Lighthouses QSL Card

Introduction

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): 51.446542°N, 2.594951°W
  • OSGR: ST 58750 72118 (6 figure ST587721)
  • IARU: IO81qk
  • WAB: ST57 – England
  • IOTA: EU005 (UK Mainland)
  • ILLW Reference: UK0176
  • What 3 Words: ///flute.brains.petal (Operating Post Entrance)
  • What 3 Words: ///visa.forget.fluid (Site Entrance)

Location

Operation

Equipment

We equipped ourselves in the usual way:

  • 80m doublet fed with 450Ω ladder line in an inverted vee suspended from the lantern tower and secured to the bow and stern
  • MFJ 993 IntelliTuner
  • Yaesu FT-991 HF/VHF/UHF multi-mode transceiver
  • Nissei DPS-300 30A linear power supply
  • Behringer Xenyx 302 USB audio mixer
  • Logitech amplified speakers
  • Acer Aspire 8942 Laptop running PyQSO under Ubuntu Studio 21.04 (now running Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS)

International Lighthouses and Lightships on the Air 2022 took place over the usual third weekend in August 2022, i.e. Saturday 20 August and Sunday 21 August. The South Bristol Amateur Radio Club returned to the John Sebastian in Bathurst Basin and renewed our acquaintance with the Cabot Cruising Club who very kindly allow us onboard the John Sebastian each year to take part in this Special Event.

John Sebastian in Bathurst Basin

Saturday 20 August 2022

The weather over the weekend was particularly good, almost unseasonably warm. For once Andy G7KNA accompanied by Ken M7MYU was on site at more or less the appointed time although he came in for some stick from those also there for the set-up because he’s stopped to grab a bacon roll and coffee for himself and Ken M7MYU from a chain bakery situated in a well known supermarket on the other side of the ‘New Cut’. They were joined over the course of the day by, in no particular order, Ken G4XCB, Dave M7BBN, Greg M7BUF (usually MW7BUF) and Kevin M7AWX who had travelled by coach from Taunton!

First order of business was to get the antenna up, so while the team started transferring equipment into the upper saloon Dave M7BBN and Andy G7KNA grabbed a convenient ladder and access the roof and the lantern tower. Here we take advantage of the installed lanyard that allows us to quickly pull our antenna feedpoint to the top of the lantern tower.

Erecting the doubletErecting the doubletErecting the doublet

We particularly like operating from the John Sebastian because of this lanyard which makes the erection of the antenna particularly easy, certainly the easiest of any of the regular locations we normally use, especially as the ends of the doublet are tied off to the bow and stern making the antenna completely self contained on the boat and a true maritime antenna. We know that light vessels were used by the Royal Navy to evaluate wireless use at sea and train wireless operators, and wonder if LV55 ever had such an antenna installed when on site on the East and West Grounds.

Equipment in the SaloonEquipment in the Saloon

Meanwhile the indoor setup continued in parallel with the antenna erection so that we were quickly able to make final connections and check the station was in good order.

