ILLW South Solitary Island 2022

ILLW South Solitary Island 2022

When

19/08/2022 - 22/08/2022    
12:00 pm

Event Type

International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend. [ ILLW ] from South Solitary Island. 2022

Three Coffs Harbour Amateur Radio Club members operated their radio transmitters from South Solitary Island during the International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend on Saturday & Sunday, August  20th – 21st. A large number of lighthouses throughout the world were also manned by similar radio enthusiasts, each attempting to contact others during the two day event. The three club members were Russell  Wotherspoon VK4NGN, Fred McSkimming VK2FM and Steve Feeney VK2SPF. We used the callsign VK2FM.  A similar two person group also operated from the Smoky Cape lighthouse. They were Frank Humphreys VK2AF, and Tony Jones, VK2VF using the callsign  VK2VF.

The SSI trio made 81 contacts on HF and 13 contacts on VHF/FM/SSB.

Drone video and still pictures will be available soon.

The island radio group were given permission from the NPWS office in Coffs Harbour. Access to  Solitary Island was by local helicopter company, Precision Helicopters. The 23 acre South Solitary island is 18km north east from Coffs Harbour is only accessible by helicopter, the trip taking about 15 minutes. Solitary Island is one of two island lighthouses off the New South Wales coastline, the other being Montague Island on the south coast.

The South Solitary Lighthouse number for the event was AU-0054 and being an isolated lighthouse there were a large number of remote radio operators attempting to contact the group on the island.  Our presence on the Island was from Lunchtime Friday August 19th until Lunchtime on Monday the 22nd. We operated from the now vacant head-lightkeepers cottage which is adjacent to the lighthouse and made over 100 contacts.

HF frequencies were mainly on the 80m, 40m, 20m bands at different times, using a G5RV antenna on an extendable pole.  Operation on the 2m VHF band using FM and SSB  modes took place  throughout the weekend for line of site contacts up and down the coast,  using a 5/8 G/plane antenna mounted on a large camera-tripod.

The ILLW operating hours were ..

Local times 10:00 Saturday 20th to 10:00 Monday 22nd.

GMT times  00:01 Saturday 20th to 23:59 Sunday 21st.

I have been to the island 10 times in my working life as a Telstra technician, looking after the radio telephone system with its solar  powered battery system. My first trip was in 1968, by the motor launch “Pamels Star”. This 18km trip took well over an hour from  the harbour at Coffs. On arrival at the island we were lifted up 15m in cane basket, by crane, and then swung around onto the steel jetty.  A similar operation took place in reverse when leaving the island. This could be quite alarming on a rough day, especially on landing back on the boat on leaving the island. Trips like this were always dependent on sea and wind conditions.  This island Jetty has now rusted away and only the rusted base remains. More recently however, the island is serviced by helicopter and the trip takes about 15 minutes. Very different from years ago.

ILLW reference             AU-OO54

The IOTA reference is   OC-194.

Logbook for the ILLW weeknd is now visible at www.clublog.org

Fred [ freddo ] McSkimming.  VK2FM.  02-66531511.   vk2fm@dodo.com.au

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (South Solitary Island) Logbook 2022

