East Point Lighthouse Speaks To The World

East Point Lighthouse Speaks To The World

On August 18 members of the PEI Amateur Radio Group will set up antennas and radios at the East Point lighthouse. This temporary setup is to allow participation in the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) which takes place each year on the 3rd full weekend in August. This year over 500 lighthouses in over 40 countries will be on the air attempting to make as many contacts as possible during the 48 hour period commencing at 9PM on Friday, August 18.

The ILLW came into being in 1998 as the Scottish Northern Lights Award run by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group. Over the years it has evolved into one of the most popular international amateur radio events in existence probably because there are very few rules and it is not the usual contest type event. It’s just HAM’s 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 the Confederation Lighthouse. The lighthouse earned this distinction as it is the only surviving structure of two built in 1867.

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

Callsign – VY2PLH