who received this honor in 1967. Gus, a former Midwestern TV technician, was one of those DXers who would go anywhere to start a pile up, as long as he had a good supply of Coca-Cola! Gus operated from over 100 countries and many times one could not find the place on any map. He also came up with some very strange call signs. To listen to Gus operating was to listen at the feet of a master of DX operating. I shall always remember him saying; “Ok, ok, ok chaps, all stations up ten, up ten – all stations up ten!” The heavy metal brigade moved up ten and called long and loud and I heard Gus mutter; ”That will take care of the lids!” and he proceeded to pick off stations at 4-5 a minute – anywhere except ten up. Work it out! I was trying to work Gus, but I collapsed in laughter as soon as I worked it out. Yes, he had a great sense of humor. Also remember the time he told us: “I have to QRT now and get back in the boat – my feet are getting wet!” Gus never seemed to get upset during the pileups and always kept cool. I never heard him get ruffled or cross – always even-tempered, smooth, and efficient but controlled the pile up. He was also a good technician and was able to make repairs to his equipment at remote locations. He also taught himself to write with his left hand so he could operate two-handed on CW. The Legendary Gus Browning, W4BPD, of Cordova, SC by John Peters, K1ER The last time I saw Gus was probably a year before he died. I drove up to Cordova, SC from Charleston, SC and took him to lunch. He was a fine gentleman. Gus really was poor as a church mouse. He lived off the land and made friends with the locals everywhere. In his shack in Cordova most of the gear was home brew. I think his only source of income was "The DXER Magazine" and stamp sales to collectors. He turned out the magazine on a little printing press and made a little money from other printing jobs, e.g. cheap QSLs. He was a wiry little guy and it is true that the staple of his diet on expeditions was Coca Cola. Gus even developed a taste for Yak Butter while traveling in 9N, AC3 and AC4. If the natives ate it, he would eat it. Gus traveled by bumming rides. He made friends and stayed with the new friends. He carried his radios and bottles of Coca Cola. This was all before the days of DX Cluster, packet, or Email. The travels of Gus would be related word of mouth, or by phone call, or the WCDXB in its time. People just had to listen. Gus would appear on his favorite frequencies, e.g. 14105 and call CQ. The first one to hear and work him would spread the word on 2 meter AM and the sessions would begin. Gus would walk! In a country like 9N1 or AC4 or AC3, he would join a caravan going in the direction he wanted to go. Load the COKES and radio on a camel or donkey and walk . . . making friends all the while. I don't think Gus ever had money. He would pay with a smile and show the natives how a radio worked. In exchange for a place to stay. I suspect in those days the licensing was slightly different, somewhat less formal, much easier. Make friends with the King, go on the air. If on a sandbar in the Indian Ocean, make up a call and go on the air. Gus would just catch a ride with native fishermen, a caravan, anyone. Ask where you are when you get there, or if it's an empty reef, ask the fishermen. I don't know how many countries Gus put on the air, but I've got lots of cards from Gus in my file drawer...those were good days for DXers. Life was slow but the excitement level was high. Thoughts on Gus Browning by Jack Troster, W6ISQ (SK) I knew Gus pretty well. He was here at my house a couple of times and always consumed the required magnum of Coke. He was a great operator with great humor who was not above carrying on a rag chew with a buddy even though the world was QRX. At times he would say "I just want calls from people running under 100 watts". Of course, the whole world would continue to call. Or he might say, "everybody call on 14201" Followed by "My what a mess". I wrote a story for QST a long time ago which was one of my favorites. Gus and Don landed on opposite sides of the same island and met at the top...."Gus"...".Don". Now that I think of it, it might have been Gus and Danny Weil-hi. I attended a talk Gus gave at an ARRL convention a long time ago. He was asked how he learned to send with his left hand and write with his right hand. He demonstrated: Tapped his head with his left and rubbed circles on his stomach with the right hand, while he kept tapping time with his foot. I recorded that talk but haven't seen it in many years. Probably got lost in one of our moves. He was always very gracious with a twinkle in his eye. Everybody was "Ole Buddy" whether you had known him for years or just met him. A fantastic operator It seems Gus would never get angry when working the Pile-Up or Rag Chewing a friend. Never was the voice angry, never was the phone- volume louder than normal. If his gear failed to work, Gus did all repairjobs himself. Gus could use both hands for writing and/or for keying his CW. On many hamconventions, or clubmeetings Gus demonstrated how he learned to use both hands. Then with one finger he tipped on his head, with the cecond hand he made circles on his stommach and with his right foot he tipped on the ground. In the 73 Magazine of July 1965, you can read how Gus learned to become right and left handed. The DXpeditions of Gus happened before the time of DX clusters and computers, eMail did not exsist, The stories of Gus wend from mouth to mouth. LISTEN was the main word during the sixties (and today). His favor QG was 14.101 Kc. After Gus showed up on the bands and made the first QSO, the TAM-TAM started via 2-Meters or by using the Phone. And in no time, Gus was digging calls from the Pile-Ups. And after Gus did arrive on the place he was taken, he alway could ask the fisherman where he was taken. Gus was QRV from many places, howmany countries is hard to say. Gus had more than one QSL manager, His first QSL manager was WBuck, W4TO, followed by Aci, W4ECI. Also Stuart Meyer, W2GHK, was his QSL manager. If there was no QSL card left for confirming a QSO, old cards were used. The sixties were a good time for DXers. Life went slow bu tthe pleasure was great. Gus M Browning, was The Coca Cola Man, a terrific good Pile-Up magician. Gus made five DXpedition trips, the last one was in 1970, ten years after the start of the first one. Gus, M. Browning died. 82 years old, on 21 augustus 1990 Gus Browning, The Coke Man

The Coke Man

Hams - W4BPD - Gus Browning
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