It is with much regret that we have learned of the passing of Kenneth Burnell, M1DZT last week. Ken was the man who maintained our Google Earth file which showed the positions of all the lighthouses in the event. It was a labour of love for Ken who was in his mid eighties. He suffered with Parkinsons disease in his final years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Catherine.
Well folks, we just passed our first hundred entries for this year's event. There are only 7 months to go so select your lighthouse and send in an entry form. Please don't leave it until the last fortnight. I hope you all like the new web site. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Several months ago I created a page on the ILLW web site asking for some financial assistance with the costs of keeping our web site up and running. The associated costs of keeping the domain name registered and subsequent hosting costs have been met by me since the year 2000 when I created the web site. To date hundreds of entrants in the event have enjoyed this event which has now become a world first in amateur radio popularity and I doubt this would have happened without ...the web site and yearly lists of entrants.
So far the response to my request has been very disappointing with only $260USD being donated by 13 individuals. I am extremely grateful.for this amount but it barely covers one years registration and hosting cost. I am extremely reluctant to open the site to paid advertising but this may become necessary if support is not forthcoming. There are quite a number of large ham radio clubs which participate in the event and so far none have responded to my call.
The months following our August event give me an opportunity to play around with the web sites and this year I have upgraded them using one of the latest Joomla templates which has the ability to present the site on mobile phones and tablets as well as desktop computers. I believe this is an important step forward as a lot of entrants take phones and tablets with them to their lighthouse during the event. The slide show on the main page shows lighthouses from the Balearic Islands. Enjoy.
Thanks to everyone for entering the event this year and help spread the word about our lighthouses and the need to keep them going and well looked after. GPS or not, lighthouses are still needed. Check the ILLW net from time to time and read what some entrants had to say about the weekend.
- In 2012 I made a crude attempt at operating near several West Coast ...Lighthouses. For 2017, I would like to reprise that effort, OR, find a lighthouse I can operate from/near for the ENTIRE 48 hours. The NAQP SSB contest runs in the middle of this event so visitors can hear real voice QSOs being made. Does anyone have any idea how/where I might setup?
- KP4LH Morrillo Cabo rojo Puerto Rico