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After the original lighthouse at the Mole was washed away in a storm it was built up at the present position andconsisted of an 11m high stone tower, which was completed in 1902. Eight years later the lighthouse was extended and now stands 28m tall.


The town of Swakopmundwas founded by the Germans in 1892 as the seaport of their colony, the better harbor of Walvis Bay being in British hands. It is a port no longer; today the town, with its turn-of-the-century German architecture, is a popular seaside resort. The keeper's house includes a café and a small museum devoted to the history of the town and the lighthouse. Located on Dr. Ludwig Koch Street, near the beach in downtown Swakopmund, about 40 km (25 mi) north of Walvis Bay. Site and keeper's house open daily, tower closed. ARLHS NAM-004; Admiralty D5510; NGA 25752.


This tower is a perfect place to install antennas at the top and rigs in the store room at the bottom.


Since many years we are regularly activating the lighthouse at the International Lighthouse and Lightship event with the modesSSB, CW, EchoLink, WSPR , RTTY, Packet, PSK31, SSTV.


Inside the bottom store room you see the operators in action.



Technical details of lighthouse:

Structure: 28 metres cylindrical masonry tower painted with red and white bands
Description: Situated in the oasis on the edge of the desert stands Swakopmund lighthouse in the Town of Swakopmund in Namibia. This lighthouse was only a third of its present height and was extended as the town expanded as it was not visible to passing maritime traffic. The original light was replaced by an acetylene gas twin mantle changeover system in 1924. A new lantern house and a rotating light were installed during 1982 and a stainless steel weather vane and cock was erected during March 1983.
The light was converted to electric mains during 1980. This increased intensity of the light from 21 000 candelas to 57 800 candelas and now has a range of 18 nautical miles. The cost of the original installation is estimated at R43 585, this figure from material printed in 1991
Light Description:  
Type: sealed revolving beam
Character: 2 flashes every 10 seconds
Range: 18 sea miles
Luminosity: 57800 cd
Height over ground: 28m
Height of focal plane above sea level: 35m
Location: Swakopmund, Mouth of Swakop River, 22°41' S, 14°32' E, Grid Locator:JG77gh


360° view from the top of the lighthouse.

To get more information visit our homepage at http://www.nam-arc.org.


TNX for the visit

Best 73



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