International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend - ILLW

3rd Full Weekend in August since 1998

00.01 UTC 17th August to 2400 UTC 18th August 2019 (48 hours)

00.01 UTC 15th August to 2400 UTC 16th August 2020 (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.


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.

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.


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0001 UTC 17th AUGUST 2019 TO 2400 UTC 18th AUGUST 2019 (48 hours or part thereof).
Official List of Entrants - 2019 Total= 179

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QRZ callsign lookup:
Country Call Lighthouse Name ILLW No. QSL Route and other info. Web
Argentina LU2DT Punta Mogotes AR0013, direct +SASE, buro and e-QSL Web
Argentina LU6DM Faro Punta Medanos AR0012 Direct +SASE Web
Argentina LU9JMG Stella Maris AR0020 Direct SASE Juan Peron 205-3260 Concepcion del Uruguay ER Argentina Web
Argentina LW1EKL Querandi AR0034 See  
Australia VK2CLR Clarence Head AU0013 Buro  
Australia VK2DLR Ballina Lighthouse AU0001 Via VK2SRC buro or direct Web
Australia VK2EP Smoky Cape AU0031 See web site Web
Australia VK2HBG Warden Head Lighthouse AU0035 Direct or Buro  
Australia VK2IAN Crookhaven Heads AU0047 Direct. (QRP and NVIS mode)  
Australia VK3EG Point Hicks AU0027 Direct via VK3EK  
Australia VK3IH Cape Liptrap AU0037 Buro  
Australia VK3ILH Deal Island AU0129 VK3CAM via buro. (Subject to WX)  
Australia VK3OLS Cape Otway Lightststion AU0011 Buro via VK3MA Web
Australia VK3SPL Split Point Lighthouse AU0032 Buro (Melbourne Electronics and Radio Club) Web
Australia VK3WIlighthouse 16 279677 Williamstown Timeball Tower AU0036 Buro (Ops Amateur Radio Victoria, ARV)  
Australia VK3WND Cape Schanck AU0012 Buro Web
Australia VK4CQR Sea Hill Point Lighthouse AU0060 Web
Australia VK4GHL Grassy Hill Lighthouse (Note 2) AU0019 Buro or VK4MIK (15th consecutive year) Web
Australia VK4TUL Low Isle Lighthouse AU0078 Buro  
Australia VK5CJL Cape Jervis Lighthouse AU0094 Buro  
Australia VK5PBZ Port Germein AU0069 PO Box 2870 Port Lincoln Sth Aust. 5606 Web
Australia VK6AHR North Mole AU0073 Direct or buro Web
Australia VK7NET Table Cape Lighthouse AU0039 Direct  
Australia VK7TZ Round Hill Point AU0111 Direct  
Belgium ON8CL Lange Nelle BE0008 e-QSL, buro  
Bulgaria LZ2HT Cape Emine BG0002 Buro, e-QSL, LoTW. (Also valid for LZFF-0378, LZFF-0374)  
Canada VE2MW /3 Windmill Point CA0036  
Canada VE3ERC Point Clark CA0011 e-QSL or direct  
Canada VE3HB Oakville CA0024 LoTW Web
Canada VE3UCC Nine Mile Point CA0031 Direct  
Canada VO1OK Lobster Cove Head CA0040 LoTW  
Canada VY2PLH Point Prim CA0062 Direct Web
Chile CB2J Faro Curaumilla CL0017 e-QSL Web
Chile CE2EP Cabo Carranza CL0028 PO Box 13630, Santiago, Chile  
Chile XR2FPA Punta Angeles CL0011 PO Box 3016 Valpariso City Chile Web
Cuba T42R Castillo del Morro CU0003 See web  Web
Cuba T45FM Punta Maya Lighthouse CU0005 Via Manager RW6HS  
Cuba T48FV Vargas CU0010 Web
Cuba T48LHH Punta Rasa CU0014 Buro  
Denmark OV1LH Helnaes DK0020 LoTW and buro Web
Denmark OZ / DL0GSH Nakkehoved Fyr Vest DK0019 Buro. (Ops DL2AAE, DJ4JI and DL3AAG)  
Denmark OZ0IL Kegnaes DK0003 DL1UWE Web
