20100821 - International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend

posted 15 Apr 2011, 00:38 by Domain Administrator
HARG recently participated in the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) activating the North Mole Light House in Fremantle AU0073. Richard VK6BMW made his camper van available for use as the radio room. This also doubled as the kitchen with Richard's cooking setting off the smoke alarm during a pile-up on 40 metres. The station's main antenna was a 9 metre long squid pole with an SCG auto tuner at the base. Radials were run over nearby rocks with one bared and thrown into the sea.

This proved to be an excellent set up with strong signal reports received from Europe on 20 metres and the USA on 40 metres. Power was provided by a number of solar cells and heavy duty batteries; the sun stayed out long enough to ensure a full charge. The Group also had a visitor from the USA call past, Barry WD4MSM, who jumped at the opportunity to have a go on the microphone making many overseas contacts.