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Het International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend vindt elk jaar plaats in het derde volle weekeind van de maand augustus. Over de gehele wereld activeren dan de radiozendamateurs vele vuurtorens en lichtschepen.

De officiële website van het ILLW geeft relevante informatie, zoals de deelnemers van de huidige en voorgaande jaren, het ontstaan van dit Special Event, vuurtorennummer met locatie, QSL-politiek, eventuele website, etcetera.

Voor alle informatie – KLIK AFBEELDING

Onderstaand worden interessante activiteiten in binnen- & buitenland en bijzondere items m.b.t. het ILLW gepubliceerd.


Webcam Scheveningenlive - KLIK AFBEELDING



Za.19-5-2018: Historic entry for ILLW

25 years ago on 28th August 1993 the very first Northern Lighthouse Weekend Activity took place managed by Mike Dalrymple GM4SUC of the Ayr Amateur Radio Group.

One of the 10 entrants in the event was the Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club which operated from the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse using the club callsign GB2LG. The Ayr Amateur Radio Group also participated in the weekend activity from the famous Turnberry Lighthouse with the callsign GB2LT.

Having proved to be a popular event and which other countries wanted to take part in, it became known as the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend some 5 years later.

In order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the NLWA, the Wigtownshire ARC has registered at the same lighthouse with the same callsign for this year’s ILLW event.

They will be joined by members of the Ayr Amateur Radio Group as well due to the fact that Turnberry lighthouse is now the private property of the US President Donald Trump who bought the property in 2012 no doubt due to its proximity to the famous Ailsa golf course.

The full story on the sale of Turnberry as well as this year’s entrants list and entry form are on our web site at https://illw.net

Kevin Mulcahy vk2ce

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/


Ma.14-5-2018: Prince Edward Island lighthouse on-air May 18-20

The Guardian (PEI, Canada) reports members of the Maritime Lighthouse Amateur Radio Group will set up a number of radios and antennas at the Wood Islands lighthouse on May 18

This endeavour is referred to as a lighthouse activation with the purpose of making contacts to HAMs around the world who have an interest in “collecting” lighthouses, especially those in rare locations such as Prince Edward Island

The Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society maintains a database of over 15,000 lighthouses around the world, and has designated Wood Islands as CAN-535. An added bonus for the HAM’s recording the Wood Islands lighthouse contact is they can also log a contact to P.E.I. designated as CAN-029 by the amateur radio group, Islands On The Air.

The station will be active until late afternoon on May 20. The public is invited to the lighthouse where individuals can use the radios under the supervision of a HAM.

Source http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/community/None/wood-islands-pei-speaks-to-the-world-on-may-18-209714/ =

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/


Ma.30-4-2018: ILLW involving the public at Point Lonsdale, Victoria

One of the most important lighthouses in Victoria, Australia is at Point Lonsdale.

Not only does it house a Fresnel lens but also a communications room manned by Pilots who control the entrance to Port Philip Bay from Bass Strait which is guarded by a very dangerous piece of water called “The Rip”. All ships have to have a Pilot on board to guide them through this narrow channel with the one exception being the vehicular ferry from Melbourne to Tasmania. The “Spirit of Tasmania”.

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum will again participate in International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) at this lighthouse with a number of activities being conducted in conjunction with the Geelong Amateur Radio club.
These include Flag Raising, sounding of the restored 1928 Fog Horn, tours of the lightstation precinct including guided tours up the lighthouse. The radio club will broadcast from the lighthouse car park both days using the callsign VK3ATL.

All activities are conducted by Queenscliffe Maritime Museum volunteers, by arrangement with the Victorian Ports Corporation which continues to operate the Vessel Traffic Control Station, the last remaining manned lighthouse in coastal Victoria.

Further information at www.maritimequeenscliffe.org.au

Kevin vk2ce
International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend - ILLW

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/


Ma.26-2-2018: Lightship on the move

In the 21 year history of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend there have been numerous lightships participating in the event, but never has one been under way from one location to another.

This year Lightship Elbe 1, which has been moored at Helgoland Island off the coast of Germany on display as a museum ship, will be returning to her home port of Cuxhaven during this year’s ILLW.
The team of German amateurs on board will be using the Club call sign DL0CUX/mm

This highly popular event takes place on 18-19 August for 48 hours and already there are over 100 entries registered on the web site https://illw.net.

Come and join in the fun and work some rare stations at the same time.

Kevin Mulcahy vk2ce

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/


Wo.21-2-2018: Blackhead Lighthouse 2018

Jim GI0BJH, will be operating as GB5BL from Blackhead Lighthouse, Co. Antrim, UK-0032 on 18th & 19th August 2018, during ILLW 2018 and will be active on 2, 70 & HF.

Please QSL via GI0BJH to get your GB5BL QSL Card.

All details for GB5BL are listed at www.qrz.com

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/


Vr.10-2-2018: ILLW 100 scored by YLs in Portugal

The Amateur Radio Ladies Portugal will be operating from Cabo Carvoeiro, Ladin overlooking a western point peninsula of the Atlantic Ocean.

This is also their first time in the event with more details on Facebook

So far 16 countries are listed for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, with Germany on 40 followed by 20 for Australia including the new one of Deal Island VK3ILW.

No matter where you are there will plenty of fun action on the weekend of August 18 and August 19.

Jim Linton VK3PC

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/


Vr.10-11-2017: Cape San Blas Florida Lighthouse activation

The Parama City Amateur Radio Club will activate the Cape San Blas Lighthouse ARLHS USA-135M at Core Park in Port St Joe, FL Saturday, Nov. 11, 1500 UTC to 1900 UTC or 10 AM to 2 PM EST.

The grid is EL79IT.

Look for W4RYZ/P on 40 thru 10 meters, SSB, CW, PSK-31, & FT8 modes. Digital stations will identify the location as "WLOL USA-135M"

• Our thanks to Greg, N4KGL for the above information

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Do.24-8-2017: Lighthouse activation

On Friday, September 15 at 2000UTC the Maritime Lighthouse Amateur Radio Group (MLARG) will activate the Do.24-8-2017: Lighthouse activation

On Friday, September 15 at 2000UTC the Maritime Lighthouse Amateur Radio Group (MLARG) will activate the Souris, Prince Edward Island lighthouse (CAN 464).

The station will be active until Sunday, September 17 at 1800UTC.

Prince Edward Island is listed as RSGBIOTA NA-029.

Souris Lighthouse - www.shai.ca/harbour-authority/historic-lighthouse/

MLARG - www.facebook.com/groups/MLARG/?ref=bookmarks

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm (CAN 464).

The station will be active until Sunday, September 17 at 1800UTC.

Prince Edward Island is listed as RSGBIOTA NA-029.

Souris Lighthouse - www.shai.ca/harbour-authority/historic-lighthouse/

MLARG - www.facebook.com/groups/MLARG/?ref=bookmarks

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Wo.23-8-2017: DAØLHT/LH Nachlese zum ILLW am Wochenende

ILLW 2017 

Zum sechsten Mal trafen sich die Diplomsammler Waterkant zum International Lighthouse Lightship Weekened (ILLW) auf dem Gelände des Wasser-Schifffahrt-Amtes-Brunsbüttel. Obwohl die Bedingungen auf den Kurzwellenbändern nicht sehr gut waren, kamen die OM mit dem Sonder-DOK ELH17 auf 602 QSOs und 28 DXCC-Länder.

DAØLHT/LH hatte alle sechs Leuchttürme (DE-0108 - DE-0113) gleichzeitig aktiviert. Rüdiger, DF1AG, Herbert, DH2BAD, und Udo, DG6LAU, arbeiteten mit zwei Stationen gleichzeitig in SSB- und Digi-Mode. Einen Bericht dazu wird in der CQ DL Ausgabe 10/17 veröffentlicht

BRON: https://www.darc.de/home/

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Za./Zo.19/20-8-2017: PA6SCH/LH - NL22

In het weekend van 19& 20augustus 2017zal de vuurtoren van Scheveningen weer geactiveerd worden. Er zal op HF, 2mtr en 70cm gewerkt worden in alle modes. We hopen dan ook weer iedereen te mogen spreken op deze banden.

We zullen tijdens het weekend deze pagina regelmatig proberen bij te werken...


We will be active from inside the light house of Scheveningen in the weekend of 19till 20august 2017during the ILLW event. There will be activity at HF, 2 mtr and 70 cm in all mode. We are looking foreward to meet a lot of amateurson the band.

During the event we try to update this qrz page at regular base.


