Johannes left around 08:00 hr commencing his 2-day trip back to Beira. My flight was at 12:15 hr but went early to the airport as I had to visit customs to get my temporary import duty refunded. Most people told me that chances were that I would not get my money back but Johannes was firm it would all work out fine.
I went into the customs office and the same lady that we negotiated our import duty with, was sitting at her desk. Of course she recognized me and directly said that she would call her colleague to pay the refund. It was amazing, but within 5 minutes I left the office with my USD 300. I managed to check in my luggage without paying excess luggage which was the second pleasant surprise.
I arrived at home in the Netherlands and directly looked up how Johannes was progressing with his journey to Beira. It turned out he got stuck somewhere on a dirt road where big trucks were blocking the road. He decided not to wait any longer and to drive back for some distance and take an alternative route, which was an additional 150 km on top of the 1,500 km of the total distance and finally he arrive safe in Beira.
For Johannes and me it was a successful and exciting DXpedition which resulted in over 10,000 QSO’s. Certainly, there are people who did not make it into the log for which we apologize. The logs are uploaded to Clublog and LoTW. QSL cards are expected to arrive from the printer soon, so we can start processing the requests. We make use of Clublog OQRS for direct and buro cards.
We like to thank you for being part of the pile ups and which makes it so enjoyable on our side. It was a great time and we are looking forward to work you from the next DX location.
FT-5000 with Acom1010, K3 with Expert 1.3K FA, 10-20m Hexbeam at 14 meters, 40m vertical with two elevated radials, 30m VDA, 60m vertical with two elevated radials, 80m dipole. Total weight of our equipment and luggage was 300+ KG.
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