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Please QSL ONLY via the address above with a Self Addressed STAMPED Envelope (S.A.S.E.). DX stations, an S.A.E with ONE greenstamp is fine or via the Buro.

FUTURE LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVATIONS

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RECENT LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVATIONS

Saturday, October 18, 2014: SHARPS ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE, ARLHS USA-751  while on Tilghman Island, Md., US-I MD-017S. Got there earlier than expected so spent extended time on 40m and made 28 contacts before moving up to a very crowded and chaotic 20m band. In just under 5 hours on the air I managed a total of 131 QSOs.

Saturday, October 11, 2014: SEVEN FOOT KNOLL LIGHTHOUSE - Historic, ARLHS USA-750(H). Made 52 contacts from near the original location of the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse at the entrance to the Patapsco River, south of Baltimore, MD.

Saturday, October 4, 2014:  SANDY POINT SHOAL LH, MD., ARLHS USA-733 and SANDY POINT LH, MD., ARLHS USA-1291 (H). Made 88 contacts today on 40 and 20 meters so it was a pretty good outing. This was probably the first time on the air for USA-1291(H).

Saturday, September 27, 2014:  DRUM POINT LH, MD., ARLHS USA-235. Only 34 contacts before experiencing rig woes. Sorry about that. We'll get it fixed and be back on the road soon.

 

My adventures in radio began in the late 1950's when I spent countless evenings shortwave listening in front of a Hallicrafters S-38E receiver (which I still have), later up-grading to the SX-110. Following high school graduation in 1962, I enlisted in the United States  Coast Guard and served ten years as a radioman (ZUT #1044) in such places as South Florida (NMA27, NOM), Washington, D.C. (NMH) and Honolulu, Hawaii (NRPY, NMO). I resumed SWLing for a time, but missed working CW so much I finally got my Novice ticket in October, 1989. My very first contact (on CW of course) was a DX station and I've been hunting DX ever since. Following my up-grade to General, I have added both island and lighthouse hunting as my primary interests.

My current equipment is rather modest; an Icom 756 PRO III running barefoot to a tower-mounted Cushcraft MA5B Mini-beam about 30-feet above ground. Formerly a victim of antenna restrictions, I have managed to do rather well over the years, having confirmed over 285 DXCC countries, 635 IOTA islands and 625 U.S. islands. My lighthouse collection has grown as well, with over 1,220 confirmed thus far.

I've done some island activating here along the East Coast for both IOTA and US-I over the years, but recently my focus has  centered on activating lighthouses for the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS Member # 278). On these outings, I operate portable using my venerable Kenwood TS-50S/AT with a Hustler mobile antenna system mounted on an Alpha-Delta Outpost tripod. This arrangement has worked out really well over the years, allowing me to make contacts with such far away places as Australia, South Africa and parts of Asia. To date, I have activated over 35 islands and 66 lighthouses ranging from Massachusetts to Virginia. At the 2009 ARLHS Convention, I was the proud recepient of the first ARLHS Activator of the Year Award.

 

A Rhode Island native, I now reside in Maryland, just west of Annapolis. In March 2006 I retired from Honeywell, the last of several aerospace contractors I worked for during my thirty-one years at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. My last position was as a Flight Operations Director for two earth-orbiting satellites: the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) and the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer/Earth Probe Satellite (TOMS/EP). The UARS spacecraft, placed in earth orbit from Space Shuttle Discovery in 1989, was turned off in mid December, 2005 after fourteen years of collecting critical scientific data pertaining to the Earth's atmosphere. The disabled spacecraft eventually returned to Earth and disintergrated in a huge fireball over the Pacific Ocean in late September, 2011.

 

Thanks for reading and I hope we meet soon on the air.

73, Jim UNQ

 

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