The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW) is an annual event held on the third full weekend of August each year. The event was the brainchild of John Forsyth and Mike Dalrymple who were both members of the Ayr Amateur Radio Group in Scotland.
The event, which started in 1998, has now developed into an international gathering of amateur radio operators from an estimated 95 countries.
The event runs from 00.01 UTC 17th August to 2400 UTC 18th August 2019 (48 hours)
The ILLW website can be found HERE.
As of today's date, July 25th, we only have 11 Canadian Lighthouses scheduled to be on the air. There is not a single west coast lighthouse on the list, not one VE7. Surely we can do better than 11 lighthouses on the air that weekend......we have three coastlines that have many lighthouses that can be put on the air, as well as the great lakes. Come on BC, start planning a few activations.
I will be on the air this year as VE3UCC, operating from Nine Mile Point Lighthouse on Simcoe Island at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. The light is 40' high and was built between 1830 and 1860 and is still an active light.