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Lighthouse Lightship Event Anticipating Record Participation:

from The ARRL Letter on August 15, 2013
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Lighthouse Lightship Event Anticipating Record Participation:

A record number of participating Amateur Radio stations are expected for the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW August 17-18, sponsored by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group in Scotland.

The annual event, now in its 16th year, aims to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and the need for their preservation and restoration, as well as to promote Amateur Radio and foster international goodwill. It sees hundreds of hams getting on the air from or in the vicinity of lighthouses and lightships. So far more than 450 participants are registered. Stations will be on the air from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania; activations have taken place from 85 countries since the ILLW began in 1998.

Registered stations and event guidelines are on the ILLW website Read more -- Thanks to Jim Linton, VK3PC; ILLW


The ARRL Letter

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by VK2JNA on August 16, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
The Manly-Warringah Radio Society VK2MB will be on air again from the great Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Sydney's northern limits from 0000z.

We just had the local newspaper run an article attracting some public attention as well, given that we just restored the lighthouse's old Hallicrafters HT-11B.

Look forward to contacting you all on ILLW weekend (16 hours away!)

Dom Bragge VK2JNA
Sydney, Australia
Lighthouse Lightship Event Anticipating Record Participation  
by VK2BEN on August 16, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
I'd just like to add that YOU don't necessarily need to be at a lighthouse yourself to make contact with any of the 400+ lighthouses and light-ships that will be participating over the weekend. We're happy to make contact with anyone and everyone who has 30 seconds to say hello!

As usual, 40 metres will be an excellent band to find us, whether you are local (VK/ZL) or DX.

Otherwise, we will have a Yagi beam pointing at USA or Europe throughout the weekend, radiating an impressive 100 Watts on 20 metres. I do believe we might even make a presence on 15 and/or 10 metres, depending on conditions and also upon activity on the other more popular bands.

Keep an eye out for VK2MB on the DX clusters. We will spotting there to announce our frequency and mode.

Ben VK2BEN (that's me on the right)
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