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ILLW – What Is It and How Is This Related To Ham Radio?

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Way back in the 90′s two ham radio operators, Mke Dalrymple (GM4SUC) and K2JXW of the ARLHS organization formed the ILLW. Back then, it was a single day event.

Fire Island Lighthouse

Today, August 1st through August 9th is officially called the International Lighthouse and Lightship Week.

The ARLHS (Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society) based out of Merchantville, New Jersey,  have an extensive Web site dedicated to the connection between Amateur Radio and Lighthouses.

“Congress designated National Lighthouse Day on Aug. 7, 1989, marking the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Lighthouse Act and the commissioning of the first Federal lighthouse in the United States. The purpose was to  provide recognition for the important role which lighthouses played in the history of our country, and the values of safety, heroism, and American ingenuity which they represent, as well as honoring and encouraging continued restoration efforts for existing lighthouses, many of which had fallen into disrepair.”

ILLW was created to to raise public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and to publicize the historical nature of light keepers and their dedication to maritime safety.”

Raising public awareness and the need to preserve lighthouses as historical monuments, promoting the spirit of amateur radio and fostering International good will is what ILLW is really all about.

ILLW, along with other organizations sponsor August’s week of operating radio from Lighthouses and Lightships from around the world. For those who may be interested, becoming an ILLW member is 100% free.

There are two ways you can participate in ILLW.

The Special Event:

The special event is not a contest. As a result, there are no operating restrictions. The purpose of the special event is to have fun and to take the time to work the young ham, slower paced operators, and QRP stations. On the air activities do not have to take place on Lighthouse grounds but have to be in visual contact with an approved lighthouse to keep with the spirit of the event.

The ILLW QSO Party:

The QSO party has rules and restrictions but also offers a way for  active ham radio clubs and groups to compete for fun and prizes. Check out all of the contest details here.

With so many lighthouses on Long Island, it’s an event some members of my club, SCRC, now plan to be part of this year.

Other Lighthouse sites to visit:

The Lighthouse Directory

Legendary Lighthouses

U.S. Lighthouses

LighthouseFriends.com

Q&A:

Have you participated with an ILLW event in the past?

What is you opinion about preserving historical lighthouses?

Have you visited a lighthouse or light ship and what was your experience?

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Cooler Master SNA 95-Worlds smallest 95W adapter

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Cooler Master SNA 95 is designed based on the simple notion to provide Total Power Solution not only for laptop users, but most kind of USB charged electronic devices.


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Robot Communicates With Just Eyes

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Faces are very complex and hard to effectively duplicate, as weve seen over and over. Really, at this stage in robotics development, the best idea is to just ditch the human face all together and focus on specific features which communicate information.

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A Classical Home Theater

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The owner of this wonderful spent his life playing classical music. He is also a very successful software developer. He decided that he wanted a high tech home theater that tailored to his musical side.


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DX Activities Abound at ARRL EXPO and National Convention

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ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, reports that plans for a plethora of DX activities at the ARRL EXPO -- part of the 2009 ARRL National Convention at the Dayton Hamvention -- are wrapping up. "We are excited about the activities that will be taking place," he said. "Visitors to the EXPO will see a lot of activities relating to DX, including an expanded International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) area." The National Convention will take place May 15-17 at Hara Arena, located near Dayton, Ohio.

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Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB Named 2009 YHOTY:

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"Wow! Oh, my God. All my friends here at Seabase are going to be really impressed. Oh, my God!" And, that's how it sounded when we caught up with Andrew Koenig, call letters KE5GDB, by cellphone at the Boy Scouts of America Seabase in Key West, Florida, where he had just arrived with members of Troop 848 from Houston for a week of scuba diving adventures. The Life Scout, who is just shy of his 16th birthday, is working to earn the Eagle rank and was ecstatic to learn he had been chosen for special recognition by the Amateur Radio Newsline. Before telling him he had been selected as the Young Ham of the Year, we asked Andrew how he might feel if he were to receive such an award. He said it would be a nice honor to share with his mentors, including his award nominator Nick Lance, call letters KC5KBO, who has helped several NASA astronauts earn their ham tickets.