VK2FM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Date (Local)Time (Local)Date (UTC)Time (UTC)CallsignRST SRST RFrequencyPower (watts)ModeOperatorQTHComments/LH
19/08/2022172019/08/2022720EA8MF575914.32MHz85USBRainerCanary Islands
19/08/2022214519/08/20221145K4JPD59557.138MHz85LSBSteveGeorgia, USA
20/08/202295019/08/20222350VK2MCL57597.115MHz85LSBSteveNowra
20/08/202295419/08/20222354VK4AML59597.115MHz85LSBGregBrisbane
20/08/202295919/08/20222359VK2VF59597.115MHz85LSBTonySmoky Cape
20/08/2022100220/08/20222VK2WRC59597.115MHz85LSBLyleSugar LoafAU0033
20/08/2022100520/08/20225VK2ZVG59597.115MHz85LSBStevenMaclean
20/08/2022102520/08/202225VK2CPC5959144MHz50FMLesBonville5X 146.0
20/08/2022102520/08/202225VK2FJMP5959144MHz50FMJohnCoffs Harbour
20/08/2022105220/08/202252VK2AF5959144.1MHz50LSBFrankSmokey Cape
20/08/2022123820/08/2022238VK2HBG59597.135MHz85LSBGeraldWarden HDAU0035
20/08/2022124520/08/2022245VK2CLR59597.13MHz85LSBBrad
20/08/2022124620/08/2022246VK2HV59597.13MHz85LSBPaulMaitland
20/08/2022124920/08/2022249VK2SD59597.13MHz85LSBJayNewcastle
20/08/2022125020/08/2022250VK2MET59597.13MHz85LSBAlanPort Stevens
20/08/2022125020/08/2022250VK4TSB59597.13MHz85LSBStuartBurpengary
20/08/2022125220/08/2022252VK2CPC59597.13MHz85LSBLesCFSH
20/08/2022125420/08/2022254VK2CLR59597.13MHz85LSBBradYambaAU0013
20/08/2022125520/08/2022255VK2YP59597.13MHz85LSBColinNewcastle
20/08/2022125920/08/2022259VK5PAS59597.13MHz85LSBPaulAdelaide
20/08/2022130020/08/2022300VK2DLR59597.13MHz85LSBSamualDunkeld
20/08/2022130520/08/2022305VK2YVA59597.13MHz85LSBMalCambelltown
20/08/2022131020/08/2022310VK2UGB59597.13MHz85LSBGrahamSeal Rocks
20/08/2022131520/08/2022315VK2BDS59597.13MHz85LSBBretBalina
20/08/2022132020/08/2022320VK2AJB59597.13MHz85LSBAdamValla Beach
20/08/2022133620/08/2022336VK3GA59597.13MHz85LSBGrahamMelbourne
20/08/2022134020/08/2022340VK2IO59597.13MHz85LSBGerradHornsbyAU0041
20/08/2022134420/08/2022344VK4HKK59597.13MHz85LSBNoelIpswitch
20/08/2022134620/08/2022346VK3KTT59597.13MHz85LSBSteveMelbourne
20/08/2022134820/08/2022348VK2DRB57597.13MHz85LSBRobJarvis Bay
20/08/2022135020/08/2022350VK4DCM59597.13MHz85LSBRussCleveland
20/08/2022140020/08/2022400VK1JS59597.13MHz85LSBIvanPort Macquarie
20/08/2022140320/08/2022403VK2DJP59597.13MHz85LSBMikeCessnock
20/08/2022140620/08/2022406VK2JF57577.13MHz85LSBJohnGosford
20/08/2022140820/08/2022408VK4BYE59597.13MHz85LSBJoeAbbottsford
20/08/2022141120/08/2022411VK3MDC56597.13MHz85LSBMattTurpintine
20/08/2022141320/08/2022413VK3OHM55557.13MHz85LSBMarcEast Melbourne
20/08/2022141420/08/2022414VK3IK57447.13MHz85LSBChrisWallan
20/08/2022141520/08/2022415VK2CDB23597.13MHz85LSBChrisToowomba
20/08/2022142020/08/2022420VK2GTS59597.13MHz85LSBGaryKempsey
20/08/2022143620/08/2022436VK2TEV5959144MHz50FMSteveMacksville Club
20/08/2022144020/08/2022440VK2FRE59597.125MHz85LSBWadeCrowdyAU044
20/08/2022145020/08/2022450VK4ATM59597.125MHz85LSBTerryLowood
20/08/2022145520/08/2022455VK2WFT59597.125MHz85LSBWayneInverell
20/08/2022150020/08/2022500VK2FSNP59597.125MHz85LSBJohnCoffs Harbour
20/08/2022150520/08/2022505VK4GLA59597.125MHz85LSBFrancisGladstonAU0124