De Vuurtoren van Scheveningen is ontworpen door Quirinus Harderen werd in1875 opgeleverd. De rode twaalfzijdige gietijzeren toren heeft een lichthoogte van 49 meter boven zeeniveau en een lichtbereik van 29 zeemijlen (53,5 kilometer). De toren heeft de status van rijksmonument en bestaat uit 8 verdiepingen en een trap met 159 treden. De vuurtoren bevindt zich aan het einde van de boulevard dicht bij de Scheveningse haven en visafslag. De toren behoort tot de gemeente Den Haag.

The Lighthouse of Scheveningen is designed by Quirinus Harder and was established in 1875. The Red 12 side iron tower is 49 meters above sea level and the light is visible from 29 nautical miles (53,5 km). Nower days the tower has a status as national monument. Inside this tower there are 8 levels and a stair with 159 steps. The light house is build at the end of the boulevard just beside the harbour of scheveningen. The tower is owned by Rijkswaterstaat, the dutch gouverment and is stated in the city of The Hague.


The Shack ILLW 2017

HF1,Yaesu FT950, +InternalVoice keyer, SCU17 + Rigcontrol via Hamradio deluxe
HF2, Yaesu FT DX1200, +FTT Unit, InternalVoice keyer, SCU17 + Rigcontrol via Hamradio deluxe
UHF- VHF, Yaesu FT 897

Inv V Multiband Dipole 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10
PKW 80/40
Fritzel GPA50 vertical
X50 Vertical for UHF Vhf (mounted in the top)


Many Thanks to PA1JOS as "originator" from the ILLW from inside the lighthouse Scheveningen and thanks to the patient from Muzee Scheveningen and Rijkswaterstaat that this will be still possible.

BRON: http://www.pi4dhg.nl/


Za.19/Zo.20-8-2017: This weekend for lighthouses

The 20th annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend has so far attracted 430 registrations from throughout the world and a few more may be received.

The 400th is the Gollwitz lighthouse DL1SWB in Germany (PHOTO) that defines the proper approach to Poel Island and Wismar for ships arriving from the Baltic. The building was in poor repair when East and West Germany reunified, but is now renovated.

The aims of the fun-event include raising public awareness of this old navigation that use to keep sailors safe in treacherous coastal waterways. It always helps publicise Amateur Radio and portable operations to the general public.

Both Germany and the USA have 63 registrations each, followed by Australia 60, England on 30, with 45 countries in all throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

Have a listen; give them a call – many can tell you the history of their location and also have a special QSL card. A list of them is at illw.net

Jim Linton VK3PC

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm

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Za.19-8-2017: Portuguese lighthouses 'On The Air' for ILLW 2017

Look for the following Portuguese Lighthouses to be on the air for the upcoming International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (August, 19-20th):

- PT0002 - Callsign: CR5CC; August 19-20th; Farol do Cabo Carvoeiro; Operators: António Gamito (CT1CZT); Alvaro Costa ( CT1FOG); Joaquim Ferreira (CT7AHW); Manuel António Pires (CT1ELZ); Rodrigo (Rod) Santos Ferreira (CT1BXT); Carlos Ventura (CT1EHK); Miguel Andrade (CT1ETL); QSL Info: Buro or via CS5NRA, also see in www.qrz.com; (PHOTO)

- PT0003 - Callsign: CR6L; August 19-20th; Farol do Cabo Raso - Cascais; Operators: Adalberto Marques (CT1EXK), Nuno Alexandre Gomes (CS7AHM), Pedro Madeira (CT7AHV), Fernando Silva (CT7ABO), Jorge Roquette Cardoso (CT1FHI) and Associação de Radioamadores de Cascais (ARLC); QSL Info: No Paper QSL Needed, but we'll sent Paper QSL's via Global QSL, LOTW and eQSL;

- PT0004 - Callsign: CT1MH/P; August 19-20th; Farol de São Miguel Arcanjo - Nazaré; Operator: António Cardoso (CT1MH); QSL info: Buro to CT1MH;

- PT0005 - Callsign: CR6LH; August 19-20th; Farol do Cabo Espichel; Operators: José Luís (CT1GZB), Carlos Cortês (CT1CSY) and Rafael (CT2JXT); QSL Info: CT1GZB Buro or direct;

- PT0008 - Callsign: CT1FDQ/P; August 19-20th; Farol do Forte de Santiago do Outão - Setúbal; Operators: Jorge Marques (CT1FDQ) and José Miguel Alves (CR7APH); QSL info: Direct to CT1FDQ;

- PT0011 - Callsign CR5SV; August 19th; Farol do Cabo de São Vicente; Operators: Pedro Carvalho (CT1DBS); Julio Alexandre Silva (CT1APP); Jorge (George) Lopes (CT1EXR); Fernando Machado (CT1FGR); QSL Info: Buro to CT1DBS or via CS5NRA, also see www.qrz.com;

- PT0013 - Callsign CR5CM; August 19-20th; Farol do Cabo Mondego; Operators: José Luis Caldeira (CT2GOY); David Quental (CT1DRB); Pedro Ramos (CT2HQV); Sergio Mata (CS7AFM); QSL Info: Buro or via CS5NRA, also see www.qrz.com;

- PT0015 - Callsign CS2LH; August 18-20th; Farol do Cabo da Roca; Operators: Associação de Radioamadores da Região de Lisboa (ARRLx); QSL Info: Buro or Direct;

- PT0018 - Callsign CT7/DC2CT/P; August 19-20th; Farol de Aveiro (also known Farol da Barra - Ílhavo); Operator: Heike Beiderwieden (DC2CT); QSL info: Direct to DC2CT;

- PT0021 - Callsign CR1FF; August 19-20th; Farol da Ponta da Ferraria (Azores); Operators: Alcides *AL* Borges Sousa (CU2GC); Pedro Almeida (CS8ABY); Marco (CU8ABN); Paulo Medeiros (CU2CO); David Medeiros (CU2ABD); QSL Info: Buro or via CS5NRA, also see www.qrz.com;

As in previous editions of ILLW, the Portuguese participants can be found on 7120 kHz, +/- 5 kHz (40m band), Saturday, around 22:00 local time (21:00 UTC) and 21:30 UTC in 14270 kHz, +/- 5 kHz (20m band) for a brief QSO between the headlights participants.

Very best regards from Portugal,

João Costa CT1FBF

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Vr.18-8-2017: International lighthouse on the air - GB2SL Spurn Lighthouse

This year the Humber Fortress DX ARC have been invited by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, to put on a station during International Lighthouse on the air weekend, as part of the celebrations on completion of the restoration of the Spurn High Light as a visitor attraction to the tallest lighthouse in Northern England!

Made of 300,000 Staffordshire bricks, with a height of 128ft (39m) and 145 steps to the top landing, providing a spectacular view of Spurn nature reserve and the river Humber.

It is 7 years since HF DX A.R.C were last down at Spurn Point to activate GB2SL.

We are pleased to have been invited back by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to help promote the restored Spurn High lighthouse.
Operators will be using 80m, 40m, 20m, 6m and local VHF/UHF

Since our last visit there has been changes to the shape of Spurn Point and it is now inaccessible to road transport due to the storms of 2013.
With at least 200 yard break between the mainland and Spurn point making a newly created island at high tide.

We are taking a small team of 8, regrettably only those who can climb can attend this event, manpower and equipment will be ferried to the site by the YWT, in “or should that be on” their Unimog all-terrain vehicle.

The team will also have to climb the lighthouse all 145 steps.

The height of 128ft will give us a good take-off to contact the world.
Because of the 200yrd break in the road way, it is a one-way operation in between tides, all previsions for the weekend have to be taken down, there is no nipping down to the local shops.
An essential at this time of year is insect repellent and sting cream, there are some very irritating insects and caterpillars in the bushes at spurn.

The only people left on Spurn during high tide will be the HFDXARC team and the Humber lifeboat crew, who are half a mile away along the dunes.

We are preparing to transmit on 80m, 40m, 20m with provision if needed for 17m and 12m and shall be taking delta loops for 20m and 40m, but also wire dipoles. With Height, sea on 3 sides and good antennas we are set to set the air waves alight and talk to the world. If the bands are open.

Location information Lighthouses: Numbers
LOC: JO Ø3 BN UK0080=Spurn Point High
WAB: TA-41 UK0081=Spurn Point Low
LAT: 53.578978n Spurn Head (old): A2424X
LNG: 0.06.33 E
NGR: TA 41153 11282

History of Spurn Point

Spurn Head, or Spurn Point, the present peninsula at the southern tip of South Holderness, is a three-and-a-half-mile line of sand and shingle, which stretches out between the North Sea and the River Humber in a south-westerly direction.

A peninsula in one form or another has existed here since the first one was formed after the retreat of the ice at the end of the last Ice Age. How such a peninsula comes into existence and how it develops and changes cannot be certainly proven. Its course is not fixed, because it is attached to one of the fastest eroding coasts in the world — the Holderness coast.

One theory, supported by historical records, postulates a cyclical history of about 250 years for each of the various peninsulas, which have grown gradually as a result of long-shore drift of material washed out of the clay cliffs to the north. The profile of each peninsula, which grows from a stump, is low, allowing a certain amount of wash-over of sand, which helps to build it up on the western side, whilst most of the material moves further south and forms a spoon-shaped point. With the rapid erosion of the coast to which it is attached, a breach is inevitable eventually, and once the sea gets through, the head becomes isolated and gradually washes away. A new peninsula then forms a little to the west and the cycle starts again.

It is not possible to test these theories thoroughly because since mid-Victorian times Spurn has been kept in place by artificial coastal defences. For centuries Spurn was owned by the Constable family, the Seigniors of Holderness, who lived at Burton Constable. When the War Office wished to establish Spurn Fort to protect the Humber in World War I, it leased the peninsula from the Constables, and in 1925 the War Office bought it from the Constables by compulsory purchase.

The military held a presence and maintained the sea defences of spurn until the 1950s when it was deemed no longer needed for defence purposes.

Since then the sea defences that had been maintained for almost a 100 year have started to deteriorate.

History of Spurn Lighthouses

Lighthouses have been located on Spurn for over five hundred years. The first reference to a lighthouse on Spurn dates back to 1427 “reign of King Henry vi”, when a hermit, William Reedbarrow, was granted dues from passing ships to complete a lighthouse which he had begun to build there, though little further is known about it. In the late 17th century a high and a low light were erected on what was then the tip of the spit, probably about two miles north of the present tip.

There is little record of what Spurn’s earlier lighthouses looked like, but we do know they have been built in pairs since 1674 and at least eight have been swept away in storms.

The low light had to be rebuilt several times, but the high light lasted until the late 18th century, when John Smeaton, the celebrated engineer who had built the Eddystone lighthouse in 1759, designed and built two new lighthouses, under the direction of the Hull and London Trinity Houses. In 1852, a new low lighthouse was built on the Humber foreshore.

In 1895 there was evidence that the foundations of Smeaton’s lighthouse were cracking, the present lighthouse was designed by Thomas Matthews of Edinbinbugh, it stands on an artificial rock foundation that goes down 22 feet (7m) and took nearly two years to build. Later the oil lamp was converted to electricity (1941) and gas (1957) on which it ran until 1985 when it was last used.

However, when the present lighthouse was built, the low light was no longer needed as three additional lamps were placed in the body of the lighthouse instead. It has since been used as an explosive store and a water tower. Now it stands deserted.

The sand spit that is now part of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is approximately 3.5 miles in length. With the split/separation in recent years extending to about 200 yards/metres from the main land.

The Spurn Lighthouse (Reputably built on cotton bails, to aid with stability.) has been fully refurbished by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and is now open to the public daily, dependent on tides.

The new refurbishment by the YWT will enable visitors to experience the wondrous views from the top of the Lighthouse, looking back at the River Humber looking out to sea and the East Yorkshire coast. A splendid view not to be missed.


Andy G7LRR
Humber Fortress DX A.R.C Member

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Do.17-8-2017: International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend 2017

The upcoming weekend sees this year's edition of the International

Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW), with close to 400 activations already registered.

Portland Bill Lighthouse - UK0073:
GB1PBL will be active from Portland Bill Lighthouse (UK0073, ARLHS
ENG-273, WLOTA 2880, WAB SY67, GFF-0331). QSL via G1OCN (d).

Lightship Mary Mouse 2:
GB1GL, operated by members of the Fareham and District Amateur
Radio Club (FDARC), will be active from the lightship Mary Mouse 2 on AUg. 19 (09z to 1830z) on HF and VHF. QSL only via eQSL.

Farol da Ponta Ferraria PT0021:
A team from the Nucleo de Radioamadores da Armada, under the
direction of Pedro/CT8ABY, activates the LH Farol da Ponta Ferraria
(ARLHS AZO-008, DIP AZ-002, PIP AC-002, WLOTA 2016, WW Loc. HM77bu) on Sao Miguel Island (EU-003) as CR1FF on HF (CW, SSB). QSL via CS5NRA (d/B). http://www.nra.pt/

Lighthouse Cabo Carvoeiro - PT0002:
Another team of the Nucleo de Radioamadores da Armada, headed by
Antonio/CT1CZT, is going to operate from the LH Cabo Carvoeiro (WCA
CT-01000, ARLHS POR-006, WW Loc. IM59hi) as CR5CC. QSL via CS5NRA

Moritzburger Leuchtturm - DE0021:
Members of the DARC from Chemnitz (DOK S54) will be active from this lighthouse signing DM2C/LH and handing out the special DOK 20SAEK. QSL via bureau, eQSL.

Faro Cabo Vilano - ES0002:
EA1RG, EA1HNP, EA1NT, DL2JRM, and DO6XX will be activating the LH
Faro Cabo Vilano (ARLHS SPA-056, DFE D-1736, DME 15016) with the
callsign EG1LWV. QSL via EA1HNP (d/B).

Fluegge Lighthouse - DE0008:
Wolfgang/DH3WO, Mathias/DJ2HD, Ewald/DJ2BQ, and Dietmar/DL3DXX will be operating from Fluegge Lighthouse (EU-128, ARLHS FED-085,
GLHA-19) with the call DA2017LH on 80-10m (SSB, CW), handing out
the special DOK (ILLW17). QSL via DJ2HD (d/B). http://dr2w.de/

LHs Brunsbuettel DE0108 to DE0113:
Ruedi/DF1AG, Udo/DG6LAU, and Herbert/DH2BAD aim to activate 6
lighthouses around Brunsbuettel (ILLW DE.0108 - DE0113, ARLHS
FED-052 - FED-057) as DA0LHT (special DOK ELH17). QSL via bureau.

Berck sur Mer - FR0014: (PHOTO)
A group of German hams (Stefanie/DL7DHL, Hans/DJ8EI, Stefan/ DJ5KX,
Engelbert/DK2YA, Dietmar/DK5OPA, and Dirk/DL7DSW) will be active as
TM0BSM from Berck sur Mer (ILLW FR0014, ARLHS FRA-159). QSL via

Lighthouse Jaroslawiec - PL0014:
3Z20ILLW will be operating from the LH Jaroslawiec (WW Loc. JO84gm,
ILLW PL0014, ARLHS POL 009, SPPA - Z LA, PGA - LA 05). QSL via
bureau or direct.

Betul Lighthouse - IN0021:
Members of the Goa Radio Amateurs Society (GRAS) are announcing an
activation of the LH Betul on 40-10m (SSB, CW, digital modes) with
the callsign AU2LH. QSL via VU2YQ (d), ClubLog, LoTW.

Lighthouse Isla Aguada - MX0009:
Operators from the Radioexperimentadores de Campeche are going to
put the LH Isla Aguada on the air as 4A3AA. QSL via XE3AA (d/B).

Newhaven Lighthouse - UK0190:
The Newhaven Fort Amateur Radio Group and the Downland Radio Group
will be active as GB0NL from Newhaven Lighthouse (WAB TQ40). QSL
via GB0N (d/B), eQSL.


Compiled by DXNL

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Wo.16-8-2017: Panama Canal lighthouse on air for ILLW

Panama hams will activate 3E1L Miraflores PAN030, Panama Canal Lighthouse for International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) August 19.20, 2017


BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Di.15-8-2017: Cuban hams gather for ILLW

Cuban operators will be active as T45FM from the Faro Puta Maya Lighthouse (ILLW CU-005, WW Loc. EL93cd) during the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) between August 19-20th.

Operators mentioned are CL2DPC, Reinier/CL3ATR, Dairis/CL3DAI, CL5HMB, Eddy/CM3EFM, Amed/CO2AME, Bob/CO2KL, Boris/CO3DSE, Carlos/CO5API, Alejandro/ CO5AY, Davis/CO5DOR, Onelio/CO5FR, CO5JK, Luis/CO5LB, Maykel/CO5MK, Norberto/CO5NS, CO5SD and Moses/CM2YM.

They plan to have 6 stations active on all the bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.

QSL Manager is RW6HS direct only.

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


14-8-2017: ILLW 2017 CANCEL PA25SCH not on the air

14 augustus 2017 door PD2RKG Rene alias Jeepie in PA25SCH, PD2RKG and tagged dutch radio amateur, dutch tss, dutchtss, illw, illw2017, pa25sch, PD2RKG

Cancel PA25SCH NL0025 ILLW

Op dit moment is alles moeilijk te plannen en kunnen we elke dag naar het weerbericht kijken. Dit heb ik gedaan en ik ben vandaag 14 augustus tot de volgende beslissing gekomen. Voor 2017 cancelen we het ILLW.

Hier zijn meerdere goed afgewogen factoren voor:
1. Weersverwachting bekeken bij weeronline.
2. De propagatie overdag tussen 9:00 uur en 19:00 uur
3. Afbreuk aan materialen van de TSS
4. Voorbereidingen halen van de caravan en materialen die nodig zijn.

Ik begrijp dat dit alles voor iedereen een tegenvaller is, maar ik hoop ook op jullie begrip met deze mail en beslissing. Voor ons zit er veel voorbereiding aan die op het laatste moment ook niet haalbaar is. Vandaar moet iemand de knoop doorhakken. We zullen zeker verder gaan kijken naar een mooie mogelijkheid om een evenement te organiseren in de aankomende tijd. Nogmaals sorry voor deze niet positieve mail, maar je moet maar zo denken….achter de wolken schijnt de zon….volgende keer beter….

BRON: https://pd2rkg.com/2017/08/14/cancel-pa25sch-nl0025-illw/


Do.10-8-2017: ILLW - Spurn Lighthouse activation

GB2SL Spurn Lighthouse will be activated by HFDXARC for ILLW. 

GB2SL has not been activated for 7 years.

Spurn Head is being changed by the sea, with a breach of 200mtr making Spurn Head an island at high tide, with access to the lighthouse being 3 miles along the beach in a all terrain vehicle between the tides.

A group of 8 will spend the weekend at Spurn Head, taking all provisions including insect repelant and sting cream (there are some irritating insects in the bushes at Spurn) along with their equipment, no nipping off to the local shops, several miles away.

Location Information. LOC: JO 03 BN -- WAB:TA-41 -- LAT: 35.578978N -- LNG: 0.06.33E -- NGR:TA 41153 11282

Lighthouse Numbers. UK0080 = Spurn Point High -- UK0081= Spur Point Low -- Spurn Head (old) = A2424X

John Cunliffe G6LNV

Vice Chair HFDXARC

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm

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Wo.9-8-2017: ILLW activation

VY2PLH will activate East Point Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island, Canada for the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend on August 19 at OO:OO UTC for 48 hours.

East Point (http://eastpointlighthouse.com/lighthouse.php) has been declared the Confederation Lighthouse (www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-confederation-lighthouse-1.3765495) to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

Activity on all HF bands corresponding to the USA General class plus PSK 31 and limited CW.

ILLW CA0048, ARLHS CAN-165,IOTA NA-029,Grid FN96ak, N46 27.15 W61 58.31

George VY2GF

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Vr.28-7-2017: The 300th ILLW registration

The Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse VO 1 OK in Newfoundland Canada is the milestone 300 registration in this year’s International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.

This is the fourth year at that lighthouse, with Michael VO1OK joined by David VO1LDM, and Nazaire VO2NS, with Parks Canada permission to shelter inside the building.

Michael VO1OK said the activation sees many visitors attracted to the lighthouse and historical displays including the famed tide clock. The public will be learning about Amateur Radio as well, which is one the aims of the fun event.

Overlooking the Rocky Harbour it will have a 100 watt transceiver with an end fed antenna for 40m, 20m and 10m, on a 12 metre tall mast.

All lighthouses and lightships for 2017 are listed, with Germany in the lead on 51, closely followed by the USA 48 and Australia 39.

There are 40 countries registered so far in the 20th annual fun event held on August 19-20.

Jim Linton VK3PC


BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Vr.21-7-2017: Tipperary group active for ILLW

Tipperary Amateur Radio Group will activate Ballinacourty Lighthouse ILLW Ref: IE0018 on Saturday and Sunday 19th & 20th August 2017 as part of the 20th International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend.

Ballinacourty Lighthouse is located on the south coast of Ireland in County Waterford. The light at Ballinacourty was first established on 1st July 1858.

The club will use the callsign EI7T for the activation.

Club website www.ei7trg.ie

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Di.18-7-2017: ILLW nears 300 registration milestone

A new country is the latest to register for the 20th annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend in August and organisers expect many more on its list over the next four weeks.

In comes from Costa Rica in Central America with the Puntarenas Lighthouse under the TE8HRO callsign overlooking at Pacific Ocean.

Earlier Serbia in Europe was registered by Alex YU1CA who is at the Tamis River West Lighthouse on the Danube River.

There are now 296 registrations from 38 countries for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on August 19 and 20.

Jim Linton VK3PC

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Vr.11-7-2017: Kerry Amateur Radio Group in ILLW 2017

The Kerry Amateur Radio Group will participate as a registered station in this year's International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend with lighthouse number IRE0001 from the Cromwell Point Lighthouse on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry using the callsign EI1K over the weekend Saturday 19th August to Sunday 20th August.

With over 378 stations being set up in 41 countries around the world, this event coincides with International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend and is intended to raise the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids, promoting maritime heritage. Details of which can be found at http://illw.net and at http://www.alk.org.uk/events/ilhw.html

A radio communication station will be set up at the Cromwell Point Lighthouse by the Expeditionary Radio Team of the Kerry Amateur Radio Group which will be operated by club members. Visitors may operate the station if they wish. Two HF radio stations as well as a VHF and DATA radios station will be set up this year on the site and it is anticipated that our members will be very busy making radio contacts with Amateur Radio operators and other participating lighthouses and lightships.

The Kerry Amateur Radio Group have been participating in this annual event for over 13 years and look forward to welcoming the many tourists, locals and Amateur Radio operators who visit our station at the lighthouse.

The Cromwell Point Lighthouse on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry

Last year a very successful station was set up and the motto of the Expeditionary Radio Team was never truer, “Non adversa quoque valetudo” (No condition too adverse), with torrential driving rain in steady force 9 winds and heavy sea spray being experienced for much of the station set up and antenna rigging. The weather for this year will hopefully be better but regardless we’re well prepared for whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at us.

Visitors to our station can listen to and are welcome to participate in various forms of radio communications such as Morse code, Voice and DATA to communicate with stations, participating lighthouses and lightships from all over the world.

Cromwell Point Lighthouse is open to the public and details can be found of opening times and admission charges at http://www.greatlighthouses.com/lighthouses/valentia/

Please note that there is no charge to view or operate the radio communications station set up by the Kerry Amateur Radio Group but a charge is levied on general visitors to access the lighthouse facility where our station will be located and this is beyond the control of the Kerry Amateur Radio Group.

The Kerry Amateur Radio Group are looking forward to working as many stations as possible as well as having an enjoyable weekend at the station.

More information regarding the Kerry Amateur Radio Group can be found on the club webpage at http://kerryamateurradiogroup.com and the groups QRZ.com page using our callsign EI1K.

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Di.11-7-2017: SEARG to activate Hook Lighthouse for ILLW

The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will activate Hook Lighthouse ILLW Ref: IE0003 on Saturday and Sunday 19th & 20th August 2017 as part of the 20th International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend.

Hook Lighthouse is located on the South East coast of Ireland in County Wexford. The present structure is about 800 years old and is the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world. Hook Lighthouse staff offer guided tours of the lighthouse tower all year round and is one of the top things to do in the Wexford and Waterford areas. For more info on the Hook Lighthouse please see www.hookheritage.ie

The July meeting of the SEARG will take place in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford on Monday 31st July at 8pm sharp. New members or anyone interested in learning more about amateur radio or the group are as always very welcome to attend.

For anyone that wishes to find out more about the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group and its activities you can come along to any of our meetings. You can check our website www.searg.ie and you can also follow join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Ma.3-7-2017: Lighthouses galore for this radio amateur

The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend held next month has a registration for Cape Nelson in Victoria (Photo top right) from Ian GW0VML / ZL1MVL, who has been at close to 200 of the structures.

Since 2002 he began activated lighthouses in Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Based in Whangarei on the North Island of New Zealand as ZL1MVL for more than four years, he has kept the callsign GW0VML for lighthouse activities.

This will the 3rd year in VK-Land, having been guest operator at Macquarie, Barrenjoey and last year at Ballina Head and Cape Byron.

Ian VK3 / GW0VML will be at Cape Nelson in south-west Victoria with an ICOM IC7000, 20 and 40 metre mono band dipoles on a 5.4 metre tall army racal mast.

He is also the Association of Lighthouse Keepers and the World Lighthouse Society's Australia & New Zealand area representative.

Often not highlighted in the event is the lightvessel, or lightship, that has warned ships of dangers in place where construction of a lighthouse is unsuitable.

These floating lights are mainly in Australia, Belgium, England, Germany, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, the USA and Wales.

While most are now moored or part of a museum, several others serving as floating restaurants have been restored, preserved and saved from become scrap in the junkyard.

More than 240 registrations have so far been received with them listed, and simple guidelines for the fun-event on August 19 and 20 are on the website illw.net

Jim Linton VK3PC

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Za.1-7-2017: ILLW registrations roll in

The 20th year of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend will be in August and so far it has 240 registrations with organisers ready for many more in the coming weeks.

In the lead for the premier fun-event is Germany on 48, followed by Australia 35, the USA 30, then comes England, The Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa and Sweden.

A new country is Serbia, where Alex YU1CA is at the Tamis River West Lighthouse overlooking the Danube River.
(See Photo)

The Norwegian Radio Relay League club social weekend has the Lista Lighthouse LI5TA activation, while for Finland’s centenary of independence there’s OH1AM at the Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse.

Others registrations come from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Switzerland and Wales.

Simple guidelines apply to the portable use of Amateur Radio from and immediately nearby historic lighthouses and lightships.

For all registrations on the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend August 19 and 20, along with past reports and general information, visit with website www.illw.net

Jim Linton VK3PC

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm

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Ma.26-6-2017: International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend Registrations Top 200 and Rising


Registrations for the 2017 International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) have topped the 200 mark for the August 19-20 event. The ILLW is 20 years old this year, and with some 8 weeks to go, 220 planned operations have registered throughout the world, including 26 in the US (Germany is leading registrations with 45. Australia has 30 so far). During the annual event, Amateur Radio stations will be on the air from — or in the immediate vicinity of — various historic lighthouses and lightships in more than 25 countries. In the past, more than 500 stations in some 90 countries have taken part.

“Many enjoy linking portable Amateur Radio to the navigational beacons for shipping traffic of the past, and in doing so help raise public awareness of the need to preserve the old structures,” Jim Linton, VK3PC, remarked.

Registration guidelines call for the site to be officially listed as an aid to navigation. This can include a classic lighthouse or lightship with a Fresnel lens, fog horn, time ball towers, and even those moved to a museum for historic reasons. According to the ILLW site, “lights such as range lights, channel markers, skeletal towers, and breakwall lights will probably not be accepted.” Registration is not required for participation but does let other stations know which lighthouses and lightships will be activated.

Sponsors stress that the event is not a contest — and there are no prizes, certificates, or other enticements to participate. Each station’s operators decide how they will operate their station with respect to bands and modes, and participating stations do not have to be on the air for the entire weekend.

Activity does not need to take place inside the structure itself. A Field Day-style setup at the light or other building adjacent to the light is sufficient. “Adjacent means next to or as close as possible,” event guidelines explain.

“The intention behind this requirement is that the station should have a visible presence to the passing public who may be visiting the lighthouse over the weekend. Permission to operate from a lighthouse/lightship should be obtained from the relevant authorities.” — Thanks to Jim Linton, VK3PC

BRON: http://www.arrl.org/


Vr.16-6-2017: ILLW reaches its 200th registration

It took 20 years for the callsign PA6LH in Holland to score the prestigious 200th registration in the annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.

Doing some research on the North Sea lighthouse its foundation is shaped like a tomb and is the official memorial to Jan van Speyk, a hero to the Dutch people.

A red coloured light warned of the dangerous shallows near Egmond aan Zee from 1833.

The group, who has been PA6LH each year since 1998, we be sent a certificate for being this year’s 200th entry.

Registrations in the fun event so far include Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

• For the simple guidelines or to register in the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend held on August 19 and 20, visit the website at www.illw.net

Jim Linton VK3PC
BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Do.1-6-2017: ILLW is 10 weeks away


Jaroslawiec lighthouse

The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend will celebrate its 20 th year this August.

The Polish DX Club is marking the milestone anniversary under the special callsign 3Z20ILLW with six club members at the Jaroslawiec lighthouse (pictured right).

The four storey brick tower lighthouse is Poland’s oldest and had provided navigation for the Baltic Sea and the Vistula Lagoon.

In West Malaysia, the Borneo Amateur Radio Club has Tinagat Lighthouse for its first time in the premier fun event and will sign 9M6SDX .

There are nearly 200 entries with Germany leading on 40, then Australia 25 and the USA 20.

The 30 countries so far including strong registrations from Canada, Holland and Sweden.

To register, see past reports or read the simple guidelines for the weekend of August 19 and 20, check out the dedicated website illw.net

Jim Linton VK3PC
BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Do.9-3-2017: Dedication to an annual fun-event


Greifswalder Oie Lighthouse

The third full weekend of August has maritime navigation structures activated around the world through portable Amateur Radio with many doing so year after year.

This dedication is shown by Club Station DF0WLG which has been an entrant in every ILLW event – making 20 years of continuous participation.

Starting at the Peenemunde Light in 1998 and this August the Greifswalder Oie Lighthouse.

This beautiful but rarely visited octagonal brick tower with lantern on tiny island and the traditional landfall light for ships in the Baltic Sea on the German coast.

In 2017 the registrations so far include those from the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania.

To see them all, read the event aims, see simple guidelines and perhaps make an online registration for August 19-20, visit the website illw.net

Jim Linton VK3PC
BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Vr.23-9-2016: Margaretsville Light activation

The Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club will activate the Margaretsville Light, ARLHS CAN-306, Nova Scotia, Canada on the afternoon of Sunday, 25 September. Operations will commence at 1500 UTC, and will continue until approximately 1900 UTC. Callsign used will be VA1AVR.

The Margaretsville Light is located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, on the west coast of Nova Scotia. Its approximate coordinates are LAT: 45° 03' N, LON: 065° 04' W. It is in Maidenhead Grid FN75.

Members of the club will operate CW and SSB on 40M, various digital modes on 30M, and SSB on 20M. Power will be 100 watts, and antennas will include dipoles and verticals. QSL via eQSL.

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Do.22-9-2016: Satellite activation of Bodie Island Lighthouse

John Brier KG4AKV has released a video of his SO-50 satellite activation of Bodie Island Lighthouse for National Parks On The Air #NPOTA

Bodie Island Lighthouse (pronounced “body”) is on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore which is the actual national park (not the lighthouse, which is just in it). The park is on the Outer Banks barrier islands of North Carolina. There are several lighthouses on the Outer Banks and all of them are beautiful.

Watch Bodie Island Lighthouse NPOTA Satellite Activation

VIDEO- Bodie Island Lighthouse NPOTA Satellite Activation:

How to work FM satellites

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmsatUK
Facebook: https://facebook.com/AmsatUK
YouTube: https://youtube.com/AmsatUK

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Di.6-9-2016: Radio hams make contact from lighthouses

CBC reports amateur radio enthusiasts spent the weekend of Aug 19-20 travelling from lighthouse to lighthouse on Prince Edward Island to send out messages across the world

There are a total of 63 lighthouses on the Island. About 35 are still active aids to marine navigation, more than 20 have been decommissioned, and seven are privately owned. Seven are national historic sites.

Summerside Amateur Radio Club president Doug Silliker VY2DS, the organizers of the event, said historically, lighthouses were important locations for radio communication.

Read the full story at

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend - ILLW

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm

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Vr.26-8-2016: The annual lighthouse weekend was full of fun

Hundreds with portable gear had a marvellous time putting former marine navigation on air during the 19th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend held last Saturday and Sunday.

Organiser Kevin Mulcahy VK2CE says thank you to all who registered for the fun-event, with some them needing to avoid contests and keep out of inclement weather.

Its final result of 471 from 45 countries was excellent, says Kevin, considering unsettled conditions in some areas of the world.

Now expected on the ILLW.NET website are more reports of 2016 activity.

At the end, Germany and USA both had 69 registrations, followed closely by Australia on 65.

Among a lot of media publicity came the Australian Bureau of Metrology on its Facebook page with words and pictures of lighthouses – all good for Amateur Radio.

Looking ahead already there are 25 registrations for the 20th fun-event on the third weekend of August 2017.

Jim Linton VK3PC

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm

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Di.23-8-2016: PA6SCH ILLW 2016

Het ILLW 2016 is net weer achter de rug, en de materialen zijn weer de opslag in gegaan. De aanloop naar dit evenement verliep wat stroef in verband met het verkrijgen van toestemming van Rijkswaterstaat om vanuit de vuurtoren van Scheveningen te mogen werken. Gelukkig kwam de aanvraag dan toch bij de goede persoon terecht en zo werd toestemming verleend voor het gebruik van de Vuurtoren van Scheveningen.  Zoals wij inmiddels hebben vernomen gaat Rijkswaterstaat kijken om samen met de VRZA en de VERON om tafel te gaan in dit najaar,  om zo op landelijk niveau afspraken vast te gaan leggen omtrent het ILLW-event voor wat betreft de toekomst. Er wordt dan gedacht aan; dat 1 van de partijen een gezamenlijke aanvraag doet voor het gebruik van een rijkslocatie tijdens het ILLW-event als station voor Nederland. Dit om te voorkomen dat een ieder welke mee wil gaan doen aan het ILLW een aparte aanvraag doet wat klaarblijkelijk bij de dienst niet de voorkeur geniet. Wij hopen dan ook na voor ons editie 10 vanuit de Scheveningse vuurtoren op een vervolg voor in de toekomst met wederom tevredenheid van alle kanten.