Denmark OZ5GRE Fornaes DK0010 Buro to EDR Club Station OZ5GRE (Locator JO56LK) Web
England GB0CCC Trinity Light Vessel 55 UK0176 Buro Web
England GB0HLH The Heugh Lighthouse, Hartlepool UK0188 E-qsl, LoTW  
England GB0NL Newhaven Lighthouse UK0190 Buro. (Downland Radio Group, East Sussex) Web
England GB0TBW Lightship 95 (LV95) UK0209 G0TOC Web
England GB0TBW Trinity Buoy Wharf UK0030 G0TOC Web
England GB2SJ Souter Lighthouse UK0026 See web site Web
England GB2WLH Withernsea Lighthouse UK0013 Buro  
England GB4LLlighthouse 16 279677 Leasowe Lighthouse UK0014 Via LoTW Web
England GB4WL Whitgift Lighthouse UK0113 LoTW & e-QSL only Web
England GB5HCL Hurst Castle (Low) UK0012 Direct to M0KZC or buro  
England GB6NT Naze Tower at Walto on the Naze UK0212 Buro, e_QSL, direct Web
England GB8SL Shoreham Lighthouse UK0023 Buro or direct via G4LKW Web
England M/PH2CV/p Southsea Castle Lighthouse UK0223 Via PH2CV  
England M3DPQ Southwold UK0050 Direct. (40 an 80m SOTA dipole IC703 FT817)  
Finland OG8L Marjaniemi FI0025 OH8CW Web
Finland OH1AH Uto Lighthouse FI0007 Buro Web
Finland OH5B Luovukkaluoto FI0023 Buro or direct  
France F9IE Pilier New and Old FR0025-26 F9IE  
France TM0BSM Berck-sur-Mer FR0014 DK5OPA (+DJ8EI, DL1DCT, DL5KA and DJ5KX) Web
France TM0LHGlighthouse 16 279677 Petit-Fort-Philippe FR0002 PA0HEL Web
France TM2LH Cap d'Antifer FR0004 F4FET. (DPLF-050)  
Germany DA0LCC Wehldorf Upper Lighthouse DE0034 Buro Web
Germany DA2019LH Flugge Lighthouse DE0008 DH3WO Web
Germany DF0MF Lightship "Amrumbank" Deutche Bucht DE0059 Buro or Direct Web
Germany DF0TMlighthouse 16 279677 Molenturm Bremen DE0134 DJ9MD  
Germany DF0VKlighthouse 16 279677 Timmendorf (Poel Island) DE0027 Buro  
Germany DF8HS lighthouse 16 279677 Marienleuchte Old and New DE0051-52 Buro  
Germany DH7RK Staberhuk DE0047 Buro or direct  
Germany DH9JK Staberhuk DE0047 Buro or direct  
Germany DK0DAN Knock DE0049 Buro Web
Germany DK0MTR Old upper Fire Lemwerder DE0124 Buro Web
Germany DK0PR Blankenese Oberfeuer DE0118 Buro Web
Germany DK0RA lighthouse 16 279677 Altenbruch Unterfeuer DE0050 Buro Web
Germany DL / HB9ID Helgoland Lighthouse DE0067 Buro Web
Germany DL0DAB Ueckermuende DE0029 Buro and e-QSL  
Germany DL0DFF Nordmarsch /Langeness EU-042 DE0065 Buro QRZ
Germany DL0ELlighthouse 16 279677 Eckwarden Oberfeuer DE0130 Buro  
Germany DL0EM Campen DE0048 Direct via DJ6ZJ QRZ
Germany DL0EO Eckernfoerde DE0005 Buro Web
Germany DL0HAO Falshoeft DE0007 Buro  
Germany DL0KIS Pelzerhaken DE0025 Buro  
Germany DL0LNW Lechtturm Neuwerk DE0016 DE2HJW  
Germany DL0MFK Pilot Lighthouse Karnin DE0013 Buro or DL2ARH Web 
Germany DL0PJ+ Norderney Island Lighthouse DE0055 Buro. (Other operator DL0OF) QRZ
Germany DL0TEU Tinsdal Oberfeuer / Wittenbergen Unterfeuer DE0077 DARC via DF4HA Web
Germany DL0TO Old Travemuende Lighthouse DE0028 Buro Web
Germany DL0YLM Lightship Laesoe Rende (Fyrskib No15) DE0061 Buro  
Germany DL1SWB Dahmeshoeved.  (100th entry 13.12.18) DE0003 Buro   
Germany DL3KZA Westmole Sassnitz DE0056 Buro  
Germany DL3LBP Amrum DE0081 Buro Web
Germany DL5HF Bubendy-Ufer Oberfeuer DE0114 LoTW, Buro or Web
Germany DL7AG Kamp Karnin Oberfeuer DE0072 e_Qsl, LoTW Web
Germany DL7KM Kamp Karnin Oberfeuer DE0072 e-Qsl, LoTW  
