Since 2003, the Society has participated in International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, an event that aims to raise awareness of the history and importance of lighthouses and lightships in our lives.
Thanks to the invaluable assistance of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Society is able to set up a temporary shortwave radio station at Barrenjoey Lighthouse for the event.
This beautiful and historic lighthouse, designated AU0046 for the event, is located at Barrenjoey Head, just north of Palm Beach on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, New South Wales in Australia.
The aim is to make radio contact with as many similar radio stations around the world. This year, about 389 lighthouses and lightships will be on air, including 52 in Australia.
How many stations we contact depends on many factors, especially the ionosphere! Our current radio contact record is over 300 stations (many at lighthouses) on every continent except Australia.
The station, VK2MB/LH will be on air from mid-morning on Saturday 19 August 2017 until early or mid-afternoon on Sunday the 20th.
- Videos of our previous lighthouse operations from the Society’s YouTube channel
- International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend official web site
- Press coverage
- Lighthouse station to make radio waves around the world as part of international event (Daily Telegraph)
- Radio enthusiasts to broadcast from Barrenjoey Lighthouse (Daily Telegraph)
- International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend- 2013 at Barrenjoey (Pittwater Online News)
Resources for next time:
- Tidal times for Palm Beach – anything above about 1.6m will cut off your access to the path up to the headland, unless you bring your wellies or don’t mind getting your feet wet 🙂