Voor nu:  Wij kijken terug op een geslaagd ILLW-2016-event. Er was beschikking over een 2 tal HF-shacks en 1 VHF/UHF-shack. Er werd vanaf de vuurtoren gewerkt op de banden 80M tot en met 70CM. De totaal aantal verbindingen zijn: 83x80M, 9x40M, 257x20M, 11x15M, 3xWARC, 3x70CM, 44x2M wat een totaal geeft van 410 verbindingen. Dit event gaat niet om de aantallen en betreft een sociaal event. Zo was er dan ook afdoende de tijd om met veel bekenden dan wel geïnteresseerden in QSO te gaan en over de vuurtoren dan wel de radiohobby te vertellen. Ook werd een bezoekje gebracht aan de leden van TSS, welke als buren op het zuidelijk havenhoofd actief waren onder de call PA25SCH.  Tijdens het event zijn diverse filmpjes en foto’s gemaakt en via deze link kan je die bekijken via het VRZA-Haaglandenkanaal op youtube. Voor alle gemaakte verbindingen zal een speciale QSL-kaart worden verstuurd.

Namens de Crew van PA6SCH – alias clubstation  VRZA Haaglanden bedankt voor de aandacht en tot werkens.

Kanaal VRZA Haaglanden:

ILLW 2016 filmpje:

Namens bestuur VRZA Haaglanden,
PD7BDN, Bas den Neijsel

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Ma.22-8-2016: Happisburgh Lighthouse echoes to sound of Morse code

Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) made nearly 200 contacts with other radio hams from Happisburgh Lighthouse on 20/21st August using the callsign GB0HL as part of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.

The objective of the event is to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and the need for their preservation and restoration.
 This annual amateur radio event started in Scotland in 1993 and has grown until more than 450 lighthouses and lightships in at least 50 countries around the world now participate each year.

The event coincided with the International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend when many lighthouses across the world are open to the public.

The lighthouse was extremely busy on the Sunday with many visitors climbing up to the light, enjoying the location and views.

The amateurs made 193 contacts around Europe using CW (Morse code) and speech on the shortwave bands. The main activity was on 40m with a few contacts also made on 80 and 20m.

Of the 193 contacts 135 were on CW and only 58 on SSB, partly because of the noise within the lighthouse created by the public queuing to go to the top and the poor acoustics.

Jim Bacon G3YLA demonstrates morse code to nine year-old Elliot Brooke from Martham

Other lighthouses were also contacted within the UK as well as Germany, Holland, Eire and Sweden.
 These contacts were mainly made using Morse code, reflecting the traditions and history of maritime communications, although voice transmissions were also used.
 A lot of interest was shown in the radio activities by visitors to the Lighthouse with many youngsters trying their hand at sending their name via Morse code.

Happisburgh Lighthouse is the oldest working light in East Anglia, and the only independently-run lighthouse in Great Britain.

Built in 1790, and originally one of a pair, the tower is 85ft tall with the lantern 134ft above sea level. The “low light”, which was discontinued in 1883 was 20ft lower and the pair formed leading lights marking safe passage around the southern end of the treacherous “Haisborogh” Sands.

Today the lighthouse is painted white with three red bands, and has a light characteristic of three white flashes, repeated every 30secs, and with a range of 18 miles.

Saved as a working light by the local community, it is maintained and operated entirely by voluntary contributions.

NARC wishes to thank the Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust for allowing us to operate from the site and to members of the Lighthouse staff for their assistance.

About Norfolk Amateur Radio Club:

The club has more than 100 members, a strong history dating back to the 1950s and has a very active calendar of talks, events, special event stations and courses.

It meets at 7.00pm on Wednesdays at the Sixth Form Common Room, City of Norwich School, Eaton Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 6PP, with formal proceedings starting at 7.45pm.

The programme alternates weekly between talks or club challenges, and informal meetings with Morse tuition, electronic construction and “Bright Sparks” events for youngsters.

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm



TSS verslaggever Peter PD5P ILLW 2016 evenement

Tjonge...wat was het weer duimen draaien om het door te laten gaan....
De weersverwachting voor het event stond niet erg positief....zeg maar gerust zwaar ongunstig met het weercijfer 4 voor zaterdag, en 3 voor zondag.
Rene was al vanaf de maandag ervoor aan het checken wat de voorspellingen werden......
Iedereen op de huisfrequentie was s avonds aanwezig, om met spanning af te wachten wat het zal worden.
Eigenlijk werd woensdag besloten uit veiligheidsoverweging, om het hele event af te gelasten!
Donderdag was het weer twijfelachtig daar het cijfer weer iets omhoog ging.....pffff....wat een onzekerheid.
Na lang wikken en wegen, werd besloten om het op zaterdag toch door te laten gaan...yesssss!
Het cijfer steeg weer in opgaande lijn dus.....En de informatie was positief.
Voor de zondag, was het 100% slecht, dus.....maar goed, zaterdag was oke!
Vrijdag werd de ouwe vermaakhut op wielen van stal gehaald, door Rene, Willem, Justin en Marcel.
Water voor de koffie werd ingeladen en de gasflessen gevuld voor de generator.
En zaterdagochtend vroeg om 7.30 werd er vertrokken vanaf de afgesproken plaats, de bus, de sleurhut, Rene, Willem, Marcel, en Peter.
Wouter, moest nog wat atv spullen laden in zijn blik op rubber, en Ron moest nog even langs de zaak, om de gesponsorde heerlijkheden op te halen, en Barry was ook met zijn vehicle op weg naar het parkeerterrein bij het havenhoofd.
Aangekomen aldaar, kwam Nico en metgezel Pien (Jack the Russel), aangescheurd met hun bolide.....
Rene moest ff wachten tot het juiste tijdstip, en belde met de autoriteiten, om zich aan te melden volgens de vergunning voorschriften.....
Naar de lucht kijkend, was iedereen in een opperbeste stemming!
Rijden maar.....richting lichtbaken NL-0025!! Joepie.....het avontuur kan beginnen!
Aangekomen bij het groen/witte lichtbaken, was het neerzetten, en uitladen, opzetten etc.
De geoliede machine draaide op volle toeren, met in een afzienbare tijd alles op tijd gesteld, en opgetuigd.
De koffie werd gezet, het is die geur he.....wat is dat lekker zo n vers bakkie...
Voor HF werd er een hyendfed monobander voor 40 mtr uitgespannen en een 3 bander voor 10,20 en 40 (trouwens leuk te zien op 40 meter het verschil hier tussen)
Voor Vhf en Uhf, en diamond rondstraler van 5 meter in de mast.
Het atv signaal, ging met een Yagi richting Zoetermeer op 23cm.
De zender voor Hf, was deze keer de icom 7100, en voor Vhf, en Uhf de Yaesu ft 897d
Hf draaide op volle toeren, altijd door first operator Marcel, pd3mr....en die verslind alle pile ups...die komen......hi
Voor Vhf, en Uhf, moest even gewacht worden, daar er een verloop plugje gehaald moest worden van n naar pl antenne aansluiting...
Barry, pa2md, ging met de supersnelle bolide even een verloopje halen, zodat Vhf/Uhf geactiveerd kon worden..top Barry, hamspirit.
Ondertussen was Wouter, pa3weg, en Nico pa1njk, druk bezig met het aansluiten van alle atv apparatuur.
Deze keer live in de sleurhut, omdat Willem zijn bus niet bij hem had......werd dit een prima oplossing.
Tja.....het is altijd de voorbereiding, en het organiseren van zo n event, (hoe klein of groot ook), een hoop werk, en nadenken.
Natuurlijk, wij zijn mensen, en kunnen ook wel eens wat vergeten.....uiteraard waren we ontzettend blij dat het avontuur doorging.
Nadat Barry, het plugje gehaald had, kon de activatie op Vhf/Uhf ook beginnen.
Die lekkere koffiegeur in de sleurhut.....en het geluid van stations die zich aanmelden......heerlijk!
Atv, draaide ook top, en Wouter had e.e.a. Voorzien van ducktape......handige sodemieter ook hoor.......!!, Rody, pd2rvk, arriveerde ook inmiddels.
De bezoekers melde zich druppelend aan,.....altijd leuk, die eyeball qso s!!
Ook kwam er een amateur uit Enschede.... (3uur rijden), die op uitnodiging van Marcel langs kwam......nou dat vond ik zoooo leuk, dat we hem trakteerde om plaats te nemen achter de Yaesu.......leuk toch!
De uren vlogen eigenlijk voorbij, en het was eerlijk, ook weer een vreet festijn, want daar ontbrak het echt zeker niet aan.
We hebben ook na zo n event, een soort ff dop, wat eten betreft....hihi
Ron, de Appeltaart, Cake, blank, en bruin......(als ik dat zeggen mag), waren weer top kwaliteit!!
En dan heb ik het nog niet eens over de frisse drankjes, die heerlijk koel in de bus van Rene werden gehouden!
Tja, en Willem, pd4w, dacht smiddags wacht ff, ik ga het ook proberen op 20 mtr......hij maakte 1 verbinding......Indonesië....op 20! (3 bander endfed)
Wat een stunt he, zo zie je maar.....de hyendfed van de gelijknamige companie (ron rk, en rob eke), werkt superrrrrr!!
Daar het met bezoekers lekker vol liep, en de sfeer niet kapot te krijgen.....kwam Quirijn, met ega Yvon, even langs om de crew, en bezoekers te begroeten.....he wat is dat.....Quirijn, en Yvon, hadden wel iets heel speciaals meegenomen......Gluhwein ijs....in schaafvorm.....zeg maar slushpuppie!!......lekker zeg, dat was ook een traktatie!!
Om een uur of 2, kwamen de broodjes ei, ham, en kaas, over de toonbank......smullen weer......pfff
En laten we niet vergeten....het zonnetje liet zich echt van de goede kant zien......joepie!
Tegen 5 uur, kwam de specialiteit van Philomenia, de ega van Marcel, pd3mr, aan de beurt.......kippekluifjes!!
Door meester chef Marcel, opgewarmd in de skottelbrei..........je at bijna je vingers pleite!!
Echt, we vonden het een super gezellige dag!
Daar de golven steeds woester werden, (die beukten al aardig over het havenhoofd), besloot Rene om eigenlijk voorzichtig aan af te bouwen.
En ook dat verliep eigenlijk best snel.....zoals van een geoliede machine verwacht werd.......
Er waren toch ook aardig wat amateurs geroosterd in het gezicht van het zonnetje.....
Na het afbreken,.....gingen we rustig aan het havenhoofd verlaten, om op de parkeerplaats de verschillende apparatuur weer in de bolides te verplaatsen.....
Terug kijkend, was het weer een zeer geslaagde dag, met vele leuke verbindingen op Hf, Vhf, Uhf, en met atv! (247 verbindingen)
Crew, bedankt voor de inzet, gezelligheid, en sponsoring, om dit weer tot een geslaagd event te maken!
Het volgende event, is op 3 september, met de tss velddag, en BBQ voor de crew als afsluiting van dit mooie jaar...!! In oktober gaan we weer lekker naar Virton een week DX-en en lol maken…..ik kijk er naar uit…..
Voor meer informatie, .....hou de site en faceboek in de gaten.
Bedankt voor het lezen!

