East Point Light­house reach­ing out to the world

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Mem­bers of the P.E.I. Am­a­teur Ra­dio Group will try to tap into light­houses around the world.

An­ten­nas and ra­dios will be set up at the East Point Light­house on Aug. 18 for the an­nual In­ter­na­tional Light­house Light­ship Week­end (ILLW).

This year, over 500 light­houses in more than 40 coun­tries will be on the air at­tempt­ing to make as many contacts as pos­si­ble dur­ing the 48-hour pe­riod start­ing at 9 p.m.

The ILLW was estab­lished in 1998 as the Scot­tish North­ern Lights Award run by the Ayr Am­a­teur Ra­dio Group and has evolved into one of the most pop­u­lar in­ter­na­tional am­a­teur ra­dio events.

There are very few rules, and it is not the usual con­test type event. It is sim­ply ham op­er­a­tors at light­houses try­ing to make as many contacts as pos­si­ble. This year the participation of the East Point light­house in the ILLW is par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant as it has been des­ig­nated as the Con­fed­er­a­tion Light­house. The light­house earned this dis­tinc­tion for being the only sur­viv­ing struc­ture of two built in 1867.

The pub­lic is invited to at­tend and at­tempt a ra­dio con­tact un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a li­censed am­a­teur.

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