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Once again, we will be participating in the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend

Friday afternoon/evening, August 14th, members of LeFrog and the Ozaukee Radio Club will be setting up a 30' Tower and an A4 Tri-Band Beam on the property adjacent to the Kevich Light in Grafton, Wisconsin.   This is private property and we have permission from the owner's, Dave and Mary Bennett.

This is in preparation for the annual International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend event. Amateur radio clubs and amateurs around the globe will be doing the same type of thing as we attempt to contact other lighthouses.   We will be using the W9CQO call sign.  Lighthouse US0193
See for more information about the weekend event.

The ORC and LeFrog will be setting up one 20' X 30' Tent, Club Banner and Operating Table next to the Lighthouse. We will be operating, basically on 20m, from 8am Saturday morning, August 16th through Sunday afternoon, August 16th, but not overnight. We'll probably call it quits Saturday afternoon around 5pm and Sunday around noon.

Along with an HF Radio, which LeFrog will supply, Tom, AA9XK and Loren, N9ENR will be supplying Automatic Antenna Tuners.  We'll also have D-Star running along with a dedicated computer for logging. We plan to use the LeFrog's Icom 9100 transceiver.

If you're interested in helping out (setting up and/or operating) we are asking that you contact Bill KA9WRL or myself Tom KC9ONY so we have an idea of who will be joining us. We might need help transporting the tower sections, too.   You can reach us through the club website mailing system or via the e-mails listed in the club roster.

You're all welcome to join us at the Kevich Light. Bring your own little cooler with drinks of your choice and even a sandwich for lunch.   Please park on one side of the driveway and not both.
The lighthouse area is off to the right, so leave the left parking areas for the Bennett's.

If you are like me and do not own HF equipment nor have any experience with HF, don't let that stop you from coming out. We will get you on the radio to try it out. It's all about having fun and learning. If you need directions or talk-in, someone will be monitoring the ORC 2m repeater, 146.970 MHz, (- offset), PL 127.3

This is a non-pressure, non-contest event, so be prepared to just have fun!

Here is a link to a video that Bob KD9AAD made from the event last year.   It will give you an idea
of the setup we plan to have, and need your help with.

WHO:      Ozaukee Radio Club and LeFrog
WHAT:     International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend special event station
WHERE:   Kevich Light
                1270 Lake Shore Road
                Grafton, WI 53024-9725

The lighthouse is located along Lake Shore Road between Falls Road and Lakefield Road in Grafton, Wisconsin.   
Take Hwy 60 east as far as you can go, and ends at Lake Shore Road.   Hwy 60 becomes Ulao Road.   Turn left (north), and go to the 4th driveway on the right, which is 1270 Lake Shore Road.
Click on the Map links below for directions as well.


GPS coordinates: 43°19'24.6"N 87°53'18.4"W
                            43.323510, -87.888440

WHEN:  Friday, August 14th           1pm - 5pm? (until tower is set up)
             Saturday, August 15th      8am - 5 pm  operating
             Sunday, August 16th         8am - noon  operating
             Sunday, August 16th         noon - 5pm  break down equipment

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