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Special prefix MA in use for 2014 only, celebrating "Homecoming Scotland".

For details of  prizes for working GA, MA, 2A prefixes, see here..

Operates mainly on 6m and 80m but also maritime mobile on all bands. Originally from New Zealand, has also lived in Western Australia, and Iceland (TF3XXT). Current Equipment: @Home: Icom IC756 P3. Acom 1000; Antennas.. 80m 1/4 wave vert; 40m 1/2 w vert, Other HF butternut. When sailing (/mm) 100W from an FT857 to tuner and backstay antenna of a 10m yacht. Often found sailing the west coast of Scotland.

Lighthouses:

The past few years I have sailed to isolated rock mounted lighthouses and activated them for ILLW.

2014: This year activating Little Cumbrae Lights. There are three lights, UK172, UK173, UK174. The operation will count for all three. Scroll down for an image of these lights. We went there last year, but high winds made it impossible to continue and so we abandoned our anchorage Saturday morning. This year GM3PPE will be co-operator, and we expect both SSB and CW operation. We hope to be on station Friday night, and start operating from early Saturday, ending Sunday afternoon.

We will use the club call of the GMDX group, GA8VL/mm (maritime mobile).

Approaching Skerryvore Lighthouse

Approaching Skerryvore Lighthouse for ILLW 2011.

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On Yacht "Contender" anchored next to a lighthouse.

 

 

Lismore Lighthouse. Have operated from here during lighthouse weekend 2009, 2010

 

 

Rubha Nan Gall Lighthouse.

 

Ardtornish Lighthouse. In the sound of Mull, this carries a brass plaque and admiralty number, qualifying as a lighthouse.

Activated this 2010, 2011.

 

In 2012 we attempted Dubh Artach Lighthouse, but wave height prohibited this, so second choice was Ruvaal Light on island of Islay.

Above: Operating from alongside Ruvaal Lighthouse, UK168

Above: closer view of Ruvaal

 

Overnighted at Colonsay Island tied alongside other boats in the tiny harbour. No room to anchor. Contender is the boat to right.

above: Off St Kilda the week before Lighthouse weekend. St Kilda is in the Atlantic west of Scotland.

above@ on way back from St Kilda, in Sound of Barra - dolphins playing alongside us.

Now, where is home?

Contesting is another interest. Here's CPSARC entry to IOTA 2012 as GM2T (see that here on QRZ too)

And here's same contest group as MM0CPS/P at VHF Field Day

 

Here's the 2013 ILLW lighthouse we went to. Its on the island of Little Cumbrae.

 

Operating from home station.

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