07 September 2018 · Categories: News · Tags: ,

It is with great sadness to share the news about the passing of Jim Weidner, the founder and enthusiastic leader of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society.

James Weidner

James Weidner giving ALRHS award

I first met Jim online around 2000 when I volunteered to help with the WLOL. Jim’s charisma was obvious and it was clear the idea of a lighthouse amateur radio group was successful due to his energy and focus. The ARLHS old and new simply would not exist without his steadfast stewardship.

Ever pragmatic, Jim’s recent years were spent in full recognition of the limits of life here on earth. With this in mind he set out to ensure his beloved ARLHS continued. The result was passing of the baton to yours truly and I am ever appreciative of the trust he placed in me to captain the ship. Jim’s friends are numerous and many continue to help me fulfill his goals of the ARLHS… so in a very real way, Jim lives on in all of us as we continue to make ARLHS what it is today.

Thank you Jim. We all will miss you very much.

John, kx4o


From information provided by family

On September 1, 2018, age 77, of Merchantville, NJ. He was the beloved husband of Regina (nee Stewart) and father of J. David Weidner, Jeffrey Weidner and Timothy Weidner.
He is also survived by 6 grandchildren Heather Lee, Dillon, Gavin, Jillian, Hannah Lynn and Nicholas and one sister Patricia Goodwin.
Jim was born in Carlisle, PA and was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He was an English teacher for over 30 years in the Northern Burlington Regional School District. He was the founder and creator in 2000 of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society using the call sign K2JXW.
Jim was and active member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Office of Emergency Management for the Borough of Merchantville. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Friday evening from 7:00-9:00 PM and on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM in the Alloway Funeral Home 315 E. Maple Avenue Merchantville, NJ. Interment will be held in Locustwood Memorial Park.

From a local news outlet

James H. Weidner of Merchantville, N.J. passed away Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. He was 77. He was the beloved husband of Regina (Stewart) Weidner and father of J. David Weidner, Jeffrey Weidner and Timothy Weidner. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Heather Lee, Dillon, Gavin, Jillian, Hannah Lynn and Nicholas, and one sister, Patricia Goodwin. Jim was born in Carlisle, Pa. and was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He was an English teacher for over 30 years in the Northern Burlington County Regional School District. In his earlier years, Jim enjoyed outdoor photography, fishing and bowhunting and later was the captain of his vessel, the “Sandy Claws”, making numerous trips with Regina to the Chesapeake Bay. He was the founder and creator in 2000 of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society using the call sign K2JXW. Jim was an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Office of Emergency Management for the Borough of Merchantville. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, and at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Alloway Funeral Home, 315 E. Maple Ave., Merchantville. Interment will be held in Locustwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA – American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Alloway Funeral Home, Merchantville, N.J.
02 August 2018 · Categories: News

All,

#2000 in the books

Just wanted to share the news the ARLHS has reached a milestone with assignment of number 2000. Check the online roster to see the lucky individual…

http://arlhs.com/roster/

Lots of renewals and new members

Things have been busy in the ARLHS, LLC back office with many renewals and several new members. As well the activation announcements trickle in for:

  • this weekend’s ARLHS NLLW,
  • the ILLW 3rd weekend in August and
  • many random light activations.

World List of Lights

The WLOL team continues to work through a backlog of proposals for entries to our light list. It seems our little WLOL list has become somewhat of a standard light reference. We regularly receive coordinate updates, corrections and other notes to help fine tune the information stored in our database. There’s no doubt the WLOL exists for amateur radio purposes, but has become much more to world at large. A big thank you to Dan (KD3CQ) and his merry gang of reviewers who analyze proposals and corrections with keen and careful eyes.

ARLHS Certificates

We can’t forget Tim (K4VDX) who has singlehandedly modernized the certificate process making it more efficient than ever. Many of you are already enjoying the product of Tim’s efforts. Thanks Tim!

ARLHS Cheerleader

Our cheerleader is, of course, Jim (KA3UNQ) who’s frequent messages keep us appraised of important details. I give Jim credit for giving the ARLHS flywheel a fresh spin just about every day. It certainly inspires me to keep doing what I do in the back office. Thanks and keep it up Jim.

ARLHS Activators

And of course our intrepid activators give us the contacts we desire for our logs. Thanks to all of them for the, all too often expensive and difficult, journeys to far away places in the pursuit of activating lights.

2018 has been a great year

Thanks to all for a great year so far. I hope to activate a light or two this weekend in Maine.

73
John, kx4o

05 February 2017 · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

ARLHS members gathered for a moment at the Richmond, Virginia Frost Fest amateur radio gathering at Richmond International Speedway. It was great meeting old, recent and a new member that joined just today as member 1949.

ARLHS members gather for a photo op at Frost Fest 2017 in Richmond Virginia

ARLHS members gather for a photo op at Frost Fest 2017 in Richmond Virginia

It’s not everyday someone with a really awesome Leica M 246 camera takes your picture. From left to right: former ARRL President N3KN/Kay Craigie, her husband N3AO/Carter Craigie, ARLHS, LLC president KX4O/John Huggins, and avid lighthouse activators KD3CQ/Dan Hatcher and KA3UNQ/Jim Elliott.

Photo courtesy Jeff Hughes.

18 June 2016 · Categories: News

KX4O will be at the Manassas Ham Fest June 19th with a large poster sharing a table with the Virginia Packet Network.  The goal is to provide eye candy for the ham patrons and let them know the fun we have activating and chasing lighthouse.

Conversation starter

Conversation starter

01 May 2016 · Categories: News · Tags: ,

Website refinements carry on while the assessment of ARLHS membership needs continues.  Changes include:

  • Removal of Google Ads;
  • Unifying color scheme of both the arlhs.com and wlol.arlhs.com websites;
  • Relocation of Facebook comments section to the bottom of individual lighthouse pages;
  • Deletion of the lighthouse webring links as it appears that has long been overcome by events;
  • Take steps towards making both main and WLOL web sites mobile friendly.

Please send thoughts and ideas for website improvements to john@arlhs.com.

23 April 2016 · Categories: News

In April 2016 John Huggins (kx4o) received the ARLHS from Jim Weidner (K2JXW).  As part of the new ARLHS, this new web site replaces the previous.  The transfer of information will continue for quite a while, but the basics are in place.

Please thank Jim for the creation and many years of stewardship of the ARLHS.  We cannot overstate the importance of his contributions.

This post serves as the first of hopefully many more bits of news, member stories and other moments in time worthy of sharing to everyone.  Have a story to share?  Contact ARLHS with the details and let’s see about posting the details here.

John, kx4o