Moray Firth Amateur Radio Society ILLW  21/22nd August 2021

GB0CSL - Covesea Skerries Lighthouse

ILLW designation UK204

This year after changes to COVID restrictions we returned to the lighthouse itself. Thanks to the support of the Covesea Lighthouse trustees we had better facilities with an operating room at the base of the lighthouse and a separate kitchen.

The station had excellent antennas: 3 ele beam for 10/15/20m. HF Hustler Vertical and 80m dipole suspended from the lighthouse. Radios were FT847 + Linear / FT2000D and FT897. Operation took place on most HF bands + 2m. The trailer borne tower had not moved since lock down so some fettling was required to ensure safe transportation and operation. Likewise, the antennas took some tweaking to get set up satisfactorily.

The weather was excellent, and the lighthouse had many visitors from the public, some of whom also visited our station. Band conditions were not good however we managed 138 QSO’s working 23 countries and 38 stations that identified as Lighthouses/lightships. We used HF SSB and 2m FM.

The weekend team comprised: Station Manager - Ritchie MM0TQH, operators/helpers Ron GM4ILS, Willie MM0KKF, Johnny GM7LSI, Graham GM0MEM, Robbie MM6IXH (Chairman), Geoff 2M0DTJ, Dennis 2M0TAS, Jim 2M0GYM and Paul GM8HWZ (secretary) The list of QSO’s can be seen on the GB0CSL QRZ page.