From Peter Parker, VK3YE, via his post on our Facebook page:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCDyx7Qv5vc
FROM VK3WI AT THE WILLIAMSTOWN TIMEBALL LIGHT AND TOWER:-
It was more than a great weekend from the perspective of the
Williamstown Lighthouse and Timeball Tower. At last count we had 36
and possibily this could end up 40 other lighthouses mostly VK but
including ZL and G. That exceeds previous years.
The 20m band opened up at 4.30pmish both days giving us an hour to work DX
with Europe, Africa, North America and Martinez. Plus we had back-to-back
QSOs with a R1 station in Russian Antarctica and then Canada. Only once
before did we have a brief contact with Hawaii on 20m and Canada on 40m
Parks Victoria has a new guy responsible for the park and lighthouse, he
visited us twice and is talking about providing signage next year. All
Re numbers we worked the Cape Don Tender and I think one other VK who was
not on the list. Will check for the final registrations in a couple of
Thanks and Rgds, Jim VK3PC
FROM LEONIE VK2FHRK AT KOORAGANG ISLAND, NEWCASTLE, NSW:-
Here are some pics from St Johns Point Lighthouse IE0005 Donegal, Ireland. Myself and two other operators went portable for our activation yesterday.We enjoyed the activation and it was great to hear so much non contest activity on our bands with many stations calling lighthouse hi hi :) It was a long day but well worth it and an nice opportunity to get away and be relaxed operating radio.
We are already talking about next year!!!
73 de Charlie EI8JB/P
John EI6GHB/P & David EI7GEB/P
FROM DALE MCCARTHY AT ARCHER POINT NORTH QUEENSLAND:-
Members of the Tableland Radio and Electronics Club Inc. (TREC) activated the Archer Point Lighthouse AU0065 for the 2010 ILLW.
Archer Point is located some 200kms north of Cairns in Far North Queensland on a very exposed headland. Lighthouses seem
to always get erected in similar locations in many cases, strange that Hi Hi.
TREC members travelled up from the Atherton area a 600 km round trip. Archer Point is a very isolated location with no facilities
available so we had to be totally self sufficient. Tents, camping gear, batteries and generators were the order of the day.
Antennas were erected on the Friday and VK4WAT, the TREC call-sign, was on air at 0001 Zulu on Saturday morning.
Whilst erecting a portable mast the wind was so strong that caused one of the aluminium poles to break allowing the vertical
antenna to crash to the ground with a resounding thud. No damage to the antenna fortunately. We set up two stations, one from
a vehicle right next to the lighthouse and the other station a little way below the lighthouse in a slightly less windy location.
Conditions proved to be very good on 20, 40 and 80 metres. A total of 36 other lighthouse amateur radio stations were contacted
around Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America. Lighthouse stations in every state of Australia were contacted.
We also worked many other amateur radio stations world-wide including Marion Island in the southern Indian Ocean,
Nevus in the Caribbean New Caledonia plus many other Australian and International Amateur Radio Stations.
The Tableland Radio and Electronics Club with over 30 members has been established for over 22 years and is based on the
Atherton Tablelands inland from Cairns in Far North Queensland.
Thanks to all the stations who worked VK4WAT this year and sorry for mentioning our 28° temperatures especially to the operators at
Cape Leeuwin who shivered in only 3° temps.
We are looking forward to working ILLW again next year.
Dale McCarthy VK4DMC.
From the Netherlands:-
We had a great weekend! With my good friends PD2J, PA1RBZ and PD0PDB we activated the lighthouse in the city of Harderwijk:
NL0038 De Vischpoort for the first time. We enjoyed every minute of it. We made many contacts, including contacts with Curacao,
Canada, Colombia and a lot of UK and USA. The press was very interested in the event, so many people became aware of what
we were doing in this old lighthouse. We only have had positive feedback! During the weekend we had an online livestream on our
webpage (www.pg6hk.com) so people could see what we were doing. The keeper of the lighthouse was very impressed by the
things we did and the contacts we made and decided he will become a HAM himself.
Pretty sure we will activate this lighthouse again in 2011!
73 Gert PA2LO
From Roger VK7ARN in Tasmania:-
Photos tell the story, click here.
From West Malaysia:-
We had a great weekend with my good friends starting 1st time ILLW event at Cape Rachado Lighthouse year 2008 and
now 2010 in Tg Gelang Lighthouse MY0002. We arrived at Tg Gelang Lighthouse at 01.00 am, Saturday early morning.
The antenna is still up , so not much of a problem fixing the station and going on air. About 5.00 am take a break for 'sahur'.
We manage to setup the station with 2 station operating on 20m band with antenna Buddy stick, 2 el monoband & spider
beam for the 40m bandthe antenna is dipole & G5RV only.
The keeper of the lighthouse from Jabatan Laut wass very impressed by the thing we did and the contacts we made
especially he saw the couple of QSL cards for the ILLW on the last year.
In sumarry, we manage to log 57 contact on 20m band, 8 contact on 10m band & 27 contact on 40m band.
So in total we manage to log 92 stations in this ILLW 2010.
Many thanks especially all best friends are staying together like 9W2GUU, 9W2KRZ, 9M2SQL, 9W2TTK, 9M2RZL & 9W2WF.
Special thanks to Jabatan Laut, TLDM Tg Gelang & PERAMAH friends like 9W2WWW, 9W2JDY and all hams friend from
Kuantan for the sapporting this activity.
