Excitement galore for ILLW

11:07 Fernando Luiz de Souza 0 Comments

Organisers of next month's 17th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend have been surprised that among the nearly 330 registrations received so far, are 20 that have never before joined this fun-event.
Some 38 countries have already registered. The latest first-time one is the Eckwarden Oberfeuer Lighthouse in Germany on the North Sea, registered by Sebastian DM1SW.

Australia has four virgin lighthouses.

In Western Victoria there's the Whaler's Bluff Lighthouse at Portland Harbour with Johnno VK3FMPB, and further up the coast is Griffiths Island Lighthouse, Port Fairy and Peter VK3ZPF.

On one of Australia's most eastern parts is the Fingal Head Lighthouse activated by Grant VK2GEL. And in Eastern Tasmania at Cape Tourville Lighthouse will be Ken VK7HKN and his wife Lyn VK7FROG.

In Spain the Faro de Cabo de Silleiro Lighthouse, this year's 200th entry, is to be put on air by Hans EA1/DK6EA and Heike DC2CT.

In the USA, which remains in the lead of the number of registrations on 55, there are a staggering 14 new lighthouses.

They include South East Light on Block Island Rhode Island K1L, with up to six operators on SSB, Digital and CW.

Among the many other USA new ones is the Chatham Lighthouse in Massachusetts, with the Barnstable Amateur Radio Club K1KBO.

The annual event aims to increase public awareness of historic marine navigation structures including lighthouses, lightships and time-ball towers, their preservation, and promote portable Amateur Radio.

To read the simple guidelines or register for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on August the 16th and 17th, see the website www.illw.net

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