Graag weer tot het volgende festijn.....,

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ILLW 2016 Good morning
this is PA6SCH Lighthouse - the yearly Ham Radio Event



Zo.20-8-2016: Nederlandse vuurtorens bemand door radioamateurs tijdens ‘ILLW’

20 augustus 2016 
Geschreven door Redactie

Dit weekeinde vindt het International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) plaats. Met dit weekend vragen radioamateurs wereldwijd om aandacht voor ‘oude’ communicatietechnieken die door de nieuwe technologie overbodig zijn gemaakt.

Het ILLW is begonnen vanuit een groep radioamateurs in Schotland. In 1998 organiseerden zij een radioweekeinde om het belang van vuurtoren en lichtschepen te promoten. Later werd dit een wereldwijd evenement, dat niet alleen vanuit Schotland, maar ook uit Australië, Verenigde Staten en Engeland werd gepromoot. Dit jaar doen er meer dan 400 amateurstations mee van over de gehele wereld waaronder Nederland en België maar ook Australië, Amerika en Polen. Vanuit Nederland doen iets meer dan 20 zendamateurstations mee aan het evenement.

Ook Nederland zal dit jaar deelnemen met twintig aangemelde vuurtorens en lichtschepen. De vuurtorens zijn gedurende dit weekeinde vaak niet geopend zijn voor het publiek, maar tijdens goed weer zal de apparatuur buiten bediend worden door de radioamateurs. In Noordwijk zal er een speciaal station met de roepletters PG150N actief zijn. Deze roepletters zijn gekozen in verband met het 150-jarig bestaan van de badplaats Noordwijk.

In Scheveningen zal er een speciaal station met de roepletters PA25SCH actief zijn tijdens het International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. Vanuit een speciale caravan, die is omgebouwd tot verbindingscentrum, zullen er radio-amateurs proberen verbindingen te maken met andere amateurs over de gehele wereld.

In heel Nederland
Naast de vuurtoren in Noordwijk en Scheveningen vinden er in Nederland ook ILLW-activiteiten plaats bij de vuurtorens en lichtschepen in onder andere Hoek van Holland, Vlieland, Ameland, Marken, Calland, Westkapelle en Willemstad.

Een compleet overzicht van deelnemende radiozenders is hier te vinden.
Website ILLW Noordwijk: http://pg6n.jouwweb.nl/lighthouse-weekend
Website PA25SCH: https://www.facebook.com/dutch.tss/

BRON: https://mediamagazine.nl/


Za.20-8-2016: Portuguese lighthouses 'On The Air' for ILLW 2016

Look for the following Portuguese Lighthouses to be on the air for the upcoming International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (August, 20-21st):

- PT0002 - Callsign CT1MH/P; August 20-21th; QSL Info: Buro;

- PT0003 - Callsign CR6L; August 20-21th; Farol do Cabo Raso; Operators: Associação de Radioamadores da Linha de Cascais; QSL Info: Direct via CT7ABO;

- PT0005 - Callsign CR6LH; August 20-21th; Farol do Cabo Espichel; Operators: José Luís (CT1GZB), Carlos Cortês (CT1CSY) and Rafael (CT2JXT); QSL Info: Buro or Direct + SASE (also will be in 145.350 MHz - FM to local contacts);

- PT0010 - Callsign CS5ARAM; August 20-21th; Farol de Montedor; Operators: Associação de Radioamadores do Alto Minho; QSL Info: Direct;

- PT0011 - Callsign CR5LSV; August 20-21th; Farol do Cabo de São Vicente; Operators: Angelo Scavarda (CT1JTQ), Alex Protásio (CT5KAO), Jorge Lopes (CT1EXR) and Nuno Duarte (CR7AIB); QSL Info: CT5KAO + SASE;

- PT0015 - Callsign CS2LH; August 20-21th; Farol do Cabo da Roca; Operators: Associação de Radioamadores da Região de Lisboa; QSL Info: Buro or Direct;

- PT0025 - Callsign CR5L; August 20-21th; Farol de Leça / Boa Nova; Operator: José Araujo (CT1DSV); QSL Info: CT1DSV;

- PT0033 - Callsign CT1FDQ/P; August 20-21th; Farol de Alfanzina ; Operators: Jorge Marques (CT1FDQ) and Filipe Relvão (CR7ALM); QSL info: Buro.

As in previous editions of ILLW, the Portuguese participants will by find in 7120 kHz, +/- 5 kHz (40m band), Saturday, around 22:00 local time (21:00 UTC) for a brief QSO between the headlights participants.

Very best regards from Portugal,

João Costa CT1FBF

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Vr.19-8-2016: Rare Scottish Lighthouses

MM5AHO will this year activate another rare Scottish Lighthouse for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.

Operating maritime mobile, Geoff sails to some of the least accessible Scottish lighthouses, activating them from his 10m yacht anchored as close to the lighthouse as is safe.

This year using the club callsign of the GMDX group, GS8VL, he will activate Rubh 'an Eun at the south end of the island of Bute about 15 miles SW of Glasgow. Last year Geoff, and Son Matt (MM1EUI) operated from several lighthouses in Orkney in the north of Scotland.

Operating from a yacht allows for a ready made shack at the location, a place to stay overnight there and the means of transport to get there.

