Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Successful Ham Radio Weekend

Art Gunn and Sterling Carpenter were very happy with the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend when they set up their ham radio equipment at Swallowtail August 14-16.

Approximately 162 people visited with Art and Sterling, asking great questions both about the event and also what we are trying to do at Swallowtail. The atmospheric conditions were not as conducive to the radio frequencies as might be expected but Art and Sterling were able to talk to a few others set up at lighthouses around the world.

Given the great respond, we expect this to be an annual event so keep the third weekend in August next year open if you wish to participate.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ham radio operators

On August 14, 15 and 16, two fellows from Fredericton, Art Gunn and Sterling Carpenter, will be coming to Grand Manan to set up their mobile ham radio equipment and participate in the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (www.illw.net). They will be talking to other ham radio operators, also set up in lighthouses from around the world. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about this type of communication works and actually see it in operation.

Art and Sterling have also generously donated a new electrical panel for the former Ross Island boat house and the pump house, a much needed replacement.