00.01UTC 19 August to 2400UTC 20 August 2017 (48 hours)
For some reason or other August seems to have become the international weekend for lighthouses. Countries all over the world have become involved in one for or another of lighthouse activity. Some years ago the United States Congress declared August 7th as their National Lighthouse Day and during that first week in August amateur radio operators in America set up portable stations at lighthouses and endeavour to make contact with each other. This event is known as the US National Lighthouse Week.
In Britain the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, ALK, conducts International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend on the 3rd full weekend in August. Their objective is to encourage Lighthouse managers, keepers and owners to open their lighthouse or lightstation and related visitors centres to the public with a view to raising the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids, and preserving our maritime heritage.
LV12, PA6FUN 2016
However, the major event which takes place in August is the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, ILLW, which came into being in 1998 as the Scottish Northern Lights Award run by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group. The history of this event can be found elsewhere on this site. The ILLW takes place on the 3rd full weekend in August each year and attracts over 500 lighthouse entries located in over 40 countries. It is one of the most popular international amateur radio events in existence probably because there are very few rules and it is not the usual contest type event. It is also free and there are no prizes for contacting large numbers of other stations. There is little doubt that the month of August has become "Lighthouse Month" due largely to the popularity and growth of the ILLW.
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Please note, an ILLW Flyer is available for download and printing if you want to hand out to visitors. See links in sub menu on the left.
It is with much regret that we have learned of the passing of Kenneth Burnell, M1DZT last week. Ken was the man who maintained our Google Earth file which showed the positions of all the lighthouses in the event. It was a labour of love for Ken who was in his mid eighties. He suffered with Parkinsons disease in his final years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Catherine. Kevin vk2ce 4 February 2017
Some of the 90 plus countries that have participated in this event. See Statistics page for the full list.
It has been brought to our attention that the March issue of the ARRL magazine, QST carries the following comment in one of its articles :- "Every August ARLHS hosts the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) event; this year it will be August 19 - 20." This statement is totally inaccurate and misleading as the management of the ILLW remains unchanged. The ILLW is NOT an ARLHS event. This error has been corrected in the online digital version.
This web site has been personally funded for the past 16 years. It is the backbone of the ILLW event which brings so much pleasure to a lot of amateurs and other alike. Please help, if you can, with the ongoing expenses of keeping the web site operating.
Thanks in anticipation.
This web site and the ILLW event are dedicated to the memory of one of its two founders, Mike Dalrymple, GM4SUC, who left us in 2005.
The ILLW logo, web site and domain name are trademarked and copyright to and funded by the owners K&P Mulcahy (vk2ce). If you wish to use any of the contents please ask for permission as a matter of courtesy.