20/08/2022151020/08/2022510VK4ATT59597.125MHz85LSBPhillBrisbane
20/08/2022190620/08/2022906VK6AV5959144MHz50FMAlanGraftonportable
20/08/2022191020/08/2022910VK2TEV59593.625MHz85LSBSteveMacksville
20/08/2022191520/08/2022915VK6AV59593.625MHz85LSBAlanGrafton
20/08/2022193820/08/2022938VK2GTS59593.625MHz85LSBGaryKempsy
20/08/2022195520/08/2022955VK2PHW59593.625MHz90LSBPatCoffs Harbour
20/08/2022201520/08/20221015VK4WIN59593.65MHz85LSBPaulDarling DownsClub net
20/08/2022201920/08/20221019VK4WIN59593.65MHz85LSBDougalDarling DownsClub net
20/08/2022202320/08/20221023VK2NCS59593.605MHz85LSBSteveSeal RocksAU0033
20/08/2022212020/08/20221120VK3SPL59593.615MHz85USBStuartSplit Point LHAU0032
20/08/2022212920/08/20221129VK5ARC59593.59MHz85LSBMalcolmPoint ?AU0029
20/08/2022213620/08/20221136VK4XG59593.595MHz85LSBWayneBrisbane
21/08/202282520/08/20222225VK2NJP59597.065MHz90LSBJohnNowra
21/08/202283020/08/20222230VK2YN59597.065MHz85LSBDerikBerry
21/08/202293020/08/20222330VK2ES5959144MHz50FMEricCroydonecholink
21/08/202294520/08/20222345VK2BPH5959144MHz50FMRonn/KarenKororolong chat
21/08/2022100521/08/20225VK3SRC59597.105MHz85LSBJoeQueenscliffAU00
21/08/2022101521/08/202215VK2PEZ57597.125MHz85LSBAndrewJervis Bay LHAU00132
21/08/2022103821/08/202238VK4FW59597.118MHz85LSBBillGympie
21/08/2022103921/08/202239VK2GSV59597.118MHz85LSBDavidWoy-Woy
21/08/2022104521/08/202245VK2FRB56597.118MHz85LSBRyanWalchatta
21/08/2022105121/08/202251VK4NL59597.118MHz85LSBNoelHarvey Bay
21/08/2022105721/08/202257VK4KC59597.118MHz85LSBMartyBurpengary
21/08/2022110321/08/2022103VK2PKT58597.118MHz85LSBKeithParkes
21/08/2022110921/08/2022109VK4NH59597.11MHz85LSBRayHodgleigh
21/08/2022111521/08/2022115VK2IAN59597.11MHz85LSBIanNewcastle
21/08/2022112121/08/2022121VK2ADA/459597.11MHz85LSBAllanYeepon
21/08/2022112721/08/2022127VK4ABJ59597.11MHz85LSBJeffRockhampton
21/08/2022113321/08/2022133VK2MZ59597.11MHz85LSBRobSydney
21/08/2022113821/08/2022138VK2TEV59597.11MHz85LSBSteveMacksville
21/08/2022114021/08/2022140VK4VIP59597.11MHz85LSBBradToowoomba
21/08/2022114321/08/2022143VK4KLA59597.11MHz85LSBLlewOcean View
21/08/2022114521/08/2022145VK3IH59597.11MHz85LSBPaulAU0037
21/08/2022115221/08/2022152VK2ABJ5959144MHz50FMAdamVallamobile?
21/08/2022124021/08/2022240VK2PCT58397.11MHz85LSBPaulEmu Heights
21/08/2022130121/08/2022301VK2AGG5959144.1MHz50LSBAllanCoffs Harbournew radio
21/08/2022133021/08/2022330VK5CJL565514.21MHz90USBAllanCape JarvisAU0094
21/08/2022133921/08/2022339VK2GTS5959144MHz50FMGaryCres HDhand held
21/08/2022135621/08/2022356VK2AGG5959144.1MHz50USBAllanCoffs Harbour
21/08/2022140221/08/2022402VK2GTS5959144MHz50FMGaryCres HD
21/08/2022142021/08/2022420VK2ION5959144MHz50FMIonMacksville
21/08/2022151221/08/2022512VK2ION56597.125MHz90LSBIonNambilla Heads
21/08/2022161021/08/2022610VK4TST58597.093MHz90LSBMichaelBribie Island
21/08/2022161221/08/2022612VK2NCS59597.093MHz85LSBSteveSeal RocksAU0033
21/08/2022184921/08/2022849VK2WL5959144MHz50FMDarrelCoffs Harbour
21/08/2022185521/08/2022855VK2WL59593.615MHz85LSBDarrelCoffs Harbour
International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (South Solitary Island) Logbook, August 20 - 21, 2022