The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is on a little over a week away and the prestigious 400th registration goes to the Queenscliff White Lighthouse at the heads of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, Australia.
Joe Gonzales VK3YSP and his wife Julie VK3FOWL will be there like in previous years, and last year reported contacting many others including 38 lighthouses.
Support has come from the Queenscliff Borough Council that made a site visit, and the Wireless Institute of Australia ‘Calling CQ’ brochures helped keep the inquiring public informed.
Joe and Julie says they would not miss the opportunity of being at the Queenscliff White Lighthouse again, and are very honoured at being its 400th registration for 2016.
There are nearly 60 registrations around Australia’s coast, just behind Germany 65, the USA 56 and England 30.
The worldwide fun-event event began in 1993 when the AYR Amateur Radio Group in Scotland decided to activate a lighthouse, the idea caught on and it soon became an international event.
The theme is to promote lighthouses through Amateur Radio and hopefully have these structure preserved for future generations. Organisers expect there will be more than 500 registrations from about 50 countries this year.
To check out all registrations of marine structures, see past reports and perhaps register one yourself on the weekend of August 20 and 21, follow the simple guidelines on the website illw.net
Jim Linton VK3PC