This is our W6L Special Event Station QSL card. The history of the Old
Point Loma Lighthouse is printed on the other side.
Bob (W6SDO) and Mert (AF6HF) lined up at 9 AM at the
entrance to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.
Danny and Mert assemble the push-up
shelters at our operating site.
The W6L Old Point Loma Lighthouse operating site is all set up and ready for action. There were three independent stations
operating on the 17, 20 and 40 meter bands. We had two dipoles on push-up masts (one for 17 and one for 20 meters) and
one vehicle mounted screwdriver antenna operating on 40 meters.
This is the view that we had from our operating site across the San Diego bay and toward the San Diego downtown.
Steve (K6PD) and Dave (KC6YSO) watching Mert (AF6HF) & Dan
(WB6FWS) operating the 20 and 17 meter stations.
Dave (KC6YSO) operating the 20 meter station while Rich
(K6HXV) operates the 17 meter station.
Tom (N6TNC), Rich (K6HXV), Leslie (Charlie's wife) and
Charlie (KK6BKA) checking out the operation.
Some of our W6L Special Event operators at the ready.
Rich (K6HXV) operating the 17 meter
station.
Tom (N6TNC) just finished off a
chocholate chip cookie. Life is good.
Dan (WB6FWS), one of our premere DX
operatiors trying to figure  where the
ionosphere went this weekend.
Tom (N6JOJ) operating the 20 meter station.
Tom (N6TNC) making some contacts on 17 meters.
Tom (N6JOJ) and Steve (K6PD) check out the view. If we can
see Europe from here why can't we work 'em?
John (K6CPO), Tom (N6JOJ) another of our super DX operators,
and Mert (AF6HF) discuss strategy.
Mert makes some adjustments to the 20 meter push-up dipole antenna while his wife Ginger looks on.
A little tightening here should fix it.
Mike (N6SBX) delivers his QSL card to the
Point Loma Lighthouse station.
"This is called a screwdriver antenna"
Duane (KF6UA) and his wife Dottie with the beautiful San
Diego Bay in the background.
Jean (KC6QHT) and Duane (KO6BT), Convair/220 Amateur Radio
Club president check out the W6L Special Event station.
Bill (K1CT) and his wife, Annie pose for a photo in front of the
panoramic San Diego bay view.
Bill (K1CT) operating the 20 meter station. Bill made our only CW
contacts of the ILLW weekend.
Michelle and Arizona, visit the station as guests of Bob
(W6SDO). Arizona helps with the antennas at Bob's QTH.
Becky (Bob's wife) and Jen (daughter) visited the Lighthouse
with our twin grandchildren Tori and Molly.
Tori trying out the 40 meter station.
Molly says if Tom brings 'em she
will eat 'em. Thanks Tom.
Molly demonstrating her own special
mike technique.
We had a strong west wind for much of both days as shown by the push-up poles
and screwdriver antenna whip leaning to the East.
There were about 100 Spanky's in the parking lot in preparation for a half marithon that was to start from the Point Loma
Lighthouse on Sunday morning with 5,000 runners. We each laid claim to our own personal outhouse.
Tom (N6JOJ) wanted to customize his "house" so he and Mert (AF5HF) installed a VHF/UHF antenna so that Tom
would never have to be out of touch.
Mert making sure that he was at the correct door.
Bob, Tom. Mert and John after performing the appropriate inspection.
Lighthouse and
Lightship Weekend held
Saturday August 17 and
Sunday August 18. This
special event was very
well attended and even
though the bands were
not all that we hoped for,
everyone had a great
time.
Two unforgettable views from our Special Event Station were the Old Point Loma Lighthouse tower just
showing above the ridge line and the San Diego bay below filled with boats out for a Sunday sail.
Bob (W6SDO) operating the Special Event 40 meter station. The control panel is connected to a van mounted IC-7000 transceiver,
antenna selector switch and ALS-500M amplifier by an 18 foot long umbilical cable (shown under the table near the table legs).
The top row of the panel controls includes a power/SWR meter, video monitor showing a larger view of the receiver's readout and
the remote control head for the amplifier. The lower row of controls are the screwdriver tuning switch, the IC-7000 remote control
head and a clock/battery voltage/temperature unit. A DSP speaker is to the right. The gold rocks were used to hold everything
down during periods of high wind. This rig can be used on all bands from 440 mHz to 160 meters and can be powered either
from batteries or from a self contained generator.
Mert (AF6HF) is operating his station on 20 meters. Note that Mert was even color coordinated for this special event. His station
has every thing but the kitchen sink - and I think that he has a spot reserved to add one later. There is an Icom IC-7000
transceiver with a 7 inch vidio monitor screen, an automatic antenna tuner, a power meter and SWR meter, a clock, a 12 volt
voltage/current meter and a four position antenna switch. Everything is fed from a fused power pole power strip. When in the
field, this all-band station can be powered either from deep discharge batteries or from a generator. Since we were using band
pass filters and resonant dipole antennas, each station was tagged with it's operating band. This station is a real prize winner!
With band conditions what they were for much of the weekend , we may have had a little too much time on our hands.
The second annual W6L Special Event
activation of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse
was held Saturday August 16 and Sunday
August 17, 2014. More than 34 operators
attended from six local area Amateur Radio
Clubs. The band conditions and the weather
were both great this year and everyone had
a good time.
Here we are all set up and ready for our second year of International Lighthouse and
Lightship Weekend operation at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.
Terry K6TRY operates the 20 meter station and
Tom N6TNC operates the 40 meter station while
Steve K6PD and Mert AF6HF watch.
A fine group of ham radio operators waiting
for their turn at one of the Lighthouse and
Lightship Weekend stations.
Jean KC6QHT logs in her
contact with Poland.
Terry K6TRY logs in another
Lighthouse station.
Mert operates the 17 meter station. Terry is
asking Tom if he can hear who is calling her
through the QRM of the pile-up.
Tom N6TNC is having fun making some
contacts  using the 40 meter station. Tom
N6JOJ and Bob KE6BJL are looking on.
Ranger Neil Heller and Danny WB6FWS view the W6L
station setup while Danny explains how the W6L
station operates. Ranger Neil Heller helped us get our
permit to operate at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.
Mert AF6RF adjusting the 17
meter station's mike setup.
Moose KF7ITJ enjoying the
view of the San Diego bay.
John K6CPO chatting with
Nestor K6JJT.
Terry logs a call on 20 meters while Danny is
looking for his donut that he just dropped.
Terry K6TRY worked more contacts Saturday than
any other operator. Good job Terry!
Tom N6JOJ and Bob KE6BJL are doing
some serious strategizing.
Mert and Steve watch Tom working 40 meters
and makinge a few contacts.
Tom explains to Danny why it is very important to
get just the right donut.
Nestor K6JTT and Tom N6JOJ share some
quality time during the Lighthouse and
Lightship Weekend.
George KJ6WWM reporting in for his turn at one
of the Special Event stations.
Mert AF6HF explains his new field day style
antenna system to a group of fellow hams.
Tom KN6BN and his wife Robin do some visiting.
Tom KN6BN and Duane KO6BT provide some help
to Jean KC6QHT with the 20 meter station.
Here are Mert  AF6HF and Tom KN6BN packing up the Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
station gear for our next event.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the
planning, setup, operation and disassembly
of the W6L Lighthouse station. This year
was definitely a great success and we hope
to see you all again next year.
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