International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend – ILLW
3rd Full Weekend in August since 1998
00.01UTC 18 August to 2400UTC 19 August 2018 (48 hours)
For some reason or other August seems to have become the international weekend for lighthouses. Countries all over the world have become involved in one for or another of lighthouse activity. Some years ago the United States Congress declared August 7th as their National Lighthouse Day and during that first week in August amateur radio operators in America set up portable stations at lighthouses and endeavour to make contact with each other. This event is known as the US National Lighthouse Week.
In Britain the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, conducts International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend on the 3rd full weekend in August. Their objective is to encourage Lighthouse managers, keepers and owners to open their lighthouse or lightstation and related visitors centres to the public with a view to raising the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids, and preserving our maritime heritage.
More on: https://illw.net/
From Central Adriatic sea and only in CW mode our friend OM Dom c/s I6HWD will be active from San Benedetto del Tronto Lighthouse and below his QSL card.
our friend and colleague Mike GLOISTEIN is on board I/B James Clark Ross for summer scientific campaign in Arctic waters, often active on HF bands, today PSN 76°N 26°E. When active Mike sends spots on DX Cluster.
Below some datails:
The RRS James Clark Ross departed Tromso, Norway, on the morning of Tuesday 10th July and has headed north for the final section of the Arctic summer on cruise JR17007.
Now the ship is outside of the communications satellite and so there will be no further updates.
The ultimate goal of the Changing Arctic Ocean programme is to generate a better understanding of the Arctic so computer models can more accurately predict future change to the environment and the ecosystem. Within the programme there are 16 projects with more than 170 scientists combined, from 32 German and UK research institutes. The programme’s scientists are working closely with Arctic teams in 15 other countries, particularly Norway, Canada and South Korea, to meet the programme’s objectives. The outcomes of the programme will contribute to improving predictions of change in the Arctic of benefit to decision making at levels ranging from indigenous populations to international policy.
more info on: www.gm0hcq.com
73’s es GW
in the August start the expedition to North Pole from a ARMI member (IU5KUH) with her sailing ship MELORIA (or another sailing ship) from WAF (World Arctic Fund) a ONG from Berlin (Germany).
ARMI are the sponsor for this activation. Simone, IU5KUH will be operative in 20, 30, 40 meter in SSB, CW and PSK.
The special call-sign is II0PN (INDIA INDIA ZERO PAPA NOVEMBER) and trasmitting from maritime mobile with ICOM IC 7300, tuner AH-4 and a vertical TAGRA nautical antenna.
He will be in the Arctic area for the entire month of August and will begin his return in early September, touching the island of the Bears, the port of Oslo (Norway) and finally Rostok in Germany (ports may vary depending on the weather situation ).
I’m attaching an information in PDF from the “Bollettino dei Marinai” the official journal of ARMI.
We are preparing a web page on our site, where you will enter all the information to connect Simone and a guest book where all those who will connect Simone can post a personal message !!
At the end of the mission, a special QSL will be prepared which will be sent to all those who request it.
This activity is part of the project “90th anniversary of the expedition of Umberto Nobile with the Airship Italy” and the call-sign is “II0PN/mm” has been included among the many special stations that can be connected to receive the awards.
I kindly ask you to inform all your members about this activity! I also ask you to communicate with Simone because from those latitudes it is difficult to use other communication systems other than shortwave radio.
Simone will always be in radio contact and will be available to any amateur radio operator. Please communicate to all your members,
any communication intercepted or communicated by Simone to send it via email to this address firstname.lastname@example.org or to write it in the logbook on the website of our ARMI website (page II0PN/mm).
It is very important to know the position of the ship and any information that Simone can communicate with the OMs.
Turn this information on, if you can, in the forums or in the radio amateur newspapers!
Thank you and I remain at your disposal for any information you want to receive!
A cordial greeting and see you soon!
The pdf.file: POLAR EXPEDITION
Alberto Mattei, IT9MRM – W9MRM
https://www.afcea.org June 1, 2018