ILLW 2019 Final Countdown

ILLW 2019 Final Countdown

Two weeks to go with 335 registrations received, organisers are expecting another 100 over the next 14 days.

Leading the field is Germany with 53 entries, USA with 48, Australia 39 and England 24. Just as important are the 17 countries with only one entry each some of which are sought after by DXers and award hunters. Some are the Canary Islands, Gibraltar, Panama Canal, Namibia, Latvia, Trinidad and Tobago, Serbia and Market Reef.

One entry worthy of note which was received today from GB2LG, the Wigtownshire ARC, for the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse. This club was a participant in the Northern Lighthouse Activity award 26 years ago and which became the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend in 1998.

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Fundraising Amateur Radio Event

On Saturday 7th September 2019, Newton le Willows Amateur Radio Club (MX0NRC) will be holding a sponsored radio day.

The group are trying to raise funds for Elliot - a local 15-month-old child who suffers from many complex conditions.

We will be operating a variety of modes and bands from 10:30am to approximately 17:00.

We are not asking for donations, but would appreciate any contacts during our 'on the air' time.

Visitors to the station are welcome, we will have tea/coffee available, and possibly some biscuits as well.

All proceeds will go to help Elliot and his family.

Newton le Willows Amateur Radio Club -

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend Approaches 300 Entries

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend Approaches 300 Entries

Entries for the 2019 International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend are nearing the 300 mark with recent rarer entries from Serbia, Malaysia, Cuba, Hawaii, Market Reef and Mexico.

One lighthouse having its first activation in the event is in Bass Strait, Australia, and is situated on Deal Island. This body of water is between the Australian mainland and Tasmania and is notoriously dangerous for shipping.

Glenn, VK3ILH, is putting a small team together to travel to the island by boat at a cost of around $800 per head including food and accommodation. The activation will of course, be highly weather dependent.

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