Log for International Lighthouses and Lightships on the Air 2022

Date (UTC) Time (UTC) Station Worked Band Mode RST Name QTH Notes
Sent Rec’d
20/08/22 10:06 GI0PGC 40m SSB 59   Jim   RSL 1/7 – Northern Ireland
20/08/22 10:21 GW6STK 40m SSB 59 58 Robert Colwyn Bay RSL 2/7 – Wales
20/08/22 10:25 GB0NFL 40m SSB 59 59 Ian North Foreland Lighthouse UK0128
20/08/22 10:28 EI0NDR 40m SSB 59 59   Baily Lighthouse, Howth, Co Dublin IE0025
20/08/22 10:42 EI3CTB 40m SSB 59   Justin    
20/08/22 10:45 MI0IRZ 40m SSB 58 59 David    
20/08/22 10:49 GM0WED 40m SSB 56 56 Ed Orkney Island RSL 3/7 – Scotland
20/08/22 10:51 G1OCN 40m SSB 59 59   Portland RSL 4/7 – England (yes, a full callsign doesn’t have an RSL but it is an English station)
20/08/22 10:55 GB0CSL 40m SSB 58 59 Liam Covsea Skeries Lighthouse UK0204
20/08/22 10:59 ON4CB 40m SSB 55 59 Kert    
20/08/22 11:00 2E0FEH 40m SSB 55       RSL 4/7 – England (for the pedants this is an English callsign employing the “E” RSL)
20/08/22 11:00 GM4MTI 40m SSB 54 59 Stuart    
20/08/22 11:02 MI6LFU 40m SSB 58 59 Clive    
20/08/22 11:04 PD2GCM 40m SSB 55 59 Gerard    
20/08/22 11:06 F5RYT 40m SSB 59 59 John    
20/08/22 11:07 M0UGE 40m SSB 59 59 Ross Bristol  
20/08/22 11:08 M0BUI 40m SSB 59 59 Les Bude  
20/08/22 11:24 IG9ITT 20m SSB 57 59      
20/08/22 11:32 MI0DWE 20m SSB 59 59 David    
20/08/22 12:17 OT7L/P 40m SSB 59 59     BE0004
20/08/22 12:38 GB4EUL 80m SSB 54 58 Rich East Usk Lighthouse UK0159
20/08/22 12:47 G0AOZ 80m SSB 59 59 Roger Sw Oxfordshire  
20/08/22 13:02 GI4XAA 40m SSB 58 59 Des    
20/08/22 13:03 M0IXW 40m SSB 55 57 Ashley    
20/08/22 13:12 M0DMB 40m SSB 55        
20/08/22 13:15 MM0KBT 40m SSB 56 57 Davy    
20/08/22 13:22 G4DHK 40m SSB 59 59 Roger    
20/08/22 13:23 G0PMJ 40m SSB 59 59 Dave    
20/08/22 13:25 G4LPP 40m SSB 59 59 Phil    
20/08/22 13:27 F2PI 40m SSB 59 59 Patrick    
20/08/22 13:28 G3OCA 40m SSB 59 59 Ken Derby  
20/08/22 13:29 2E0IGD 40m SSB 58 59 Gary    
20/08/22 13:31 2E0MNG 40m SSB 59 59 Neal Derbyshire  
20/08/22 13:34 G0EWV 40m SSB 59 58 Trevor Bolton  
20/08/22 13:36 EI0FZ 40m SSB 59 59      
20/08/22 13:37 GI4SZW 40m SSB 56 56      
20/08/22 13:39 2E0EPB 40m SSB 57 59 Shane Hull  
20/08/22 13:41 GB0NL 40m SSB 57 59 Aaron Newhaven Lighthouse UK0190
20/08/22 13:46 GB0NFL 40m SSB 59 58 Phil North Foreland Lighthouse UK0128
20/08/22 13:50 G4JYU 40m SSB 58 59 Nigel Sandwich Kent  
20/08/22 13:54 G0AXC 40m SSB 59 59 Gary Sidmouth  
20/08/22 14:00 M0HEM 40m SSB 58 59 John    
20/08/22 14:00 M0FAR 40m SSB 59 59 Andy Fleet Hampshire  
20/08/22 14:03 M0CLH 40m SSB 59 59 Terry Oxford  
20/08/22 14:05 G3YZY 40m SSB 58 56 Howard Portsmouth  
20/08/22 14:07 GB0NHL 40m SSB 59 58 Nigel Noss Head Lighthouse UK0039
20/08/22 14:09 M0PBK 40m SSB 57 59 Paul Worcestershire  
20/08/22 14:12 MW6OTT 40m SSB 59 59 Mark Anglesey  
20/08/22 14:13 GB2HLH 40m SSB 58 59 Peter Hunstanton UK0011
20/08/22 14:19 M3TLJ 40m SSB 57 57 Barry    
20/08/22 14:19 M0SIH 40m SSB 58 59 Simon Great Yarmouth  
20/08/22 14:21 G3OKA 40m SSB 59 59 John Liverpool  
20/08/22 14:22 GI4DQT 40m SSB 58 59 Sean    
20/08/22 14:23 2E1HYD 40m SSB 58 59 Tony Leeds  
20/08/22 14:24 GB2SJ 40m SSB 59 59 Ernie    
20/08/22 14:26 GM8OFQ 40m SSB 59 59 Geoff    
20/08/22 14:27 G7ENA 40m SSB 58 59 Daphne    
20/08/22 14:29 G1PIE 40m SSB 59 59 Mark Preston  
20/08/22 14:32 EI4BZ 40m SSB 57 57 Dave Cork  
20/08/22 14:33 PC4K 40m SSB 54 59      
21/08/22 09:09 PB5X 40m SSB 59 59 Bob    
21/08/22 09:02 GB2EL 40m SSB 59 59 Joe Rathlin East (Low) UK0056
21/08/22 09:09 MM0CPZ 40m SSB 59 59 Richard    
21/08/22 09:01 M0XDX 40m SSB 58 59 Paul Lincolnshire  
21/08/22 09:03 M0TLX 40m SSB 59 59 David    
21/08/22 09:05 PE1COS/P 40m SSB 57 59      
21/08/22 09:07 DK0DAN 40m SSB 59 59   Knock DE0049
21/08/22 10:15 GM0GTU 40m SSB 59 57 Stewart Nairn  
21/08/22 10:20 PA1/DL1HXB/P 40m SSB 59 57 Juliet    
21/08/22 10:33 FT4MZI 40m SSB 41 59      
21/08/22 10:36 MM0PDM 40m SSB 55     Peterhead UK0227 – Buchan Ness Lighthouse
21/08/22 10:41 PA0RMS 40m SSB 59 58 Henny    
21/08/22 10:45 ON4CCC 40m SSB 57 59 Mark Belgium  
21/08/22 10:50 F/DD4KO/P 40m SSB 59 59 Olaf    
21/08/22 10:58 F5VKT 40m SSB 59 57 Ian    
