We had a great time at the Lighthouse this past weekend for the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend as a joint event with the Jupiter Lighthouse Radio Group.
This year we were set up in the Lighthouse Park which is about the same distance from the Lighthouse as the museum location. We had a fair number of Amateur Radio visitors to the station but not as many public visitors as in years past. We did have a chance to get some new hams on the air on HF as well as some regular members and visitors.
A big thanks to our President Ron Schoner, K4OIL for hauling the tower trailer, setup, and providing a second station - also thanks to VP Gary for setup and patience helping us figure out what- and how- to set things up.
Setup and take down:
We had a lot of showers and thunderstorms - and also a Geomagnetic storm hit as well- making the physical, and aether conditions a challenge. Even with the challenges we were able to rack up over 100 contacts on our operating position- with the JLRG gang doing about the same from their position. Contact modes included digital, CW, and Phone.
Visitors included Ron McCord and Family (who also just got their Amateur Radio licenses), Joe Pelikan WI0JMP, Dennis Marshall (who has a pending application to join us), ARRL Southern Florida Section Manager Jeff Beals WA4AW, and I'm sure a few others I did not get to meet and greet.
At the end of the event we had a short memorial and final send off for our former Director- Lee, K4LJP from the top of the Lighthouse.