On board Geoff has 100W to a 10m vertical (backstay of the mast) sitting on an enviable groundplane (the sea). ILLW starts on Saturday 20th August, and runs over that weekend. GS8VL/mm should be QRV from Friday night sometime, and continue until Sunday evening, weather permitting

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Vr.19-8-2016: South Bristol ARC to operate in Lighthouses Weekend

South Bristol Amateur Radio Club, based in Knowle, will be operational over the International Lighthouses and Lightships on the Air weekend of 20/21 August 2016 using the special event callsign GB0CCC from the former Trinity Lightvessel 55 moored in Bristol's Historic Harbour and home to the Cabot Cruising Club.

The 'John Sebastian', as the new owners and users of the Lightship now call her, entered service in 1885 and served in a variety of locations around the UK for 68 years before being sold out of service for scrap in 1953.

She was acquired by the Cabot Cruising Club as a wreck and after much tender loving care opened her doors as their clubhouse in 1959.

We are indebted to the Cabot Cruising Club for allowing us access to the Lightship for the event.

More details can be found at South Bristol ARCs website (http://www.sbarc.co.uk/club-activities/international-lighthouses-and-lightships-on-the-air/)
 and at the Cabot Cruising Clubs website (http://www.cabotcruisingclub.co.uk/)

A specific history of Light Vessel 55 can be found here: http://www.cabotcruisingclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm

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Vr.19-8-2016: Lighthouse activities

The coming weekend sees this year's edition of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW).
 More than 420 activations have been announced so far:

Cape Willoughby Lighthouse - AU-0095:
John/VK5EMI, Chris/VK4FR, Paul/VK5PAS, Michael/VK5FVSV, and
Andrew/VK5CV operate from Cape Willoughby Lighthouse (AU-0095, WW
Loc. PF94bd) on Kangaroo Island (OC-139) as VK5CWL. QSL via VK5PAS.

Faro de Roncali - CU0002:
The DX Group Cuba (GDXC), the Havana Contest Group (HCG), and the
RC Havana join their forces to activate the LH Faro de Roncali
(ILLW CU0002, NA-015) as T42R. Operators are CO2JD, CO2XK, CO2II,

Colon Lighthouse - CU0007: Sandor/CO7SF, Josue/CO7RR, Pavel/CO7WT,
Pancho/ CO7FR, and Alex/CL7HQ are going to sign T47LH from Colon
Lighthouse (ILLW CU0007) on Sabinal Key (NA-015) QRV on 160-10m,
60m, and 2m on SSB, CW, digital modes. QSL info see qrz.com.

Leuchtturm Karnin - DE0013:
DL0MFK/LH will be active from the LH Karnin (ILLW DE0013, ARLHS
FED-274) on Usedom (EU-129). QSL via bureau.

Feuerschiff Laesoe Rende - DE0061: DK5T/LH will be operated by
Dieter/DL2LH, Marcus/ DF1DV, Eckhard/DH8AF, and Andreas/DK5ON from
the lightship Laesoe Rende (ARLHS FED-142, ILLW DE0061), which was
built in 1886 and is now moored near Kiel. QSL via DK5ON (d/B).

Kerlede Lighthouse - FR0016:
Christian/F5OHH, Joel/F8EZZ, and Dyd/F4ELJ activate the LH (ILLW FR
0016, DPLF PB189, WW Loc. IN87vg) as TM2LW. QSL comes automagically via bureau.

Berck I Light - FR0014:
Hans/DJ8EI, Stefan/DJ5KX, Dirk/DL7DSW, Klaus/DO1KT, Dietmar/DK5OPA, Ralf/ DO6VH, SWL Kathrin, Stefanie/DL7DHL, and Michael/DG9LKA pay the LH Berck I Light (ILLW FR0014, ARLHS FRA-159) a visit and will operate with the special event call TM0BSM. QSL via DK5OPA (d/B).

Uttan Point Lighthouse - IN0005:
AT2L will be on the air from Uttan Point Lighthouse (ILLW IN0005,
ARLHS IND-119, Admirality F-0499). Operators on 40, 20, 17, and 15m
(SSB, digital modes) are Ajaya/VU2DE, Gaurav/VU2WE, and
Jatin/VU2KWJ. QSL via VU2KWJ (d/B) and ClubLog OQRS.

Fort Aguada Lighthouse - IN0018/IN019:
The Goa Radio Amateurs Society (GRAS) activates Fort Aguada Range
Front Lighthouse (ILLW IN0019) and Fort Aguada Range Rear
Lighthouse (ILLW IN0018) with the call AU1LH. The team consists of
Manju/VU2SMS, Amey/VU3MEY, and Roni/VU2ROE. QRV on 40, 20, 15, and 10m on CW, SSB, digital modes. QSL via LoTW, ClubLog, VU2SMS (d).

Ustka Lighthouse - PL0017:
SN19LH will be active from the LH Ustka (ILLW PL0017, ARLHS
POL-020, PGA SL10, WW Loc: JO84ko). QSL via SP5EZJ (d/B).

Terkos Karaburun Lighthouse - TR0002:
TA1CQ, 1CR, 1FR, 1PB, and 1UT are going to operate with the call
TC1LHW from Terkos Karaburun Lighthouse (ILLW TR0002). QSL only via

St. Mary's Lighthouse - UK0021:
Carl/2E0HPI is going to sign his call /p from the LH St. Mary (ILLW
UK-0021, GFF-0329, WAB NZ37) on 80-10m with a KX2. QSL via h/c
(d/B), eQSL.

Burry Port Habour Lighthouse - UK0044:
GB1BPL of the Llanelli Amateur Radio Society will be active from
Burry Port Harbour Lighthouse (ILLW UK0044) on HF (SSB, CW, PSK31).
QSL via 2W0DSP (d/B), eQSL.

Helwick Light Ship - UK0046:
The Swansea & District Amateur Radio Club operates during the
weekend from the Helwick Light Ship (ILLW UK0046) at the Swansea
Maritime Museum using the callsign GB3HLS on HF and 2m. QSL via
bureau. http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3130273

Algerian Lighthouse on the Air:
The Algerian Amateur Radio Union activates Cap Ivi (ARLHS ALG-013,
WW Loc. JM06cc) with the call 7Y9LI between the 17th and 22nd. QSL
via SM4VPZ. http://www.aru-dz.org/


BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm

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Do.18-8-2016: Satellite operation during ILLW

Ken Eaton GW1FKY reports the Barry Amateur Radio Society will be active on the amateur radio satellites during International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend August 20-21

The Barry Amateur Radio Society will be operating from a twin pair of lighthouses located at Nash Point situated on the coast of the Bristol Channel - South Wales.

We will be active from approx. 0700-1600 GMT.
 In addition to operating on the HF and VHF bands I also plan to set up my portable satellite equipment for operation and contacts during suitable passes.

Callsign/Lighthouse as follows:

GC4BRC - Lighthouse (High) Ref: UK0071
 GC4BRS - Lighthouse (Low)  Ref: UK0072

Locator Ref: IO81FJ
 QSL Manager: MW0DHF (Philip King)

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend - ILLW

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm

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Wo.17-8-2016: Portable lighthouse stations call CQ this weekend

The 19th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend will see plenty of on air activity from more than 40 countries this Saturday and Sunday.

At last count 450 registrations have been received but organisers still expect 500 this year.

Local and DX stations are putting former marine navigation infrastructure on air, and many also explain their activity to the public and news media.

The annual premier fun-event highlights the need for public support to preserve lighthouses for future generations, but also gives Amateur Radio publicity.

Germany has the most at 67, Australia and USA 64, England 34, Scotland 22, Holland 21,with Canada and South Africa 14 each.

Most talk about the history of their site and issue a special QSL card.
 It is not too late to make a registration and join others on the website illw.net

Jim Linton VK3PC

BRON: http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm


Ma.15-8-2016: Het internationaal vuurtoren evenement-PA25SCH/LH

Het ILLW, ofwel het internationaal vuurtoren evenement brengt weer veel  zendamateur in de ether samen. In het weekend van 20 en 21 augustus komen veel  amateurstations vanuit of in de buurt van een vuurtoren in de lucht.  

In de Haagse regio is onder meer René, PD2 RKG met een ploeg actief vanaf een Schevenings  havenhoofd. Als het weer het toelaat staat de sleurshack echt op het puntje en worden  daar vanaf veel verbindingen gemaakt.  
René heeft in Mediamix, een programma van Den Haag FM, het een en ander daarover  uitgelegd. En hier hoef je niets van te missen want je kan de uitzending terugluisteren  op http://www.mediamixonline.nl/index.php . Krijg je het ADO nieuws er gratis  bij. Voor zendamateurs, maar ook voor luisteramateurs een goede gelegenheid  om de QSL kaartenverzameling uit te breiden.

Uitzending Mediamix hier beluisteren:

BRON: https://pd2rkg.com/ / muurkrant-mediamix