International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend ILLW 2014

OY/OZ7CCC (aka DL4MFM) in front of a British WWII Gun at Skansin Lighthouse
OY/OZ7CCC (aka DL4MFM) in front of a British WWII Gun at Skansin Lighthouse

After my first ILLW 2013 at the „Altes Oberfeuer Lemwerder“ near Bremen I made some QSO from Skansin Lighthouse in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. At this location I had several references: ILLW FO0003 for the lighthouse, WCA OY00001 for the Fortress, OZFF-007 for WWFF, IOTA EU-018 for the Island and OY Faroe Islands for DXCC 🙂 .

In contrast to last year, where I was in Germany and could reach most stations easily on 40m, I had now to operate on the best band 20m. Sadly there was running a Russian Contest what caused a lot of qrm. Some russian stations asked me to give them a serial contest number. Okay – no problem!

Temperatures were around 8°C (August!) and wx from very sunny to rain. My station was a linked inverted V dipole and a FT-817 transceiver with 5 watts output. All QSOs were made in CW. This weekend I used first time the DXW174 coax cable by DX-Wire. Well, this cable is a little bit fuzzy, hard to handle, because of the massive inner conductor. But it works good (okay – I had in this moment nothing to compare). The GFK mast was by DX-Wire, too. The 10m minimast, pushed together = 67cm, 1.3 kilo weight.

ILLW was again a lot of fun again this year. At 14.30h local time I made qrt because I had a date with some local HAMs at their clubstation OY6FRA.

CU next year again from another lighthouse …

Linked Dipole over Tórshavn
Linked Dipole over Tórshavn

Skansin Lighthouse
Skansin Lighthouse

Tórshavn Port
Tórshavn Port

View from the Lighhouse over Skansin Fortress
View from the Lighhouse over Skansin Fortress

Skansin Fortress with the Island of Nólsoy
Skansin Fortress with the Island of Nólsoy

The Lighthouse in the Fortress
The Lighthouse in the Fortress

Location of the Lighthouse
Location of the Lighthouse

The Operator OY/OZ7CCC
The Operator OY/OZ7CCC

View to the Island of Nólsoy
View to the Island of Nólsoy

some eQSLs
some eQSLs
The RBN Network
The RBN Network