Former TRINITY LIGHT VESSEL 55, now renamed the ‘John Sebastian’ in honour of Bristol’s famous explorers, 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’. She is now the home to the Cabot Cruising Club who have produced an interesting history document covering her past service. However, there are some specific details that will be of interest to radio hams:

  • Lat/Long (WGS84 Geoid): 51.446579°,-2.595022°
  • IARU: IO81qk
  • IOTA: EU005 (UK Mainland)
  • WAB: ST57 – England
  • OSGR: ST587721
  • ILLW Reference: UK0176


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August has, for some inexplicable reason, become the month of lighthouses. Countries all over the world have become involved in one form or another of lighthouse activity. Some years ago the United States Congress declared 7 August as their National Lighthouse Day and during that first week in August amateur radio operators in America set up portable stations at lighthouses and endeavour to make contact with each other. This event is known as the US National Lighthouse Week.

In Britain the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, ALK, conducts International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend on the same weekend as the ILLW in August. Their objective is to encourage Lighthouse managers, keepers and owners to open their lighthouse or lightstation and related visitor centres to the public with a view to raising the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids, and preserving our maritime heritage.

The John SebastianThe John Sebastian

Which is why, on an overcast weekend in August, the stalwart members of the South Bristol Amateur Radio Club once again took over former Light Vessel 55 (now the ‘John Sebastian’ and home to the Cabot Cruising Club) in Bristol’s historic harbour.

Mark M0SKV Operating Ken M7MYU LoggingOperating

We like this event as, although we operate in a rather exposed position on the deck of the Lightship, several aspects of the setup make life very straightforward, namely:

  • Our doublet antenna is supported by the lantern tower and erected using a lanyard making pulling the antenna up to full height very simple and avoiding the need for complex guying arrangements as the lantern tower is very securely fixed and guyed;
  • The length of the Lightship means that our doublet antenna can be secured to the bow and stern of the vessel without any need to secure anything on the dockside making a very maritime orientated antenna arrangement; and
  • The Cabot Cruising Club have installed outdoor rated mains sockets on the deck to allow them to undertake their repair works as well as light outside events in the warmer months, so no trailing of cables is necessary making for a very safe operation.

Refurbished GunwalesRefurbished Gunwales

The Cruising Club have continued to repair and refurbish the former Lightship which was originally commissioned in 1885, the most recent additions are the newly varnished timber gunwales at the stern.

Generations of Operators Ken M7MYU and Cyril G3XEDMark M0SKV Operating with Ken M7MYU Logging

This year a number of members took part or contacted the station, in no particular order: Mark M0SKV, Andy G7KNA, Cyril G3XED, Ken M7MYU, as well as contacts with Steve G0UQT and Eddie M0LJT.

Equipment Used:

The equipment in use followed the tried and tested setup of previous years, we even stuck to a simple setup throughout the weekend with no messing around with alternative setups unlike Mills on the Air earlier in the year. Regular readers will, we are sure, be pleased to learn that we have replaced the faulty laptop with a new i7 machine donated by a leading Engineering Consultancy in the City (thank you Clarkebond) and recovered all of our historic logs except for the fateful Saturday of Mills on the Air 2019 from our eQSL account and the website logs. Lesson learnt! Not only do we now have the eQSL backup which contains limited QSL information but we now dump our logs in ADIF format to our Cloud storage account which allows us to preserve the additional fields such as name, QTH etc. In the past our CQRLog has allowed us to greet repeat contacts by name and tell them when we last contacted them. Sadly we now have to rebuild the additional information to get back to that position, but it won’t take long and we can still tell repeat contacts how often they have worked our various special event stations.

  • Nissei DPS300GL Power Supply
  • Yaesu FT-991 Multi-mode HF/6m/2m/70cm Transceiver
  • MFJ 993 Auto ATU
  • 80m doublet fed with 450Ω Ladder Line
  • Acer Aspire 8942 Laptop running CQRLog under Ubuntu MATE 18.04LTS

