Tuesday, 18 August 2015

18th International Lighhouse & Lighships Weekend 15th/16th August 2015

Once again The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group (SEARG) had the great pleasure of activating EI2WRC/P at Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford Ref # IE0003 for the 18th International Lighthouse & Lightship weekend which took place over the 15th & 16th August

Hook Lighthouse is the World’s oldest intact working lighthouse and is situated at the tip of the Hook peninsula in County Wexford, in the southeast of Ireland. More details can be found at http://hookheritage.ie/

Last year we operated from inside the watchtower, however  this year because of our increased number of operators, we decided to operate just outside the lighthouse property so as not to disrupt the visitors centre at the lighthouse.(also for safety)

David EI6GVB landed at the lighthouse with his caravan on Friday night. He got the radio and main antenna set up and was testing on air a short time after, ALL stations were running on battery power only with some solar panels that were trickle charging the night battery which ran the lights in the caravan. Alan EI3HDB was the next in site at around 9:00am, during the day more operators from SEARG arrived, Martin, Sean, Eoghan, Kieran, Eamonn, John, Mark and some family members all joined the team throughout the day. Band conditions were variable with 40m being the band seeing the most activity at first and 20m a little later on.

We had 3 stations on air, the main station was the caravan which had a Yaesu FT897 and nested dipole, next we had the 2m station a Yaesu FT857D which worked mostly local stations (EI) then we had the outside tent station (Mark EI7IS) with his battery powered FT897 and buddypole which Mark done some CW with during
the weekend

We had contacts from far and wide and wish to thank everyone who took the time to call our station it was a pleasure to work you all. All going well, we hope to activate the Hook lighthouse next year again, not only is it a fantastic location, but also a very historic one also, it being the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the World.


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