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Listen this weekend for ILLW activity

Date : 17 / 08 / 2013
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The organiser of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend requests VK Lighthouse Stations to refrain from transmitting during the opening address of the Remembrance Day Contest at 0300UTC August 17, as a mark of respect.

On the amateur radio bands Saturday and Sunday will be those who go portable and actively support the record breaking 16th annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.

The first ever 500th registration for the event is for the Marrowstone Point Lighthouse and Foghorn in Washington State USA.

It will be on 20-metres SSB and PSK31 courtesy Jim Blake KD7JB and his friend Grant Hopper KB7WSD, who made the registration in the very secluded spot.

Marrowstone Point will join others engaged in a QSO or calling 'CQ Lighthouse Weekend' and on request will tell a little of their location history.

Hundreds of radio amateurs in nearly 50 countries enjoy being at a lighthouse, lightship or marine beacon, and explaining the joys of amateur radio to any visitors.

The fun-event aims to raise public awareness of old maritime navigation structures, foster international good will, and promote amateur radio.

The Americas and Asia have 100 each while more than 150 are registered in Europe. Nearly 80 registrations are in Australia and New Zealand. How many can you work? For a complete country listing visit the website

Get on air to join many thousands of others globally finding out how many you can contact - some offer a special QSL card.


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