GB0CCC Log 2019

Date (UTC) Time (UTC) Station Worked Band or Frequency Mode RST Operators Name QTH Notes
Sent Rec'd
17/08/19 09:58 PA6FUN 40m SSB 59 59   Harlingen Lighthouse  
17/08/19 10:14 G4WBV 40m SSB 59 59 Roger Seamills Bristol  
17/08/19 10:18 DK5KK 40m SSB 57 59      
17/08/19 10:20 GB2LG 40m SSB 59 59   Mull of Galloway UK0086
17/08/19 10:22 F4VRF 40m SSB 59 59 Alan    
17/08/19 10:25 MM7WAB/P 40m SSB 57 59 Paul    
17/08/19 10:27 GB2ELH 40m SSB 57 59 Tony Eshaness Lighthouse UK0058
17/08/19 10:29 M0LJT 40m SSB 59 59 Eddie    
17/08/19 10:32 GI4TAJ 40m SSB 59 59 Joe    
17/08/19 10:35 M7BOD 40m SSB 59 59 Graham    
17/08/19 10:41 GB2RL 40m SSB 59 59 Ian Roker Light UK0099
17/08/19 10:50 M0ZIB 40m SSB 57 59      
17/08/19 10:54 EI2HPB 40m SSB 59 59 Dave County Sligo  
17/08/19 10:56 M0ZID 40m SSB 59 59 Sid Newcastle  
17/08/19 11:01 GM0VXA 40m SSB 57 59 Paul Glasgow  
17/08/19 11:05 GB2AL 40m SSB 55 59 Fred Ardnamurchan Lighthouse UK0017
17/08/19 11:20 2I0BOW 40m SSB 59 59 William Ballymeaner  
17/08/19 11:25 GB0HLH 40m SSB 59 59 Tom The Heugh Lighthouse, Hartlepool UK0188
17/08/19 11:35 PA3EPA 40m SSB 59 59      
17/08/19 11:38 G0GWL 40m SSB 58 58 David Durham  
17/08/19 12:37 EI2WRC/P 20m SSB 59 59 David Cow  
17/08/19 12:48 GB0EUL 40m SSB 59 59 Rich East Usk Lighthouse UK0159
17/08/19 12:59 GB1OL 40m SSB 59 59   Brough of Birsay UK0191
17/08/19 13:07 G0DTX 40m SSB 59 59 John    
17/08/19 13:09 GM4MTI 40m SSB 57 57 Stewart Oban  
17/08/19 13:11 G3XKT 40m SSB 57 57 Tony    
17/08/19 13:12 EI3GO 40m SSB 59 59 Martin    
17/08/19 13:14 GB5PSL 40m SSB 59 59 Phil Plover Scar UK0018
17/08/19 13:16 M0XOC 40m SSB 57 59 Mike Wigan  
17/08/19 13:17 GO3JPS 40m SSB 57 59   Bristol  
17/08/19 13:18 MM0INH 40m SSB 55 59 Dale Edinburgh  
17/08/19 13:19 DH7IF 40m SSB 55 55      
17/08/19 13:20 2M0RHT 40m SSB 33 54      
17/08/19 13:28 G3LEO 40m SSB 59 59 Gerald Rippon  
17/08/19 13:32 M7FLY 40m SSB 57 59      
17/08/19 13:34 GB0AVL 40m SSB 555 59   Avon Light lighthouses North and South UK0225/UK0226
17/08/19 13:35 M0HUE 40m SSB 57 58 Joe Filton  
17/08/19 13:44 G4NFS 40m SSB 59 59 Norman    
17/08/19 14:21 MM0XET/P 40m SSB 59 59 Garry Tayport High/Low East/West  
18/08/19 09:50 GB2TD 80m SSB 59 59   Penmon Point / Trwyn Du UK0047
18/08/19 09:52 G4RWI 80m SSB 59 57 Nigel Watford  
18/08/19 10:16 G2DGB 80m SSB 57 59      
18/08/19 10:20 G8UWW 80m SSB 55     Bedfordshire  
18/08/19 10:21 G0OGS 80m SSB 59 59 Steve Wolverhampton  
18/08/19 10:30 G0MZK 80m SSB 59 59 Ron    
18/08/19 10:31 G3TGB 80m SSB 57 59 Brian Braintree  
18/08/19 10:33 G0NEV 80m SSB 59 59 Mike Weymouth  
18/08/19 10:34 M6YDZ 80m SSB 56 59 Mark Wokingham  
18/08/19 10:37 G6KNK 80m SSB 57 59 Uxbridge Uxbridge  
