Lighthouse Weekend being held through Sunday

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Across the United States and in many foreign countries, amateur radio clubs (commonly known as HAMs) hold weekend events transmitting from lighthouses. The Lighthouse Weekend, going on through Sunday, is a first for Alabama.  

sand island lighthouseThe Sand Island Lighthouse is pictured in March. (Register file photo)
After participating in a HAM radio contest on the USS Alabama, Huntsville Amateur Radio Club member Warren Alford was inspired to organize a similar event for the lighthouses of Mobile Bay. 

“We want to increase awareness of the rich history and help our partners, the Alabama Lighthouse Association and the Alabama Historical Commission, raise funds for continued preservation of each lighthouse,” said Alford.

Two Huntsville clubs will operate stations at Middle Bay, Sand Island, and Mobile Point at Fort Morgan beginning at 6 p.m. today through 6 p.m. Sunday. HAMs from across the world can “call in” and talk to the volunteers manning each station. 

“We are thrilled about an event that supports Alabama’s historic lighthouses,” said Bill Lees, president of the Lighthouse Assocation. This includes helping the HAM operators navigate the waters out to Middle Bay Light. Recently restored by the Alabama Historical Commission, Middle Bay can only be reached by boat and under 
approval from the state.   

Two stations are set up at Fort Morgan, also owned and maintained by the the Commission. Mobile Point Lighthouse is situated on the Fort and the Sand Island hand radio station is there too since “we can clearly see it from this location,” said Alford.  

To learn more, visit alabamalighthouses.com/  or preserveala.org/middlebaylight.aspx?sm=g_l. 
 
For HAMs, the three special event call signs are K4L, N4L, and W4L. 

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