The Gatti-Hallicrafters Expedition 1947-1948
Date Remarks
Jun 23, 1947 W6PBV, Bob wrote his contest letter
Jun 24, 1947 W0LHS, Bill wrote his contest letter
Sep 02, 1947 Interview at Derby Lane, Vermont, by Attilio Gatti
Sep 23, 1947 W0LHS selected as winner of the GHE contest
Oct 16, 1947 W6PBV, selected as second winner of the contest
Nov 29, 1947 Departure at New York City with SS African Pilgrim
Dec 19, 1947 Steaming into Capetown harbor at 5:30 am, docked in Victoria Basin
Dec 21, 1947 Leaving Capetown, rounding Cape of Good Hope
Dec 23, 1947 Docking at Port Elisabeth, visiting Snake Park and ZS2F, Jack Jarvis
Dec 23, 1947 Departure at 4 pm, Christmas as sea, Lunch with the ships officers
Dec 26, 1947 Arriving in Durban, and staying a few days.
Jan 01, 1948 Blowing the fog-whistle, creating an angry skipper
Jan 02, 1948 Departure from Durban at 1 pm.
Jan 07, 1948 Dar es Salaam, the real Africa
Jan 09, 1948 Leaving Dar es Salaam at 2 pm. and arriving in Zanzibar at 7 pm
Jan 10, 1948 Leaving Zanzibar, and arriving in Tanga at 6 pm.
Jan 12, 1948 Leaving Tanga about 10 pm.
Jan 13, 1948 Arriving at Kilindini harbor, Mombasa, Kenya.
Jan 15, 1948 Docking and unloading 700 boxes, trailers, trucks etc..
Jan 20, 1948 Departing Mombasa for Kwale, Kenya
Jan 24, 1948 First Expedition QSO with I1KN, answering CQ on 20 meter CW
Jan 25, 1948 First commercial QSO, between Gatti and Hallicrafters.
Feb 17, 1948 Heading for Tanganyika, Kilima camp on the sloopes of the Kilimanjaro ??
Feb 20, 1948 First QSO from Tanganyika, VQ3HGE with W4KUV.
Feb 26, 1948 Climbing the Kibo, highest volcano (not active) in Africa.
Mar 01, 1948 On top of the Kibo-Peak, 19,400 feet
Mar 04, 1948 The climbers are back in camp 2 again.
Mar 07, 1948 W0LHS and W6PBV protest letter to Gatti.
Mar 08, 1948 Bill Snyder fired, Edwards quitting.
Mar 10, 1948 Moving to camp #3, Bamboo Flats, west of Arusha.
Mar 14, 1948 W6PBV in Arusha hospital, treated for Kilima Dysenterie.
Mar 18, 1948 W6PBV back in camp #3 again, big welcome back from Gatti.
Apr .., 1948 Moving to camp #4, Narwa, near Loliondo, Tanganyika, taking 5 days
May 23, 1948 Still in Loliondo, getting every day on the air.
Jun 12, 1948 W6PBV got the order to operate from The mountains of the Moon, Uganda
Jun 14, 1948 On trek to Uganda, first stop Nairobi, Kenya.
Jun 17, 1948 Lake Victoria, Uganda, Rippon Falls.
Jun 19, 1948 Arriving at Fort Portal at 4 am, at the foot of the Ruwenzori Mountains.
Jun 20, 1948 VQ5GHE hitting the air, tremendous pile-up.
Jun 21, 1948 Forced to stop activity, no licence for VQ5.
Jun 26, 1948 Active again as VQ5GHE for hours and hours.
Jun 27, 1948 The last 18 QSOs, using VQ5HEG.
Jun 27, 1948 Back in Kampala again, meeting Bill W0LHS.
Jul 01, 1948 Leaving Uganda for Nairobi, Kenya.
Jul 05, 1948 Back in camp Narwa, near Loliondo at 11 pm.
Jul 06, 1948 QRV again as VQ3HGE from Tanganyika.
Jul 09, 1948 The last GHE QSO, switching off.
Jul 11, 1948 To Nairobi, Kenya.
Jul 15, 1948 The end for Bob, W6PHV, heading for a new adventure.
Sep .., 1948 End of the Gatti-Hallicrafters Expedition for the rest of the crew.

To The Mountains of the Moon

Time table, 1947-1948 This is what happened at some special dates, during the Gatti hallicrafters Expedition in 1947 and 1948