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Norfolk Amature Radio Club (NARC) attempting to make contact with other radio enthusiasts from all over the world, from Happisburgh Lighthouse, as part of the annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. NARC members, left to right, Malcolm Prestwood (president), Peter Claydon, Steve Crabb and Kim Medley. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
By DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP, Reporter
Monday, August 20, 2012
Norfolk’s radio hams communicated from Happisburgh Lighthouse to around 300 fellow enthusiasts from all over the world during the annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend yesterday (Sunday).
The Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) ran the special event station at the 222 year-old working lighthouse using the call sign GB0HL.
Visitors were invited to watch them at work as they communicated with people from as far away as Latvia, France and Germany.
A NARC member for 30 years, Kim Medley said: “We wanted to connect with as many lighthouses as possible and a fair percentage of people we have connected with have been from lighthouses.
“When we connected with them we exchanged information such as who we are and why we are transmitting.
“The highlight of the weekend has been speaking to people from all over the world.”
The annual event, which started in Scotland in 1993, now includes more than 450 lighthouses and lightships in at least 55 countries around the world.
The club used HF and VHF equipment to gain the ability to contact other radio amateurs using a mixture of telephony and Morse code. The height of the lighthouse and its proximity to the sea helped to launch the radio signals into the ionosphere.
A special pictorial “QSL card” will be sent to other hams to commemorate each contact.