The General Public is invited to join us at the 18th Annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) from the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse at the Gasparilla Island State Park. The event will be held for 48 hours from 0001 UTC August 15th, 2014
We will be making as many radio contacts around the world to other lighthouses and lightships as possible over the 48 hours. Most system will be operating on portable power and mobile radio configurations.
This annual amateur radio event, called International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW), coincides with the International Lighthouse Weekend an event organized by the Association of Lighthouse Keepers. Many world lighthouses and lightships are open, and Lighthouse # US0004 at Boca Grande is participating again this year.
FMARC Special event call sign is: W4LX
PURPOSE: According to the international event organizers, 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. We wish operators to enjoy themselves and have fun whilst making contact with as many amateur radio stations as possible.
Ham radio operators, including FMARC President Tom Muye, Club Secretary Brittany McDonald and other members from the Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club along with Larry Zimmer and members of the Lee County ALERT team, will operate from Gasparilla Island State Park - Lighthouse US0004 starting at 7PM EST on Friday August 15th until Sunday 7PM.
That will be 48 hours non-stop operation on HF SSB, CW or digital modes. Please visit the Boca Grande Lighthouse at the Gasparilla Island State Park and learn how ham radio operators are communicating with lightships and lighthouses around the world. The General Public can witness the beauty of the lighthouse and are welcome to experience first hand Ham Radio and talk around the world.
Over the years The event continues 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 Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club and its sister ALERT Team are proud to be a part of this international event. Please visit the ILLW official website for more information: http://illw.net/ (Note, this event is not a Amateur Radio Contest)