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International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW):

from Jim Weidner on February 10, 2013
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International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW):

The International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW), is an amateur radio event sponsored originally by the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society in the USA (ARLHS.COM) and the Ayr Radio Club of Scotland.

Originally held on the third weekend of August, it is now held on the FIRST FULL WEEK of August each year (August 1-8), with the FIRST WEEKEND being devoted to a QSO Party CONTEST and August 7th designated as National Lighthouse Day by declaration of the US Congress. The Ayr Club continues to sponsor a "rival" event out of homage to one of its members, GM4SUC, and the two events (US version and Scottish variant) continue to exist side-by-side, although on different weeks and with different intents and leadership.

The ARLHS is widely known for its system of numbering each light beacon in the world, and its list is known as the World List of Lights (WLOL). Unfortunately, the Ayr Club decided to develop its own list of numbers, causing confusion among the ham radio ranks. The WLOL, however, remains the de facto standard and contains over 15,000 entries vs the Ayr hundred lights.

The objective of ILLW events is stated as "to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, to promote amateur radio and to foster International goodwill".

The basic format of the event is that a local amateur radio club will set up a radio station either in, or near to, a lighthouse. They will then operate from that station over the whole or part of the weekend. The goal is to contact other amateur stations, particularly those operating from other lighthouse sites.

Official ILLW web site: http://illw.co.uk

Crosslink to the ARLHS web site: http://arlhs.com

The official USA web site for ILLW Organization (ILLO) is http://illw.org

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International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW):  
by VK2CE on February 11, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
This article is a total fabrication and so far from the truth it's not funny.
The official ILLW web site is http://illw.net and has been for many years. The contents of this article are bordering on slander and libel and it should be removed.
 
International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW):  
by MM5PSL on February 13, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
As former ARLHS European Representative, I keep a close eye on this issue. The owner of the ARLHS has been trying to take control of the lighthouse weekend event since 2007, first by copying the genuine webpages, then with a continuous stream of misinformation and excuses. This article is completely misleading. ARLHS have never sponsored the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend and the event has not been changed. The original and genuine event is still the third full weekend in August. Details at ILLW.net


 
International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW):  
by VK2CE on February 13, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
The ILLW started in 1998. The ARLHS started in 2000. The Ayr Amateur Radio Group never will be and never has been associated with the ARLHS as the latter is a commercial operation owned by a publishing company which is contrary to the spirit of Amateur Radio.

VK2CE, ILLW organizer and entrant since 1998.
 
International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW):  
by W7WLL on February 13, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
"The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend has been held the 3rd weekend of August every year, not any other date. I've been a yearly participant, beginning with my operation from Cape Blanco LH OR in 1998. The ILLW event (www.illw.net) attracts well over 400 participants every year and as I remember was close to 450 entries in 2012. The writer stated in 2002 that the ILLW was NOT initiated or sponsored by the ARLHS, writing: "Although the ARLHS is not the originator nor the sponsor of the ILLW event..." (http://arlhs.com/page3d.html). In 2007, at the height of the ARLHS ILLW misinformation effort the ARLHS owner wrote this contradiction: "In 2001 the ARLHS took over the ILLW..." (http://arlhs.com/NLLW-history.html). Despite the subtrafuge in the document, t he primary purpose was to force the event to happen and coincide with the US National LH Day, NOT an event celebrated elsewhere in the world. Anyway, it never happened and the ILLW continued to function as a third weekend of August event. It is time for the owner of the ARLHS (Weidner Publishing) to cease and desist with the attempt to sabotage the ILLW effort and find a way to run the US event in harmony with the international event. Why can't the ARLHS do their US National LH Day (contest?) and support the international ILLW event?
 
International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW):  
by K7AAT on February 14, 2013 Mail this to a friend!

Someone needs to go to Wikipedia and straighten that out. A Wikipedia search turns up an identical case of misinformation as the one that started this thread.
 
RE: International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW):  
by VK2CE on February 15, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Ed, I created that Wiki page about 4 years ago specifically for the ILLW, the one that I am the organiser for, ie the real one. Mr Weidner has taken it upon himself to modify my text thereby damaging the veracity of the article. Every time I change it back he re-edits it to suit his own needs. I have asked the Wiki people to delete the article. Whether they will or not remains to be seen.
It is difficult to believe that a supposedly well educated human being of mature age and sound mind is able to derive pleasure from such mischief.
 
International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW):  
by K2JXW on February 19, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Let it be known: VK@CE was once a member and staff officer of the ARLHS. He was "fired" for improprieties; whereupon he absconded with the entire ARLHS club directory and mailing list, as well as the code for the web page and the ARLHS World List of Lights. (Fortunately the latter had been copyrighted.) The ARLHS was established in 1993 by W3SHY, W7QF, and K2JXW. It was later incorporated in the state of NJ in 2000. It was at this time that VK@CE decided to create the ILLW.net web page (versus the original ILLW.org[anization] web page and his own version of the ILLW. He has widely ballyhooed his page as the "original" and has enlisted the support of several other "dissidents." He convinced the Ayr Group to support him in his takeover. It is shameful (and noteworthy) that he threatens slander when, in fact, these same charges filed by ARLHS were deemed "trivial" by international court. The ARLHS can well document its claims and present papers and e-mails proving its beginnings in 1993, well before the date alleged by its imitator and 7 years prior to the dates alleged by him.
 
International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW):  
by K2JXW on February 19, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Let it be known: VK@CE was once a member and staff officer of the ARLHS. He was "fired" for improprieties; whereupon he absconded with the entire ARLHS club directory and mailing list, as well as the code for the web page and the ARLHS World List of Lights. (Fortunately the latter had been copyrighted.) The ARLHS was established in 1993 by W3SHY, W7QF, and K2JXW. It was later incorporated in the state of NJ in 2000. It was at this time that VK@CE decided to create the ILLW.net web page (versus the original ILLW.org[anization] web page and his own version of the ILLW. He has widely ballyhooed his page as the "original" and has enlisted the support of several other "dissidents." He convinced the Ayr Group to support him in his takeover. It is shameful (and noteworthy) that he threatens slander when, in fact, these same charges filed by ARLHS were deemed "trivial" by international court. The ARLHS can well document its claims and present papers and e-mails proving its beginnings in 1993, well before the date alleged by its imitator and 7 years prior to the dates alleged by him.
 
RE: International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW):  
by K7AAT on February 19, 2013 Mail this to a friend!

Why in the world someone like the above poster would continue to make these attempts to appropriate the long standing ILLW for personal use and gain is beyond logic, but the above distortions, fabrications, and outright lies really ought to be dealt with by the world-wide amateur radio community.
 
RE: International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW):  
by MM5PSL on February 19, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Once again Mr Weidner spouts his nonsense. I have never in my life seen such a deliberate pack of lies; all because he wants to get his hands on the lighthouse weekend for financial gain and be 'King of the Castle'
I too was alleged to have been fired as ARLHS European Representative when in reality, I resigned the moment I saw he'd copied the genuine ILLW web pages in 2007 amid wild claims of ownership. Since then there have been a continuous stream of excuses, misleading information and downright lies.

Mr Weidner, Your credibility is shot to hell. Do yourself a favour.
 
RE: International Lighthouse Lightship Week (ILLW):  
by K7AAT on February 19, 2013 Mail this to a friend!

Truly, it seems to me that such an attempt to hijack a previously formed organization such as the ILLW borders on the psychotic.
 
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