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Google launches Measurement Lab to monitor the tubes, expose meddling

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Theres not exactly a lack of internet measurement tools out there, but theres none quite as ambitious as the new Measurement Lab (or M-Lab) just launched by Google, along with a little help from the New America Foundations Open Technology Institute and the PlanetLab Consortium.

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SilverStone Raven RV02 Case Review

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SilverStone has re-invented the case by rotating the motherboard orientation. In the Raven RV02 your cards all sit vertically, allowing air to be sucked in from under the case and blown out the top. Will this make a difference to the cooling performance of the case? We test it to find out.

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Acer Unveils Veriton N260G Nettop

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Acer has unveiled a new nettop for business users called the Veriton N260G. The little nettop maybe aimed at business users, but I think many consumers will be interested in its svelte dimensions as well.


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Rumour: Intel changing ten CPU logos

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Leaked pictures show that the Core i7, Core 2 and Centrino brands could soon be getting shorter, wider logos.

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Ecobees eco-saving, WiFi-enabled Smart Thermostat now available for order

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When we first heard about Ecobees Smart Thermostat last October, it claimed the device could recoup its $385 price tag within the first 12 to 18 months of use.

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RAmos iOne2 RM990 PMP iPod Touch Clone

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Finally, a RAmos PMP with a real name. Christened iOne2 and codenamed RM990, this RAmos is the first weve seen that comes with a promotional video.

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Asus makes optical-endowed Eee PC 1004DN official

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Whats that, didnt trust last weeks DigiTimes rumory confirmation of the new 1004DN addition to the Eee PC family? Rest easy, as Asus has come forward and made the first optical-offering Eee officially official.

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Top 10 UK PC games chart

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How has Empire: Total war fared in its first week of rretail elease, and who's the king of the Steam chart? Find out in our weekly PC game chart round-up.

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Four Radio Amateurs Killed in Plane Crash While En Route to CQWW Phone Contest

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Just after take-off -- around 6:30 AM on Wednesday, October 21 -- a twin-engine plane carrying four Amateur Radio operators crashed into the woods, only 250 yards off the end of the runway in Jedburg, South Carolina, about 20 miles northwest of Charleston. The plane -- piloted and owned by Peter Radding, W2GJ -- carried Ed Steeble, K3IXD, Dallas Carter, W3PP, and Randy Hargenrader, K4QO. The four men were on their way to the Bahamas to operate in this weekend's CQ World Wide Phone Contest as C6APR, competing in the Multi/2 category.

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Samsung Displays New Projectors at ISE

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This week is the Integrated Systems Europe convention in Amsterdam. Among the many exhibitors at the show, Samsung announced today two new projectors that they are displaying.


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Jabra Stone Unveiled

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Jabra unveiled their new ultra-stylish Jabra Stone Bluetooth headset. The Jabra Stone Bluetooth headsets curvy design is optimized for right year wearing and offers Bluetooth 2.


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TomTom Android App En Route

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Good news, Android fans! TomTom, the famed voice navigation system that has become so popular on the iPhone, will soon be coming to the Android OS.


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Epson Releases X-Desk Interactive Table

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We have been hearing for over a year about the Microsoft Surface. Today a new interactive table was announced, the Epson X-Desk. This design uses the same principles as the surface to display onto a 52 inch display.

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iBUYPOWERs Gamer Power 906 rig does Intel Quad-core for a bit over $700

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Sure, there are endless desktop configurations out there and oodles of good deals, but were still smitten with this particular setup from iBUYPOWER: the Gamer Power 906.

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Receiving PSK31, by K7AGE

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In response to my Casual Operating with Complicated Software, a reader e-mailed me with a link to a You Tube video by Randy, K7AGE, that shows how to receive PSK31 signals. Now, it doesn’t address complicated or simple software, but does provide some great background on the operating mode, getting to receiving quickly, and showing the basics of how receiving works. Randy has also done many other videos on various modes (including setting up sound cards, for example). He explains all of this in easy-to-understand non-technical language. And with great shots. I should do videos as well as he does; a great service to the hobby.

Introduction to PSK31…

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Nokia E71 looking better than ever in red and all-black

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Nokias not pulling any punches about the fact that its seemingly business-oriented E71 serves double duty as one of the sexiest QWERTY devices ever to see retail, showing it off in two gorgeous new schemes: chrome / red and solid black.

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