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Keep an eye on this space for announcements of future lighthouse and/or island activations.


Saturday, January 31, 2015:

JONES POINT LIGHTHOUSE, VA, ARLHS USA-409 and FORT WASHINGTON LIGHTHOUSE, MD, ARLHS USA-302. It was a clear but fridged morning as I got on the air from the Jones Pt LH, VA, just south of D.C. along the Potomac River. Forty meters yielded 17 QSOs in an hours time, then I moved up to a somewhat noisey 20 meters and had to work hard to garner another 57 contacts before having to move back across the river to MD and the Fort Washington Light. A thirty minute stint on 40 netted 13 calls prior to my move up to 20. This band seemed to be in a bit better shape than this morning and an additional 79 QSOs were entered into my log before heading home. This included a few calls from Italy and Germany and one from Brazil. Two lights, 5.5 hours on the air and 166 total contacts: a good way to end the month.


Saturday, January 17, 2015:

HOOPER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE, ARLHS USA-377. I drove down to Middle Hooper Island on Maryland's Eastern Shore to activate the off-shore lighthouse. The added attraction of an IOTA number (NA-140) and a US-Island Award number (MD-016S) certainly added to the attraction and I made 196 contacts during my four hour stint....15 on 40 meters and all the rest on 20. It was also good to finally hear some DX again and I managed to work 36 stations representing 13 DXCC entities, including a VK8! A great way to start the year.


Saturday, December 20, 2014:

LAZARETTO POINT LIGHTHOUSE, ARLHS USA-431 in Baltimore, MD. It was a rough go, listening wise, as there was an extremely high noise level at my operating point near the lighthouse. I did, however, manage to make 75 contacts during the three hours of operation so I hope we got the Christmas Lights QSO Party off to a good start. 


Saturday, November 8, 2014:

L/V OVERFALLS, ARLHS USA-573 and DELAWARE BREAKWATER RANGE REAR LIGHT, ARLHS USA-1013, in Lewes, Delaware. (This second light is also known as "The Green Hill Light".) Got off to a bad start when rig wouldn't load on 40. My first trip with new acquisition, an IC-7000, and gonna have to look into why RF is getting into the rig. I moved up to 20 meters and stayed there the entire day, accumulating 111 contacts: 74 at USA-573 and 37 at USA-1013. 


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 1,240 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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