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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 and is organized by the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society, ARLHS, which was founded in 2000.
LV12, PA6FUN 2016
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.
Over the past 16 years there have been several changes to the main ILLW web site. The current site at ILLW.net has been listing your entries and feedback for over 10 years and it has accumulated a lot of history especially the annual feedback after each year's event. I have been told by Google that the previous site was not mobile friendly so to help those viewers with phones and tablets etc.this site has been upgraded.
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.