East Point Lighthouse reaching out to the world
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.