ILLW – three strong in Taiwan

I’m all prepared for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, starting Saturday. Today I paid another visit to the Baishajia lighthouse and they will give me the VIP pass this weekend. I’m allowed to use the employee-entrance so I can come early and leave late, and I can go up the tower to string longwires. Electricity is free, too! (With the electricity bill they have over there I guess my use of a couple of Ah won’t make much difference).

This year the Taiwanese entry to the ILLW is three strong. Apart from me being at BaiShaJia on both Saturday and Sunday, BV1EJ will use a special call sign BV0LH from the SanDiaoJiao lighthouse, on Saturday. SanDiaoJiao is where the Spanish first discovered Taiwan and its English name is Santiago or San Diego Lighthouse. It is the most eastern tip of Taiwan. On Sunday BM2LDT and BX2AI will be at FuGuiJiao Lighthouse, which is the most northern lighthouse in Taiwan. Not bad and I hope a bit of promotion will result in even more lighthouses being activated in 2015. Have fun and keep an eye on the clusters to see where we can be reached. I’ll be active as BX2ABT/LH from 0100 till 0930 UTC on both Saturday and Sunday.

Hans "Fong" van den Boogert, BX2ABT, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Taiwan. Contact him at [email protected].

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