18/08/19 10:40 GB0TBW 80m SSB 57 58 Trinity bouy wharf Lightship 95 (LV95) UK0209
18/08/19 10:45 G6OHM 80m SSB 57   Andy Cambridge  
18/08/19 10:56 G0LQI 80m SSB 59 59 Mike Weymouth  
18/08/19 10:57 M0VTG 80m SSB 57 58 David Peterborough  
18/08/19 11:01 GW4ARG 80m SSB 56 59   Anglesey  
18/08/19 11:08 G4FJH 80m SSB 59 59   Hanham  
18/08/19 11:09 G4AZU 80m SSB 59 59 John Winchester  
18/08/19 11:12 2E0RIP 80m SSB 57        
18/08/19 11:13 G8KBH/P 80m SSB 58 58 Dave Blackpool  
18/08/19 11:15 G0BYK 80m SSB 55 59      
18/08/19 11:19 G3YZY 80m SSB 59 59 Howard    
18/08/19 11:22 G3SZO 80m SSB 59 59 Nottingham Nottingham  
18/08/19 11:26 G3YED 80m SSB 56 59 Richard Stratford upon Avon  
18/08/19 11:28 GB2IWM 80m SSB 56 59 Clive    
18/08/19 11:32 G6EED 80m SSB 59 59 Collumpton Collumpton  
18/08/19 11:35 G7FTD 80m SSB 54 53 Ken    
18/08/19 11:37 G0BZK 80m SSB 59 59 Ron    
18/08/19 11:41 G0WKK 80m SSB 59 59 Cliff Andover  
18/08/19 11:49 M0VKR 80m SSB 57 58 Yeovil Yeovil  
18/08/19 11:55 G4LAH 80m SSB 59 59   Isle of Wight  
18/08/19 11:59 M0ZGB 80m SSB 59 59 Johnathon Swindon  
18/08/19 12:01 MW7KJC 80m SSB 58 59 Kevin Pontypool  
18/08/19 12:03 G0VEO 80m SSB 59 59   Liverpool  
18/08/19 12:12 F6FCM/P 40m SSB 55 59 Patrick    
18/08/19 12:13 DH4JF/P 40m SSB 57 59      
18/08/19 12:17 GB2AIR 40m SSB 59 59 Dave South Yorkshire Air Museum  
18/08/19 12:22 GM7ESM 40m SSB 57 56 Howeard    
18/08/19 12:25 M7AGB 40m SSB 59 59 Alan North Yorkshire  
18/08/19 12:51 GM8OFP 20m SSB 59 58 Geoff Isle of Foy Orkney Islands EU009  
18/08/19 13:23 G0UQT 80m SSB 59 59 Steve Bridgwater  
18/08/19 13:34 HB9BQR 40m SSB 55 55 Roland    
18/08/19 13:35 F4VSU 40m SSB 57 59      
18/08/19 13:37 MI0TGO 40m SSB 57 59 Brian Belfast  
18/08/19 13:39 PA0RMS 40m SSB 55   Hanny    
18/08/19 13:40 MM6PFT 40m SSB 53 57 David    
18/08/19 13:41 DL7LM 40m SSB 55 57      
18/08/19 13:42 G1HSL 40m SSB 59 59 John Ipswich  
18/08/19 13:43 PA0AKN 40m SSB 58 59 Don Rotterdam  
18/08/19 13:45 F4VPL 40m SSB 59 59 Dave    
18/08/19 13:45 M7SWR/M 40m SSB 56 59 Steven Durham  
18/08/19 13:49 DL8YRM 40m SSB 55 55 Ray    
18/08/19 13:50 GB2THL 40m SSB 55 55 Eddie Tod Head Lighthouse UK0218
18/08/19 13:53 F6GWP 40m SSB 57 59 Phil    
18/08/19 13:57 GM4FQE 40m SSB 57 59 Eric    
18/08/19 14:04 G0EGW 40m SSB 59 59      
18/08/19 14:06 M0IOK 40m SSB 59 59 Dave Hull  
18/08/19 14:09 GM0IIO 40m SSB 59 59 George    
18/08/19 14:13 M0SHK 40m SSB 58 59 Ken    
18/08/19 14:16 G0MEE 40m SSB 55 55 Brian    
18/08/19 14:18 MM0RKN 40m SSB 55 55 Carrie    
18/08/19 14:20 DH7IF 40m SSB 57 57      
18/08/19 14:22 EI8FI 40m SSB 57 57 Kevin    
18/08/19 14:45 G4BIM 80m SSB 59 59 Victor Isle of Wight  
18/08/19 14:49 2E0KKA 80m SSB 59 59   Dartmoor National Park