Germany DM2C Moritzburg DE0021 e-QSL, Buro Web
Germany DM5C Westmarkelsdorf DE0080 Buro Web
Ireland EI0CAR Strove Lighthouse IE0011 Buro or EI4JR Web
Ireland EI0CAR Tullyarb IE0016 Buro Web
Ireland EI1K Cromwell Point Lighthouse IE0001 Via EI9FVB Web
Ireland EI2WRC Hook Lighthouse IE0003 Diretc to EI3HDB pls, no Buro Web
Ireland EI8DJ Spit Bank Lighthouse IE0021 e-QSL Web
Israel 4X1IG Jaffa Lighthouse IL0001 LoTW and e-QSL Web
Italy II4CPG Faro di Porto Garibaldi IT0029 Buro or direct  
Italy IP1T San Venerio, Tino Island IT0021 Buro or direct via I1ANP Web
Italy IQ3TS Faro della Vittoria (Victory) IT0011 Buro, direct +SASE and Web
Italy IQ4RA Marina di Ravenna IT0028 Buro or direct via IQ4RA  
Malaysia 9M4LHM Tanjung Lobang Lighthouse Miri MY0014 Via 9W8QA or  
Netherlands DL0IGA Old Kraggenburg NL0010 DL0IGA Web
Netherlands PA0VLD Lightship No:8 "Radio Waddenzee" NL0047 Buro (Vessel will be in open sea during August)  
Netherlands PA3BIC Ameland Lighthouse NL0032 Buro  
Netherlands PA6LH Van Speyk NL0014 Buro or PA0XAW Web
Netherlands PA6URK URK Lighthouse NL0013 PA3HEB Web
Netherlands PD0FSB Lange Jaap NL0040 PD0FSB buro Web
Netherlands PG6N Noordwijk aan Zee NL0009 Dutch QSL Buro Web
Netherlands PI4ZHE Lightship Noordhinder NL0036 PI4ZHE Web
New Zealand ZL1LIG Cape Reinga NZ0020 ZL1PDT  
New Zealand ZL2LH Karori Rock NZ0017 Buro  
New Zealand ZL6CC Cape Campbell NZ0001 Buro  
New Zealand ZL6LHlighthouse 16 279677 Cape Palliser NZ0007 Card sent to all contacts in log Web
Northern Ireland GB5BL Blackhead Lighthouse UK0032 Via GI0BJH Web
Northern Ireland GN0LIX Chaine Tower. EU-115 UK0033 Via buro and Web
Northern Ireland MN0GKL Rue Point UK0185 e-QSL (Bush Valey ARC) Web
Northern Ireland MN0GKL Rathlin West UK0217 e-QSL (Bush Valley ARC) Web
Northern Ireland MN0GKL Rathlin East High and Low UK0055-56 e-QSL (Bush Valley ARC) Web
Poland SN1D Darlowo Lighthouse PL0020 Buro or dirct SP1RKT  
Poland SP1ZZ Czolpino PL0001 Buro or direct (+SP5ZJ, SP2SG and SQ1BVZ)  
Portugal CR6LH Cabo Espichel PT0005 Buro or direct (+SASE) Web
Portugal CR6YLH Cabo Sardao PT0024 Buro, direct Web
Portugal CS2LH Farol de Sines PT0031 Buro, direct, EURAO Web
Portugal CS5ARAM Montedor PT0010 e-QSL, LoTW, buro, direct Web
Portugal CT2HPN Cabo Raso PT0003 Buro  
Puerto Rico KP3LH Faro Punta Tuna PR0008 See KP3LH on  
Puerto Rico KP4LH Los Morillos PR0001 WP4DT Web 
Scotland 2M0ROT Port of Glasgow UK0200 See web site Web
Scotland GB0NHL Noss Head UK0039 e-QSL, or via GM0TKB Web
Scotland GB2ELH Eashaness Light House UK0058 Direct or buro GB2ELH Web
Scotland GB2LBN Barns Ness UK0034 Buro, LoTW, e-QSL, direct to GM4UYZ Web
South Africa ZS1CTlighthouse 16 279677 Green Point Capetown ZA0006 LoTW, e_QSL, direct or buro. Web
South Africa ZS1SBW Roman Rock ZA0027 Via QSL Mgr. PA2PGU, Rijn 7908 HR Hoogeveen Netherlands Web
South Africa ZS5D Cooper Lighthouse ZA0004 17 Brownlee Place Bluff ZA4052. (Durban ARC) Web
Sweden 7S0SFJ Fyrskepp Lightship 25 "FInngrundet" (Note 3) SE0013 Buro Web 
Sweden 8S7LHJ Lange Jan SE0052 Via SK7CA buro  
Sweden SK6MA Visingo North SE0029 SSA buro Web
Sweden SK7L Segerstad SE0020 Via SK7CA Web
Sweden SK7RN Lange Erik SE0011 SSA Buro. (The North point of Oeland Islin Baltic Sea. Loc:JO87NI) Web
Switzerland HB9CJX Lighthouse Hafen Romanshorn CH0004 LoTW, e-QSL, buro Web
Switzerland HB9ILLW Romanshorn CH0004 Buro Web
Taiwan BV1EQ Keelung TW0004 PO Box 172 Keelung Ai 3rd Road Keelung City 20099 Taiwan (ROC)  
USA AF6TS Punta Gorda US0112 PO Box 8134, Eureka, CA 95502 or (2-80 meters)  
USA K1LX Permaquid Lighthouse US0214 e-QSL Web 
USA K1N lighthouse 16 279677 Newburyport Harbor Light US0108 (6TH year running) Web
USA K2BR Absecon Lighthouse US0001 Buro or direct to K2BR see +SASE  pls. Web
USA K2Rlighthouse 16 279677 Genesee Lighthouse US0101 SASE via W2DST Web
USA K2VN Hortons Point US0023 Web
USA KC8WIT Marble Head Lighthouse US0069 e-QSL, mail Web
USA N1KSC Cape Canaveral lighthouse US0099 LoTW, direct, e-QSL Web
USA N2CMClighthouse 16 279677 Cape May US0011 SASE to PO Box 601, Cape May Court House, NJ08204. USA.  Web
USA N7D New Dungeness US0218 e-QSL or direct via AA0RD Web
USA N8GUlighthouse 16 279677 South Haven South Pierhead US0104 Direct, LoTW. (Modes CW, PSK, SSB,D-Star, DMR)  
USA NM8GS Lightship Huron LV-103 US0229 NM8GS. (Operating from ship's radio room)  
USA W2DAR Burnt Coat Harbor, ME. US0232 Buro. (Lighthouse on Swan's Island, Maine)  
USA W2LGAlighthouse 16 279677 Oswego Harbor West Pierhead US0207 LoTW, e-QSL, direct Web
USA W2GSB Fire Island, NY US0019 PO Box 1356 West Babylon, NY 11704 (Phone W2GSB, CW W2NMY) Web
USA W2M Montauk Point, NY US0054 K2EC Web
USA W2QYV Fort Niagara US0048 W2QYV Web
USA W2SO Dunkirk Lighthouse US0016 See Web
USA W3EM Turtle Rock, PA US0053 None Web
USA W4YMI Cape Lookout NC US0049 Buro. (Other call WX4FLY)  
USA W5BMC Southwest Reef Lighthouse US0176 708 Front Street, Morgan City, La 70380 Web
USA W7L Heceta Head Lighthouse US0022 LoTW Web
USA W8Llighthouse 16 279677 Copper Harbor Lighthouse US0233 Ask op Web
USA W8TFC Summersville Lake Retreat Lighthouse N/A See Web
USA W9LY Michigan City US0079 Web
USA WA2DQL Oak Orchard Lighthouse US0157 None Web
Wales GB1BPL Burry Port Harbour Lighthouse UK0044 Buro. (Locator IO71UQ, IOTA EU-005) Llanelli ARS Web
Wales GW4WXM Talacre UK0205 e-QSL, direct Web
Wales MW1MWD Portcawl Breakwater UK0221  

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Note 1: N/A in number column means the light does not meet the guidelines.

Note 2:  2019 will be the 15 Consecutive year for VK4GHL at Grassy Hill Light for the Tableland Radio Group. During this time the event has been accepted as a great local event and is supported by Cook Shire Council and the Cooktown History Centre and many visit during the weekend as the people of Cooktown are rightly proud of their lighthouse. The town brought the lighthouse from the government when they were about to shut it down and destroy it. (Well done guys. Admin.)

Note 3: Previously with the radio callsign "SFJ." She was built in 1903 by the Gefle Works and was in service until 1969, when she was decommissioned. Since 1970 she lies anchored outside the Vasamuseet at Djurgården in Stockholm and serves as a museum ship, twinkling her recognition signal: two consecutive flashes every 20 seconds.
The Lightship FINNGRUNDET is managed by SMM (Statens Maritima Museer), The Swedish National Maritime Museums.


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