Hundreds of portable stations head for lighthouses

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The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is tracking ahead of last year's record with four weeks left to go, and now stands at 385 registrations from 43 countries.

Among the latest is Estonia, with its 9-metre tall cylindrical concrete tower Lou Lighthouse built in 1934 near the Estonian village of Lou, and put on air by Russ Rowlett ES0/OH1EJY.

The South Point Lighthouse of Barbados is a new country registered by Amateur Radio Society of Barbados 8P6AW. That club will now also put the Ragged Point Lighthouse on the air.

The Aruba Amateur Radio Club P43ARC was last in the fun-event in 2005. It's now back with the California Lighthouse - named after the steamship California wrecked in 1891.

No matter where you are in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania or the Americas, there will be plenty to contact and all have a rich history to tell. Some issue special QSL cards.

The United States of America stays in the lead with 69 registrations, followed by Germany 57, Australia 56, and England 27.

The primary aims are to raise public awareness of the old navigational aids and help publicise portable Amateur Radio.

For more details of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on August the 16th and 17th, visit the website www.illw.net

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