ILLW registrations roll in

The 20th year of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend will be in August and so far it has 240 registrations with organisers ready for many more in the coming weeks.

In the lead for the premier fun-event is Germany on 48, followed by Australia 35, the USA 30, then comes England, The Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa and Sweden.

A new country is Serbia, where Alex YU1CA is at the Tamis River West Lighthouse overlooking the Danube River.

The Norwegian Radio Relay League club social weekend has the Lista Lighthouse LI5TA activation, while for Finland’s centenary of independence there’s OH1AM at the Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse.

Others registrations come from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Switzerland and Wales.

Simple guidelines apply to the portable use of Amateur Radio from and immediately nearby historic lighthouses and lightships.

For all registrations on the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend August 19 and 20, along with past reports and general information, visit the website.

Jim Linton VK3PC


ILLW is 10 weeks away

The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend will celebrate its 20 th year this August.


Mayne Island, British Columbia


In West Malaysia, the Borneo Amateur Radio Club has Tinagat Lighthouse for its first time in the premier fun event and will sign 9M6SDX .

There are nearly 200 entries with Germany leading on 40, then Australia 25 and the USA 20.

The 30 countries so far including strong registrations from Canada, Holland and Sweden.

To register, see past reports or read the simple guidelines for the weekend of August 19 and 20, check out the dedicated website

Jim Linton VK3PC

ILLW a stand out on the calendar

(Editors note:  Just curious, do we have any lighthouses out here on the west coast that could be entered into this event for 2016? Before you ask, the lighthouse is on Mayne Island)
The premiere event, the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend already has 75 registrations from 20 countries, each eager to be part of this annual portable activity.The basic aims are to promote the heritage of navigation that kept seafarers safe, and expose modern Amateur Radio to the wider general community.

On August 20-21, a large number head for lighthouses, lightships and marine navigation beacons, using portable Amateur Radio to put them on air.

Whether you’re in the Americas, Australasia, Europe, South Africa or Asia, there will be plenty of action.

There were about 500 in nearly 50 countries this year, and it seems likely to be repeated in the 2016 event in August.

To see the registrations so far, perhaps make one yourself, read past reports, or the easy guidelines, visit the dedicated website

Jim Linton VK3PC