After several e-mail correspondence with Steve G3VMW and Peter C56YT I knew were to go to get the license: The Gamtel Office in Banjul. So I tried to send them some e-mails but... they all got bounced. Then I tried to send them a fax:... no reply either. But Peter assured me to go to the office upon arrival and ask for a C56JJ license. And then all of a sudden I received my long waited e-mail from the Senior Manager Technical Audit from the GAMTEL office in Banjul, Mr. Sita Ceesay, telling me that the call C56JJ would be no problem and I had to go to their office when I arrived in Banjul and pay a fee of (only) US$ 3 because they told me that Amateur Radio is a hobby and is not charged as a commercial service. In my opinion this is the right attitude, but on the other hand if the fee would have been twice as much (remember that The Gambia is still a very poor country) I would not have had any problems with that. So my plans are to go to the Gamtel Office the next day after arrival and I hope all went as planned and you liked working me. And about 3 weeks before my departure I came in contact with Ron G3NKO who is building his house at about a 6 - 7 minutes walk from the hotel I will be staying in. On 40 meters we discussed some things and I got a lot of tips from him. Thanks Ron! We will meet in The Gambia on the second week of our stay and maybe we can give you a hand by helping putting up your antenna there. And I will bring my qsl-card from our 40 m. qso with me. This should be the first card which you received direct in The Gambia hi!! Well if things went different as planned I will publish them on this page after returning home.
Well almost everything went as planned. I had a very nice conversation with Mr. Sita Ceesay and it took only about a few hours to go to his office, get the license and go back to the hotel, all thanks to our guide Bamalang who accompanied us to Banjul in the bush-taxi's. We also have met Ron G3NKO (using C56RF in The Gambia) but unfortunately we did not see his compound (= house) as he came to visit us in our hotel. And he had his antenna already put up so there was no help needed. Later we heard the terrible news that Ron was murdered by his house keeper.