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International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend
Official Web Site
AN ANNUAL AMATEUR RADIO WEEKEND EVENT.
FOUNDED IN 1995 BY TWO MEMBERS OF THE AYR AMATEUR RADIO GROUP, (AARG), SCOTLAND,
AND HELD ON THE THIRD FULL WEEKEND IN AUGUST.
15-16 August 2015 - Duration 48 hours from 0001 UTC 15.8.2015
Year after - 20-21 August 2016
Welcome to the web site for the ILLW. This annual amateur radio event was started in Scotland by John Forsyth, GM4OOU, and the late Mike Dalrymple (GM4SUC), both members of Ayr Amateur Radio Group (AARG). Through the years the event has grown probably far beyond what John and Mike envisaged for it all those years ago. The fact that some 85 countries have been represented in this event since inception clearly shows that it is well on its way to becoming a premier event on the ham radio calendar.
The event evolved from the Scottish Northern Lighthouses Award Weekend a biennial event which was first held in 1993 and became the ILLW in 1998. For the history of the event see this page and here for the original ILLW web site and 1998 list by Bob Dixon, GM3ZDH. Over the years it has continued to grow and to date more than 450 lighthouses and Lightships in some 50 countries around the world are participating in the event each year.
The event is always held on the 3rd full weekend in August starting at 0001 UTC on Saturday and finishing at 2359 UTC on Sunday. It also coincides with the International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend an event organised by the Association of Lighthouse Keepers whereby many world lighthouses are open to the public for either the Saturday, Sunday or the whole weekend with tours, entertainment and functions for visitors. Please let them know if your lighthouse will be open to the public over the weekend and whether there are any special activities planned. Contact details are on the ALK web site.
On 7th August each year the United States of America celebrates its National Lighthouse Day the 200th anniversary of which took place on 7th August 1989. Full details and history can be found on the American Lighthouse Foundation web site here. This event again reinforces the importance of preserving the heritage of our historic navigation aids and the people who built and maintained them.
The basic objective of the event is to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, and at the same time to promote amateur radio and to foster International goodwill. Lighthouses are fast becoming an endagered species with the introduction of Global Positioning Systems and Satellite Navigation and the automation of the light source to solar power which has resulted in the withdrawal of mangement personnel (Keepers). It is hoped that this event will highlight this situation and help prevent further desecration of these magnificent structures all around the world.
So come and join us in the fun of the weekend, establish a station at a lighthouse, lightship or maritime beacon. The more the merrier. If you decide to join us in the fun just fill in the official online entry form with your details. This will enable other stations to be aware of who is participating in the event. You may also send you entry, or any questions regarding the rules, via the "Contact Us" link in the main menu.ILLW LOGO
The logo appearing at the top of the ILLW.net web pages is a registered Trade Mark. It may only be used with the approval of the owners of the Trade Mark. Generally speaking, the ILLW.net entrants may use the logo without express written permission on their web sites, QSL cards or certificates as this usage is within the spirit of the event and to its benefit. For other uses, contact the Trade Mark owner through the "Contact Us" link.
100 years of COMMONWEALTH MANAGEMENT OF AUSTRALIAN LIGHTHOUSES
On 1 July 1915 the commonwealth of Australia accepted responsibility for all coastal and offshore island lighthouses from State Governments. Today the Australian Maritime and Safety Authority (AMSA) is responsible for maintaining navigation aids at some 388 sites around the 59,735 kms of coastline. Australia Post is commemorating the centenary with the issue of a block of 4 stamps featuring 4 prominent lighthouses.
Cape Byron (1901) is situated on the mainland's most Easterly point and is the most visited Australian Lighthouse. (ILLW-0006)
Cape Leeuwin (1896) located on the continent's most South-West point is Western Australia's tallest Traditional Lighthouse. (ILLW-0008 operated this year by VK6CLL)
North Reef Lighthouse (1878) Built on a reef in the Capricorn Group off the Queensland coast. (Has never been in the ILLW).
Australia's most dramatic lighthouse location is Tasman Island, Tasmania (1906). The cast iron lighthouse was prefabricated in England and hauled piece by piece up the precipitous 250 metre high cliffs before being assembled. (ILLW-0101).
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
The Management Team of the ILLW, would like to thank all entrants for their loyalty and support of this web site and the fact that they have lodged entries via the official online entry form. We hope you have a very enjoyable weekend and we look forward to your participation next year.
It has come to our notice that there is confusing information on certain other web sites relating to the timing and duration of a similarly titled event. The ILLW is and always has been held on the third full weekend in August since inception in 1995. It is NOT a contest nor does it run for a week. If you have received email soliciting your participation in an week long contest purporting to be the ILLW, please be advised that it did not originate from the Management Team or anyone associated with the ILLW. Some of these other web sites are also claiming that another amateur radio organisation combined with the Ayr Group to create the ILLW. This is also untrue as the Ayr Group is not and never has been associated with any other group. Please see the page on this site regarding the history of the ILLW.
THE ILLW MANAGEMENT TEAM
Event Organizer and Webmaster: Kevin VK2CE
Lighthouse List Manager: Ted W8TTS
Publicity: Jim VK3PC
Google Earth file creator: Kenneth M1DZT
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These words cast in bronze near the entrance to the Buffalo NY Coast Guard Base.
“The lighthouse and lightship appeal to the interest and better instinct of man because they are symbolic of never-ceasing watchfulness, of steadfast endurance in every exposure, of widespread helpfulness. The building and keeping of the lights is a picturesque and humanitarian work of the nation.”
George R. Putnam, former US Commissioner of Lighthouses. 1910-1935
The ILLW logo photo was donated by Gary Martin Photography and is reproduced on this web site with his permission. His web site is definitely worth a visit.