The ILLW celebrates its 25th anniversary | Southgate Amateur Radio News



This year 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of this popular event. Several suggestions were received as to how this milestone could be celebrated, but after careful consideration, it was decided that instead of celebrating the event, we would dedicate it to the people of Ukraine, those who lost their lives and loved ones in the hands of those who seek power and destruction. When August arrives, it is hoped that the bloodshed will have stopped and the Ukrainian people can begin to rebuild their lives and their country.

Belosaray Light, Mariupol, Ukraine

23 years ago, two members of Ayr ARC in Scotland started the Northern Lights award which quickly grew into International Lighthouse-Lighthouse Weekend in 1998. Since then it has grown to become a top event in the amateur radio calendar. Its success is due to the fact that it has few rules, it is free and it is not a contest but a fun weekend. In 2014, the highest number of registered lighthouses was 544 in 56 countries around the world. One of the founders, Mike Dalrymple, GM4SUC, died in December 2005 and the other, John Forsythe, was not involved after the first few years. I created the website in 2000 and with the help of Ted, W8TTS, we created a list of eligible lighthouses and a list of entries for each year’s event as well as an online entry form.

No doubt the internet would become the backbone of the event. There are quite a few participants who have been participating for many years, some since the first year in 1998. Many go to great lengths and expense to set up temporary stations in order to participate. The response to this fun weekend has been pretty amazing. The last 2 years have been affected to some degree by the Covid pandemic, but hopefully the numbers will be back to normal this year. So far, just over 100 entries have been received.

Keep the flame and stay safe,

Kevin vk2ce and Ted w8tts

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