JULIE VK3FOWL AND JOE VK3YSP WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO OUR

INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE/LIGHTSHIP WEEKEND (ILLW) WEB SITE

PURPOSE:

The annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is an Amateur Radio community event supporting lighthouses and lightships via the world-wide resources of Amateur Radio. The purpose of this event is to recognize the maritime and historical significance of lighthouses and lightships and, as always, to foster international good will. Lighthouses are fast becoming an endangered species with the introduction of satellite navigation. Most lighthouses today are fully automated and unattended, many are in a state of decline. It is hoped this event will highlight the importance of lighthouses and help preserve these magnificent structures for future generations.

FORMAT:

A small, self-contained, licenced Amateur Radio station will be set up in the vicinity of the lighthouse. The well-presented station will consist of a single Nissan X-Trail vehicle with roof-mounted solar panels and a side awning for two operators. The station will have its own multiband shortwave antenna some 40m long and 8m high. Amateur Radio stations from all over the world will call in to the lighthouse station during this annual event. They will each receive a "QSL" card identifying their two-way contact with the lighthouse station. The general public may watch and participate too by contacting other lighthouses if they wish. This popular event, including the lighthouse name and its location, is advertised locally and internationally over Amateur Radio web sites and news bulletins. Local Amateur Radio operators will be encouraged to visit the lighthouse station. The operations will also showcase the capability and fun of portable Amateur Radio communications.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:

Members of the public will be greeted and introduced to Amateur Radio through well-prepared presentations, displays, discussions, demonstrations, literature and hands-on activities. Interested individuals will be encouraged to pick up a microphone or a hand-held radio to chat with a participating Amateur Radio station. The children can play with a Morse code practice set. A visitor's book will be provided to record comments and request follow-up information. A list of Amateur Radio's most Frequently Asked Questions will be sure to inform and amuse.

OPERATIONS:

The station will be operated simultaneously on the 80, 40 and 20 metre bands by Joe VK3YSP and on 80 and 40 metres by Julie VK3FOWL. The station will participate with others on a VHF/UHF repeater during a call back after the local Wireless Institute of Australia news broadcast on Sunday morning. In addition there will be a fascinating demonstration of Weak Signal Digital Communications (JT65) on 14.076MHz in the afternoons.

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TECHNICAL DETAILS OF THE PORTABLE AMATEUR RADIO STATION:

Lighthouse QSO List 2014

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