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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Norfolk’s radio hams will be attempting to communicate from Happisburgh Lighthouse with fellow enthusiasts all over the world during the annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on August 18 and 19.
The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) will be running a special event station at the 222 year-old working lighthouse using the call sign GB0HL and visitors are invited in to the to watch them at work.
The annual event, which started in Scotland in 1993, now includes more than 450 lighthouses and lightships in at least 55 countries around the world.
The club will be running HF and VHF equipment, giving them the ability to contact other radio amateurs using a mixture of telephony and Morse code.
In previous years, the club has managed to contact radio hams across the globe, with the height of the lighthouse and its proximity to the sea helping to launch the radio signals into the ionosphere.
A special pictorial “QSL card” will also available to hams to commemorate each contact.
Steve Nichols, of NARC, said: “The objective of the weekend is to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, and at the same time promote amateur radio and foster international goodwill. Any visitors will be made more than welcome.”
The lighthouse will be open to visitors on the Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Visit happisburgh.org/lighthouse/open-days for details.