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Lighthouse in the middle of Australia
Known as a very big island nation, at the geographic centre of Australia
and 1,500 kilometres from the coast is Alice Springs, which hosts the famous
Henley-On-Todd Regatta each August - albeit on a usually dry river bed.
The Northern Territorians and many visitors take the annual iconic event
very seriously with up to 3,000 witnessing the regatta, which began in 1962.
There is an interesting story of how this location, in one of the driest
parts of Australia, deserves a registration this year in the International
Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.
Greg Mair VK8GM explains that with the help of the Henley-On-Todd team, a
lighthouse has been built to promote the spirit of amateur radio and lighthouses.
The Alice Springs lighthouse joining nearly 500 others around the world this
year and is certain to attract the attention of local, national and international
Australia on 62 and Germany 61 remain the leaders, followed by the USA (46),
England (34), Argentina (24), Malaysia, Sweden and Netherlands (15), Scotland
and South Africa (14), Canada (13) and Ireland (10).
Organisers expect many more registrations in the annual fun event that publicises
both the old sea-going navigation methods and portable amateur radio.
If you want to register a lighthouse, lightship or marine beacon in this
year's event on August the 17th and 18th then visit the website www.illw.net
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