Swallowtail Lighthouse on Grand Manan Island is on the air for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) on Friday to Sunday, August 20 to 22, 2021.
"The International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, ILLW, came into being in 1998 as the Scottish Northern Lights Award run by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group. The history of this event can be found on the ILLW.net web site. The ILLW usually takes place on the 3rd full weekend in August each year and attracts over 500 lighthouse entries located in over 40 countries. It is 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 is also free and there are no prizes for contacting large numbers of other stations. There is little doubt that the month of August has become "Lighthouse Month" due largely to the popularity and growth of the ILLW." (from the ILLW).
The official event runs from 00.01UTC 21 August 2021 to 2400UTC 22 August 2021 (48 hours) but since it is not a contest, operation could be any time from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. All bands from 80 m to 70 cm will be in use. Since part of the fun is to contact other lightships and lighthouses around the world, most of the CQ calls will be made on 20m.
We'll be monitoring VHF radio on the VE9GMI repeater at all times, so anyone who want to try an HF or VHF contact can call on the IRG South West Zone at any time and we'll try to make a contact on whatever band or mode we might be able to try.
Remember, the ILLW is a fun event to promote lighthouses and amateur radio, it is not a contest, so don't expect any awards or certificates for your contact. You will be able to download a card at e-QSL at a later date if you so wish.
For those who are collecting information for their logs, here are the vital statistics:
|e-QSL call sign contact:||VE9SLH|
|IOTA Number and link to IOTA info||NA-014 IOTA Link|
|Co-ordinates||FN64ps 44.764, -66.732|
|Time Zone||Atlantic Daylight Time (UTC-3)|
|Postal Address||VE9SLH, 50 Lighthouse Road, Grand Manan, NB, E5G 2A2 (Canada)|
|Operators:||Sterling (VE9SK) and Rick (VE9MTB)|
If you are on the Island during the weekend, drop in and say hello, you'll find the operation in the "bell house" right next to the fog horn (far left in picture above). Beware of that foghorn if you come on a misty day!
We want to express great appreciation to the Swallowtail Keepers Society and the Village of Grand Manan for their co-operation and patience with our visit, and thanks to VE9SK (Sterling) for use of the VE9SLH call.
To find out more about Swallowtail light:
Swallowtail Keepers Society:
More history and images of Swallowtail Lighthouse: