Former TRINITY LIGHT VESSEL 55, the 'John Sebastian', is moored in Bathurst Basin in the centre of Bristol and has her own postal address, namely: 'The John Sebastian, Bathurst Basin, Bristol BS1 4RL'. However, there are some specific details that will be of interest to radio hams:
- Lat/Long: 51.446579°,-2.595022°
- IARU: IO81qk
- IOTA: EU005 (UK Mainland)
- WAB: ST57 – England
- ILLW Reference: UK0176
This years International Lighthouses and Lightships on the Air weekend took place over the 16/17 August. Once again we were fortunate to be guests of the Cabot Cruising Club on the John Sebastian (Former Light Vessel 55) in Bathurst Basin, part of Bristols historic City Docks.
Our operation followed the principles of last years operation with the following equipment being employed:
- Yaesu FT 840 100W HF Transceiver
- MFJ 934 Manual ATU
- Manson EP-925 25Amp PSU
- Club laptop running Ham Radio Deluxe for logging only
- 20m Full Wave Delta Loop
Changes from last year were more from the point of view of practicality than any particular operational requirement. The main change being the substitution of a Delta Loop antenna in place of last years half size G5RV, the main reason for this being that we were not able to tether the far end of the G5RV, and with a limited turnout the Delta Loop is more easily erected, especially as the deck had a convenient metal eye screwed into the gunwhale to take the foot of the single roach pole used for support.
Saturdays operation took place from the foredeck, very similar in arrangements to last year. On Sunday however, early morning rain caused a retreat to the interior of the John Sebastian.
We were slow off the mark on Saturday, not getting on air until about 11:30 local time. Our first log entry was Dungerness Lighthouses giving us 2 for the price of 1. Following a brief chat with Gert operating PA1200PA we secured Loop Head in Ireland. This was followed by a quick contact into Anglesey before spending about 1.5 hours bagging a string of UK, Dutch and Irish lighthouses.
By the end of the day we had contacted 54 other stations including 16 (30% of our contacts) with other lighthouses in the UK and Europe.
There was a momentary lapse of reason or some other cosmic perturbation on Sunday which slowed us down for some reason. We suddnely found ourselves with a dead band, the causes of which remain something of a mystery but over the course of a couple of hours we:
- Swapped the feeder;
- Switched the club FT-840 for an FT-897 brought by a club member;
- Put up a second delta loop antenna and connector box;
- Tried out a FT-857 and ATAS 120 in a members car which promptly stopped auto tuning the antenna.
As we said the reasons remain unclear, but at the end of about 1.5 hours we were back on air. This setback, however drastically reduced our QSO count for the Sunday. As a result Sunday closed with only an additional 13 contacts of which 10 (77%) were other participating lighthouses.
Overall, therefore, we managed 67 contacts as GB0CCC of which 26 (39%) were participating lighthouses. Based on the entrants list for ILLW 2014, there were a total of 543 participating stations, although some of these are noted as cancelled on the entrants list. This means we managed only 5% of the possible entrants. UK and Ireland participants accounted for 80 stations of which we managed to contact 22 or 28%.
|Date (UTC)||Time (UTC)||Station Worked||Band or Frequency||Mode||RST||Operators Name||QTH||Notes|
|17/08/14||15:05||DL0RWE||40m||LSB||59||59||Essen Germany||DE0046 – Alter Leuchtturn Borkum|
|16/08/14||10:38||GB1DLH||40m||LSB||59+10||59||Phil||Dungeness||UK0059 and UK0060 – Dungerness Lighthouses|
|16/08/14||10:53||EI0LHL||40m||LSB||59||59||John||Eire||IE009 – Loop Head
WAL Square Q64
|16/08/14||11:03||GC4BRS/P||40m||LSB||59+||59||Ken||Wales||UK0072 – Nash Point Low
|16/08/14||11:11||GB8SL||40m||LSB||58||58||Pete||Shoreham||UK0023 – Shoreham (Kingston Buci)|
|16/08/14||11:21||GB4EUL||40m||LSB||59||59||David||Newport||UK0159 – East Usk Lighthouse
|16/08/14||11:24||PA9M||40m||LSB||59||59||Netherlands||NL0026 – Blokzijl|
|16/08/14||11:31||GB0NFL||40m||LSB||57||57||Ian||Broadstairs||UK0128 – North Foreland Lighthouse|
|16/08/14||11:47||GB6HPL||40m||LSB||59+10||59||Karl||Hartlepool||UK0188 – Hartlepool Lighthouse|
|16/08/14||11:51||GB0NLH||40m||LSB||59||59||Dave||Isle of Wight||UK0067 – Needles Lighthouse|
|16/08/14||12:03||GB4WIL||40m||LSB||59||59+10||Chris||Barrow in Furness||UK0160 – Wlaney Island Lighthouse
|16/08/14||12:18||EI2WRC/P||40m||LSB||58||David||Eire||IE0003 – Hook Head Lighthouse|
|16/08/14||12:28||PD1JFB||40m||LSB||59||53||Frisel||Netherlands||NL0035 – De Ven|
|16/08/14||12:38||ON4OS||40m||LSB||59+10||59||Luc||Oostende Belgium||BE0008 – Lange Nelle Oostende|
|16/08/14||12:55||GB4SPL||40m||LSB||57||59||Graham||Sea Palling Norfolk||40 years of Palling Lifeboat (QRZ.com)|
|16/08/14||13:03||ON4ACJ||40m||LSB||59+10||59||Marcel||Wilsele Belgium||25km East of Brussels|
|16/08/14||13:56||GB2LSH||40m||LSB||Wales||UK0049 – Stumble Head|
|16/08/14||14:31||PD1CW||40m||LSB||59||59||Patrick||AE Hulst Netherlands|
|16/08/14||14:32||G1PIE||40m||LSB||59||42||Mark Procter||Preston Lancashire|
|16/08/14||14:48||EA1ATH||40m||LSB||56||55||A Coruna Spain|
|16/08/14||14:51||GB5BL||40m||LSB||55||59||David||Carrick Fergus||UK0032 – Blackhead Lighthouse|
|16/08/14||15:17||GB0TNL||40m||LSB||57||53||Jack||Inverness||UK0151 – Tarbet Ness Lighthouse|
|17/08/14||10:55||GB0BMB||40m||LSB||55||58||Rod||River Beaulieu||UK0002 – Beaulieu Millennium Beacon|
|17/08/14||11:13||EI1K||40m||LSB||59||59||Billy||Eire West Coast|
|17/08/14||11:30||GB2LBN||40m||LSB||59||59||Billy||Scotland||UK0034 – Barns Ness Lighthouse|
|17/08/14||11:36||GC6BRC||40m||LSB||59||59||Ken||Wales||UK0071 – Nash Point High|
|17/08/14||11:52||GB2LK||40m||LSB||59||59||David||Scotland||UK0164 – Killantringan|
|17/08/14||12:09||GB0HL||40m||LSB||59||57||Jack||Norfolk||UK0007 – Happisborough Lighthouse|
|17/08/14||12:25||GB0NL||40m||LSB||Barry||Newhaven||UK0190 – Newhaven Lighthouse|
|17/08/14||14:19||GB6HPL||40m||LSB||59||59||Karl||Hartlepool||UK0188 – Hartlepool Lighthouse|
|17/08/14||14:32||GB2WLH||40m||LSB||59||59||David||Yorkshire||UK0013 – Withernsea
Local Museum Lighthouse
|17/08/14||14:55||EI1NC||40m||LSB||59||Co Cork Eire||IE0010 – Roches Point|