2018-08-17 / Community News

Wireless Society to celebrate Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend

The Wireless Society of Southern Maine, a ham radio club based in Scarborough, will join other amateur radio operators from around the world in celebrating International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, on Aug. 18-19.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days, local hams will attempt two-way communications with other lighthouses and lightships, as well as other hams, from the Spring Point Ledge Light, in South Portland. The international event, which sees over 500 lighthouses and lightships activated in over 40 countries, helps promote the preservation of lighthouses and lightships, and at the same time give the community an opportunity to experience amateur radio.

The Wireless Society of Southern Maine, founded in 2010, has participated since 2011, activating several lighthouses along the Maine coast and Canada. Past activations have included Pemaquid Point Light, Portland Head Light, West Quoddy Head Light, Cape Neddick “Nubble” Light and Seguin Island Light, among others.

Former club president Thom Watson, in a written statement, said, “The Wireless Society of Southern Maine and The Spring Point Ledge Light Trust, are excited for the opportunity to promote this historic light. It’s always fun to participate in ILLW, as it allows us to show off what we’re capable, setting up and operating with portable antennas and battery power, and at the same time raise awareness about preserving historic lighthouses and lightships.”

For more information about amateur radio and the ILLW event, visit www.ws1sm.com.

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