We are looking forward to working ILLW again on next year.
Thanks & regards
my name is Carl, IZ0EGC, Team leader of IQ0FM/p, call sign activated in last
21,22 august from Monte Orlando-Gaeta, Italy (IT0007) Lighthouse for ILLW
There is a video clip here:
There is a log on-line here:
and some pics here:
Many thanks and best 73's de Carl.
P.S. see you next year, maybe with special call-sign for us.
Antenna's used this weekend: For HF FD4 Windom and a Vertical, on 6 mtrs the V2000 vertical and on 2 mtrs a 4 el Tonna.
Tranceivers used during this weekend: HF FT990 and FT857, 6 mtrs MFJ9406 and 2mtrs the good old FT225.
There are two video's to watch:
for your gallery here some photos from the lighthouse "Falsthoeft" (DE0007) during my activation in ILLW 2010.
73, Lutz / DL5KUA
From the team at Lighthouses of Australia who went to Greencape Lighthouse for the weekend and lit the original light on Friday
and Saturday night. VK2CE was scheduled to go to Greencape as usual but an unfortunate vehicle breakdown prevented attendance this year.
The Cape May County Amateur Radio Club (CMCARC) was pleased to participate for the 12th time in the 2010 ILLW.
This year we added several twists. We partnered with the South Counties Amateur Radio Association (SCARA) and manned stations
at 3 lighthouses: Absecon, Hereford Inlet and Cape May. The Absecon light was staffed by SCARA personnel, Hereford Inlet jointly
by SCARA & CMCARC personnel and the Cape May Lighthouse was staffed by CMCARC personnel. We offered a certificate to
stations working all three of our lights.
Twelve CMCARC members and four guests worked the station at Hereford Inlet. Thirteen CMCARC members and three guests
operated the station at Cape May. The Herford Inlet station utilized two Kenwood TS870 rigs, a rotatable 10-15-20 meter rotatable
dipole and an all band vertical. The vertical performed poorly and it was replaced by a G5RV. The Cape May station utilized an
Icom IC-7000, Kenwood TS-480 and a Yaesu FT-897D in conjunction with a G5RV Lite and an all band vertical. Performance by
the vertical at Cape May was also poor. It was replaced by a second G5RV Lite. Although the Hereford Inlet station logged all the
CMCARC international contacts, the Cape May station logged the most contacts overall.
As is usual the weekend produced camaraderie and fun for all. Unfortunately rain on Sunday afternoon brought the weekend
to an early close. We have already held after-action discussions and next year's event is being discussed.
Please find attached two pictures from the Hereford Inlet light and two from the Cape May light.
73 From The Cape May County Amateur Radio Club
Bill Cole, N2CSA, North Cape May, http://www.517thartillery.org
"Paddle faster, I hear Banjos!"
The Barrenjoey lighthouse, north of Sydney, was activated again by the Manly-Warringah Radio Society during ILLW 2010.
Operation was carried out during the day on Saturday and Sunday on the HF bands. On the Sunday, there was a flyby
by one of the club members. A great time was had by all. Here's the video I made about the event:
Cheers ... Gerard, VK2IO
Some feedback from IE0002. 11 members of Limerick Radio Club activated IE0002 Tarbert Island Lighthouse in Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Conditions on HF were very good with over 900 Q's being made in total and we got 2 of our newly licensed op's on air.
The weather at times was pretty wild, expecially when we were taking down our beam but we all thoroughly enjoyed it
and looking forward to next year!
Celebrating the centenary of Montedor Lighthouse a team of 4 Portuguese ham operators
(CT1DSV, CT1ENV, CT1ETE and CT1HXB) were active during the ILLW weekend.
We made around 800 QSOs, both in SSB and CW, and it was really fun to participate
in the event. QSL cards were already sent, so if you have contacted us you'll get yours one of these days.
Hope to meet you next year in another Portuguese lighthouse.
And from Spain:-
Lighthouse: Faro de Higuer ES0016
other: WE HAD PROBLEMS TO WERE ACTIVE BOTH DAYS.WE RUN ONLY ON SUNDAY.
THE RIG WAS YAESU FT 857D AND INVERTED V FOR 40 M AND VERTICAL FOR ALL BANDS.
I STARTED WORKING ON 30M WITH SEVERAL STATIONS BUT WITH MANY QSB AND QRM ON CW.
AFTER 1 HOUR CHANGED TO 40M SSB, VERY WELL TO EA STATIONS , DURING 4 HOURS WITH MANY QRM.
PASSED TO 20M CW AND 17 M CW AND WAS WELL WITH MANY JAPANESE HAMS , SEVERAL DX STATIONS , LOT OF QSOs.
EVENING WAS POOR WE HAD STORM , NO TX FOR 1 HOUR AND AFTER THIS QRN , QRM, BAD CONDITIONS.
THE GENERATOR WORKED WELL NO PROBLEMS WITH THE EQUIPMENT AND ANTENNAS.
THIS LIGHTHOUSE WERE POSSIBLE BY :
EA2SPS SANTI HEAD AND MANAGER , LOGISTICS
EA2CNN JOXE ELECTRICAL TECNICIAN
EA2FH JUAN MARI MECANICAL TECNICIAN
EA2JJ MARCI COOKER
F5VMN / EB2TT ETOR RADIO OPERATOR , TECNICIAN AND LOGISTICS
BEST REGARDS ED2SPS
Last Updated on Monday, 14 August 2011