21/08/22 10:58 PA3CNO 40m SSB 55 57      
21/08/22 11:00 GB5BL 40m SSB 57 58     UK0032 – Blackhead Lighthouse
21/08/22 11:09 GM4CNF 40m SSB 58 59 Colin    
21/08/22 11:10 ON4CFO 40m SSB 59 59 Wim Brussels  
21/08/22 11:11 G7SXR 40m SSB 57 59 Mark Leeds  
21/08/22 11:13 F4HRU 40m SSB 59 59 Oliver    
21/08/22 11:14 G4CPA 40m SSB 59 59 Jeff Skipton  
21/08/22 11:16 M7FLY 40m SSB 59 57 Jeff    
21/08/22 11:18 GW0JLX/P 40m SSB 59 59      
21/08/22 11:20 F4ILH 40m SSB 59 59      
21/08/22 11:22 ON4BAR 40m SSB 59 59 Nico    
21/08/22 11:23 G1BBY 40m SSB 59 59 Walter    
21/08/22 11:25 M0PWC 40m SSB 59 59 Paul Stoke On Trent  
21/08/22 11:28 MM0JTV 40m SSB 59 59 John Glasgow  
21/08/22 11:31 M0BZZ 40m SSB 59 59 Bob    
21/08/22 11:35 G0RGU 40m SSB 59 59 John    
21/08/22 11:43 M0TWA 40m SSB 59 59 David Worksop Nottinghamshire  
21/08/22 11:48 G4OBB 40m SSB 59 59 Des Suffolk  
21/08/22 11:50 M6GVP 40m SSB 53 59 Geoff Warwickshire  
21/08/22 11:52 PA1MV 40m SSB 59 59 Jaap    
21/08/22 11:54 ON5GM 40m SSB 59 59 Mark    
21/08/22 11:56 ON5LS 40m SSB 59 57 Stefan    
21/08/22 11:57 M7ERU 40m SSB 54 59 Andrew E Yorkshire  
21/08/22 11:58 M7NHC 40m SSB 57 59 Nick Eastbourne  
21/08/22 11:59 M7ERJ 40m SSB   58 Chris Worcestershire  
21/08/22 12:00 2E0GYW 40m SSB 55   Thomas W Yorkshire  
21/08/22 12:02 PA2CVD 40m SSB 52 55      
21/08/22 12:04 M3XAC 40m SSB 53 58   Stokton On Tees  
21/08/22 12:06 M7DPA 40m SSB 53 58 Alex Plymouth  
21/08/22 12:07 2E0AND/P 40m SSB 58 59 Andy Colbeck Common Lake District National Park 20W G90 Half wave inverted Vee dipole
21/08/22 12:12 G0UJK 40m SSB 59 59 Colin North Downs Of Kent Near Dartford Bridge And Brands Hatch  
21/08/22 12:14 G4WIA 40m SSB 58 58 Ivan The Lizard Cornwall  
21/08/22 12:20 G6WUD/P 40m SSB 59 59     IO84wt
21/08/22 12:22 TM59LH 40m SSB 59 59   “Sandettie” Lightvessel FR0036
21/08/22 12:23 G6TEQ 40m SSB 59 59 Ian Torquay  
21/08/22 12:26 F/DG2KJA/P 40m SSB 59 59 Annelie    
21/08/22 12:28 EI3FW 40m SSB 58 59 Craig Boyle Nw Eire  
21/08/22 12:32 GD8BUE 40m SSB 59 59 Ian Ramsey RSL 5/7 – Isle of Man
21/08/22 12:36 M0KVA 40m SSB   59 Alex Shoeburyness Essex 50W End Fed Half Wave
21/08/22 12:41 F8VOF 40m SSB   59 Bill Mid West France  
21/08/22 12:43 G0GWY 40m SSB   59 Geoff Scunthorpe SE90
21/08/22 12:46 G4NKT 40m SSB 59 59 Dave Downend Bristol  
21/08/22 12:48 GU0BEZ 40m SSB 59 59 Victoria Sark RSL 6/7 – Bailiwick of Guernsey (inc Alderney and Sark)
21/08/22 12:54 MW7PWC 40m SSB   59 Phil South Wales  
21/08/22 13:00 M0JKI 40m SSB     Adrian Between Ipswitch And Bury St Edmunds  
21/08/22 13:02 EI4XIR 40m SSB 59 59 David    
21/08/22 13:03 G0TDY 40m SSB 59 59 Andy Swindon  
21/08/22 13:04 M0MCY 40m SSB 42       5W
21/08/22 13:08 MM1BHO 40m SSB 59 59 Richard Dumfries And Galloway  
21/08/22 13:15 MW3WQZ 40m SSB 57 59 Paul Pembrokeshire  
21/08/22 13:18 M0SRS 40m SSB 57 58 Sid Cambridgeshire  
21/08/22 13:20 G4VWD 40m SSB 57 58 Allan Liverpool  
21/08/22 13:22 F5HKL 40m SSB 56 58      
21/08/22 13:24 M3VBL 40m SSB          
21/08/22 13:27 GB8SL 40m SSB 58 59 Ed Shoreham Lighthouse UK0023
21/08/22 13:29 GI0DUP 40m SSB 59 59 Roderick 10 Miles Se Belfast  
21/08/22 13:34 GM3VAL 40m SSB 59 59 Alan    
21/08/22 13:49 GB4LD 40m SSB 59 59 Keith Lizard Peninsula UK0232
21/08/22 13:56 GI4XIR 40m SSB 55 58 David    
21/08/22 14:01 EI3INB 40m SSB   59 Malcolm    
21/08/22 14:05 PA/DG5MG/P 40m SSB 53        
21/08/22 14:09 ON3PDM 40m SSB 59 59 Peter    
21/08/22 14:12 M0HWV 40m SSB 55 59      
21/08/22 14:17 M7DFH 40m SSB 55   Simon Norwich  
21/08/22 14:19 DN3PI 40m SSB 59 59   Sw Germany Portable from a “little small” castle
21/08/22 14:22 DL0KJ 40m SSB 59 59 Jers Kirn DH6PC home call
21/08/22 14:24 ON7UDM 40m SSB 59 59 Ulrich    
21/08/22 14:26 DL4PY 40m SSB 59 59 Tom    
21/08/22 14:27 DL7LM 40m SSB 59 59 Hans    
21/08/22 14:28 F4HRG 40m SSB 59 59      
21/08/22 14:29 PA3ECZ 40m SSB 59 57 Rudi    
21/08/22 14:32 F8GGZ 40m SSB 58   Michel    
21/08/22 14:33 PA2Z 40m SSB 59 59 Ad    
21/08/22 14:35 ON7YZ 40m SSB 59 59      
21/08/22 14:36 G4GTX 40m SSB 55 59 Stuart Sunderland  
21/08/22 14:38 G4ABX 40m SSB 58   Bruce Lutterworth 10W KX3 Off Centre Fed Dipole

