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Keep an eye on this space for info on future lighthouse and island adventures. Now that the hot weather is here, it's fairly certain I won't be out on the road until Fall rolls around. I have a few new ones already lined up, so my first couple of outings should be interesting...or at least I hope so.   


Saturday, May 9, 2015:

Today was a three-for....IOTA, US-Islands and a lighthouse. It was back down to Maryland's Eastern Shore for the US-Island Award's One-Day Getaway to activate two of the three islands that comprise the Hooper Island chain. First up was Middle Hooper Island that counts for IOTA as NA-140 and US-I as MD-016S. I parked in my normal spot for this island and off-shore sits the Hooper Island Lighthouse and that is ARLHS USA-377. An early start provided an extended period on 40 meters and I had my best day on 40 in a quite a while...41 contacts in just under an hour. Things were looking good....or so I thought.

I moved up to 20 meters on schedule and almost immediately worked two stations in Europe, giving hope to an even better run here. After a few QSOs, I began to get reports my signal was breaking up. It finally got to the point that I had to pause for a few minutes as I checked all my cable connections to see if that was the problem. Apparently not, as the next station I worked had to ask for several repeats because of the break-ups. I hated to do it, but my only option now was to pack up and head home. There was no way I was going to spend the next five hours or more trying to work under these conditions.

I am truly disappointed my last op for the Spring Season had to turn out this way. I guess the good news is I now have all Summer to figure what went wrong and where. Once the weather here turns cool again, I'll be back at it, hopefully with a couple lights new to the WLOL.

See ya on the radio!      

Saturday, April 25, 2015:

I traveled east into Delaware this week to revisit two lights I did back in early 2008. They are about 25 miles apart, so it was going to be an easy two lighthouse activation.

It was chilly and overcast as I arrived near the original site of the BOMBAY HOOK LIGHTHOUSE, ARLHS USA-1011(H). I was early, so my start on 40 at 1220 UTC may have caught a few off guard. I did, however, remain on 40 until 1315 UTC and that netted me 16 contacts....a good start. The move to 20 provided me with a pretty good run, adding 59 more calls to my log. I pulled the plug at 1530 UTC to start the thirty minute drive down to the next light.

As promised, I started out on 40 at MAHON RIVER LIGHTHOUSE, ARLHS USA-464(H) at 1625 UTC and ran till 1700 UTC, making 11 contacts before moving to a very busy and crowded 20 meters. After searching for a clear spot, it was decided to move up to the 14325 area and that worked out fairly well. I stayed up there for about 90 minutes, then went down lower and made a few more contacts until it was time to make that 2-hour drive home, about 1910 UTC. I'd added 49 more to the log, for a total of 60 at this light. That total, coupled with the 75 QSOs made earlier, gave me a grand total of 135 contacts for 5 hours and 45 minutes of operation. 

Like I've mentioned earlier, now that the weather is getting warmer, its time for me to slow down a bit. I don't do heat well and already I've experienced some uncomfortable days in that truck seat. So, barring anything special that Dan/KD3CQ and I might cook up, this may be it until the Fall rolls around. Thank you all for the great support and encouragement. It means a great deal to me.  


Saturday, April 18, 2015:

This trip I headed north into Delaware to activate four range lights, including a recent addition to the ARLHS World List of Lights. I had good weather so I expected a fun day. What I did not expect was the $30.00 I had to pay in highway tolls and park entrance fees. Wow! Here's the rundown:

CHERRY ISLAND RANGE FRONT LIGHT, ARLHS USA-1149. 14 QSOs on 40 meters (1225-1300Z) and 23 on 20 meters (1305-1400Z) for a total of 37.

MARCUS HOOK RANGE FRONT LIGHT, ARLHS USA-1416. This was the first time on the air for this light. 40 meters netted 12 contacts (1410-1440Z) and 24 more were added on 20 (1445-1535Z) for a total of 36.

MARCUS HOOK RANGE REAR LIGHT, ARLHS USA-474. As the day goes on, 40 meters appears to become less effective with only 7 contacts from 1610Z to 1640Z. 20 meters wasn't so hot either with just 20 more added to my log (1643-1735Z) for a total of 27.

CHERRY ISLAND RANGE REAR LIGHT, ARLHS USA-165. This was the final light of the day and the trend on 40 continues with now just 5 callers being logged (1800-1825Z). 20 improved just a bit with 24 making it into the log (1825-1915Z) before calling it a day. The total here was 29. All told, 129 QSOs were made during the six hours I was on the air, with several callers working all four lights. Well done, ladies and gents.....and thank you for your support.


Saturday, April 4, 2015:

BAKER RANGE REAR LIGHTHOUSE, DE, ARLHS USA-029. 18 contacts on 40 meters (1220Z - 1330Z) and 31 on 20 (1335Z - 1435Z) for a total of 49 for the first light of the day.

BAKER RANGE FRONT LIGHTHOUSE, DE, ARLHS USA-1146(H) for the old light and ARLHS USA-1147 for the new light. Only 7 QSOs on 40 (1500Z - 1540Z) here and 26 on a noisey and crowded 20 meters (1600 - 1700Z). Total here was 33.

PORT PENN RANGE FRONT LIGHT, DE, ARLHS USA-1151(H). The number of contacts on 40 meters (1720Z - 1750Z) continued to drop, as only 6 made it into the log at this light and garnered 33 more on 20 (1755Z - 1900Z). The 39 here added to the other two lights, made it 121 contacts for the outing with quite a few of you guys working all four. Thanks for your support.



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 300 DXCC entities, 635 IOTA islands and 625 U.S. islands. My lighthouse collection has grown as well, with over 1,255 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 currently operate portable using a recently acquired Icom 7000 (replacing my venerable and ultra-reliable Kenwood TS-50/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 70 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, disintergrating in a huge fireball over the South 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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