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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.

2015: Plan is to sail to Orkney (will take about 6 days to get there, via Mull of Kintyre, Western Isles, Cape Wrath, Pentland Firth), and activate two close lighthouses Hoy High and Hoy Low lights on Graemsay island. We might also activate Calf of Cava if time and weather allows. Hoping to be there from Friday night UTC until Sunday late, then heading south via Caledonian Canal.

 

2014: Activated Little Cumbrae Lights. There are three lights, UK172, UK173, UK174. The operation counted for all three. Scroll down for an image of these lights. We went there the previous year, but high winds made it impossible to continue and so we abandoned our anchorage Saturday morning.  Using the club call of the GMDX group, GA8VL/mm (maritime mobile). We went on for the following week or so activating several other lights.

Approaching Skerryvore Lighthouse

Approaching Skerryvore Lighthouse for ILLW 2011.

On

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. We returned in 2014 having had to abandon in 2013 due to a storm.

 

Operating from home station.

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