Those “Pesky” RSL’s

The Regional Secondary Locators are letters altered or added to an individual or club amateur radio callsign to denote which part of the United Kingdom the station is operating from, the map and table below indicate the principles:

Location Foundation Callsigns Intermediate Callsigns Full Callsigns Club Callsigns Special Event Callsigns
England M#☐☐☐ 2E#☐☐☐ G#☐☐☐
M#☐☐☐
GX#☐☐☐
MX#☐☐☐
GB#☐☐☐

Typically Special Event Callsigns are of the form GB + 1 Number (0-9) and 3 letters.
However, Special Special Event Callsigns can have 1, 2, 3 or even 4 letters after 1, 2 or even 3 digits following the “GB” prefix depending on:
1. Ofcoms disposition,
2. Who you ask,
3. Who you know, and
4. How much “clout” you can bring to bear.

Guernsey MU#☐☐☐ 2U#☐☐☐ GU#☐☐☐
MU#☐☐☐
GP#☐☐☐
MP#☐☐☐
Isle of Man MD#☐☐☐ 2D#☐☐☐ GD#☐☐☐
MD#☐☐☐
GT#☐☐☐
MT#☐☐☐
Jersey MJ#☐☐☐ 2J#☐☐☐ GJ#☐☐☐
MJ#☐☐☐
GH#☐☐☐
MH#☐☐☐
Northern Ireland MI#☐☐☐ 2I#☐☐☐ GI#☐☐☐
MI#☐☐☐
GN#☐☐☐
MN#☐☐☐
Scotland MM#☐☐☐ 2M#☐☐☐ GM#☐☐☐
MM#☐☐☐
GS#☐☐☐
MS#☐☐☐
Wales MW#☐☐☐ 2W#☐☐☐ GW#☐☐☐
MW#☐☐☐
GC#☐☐☐
MC#☐☐☐

Map of RSL's

We have long harboured the ambition to work all RSL’s on a single Special Event or contest but have yet to manage this (although we came close on this event). We didn’t manage it this time, but we live in hope!

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